Bang Min-ah

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Bang Min-ah
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Bang Min-ah in 2016
Born
Bang Min-ah

(1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 26)
Incheon, South Korea
EducationDongduk Women's University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–present
LabelsDream T Entertainment
Yooborn Entertainment[1]
Associated actsGirl's Day
Korean name
Hangul
방민아
Hanja
Revised RomanizationBang Min-a
McCune–ReischauerPang Min-a

Bang Min-ah (Korean방민아; born May 13, 1993),[3] better known by the mononym Minah, is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a member of the girl group Girl's Day in 2010 and released her first solo album, I Am a Woman Too, in 2015.[4] She has acted in various films and television series, including lead roles in Beautiful Gong Shim (2016) and My Absolute Boyfriend (2019).[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Bang Min-ah was born on May 13, 1993, in Incheon, South Korea.[7] She attended Jinsun Girls' High School and majored in Broadcasting at Dongduk Women's University.[8]

Music career[edit]

Girl's Day[edit]

On July 9, 2010, Minah made her debut as a member of girl group Girl's Day on Music Bank with their first single "Tilt My Head."

Solo career[edit]

Minah has released several solo singles; among them are "Holding Hands," a song on Lee Hyun-do's project album 4U;[9] and "You, I" for the soundtrack of the SBS drama Doctor Stranger.[10]

On March 3, 2015, DreamT announced that Minah would be making her solo debut in mid-March.[11] Minah released her album I Am a Woman Too on March 15, 2015.[4]

Minah released a solo digital single "Other Way" on November 11, 2017.[12] Minah took part in writing the lyrics to the song "11°", and also took part in composing the song.

Acting career[edit]

Minah made her acting debut on the tvN variety show, Roller Coaster, appearing in the segment "Frustrated, But Let's Stick Together."[13] She then featured in the sitcom Vampire Idol in 2011.[14]

In 2013, Minah made her film debut in Holly, playing a high school student who aspires to be a ballerina.[15] She received the Rookie Actress Award at the Gwangju International Film Festival for her performance.[16] The same year, Minah became the host of the music program Inkigayo, which she left in January 2014.[17] She was subsequently cast in her second film, the family comedy Dad for Rent.[18]

In 2015, Minah featured in the family drama Sweet, Savage Family.[19] She also starred alongside Seo Kang-joon as leads for The Best Future, a web drama produced by Samsung.[20]

In 2016, Minah landed her first television leading role in SBS's romantic comedy series Beautiful Gong Shim. She earned positive reviews for her portrayal of the "ugly" but down-to-earth protagonist.[21][5]

In 2019, Minah is set to return to small screen with the romantic comedy drama My Absolute Boyfriend, based on the Japanese manga series of the same name.[6]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[22]
I Am a Woman Too 2

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[24]
"Holding Hands" (손만 잡을게)
with DinDin
2014 51 4U Project
"I Am a Woman Too" 2015 15 I Am a Woman Too
"11°" 2017 Other Way
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[24]
"Whatever"
MC Mong feat. Min-ah
2014 8 Miss Me Or Diss Me
"This Is Strange" (이상하다 참)
feat. Kanto
2015 89 I Am a Woman Too

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[24]
"Cracked the Moon" (갈라진 달) 2010 N/A Argo Online OST
"Only Once" (단 한번만) Jungle Fish 2 OST
"You, I" (니가내가) 2014 34 Doctor Stranger OST
"Tell Me" (들려줘요) N/A Dad for Rent OST
"One Person" (한 사람) The King's Face OST
"아니" (No)
with Lee Min-hyuk
2015 N/A Sweet, Savage Family OST
"My First Kiss" 2016 Beautiful Gong Shim OST
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2013 Holly Wani [15]
2014 Dad for Rent Bomi [18]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2011 Baby Faced Beauty Hye-mi (cameo) [32]
Vampire Idol Min-ah (cameo) [14]
2012 Family Dream Girl #1 (cameo)
2013 Master's Sun Kim Ga-young (cameo) [33]
The Miracle Cha Eun-sang [34]
2014 The Best Future Mi-rae [20]
2015 Sweet, Savage Family Baek Hyun-ji [19]
2016 Beautiful Gong Shim Gong Shim [5]
2019 My Absolute Boyfriend Eom Da-da [6]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2010 Roller Coaster [13]
Wonder Woman Herself
Minah Cham Story Herself
We Are Dating Herself
Star Making Survivor Contestant
2013 The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War Herself
2013-2014 Inkigayo Host [17]
2014 Eco Village Cast member [35]
2015 Immortal Songs 2 Contestant
Law of the Jungle Cast member [36]
King of Mask Singer Contestant

