Baro (singer)

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Baro
Baro Rapper 2017.png
Baro in 2017
Background information
Birth name Cha Sun-woo
Born (1992-09-05) September 5, 1992 (age 25)
Gwangju, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Rapper, lyricist, actor
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts B1A4
Website b1a4.com
Korean name
Hangul 차선우
Hanja 車善玗
Revised Romanization Cha Seon-u
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Sŏnu
Stage name
Hangul 바로
Revised Romanization Baro
McCune–Reischauer Paro

Cha Sun-woo (born September 5, 1992), better known by his stage name Baro, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor. He is a member of boy group B1A4 and is currently under HODU&U Entertainment. He made his acting debut through the hit 2013 cable drama Reply 1994 and additionally received critical acclaim for his role in the 2014 drama God's Gift - 14 Days. Baro won 12 medals in the Idol Star Athletics Championships with three golds, seven silvers and two bronzes.

Early life

Baro was born in Gwangju, South Korea with one younger sister who is four years younger than him (debuting in 2017 with the stage name "I"). When Baro was in middle school, his father's business did not work out; bringing troubled times for Baro and his family.[2]

When Baro was a trainee, he asked TVXQ's Yunho for an autograph and Yunho wrote "Let’s meet on stage in the future!" Two years later, they both met each other again on Baro's debut day with B1A4.[3]

Career

Pre-debut

Baro was first discovered by a company representative who came across his photo posted on his friend's homepage on social network service Cyworld. At his audition, Baro sang Sumi Jo's "Once I Leave" and Sung Si-kyung's "The Road to Me", in addition to rapping and beatboxing.[4] Baro then joined the company, training for at least 2 years before debuting.

B1A4

After years of training, Baro joined as the main rapper of B1A4. On April 11, 2011, WM Entertainment revealed Baro as the second member to be revealed after releasing the news of B1A4 along with Jinyoung's picture. Gongchan, Sandeul and CNU were also revealed in the next few days.[5][6][7][8][9]

On April 20, 2011, B1A4 released their debut Track "OK" and mini album "Let's Fly", making their debut on April 23, 2011 on MBC's Show! Music Core.[10]

After their debut, B1A4 was invited to star in MTV's reality show Match Up with Block B.[11] As one of the projects for the show, B1A4 filmed a music video for "Only Learned The Bad Things" (못된 것만 배워서).[12]

On June 30, 2018, WM Entertainment confirmed that Baro and Jinyoung had left the agency following the end of their contracts. Their activities with the group remain in discussion.[13]

Controversy

When appearing on Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (July 4th episode), it was noted that Baro had displayed an attitude where he was deemed to be 'too picky' with foods that were served to him and also displayed a condescending attitude towards the staff and celebrities around him. [14][15] WM Entertainment has since apologised for Baro's actions during the show.[16][17]

Personal life

On June 5, 2013, while preparing for B1A4's follow up single "Starlight's Song", Baro strained his ankle ligament. Initially, the group was going to adjust its promotional tour depending on Baro's recovery. However, because his recovery took longer than they had expected, the What's Going On Tour ended earlier than planned.[18]

Discography

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Misaeng prequel Kim Young-Chan short film
2014 Seven Dwarfs Bobo animated, Korean dubbed
2015 That's Not It Boy short film
2017 Close Your Eyes Hyeon-woo Movie

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2013 Reply 1994 [19] Binggeure
tvN
2014 God's Gift - 14 Days Ki Young-Kyu
SBS
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra Robin Cha (cameo)
Mnet
Angry Mom [20] Hong Sang-Tae
MBC
Loss: Time: Life Baro
Naver TV Cast
2016 The Master of Revenge Kim Gil-Do (young)
KBS2
2017 Manhole Jo Seok-Tae

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 50th Paeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV)
God's Gift: 14 Days
Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best New Actor Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2015 34th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor in a Miniseries
Angry Mom
Nominated

References

  1. ^ "B1A4's Baro signs contract with new agency". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Baro shares emotional story of his younger sister on 'Strong Heart'". 15 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  3. ^ "B1A4 Baro's Special Encounter With TVXQ's U-Know Yunho". 5 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  4. ^ "지방돌 비원에이포(B1A4) "친근함으로 무장했어요"(인터뷰)". news.nate.com. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Upcoming boyband 'B1A4' introduced through webtoon series". allkpop.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  6. ^ "B1A4 reveals second member, Baro". allkpop.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  7. ^ "B1A4 reveals third member, Gongchan". allkpop.com. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  8. ^ "B1A4 reveals their fourth member, Sandeul". allkpop.com. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  9. ^ "B1A4 reveals their final member, CNU". allkpop.com. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  10. ^ "B1A4 reveals MV for debut title track, "OK" + mini album". 20 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  11. ^ "Block B & B1A4 to hold a battle of charms on MTV's new reality show, "Match Up"". 13 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  12. ^ "Block B and B1A4 to release new MVs through MTV". 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  13. ^ "[공식입장] B1A4 측 "진영·바로 외 3인 재계약…팀 재정비 집중"". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-06-30. 
  14. ^ JiwonYu (4 July 2016). "B1A4's Baro Criticized For Rude Behavior On "Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator"". Soompi. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Appearing on "Please Take Care of My Refrigerator"... B1A4 Baro displays a condescending attitude? (in Korean)". Nate. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via soompi.com. 
  16. ^ kokoberry (5 July 2016). "Baro's Agency Apologizes For Behavior On "Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator"". Soompi. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "WM Entertainment apologizes on the behalf of Baro... reason being "too overzealous"". Naver, Sports Chosun. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via soompi.com. 
  18. ^ "Baro Injured, B1A4 Ends "What's Happening?" Promotions". 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  19. ^ "First teaser for tvN's Reply 1994 revealed". 18 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  20. ^ "B1A4's Baro Confirmed For Upcoming MBC Drama Angry Mom". 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 

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