Song Jieun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Jieun
송지은
Song Jieun 2014 fansigning 04.jpg
Background information
Birth name Song Jieun
Also known as Ji-Eun, Ji Eun, Jieun
Born (1990-05-05) May 5, 1990 (age 24)
Seoul
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres R&B, Pop, K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Dancer
Instruments Vocals, Piano
Years active 2009–present
Labels TS Entertainment
Associated acts Secret, Jun Hyoseong, Jung Hana, Han Sunhwa, B.A.P, Bang Yong Guk, Untouchable
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Song Jieun
McCune–Reischauer Song Jiŭn

Song Jieun (Hangul: 송지은; Hanja: 宋枝恩;[1] born May 5, 1990), popularly known as Jieun, sometimes Ji Eun or Ji-eun, is a South Korean idol singer and dancer. She is best known as a member of a popular South Korean girl group Secret as the main vocalist of the group. Aside from being a member of Secret, she began a foray of solo activities in South Korea with her debut single "Yesterday" and participating in various OSTs. In 2011, she released her second single, "Going Crazy" featuring Bang Yong Guk which went to become her first number one single in the Gaon Charts as a solo artist. She is currently signed to TS Entertainment.

In 2013, Song released her first single album "Hope Torture"[2] and, in 2014, her first mini-album 25.[3]

Early life[edit]

Song was born on May 5, 1990, in South Korea. She is an only child. Having interest in music when she was young, she auditioned for JYP Entertainment at an early age. While in JYP Entertainment, she sang OSTs of Korean dramas in 2007 and 2008. Under JYP Entertainment, she was set off to debut as a three member girl group with Sistar's Hyorin and BESTie's Uji but plans did not go well.[4] Jieun then left JYP Entertainment and joined TS Entertainment, where she finally debuted as a part of a girl group, Secret.

Career[edit]

Secret[edit]

In September 2009, TS Entertainment announced that they will be debuting a four member girl group in October 2009. Jieun, along with Han Sunhwa, Jung Hana and Jun Hyoseong, debuted as the group, Secret. Prior to their debut, the group was on a documentary show called "Secret Story" which chronicled their debut process.[5] They released their debut single "I Want You Back" in October 2009.[6]

Secret performing Madonna at the Mnet 20s Choice Awards.

In April 2010, Secret released their first mini album entitled Secret Time which spawned them the hit single "Magic" and served as their breakthrough song in South Korea.[6][7] In August 2010, they released their second mini album entitled "Madonna" and the title track continued their success as it topped the Gaon Single Charts.[6][8]

In January 2011, the group deviated from their "sexy" and "sassy" image and released Shy Boy, a "cutesy" and retro inspired song.[6] Although they were worried with the 180 degrees transformation, the single exceeded their expectations as the song was a huge success. Shy Boy charted strongly in digital charts and Secret won their first trophy on music shows with the song. They won a total of 5 trophies in various music shows with Shy Boy. Secret continued their success with the release of their second CD single entitled "Starlight Moonlight".[6] The title track became another hit for Secret as the song reached number one on the Gaon Monthly Singles Charts and won them another trophy in SBS's Inkigayo.[9]

The same year, Secret began a foray of Japanese activities with the release of Madonna and Shy Boy (EP).[6] The Japanese remake of "Madonna" debuted at number nine in the Oricon singles charts. Secret was one of the first three Korean girl groups to debut on the Oricon chart in the top 10, the others being Kara and Girls Generation being the first and second respectively. In October 2011, the group released their first studio album entitled "Moving in Secret" and spawned them another hit with the lead single "Love is Move.[6] The group released their first mini album in Japan entitled Shy Boy (EP).[6] The mini album debuted also at number nine on the Oricon album charts.

In February 2012, Secret released their second CD single in Japan entitled "So Much For Goodbye".

Solo career[edit]

In 2007 and 2008, Jieun participated in singing several OSTs of Korean dramas like "Learning To Fly" for Air City, "Bichunmooga" for Bichunmoo and "Perfume" for The Lawyers Of The Great Republic Korea. After debuting in Secret for around two months, it was announced that she will have a duet with Hwanhee.[10] On December 14, 2009, the duet, titled, "Yesterday" was unveiled. The song also has a solo version with only Jieun's vocals. Jieun made her solo debut on Music Bank on December 18, 2009.[11] Jieun is also a featured singer of Untouchable's title track for their first studio album, Quiet Storm, "Give My All".

On February 10, 2010, TS Entertainment revealed that Jieun will be on stage to replace Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls as the featured singer of Untouchable's "Living In The Heart". Jieun performed with labelmate Untouchable on various music shows.[12]

Song Jieun's collaboration with Bang Yong Guk became a smash hit in South Korea and it became their first number one single in the country.

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After Secret's great success with "Shy Boy", TS Entertainment announced that Jieun will make her solo comeback with the song "Going Crazy". The song was dubbed as an "emotional ballad track" and "different to what she’s shown through Secret".[13] On February 27, the official concept photos and teasers for "Going Crazy" was released.[14] On March 3, the official music video was unveiled.[15] The music video stars actress Min Hyo-rin. The song made its debut at number twenty on the Gaon Single Charts. The following week, "Going Crazy" jumped nineteen spots to number one, making it Jieun's and Yong Guk's first number one single in Korea.[16]

On April 3, 2011, Jieun participated in the opening pitch for the 30th Korea Baseball Organization with member Hyoseong.[17]

On May 11, 2011, it was reported that Jieun will be participating in KBS's "Immortal Song 2".[18] After participating for four episodes, Jieun was set to leave "Immortal Song 2" due to conflicting schedules.[19]

In January 2012, she sang the theme song "It's Cold" from the drama Take Care of Us, Captain.[20]

Discography[edit]

For Jieun's works with Secret, see Secret discography.

