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Infinite’s Kim Sung-kyu joins Army

May 09,2018
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Kim Sung-kyu, leader of the popular boy band Infinite, will begin his military duty next week, his management agency said Tuesday.

“Sungkyu will join the Army as an active-duty soldier on May 14,” Woollim Entertainment said in a release, using his stage name. “He will receive basic training at the boot camp in the 22nd Division of the Army in Goseong County, Gangwon Province.”

The singer made a surprise announcement to his fans during a solo concert at a Seoul university the previous day.

“I didn’t talk about this because I thought it would be shocking, but I realized today is the last day to talk about it. I will join the Army next week,” he said. “I’m sorry to have to be away from you for a while, but everyone should go to the military and it’s natural. Stay healthy and please cheer for the rest of the members.”

Debuting in 2010 as a member of Infinite, Kim has put out two individual EPs - “Another Me” in 2012 and “27” in 2015 - and a full-length album called “10 Stories.”

He has also appeared in stage musicals such as “Gwanghwamun Sonata,” “In the Heights,” “All Shook Up” and the play “Amadeus.”

Yonhap