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Mark (마크) is a Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter, composer and rapper under Creative Artists Agency. He is the main rapper of the boy group GOT7.

As a soloist, he goes by his full English name, Mark Tuan. He made his solo debut on January 11, 2020, with the digital single "Outta My Head".[1]

Career

Pre-debut

Mark lived in Los Angeles, in the United States, and was in high school when he was invited to audition by a representative from JYP Entertainment. Passing the audition, he became a trainee in August 2010, at which point he moved to Korea.[2][3]

In 2013, he appeared on WIN: Who Is Next, competing alongside Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom.[4]

2014: GOT7

After three and a half years of training, he made his debut in boy group GOT7 when the group debuted with mini album Got It? on January 16.

2017: Photoshoot

Mark had his first solo photoshoot in 2017 with Dazed Korea.[5]

2018: Apparel collection

He collaborated with Represent to design a limited-edition apparel collection titled "XCIII" (his birth year in roman numerals). The items were available for two weeks, the sale opening on July 2.[6]

2019: Second apparel collection, photobook, fan meeting tour

Once again in collaboration with Represent, Mark launched on March 18 a second apparel collection. Titled "XCIII Evolution", it was available for two weeks only as well.[7][8]

In April, he won the 'Weibo Hot Star Award' at the Weibo Starlight Awards.[9]

He released his first solo photobook, 'Mark宜夏', in June.[10]

On July 20, in Nanjing, he kicked off his first solo fan meeting tour, called "On Your Mark".[11] The second fan meeting was held in Chengdu on September 14, during which a surprise event took place for Mark's birthday that was ten days before.[10]

2020: Fan meeting, solo debut

On January 11, he held his last fan meeting, in Shanghai. On the same day, he made his solo debut with the digital single "Outta My Head".[11] He released a second digital single, "从未对你说过", on March 14.

2021: Departure from JYP Entertainment, two apparel collections, "One in a Million", "Last Breath"

On January 10, it was reported by Dispatch that all GOT7 members would be leaving JYP Entertainment after 7 years of contract, with the 35th Golden Disc Awards being their last activity as a group.[12] On January 11, JYP Entertainment officially announced that the members will be leaving the agency as their contract expires on January 19.[13]

Mark's YouTube channel reached one million subscribers on January 21, and his first upload to the channel was a reaction to the milestone. During the video, he thanked the people supporting him and he expressed his intention to post more content soon, though he asked people to be patient for a little bit more time. He also announced that his next single, "One in a Million", a collaboration with Sanjoy, would be released on February 12.[14]

After teasing it with a mysterious video a few days earlier,[15] Mark released a new apparel collection titled "XC3" on March 17. It is his third collaboration with Represent.[16]

On April 29, 2021, Deadline reported that Mark had signed with Creative Artists Agency, an American talent and sports agency.[17]

Mark released his third digital single, "Last Breath", on November 12.

On November 22, he collaborated once again with Represent for the "XC3: Butterfly" collection.[18]

2022: "My Life"

On January 21, Mark released his fourth digital single "My Life".

Discography

Digital singles

Collaborations

OSTs

  • Shang-Chi And The Legend of The Ten Rings: The Album ("Never Gonna Come Down" with BIBI (2021)

Producing and writing credits

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[19]
Artist Song Album Type
2015
GOT7 "Back to Me" Just Right Writing
"Feelin' Good" Mad
"Good"
2016
GOT7 "Can't" Flight Log: Departure Writing
"See the Light" Writing
Composing
"No Jam" Flight Log: Turbulence
"My Home"
"If" Writing
"Sick"
"Let Me" Writing
Composing
2017
GOT7 "Shopping Mall" Flight Log: Arrival Writing
"Go Higher"
"Face" 7 for 7
2018
GOT7 "2 (Two)" The New Era Writing
Composing
"OMW" Present : You
"Higher" Present : You & Me Edition Writing
"Think About It" Writing
Composing
2020
Himself "Outta My Head" "Outta My Head" Writing
Composing
GOT7 "God Has Returned + Mañana" Dye Writing
"Born Ready" Breath of Love : Last Piece Writing
Composing

Photobooks

  • Mark宜夏 (2019)

Trivia

  • He has briefly lived in Brazil and Paraguay during his childhood.[5]
  • He was a trainee for three and a half years.
  • His MBTI personality type is ISTJ.[20]
  • He has attended multiple international fashion events, including the 2019/20 Milan Fashion Week.[5]
  • Mark has a dog named Milo.[21] The dog has his own Instagram account, shared by another dog named Kit, who belongs to Mark's family.[22][23]
  • He has many tattoos, among them: a dove and olive branches on the back of his forearm; the words "stay true" and "be real" above each knee; a hibiscus (Korea's national flower) on the back of his bicep; a smiley face on his kneecap; and a butterfly on his calf.[3]

Gallery

Main article: Mark (GOT7)/Gallery

References

  1. Soompi: GOT7's Mark Shares Teaser For Solo Song "Outta My Head"
  2. GOT7’s Mark Tuan’s birthday today
  3. 3.0 3.1 Allure: Mark Tuan Is Figuring Things Out
  4. YGE and JYPE trainees battle it out in front of Yang Hyun Suk and J.Y. Park on 'WIN'
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Meet Mark From GOT7: The Multilingual K-pop Rapper, Dancer And Fashion Lover
  6. @represent on Instagram (July 2, 2018)
  7. @represent on Instagram (March 14, 2019)
  8. Hello Kpop: GOT7's Mark Embodies Swag In New Limited Edition Apparel Collection With Represent
  9. Allkpop: GOT7's Mark To Host Solo Fan Meeting In Shanghai, '#OnYourMark'
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hello Kpop: GOT7's Mark Gifts Extraordinary Stages At "On Your MARK" Fan Meeting In China
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Standom: GOT7's Mark Holds Last "On Your MARK" Fan Meeting In China
  12. Soompi: Dispatch Reports All GOT7 Members Will Part Ways With JYP Entertainment + Agency Responds
  13. Soompi: JYP Entertainment Announces GOT7’s Departure From Agency
  14. Mark Tuan on YouTube (January 21, 2021): Thank You For 1 Million Subs!
  15. YouTube: XC3 COMING SOON
  16. @marktuan on Twitter (March 17, 2021)
  17. Soompi: GOT7’s Mark Signs With Creative Artists Agency
  18. Koreaboo: GOT7’s Mark Tuan Releases New “XC3 Butterfly Collection,” Here’s Everything You Need To Know
  19. KOMCA: Searching Works (search 10010921 under Writers & Publishers)
  20. Allkpop: K-Pop Idols Who Have Revealed Their MBTI
  21. Koreaboo: GOT7’s Mark And Youngjae Talked About Their Dogs So Much Even They Were Surprised
  22. Instagram account: kitxmilo
  23. Joey Tuan on Twitter (February 21, 2021)

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