Jung Eun-ji

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Jung Eun-ji
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Jung Eun-ji
Born Jung Hye-rim
(1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 23)
Busan, South Korea
Other names Jung Eun-ji
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Actress
  • Voice Actress
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Guitar
Years active 2011–present
Labels Plan A Entertainment
Associated acts Apink
Korean name
Hangul 정은지
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Eun-ji
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Ŭn-chi
Birth name
Hangul 정혜림
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Hye-rim
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Hye-rim

Jung Eun-ji (born Jung Hye-rim, on August 18, 1993), better known by the mononym Eunji, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actress and voice actress. She is best known as the main vocalist of the South Korean girl group Apink. Jung made her acting debut in the coming-of-age drama, Reply 1997 in 2012. She has since had roles in That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Trot Lovers (2014) Cheer Up! (2015), in addition to various voice acting roles. She released her debut solo album, Dream, in 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Jung Eun-ji was born as Jung Hye-rim[1] in Haeundae, Busan[2] on August 18, 1993.[3] She has a younger brother named Jung Min-ki.[4] She attended Hapdo Kindergarten, Shinjae Elementary School, Jaesong Girls' Middle School and Hyehwa Girls' High School.[5] In 2004, Jung won the first place prize in the program Exciting Day Enjoyable Day (신나는 날 즐거운 날) hosted by the KBS network.[6] In November 2010, Jung passed the auditions to become the main singer of Apink.[7] She had not received any professional training prior to joining Apink, and had trained for only two months with the group.[7]

On January 11, 2016, Jung opened up on how her family initially opposed to her decision to debut as a singer.[8]

Jung Eun-ji on April 11, 2014

Apink[edit]

In March 2011, Jung was revealed to be the fourth member of Apink via an online video of her covering Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do".[9] Jung joined with the rest of the group to film Apink News prior to debut.[10] On April 21, 2011, Jung made her debut as a main vocalist of Apink on Mnet's M Countdown with two songs, "Mollayo" and "Wishlist", from the debut extended play Seven Springs of Apink.[11]

Solo works[edit]

Jung has collaborated with various artists for OSTs and promotional songs. For the project A Cube for Season #Green, Jung Eun-ji and fellow Cube artist Yang Yo-seob, sang the duet track "Love Day."[12] In August 2012, Jung recorded two promotional singles, "All For You" and "Our Love Like This" with Reply 1997 co-star Seo In-guk for the drama's soundtrack.[13][14]

In 2014, Jung sang "It's You" for the soundtrack of Three Days. The song rose to number 1 on various music charts such as Bugs, Soribada, and Daum Music shortly after its release on March 5.[15][16]

On 18 April 2016 (the day before Apink's 5th anniversary), Jung debuted as a solo artist with the mini-album "Dream" which consisted of 6 songs.[17] The title song is "Hopefully Sky" (feat. Hareem) and she also released a piano version of it. The song charted on no.1 on the Gaon charts and also received two music show wins. Jung also took part in the composing and lyrics in the mini-album. She also collaborated with Huh Gak in the song "Ocean". Jung won best ballad song ("Hopefully Sky" feat. Hareem) at MMA (Melon Music Awards).

Acting[edit]

Jung made her acting debut in Reply 1997, a 1990s nostalgic dramedy which became one of the highest-rated Korean series on cable television.[18] She played the female protagonist, a hardcore H.O.T. fan who becomes a TV drama writer.[19] Jung was complimented by critics and audiences for her comedic and emotional acting, which was impressive for a newcomer, as well as for her authentic Busan dialect.[19][20] The role won her several awards, including the 49th Baeksang Arts Award for Best New TV Actress.[21]

Jung performed in a Korean staging of the Hollywood film-turned-musical Legally Blonde, playing the lead role of Elle Woods.[22] The show ran from November 16, 2012 to March 17, 2013.[23][24]

Jung was then cast in a supporting role in the 2013 melodrama That Winter, the Wind Blows.[25] She won Best Performance at the 2nd APAN Star Awards and New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards.[25][26]

In 2014, she starred in another musical, the stage adaptation of 2004 series Full House.[27] Afterwards, Jung was cast in the leading role in romantic comedy series Trot Lovers, which depicted a female singer's struggles to become successful in the old-fashioned musical genre trot.[28][29]

In 2015, Eunji starred as the female lead role in the KBS2 high school drama Cheer Up! playing the role of Kang Yeon-doo.[30] The drama involves the life of high school students and their struggles in a cheerleading squad.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[31]
JPN
[32]
US
World

[33]
Dream 3 13
The Space
  • Released: April 10, 2017
  • Label: Plan A Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
3 89 TBA

