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Amber Liu
Amber Liu KCON 2013.jpg
Amber Liu in Los Angeles at the music festival KCON 2013
Born Amber Josephine Liu
(1992-09-18) September 18, 1992 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
  • dancer
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • rapping
  • guitar
  • drums
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts
Amber Liu
Traditional Chinese [1]
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu Pinyin Liú Yìyún

Amber Josephine Liu[1] (simplified Chinese: 刘逸云; traditional Chinese: 劉逸雲; pinyin: Liú Yìyún; Korean: 엠버, 류일운; Japanese: アンバー, 劉逸雲; born September 18, 1992), known professionally as Amber, is an American rapper and singer currently active in South Korea. She is a member of the South Korean girl group f(x). She debuted as a solo artist in February 2015 with the release of her EP, Beautiful.[2]

Early life

Amber was born on September 18, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.[3][4] Her parents are from Taiwan and her father has Teochew ancestry.[5] She has one older sister named Jackie.[6] She attended El Camino Real High School in Los Angeles prior to moving to South Korea to be a trainee under S.M. Entertainment.


Amber performing at Seoul Plaza.


Amber was cast from S.M. Entertainment's Los Angeles global audition in 2008, where she and one male were selected to be trainees for SM Entertainment. After a year and a half of training, she debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009.[7] During an episode of the group's reality show, Go f(x), Amber revealed that her parents initially had mixed feelings regarding her music career. She stated: "My dad was very cautious, at first ...but then my mom was always supportive from the beginning. I really thank her and she also convinced my dad".[6]

She has composed and written lyrics for some of the group's songs such as "Goodbye Summer" which was a track in their second studio album, Pink Tape,[8] and "Summer Lover" from their third studio album, Red Light. Aside from featured songs, Amber also worked with fellow group mates Luna and Krystal for the soundtrack of KBS drama God of Study, in a song called "Spread its Wings".

Solo activities

She frequently collaborated with other S.M. Entertainment artists. Label mate Yuri of Girls' Generation performed a cover of Ciara's song "1, 2 Step" at their first concert, Into the New World, held on December 19 and 20, 2009 in Seoul and featured Amber as a rapper and dancer. The song was then included in their first live album. In June 2010, she was featured in the lead track of Taiwanese singer, Danson Tang's third Mandarin studio album, The First Second. She performed the Korean and English rap parts of the song, and was also featured in the song's music video.[9] In 2013, she was featured in the Korean version of the title track of Henry's's debut album, called "1-4-3 (I Love You)".[10]

Amber Liu at the Jeju K-Pop Festival, in October 2015.

Amber has also made a career on television. From October 2011 to April 2012, Amber was part of the reality-variety show, Invincible Youth. She had to leave the show to prepare for her group's debut in Japan.[11] She has also hosted MBC's music show Show Champion with T-ara's Eunjung for a year, both of them stepped down as hosts on December 18, 2013.[12] On June 6, 2014, she became a host of the KBS show, A Song for You with Kangin of Super Junior and Yook Sungjae of BTOB.[13] She was also a host of We Got Married Global Edition.[14] In the same year, she appeared in a 9-episode travel reality series, One Fine Day, with singer Ailee, who is a close friend of hers. The show, which aired on MBC Music, followed a vacation trip they took and was filmed on Jeju Island.[15] On December 31, Amber was confirmed as a cast member for the second female soldier special of MBC's Real Men.[16]

Amber officially debuted as a solo artist, releasing her debut EP, Beautiful, on February 13, 2015. The title track, "Shake That Brass", featured Girls' Generation's Taeyeon.[17] A few days prior to the release of the album, a lyric video for the B-side track, "Beautiful", was released. The music video contained childhood photos of the singer, as well as photos since her debut as a member of f(x). Its lyrics tells the story of the difficulties she faced as she chased after her dreams of being an entertainer and how she liked herself the way she is.[18] Beautiful debuted at number 2 on Billboard's World Albums chart and number 19 on Heatseekers Albums. According to Jeff Benjamin of Billboard K-Town, this ranking shows Amber has a large international fanbase.[19]

As a part of SM Station project, Amber's solo single, "Borders", was released in March 2016. She participated in composing, lyrics writing and arrangement of the song. Written entirely in English, the hip hop track shares Amber's childhood experiences and gives a positive message not to give up on oneself against life difficulties.[20]

On May 15, 2016 SM Entertainment posted a mysterious teaser for new song with the name "Crossing". On May 16, 2016 SM Entertainment announced that Amber was set to release a new digital single on May 18, 2016 under the title "On My Own". On May 22, 2016 Amber announced the release of the third single on the Crossing series following "Borders" and "On My Own", on May 25, under the title "Need to Feel Needed".[21]

On September 9, 2016 SM Entertainment published the official music video for "Breathe Again". This would be Amber's first entirely English song and her first collaboration with Japanese DJ, Ksuke.[22]

Personal life

Amber is a native speaker of English and additionally possesses fluency in Korean and Mandarin Chinese. She went to El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, where she played basketball. Basketball served as a large portion of her early childhood to her arrival in Korea. She was also a member of her school track team. She holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

Amber took a six-month hiatus from the group early in their career reportedly due to an ankle injury.


