Yook Sung-jae of boyband BTOB will release a new album on 9 May, his first solo project in four years.

Yook’s agency, iWILL Media, did not reveal any details about the album on Wednesday, other than to say that it will “showcase his wide range of musical spectrum that isn’t limited to one specific genre”.

“Yook Sung-jae will show a side of himself he’s never shown before and give back all the love he’s received from fans,” the agency said in a press release.

The album will be Yook’s first music release under iWILL Media after he left Cube Entertainment in December following the end of his contract. It will also be Yook’s first solo music release in around four years, since he released his EP ‘Yook O’Clock’ in March 2020.

Yook made his debut in BTOB in 2012. The band is best known for “Missing You” (2017), “Only One for Me” (2018) and “Beautiful Pain” (2018).

He began his career as an actor with the film “Reply 1994” (2013), in which he played a supporting role. He is known for his roles in the drama series “Who Are You? School 2015” (2015), “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” (2016-2017) and “Mystic Pop-up Bar” (2020).

He will also have a role as an actor in a film to be screened in the second half of this year. His last acting role was as the lead in the MBC drama “Golden Spoon” (2022).

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Who Is Yook Sung-jae?

Yook Sungjae (육성재; or Sungjae) is a South Korean singer and actor under IWill Media. He is the maknae of the boy group BTOB and its sub-unit BTOB-BLUE.

2019-2020: 3X2=6 Project and Yook O’clock

On December 20, 2019, a teaser photo was released on the BTOB twitter teasing the single “3X2=6 Part 1”. The single was to be a part of his single project where he was to release two songs every month for 3 months. The next day, teaser photos of him in the studio were released. On the 23rd, the track list was released with the audio teasers being released on the 24th. The single and the lyric video was officially released on the 26th and 27th respectively.

A teaser photo displaying the date “4/6” was released on January 8, 2020 with another being released on the 10th. The track list for “3X2=6 Part 2” was revealed on the 13th with the audio teasers being released on the 15th. The single was released on the 16th with the lyric videos for the songs being released the next day.

A teaser photo displaying “6/6” was released on February 1. The track list was released on the 4th with the audio teasers being released the next day. The single “3X2=6 Part 3” was released on the 6th with the lyric videos being released on the next day.

On February 17, it was announced that he will be releasing the special album Yook O’clock on March 2.

2023: New agency

On December 22, IWill Media announced that Yook Sungjae had signed on with the agency to actively promote in diverse fields.

On December 29, Yook Sungjae opened up his official Twitter account and solo fancafe.

2024: Solo comeback

On March 14, IWill Media announced that Yook Sungjae would release a new solo album within the first half of the year. On April 17, it was revealed that he will be making his comeback on May 9.

The Kpoppie News Room