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Arredondo Samuel

Arredondo Samuel South Korean singer

South Korean singer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro South Korean singer
A.K.A. Samuel, Samuel Arredondo, Kim Samuel, Samuel Kim Arredondo, Punch
Is Singer Rapper
From South Korea
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 17 January 2002, Los Angeles, USA
Age: 18 years
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
The details

Samuel Kim Arredondo (born January 17, 2002), better known by his stage name Samuel (formerly known as Punch), is an American-born South Korean singer who was a part of the short-lived hip hop duo 1Punch in 2015.

In April 2017, he participated in the reality television series season 2 of Produce 101 during the first half of 2017. In the final episode, he ranked 18th and was not able to join the show's project group. One month after the show ended, he began his solo career as Samuel, with the release of his first EP Sixteen on August 2.

Early life

Samuel was born in Los Angeles, California, to Mexican-American father José Arredondo and a South Korean mother.


2012–2013: Pre-debut

Samuel made his first appearances to the public aged eleven, when he appeared in the live broadcast series Seventeen TV as a trainee under Pledis Entertainment. In 2013, he left the agency.

2015–2016: 1Punch and collaboration with Silentó

In 2015, Samuel debuted as a part of hip-hop duo named 1Punch (with rapper One) under a collaboration between Brave Entertainment and D-Business Entertainment, taking 'PUNCH' as his stage name. They debuted on January 23 with the release of "Turn Me Back", which is the title track of their album, The Anthem. Eight months later, One was scouted by YG Entertainment, leading to the disbandment of the duo. Under the name PUNCH, Samuel collaborated with Silentó to release the single "Spotlight" in 2016, for which they won the 26th Seoul Music Award for Global Collaboration. He later joined Silentó on tour in the US.

2017–present: Produce 101 and solo debut

In April 2017, Samuel participated in the second season of the popular survival show Produce 101 under his own name, representing Brave Entertainment. During the first elimination he was ranked 2nd, but did not make the final cut for the 11-member team, finally ranking 18th overall. The result was met with surprise from many viewers, who had expected Samuel to become part of the lineup of Wanna One.

Samuel debuted as a solo artist on August 2. His debut mini album, Sixteen, was released on August 2, with the title track "Sixteen" featuring rapper Changmo.

Samuel's first full-length album, Eye Candy, was released on November 16, 2017, with a total of ten tracks including the lead single "Candy".

In December 2017, it was announced that Samuel had signed a contract with ‘Pony Canyon’ for his Japanese promotions.

Samuel officially debuted in Japan on February 7, 2018, with his first Japanese single, "Sixteen (Japanese Ver.)". The music video of "Sixteen (Japanese Ver.)" was released on January 18.

In March 2018, Samuel released his second mini album, One, with the title track "One" featuring BtoB member Jung Il-hoon.

In April 2018, Samuel released his second Japanese single, "Candy (Japanese Ver.)", on May 16. The music video of the track was released on May 2.

On May 30, 2018, Samuel released his repackaged album, Teenager, featuring Lee Ro Han, who was a runner-up to MNet's "School Rapper Season 2".


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Eye Candy
  • Released: November 16, 2017
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • KOR: 25,153

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: August 2, 2017
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Jewel Box
  2. Sixteen
  3. I Got It
  4. With U
  5. 123
  6. I'm Ready
  • KOR: 34,386
  • Release date: March 28, 2018
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. ONE
  2. SOS
  4. I Can't Sleep
  5. Clap Your Hands
  6. 잠시만
  • KOR: 16,900
  • Re-released: May 30, 2018 (Teenager)
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, Kakao M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Teenager
  2. Kka Kka
  3. One
  4. SOS
  5. Princess
  6. I Can't Sleep
  7. Clap Your Hands
  8. Just a While


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Spotlight" (with Silentó) 2016 N/A N/A Non-album single
"Sixteen" (feat. Changmo) 2017 88
  • KOR: 22,655
"Candy" N/A Eye Candy
"Winter Night" 2018 N/A Non-album single
"One" (feat. Jung Il-hoon of BtoB) N/A One
"Teenager" (feat. Lee Ro Han) N/A
"Archive People" (with Brave Hongcha) 2019 N/A Non-album single
"SIXTEEN" 2018 N/A 19
  • JPN: 3,020
Non-album single
"Candy" 30
  • JPN: 1,563
"ONE" 2019 52
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Album Collab ref
Say you love me 2017 Pink Pink OST Kriesha Chu
Thousand Times 2018 Cross OST N/A
Time to Shine 2018 Sweet Revenge 2 OST Bigstar Feeldog

Other appearances

Title Year Album Collab ref
"Chan Chan Chan" 2019 Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Sing the Lyrics of Kim Byeong Geol) Hong Kyung-min

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
26th Seoul Music Awards
Global Collaboration Award
"Spotlight" with Silentó
19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Male Artist Kim Samuel Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
Most Searched KR New Singer
2018 32nd Golden Disk Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
Global Popularity Award Nominated
27th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Soribada Best K-Music Awards New Hallyu Performance Award Won
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