Park Ji-yeon

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For the South Korean singer of the same name, see Gummy (singer).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Ji-yeon
Jiyeon performing with T-ara on August 10, 2013 at AsiaWorld–Arena, Hong Kong.
Background information
Born (1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Core Contents (CJ E&M), Mnet (CJ E&M)
Associated acts T-ara, T-ara N4
Korean name
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chiyŏn

Park Ji-yeon (Hangul: 박지연; born June 7, 1993), better known as simply Jiyeon, is a South Korean idol singer and actress, and a member of girl group T-ara.


1993–2008: Early life[edit]

Ji-yeon was born in Seoul, South Korea on June 7, 1993,[2] from a Korean family.[3][4] She briefly attended Seoul Arts High School, Hyehwa Girls' High School and Lila Art High School, graduating from Lila Art High School in 2012.

2008–2010: Early work, T-ara and career debut[edit]

She and Eunjung are the only two members of T-ara to be trained in acting. Instead, the two switched over to singing despite their original intentions.[5][6]

Ji-yeon has expressed an interest in modeling. In 2008, when she was 15 years old, Ji-yeon was featured in several pictorials and advertisements for clothing company Smart with Korean boy band SHINee.[7] She collaborated with Davichi and SeeYa on the digital single "Female Generation/Forever Love", which was released in May 2009, making her the first member of T-ara to appear in public. She appeared in SG Wannabe's music videos "Saranghae" and "My Love is Crying" from their 2009 album, Gift from SG Wannabe. Early on, the Korean media dubbed Ji-yeon "Little Kim Tae-hee" due to her close resemblance to Kim.[8]

In 2008, she entered and won the Smart Model Contest. Subsequently, she auditioned at the Mnet Casting System and joined the company. T-ara debuted on July 29, 2009, when Ji-yeon was 16 years old; the majority of the members were in their early twenties. She was the youngest member until Areum was introduced in June 2012, followed by Dani, who was added in December on the same year.

Ji-yeon made an appearance on the highly ranked KBS television show Master of Study as Na Hyun Jung, a heavily burdened love-struck high school girl who joins a special class consisting of five underperforming students who must gain acceptance to the top South Korean university, commonly referred to as the "Cheonha-Dae" (in Korean).[9][10] Ji-yeon played the lead character in Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp alongside with Yoon Shi-yoon, which was released in July 2010. In August 2010, she appeared on HahaMong Show and discussed meeting Park Ji-sung.[11] In October, 2010, Ji-Yeon became the host for Show! Music Core (MBC), alongside Suzy (Miss A) with Minho and Onew, both of SHINee.


During the August 19, 2011 rehearsal taping of KBS Music Bank for their final stage performance of promoting Roly Poly, Ji-yeon pulled a right knee ligament and was rushed to the hospital for further treatment. Her agency released a statement saying that Jiyeon's condition was being monitored. She was reported recovering and continuing to attend tour after tour, although she needed considerable assistance for each trip due to her injuries. Ji-yeon was cast in a drama Dream High Season 2 as Rian/Lee Ji Kyung.[12]

In 2011, she was ranked on MBC's Weekly Idol as the 'best-looking idol in real life' by fellow idols and once again in 2012 as the 'best-looking idol' for her versatile face and glowing character.

In 2013, she hosted along with Nichkhun,from 2PM, Jokwon From 2AM, Minho from Shinee,and Suzy from Miss A For 2013 Korean Music Wave In Bangkok,Thailand.

2014–present: Solo music debut[edit]

It was revealed that Jiyeon and fellow T-ara member Hyomin would musically debut solo – promoting simultaneously, or in early April and early May, respectively.[citation needed] On March 28 it was announced that Jiyeon would start promoting on May 20, with single "1min 1sec" (Hangul: 1분 1초).[citation needed] The single peaked on the Korean charts at 17 and excelled in China, becoming the first Korean song to reach a 99.5% YinYueTai score.[13][better source needed]

In June, Jiyeon resumed her acting career, appearing in the fifteenth episode of Triangle (MBC), as Sung Yoo-jin – anticipated to be a potential wife for Yim Si-wan (ZE:A)'s character.[citation needed] In September, she was cast as MC for the fourth season of The Show (SBS MTV), with Lee Hyeri (Girl's Day) and a new male MC.[citation needed]




Title Album details Peak positions Sales
TWN East Asian
Never Ever 3 11 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak positions Sales Album


2013 "My Sea" 17 25
  • KOR (DL): 6,469
(digital single)
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" 7 6
  • KOR (DL): 205,741+ [18]
Never Ever
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region


Year Album Song Duration Notes
2009 Cinderella Man OST "Women's Generation" 3:32 with Seeya and Davichi
"Forever Love" 3:32
2010 Master of Study OST "Rolling" 4:01 Solo
Jungle Fish 2 OST "Little By Little" 4:10 Solo
Coffee House OST "Coffee Over Milk" 3:35 With Hyomin and Lee Bo Ram (Seeya)
2012 Dream High 2 OST "Superstar" 3:42 With Hyorin and Ailee
"Together" 4:19 With JB
"Day after Day" 3:43 Solo
2013 Bunny Style! "Dangerous Love" 3:40 With Ham Eun-jung and Hyomin
2014 Triangle OST "Kiss and Cry" 3:31 With Cho Seunghee (F-ve Dolls) and Shorry J (Mighty Mouth)

