Real Name: Kang Daniel (강다니엘)
Birthday: December 10, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius (Western), Rat (Eastern)
From: Busan, South Korea
Agency: MMO Entertainment (during Produce 101), Konnect Entertainment (current)
Position(s): Main rapper, lead dancer, vocalist, center, face of the group
Claim to Fame on the Show: Dominating the second half of the season as the most popular contestant and being the most popular trainee for women in their twenties and thirties. He also got a lot of attention for his sexy onstage image, particularly for that thigh touching move in “Open Up.”
After Wanna One’s disbandment, Daniel and Yoon Jisung transferred from MMO Entertainment to LM Entertainment. However, Daniel and LM Entertainment had a conflict and were involved in a legal dispute for several months once Daniel filed to have his contract suspended. To be quite honest, I don’t really know or understand the details of this legal dispute. If you want to know more, you can look at this Dispatch article translation by Soompi or any of other Soompi’s coverage articles of the situation. In the end, the courts ruled in Daniel’s favor and his contract was voided. Once the conflict was resolved, Daniel established his own one-man agency KONNECT Entertainment to manage his activities.
Fandom Name: DANITY. It’s a combination of “Daniel” and the English suffix “-ity.” Since “-ity” can be added to many words, it means that Daniel and his fans have many different possibilities together.
Daniel officially debuted as a soloist on July 25, 2019 with the mini album Color on Me and the single “What Are You Up To.” He recently released another mini album CYAN with the single “2U.” He’s quite popular as a soloist and has won several music show awards for his singles. His debut album also broke two records: most albums sold by a soloist in one day and most albums sold by a solo artist in one week.
As expected, Daniel is a super popular celebrity who has a ton of endorsements. Living in Korea, I have seen his face on SO MANY things in the past year – Subway, KT (a phone company), Calvin Klein, Puma… I’m sure there are plenty more. He’s also in a relationship with Jihyo from TWICE.
Other Activities Outside Wanna One (during active period):
VARIETY SHOW APPEARANCES
It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets
(이불 밖은 위험해)
Seasons 1 and 2
A show featuring male idols who are self-professed “homebodies” going on vacation with the other cast members. Daniel has returned as a fixed cast member along with Junhyung (a member of Highlight at the time) and EXO’s Xiumin. Other idol cast members include WINNER’s Mino, iKON’s Junhoe, NCT’s Mark, and former Produce 101 contestant Jeong Sewoon. The clip is from an episode when he and Mark call (who was an MC with Mark on Music Core).
Episode 1, 4-13
A variety show with a fixed cast and celebrity guests. The players are split into two teams, playing games to win clues and find out who is holding the Master Key. If a team guesses correctly at the end of the episode, they win a prize. Was part of the fixed cast with Seongwu.
A popular variety show with a fixed cast and guests who play games during themed episodes. It usually involves splitting up into small teams and succeeding at missions to win a prize or avoid punishment.
Music Video Appearances
“Days Without You” by Davichi / CJ E&M / 2018
SOURCES: YouTube, Wikipedia, Soompi, Twitter, Instagram, 1theK, CJ E&M, AllKpop, KOCOWA TV, KSHOWONLINE, MBC, MNET, Naver, SBS, tvN / Fantagio Entertainment, KONNECT Entertainment, LM Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, Star Crew Entertainment, Swing Entertainment