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Ivy in 2013.
|Birth name||Park Eun-hye|
November 7, 1982|
Seoul, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, ballad, dance pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musical actress|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Eun-hye|
A former JYPE trainee, Ivy first appeared in Lee Soo Young's music video "Holding onto the Flowers" in 2005. She officially debuted as a singer in 2005 with the single "What Happened Tonight" (Korean: 오늘밤 일). Her official second single "A ha" was an uptempo R&B single whose dance routine was famously parodied by Park Kyung-lim on X-Man. Around the same time, Ivy also promoted "I Am a Fool" (Korean: 바본가봐), a ballad, which was performed in conjunction with "A ha". The album placed 48th for the year. Although inactive for most of 2006, she has collaborated with Shinhwa for their album State of the Art on the track "Highway Star".
2007–2008: Breakthrough, controversy and hiatus
On February 12, 2007, Ivy's second album, Vol. 2 - A Sweet Moment, was released, with the lead single "Sonata of Temptation", which sampled Beethoven's Fur Elise, performing very well on the charts. Due to the song's popularity, she received the 2007 M.net KM Music Festival award for Best Female Solo Artist. Despite its success, the song's music video caused controversy, as it recreated a fight scene between Tifa Lockhart and Loz from Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, without proper permission (the disclaimer appearing on the video did not satisfy the rights to use it). In April, the Seoul Central District Court banned the music video from being shown on television, stating that "most of the clip is noticeably similar to scenes from the film". The story has received coverage on gaming blogs internationally, including Kotaku, which noted that the director has stated that he was unable to find the contact info for Square Enix.
On 23 June 2007, Ivy performed at American singer Christina Aguilera's Seoul concert as part of her Back to Basics Tour. Aguilera reportedly viewed video clips sent in by South Korean artists, as she wanted to choose the best. The artists were viewed for their dancing and singing abilities, as well as album sales. She performed as the opening act for the first concert on the first day, while Lee Min-woo of Shinhwa performed the following day.
In 2008, under the pseudonym "The Lighthouse", she wrote the lyrics for "Dear Mom..." for Girls' Generation's mini-album Gee, and "마지막 선물" ("Last Gift") for SHINee's first album SHINee World. The songs were composed by her boyfriend Kim Tae-Sung.
Ivy had a supporting role in the joint South Korean-Japanese 2008 mini-drama series "Tokyo Sun Showers" as Eun Bi, an aspiring singer.
On September 24, 2009, she was announced to feature on MC Mong's repackaged album "Horror Show" in the song "나는..." ("I Am..."). The song was released on October 26, 2009 with a promotional video on the same day.
After having her comeback further delayed by problems with her management company, Ivy released her third album "I Be..", with contributions from artists such as PSY and Nam Gyuri. She also switched from Fantom Entertainment to De Chocolate E&TF.
The first song released was "눈물아 안녕" ("Goodbye Tears"), along with a promotional video. The song reached #1 on various online charts. However, her title song was chosen to be "Touch Me", a techno dance track written by PSY. The music video was released on October 23, 2009. However, it was banned from broadcast three days later for being too inappropriate for viewing of minors with its sexual references.
Ivy also stars in her own 13-episode reality show on M.net called "IVY BACK", the first episode airing on October 27, 2009. After performing a special showcase for her new album, Ivy officially made her comeback debut with "Touch Me" on SBS's Inkigayo on November 1, 2009.
Due to problems between Ivy's ex-management company and MBC and KBS, she is unable to perform on weekly music shows such as "Music Core" and "Music Bank". Instead, she is only allowed to promote on M.net's M!Countdown. However, she was later given approval to perform and appear on SBS programs.
On December 13, 2009, Ivy returned for the second time on Inkigayo since her comeback with "Goodbye Tears". Promotions for her third album ended on January 24, 2010.
On January 10, 2010, Ivy's social security number was leaked onto the internet after an article reporting about an episode of IVY BACK failed to censor it out in a photo of Ivy holding her documents. Her company has stated they will take legal action against the netizens who have hacked into Ivy's personal accounts.
On March 27, 2012, Ivy released a mini album titled Interview which featured five ballad-type songs. The song "찢긴 가슴"("Broken Heart"), which was released with a music video, was chosen as the lead single. It debuted on the Mnet Pop singles chart at 18.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|My Sweet and Free Day||
|A Sweet Moment||
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|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"Good Person" (좋은 사람)||2012||54||
||The Chaser OST Part 3|
|"Memories of You" (너였나봐)||2013||18||
||Incarnation of Money OST Part 4|
|"Do You Know My Heart?" (내 맘을 아나요)||2014||91||
||Gunman in Joseon OST Part 5|
|"When The Cold Win Blows" (찬바람이 불면)||2017||—||N/A||The Lady in Dignity OST Part 1|
|"Day by Day"||—||N/A||Bravo My Life OST Part 1|
|2006-2007||High Kick!||special patient (ep.97)||MBC|
|2008||Tokyo Sun Shower||Eun-bi||SBS|
|2013||Monstar||Shim Eun-ha (adult / ep.5)||Mnet|
|2017||Borg Mom||Do Do-hye||Kocowa|
- "아이비 소개" [Ivy Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- Jin, Ju-hui (2017-08-16). "아이비, 고은성 열애 중…한번 사귀면 날 못 잊어 연애스타일 발언 재조명". Daily Economy (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- 총결산 국내 음반 판매량 집계 Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine.
- Kim, Tong-hyong. Court Bans Ivy’s Music Video. The Korea Times, April 6, 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2007.
- "Clip: Square Cracks Down On Korean Video - Kotaku". 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007.
- "신화 이민우(M) 크리스티나 아길레나의 남자로 낙점". Daum (in Korean). 2006-07-18. Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
- Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (25 June 2007). "Christina Aguilera Shows Off Impressive Vocals". Korea Times. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- '아이비, 컴백 초읽기 'MC몽 신곡 피처링'". Daum.com. September 24, 2009.
- (in Korean) 고현정 130억! 아니 이게 무슨 말이야? (Go Hyun Jung Worth 1.3 Billion Won? What is Going On?). SBS News. August 22, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
- "남규리 vs 씨야, '얄궂은 운명' 재등장". October 28, 2009.
- (in Korean) 아이비, 고현정과 한 식구…3집 준비 박차 (Ivy Same Group as Go Hyun-jung...Preparations Start for Third Album)[permanent dead link]. The Chosun Ilbo. August 20, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
- '컴백' 아이비, 음원사이트 실시간 차트 1위. Daum.com. October 10, 2009.
- Lee, Kyeong-ran. (in Korean) 아이비, 미국서 앨범작업 10월 컴백 예정 (Ivy Preparing Album in States; Plans to Come Back in October) Archived 2009-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.. Joins.com. July 27, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
- "TV복귀 아이비 “눈물아 안녕”". Yahoo News. December 10, 2009.
- "아이비 주민번호 유출사고 ‘법적대응하겠다’". Nate. January 10, 2010.
- "K-Pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "January 2006 K-Pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
- "April 2012 Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "June 2013 Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
- Cumulative sales of "Good Person":
- Cumulative sales of "Memories of You":
- Sales of "Do You Know My Heart?":
- "2007 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.