Further information: F(x) discography


Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Heat
US World
Beautiful 2 19 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
Gaon Chart

Billboard World

"Shake That Brass"
(featuring Taeyeon)
2015 17 4
"Borders" 2016 205
  • KOR: —
(With Luna featuring R3hab & XaviGi)
  • KOR: —
"On My Own"
(featuring Gen Neo)
  • KOR: —
"Need to Feel Needed" 300
  • KOR: —
Breathe Again
(featuring Ksuke)
  • KOR: —
(With Luna featuring Ferry Corsten & Kago Pengchi)
  • KOR: —
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Beautiful" 2015 87 Beautiful
"I Just Wanna"
(featuring Eric Nam)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Album Song Artist
2010 KBS God of Study OST "Spread Its Wings" With Luna & Krystal
The First Second "I'm Back" Duet with Danson Tang
The 1st Asia Tour Concert - Into the New World "1, 2 Step [Live]" Duet with Kwon Yuri
2013 1-4-3 (I Love You) "1-4-3 (I Love You)" Duet with Henry
2014 "So Good" Featuring for Chad Future
2015 VIVID "Letting Go" Duet with Ailee
"We Own The World" "We Own The World" Featuring with Luna for Justin Oh (for Ultra Korea)
Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man Part.6 "Just a Love" Duet with Luna

As songwriter

Year Album Song Artist Notes
2012 Electric Shock "Beautiful Stranger" Amber, Luna & Krystal
  • Lyrics
2013 Pink Tape "Goodbye Summer" Amber, Luna, Krystal & D.O. of Exo
  • Music with Gen Neo
2014 Red Light "Summer Lover" f(x)
  • Music with Sean Alexander
2015 Beautiful "Beautiful" Amber
  • Music
  • Lyrics with Jam Factory
"Shake That Brass" Amber ft. Taeyeon of Girls' Generation
  • Music with Courtney Woolsey and Nermin Harambasic * Jin Choi
  • Lyrics with Rhymer, V-Hawk, Lee Yoo-jin, Kang Ji-eun
"Love Run" Amber
  • Music with Sean Alexander
  • Lyrics with Jakops and Kim Min-ji
  • Music with Command Freaks
  • Lyrics with David Choi
"I Just Wanna" Amber ft. Eric Nam
  • Music with Gen Neo
  • Lyrics
VIVID "Letting go" Ailee ft. Amber
  • Music and Lyrics with Ailee
2016 (single) "Borders" Amber
  • Music and Lyrics
"On My Own"
"Need to Feel Needed"
"Breathe Again"
  • Music and Lyrics with Ksuke

Music videos

Year Music video Language Note
2010 Danson Tang - "I'm Back" Chinese (Rap in English & Korean) Featuring
2013 Henry Lau - "1-4-3 (I Love You)" Korean Featuring
2015 "Shake That Brass" Korean
"Beautiful" Korean
2016 "Borders" English Co-directed
Amber & Luna - "Wave" Korean
"On My Own" English version and Korean version Directed
"Need To Feel Needed" English Directed
"Breathe Again" English
Amber and Luna - "Heartbeat" Korean


Television drama

Year Title Role Network Notes
2016 Entourage Joey Jung tvN Aired November 4, 2016 - December 24, 2016[31]

