Song Ji-eun

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Song Ji-eun
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Song in 2016
Native name 송지은
Born Song Ji-eun
(1990-05-05) May 5, 1990 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels TS Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 송지은
Hanja
Revised Romanization Song Ji-eun
McCune–Reischauer Song Ji-ŭn

Song Ji-eun, (born May 5, 1990), better known mononymously as Jieun, is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Secret. Aside from her group's activities, she has released several solo songs and participated in various OSTs. In 2011, her second single, "Going Crazy" featuring Bang Yong-guk, went to become her first number one single on the Gaon Chart as a solo artist.

Life and career[edit]

1990-2008: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Song Ji-eun was born on May 5, 1990,[1] in South Korea, she is an only child. Having interest in music when she was young, she auditioned for JYP Entertainment at an early age. While in JYP Entertainment, she sang OSTs of Korean dramas in 2007 and 2008 such as "Learning To Fly" for Air City. Under JYP Entertainment, she was set off to debut as a four-member girl group with Sistar's Hyorin and BESTie's Uji, EXID's Hani, but the plan was scrapped and Song then left JYP Entertainment and joined TS Entertainment.[2]

2009–2014: Debut with Secret and rising popularity[edit]

Secret performing Madonna at the Mnet 20s Choice Awards.

In September 2009, TS Entertainment announced that they will be debuting a four-member girl group in October 2009. Song, along with Han Sunhwa, Jung Hana and Jun Hyoseong, debuted as the group, Secret. Prior to their debut, the group was on a documentary show called "Secret Story" which chronicled their debut process. They released their debut single "I Want You Back" in October 2009.[3]

In December 2009, she sang a duet with Hwanhee titled, "Yesterday".[4]

After Secret's success with "Shy Boy", TS Entertainment announced that Song will make her solo comeback with the song "Going Crazy".[5] The song was dubbed as an "emotional ballad track" and "different to what she’s shown through Secret".[citation needed] The single, released in March 2011, was a success and peaked at number one on Gaon Singles Chart, making it Song's and Bang's first number one single in Korea.[6]

In 2013, Song released her first single album Hope Torture, which she unveiled at her album showcase at the Olleh Square in Gwanghwamun.[7][8]

Song in 2014

In 2014, Song released her first extended play, titled 25, which contained two singles "Don't Look At Me Like That"[9] and "Pretty Age 25".[10] The same year, Song made her acting debut in the web drama Drawing, Spring, as a part-time worker for a PR team, who loves all living things but has traumatic experience with horses.[11]

2015–present: Acting career, Bobby Doll, and departure from Secret[edit]

In April 2015, Song featured in fantasy youth comedy The Superman Age, an 8 episode series which aired on cable channel tvN.[12] She then starred in the web drama The Immutable Law of First Love, based on a web novel of the same name, playing a photographer who loves abandoned dogs.[13] In November, she starred in KBS's daily drama Sweet Home, Sweet Honey and received positive reception on her performance.[14]

In September 2016, Song released her second extended play, titled Bobby Doll containing six tracks, including the title track of the same name.[15][16][17]

In April 2017, Song starred in OCN's romantic comedy drama My Secret Romance alongside Sung Hoon.[18]

In August 2017, Song submitted a request to the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board to verify that her contract is no longer valid due to TS Entertainment not following the terms of the contract.[19][20] Song later took to her Instagram where she announced her departure from Secret.[21]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[22]
JPN
[23]
Korean
25 6
Bobby Doll
  • Released: September 20, 2016
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
5 285
  • KOR: 5,300+
  • JPN: 229
Japanese
25
  • Released: December 2, 2014
  • Label: Kiss Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
29
  • JPN: 4,816
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[22]
Korean
Hope Torture
  • Released: September 30, 2013
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(digital downloads)
Album
KOR
[26]
US
World

