Steve Seungjun Yoo

December 15, 1976

Steve Sueng Jun Yoo(born December 15, 1976), also known as his Korean nameYoo Seung-jun( Hangul : 유승준), is a Korean-American singer and actor, who became one of South Korea 's most popular K-pop singers after his debut in 1997.Yoo's singing career ended in 2002 when he was accused of evading South Korean mandatory military service by becoming a United States citizen.He was subsequently banned from entering South Korea, becoming the only person in history to be banned from the country for acquiring another citizenship.Since then, Yoo has been working as an actor in China .

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Early life

Yoo was born on December 15, 1976, in Seoul , South Korea . His family moved to the United States when he was thirteen and settled in Buena Park, California . He made demo tapes of his rapping and dance skills and sent these to Brothers Entertainment, where he was eventually scouted and left California to start his career as a singer.

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Career

1997: Debutedit

Yoo made his Korean debut as a singer in 1997. His first albumWest Sidewas a hit with the debut single "Gaui" ("gaui" is the Korean word for "scissors" - in this context it translates to "nightmare" as Koreans use the word to describe the rigid sleep paralysis which sometimes accompanies bad dreams). Along with another single "I love you Noona", he wonBest Newcomer of the Yearin many award ceremonies. Yoo gained popularity with his signature dance move of "Gawi", in which he and his backup dancers lined up diagonally to perform the same moves in unison. West Side ended up selling a million records.


In the summer of 1998, he released second album1998 V2 for SALEwith "Na Na Na" as its lead song, where it and the music video topped the charts. In the video, it featured actress Choi Ji-woo , who played as the internship teacher while he played as the troublesome student. Many consider this album as the most successful of his career, as it won himBest Artist of the Yearin multiple award ceremonies. The album again sold 1 million records.


In 1999, he went on to release his third albumNow Or Never, which contained the hit single "Passion". Later that year, Yoo released his fourth album, "Over and Over," which contained the hit single "Vision."


During this time, he began to expand his career into China and Taiwan, with the release of single "Can't Wait", which was a collaboration with Taiwanese singer Yuki.Now or Nevertopped the Korean charts with first week sales of 879,000 albums sold. Setting a record for the highest first week sales ever at the time. The album eventually sold close to 1.5 million units. He also released music videos for two of his Korean songs that year for "찾길 바래" (Wish you could find) & "어제 오늘 그리고" (Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow), the latter showing off a more sophisticated image.


In 2001, he released the single "Wow" from his 6th album "Infinity." Though considered a bit of a disappointment, critically and commercially, compared to his last three albums, "Infinity" still managed to debut at number 1 on the charts with first week sales of 359,961 albums sold. The album has sold over 600,000 copies.

2002: Banishment controversyedit

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
West Side N/A*
For Sale
  • Released: April 29, 1998
  • Label: Best Media
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Now Or Never
  • Released: April 15, 1999
  • Label: Baeksan Media
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Over And Over 1
Summit Revival
  • Released: November 24, 2000
  • Label: West Side Media
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • Released: August 31, 2001
  • Label: West Side Media
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Rebirth of YSJ N/A
*Chart positions not available prior to 1998
"—" denotes album did not chart.

Compilations and live albums

  • 98 Live Album(1998)
  • New Release + English Version(1999)
  • All That Yoo Seung Jun(1999)
  • Gold Techno Remix(2000)
  • Hidden Story(2001)
  • Best & J Duet Collection(2001)
  • Yoo Seung Jun 2002 Live (2002)

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Filmography



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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Awards and nominations

Golden Disc Awardsedit

1997Bonsang (Best Artist)Yoo Seung-junWon

Mnet Asian Music Awardsedit

1999 Best Male Artist "Passion" (열정)Nominated
2000 Best Dance Performance "Vision" (비전)Nominated
2001 Best Dance Performance"Wow"Won
Best Male ArtistNominated

Seoul Music Awardsedit

2000Bonsang (Main Prize)Yoo Seung-junWon

Music programsedit


1998 June 7"Na Na Na"
June 14
June 21
June 28
August 2
1999 May 9"Passion"
May 16
May 30
June 6
July 11 "Sad Silence"
December 19"Vision"
December 26
2000 January 2
February 13"Love Song"
February 20
December 24"I'll Be Back"
2001 January 7
January 14
October 7"Wow"
October 14
October 21

Music Bankedit

1998 June 18"Na Na Na"
June 25
July 2
1999 April 15"Passion"
April 22
April 29
May 6
May 13
May 20
July 1"Sad Silence"
July 8
July 15
December 9"Vision"
December 16
December 23
2000 January 6
January 13
January 20
January 27
December 21"Wish You Could Find"
December 28
2001 January 4

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's References

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  2. "유승준 소개" [Yoo Seung-jun Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-12-25. 
  3. Sung, So-young (2015-11-19). "Steve Yoo sues over Korea visa rejection". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2017-12-25. 
  4. "Singer Yoo Seung-jun protests lifetime entry ban". Yonhap News Agency. 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2017-12-25. 
  5. Yang, Eun-kyoung (2017-02-24). "Korean-American Singer Stays Barred Over Draft Dodging". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2017-12-25. 
  6. Seo, Ji-eun "Steve Yoo isn’t coming back to Korea" Archived January 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Joongang Daily. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-08
  7. Yoo Seungjun Vol. 7 - Rebirth of YSJ album info Archived November 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Yesasia.
  8. Bae Guk-nam (배국남). "Why is the public still mad at Yoo Seung-jun?(유승준에 왜 대중은 여전히 분노할까?)" (in Korean). MyDaily. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. 
  9. Young, Al "Jackie Chan + Three Guys + Horse = BIG SOLDIER" Archived August 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Twitch Film. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 2011-11-08
  10. Military Denies Report that Yoo Seung Jun’s Ban from Korea Will Be Lifted Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. "Yoo Seung Joon gets on hands and knees to apologize for evading military service" Archived October 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. "Why a K-Pop Legend is No Longer Allowed Back in South Korea" "Nextshark". Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  13. "Yoo Seung Joon loses second trial, forbidden to enter Korea" "". Retrieved October 25, 2017
  14. "K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). 
  15. "98년 국내 음반시장 결산". Imaeil (in Korean). 1998. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2018-04-24. 
  16. "March-August 1998 Cumulative K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2001-09-23. Retrieved 2018-04-24. 
  17. "August 1999 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  18. "March 2000 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  19. "March 2001 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  20. "October 2001 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-23. 

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