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Jang Nara
Born (1981-03-18) March 18, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, Actress
Labels Pure Entertainment, SM Entertainment
Associated acts SM Entertainment
Website Official Website
Jang Na-ra
Hangul 장나라[1]
Hanja 张娜拉
Revised Romanization Jang Nara
McCune–Reischauer Chang Nara

Jang Na-ra (Korean: 장나라, born March 18, 1981) is a South Korean singer and actress. She also sings in Chinese, and is known in China by her transliterated Chinese name (simplified Chinese: 张娜拉; traditional Chinese: 張娜拉; pinyin: Zhāng Nàlā).[2]

Early life[edit]

As a child, Jang spent most of her childhood in her birthplace, Seoul, but appeared with her father in a play, Les Misérables, in her primary school days, thus sparking her interest to become an actress. Jang also went on to become an advertisement model for some television advertisements in her high school days before entering into the Department of Theater, the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chungang University in March 2000.

Music career[edit]

Jang moved into a singing career by signing a contract with SM Entertainment, however SM Entertainment had dropped Jang due to assumptions that Jang would have lesser or no popularity than other competing artists. Despite SM's opinion, Jang released her debut album First Story with the title track "Burying My Face In Tears". The album sold 300,000 copies in the process. Her pop ballad style song, Confession and the April Story, was ranked at the top in various music charts. Thus, this resulted in Jang holding an MC job at MBC's music show, Music Camp. Jang was also the MC of talk show Love Story.

Acting career[edit]

Jang also has a successful acting career, in which she appears in a TV sitcom New Nonstop with young and famousSouth Korean stars such as Park Kyung-lim and Yang Dong-geun. Together with Jang Hyuk, she also played the leading role in a TV drama, Successful Story of a Bright Girl, which recorded high audience rating.[citation needed]

In recent years, she starred in a drama in China, called Bratty Princess. Being the lead actress, she has attracted much affection from Chinese-speaking fans and has become quite popular in Chinese-speaking countries in Asia. She has also released a few Chinese-language CDs. Her first Chinese album was a huge success and it featured her previously released Korean songs translated into Chinese. The Chinese versions of "Sweet Dream", "It's Probably Love" and "I'm A Woman Too" have become very popular on radio throughout Asia. She has performed many concerts in China, often singing both Korean and Chinese songs. Recently she released another Chinese album called "Kung Fu". The video for the song featured her in red qipao (Chinese women traditional dress), fighting villains, and dancing with a cute panda. She is also in the 2008 Olympic song "Beijing Welcomes You", as the only non-Chinese ethnic singer.

In the middle of this year Jang Nara decided to ended her 6 year of hiatus by taking a leading role as Lee Seo Young who is 34 year old mistaken for being 25 in a rom-com Baby Faced Beauty. This on-going drama also a mark for her to start her come back status in K-Drama world. She is a relative of Bang Min-ah, from the Girl's Day girl group of Dream Tea Entertainment.

Jang reunited her co-star Daniel Choi for School 2013[3][4][5] and Fated to Loved You [6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film
2012 Whoever
2012 Flying With You 一起飞
2009 Sky and Ocean 하늘과 바다
2007 Girl's Revolution 麻雀要革命
2003 Oh! Happy Day 오! 해피데이

Drama[edit]

Year Drama
2014 MBC: Fated to Love You
2013 KBS: School 2013 학교 2013
2011 KBS: Baby Faced Beauty 동안미녀
2011 Diao Man Qiao Yu Yi 刁蛮俏御医 (Unruly Qiao)
2010 Tie Mian Ge Nu 铁面歌女 (Iron Masked Singer)
2007 Chun Bai Zhi Lian 纯白之恋 (Good Morning Shanghai)
2005 KBS: Wedding 웨딩
2005 CCTV: Diao Man Gong Zhu 刁蠻公主 (My Bratty Princess)
2004 MBC: Love is All Around 사랑을 할꺼야
2003 Hello! Balbari 헬로 발바리
2002 MBC: My Love Patzzi 내 사랑 팥쥐
2002 SBS: Successful Story of a Bright Girl 명랑소녀 성공기
2001 MBC: New Nonstop (sitcom)

Charity and other activities[edit]

Jang does some charity work such as sending free powdered milk to the hungry North Korean children. She also works with the FHI Charity organization.