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 13th Gwangju International Film Festival Best New Actress Holly Won
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Female Artist You, I Nominated
2016 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award I Am a Woman Too Nominated
Popularity Award Minah Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Romantic Comedy Drama Beautiful Gong Shim Won
New Star Award Won
Best Couple (with Namkoong Min) Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girl's Day members pivot to acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "[화보] 걸스데이 민아, '귀염둥이 최고참 여기 있어요~'". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  3. ^ "민아 프로필" (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Minah returns with new solo album". Kpop Herald. March 16, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Lee, Haye-ah (July 20, 2016). "In ugly role, idol singer-turned-actress gains confidence in her looks". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Im, Eun-byel (May 30, 2018). "Girl's Day Minah to find 'Absolute Boyfriend'". Kpop Herald. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "[Interview] My Name Is… Girl's Day – Part. 2". 10Asia. 20 December 2012.
  8. ^ "걸스데이 민아, 동덕 여대 합격 "소리지르며 기뻐했다"". Osen (in Korean). 3 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Min-ah helps out Lee Hyun-do". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Girl's Day Minah Lends Her Voice for 'Doctor Stranger' OST". enewsWorld. 9 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Min-ah of Girls Day to Release Solo Album". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Min-ah of Girl's Day confirms solo debut". Kpop Herald. October 30, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Lee, Hae-wan (January 29, 2011). "'걸스데이' 민아, '롤러코스터'로 연기 데뷔". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Kang, Yeong-guk (February 8, 2012). "'뱀파이어 아이돌'의 진짜 아이돌 '걸스걸스'…판타스틱 걸스를 아시나요". Maeil Business Newspaper (in Korean). Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Kang, Jung Yeon (September 12, 2013). "Girl's Day Minah Wins Award with Debut Film". TenAsia. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Girl's Day's Minah wins a special award at Gwangju International Film Festival". BNT News.
  17. ^ a b "Girl's Day Minah to become new Inkigayo host". BNT News.
  18. ^ a b Go, Jae-wan (November 19, 2014). "걸스데이 민아 '아빠를 빌려드립니다' 깜찍 연기, 차세대 신스틸러 등극?". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  19. ^ a b "BTOB′s Lee Min Hyuk Cast Opposite Girl′s Day′s Minah in ′Sweet Family′". enewsWorld.
  20. ^ a b "Minah and Seo Kang Joon Send A Heart". BNT News.
  21. ^ "Min-ah Ends Starring TV Role on a High". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 July 2016. Archived from the original on 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "2015 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  24. ^ a b c "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  25. ^ Cumulative sales for "Holding Hands":
  26. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Am a Woman Too":
  27. ^ Sales for "11°":
  28. ^ Sales for "Whatever":
  29. ^ Sales for "This Is Strange":
  30. ^ Sales for "You, I":
  31. ^ Sales for "One Person":
  32. ^ "'걸스데이' 민아, '기저귀 패션? 속상하지만 관심이니까'". Sports Donga (in Korean). July 1, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  33. ^ "Girl's Day Minah to Appear in So Ji-sub's Drama". 10Asia. 24 July 2013.
  34. ^ "SHINee's Taemin and Girl's Day Minah to Parody 'The Heirs' at the ′2013 SBS Gayo Awards′". enewsWorld. 18 December 2013. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  35. ^ "K-pop star is serious about farming". The Korea Times. September 1, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  36. ^ "GOT7′s Jackson, EXID′s Hani, Girl′s Day′s Minah and More Prepare for ′Jungle′". enewsWorld. 9 September 2015.

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