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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, LARGE Edition! (Part VII): Cao Shun and Jo Sung-mo - The Ballad Prince, on par with Jo Kwan-woo


Jo Sung-mo (Hangul/Hanja/Romanization: 조성모/曺誠模/Jo Seong-mo; Born: March 11th 1977 in Hwayang-dong, Seoul Gwangjin-gu) is a South Korean singer who mainly focuses on ballads and some dance pop songs. He is a member of Changnyeong Cho Clan (창녕 조씨/昌寧曺氏), a clan which is originated from Changnyeong County, Southern Gyeongsang Province where the fellow Korean celebrities such as Kyuhyun of Super Junior, Jo Sumi and Jo Seung-woo are originated from the same clan as him.

He was a dropout from Daelim University in Library and Information Science Studies before he proceeds to Kyonggi University. He is a graduate from Kyonggi University where he obtained Degree in Leisure Sports and Health Science Studies and Master in Sports Science Studies

He debuted in September 4th 1998 with a sad, romantic ballad titled "To Heaven." This song was featured in episode 99 of Lee So-ra's Proposal (이소라의 프로포즈). Jo is notable for his "million sellers", as his first few albums were widely popular such as:
  • 1 - To Heaven, 1998 (Sold Approximately 1,000,000 albums)
  • 2 - For Your Soul, 1999 (Sold Approximately 2,100,000 albums)
  • 2.5 - Classic, 2000 (Sold Approximately 1,600,000 albums)
  • 3 - Let Me Love, 2000 (Sold Approximately 2,100,000 albums)
  • 4 - No More Love, 2001 (Sold Approximately 1,000,000 albums)

His notable songs such as Eternal Love (불멸의 사랑), For Your Soul, Pledge (다짐), Thorny Tree (가시나무), Do You Know (아시나요) and Piano become popular to Koreans until he dubbed as the Ballad Prince (발라드의 황태자) by his fans. Jo also contributes some songs for K-Dramas such as Truth, Lovers in Paris, Painter of the Wind and Jeon Woo Chi. He has his own official fan club which is known as Maria, established since March 14th 1999.