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (DL) Album
KOR
[37]
Promotional singles
"Hopefully Sky" 2016 1
  • KOR: 1,366,552+[38]
Dream
"The Spring" 2017 2 The Space
Original soundtracks
"All For You" (with Seo In-guk) 2012 1
  • KOR: 2,690,706+[40]
Reply 1997 OST
"Just the Way We Love" (with Seo In-guk) 3
  • KOR: 1,428,802+[40]
"One Minute Ago" (with Kang Ho-dong) 2013 N/A Barefooted Friends OST
"Saving Santa" (with Suho) N/A Saving Santa OST
"It's You" 2014 11 Three Days OST
"A Love Before" 2016 79 Entertainer OST
"Your Garden" 2017 N/A Strong Woman Do Bong-soon OST
Collaborations
Love Day (with Yang Yo-seob) 2012 8
  • KOR: 1,604,167+[40]
A Cube For Season #Green
"A Year Ago" (with Kim Namjoo and Jang Hyun-seung) 2013 13 A Cube for Season #White
"Know We're Going to Break Up" (with Huh Gak) 29 Little Giant
"Short Hair" (with Huh Gak) 1
  • KOR: 1,207,766+[45]
A Cube for Season #Blue
Fanta Time (with Lee Kwang-soo, Niel) N/A Fanta Time
"Break Up to Make Up" (with Huh Gak) 2014 1 A Cube for Season #Sky-Blue
"Ocean" (with Huh Gak) 2016 1 'Plan A' First Episode
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music and lyric composition[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Note
2015 Promise U (새끼손가락) Apink Pink Memory Lyrics with Beom & Nang, Music with Beom & Nang, Arrangement with Beom & Nang
2016 Hopefully Sky (하늘바라기) feat. Harim Solo Dream Lyrics with Duble Sidekick and Long Candy, Music with Duble Sidekick and Long Candy, Arrangement with Duble Sidekick and EASTWEST
2017 First Love (소녀의 소년) The Space Music by  Yoon Gun, Tenzo & Tasco[48]
Full Moon (서울의 달) Music by Duble Sidekick, Mus10, Woo Tae Woon, Longcandy[48]

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2012 Reply 1997 Sung Shi-won tvN
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Moon Hee-sun SBS
Reply 1994 Sung Shi-won (cameo, episodes 16-17, 21) tvN
2014 Trot Lovers Choi Choon-hee KBS2
2015 Cheer Up! Kang Yeon-doo

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Saving Santa Shiny animated, Korean dubbed
2017 My Pet Ozzy Carrie animated, Korean dubbed

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2012–2013 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2014 Full House Han Ji-eun

Variety / entertainment shows[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2015 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Mother Said Nope to UV" (Episodes 11–12)
2016 Duet Song Festival Contestant (Pilot 2, episode 2)
2017 Contestant (Episodes 45–47)
Law of the Jungle in New Zealand SBS Cast member (Episodes 268–270)[49]
Crime Scene 3 JTBC Cast member[50]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best Couple (with Seo In-guk)[51] Reply 1997 Won
5th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons (with Seo In-guk)[52] Won
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[53] "All For You"
Reply 1997
Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[54] Won
Best Couple (with Seo In-guk)[54] Reply 1997 Won
Rising Star Award[54] Won
Acting Award, Actress Nominated
4th Melon Music Awards Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[55] "All For You"
Reply 1997
Won
1st DramaFever Award Best Kiss (with Seo In-guk)[56] Reply 1997 Won
2013 2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Songs of the Year
(Digital Awards [September])
(with Seo In-guk)[57]
"All For You"
Reply 1997
Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New TV Actress[58] Reply 1997 Won
Popular TV Actress Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Best Performance[59] That Winter, the Wind Blows Won
SBS Drama Awards Best New Actress[60] Won
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Trot Lovers Won
Best OST by a Female Artist "It's You"
Three Days
Nominated
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Trot Lovers Won
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration (with Huh Gak)[61] "Break Up to Make Up" Nominated
Song of the Year (with Huh Gak)[61] Nominated
6th Melon Music Awards Best OST[62] "It's You"
Three Days
Nominated
MTV Best of the Best Best Collaboration (with Huh Gak) "Break Up to Make Up" Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Trot Lovers Nominated
Best New Actress Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won
2015 29th KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actress Cheer Up! Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Lee Won-keun) Nominated
2016 Soompi Awards Best Couple Awards (with Lee Won-keun) Won
tvN10 Awards Best Kiss (with Seo In-guk) Reply 1997 Won
Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Nominated
18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist Jung Eun-ji Nominated
Best Vocal Performance Female Solo "Hopefully Sky" Nominated
Artist of the Year Jung Eun-ji Nominated
Song of the Year "Hopefully Sky" Nominated
8th Melon Music Awards Best Ballad Award Won
2017 9th Melon Music Awards Top 10 Artists[63] Jung Eun-ji Pending

Music shows[edit]

Music Triangle[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 September 19[64] "All For You" (with Seo In-guk)

M Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2016 April 28 "Hopefully Sky"

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2016 May 1 "Hopefully Sky"

The Show[edit]

Year Date Song
2017 April 18 "The Spring"

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2017 April 19 "The Spring"

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