Kim Gun-mo
Kim Gun-mo

Kim Gun-mo (Korean: 김건모; born January 13, 1968)[1] is a South Korean singer-songwriter, who is considered the country’s most successful musical artist of the 1990s.[2] His 1995 album, Wrongful Encounter, previously held the Guinness World Record for the best-selling album of all time in South Korea.[3][4] Since his debut in 1992, Kim has released 13 full-length albums[5] and has won numerous awards, including Album of the Year at the Golden Disc Awards for three consecutive years from 1994 to 1996.[6] In 2011, he received a presidential commendation from the South Korean government for his contributions to popular culture.[7]

Early life

Kim was born on January 13, 1968, in Busan, South Korea.[1] He was interested in music from a young age and started playing the piano when he was four years old.[8] He attended elementary school, middle school, and high school in Seoul[1] and graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts.[9] He served in the South Korean Navy in the late 1980s.[10]

Personal life

Kim is engaged to pianist Jang Ji-yeon, whom he met through a mutual friend.[11][12]

On December 6, 2019, lawyer Kang Yong-suk announced that he is representing a woman who alleges that Kim sexually assaulted her. On December 8, Kang also said that he was representing another client who had similar allegations against Kim. Kim has stated that he will take legal action against Kang.[13][14]


Kim debuted with Kim Gun Mo 1 in 1992, which was followed by his second album Excuse in 1993. His third album Mis-Encounter came out in 1995. In the following year, he released Exchange. As one of the most popular Korean entertainers, Kim holds the record for biggest selling album in Korea with his third studio album, which sold over 3.3 million copies. Kim’s albums rank consistently high on Korean music charts; his 8th album, ‘He-story,’ was the best-selling album of 2003. His most famous songs include “Excuse”, “Mis-Encounter”, and “Jjangga”. In 2004, he released his 9th album Kim Gun Mo 9 which is reminiscent of his first album. This album was his second restarting point in his music career. In the following year, he came up with BE Like…which was also a huge success in Korea. His most recent work was released in 2008, entitled, Soul Groove.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
Sleepless Rainy Night
(잠못드는 밤 비는 내리고)
  • Released: October 29, 1992
  • Label: Line Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. After A Break Up
  2. Sleepless Rainy Night
  3. As Much As I Feel For You
  4. Your Reason
  5. Afternoon Scenery
  6. The Sadness I Feel
  7. Love For You
  8. First Sight
  9. Reminiscence
  10. Sleepless Rainy Night (Club Remix Version)
  11. Your Reason (Remix Version)
  12. First Sight (Remix Version)
  13. Sleepless Rainy Night (Dance Remix Version)
No data*
  • KOR: 1,000,000+[17]
  • Released: October 1, 1993
  • Label: Line Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 1,830,000+[18]
Wrongful Encounter
(잘못된 만남)
  • Released: January 1, 1995
  • Label: Line Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 3,300,000+[17]
  • Released: May 17, 1996
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 1,810,000[18]
  • Released: December 1, 1997
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 1,000,000+[17]
  • Released: November 19, 1999
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 480,736+[19]
Another Days
  • Released: May 5, 2001
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 1,376,581+[20]
  • Released: February 27, 2003
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 529,416+[21]
  • Released: September 3, 2004
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Be Like…
  • Released: June 16, 2005
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Style Album 11: Scarecrow
(Style Album 11: 허수아비)
  • Released: March 15, 2007
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Soul Groove
  • Released: August 7, 2008
  • Label: Media Line
  • Formats: CD
  • KOR: 19,876+[22]
Autobiography & Best
(자서전 & Best)
  • Released: September 27, 2011
  • Label: Media Line
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • KOR: 5,887+[23]
* Chart positions not available prior to 1999.
“—”denotes release did not chart.

Extended plays

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
  • Released: November 19, 2016
  • Label: Music&NEW
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • KOR: 14,168+[24]


Variety shows

2016–2019My Ugly DucklingHimself[25]

Awards and nominations

Golden Disc Awards

1994Album of the Year[6]ExcusesWon
1995Wrongful EncounterWon

Mnet Asian Music Awards

2001Best Ballad Performance“Sorry” (미안해요)[26]Won
2003Best Male Artist“Wedding Invitation” (청첩장)[27]Nominated
2011Best Vocal Solo Performance“Today is More Sad Than Yesterday”[28]Nominated

Seoul Music Awards

1994Grand Prize[29]N/AWon

State honors

Name of country, year given, and name of honor
South Korea[note 1]2011Presidential Commendation[33]

See also

  • List of best-selling albums in South Korea


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