Gummy (singer)

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For the South Korean singer of the same name, see Park Ji-yeon.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Gummy
Gummy in 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth name Park Ji Yeon
Born (1981-04-08) April 8, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Seoul, Republic of Korea
Genres Soul, contemporary R&B hip hop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels YG Entertainment (2003–2013)
C-JeS Entertainment (2013–)[1]
Website gummy.co.kr
Birth name
Hangul 박지연
Hanja
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chiyŏn
Stage name
Hangul 거미
Revised Romanization Geomi
McCune–Reischauer Kŏmi

Park Ji Yeon (Hangul: 박지연; born April 8, 1981), better known by her stage name Gummy (Hangul: 거미, Korean for spider), is a South Korean recording artist formerly signed to YG Entertainment.[2]

History[edit]

2003-2009: Debut and Breakthrough Success[edit]

Gummy debuted in 2003 with her album Like Them. Due to the success of other label mates, Her second studio album, It's Different, was released on September 9, 2004. Her title track Memory Loss (기억상실) brought her success and recognition and led Gummy to win the Bonsang at the 19th Golden Disk Awards. The same year, Gummy earned at the 2004 Mnet Km Music Festival for Mobile Popularity Award for Memory Loss.

She released her fourth album titled Comfort on March 12, 2008, and it is her first released in three years. The album was postponed several times because Gummy wanted to release a high-quality album that showed her growth as an artist.[3] The lead single I'm Sorry (미안해요) features T.O.P from Big Bang; he is also featured in the music video, along with Sandara Park from 2NE1. A week after its release, the song peaked within the top five spots on various digital charts.[4]

2010: Comeback and Loveless (EP)[edit]

On April 12, 2010, YG Entertainment announced comeback plan for Gummy and her fellow label mates Big Bang, 2NE1, and Se7en. A week later, it was revealed that Gummy is coming back with a mini album titled Loveless. A music video plus the full song of one of her tracks in the mini album was released on April 21. Loveless was released on April 29, and promotion for the album began in May.

She has released a music video for multiple songs since the album such as "There Is No Love" that has already been live on the Comeback Stage.

2011: Japanese Debut with Loveless (EP)[edit]

After staying in Japan for several years to improve her Japanese and to get a sense of the culture, Gummy finally felt confident in her Japanese to debut. On October 15, 2011, the MV for her remake of "I'm Sorry" feat. TOP was released.

2013: 10th anniversary, Snow Flower OST, 2nd Japanese Mini Album and Contract expiry[edit]

2013 marked the tenth anniversary for Gummy and she celebrated with a fan meeting.

Gummy released her OST for the Korean drama, That Winter, The Snow Blows. "Snow Flower" was a hit and ranked high on charts such a Gaon and Instiz. Gummy performed "Snow Flower" on the music show Inkigayo.

Gummy also released her second Japanese album, Fate(s). Gummy directly participated in the production of the album in Japan, and she sought the help of producer Jeff Miyahara, who has produced songs for Amuro Namie, V6, KAT-TUN, and other popular Japanese artists. Gummy also had a duet with fellow label mate Daesung from BIGBANG. Two music videos were released for the lead single off the album, "Shinjiteru (Believe)".

Gummy signed with C-JeS Entertainment in October 2013, leaving YG Entertainment.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Track Listing
2003 Like Them
2004 It's Different
  • Released: September 9, 2004
  • Label: YG Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Sales: 132,000[7]
2005 For The Bloom
  • Released: September 1, 2005
  • Label: YG Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Sales: 75,000[8]
2006 Unplugged
  • Released: April 28, 2006
  • Label: YG Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Sales: 30,000[9]
2008 Comfort
  • Released: March 12, 2008
  • Label: YG Entertainment
  • Language: Korean

Mini albums (EP)[edit]

Year Information Track Listing
2011 Loveless
2013 Fate(s)

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Information Track
2004 A Moment to Remember (Korean: 내 머리 속의 지우개) OST
  • Released: October 26, 2004
날그만잊어요 (Please Forget Me)
2007 H.I.T (Korean: 히트) OST
  • Released: April 11, 2007
통증 (Pain)
2008 Sunny (Korean: 님은 먼 곳에) OST
  • Released: June 26, 2008
님은 먼 곳에 (My Love is Faraway)
The Scale of Providence (Korean: 신의 저울) OST
  • Released: September 19, 2008
애심 (Compassion)
General Hospital 2 (Korean: 내게로 오는 길) OST
  • Released: December 19, 2008
내게로 오는 길 (The Path Towards Me)
2009 Telecinema Triangle (Korean: 이별은 사랑 뒤를 따라와) OST
  • Released: November 19, 2009
이별은 사랑 뒤를 따라와 (I Love You Behind The Break Up)
Will it snow For Christmas? OST
  • Released: December 21, 2009
그대라서 (Because It's You)
2010 Dae Mul/Big Fish (Korean: 대물) OST
  • Released: October 6, 2010
죽어도 사랑해 (I Love You Even If You Die)
Finding Mr. Kim (김종욱 찾기) OST
  • Released: November 23, 2010
러브 레시피 (Love Recipe)
2013 That Winter, The Wind Blows OST Part 3
  • Released: February 27, 2013
눈꽃 (Snowflower)[10]
2013 My Master's Sun OST Part 1
  • Released: August 7, 2013
낮과 밤 (Day And Night)
2014 Three Days OST Part 4
  • Released: March 19, 2014
날 부르네요 (You're Calling Me)

Music Videos[edit]

Year Album Title
2003 Like Them 그대 돌아오면 (If You Come Back To Me) (Feat. Wheesung)
친구라도 될 걸 그랬어 (We Should’ve Been Friends)
2004 It's Different 기억상실 (Memory Loss)
2005 For The Bloom 아니 (No)
어른아이 (Childish Adult)
2006 Unplugged 그대 돌아오면 (If You Come Back To Me)
2008 Comfort 미안해요 (I'm Sorry) (Feat. T.O.P)
2010 Loveless (EP) 사랑은 없다 (There is No Love)
남자라서 (Because You're a Man) (Feat. Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Ryeo-won)
어떡해 (What Can I Do)
2010 - 러브 레시피 (Love Recipe) (Feat. Bobby Kim)

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2004
2005
2010
2012
  • 2011 Japan Billboard Music Awards: Best New K-pop artist

References[edit]

External links[edit]