Humming Urban Stereo

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Humming Urban Stereo
Birth nameLee Ji-rin
Born1981
OriginSouth Korea
Genres
Years active2004–present
Labels
  • Pastel Music
  • WaltzSofa
Associated acts
  • Humming Girl
  • Shina-E

Lee Ji-rin (Korean이지린; born 1981),[1] better known as Humming Urban Stereo (Korean허밍 어반 스테레오) is a South Korean electropop singer-songwriter. The one-man band debuted in 2004 with the extended play, Short Cake, and has since released five full-length albums.[2] Guest vocalists, notably the late Lee Jin-hwa (aka Humming Girl) and Shina-E, have appeared on many of Humming Urban Stereo's songs.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Humming Urban Stereo's first album was Very Very Nice! and Short Cake, released in January 2005. Its most popular song, "Hawaiian Couple", a top ten hit[5] that reportedly sold over 500 000 downloads, came from the band's second album, Purple Drop, released in March 2006.[6] Hawaiian Couple was also featured in the film My Love, a popular 2007 South Korean romantic comedy, directed by Lee Han.[5]

In February 2007 the band released its third album, Baby Love.

In March 2012, the main female vocal "Humming Girl" Lee Jin-hwa died in Japan. Her cause of death was a heart disease. Lee Jin-hwa flew to Japan to study abroad in 2007 after singing for Humming Urban Stereo, and had been living alone since for six or seven years.

In 2013, Humming Urban Stereo came back with "Sparkle," a full-length album under Ji Rin's own label.

For the band's 10th anniversary, they released the album "Reform," covering old hits such as 'Scully Doesn't Know', 'Insomnia', 'Bullshit', 'Salad Day' and their biggest hit 'Hawaiian Couple' having guest vocals from mainstream artists such as G.Na, NS Yoon G, Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls, and Ashley of Ladies' Code.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[7][8]
Very Very Nice! and Short Cake
  • Released: January 28, 2005
  • Label: Pastel Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
N/A
Purple Drop
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Pastel Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
Baby Love
  • Released: February 8, 2007
  • Label: Pastel Music
  • Format: CD
21
Sparkle
  • Released: November 29, 2012
  • Label: Waltzsofa Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
32 N/A
V
  • Released: September 13, 2018
  • Label: Waltzsofa Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
92
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[8]
Sidekick
  • Released: August 21, 2014
  • Label: Waltzsofa Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
60 N/A
Delicacy
  • Released: December 18, 2014
  • Label: Waltzsofa Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
53

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[7][8]
Short Cake
  • Released: February 15, 2004
  • Label: Pastel Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
N/A
Monochrome
  • Released: October 30, 2006
  • Label: Pastel Music
  • Format: CD
47
XXX
  • Released: November 3, 2008
  • Label: Pastel Music
  • Format: CD
N/A
Reform
  • Released: May 21, 2014
  • Label: Waltzsofa Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
37
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2007 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best House & Electronic "Baby Love" Nominated [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, Chang-jun (2018-11-17). "허밍어반스테레오는 남자인데 왜 '스토커'는 여자 목소리?". Sports G Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  2. ^ Kim, Jee-min (2018-08-31). "Humming Urban Stereo to return with new album on Sept. 13". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  3. ^ "'하와이언 커플'부른 허밍어반스테레오 이진화 사망". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  4. ^ "HUS(허밍어반스테레오) 소개". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  5. ^ a b [PS! Indie Spotlight] Humming Urban Stereo, August 30, 2009, accessed May 24, 2011 from http://popseoul.com/2009/08/30/ps-indie-spotlight-humming-urban-stereo/
  6. ^ Russell, Mark (May 24, 2008). "Rising in the East". Billboard. 120 (21): 20. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  7. ^ a b "K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2009-02-19.
  8. ^ a b c "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean).
  9. ^ "2007 First Half K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  10. ^ "October 2006 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  11. ^ "2007 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-14.

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