Kang Ji-young

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Kang Ji-young
KARA Kang Ji-Young in 2012.jpg
Native name 강지영
Born Kang Ji-young
(1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 24)
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Other names JY
Education Sungkyunkwan University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Agent Sweet Power
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Sony Music Japan
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 강지영
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gang Ji-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Chiyŏng

Kang Ji-young (born January 18, 1994), also known as Jiyoung or JY, is a South Korean actress and singer based in Japan. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group Kara.

Life and career[edit]

Kang Ji-young was born on January 18, 1994,[1] in Paju, South Korea. She is the cousin of the K-pop singer NS Yoon-G.

She attended Bongilcheon Middle School and Muhak Women's High School, graduating from the latter in February 2012.

2008–2014: Kara[edit]

Jiyoung joined the girl group Kara in 2008 along with member Hara, following the departure of former member Kim Sung-hee. She was 14 years old at the time, making her the youngest member of the group.

Jiyoung was the only Korean female singer to be featured on CDTV Japan's Favorite Female Artist Ranking for 2011, where she was ranked at #21.

On January 15, 2014, it was announced that she would leave the group once her contract expired in April 2014 to focus on her studies with acting and language skills in London.[2][3][4]

2014–present: Solo career[edit]

After leaving Kara, Jiyoung signed with the agency Sweet Power to resume her activities in Japan as an actress, using her name in kanji, 知英. She made her first appearance in the 19th Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show in the Saitama Super Arena on September 6.[5]

Jiyoung's first work in Japan was the live-action of Hell Teacher Nube, where she played the heroine, Yukime.

In December 2015, Sony Music announced that Jiyoung would debut as a singer under the name of JY. Her first solo single was "The Last Farewell" (最後のサヨナラ, saigo no sayonara), for the OST for the Japan NTV drama Higanbana.[6]

On March 18, 2016, she released her debut solo EP as JY, Radio, consisting of three tracks. Two of the three tracks were released with music videos.[7][8] "Radio" was written by London-based songwriter and producer MNEK, while Darren Craig directed its music video. Radio peaked at #2 on the iTunes Pop Top Song Chart.[9] It was marketed in the US and other parts of Asia in addition to South Korea and Japan.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
JPN
[11]
Many Faces 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales
[A]
Album
KOR
[13]
JPN
Hot

[14]
JPN
Oricon

[11]
"Merry Love" (with Kim Sung-je)[15] 2010 16 non-album single
"My Love" (with Park Gyu-ri)[16] Daemul
"Rainbow Rose"[17] 2012 Rainbow Rose
"Wanna Do" 100 Kara Solo Collection
"Radio"[B] 2016 69
  • JPN: 8,850+ (digital)
Many Faces
"Saigono Sayonara"[19] 10 7
  • JPN: 17,104+
"Sukina Hitoga Irukoto"[20] 3 6
  • JPN: 31,099+
  • RIAJ: Platinum (digital)[21]
"Fake" 25
"Koiwo Shiteitakoto" 24
"Joshi Modoki"[24][25] 2017 28
"Goldmine" non-album single
"Secret Crush - Koi Yamerarenai / My ID" 29
  • JPN: 2,913
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales
[A]
Album
KOR
Gaon

[26]
KOR
Hot

[27]
"Nun Ibusyeozul" (눈이부셔)[28]
(Jumper feat. Ji-young)
2009 non-album single
"Ineo Gongju" (인어공주)[29]
(with Yoon Bo-ra, Lizzy, Han Sun-hwa, Heo Ga-yoon)
2012 10 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Other artists Album
"Hayangyeoul" (하얀겨울)
(Mr.2 cover)
2011 Nicole Jung, Han Seung-yeon Immortal Song 2: Christmas Special

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Studio Role
2015 Assassination Classroom Robot Communications Irina Jelavić professional killer, also known as "Bitch-sensei"
Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno TMS Entertainment Museum Guide (voice)
2016 Assassination Classroom: Graduation Robot Communications Irina Jelavić
Kataomoi Spiral TOEI COMPANY, LTD. SoYeon
2017 DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon DLE Harley Quinn (voice)[31]
2018 Reon Phantom Film Reon Takanashi

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine Lead role

Television[edit]

Drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Goo Ha-ra
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Jiyoung (herself)
2012 Koisuru maison ~Rainbow Rose~ Tooniverse and TV Tokyo Yuri Han
2013 KARA The Animation SBS Jiyoung (herself) (voice)
2014 Secret Love DRAMAcube SoYeol
Jigoku Sensei Nube NTV Yukime
Higanbana: Onnatachi no Hanzai File Kaoruko Nagami
2015 Tamiou Erika Murano
2016 Tamiou ~ Aratanaru Inbou Erika Murano
Higanbana: Keishichou Sousa Nanaka Kaoruko Nagami
A Girl & Three Sweethearts Fuji TV Jun Yoshioka
Doctor X 4 TV Asahi Yuka
Mission Commander Gouma Ayaka Fuji TV Sonia
2017 Osaka Kanjousen Part 2 KTV Jihyun
Orphan Black – 7 Genes Fuji TV Sara Aoyama

Webseries[edit]

Year Title Studio Role
2015 How is the sky over there? Nestlé Japan Ena
2016 Life is... Nestlé Japan Yuna

Radio shows[edit]

Date Name Note
September 23, 2009 – April 14, 2010 Super Junior's Kiss the Radio (Sukira) Fixed guest DJ with Gyuri
May 5, 2010 - October 3, 2011 MBC "Stop the Boring Time" (ShimShimTaPa (SSTP)) with Gyuri and Shindong

Endorsements[edit]

Year Commercial Notes
2010 Karaya with Goo Ha-ra and Park Gyu-ri
2011 Nature Republic with Goo Ha-ra and Park Gyu-ri
Union Bay Until 2013 with Han Seung-yeon and Lee Min-ki

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's N/A Nominated
2015 87th Drama Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Tamiou Nominated
2016 88th Drama Academy Award Best OST Radio & Saigo No Sayonara Nominated
Supporting Actress Higanbana: Keishichou Sousa Nanaka Nominated
2018 10th Okinawa International Movie Festival Okina Audience Award Reon Won

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Korean single section is a digital sales only by Gaon Music Chart and Japanese single section is a CD single sales by Oricon
  2. ^ "Radio" was an English digital single with two B-side song. It was released by Sony Music Japan in Japan and international.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/01/breaking-dsp-media-releases-official-statement-to-confirm-jiyoungs-leave-in-april
  3. ^ DSP Confirms Kang Ji Young’s Departure from KARA in Official Statement
  4. ^ "DSP 측 "강지영 오늘(5일) 런던유학, 전속계약 종료"(전문)". 5 April 2014. Nate. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Jiyoung signs with Japanese agency Sweet Power to start her acting career". Allkpop. August 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "FORMER MEMBER OF KARA KANG JI YOUNG DEBUTED AS A SOLO". KOREATIDE. March 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "JY-Radio". YouTube. March 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "JY-I'm Just Not Into You". YouTube. March 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Former KARA Member Kang Jiyoung To Debut As JY". kpopstarz. March 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ "FORMER MEMBER OF KARA KANG JI YOUNG DEBUTED AS A SOLO". KOREATIDE. March 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "JY Japanese Discography on ORICON STYLE". Oricon Chart (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Weekly CD Album Ranking May 22, 2017 on ORICON STYLE". Oricon Chart (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Japan Hot 100. Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Merry Love - Sungje & Jiyoung". itunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "· 대물(OST): SBS-TV 수목 드라마, Part 7". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "레인보우 로즈(OST), Pt.1". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ "RADIO (Single) - JY". amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ "JY トップアルバム". itunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ "JY - Sukina Hitoga Irukoto". itunes. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ レコード協会調べ 6月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: June Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  22. ^ Billboard Japan Top Singles Sales (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  23. ^ Billboard Japan Top Singles Sales (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  24. ^ "People look 100%" Theme Song "Girls Modoki" MUSIC VIDEO short version released! . jiyoung.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  25. ^ 女子モドキ - JY . Recochoku (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  28. ^ 눈이부셔[디지털] . Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  29. ^ "2012 SBS 가요대전 The Color Of K-Pop : Mystic White". Mnet (TV channel) (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  30. ^ "2013년 01주차 Download Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  31. ^ "サイト名". dc-taka.com (in Japanese). Retrieved April 4, 2018. 

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