Discharged from obligatory Korean army service solely final April, singer-actor Yoon Doo-joon, the chief of the legendary Okay-pop group Beast, now Spotlight, has lastly debuted as a solo artist with the discharge on July 27 of the mini-album, “Dawn.”
Beast/Spotlight has been round for greater than a decade now, and whereas each one of many unique six members has had solo stints, Doo-joon has held off happening his personal regardless of being the very fashionable chief that he’s been—nicely, till now. It may very well be stated that, drawing from the well timed title of the album, he has lastly discovered the sunshine. (By the way, Hightlight followers are referred to as “Lights.”)Doo-joon is standard not solely as a Okay-pop singer-dancer but additionally as a Okay-drama actor. Since debuting as Beast in 2009, the Korean leisure media has referred to as him “nationwide boyfriend” since survey after survey has proven he’s the choose of many ladies as preferrred man. Notable amongst these is “Miss Korea” Lee Hyori, herself a former Okay-pop idol feminine group member who turned soloist and constructed for herself a picture of a bombshell but additionally a gifted singer-composer-activist. “He has the looks of the kind of man I like,” she stated about Doo-joon. “I like guys with huge eyes and no double eyelids.”
Doo-joon shouldn’t be the standard Okay-pop or J-pop fairly “flower boy”; he’s blessed with manly seems to be and construct. He’s very athletic and greatest identified for his superior soccer expertise. Actually, he had needed to affix skilled soccer till an harm dashed that dream so he turned to Okay-pop. Due to his soccer excellence, he was named Okay-pop ambassador of the Korean soccer affiliation.
Uncommon amongst Okay-pop idols who’ve tried performing, Doo-joon shortly graduated to main man roles. In 2018, girls viewers of KBS’ “Radio Romance” swore that each time his well-known however tormented actor character would solid a penetrating stare at Kim So-hyun’s lowly scriptwriter character, their hearts would beat sooner, going “Du-jun, Du-jun.”
However he’s greatest identified for enjoying the charming meals blogger Goo Dae-young on tvN’s culinary-based hit comedy “Let’s Eat.” This system grew to become some type of an tutorial on find out how to put together and eat Korean delicacies and was reported to have generated a rush of meals supply orders whereas on broadcast; no doubt, it has launched Korean delicacies to a worldwide viewers.
Distinctive for Korean TV, the well-loved collection has had not just one, not two, however three seasons! Actually when he was immediately summoned to army service in 2018, after an modification which lowered absolutely the age to render nationwide service from 30 to 29, Doo-joon was nonetheless doing “Let’s Eat 3” and the collection needed to be lower brief.
As a result of Goo Dae-young has change into a Korean everyman, Doo-joon has been stereotyped because the hearty eater, gobbling down Korean servings with relish and satisfaction. Different individuals would look awkward and even repugnant once they’re photographed devouring meals, however not Doo-joon, who appears to have made an performing specialty out of chowing down something edible, cooked or raw. It helps that he’s photogenic and is known as a hearty eater. (His soccer appears to have taken care of the additional energy.) It additionally helps that Goo Dae-young is nearly at all times wearing a swimsuit, as Doo-joon in particular person is dapper and really refined.
Due to TV performing commissions, Doo-joon has not had a solo album regardless of persistent calls for from followers. He has lastly given in to the demand whereas the remainder of the Spotlight members stay in army service.
However even in his solo album, Doo-joon appears to be channeling his TV roles. The provider single, “Lonely Evening,” is a moody R&B music (by BXN, Byun Moo-hyuk and Keebomb) with the lyrics expressing—what else however loneliness.
Within the very glossy music video, Doo-joon in a black swimsuit strikes a dapper however downcast determine as he enters a bar to drown his heartsick. Bruises mar his good-looking face, indicating he’s been in a combat maybe involving the girl of his life. (How his girls followers would have wished they have been the reason for his distress!)
His loneliness could owe in fact to causes aside from heartbreak. Why has the nationwide boyfriend refused so far and at all times zealously guarded his privateness? And since Spotlight members are well-known for his or her shut bond, does Doo-joon miss Yong Jun-hyung (the rapper-composer has resigned from the group), major vocalist Yang Yo-seob, major dancer Lee Gi-kwang and maknae Son Dong-woon? However likely “Dawn” and “Lonely Evening” are merely sticking to the Beast/Spotlight signature. The group’s most memorable songs are nearly at all times about heartache and the anguish of separation: “Wet Day,” “Fiction,” “Shadow,” “Good Luck,” “12:30,” “Ribbon,” “It Is Nonetheless Stunning,” “Sleep Tight,” “Calling You,” “Cherished” and “Take Care.”
Actually, the lyrics of “Lonely Evening” speak about sleepless nights, very like Spotlight’s “Sleep Tight,” and of the unhappy passing of the hours, very like “12:30.” If ever, followers eager to see the nationwide boyfriend date and at last have a girlfriend ought to take coronary heart (or is it warning?) from the plaintive lyrics so eloquently enunciated by Doo-joon’s very manly however affecting vocals:
I act like I’m all proper
However I’ve to maintain mendacity
And it’s not simple anymore…
Within the lonely evening
Within the lonely evening
All evening. INQ