[27]
"Yesterday" (with Hwanhee) 2009 27 Non-album single
"Going Crazy" (featuring Bang Yong-guk) 2011 1
  • KOR: 1,581,465[28]
"Hope Torture" 2013 9 Hope Torture
"Don’t Look At Me Like That" 2014 27 22 25
"Pretty Age 25" 15
"Cool Night" (with Sleepy) 2015 18 Non-album single
"Bobby Doll" 2016 105 Bobby Doll
"Tell Me" 2017 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[26]
"Let's Go" (as a part of G20) 2010 116 Non-album single
"Secret Love" (B.A.P feat. Song Ji-eun)[34] 2012 132 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Drama
2007 "Learning To Fly" Air City
2008 "Bichunmooga" Bichunmoo
"Perfume" (with PK Heman) The Lawyers Of The Great Republic Korea
2012 "It's Cold"[35] Take Care of Us, Captain
2014 "If Only I Could Go To You" God's Gift - 14 Days
2015 "Person I Miss" Shine or Go Crazy
"D.N.A Love" (with Alex Chu) Flirty Boy and Girl
2017 "Same" (with Sung Hoon) My Secret Romance

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video
2011 "Going Crazy"
2012 "It's Cold"
2013 "False Hope"
2014 "Don't Look at me Like That"
2014 "Pretty Age 25"
2015 "Cool Night"
2016 "Bobby Doll"

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Role
2010 MBC More Charming By The Day Cameo
2012 KBS2 Shut Up Family Cameo (Episode 45)
2013 KBS2 Pure Love Kang Soo-ji (young)
2015 tvN The Superman Age Ji-Eun
2015 KBS1 Sweet Home, Sweet Honey Oh Bom
2017 OCN My Secret Romance Lee Yoo-mi

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Longing For Spring Yang Mal-ja
2015 Immutable Law of First Love Lee Yeo-ri

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asia Artist Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2017 Herself Popularity Award (Actress) Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 25 Bonsang Nominated
Herself Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "SISTAR's Hyolyn, Secret's Song Ji Eun and EXID's Yoo Ji Were Once a Group". enewsWorld. April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Discography of TS Entertainment". TS ENTERTAINMENT Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "[Idol Encyclopedia] SECRET's Han Sun Hwa & Song Ji Eun". Yahoo. Star News. December 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "시크릿 송지은, 3일 '미친거니'로 솔로 활동 시작". Sports Chosun (in Korean). February 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-jin (March 18, 2011). 시크릿 송지은, 가온차트 1위 ′돌풍′ [Secret's Song Ji-eun "blasts" to Gaon Chart number one]. Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Secret Song Ji Eun to Roll Out New Single". 10Asia. September 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Secret's Song Jieun Goes Through 'Hope Torture' in MV". enewsWorld. September 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Secret vocalist teases newest single". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Secret's Ji-eun unveils photos". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Secret's Song Ji Eun to Make Her Acting Debut Through New Web Drama". Soompi. October 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "유병재표 코미디극 '초인시대' 첫 대본리딩 현장… 화기애애". Sports Donga (in Korean). March 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Secret′s Song Jieun Says She Realized Acting is Fun Through Upcoming Web Drama". enewsWorld. September 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ "첫방 '우리집꿀단지', 송지은 연기 합격점..통속극 맛 살릴까? [종합]". Osen (in Korean). November 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Secret's member Song Ji-eun returns with solo album". Kpop Herald. September 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Song Ji-eun to release 'Bobby Doll'". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Secret's Song Ji-eun resumes her solo career". The Korea Times. September 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Song Ji-eun's new drama 'My Secret Romance' to air today". Kpop Herald. April 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ "[공식입장] 시크릿 측 "해체? 원하면 활동가능..일부 멤버와 법적공방 중"". Naver (in Korean). Osen. February 28, 2018. 
  20. ^ "시크릿 해체 수순? 중재원 "전속 계약 이미 효력 없어"". Naver (in Korean). Oh My News. February 28, 2018. 
  21. ^ "송지은 "시크릿 떠나 새롭게 시작할 것…TS엔터에 감사함은 변함없어"". Naver (in Korean). enews24. February 28, 2018. 
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    • "25". October 18, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Oricon Chart". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
    • "25". December 15, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  24. ^ 2014년 10월 Album Chart [October 2014 Album Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  25. ^ 2013년 09월 Album Chart [September 2013 Album Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  27. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  28. ^ "2011년 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). p. 2. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  29. ^ Total sales for "Hope Torture""
  30. ^ Cumulative sales for "Don't Look At Me Like That":
  31. ^ Cumulative sales for "Pretty Age 25":
  32. ^ Cumulative sales for "Cool Night":
  33. ^ Cumulative sales for "Bobby Doll":
  34. ^ "B.A.P Wants to Have a 'Secret Love' With You". enewsWorld. March 2, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Song Jieun Releases Surprise Solo Teaser". enewsWorld. January 16, 2013. 

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