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|Birth name||Kang Jiyoung (강지영)|
January 18, 1994 |
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gang Ji-yeong|
Kang Ji-young was born on January 18, 1994, 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.
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". 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.
In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution". 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". 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. 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.
Television drama/Variety Shows
|2011||Invincible Youth Season 2||Herself||KBS|
|2011||Running Man Eps 61-62||Guest||SBS|
|2013||Kara: Secret Love ||So Yeol||Drama Cube|
- "눈이부셔 (Nunnibusheo)" - Jumper (Feat. Kang Jiyoung) (2009)
- "Merry Love" (Duet with Kim Sungje) (2010)
- "My Love" (Duet with Park Gyuri, Soundtrack for Daemul) (2010)
- "Wanna Do" - Kang Jiyoung (2012) - KARA Collection
- "Mermaid Princess" - Mystic White (2012)
|2012||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Upcoming 20's||Nominated|
- "강지영 가수". Naver Profiles (in Korean). 27 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- f(x)’s Krystal and KARA’s Jiyoung to attend the same University
- (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.
- (Korean) 카라 “소녀시대 게 섯거라” 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹. Joins.com. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
- (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.
- (Korean) 카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!
- "[K-POP Behind] Kara’s Last Performance?". Get It K. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- DSP Confirms Kang Ji Young’s Departure from KARA in Official Statement
- "DSP 측 "강지영 오늘(5일) 런던유학, 전속계약 종료"(전문)". 5 April 2014. Nate. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "'Jiyoung signs with Japanese agency Sweet Power to start her acting career". Allkpop. August 20, 2014.
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