Joo (singer)

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Native name 정민주
Born Jung Min-joo
(1990-10-11) October 11, 1990 (age 27)
Mapo, Seoul, South Korea
Education Dongguk University
  • Singer
  • actress
Relatives Jung Il-hoon (younger brother)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment (2008–2015)
Woollim Entertainment (2015–present)
Associated acts JYP Nation
Korean name
Hangul 정민주
Revised Romanization Jeong Min-ju
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Min-chu

Jung Min-joo (born on October 11, 1990), known professionally as JOO, is a South Korean singer and actress. In 2006, she became a contestant of JYP Entertainment's Superstar Survival and didn't won it, but she got accepted to be a trainee at JYP Entertainment. After two years of training, JOO debuted as a soloist with releasing single album Young Girl in January 2008. She later trained for another two years after she thought that she was not ready for debuted. JOO making her comeback in January 2011 with releasing mini album Heartmade after finished her another two years training.

Aside from her music career, JOO has participated in various musical dramas, Youthful March (2011–2012), Catch Me If You Can (2012–2013), Full House (2014), also participated in television dramas notably Dream High (2011) and movies notably Marriage Blue (2013).

Early life[edit]

Joo was born on October 11, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. She spent her childhood in Indonesia because of her father's work. She has a younger brother Jung Il-hoon, who's a member of the South Korean boy group BtoB.



Joo was one of the contestants in Superstar Survival alongside 2PM's Chansung, Taecyeon and Junho in 2006 when Junho was crowned as the winner. Although she didn't make it, she got accepted to be a trainee at JYP Entertainment.

2008: Young Girl and return to trainee[edit]

On January 10, 2008, JYP Entertainment stated that they will debut a new solo singer, Joo. She made her debut stage on January 11, 2008 with her single "Young Girl" in KBS Music Bank.[1] In 2008, although Joo had already made her debut, she thought that she was not ready yet so she trained for another 2 years before making her comeback in 2011.

2011–2014: Heartmade and musical acting[edit]

On January 3, 2011, Joo released her new much-awaited comeback video, titled "Bad Guy" which featured 2PM member Chansung[2] in her official YouTube channel. The single is part of her new album titled Heartmade.

On January 7, 2011, she made her comeback stage on KBS Music Bank with her single "Bad Guy".[3] On May 12, 2011, Joo released another teaser video with a new song titled "Ice Cream" featuring Super Junior's leader Leeteuk.[4] The music video was released days later on May 16, 2011.

On May 23, 2011, JYP Entertainment officially announced that JYP artists will come together for two “JYP NATION in Japan 2011” concerts in Japan in August 2011. The star-studded line-up includes Park Jin Young, Lim Jeong Hee, Wonder Girls, Joo, 2AM, 2PM, miss A, and San E. The two concerts are scheduled for August 17 and 18 at the Saitama Super Arena, and tickets will go on sale on June 1 at the Hottest Japan mobile site.

On October 10, 2011, JYP announced that Joo has been selected as a leading actress in a musical called Youthful March scheduled to have its first performance on November 12, 2011 to January 29, 2012.[5] This marks her debut as a musical actress. As Joo will be on a musical stage for the first time, she said: "I'm excited to take my first step into the world of musicals. It's only the beginning, and as it is a leading role, I'll be rehearsing harder than anyone else to create an amazing show. I'll do my best to show a different image from singer JOO as musical actress JOO, so please give me your support.".[6]

On October 31, 2012, JYP announced that Joo has been selected to take on the role of Brenda in the new musical of Catch Me If You Can scheduled to have its first performance on December 14, 2012 and final on February 9, 2013. Other prominent stars such as Girls' Generation's Sunny, CSJH The Grace's Dana and Oh Sang Eun have taken turns to take on the role Brenda previously.[7][8]

On March 5, 2014, it was announced that Joo was selected to join B2ST's Yoseob in the musical remake of Full House, which is scheduled from April 11, 2014 to June 8, 2014. She joins the current cast of Full House, which includes VIXX's Leo, A Pink's Jung Eun-ji, Kim San Ho, Seo Ha Joon, and Kwak Sun Young.[9]

Through an interview, she shared her thoughts and experiences on living as a musical actress, which is a career quite different than the one in her past. She said: "I've been enjoying performing for the musical Full House. I've been watching other musicals and taking lessons on my days off."

