Kang Daniel is a South Korean singer and songwriter, best known for finishing first in Produce 101 (season 2). He was a member of South Korean boy group Wanna One. Moreover, Kang Daniel was born as Kang Eui-geon (강의건) in Busan, South Korea as the only child of his family. He decided to legally change his name due to family and relatives having difficulty pronouncing his birth name.
Later on, due to the suggestion from a teacher, Daniel began dancing. During a guest appearance at variety show Hello Counselor, he revealed that he was ostracized in elementary school because of his appearance and developed passion and built self-esteem through dancing. Prior to appearing on Produce 101 Season 2, Daniel had trained for two years and one month. Moreover, he initially started as a trainee under B2M Entertainment until management separation, and then became a trainee under MMO Entertainment.
However, on March 21, Kang submitted an application to suspend his exclusive contract with LM Entertainment. His legal representative revealed that LM Entertainment. And that was signed joint business contracts that sold Kang’s exclusive contract rights to third parties without his prior consent. Moreover, on May 10, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of Kang, allowing the suspension of his contract.
Impact and influence
Since January 3, 2019, Guinness World Records announced that Kang had set a new record for the “Fastest time to gain one million followers on Instagram”, achieving the new record in 11 hours and 36 minutes after joining the social media platform on New Year’s Day and breaking the previous record of 12 hours held by Pope Francis. Further, Forbes ranked him as the fourth most powerful celebrity on their 2019 Korea Power Celebrity list, making him the only individual among groups in the top five.
A year after debuting, Kang became one of the highest valued celebrities in South Korea’s advertisement industry, reportedly making 1 billion KRW per one year contract. Likewise, from 2017 to 2018, Kang had multiple endorsement deals ranging from cosmetics, apparel, electronics to eye wear.
- Native name: 강다니엘
- Full Name: Kang Eui-geon
- Date of Birth: December 10, 1996
- Age: 22
- Birth Place: Busan, South Korea
- Occupation: Singer
- Years active: 2017–present
- Genres: K-pop
- Instruments: Vocals
- Labels: MMO, YMC[A], Swing[A], LM, Konnect
- Associated acts: Wanna One
- Height: 1.8 m
- Albums: Color on Me
- Net Worth: $400 thousand
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