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Mark Tuan Singer

Mark Tuan
Mark Tuan at "Got7's Real Thai" press conference, 7 January 2019 03.jpg
Mark in January 2019
Born
Mark Yien Tuan

(1993-09-04) September 4, 1993 (age 27)
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • model
Musical career
GenresK-pop, C-pop
InstrumentsVocals
2014-present
LabelsJYP
Chinese name
Chinese???

Mark Tuan (born Mark Yien Tuan (Chinese: ; Korean: ?), on September 4, 1993),[1] known mononymously as Mark, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and model based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Got7 under JYP Entertainment.[2]

Biography

Born as Mark Yien Tuan in Los Angeles, California, he spent a number of years in Paraguay and Brazil before eventually returning to California, where he grew up.[3][4] He is of Taiwanese descent,[5] and has two older sisters and one younger brother.[3][6][7] He took violin and piano lessons in elementary school, and moved to guitar in junior high school.[7]

He attended Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California.[4] In 2010, while with his friends at school, he caught the attention of a JYP Entertainment scout, who invited him to the auditions.[8] Tuan had no desire to pursue a musical career but was encouraged by his friends and family who told him it was a good opportunity and thus, he gave it a try.[9] He subsequently passed the audition and dropped out of school, which he attended until grade 10.[4][6] He moved to South Korea in August 2010,[10][11][12] where he learned acrobatics for one year, and martial arts for two years.[13] Learning to sing, rap and dance, and performing on a stage as a trainee, inspired him to pursue the idol life and to become a singer.[8][9]

Career

2012-2013: Pre-debut

In 2012, Tuan made a cameo in the first episode of Dream High 2 as a backup dancer alongside JB and Jinyoung, who later became members of Got7 with him.[14]

He appeared in the fourth episode of Mnet's 2013 reality-survival program WIN: Who is Next, which presented iKon and Winner members, who at the time were still trainees under YG Entertainment. It also featured future fellow Got7 member's Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom.[15][16]

2014-present: Debut and solo career

On January 16, 2014, Tuan debuted as a part of K-pop boy group Got7, with the EP Got It?.[17] Since his debut, Tuan has expressed his goals in working harder to become a singer-songwriter and making his own music.[18] Tuan officially began writing rap and lyrics for Got7 songs since the Just Right EP, with the track "Back To Me". He contributed heavily to Flight Log: Turbulence, participating in the rap and lyric making in five out of thirteen songs, including "My Home" and "Let Me".[19] With Got7's third studio album Present: You,[20] Tuan released his first Korean solo song "OMW" featuring fellow member Jackson. September 13, 2018 marked the release date of "OMW"[21] as Tuan's first solo music video which later became the first music video from a JYPE idol to achieve one million views on Naver.[22]

On February 10, 2018, Tuan, along with fellow member BamBam, held a special "Project Blur" fan meeting in Thailand at MCC Hall The Mall Ngamwongwan.[23]

Tuan has shown a keen interest in the fashion industry with launching his career as a model on magazines across South Korea, China and Thailand.[24] Since early 2017, he has appeared on Dazed Korea, Ceci Korea, Grazia, Oh! Boy, Arena Homme+, 1st Look, Chicteen, Sudsapda, Stream, Yoho, Firebible, Jstyle, Beijing Youth Weekly, Nylon, Ele, Allure, Cosmo, The Star, Shinyouth, K-Media, Vogue Korea, GQ Thailand, Sweetdonut, Ginger, Starbox Young, Size, Vogue Thailand, Unnamedideal, Juz! Entertainment, Madame Figaro Mode, etc.[25][26] Tuan became the cover of the 200th issue of the Korean charitable magazine The Big Issue, which provides support for the homeless, in March 2019.[27][28] He has also released two limited edition apparel collections with Represent in 2018 and 2019 under XCIII referring to his birth year, helping in the creation and designing of each piece.[5][29][30] The second collection, XCIII Evolution, sold 40,446 items, and all the profits proceeded to charity.[30][31] After attending Milan Fashion Week 2019 for Ermenegildo Zegna with GQ Thailand[32][33] and his collaboration with Represent, Tuan has expressed the desire to create his own brand.[34]

In the spring of 2019, he joined Jus2 in their 'Focus' Premiere Showcase in Asia, acting as the MC for Macau (April 7), Taipei (April 14) and Singapore (May 4) stops.[35][36][37]

Activities in China

Tuan's increasing presence in the Chinese market began in 2018 with attending photoshoots, events and interviews. In January 2019, the variety show Change Your Life () marked Tuan's first television appearance in mainland China.[38] On April 11, 2019, Tuan attended the Weibo Starlight Awards in Hong Kong and won the Hot Star Award.[39][40]

Tuan held his first ever set of fan meetings in China, titled "On Your Mark", visiting Nanjing, Chengdu and Shanghai from 2019 to 2020.[41] On July 20, 2019, he held the first of his solo fan meetings in Nanjing, China which sold out all 3000 seats.[42][43] It was reported that the tickets for the event sold out within the first minute.[44] The event also saw the signing of his first photobook, Mark, which had been earlier released on June 30.[45] He then went on to a September 14 fan meeting in Chengdu, China the same year followed by a final stop in Shanghai, China on January 11, 2020. On the day of the last fan meeting, he released his first Chinese single, "Outta My Head", officially debuting as a solo artist.[5] His second single, titled "" in Chinese and translated to "Never Told You", was released as a charity single on White Day,[46] later made available on Spotify and Apple Music via Dark Horse Entertainment. "" was released in collaboration with the China Children's Charity Relief Foundation,[47] and their partnership also saw the sale of a sweater in collaboration with ETET to help children in Heqing County in Yunnan Province.