She also explained on choosing the musical Full House when she could have chose to return through a drama which tends to be more popular through the general public, as well as the reason she chose Full House when there are countless musicals to choose from. She revealed: "It was a drama that I really enjoyed watching as a student. I was also attracted to acting as ‘Han Ji Eun,’ which became so charming after Song Hye Kyo sunbaenim acted it out in the drama. Of course I really liked the numbers too. Also, unlike Catch me if you can, the female character has a bigger role in Full House. I felt pressure to be leading in the musical but I’m also happy every time I’m on stage because it has a cheerful storyline.”

She also revealed her hopes of wanting people who come to watch Full House would see her as 'Han Ji Eun', not as singer Joo or actress Jung Min Joo which would make her the happiest.[10]

2015–present: Cry & Blow, Late in the Morning, The Unit[edit]

In January 2015, JOO's contract with JYP Entertainment ended.[11] In April, it was revealed that she signed an exclusive contract with Woollim Entertainment.[12]

In October 2015, Woollim Entertainment confirmed JOO will be making a comeback after five years by releasing a ballad track.[13]Joo was release single called Cry & Blow on November 2.[14]

JOO release her second digital single Late in the Morning on May 26, 2017.[15] The ballad track was composed by Nell's Lee Junghoon.[16] It was marks her first release since 1 year and 6 months.[17]

On October 2, 2017 JOO confirmed that will be appearing on KBS' Idol Rebooting Project The Unit and was participated in a recording for the program on October 1. The program will be aired on October 28.[18]

Personal life[edit]

She has graduated from Dongguk University in Division of Theater.



Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Heartmade 40

Single Album[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
어린 여자 (Young Girl) N/A


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Because of a Man" (남자 때문에) 2008 N/A Young Girl
"Like Yesterday" (어제처럼)
"Bad Guy" (나쁜 남자) 2011 5 Heartmade
"Ice Cream" (아이스크림)
(with Leeteuk)
21 Non-album singles
"Cry & Blow" (울고 분다) 2015 19
"Late in the Morning" (어느 늦은 아침) 2017 N/A
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Premiere" (초연) 2007 N/A Conspiracy in the Court OST

Young Girl

"That's Love" (그게 사랑이야) 2008 One Mom and Three Dads OST
"Color" () Painter of the Wind OST
"Turn Around" (뒤돌아봐) 2010 9 Cinderella's Sister OST
"You Want It" (원하잖아)
(San E feat. Joo)
157 Everybody Ready?
"Dream High" (with Suzy, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Eunjung, and Kim Soo-hyun) 2011 42 Dream High OST
"Not What I Expected" (기대했단 말야) 2012 History of a Salaryman OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Can't Even Take a Glass of Water" (물 한잔도 마실 수 없어) 2011 66 N/A Heartmade
"Not Even in the Movies" (영화도 안보니)
(feat. Chansung of 2PM)
"After Looking At You" (마주치고 나서) 117
"Unbelievable" (꿈만 같아) 123
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Marriage Blue Ah-reum

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Dream High Jung Ah-jung KBS2

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2011–2012 Youthful March Young-shim
2012–2013 Catch Me If You Can Brenda
2014 Full House Han Ji-eun

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role
2010 This Christmas JYP Nation Herself
2011 Bad Guy Herself and Chansung of 2PM Herself


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Female Artist[19] "Because of a Man" Nominated


  1. ^ krnloop (10 January 2008). "Joo, JYP’s new singer". Korean pop music news source. krnloop. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "[M/V] JOO "나쁜 남자" from Heartmade". YouTube. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  3. ^ "KBS Music Bank". Soompi. Soompi Inc. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Joo And Leeteuk Release Teaser For "Ice Cream"". Soompi. Soompi Inc. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "JOO Debuts as Lead Actress in Musical "Youthful March"". Soompi. Soompi Inc. October 10, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "JOO cast for her debut musical, 'Youthful March'". Allkpop. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "JOO joins the cast of 'Catch Me If You Can' musical". Allkpop. October 30, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Singer JOO Cast in Musical "Catch Me if You Can"". Soompi. October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "VIXX's Leo, A Pink's Eunji, JOO, and more to join Yoseob in musical remake of 'Full House'". Allkpop. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "[Interview] Singer Joo Returns as Musical Actress in ′Full House′". Mwave. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "JOO Searches for New Agency as 7-Year Contract with JYP End". Mwave. January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Solo Artist JOO signs with Woollim Entertainment". soompi. April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "JOO to make her comeback after a 5 year hiatus". Allkpop. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
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  19. ^ "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-17.

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