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
2014 "Yeurido Cherry Blossom" 70 Never Ever
"Marionette" 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Director
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" Unknown



Year Title Role
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Lee Se Hee
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Voice dubbing actor
Gisaeng Ghost Cameo appearance

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2007 I Love You Too Cameo appearance KBS2
Hello! Miss
Lobbyist Cameo appearance SBS
2008 Aeja's Older Sister, Minja Maeng Na Yeon
2009 Soul Yoon Doo Na MBC
High Kick! (season 2) Lee Yuri
2010 Master of Study Na Hyun Jung KBS2
Jungle Fish 2 Seo Yul
2011 Miss Ripley Yuu MBC
2012 The Thousand Man Han Yi Seul
Dream High 2 Rian KBS2
2014 Triangle Seong Yoo Jin MBC


Year Title Role
2012 Our Youth, Roly Poly Musical Han Joo Young

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Radio Star Herself MBC
2009 Star King Herself SBS
2010 Win Win Herself KBS2
2010 Taxi Herself tvN
2010 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Herself KBS
2010 Star King Herself SBS
2010 Star Golden Bell Herself KBS
2010 Dream Girls Herself Mnet
2010 Strong Heart Herself SBS
2010 Happy Together Herself KBS
2010 Bouquet Herself MBC
2010 Invincible Youth Herself KBS2
2010 Heroes Herself SBS
2010 Hello Baby Herself KBS
2010 - 2011 Music Core Host MBC
2011 100 Points out of 100 Herself KBS2
2011 Star King Herself SBS
2011 Running Man Herself SBS
2011 Vitamin Herself KBS2
2011 Beatles Code Herself Mnet
2011 Win Win Herself KBS2
2011 Happy Together Herself KBS
2013 Beatles Code Herself Mnet
2013 Hidden Singer Herself JTBC
2013 SimSimTaPa Herself MBC
2014 Moon Hee Jun's Pure Herself Mnet
2014 Mnet Rude Show Herself Mnet
2014–present The Show Host SBS MTV
2014 Weekly Idol Herself MBC
2014 Hello Counselor Herself KBS
2014 Happy Together Herself KBS
2014 Weekly Idol Herself MBC

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2008(pre-debut) "Never Ending Story"[1] SMASH
2009(pre-debut) "My Cry Baby"&"Saranghae"[2] SG Wannabe
2010 "Soul(ver.1)"[3] Yangpa
2010 "Soul(ver.2)"[4] Yangpa
2010 "I Have To Let You Go"[5] Young Gun
2011 "Shake It Up" [6] Seo In-guk
2012 "Together" (Dream High 2 OST) [7] JB & Jiyeon
2013 "Painkiller" [8] [9] T-ara(Soyeon), The SeeYa(Yoojin), 5dolls(Eunkyo) & Speed(Taewoon, Sungmin)
2014 "More and More" [10] The SeeYa


Year Awards
  • APM Model Contest Silver Award
  • Smart Model Contest Daesung Award
  • 2010 SBS Entertainment Award - Best Teamwork (Heroes)
  • 2011 MBC Weekly Idol - Best-Looking Idol in Real Life
  • 2011 MBC Weekly Idol - Top Search Female Idol
  • 2012 MBC Weekly Idol - Best-Looking Idol


  1. ^ T-ARA Official (2014-10-17). "Ji-yeon hanjia birth name.". T-ARA Official FAECBOOK. 
  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ (Korean) 티아라 지연, '악성루머'에도 '엠카'서 MC 활약 '눈길' Naver News. October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  4. ^ (Korean) ‘엠카 MC 나선’ 티아라 지연, 음란채팅 루머에도 ‘씩씩’ " Naver News. October 9, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Lynn Kim & Jessica Kim: T-ara to become 7-member group. 10asia. July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  6. ^ (Korean) 티아라, 은정→보람 리더 교체 왜? ("Why did T-ara change its leaders from Eunjung to Boram?"). StarNews. July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  7. ^ (Korean) '음중' 새 4MC 온유·민호·지연·수지, 무난한 데뷔 . Naver News. October 30, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "티아라 지연, 김태희 ‘니트 머리띠’ 열풍 동참 ". ISplus. January 26, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  9. ^ "SKY Universities"
  10. ^ "Jiyeon in TV Drama". The Korea Times. November 23, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "T-ara’s Jiyeon has a relationship with Park Ji Sung?".
  12. ^ (Korean) "티아라 지연 무릎부상 악화로 응급실행" ("Park Ji-yeon's leg injuries forces tour to face delays").
  13. ^ "Home › allkpop › K-POP › Jiyeon's "1분 1초" broke record in YYT chart". 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. Jiyeon just broke one of the records for Korean Songs in YinYueTai Chart for having 99.5/100 rating in it (first Korean Idol who did that in YYT Chart). 
  14. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  15. ^ "G-Music Combo Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "G-Music J-Pop Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
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  18. ^ Sales references for "Nice Body":
  19. ^ Cite error: The named reference Billboard_Kpop was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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