Television shows

Year Channel Show Notes
2010 SBS Star King Guest, Ep. 163, 164, 160, 170, 171, 176
MBC Radio Star Guest with f(x) (June 16, 2010)
2011 SBS Star King Guest, Ep. 215, 220, 221, 222, 224, 234
2011–2012 KBS Invincible Youth 2 Season Regular Ep. 1-18 (November 12, 2011 - April 7, 2012)
2012 Mnet Beatles Code Guest with f(x) & Wondergirls (July 2, 2012)
SBS Star King Guest, Ep. 255, 277, 288
KBS Immortal Songs 2 featured for Taemin's performance (March 17, 2012)
2013 MBC Music Show Champion Host
SBS Star King Guest, Ep. 328, 329
Mnet Enemy of Broadcasting Guest with John Park, Ep. 3 (June 12, 2013)
2014 MBC We Got Married Global Edition Host
KBS A Song For You 3 Host (July 19, 2014 – February 17, 2015)
Arirang TV After School Club Guest, Ep 65 (May 13, 2014)
MBC Ailee&Amber One Fine Day Season Regular
2015 MBC Real Men Cast (January 18, 2015 - March 8, 2015)
Arirang TV After School Club Guest, Ep 145 (February 17, 2015)
Mnet 4 Things Show Guest (March 3, 2015)
MBC Radio Star Guest, Ep. 417 (March 4, 2015)
MBC, MBC+ Drama, MBC Every 1 I Live Alone Guest, Ep 95 (March 6, 2015)
KBS Game of Thrones: The Return of Superman vs. Two Days and One Night Guest (March 13, 2015)
JTBC Everybody Guest, Ep 17 (March 19, 2015)
tvN SNL Korea Host, Ep 113 (March 28, 2015)
SBC Roommate Guest with Henry & BamBam, Ep 45 (April 7, 2015)
KBS2 Let's Go! Dream Team 2 Guest, Ep 273 (April 9, 2015)
Arirang TV After School Club MC with Jimin, Ep 156 (April 21, 2015)
MBC We Got Married Guest with VIXX's N (May 16, 2015)
KBS2 Safety First Guest (May 18, 2015)
KBS2 Happy Together Guest, Ep 395 (May 21, 2015)
SBC Running Man Guest, Ep 248 (May 24, 2015)
JSBC: Jiangsu Television Top Fly (TV Series) Cast, Ep 1-5 (July 8, 2015 - August 5, 2015)

Dropped out of competition due to shoulder injury

KBS A Song For You 4 Host (July 19, 2015 – October 25, 2015)
Arirang TV After School Club Guest with Peniel, Ep 171 (August 4, 2015)
SBS Star King Guest, Ep. 404, 405
SBS Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Guest with Luna & Mamamoo, Ep 6 (sings Kim Min-woo's "Just a Love")
(November 24, 2015)
2016 MBC We Got Married Panelist
Arirang TV Touch Q Guest, Ep 19-20
Arirang TV After School Club MC with Kevin, Ep 212 (May 17, 2016)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Dance Performance "Shake That Brass"[32] Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Best Female Newcomer Award[33] Real Men Won


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  3. ^ "Amber's profile" (in Korean). Amber Official Website. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
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  8. ^ Oak, Jessica (July 30, 2013). "f(x) Stay Quirky With Sophomore LP 'Pink Tape'". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Danson I'm Back feat. f(x) Amber Music Video". June 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "헨리 '1-4-3'으로 컴백, 에프엑스 엠버 피처링 지원사격". Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Carla Sunwoo (March 31, 2012). "Supermodel and female comic to take on the 'G8'". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ho, Stewart (January 29, 2013). "T-ara's Ham Eun Jung and f(x)'s Amber Are the New MCs of MBC's 'Show Champion'". enewsWorld. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Jung Ji-won (June 9, 2014). "Kangin, Amber and Yook Sung Jae Selected to Host 'A Song For You'". Newsen. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ f(x) Amber to host We Got Married Global (February 23, 2014). Retrieved May 21, 2014
  15. ^ "Ailee and f(x)'s Amber to Star in Their Own Reality Show "One Fine Day"". Soompi. December 15, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Real Man's line up"
  17. ^ Lee Woo-young (February 13, 2015). "Amber unveils first solo album". The Korea Herald. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ Yoon Sang-Guen (February 9, 2015). "'f(x)Amber' Begins Solo Activity with [Beautiful]…Releases Lyric Video". Star News. Translated by Cho Ah-Ra. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  19. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (February 19, 2015). "Amber's 'Beautiful' Solo Debut Swoops into World, Heatseekers Albums Charts". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  20. ^ Woorim Ahn (March 23, 2016). "f(x)′s Amber to Release Solo Song on March 25". eNewsWorld. 
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  23. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Heatseekers Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
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  26. ^ 2015년 02월 Album Chart [February 2015 Album Chart]. Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  27. ^ Gaon Digital Chart
  28. ^ Billboard World Digital
  29. ^ a b Cumulative Sales for "Shake That Brass":
  30. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Entourage (Korean Drama) - AsianWiki". Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  32. ^ Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Dance Performance Solo Originally from Mwave (2015). Archived on December 9, 2015. Retrieved on December 9, 2015.
  33. ^ f(x)'s Amber, BTOB's Sungjae, and more pick up rookie awards at '2015 MBC Entertainment Awards'

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