Recently, Jang held a fund-raising concert for child patients of leukemia in China. The Jang Foundation was established from the money raised during Jang's fan club meeting at her June 9 concert in Beijing, which was held to mark the 15th year of Korean-Chinese diplomatic relations. Twelve hundred seats at the concert venue sold out early. After the concert on stage, a leading Chinese charity organization appointed Jang as a goodwill ambassador, making her the first foreigner to receive such an honor.[7]

In June 2010, Jang was appointed as an associate professor at the Beijing Huajia University (北京华嘉学院).[8]

In 2011, Jang was appointed as Seoul’s Gangnam-gu’s ambassador to promote tourism in the area.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

# Information Tracks
1st
  • Title: First Story
  • Released: 21/6/2001
  • Sales: 323,168[9][10]
  • Language: Korean
  1. 고백 (Confession)
  2. 눈물에 얼굴을 묻는다 (Burying My Face In Tears)
  3. 연 (Yun)
  4. Make it Right
  5. 물고기자리 (Pisces)
  6. 4월이야기 (April Story)
  7. 눈물에 얼굴을 묻는다 (Burying My Face In Tears, String Version)
  8. Gloomy Sunday
  9. Blue
  10. 약속 (Promise)
  11. My Pain
  12. 지독한 사랑 (Vicious Love)
2nd
  • Title: Sweet Dream
  • Released: 2/10/2002
  • Sales: 411,253[10]
  • Language: Korean
  1. Sweet Dream
  2. 아마도사랑이겠죠 (Amado Sarangigetjyo, "Perhaps Love")
  3. 혼자서도 잘해요 (Honjaseodo Jalhaeyo, "I Can Do It Well By Myself")
  4. Pinekiss
  5. 철부지 (Cheolbuji, "A Mere Child")
  6. Ending
  7. I'll be there for you
  8. 뙈지아가 (Ttwaejiaga, "Pig Baby")
  9. 물망초 (Mulmangcho, "A Forget-Me-Not")
  10. 사막한가운데서 (Samakhangaundeseo, "In The Middle of the Desert")
  11. Snowman
  12. 다시 받아주겠니? (Dasi Badajugenni? "Can You Accept Me Again?")
  13. 바람아 멈추어다오 (Barama Meomchueodao, "Please Stop the Wind")
  14. 아마도 사랑이겠죠 (Amado Sarangigetjyo, "Perhaps Love") (Radio edit)
  15. Snowman (Radio edit)
3rd
  • Title: The Third Story
  • Released: December 2003
  • Sales: 161,103[11][12]
  • Language: Korean
  1. We
  2. 별이 빛나는 밤에
  3. 기도 (Last Pray)
  4. 10년이 지난 후 나는
  5. 그게 정말이니?
  6. 나도 여자랍니다
  7. 키키
  8. My Boy
  9. 약속
  10. 늘 그래왔듯이
  11. Say Good-Bye
  12. 눈물로 남을텐데
  13. 그게 정말이니 (Band ver.)
  14. 별이 빛나는 밤에(Ver.2)
4th
  • Title: My Story
  • Released: December 2004
  • Sales: 28,940[12]
  • Language: Korean
  1. Intro
  2. 달팽이 (Snail)
  3. 겨울일기 (Winter diary)
  4. I Love School
  5. Always
  6. 이젠 괜찮아요 (Now no problem at all)
  7. 혹시라도 (Perhaps)
  8. 모시는 글 (Mosin Gul)
  9. 연인 (Duet with 신혜성) (Lover, Duet with Shin Hye Sung (Shinhwa))
  10. 사랑하기 좋은 날 (Good Day to Love)
  11. 겨울일기 (Bossa Nova.ver) (Winter diary)
  12. 나 (I)
  13. Make it right
  14. 飛不起來(페이부치라이) (중국드라마'은색연화'주제가) (Cannot fly—Chinese soap opera ' Silver time passage ' Theme song)
5th
  • Title: She
  • Released: February 23, 2007
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. 사랑 부르기 (Calling out love)
  2. 마음을 잃다 (Losing one's mind)
  3. You & I
  4. 손톱 (Fingernails)
  5. 가면무도회 ft. HaHa (A Masquerade)
  6. 사랑을 향합니다 (Towards love)
  7. Everything for you
  8. Tonight
  9. 이젠 말해볼까 (Shall we talk about it now?)
  10. 당신의 모든 것을 사랑합니다 (I love everything about you)
  11. 사랑 부르기 (Acoustic Ver.) (Calling out love)
6th
  • Title: Dream of Asia
  • Released: March 27, 2008
  • Sales: 1,200,000
  • Languages: Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese, English

CD 01 [Korean / Japanese / English]

  1. 신기루 (Mirage)
  2. Jump!!Jump!!
  3. 흉터 (Scar)
  4. 미련한 미련이란 것이 (Stupidity What Is Stupidity)
  5. Thinkin’ Of You
  6. 거짓말쟁이 (Liar)
  7. Long Good-Bye
  8. 달맞이 꽃 (Evening Primrose)
  9. 눈의 아이 (Snow Child)
  10. 결혼할래요 - feat. 박묵환 / Park Moon Hwan
  11. Shining Day
  12. Fairytale [English Version]
  13. 신기루 (しんきろう) [Japanese Version] (Mirage)
  14. Jump!!Jump!! [Japanese Version]
  15. We [Japanese Version]

CD 02 [Mandarin / Cantonese]

