Kang Ji-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kang.
Kang Ji-young
Born Kang Ji-young
(1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 21)
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea[1]
Occupation Actress, recording artist
Years active 2008–present
Agent DSP Media
Sweet Power
Musical career
Genres K-pop, J-pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008-2014
Labels DSP Media, Universal Sigma
Associated acts Kara
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gang Ji-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Chiyŏng

Kang Ji-young (born January 18, 1994) is a South Korean idol actress and singer. She is a former member of the Korean girl group Kara.


Kang Ji-young was born on January 18, 1994,[2] in Paju, South Korea. She debuted at the age of 15 as a third grade middle school student. She is one of the 2 members that joined after member Kim Sung Hee left. She sang Girls' Generation's song "Kissing You" for her audition. Kang is the cousin of the Korean pop singer NS Yoon-G.

She attended Bongilcheon Middle School,Muhak Women's High School. She eventually graduated in February 2012 and currently attends Sungkyunkwan University's Department of Acting Arts.[3]


Kara (2008-2014)[edit]

Main article: Kara (band)

The group debuted on March 29, 2007. In 2008, Jiyoung joined the group after member Kim Sunghee decided to leave. At the time of her admission, she was only 14 years old making her the youngest member of the group which was previously Nicole Jung. The group eventually made their return with Rock U. Their comeback saw a change in the group's original "sexy and mature" image to a "cute and playful" appeal.

On December 4, 2008, the group started their comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[4] In February 2009, the group released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first #1 single when it topped the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[5]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[6] Due to the popularity of their songs Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. In February 2010, Kara started promotions with their third mini-album "Lupin".[7] In August 2010, Kara officially debut in Japan with "Mister". After their successful debut in Japan, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.

In 2011, the group was ranked at #1 on the Recochoku favorite Korean artists in Japan poll.[8] More recently, JiYoung was the only Korean female singer to be featured on CDTV Japan's Favorite Female Artist Ranking for 2011, where she was ranked at #21.

She performed with the group for the last time at the 2013 MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013. The group performed a medley of their past hit singles along with "Damaged Lady", from the group's fourth album Full Bloom.[9]

On January 15, 2014, it was announced that she would leave the group once her contract expired in April 2014 to focus on her studies with acting and language skills in London.[10][11][12]

Acting (2014-present)[edit]

After leaving Kara, she signed with agency Sweet Power to resume her activities in Japan as an actress.[13]


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Notes
2009 "Nunibusyeo Single" "Dazzling Eyes" (눈부신 눈) 03:23 Jumper feat. JiYoung
N/A "Ring Ding Dong" 01:40 JiYoung, Hara & F(x)'s Victoria, Luna and Sulli
2010 MBC Music Travel LaLaLa Live Vol. 11 "Bingeul Bingeul" (빙글빙글) 03:55 No Brain feat. JiYoung & KARA
N/A "Merry Love" (메리 사랑) 03:36 Duet with Kim Sungje
Daemul OST "My Love" (내 사랑) 04:23 Duet with Gyuri
N/A "Circus" 02:53 with SeoHyun, Taemin, Sulli, Mir, Chansung & Lizzy
2011 N/A "White Winter" 03:15 Trio feat. Nicole & SeungYeon
2012 "Rainbow Rose OST" "Rainbow Rose" (레인보우 로즈) 03:16 Solo
Kara Collection "Wanna Do" (래요) 03:23 Solo
Kara Solo Collection "Wanna Do" (Japanese ver.) 03:23 Solo
N/A "Santa Baby" 01:30 Solo
N/A "White" 01:30 94's Line ( JiYoung, Krystal, Sulli, Suzy and SoHyun)
2012 SBS Gayo Daejun The Color of K-Pop "Mermaid Princess" (인어 공주) 03:38 JiYoung, Bora, Lizzy, Sunhwa and Gayoon
2013 N/A "Gakuen Tengoku" 04:32 Solo Live
N/A "Young man" 04:18 Solo Live



Year Title Role Notes
2013 KARA The Animation Herself Japanese dubbed version

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2005 Sassy Girl Chun Hyang KBS2 Han Dan-hee
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Goo Hara
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Jiyoung
2012 Rainbow Rose ~ Koisuru Maison Tooniverse Yuri
2013 Secret Love DRAMAcube So Yeol
2014 Jingoku Sensei Nube NTV Yukime
Higanbana ~ Onnatachi no Hanzai File NTV Kaoruko Nagami

Japanese Movies[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2015 Assassination Classroom TBA Irina Jelavić professional killer, also known as "Bitch-sensei"

Variety/Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2009 Star King SBS Episode 145, 198
2010 MBC Every 1 My Pet MBC Every 1 with SeungYeon
Invincible Youth KBS Episode 52
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS2 Episode 32
Strong Heart SBS Episodes 29, 30, 51, 52, 96, 97
2012 Running Man Episodes 61, 62
Invincible Youth Season 2 KBS with Hyoyeon, Yewon, Bora, Suzy, Woori, Amber and Sunny

Radio shows[edit]

Date Name Note
September 23, 2009 – April 14, 2010 Super Junior's Kiss the Radio (Sukira) Fixed guest DJ with Gyuri
May 5, 2010 - October 3, 2011 MBC "Stop the Boring Time" (ShimShimTaPa (SSTP)) with Gyuri and Shindong


Year Commercial Notes
2010 Karaya with Goo Ha-ra and Park Gyu-ri
2011 Nature Republic with Goo Ha-ra and Park Gyu-ri
Union Bay Until 2013 with Han Seung-yeon and Lee Min-ki


Year Award Category Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's Nominated


  1. ^ 강지영 가수. Naver Profiles (in Korean). 27 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ f(x)’s Krystal and KARA’s Jiyoung to attend the same University
  4. ^ (Korean) Kim, Hyungoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/Joins.com. December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  5. ^ (Korean) 카라 “소녀시대 게 섯거라” 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹. Joins.com. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
  6. ^ (Korean) 걸그룹 대란속 ‘조용한’ 카라 뭐할까 “업그레이드 카라 온다” (What is "silent" Kara doing during the girl group uproar - "An Upgraded Kara is coming."). Newsen. June 16, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  7. ^ (Korean) 카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!
  8. ^ http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000072361
  9. ^ "[K-POP Behind] Kara’s Last Performance?". Get It K. Retrieved 18 June 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  10. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/01/breaking-dsp-media-releases-official-statement-to-confirm-jiyoungs-leave-in-april
  11. ^ DSP Confirms Kang Ji Young’s Departure from KARA in Official Statement
  12. ^ "DSP 측 "강지영 오늘(5일) 런던유학, 전속계약 종료"(전문)". 5 April 2014. Nate. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "'Jiyoung signs with Japanese agency Sweet Power to start her acting career". Allkpop. August 20, 2014. 

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