Promoting in four countries (China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand), he has had many endorsement deals across China and Vivo in Thailand alongside group member BamBam.[48] This includes becoming the brand ambassador in China for Davines (?)[49] in April 2019 and Mentholatum on May 27, 2020 for Mentholatum Acnes,[50] having previously endorsed Mentholatum's Lip Tiara in December 2019.[51] In August 2020, Tuan became the brand ambassador for China Unicom, a large telecommunications operator in China.[52][53][54]

From June 15 until August 28, 2020, Tuan appeared on eight episodes of Huya Super Idol League Season 10 as "Gamer Mark".[55][56]

Personal life

Growing up in the US and coming from a Taiwanese family, Tuan can speak both English and Mandarin, as well as Korean and Japanese.[57]

In December 2018, Tuan suffered from a leg injury while practicing martial arts tricking for the JYP Nation stage and could not perform at the event or at later schedules including the fifth anniversary fan meeting for Got7, therefore he stayed seated for most of the concert.[58]

Tuan provides support and donations through his work, such as charity donations through his clothing line collaborations and his second single, "".[47] In February 2020, he donated towards the purchase of ventilators for the COVID-19 pandemic in Hubei, China.[59] On May 31, 2020, Tuan donated $7,000 to the George Floyd Memorial Fund and the Black Lives Matter movement in light of events in the US.[60][61][62] In November, he donated $1,500 to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses.[63]

Discography

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Sales
KOR
[64]
CHN
"Outta My Head" 2020 -- -- Non-album single CHN: 170,938+[65]
"Never Told You" () CHN: 153,163+[66]

Writing credits

All song credits, under Mark (10010921), are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[67]

Year Artist Title Album Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2015 Got7 "Back To Me" Just Right Yes Yoon Jong-sung, Jang Jung-seok (Sum People), Jackson No
" (Feelin' Good) " Mad: Winter Edition Yes Chloe, Noday, Jackson No
"Good" Yes E.One, Lee Mansung, Jackson No
2016 "? (Can't)" Flight Log: Departure Yes Jinyoung No
" (See the Light)" Yes Yugyeom, Bambam, Frants Yes Yugyeom, Frants
" (No Jam)" Flight Log: Turbulence Yes Yugyeom, Bambam, Frants, Jackson Yes Yugyeom, Frants
"My Home" Yes earattack Yes earattack, LISH
" (If)" Yes Primeboi, Bambam No
" (Sick)" Yes Ars (Youngjae), Jackson No
"Let Me" Yes earattack Yes earattack, LISH
2017 "Shopping Mall" Flight Log: Arrival Yes earattack (HeavyMental), Defsoul (JB), Jackson, Bambam No
"Go Higher" Yes earattack (HeavyMental), Defsoul (JB), Jackson, Bambam No
"Face" 7 for 7 Yes Lee Woomin 'collapsedone', Mayu Wakisaka, Jackson, Bambam No
2018 Got7 Japan "2(Two)" The New Era Yes Jinyoung, Yugyeom, Distract, Secret Weapon, Samuelle Song Yes Jinyoung, Yugyeom, Distract, Secret Weapon
Got7 "OMW" Present: You Yes Jackson, Wizil, Boytoy Yes Jackson, Boytoy
"Higher" Present: You & Me Yes Jinyoung No
"Think About It" Yes Defsoul (JB), Ars (Youngjae) Yes Defsoul (JB), Ars (Youngjae), Mirror BOY (220VOLT), Lee Sangchul
"Nightmare"[a] Non-commercial single Yes Jackson, Bambam No
2019 "God Has Return + Mañana" Dye Yes Jackson, Bambam No
2020 (Mark) "Outta My Head" Non-album single Yes Distract Yes Distract, Secret Weapon
  1. ^ "Nightmare" was performed at Mnet Asian Music Awards 2018 and Got7 fifth anniversary fan meeting in January 2019

Filmography

Dramas

Year Title Role Network Note Ref
2012 Dream High 2 Back up dancer KBS2 Cameo, episode 1 [14]
2015 Dream Knight Mark Youku Tudou Korean-Chinese webseries by JYPE and Youku Tudou [68]
2016 Sanctuary Mark Thai short film [69]

Variety shows

Year Title TV Network Note Ref.
2016 Battle Likes KBS World MC with Got7's BamBam (episodes 1-2)
2017 Law of the Jungle SBS Cast member in New Zealand [70]
I Can See Your Voice Mnet Cast member with Got7's Bambam, Youngjae, Yugyeom, Jinyoung and JB
I Can See Your Voice Thailand Workpoint TV Cast member with Got7's Bambam, Youngjae and Yugyeom
2019 Got7 Real Thai XtvN Cast member with Got7's Bambam, Youngjae and Jinyoung [71]
Got7 Golden Key Star K Cast member with Got7's Youngjae [72][73]
All For One (?) Youku Special mentor

Music videos

Year Title Artist Director Notes
2018 "OMW" Got7 Naive Creative Production Solo song for Present: You album
2020 "Outta My Head" Mark Released on QQ Music

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref
2019 Weibo Starlight Awards Hot Star Award Won [39]

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External links

  • Mark on JYP Publishing

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