Yubin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Yubin
Yubin 2012.jpg
Yubin performing in September 2012
Background information
Native name 김유빈
Birth name Kim YuBin
Born (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 25)
Gwangju, South Korea
Genres Pop, dance
Occupations Rapper, singer, dancer, lyricist, actress, MC, model
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts Wonder Girls, JYP Nation, Five Girls
Yubin
Hangul 김유빈
Hanja 金婑斌
Revised Romanization Gim Yubin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yubin

Kim Yubin (Korean: 김유빈; Chinese: 金婑斌; Japanese: キム・ユビン; born October 4, 1988), commonly known as Yubin (also spelled Yoobin), is a South Korean singer, rapper, actress, model and MC. She is the main rapper of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007.

Biography[edit]

Yubin (유빈) was born in Gwangju, on October 4, 1988. She attended JungAm Elementary School and Anyang High School for a while before moving to San Jose, California, where she studied at Leland High School. She currently attends Myongji University. Prior to her debut with the Wonder Girls, Yubin was originally set to debut as a member of girl group, Five Girls (오소녀) under Good Entertainment, along with G.NA, After School's Uee, Secret’s Hyoseong and former T-ara member and current Spica member Yang Jiwon. However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment companies.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Singing career[edit]

Main article: Wonder Girls

In 2007, Yubin made her debut with the Wonder Girls a girl group managed by JYP Entertainment on September 7, 2007, with their comeback single "Tell Me" as the main rapper of the group, replacing former member Hyuna.[1]

Although Yubin is known to most as just the rapper of the group, she occasionally also acts as an additional vocalist to the group, examples of which include "This Time" and "Wishing On A Star". Aside from performing with Wonder Girls, she has also been featured in several MVs, including labelmate 2PM's debut music video, "10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom" and Shinhwa's Once In A Life Time. In addition, she has also been featured on several different artists' singles, like Shinhwa's Andy Lee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Bum-soo, and Chun G. It was also revealed that Yubin is interested in writing her own lyrics which she was able to showcase for the first time in Kim Bum-soo's song "Do You Know That?". Since then, she has also written her own raps on several other songs she has featured in and most recently, it was revealed that she had written the lyrics for "Girls Girls", "Me, In", and "Sweet Dreams" which can be found on Wonder Girls' second studio album Wonder World. Yubin wrote the song "Hey Boy" for Wonder Girls mini album "Wonder Party".

TV shows[edit]

Before debut, Yubin, along with her former group Five Girls, were featured on a reality TV show on MTV called Diary of Five Girls. The show followed the group as they prepared for their debut. Due to financial difficulties with their company, the group was never able to officially debut and they have all since debuted under different record labels. She and the rest of her band mates from the Wonder Girls have been featured on a number of different variety and reality TV shows. This includes a total of four seasons of MTV Wonder Girls, Wonder Bakery, Welcome to Wonderland, and Made in Wonder Girls. Welcome to Wonderland and Made in Wonder Girls followed the girls on their concert tours, revealing many behind the scenes footage from the tours. Yubin had also made a short cameo in MBC's popular sitcom, Here He Comes. Then, after Sunye's marriage, she made her acting debut through OCN's new drama, The Virus, where she played the role of Lee Joo-yeong, a genius hacker and an IT specialist.

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Song
2007 Andy Lee Irrelevant Imagination
2008 Lee Min Woo Honey
Various Artist Cry With Us
Various Artist I Love Asia
Kim Bum Soo Do you know that?
2009 Chun G Weak man
2010 JYP Nation This Christmas
2013 Taecyeon and San E It's Time
Ivy I Dance
2014 Sunmi Who Am I?

Filmography[edit]

Television Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2008 Here He Comes Cameo MBC
2013 The Virus Lee Joo Yeong OCN

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Roles TV Network Note
2010 MBC Show! Music Core Co-Host along with Sunye & CN Blue Jung Yong Hwa MBC Guest-hosted for only one day
2011 KBS Music Bank Co-Host along with Sohee Shindong & Minho KBS
2012 SBS Running Man Guest Ep 117 SBS

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 The Last Godfather Cameo
2012 The Wonder Girls Herself

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2008 Cry With Us Various Artist Herself
I Love Asia/ Smile Again Various Artist Herself
Once in a Lifetime Shinhwa Herself
10 Out of 10 2PM Herself
2010 This Christmas JYP Nation Herself
2013 I Dance Ivy Herself
2014 Ain't Nobody HA:TFELT Herself

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kim, Won-gyum (2007-09-05). "원더걸스, 새멤버 공개..19세 김유빈" (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved 2007-10-08.