EP's[edit]

Mini albums[edit]

Year Album information Tracklisting
2014 25
  1. "JANUS"
  2. "Pretty Age 25"
  3. "Don't Look At Me Like That"
  4. "La Boum"
  5. "Star"
2014 25[21]
  • Released: December 2, 2014
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Kiss Entertainment
  1. "Pretty Age 25" (Japanese Version)
  2. "Don't Look At Me Like That" (Japanese Version)
  3. "La Boum" (Japanese Version)
  4. "Vintage feat. Zelo" (Japanese Version)
  5. "Star" (Korean Version)
  6. "Pretty Age 25" (Instrumental)
  • DVD Tracklisting
  1. "Pretty Age 25" (Music Video) (Japanese Version)
  2. "Pretty Age 25" (Music Video) (Japanese Version) (Making Of)

Single albums[edit]

Year Album information Tracklisting
2013 Hope Torture
  1. "Vintage" (feat. Zelo of B.A.P)
  2. "Hope Torture"
  3. "Date Mate"

Digital single albums[edit]

Year Album information Tracklisting
2009 Yesterday
  1. "Yesterday" (with Hwanhee)
  2. "Yesterday"
  3. "Yesterday" (Inst.)
2011 Going Crazy
  1. "Going Crazy" (feat. Bang Yongguk of B.A.P)
  2. "Going Crazy" (Inst.)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Gaon

[22]

2009 "Yesterday" (with Hwanhee) 27 Digital Single
2011 "Going Crazy" (featuring Bang Yongguk) 1 Digital Single
2013 "Hope Torture" 9 Single Album
2014 "Don’t Look At Me Like That" 27 25
"Pretty Age 25" 15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Gaon

[22]

2009 "Give My All" (Untouchable featuring Jieun) Quiet Storm
2010 "Let's Go" (as a part of G20) 116 Digital single
2012 "Secret Love" (B.A.P featuring Jieun) 132 Warrior
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Drama
2007 "Learning To Fly" Air City
2008 "Bichunmooga" Bichunmoo
"Perfume" (with PK Heman) The Lawyers Of The Great Republic Korea
2012 "It's Cold" Take Care of Us, Captain
2014 "If Only I Could Go To You" God's Gift - 14 Days (OST)

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Length
2011 "Going Crazy" 4:23
2012 "It's Cold" 4:20
2013 "Hope Torture" 3:21
2014 "Don't Look at me Like That" 3:45
2014 "Pretty Age 25" 3:39

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2010 MBC More Charming By The Day Cameo
2012 KBS2 Shut Up Family Cameo (Episode 45)
2013 KBS2 A Bit of Love (Remaining Love) Do Ji-won
2014 TV Naver Cast Longing For Spring Yang Mal Ja

Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Notes
2009 Mnet Secret Story Regular cast
2010 MBC Bouquet Regular cast
KBS Invincible Youth Episode 52
2011 SBS MTV MTV Special :Big Pleasure Guam With Secret
KBS Immortal Song 2 Episode 2-5
MBC Weekly Idol with Secret (11-11-27)
SBS MTV Let Me Show With Secret
2012 SBS Qualifications of Men Episode 369 with Jun Hyoseong
MBN The Duets Performed "Going Crazy" with Park Kwang-hyun
KBS Hello Counselor with Han Sunhwa and F.T. Island

Music shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2011 Mnet M! Countdown MC Guest MC with Han Sunhwa (11-01-27)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Female Artist If Only I Can Go to You Nominated
Seoul Music Awards Bonsang 25 Pending
Popularity Award Song Jieun Pending
Hallyu Special Award Song Jieun Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sony Music Taiwan KPOP - 正名為全烋星,宋枝恩,韓善伙 Facebook" [Jieun's Hanja name from her label sony music facebook in Taiwan]. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  2. ^ "SECRET's Ji Eun to unveil her solo comeback on September 25". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "SECRET's Song Jieun - '25' (1st Mini Album) **Updated**". allkpop. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Hwang, Yo-young. "효린 "JYP오디션 1등, 송지은과 3인조 걸그룹 데뷔할뻔"" [Hyorin talks about JYP and was supposed to debut in a trio group with Song Jieun]. Nate News (in Korean). SK Communications. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  5. ^ "Secret Showcase Coverage". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Discography of TS Entertainment". TS ENTERTAINMENT Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Secret's mini album Secret Time released!". 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Secret releases their new album Madonna". 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  9. ^ "SECRET wins Inkigayo Mutizen + other performances". 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Secret’s Song Jieun partners up with Hwanhee". Allkpop. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Secret’s Song Ji Eun makes solo debut on Music Bank". Allkpop. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Secret’s Song Ji Eun to join Untouchable on stage". Allkpop. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "SECRET’s Ji Eun to make a solo debut next month!". Daum. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "SECRET’s Ji Eun reveals concept photo for album jacket". Naver. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "SECRET’s Song Ji Eun releases her "Going Crazy" MV". Allkpop. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Lee, Hyo-jin (March 18, 2011). 시크릿 송지은, 가온차트 1위 ′돌풍′ [Secret's Song Ji-eun "blasts" to Gaon Chart number one]. Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  17. ^ "SECRET’s Ji Eun and Hyosung participate in opening pitch for Doosan Bears". Allkpop. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "SECRET’s Ji Eun set to sing for ‘Immortal Song 2′". Nate. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "SECRET’s Ji Eun to leave "Immortal Song 2″". Daum. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Song Ji Eun reveals teaser for solo track, "It’s Cold"". 6Theory Media. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  21. ^ "25 (Song Ji Eun)". Generasia.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Gaon chart search". Gaon. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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