  1. 우리들의 꿈 / 我們的夢想 / Wo Men De Meng Xiang (Our Dream)
  2. 독신주의 / 獨身主意
  3. 신기루 / 海市蜃樓 / Hai Shi Shen Lou (Mirage)
  4. Jump!!Jump!! / 跳!跳! / Tiao!Tiao!
  5. 남은 건 추억뿐 / 只剩下從前
  6. 나를 따라 해 봐 / 跟我走 / Gen Wo Zou (Follow Me)
  7. 못된 성질 / 大脾氣 / Da Pi Qi
  8. 멈춘 사랑 / 停愛 / Ting Ai
  9. 조금만 / 一点点 / Yi Dian Dian
  10. 달빛은 내 마음을 대신해 / 月亮代表我的心 / Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin [Cantonese Version]
  11. 달빛은 내 마음을 대신해 / 月亮代表我的心 / Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin [Mandarin Live Version] (Teresa Teng Cover)

Others[edit]

Information Tracks
  • Title: Jang Nara and Friends
  • Released: April, 2003
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. 오 해피데이 (영화‘오 해피데이’삽입곡)
  2. 피노키오
  3. 그날이후 (영화 ‘오 해피데이’ 삽입곡)
  4. friend (Solo Version)
  5. and
  6. lately
  7. Will be mine
  8. luv n u
  9. today
  10. friend (Duet Version)
  11. 부디
  12. 그래요
  13. 아무것도 아닌 이야기
  14. 다시
  • Title: 一张
  • Released: February 1, 2005
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Chinese
  1. 风儿啊!请你停下来 (Wind, please stop)
  2. 全世界下雨 (The whole world is raining)
  3. 娜拉In China
  4. 飞不起来 (Unable to fly)
  5. Sweet Dream
  6. 恋爱宣言
  7. 我也是女人 (I am also a woman)
  8. 甜蜜蜜 (Sweet)
  9. 可能是爱情 (It's probably love)
  10. Ends
  • Title: Gong Fu
  • Released: December 21, 2005
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Chinese
  1. 对不起不爱你 (Sorry, I don't love you)
  2. 功夫
  3. 爱上你全部 (Loving all of you)
  4. 我要你崇拜
  5. 梦飞翔
  6. Everyday
  7. 危险恋人
  8. 天边
  9. 出乎预料
  10. 烦着呢
  • Title: Ladylike
  • Released: December 29, 2006
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. 안 행복해 (I’m not happy)
  2. 그렇담 Good-bye (Then good-bye)
  • Title: It's Alright (Ah Hyeon Dong's Madam OST)
  • Released: February 14, 2008
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. It's alright
  2. It's alright(instrumental)
  • Title: Wind From The End Of The Sky (Dong Yi OST)
  • Released: June 15,2010
  • Sales: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. 천애지아 (하늘 끝에 이르는 바람) (Wind From The End Of The Sky)

Awards[edit]

  • 2001 MBC Best MC Award
  • 2003 Singer of the Year (Korea) CCTV-MTV Music Honors
  • 2002 KBS Music Awards
  • 2002 SBS 10 Best Star
  • 2002 KMTV Music Award
  • 2002 MBC Golden Disk Award
  • 2002 MBC Singer Award
  • 15th International Chunsa Film Festival: Hallyu Grand Award
  • 2010 Asia Star Award
  • 2012 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award for Mini Series, Actress (School 2013)
  • 2011 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award for Mini Series, Actress (Baby-faced Beauty)
  • 15th Chunsa Film Festival: Hallyu Star Award
  • 2011 KBS Drama Award Best Actress of Mini Series

2005 Asia's Best Woman Singer, 2004~2005 Asia-Pacific Music Chart Award

  • Today's Young Artist Award (2008)
  • Most Popular Singer, China Golden Disk Music Awards (2005)
  • Best New Actress, Baesang Arts Awards (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The explanation for Jang Nara's name by her father, from Jang Nara's official website. (in Korean)
  2. ^ http://www.tenasia.com/archives/74256
  3. ^ http://mwave.interest.me/enewsworld/en/article/26347
  4. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (30 November 2012). "Jang Nara's Cute Wish for School 2013's Success". KBS Global. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  5. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (8 November 2012). "Jang Nara Flawlessly Pulls Off a School Uniform". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  6. ^ http://mwave.interest.me/enewsworld/en/article/62729/janghyuk-and-jangnara-to-star-in-the-same-drama-again
  7. ^ "Jang Nara Named Ambassador of Chinese Charity". KBS GLOBAL. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  8. ^ Jo, Sang-won (2010-07-02), "10년만에 대학 졸업한 장나라, 중국에서 교수됐다 [Jang Nara, only ten years out of university, becomes professor in China]", Gyeongwon Ilbo, retrieved 2010-07-04 
  9. ^ :: 한국음반산업협회 ::
  10. ^ a b :: 한국음반산업협회 ::
  11. ^ :: 한국음반산업협회 ::
  12. ^ a b 2004년 총결산 국내음반 판매량집계

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