4MEN is a Korean male vocal group known for its R&B-inflected songs, along with other K-pop groups that debuted in the late 1990s, including Fly to the Sky, g.o.d and Shinhwa. The group began with four members, but its latest releases feature only two members. Despite personnel changes, the group has produced a rich discography grounded in group harmony. 4MEN positions themselves within K-Soul: “We want our fans to know that Korean singers also understand R&B and soul music well and Korean traditional ballad music and K-Soul of R&B sentiment have been popular in Korea before the start of the K-pop heat” (Nini).
Name: 4MEN, named for the number of original four members of the group
Members: Young Jae, Shin Yong Jae, Kim Won Joo, J1*, Yoon Min Soo*^, Jeong Se Young *^m Kee Jeong Ho*^ (*former member; ^original member)
Debut: February 1, 1998
Label: YWHO Golden Bridge/Sony Music; Happy Face Entertainment (YWHO merges with Happy Face Entetainment in 2011)
Fan name and origin: N/A
Love Tonight • Once While Living • I Love You • 사랑 • I Can’t’ 못해 • Everything • Confession 고백 • Knock Knock Knock • First Kiss
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First Album (1998) • 집 이렇게 천일동안 모으면 이별이 사라진다고 했다 (2002) • Andante (2006) • 선물 (Digital Single) (2007) • 멜로디 (Digital Single) (2008) • First Kiss (2008) • Voice of Autumn (2009) • Special album – The 3rd Generation (2010) • Baby Baby + 4men (2010) • 4men + E-Tribe – YOU (2010) • 4men + Sorry (2010) • 4men + Individuality (2010) • YWHO 2010 Winter Serenade (2010) • Secret Garden OST (2011) • The Artist (2011)
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OTHER HAPPY FACE ENTERTAINMENT ARTISTS
Nini. “[Inside the Music] VIBE and 4MEN Talk About ‘K-Soul’ and US Tour.” hellokpop. 1 Feb 2015. Evernote..
Original Profile: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick • Revised Profile: Crystal S. Anderson