Broken Valentine

Broken Valentineis a Korean alternative rock band notable for their 2011 appearance on the Korean television programTop Band.

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  • by heej0130  -  August 3, 2015 09:19 PM

    [ASKKPOP] Rock band Broken Valentine's lead vocalist Van passes away

    There is tragic news to report as rock bandBroken Valentine's lead vocalVanhas has recently passed away.Broken Valentine wrote on their SNS accounts on August 3, "We have come to report some sudden and heart breaking news. Broken Valentine's vocal Van (Kim Kyung Min) who has been with us for 13…

  • by dongie  -  June 10, 2014 04:38 PM

    [ASKKPOP] [POLL] Ayo 2014 FIFA World Cup, Which Cheering Song Gets You Fired Up?

    It's that time after four long years that football / soccer (Yes, we Americans say "soccer") fans across the globe have been waiting for! The2014 FIFA World Cupis starting in just a few days,and South Korea is having its very first match against Russia on Tuesday, June 17. The Kpop world i…

  • by ifrit  -  March 31, 2014 05:35 PM

    [ASKKPOP] [Album Review] MBLAQ - 'Broken'

    Iremember my first encounter withMBLAQand their music when I was merely at the tender age of eighteen. I don't quite remember how I stumbled upon the musicvideo for the group's debut single "Oh Yeah." Perhaps it was from an article on this website? What I do remember areLee Joon's abs(they…

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 Broken Valentine's References

 Broken Valentine's Awards

  • August 2006, received 2nd Prize at Music Contest for National University Students sponsored by Suwon City
  • November 2008, won Grand Prize at YAMAHA Asian Beat Korea Final
  • February 28, 2009, won Grand Prize and Best Composer Award at YAMAHA Asianbeat Grand Final (in Hongkong)

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 Broken Valentine's Discography

EP

Songs captured with "" is translated title.

  • Alien(as B.August) (2005)
  1. Alien
  2. "Just like that as is"
  3. Run
  • Answer Me!! Is This What You NEED??Self-produced EP (2007)
  1. What You NEED (Vocal Sungwhan ver.)
  2. LIFE (Vocal Sungwhan ver.)
  3. "If I open my eyes" (Vocal Sungwhan ver.)
  4. Answer Me (Vocal Sungwhan ver.)
  5. Alien (Vocal Van ver.)
  6. "Just like this as is" (Vocal Van ver.)
  7. Run (Vocal Van ver.)
  • Calling You(2009)
  1. This time reprise
  2. "The sea in my old drawer" (cover of song by the band Panic)
  3. M.K Dance
  4. "Song of the fossil"
  5. Answer me
  • Down(2011)
  1. Down
  2. No name

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 Broken Valentine's History

Broken Valentine formed in 2002 under the name "6. August", renamed themselves "B. August" in 2004 and finally settled on "Broken Valentine" in 2007. Broken Valentine once explained in an interview about its name.

People have a certain image of Valentine's day as beautiful and sweet and we add an adjective "Broken" to the word which means those illusions or fantasies can be broken anytime. But we believe that's a reality that we live in and it's not too negative or pessimistic at all. We want to express that kind of lives which people living in in our music, too.[cite this quote]

Band membership has fluctuated throughout the years as members have gone off for mandatory military service , but by 2007, the current five member lineup was solidified.

In December 2008, the reunited band participated in the "Asian Beat" band competition (Korean round) sponsored by YAMAHA , and became the finalist to represent Korea in the following year’s Asian Beat Grand Finale held in Hong Kong. In February 2009, Broken Valentine won the Grand Prize and the Best Composer Award (Byun G) with the song “Answer me”, which became their most popular track. Broken Valentine thus became the first team in Asian Beat’s history to ever win two awards in the same year.

In 2009, Broken Valentine released their first EP album, the self-producedCalling You. To celebrate this release, the performed a showcase concert, and continued to perform at local gigs and in support of other bands throughout South Korea. However, due to the nature of the South Korean music scene, with limited outlets for independent bands, they found difficulty achieving nationwide recognition, so in 2011, they tried out for the television programTop Bandbroadcast by the Korean Broadcasting System . This is aSurvivor-like reality show wherein bands compete against each other. Broken Valentine was considered an early favorite, and made it to the round of 16 on the show, but was eliminated at this round by the band "Toxic."

Following their elimination, Broken Valentine held their fourth exclusive concert “Royal Straight Flush” on October 14, 2011 to a crowd of more than 500 people. They are now working on their first official album to be released in 2012.

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 Broken Valentine's Members

Broken Valentine consists of

  • Ansu(Kim Ansu - born 21 January 1982): Lead guitar
  • Van(Kim Kyung Min - born 27 October 1982): Lead vocals
  • Sungwhan(Byun Sungwhan - born 20 March 1983): Bass
  • Byun G(Byun Geewhan - born 14 November 1985): Lead guitar
  • Koopa(Lee Sung San - born 5 March 1985): Drums

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 Broken Valentine's Style

Broken Valentine writes and composes their own songs, mostly written by Byun G and Van. Their music style can be categorized as alternative rock and post-grunge .

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