Kang Ji-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kang.
Kang Ji-young
KARA-Jiyoung.jpg
Native name 강지영
Born Kang Ji-young
(1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 22)
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea[1]
Other names JY
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Kang Ji-young
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gang Ji-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Chiyŏng

Kang Ji-young (hangul: 강지영; hanja: 姜知英; born January 18, 1994) or known by the name JY is a South Korean actress and singer based in Japan. She is a former member of the Korean girl group Kara.

Biography[edit]

Kang Ji-young was born on January 18, 1994,[2] in Paju, South Korea. She debuted at the age of 15 as a third grade middle school student. She is one of the 2 members that joined after member Kim Sung Hee left. She sang Girls' Generation's song "Kissing You" for her audition. Kang is the cousin of the Korean pop singer NS Yoon-G.

She attended Bongilcheon Middle School,Muhak Women's High School. She eventually graduated in February 2012.

Career[edit]

Kara (2008-2014)[edit]

The group debuted on March 29, 2007. In 2008, Jiyoung joined the group after member Kim Sunghee decided to leave. At the time of her admission, she was only 14 years old making her the youngest member of the group which was previously Nicole Jung. The group eventually made their return with Rock U. Their comeback saw a change in the group's original "sexy and mature" image to a "cute and playful" appeal.

On December 4, 2008, the group started their comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[3] In February 2009, the group released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first #1 single when it topped the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[4]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[5] Due to the popularity of their songs Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. In February 2010, Kara started promotions with their third mini-album "Lupin".[6] In August 2010, Kara officially debut in Japan with "Mister". After their successful debut in Japan, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.

Kang Ji-Young in 2012

In 2011, the group was ranked at #1 on the Recochoku favorite Korean artists in Japan poll.[7] More recently, 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.

She performed with the group for the last time at the 2013 MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013. The group performed a medley of their past hit singles along with "Damaged Lady", from the group's fourth album Full Bloom.[8]

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.[9][10][11]

Solo Career[edit]

After leaving KARA, she signed with 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 Saitama Super Arena on September 6.[12]

Jiyoung's first work in Japan was the live-action of Hell Teacher Nube, with her role as the heroine, Yukime.

On December 2015, Sony Music had already announced that Jiyoung would debut as a singer under the name of JY. Her first song as a soloist is The Last Farewell (最後のサヨナラ, saigo no sayonara) used as an OST for Japan NTV drama Higanbana.[13]

On Friday, March 18, 2016 JY drop her first solo EP titled Radio, consisting of three tracks. Out of the three, two music videos have been produced and have been released on her official Vevo and YouTube channels.[14][15] Radio was composed by London-based songwriter and producer MNEK while Darren Craig directed the music video for Radio. Radio placed the No. 2 spot on the iTunes Pop Top Song Chart beating western artists like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.[16]

Radio will be marketed not only in Korea and Japan, but also in the US and other parts of Asia.[17]

Discography[edit]

For Ji-young's works with Kara, see Kara discography.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[18]
JPN
Hot 100

[19]
JPN
Oricon

[20]
Korean
"Merry Love" (with Kim Sungje)[21] 2010 16 Non-album song
"My Love" (with Park Gyu-ri)[22] Daemul OST
"Rainbow Rose"[23] 2012 Rainbow Rose OST
"Wanna Do" (Laeyo) 100 Kara Solo Collection
Japanese
"Saigo no Sayonara" (The Last Goodbye)"[24] 2016 10 7
  • JPN: 17,104
TBA
"Sukina Hitoga Irukoto" (The One I Love is Here ) 3 6
  • JPN: 24,730+
  • JPN: 114,997+ (DL)
English
"Radio" 2016 69 22
  • JPN: 8,850+
Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[25]
KOR
Hot 100

[26]
"Nun Ibusyeo(zul)" (Dazzling Eyes)[27]
(Jumper feat. Ji Young)
2009 Non-album song
"Ineo Gongju" (Mermaid Princess)[28]
(Mystic White: Ji Young, Bora, Lizzy, Sunhwa and Gayoon)
2012 10 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack and other appearances[edit]

Year Song Notes
2009 "Ring Ding Dong" (Shinee cover) JiYoung, Hara & F(x)'s Victoria, Luna and Sulli
2010 "Bingeul Bingeul" (빙글빙글) No Brain feat. JiYoung & KARA
"Circus" with SeoHyun, Taemin, Sulli, Mir, Chansung & Lizzy
2011 "White Winter" Trio feat. Nicole & SeungYeon
2012 "Santa Baby" Solo
"White" 94's Line ( JiYoung, Krystal, Sulli, Suzy and SoHyun)
2013 "Gakuen Tengoku" Solo Live
"Young man" Solo Live

Filmography[edit]

Films[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

Musical theatre[edit]

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

Television Series[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 So Yeol
Jigoku Sensei Nube NTV Yukime
Higanbana: Onnatachi no Hanzai File NTV Kaoruko Nagami
2015 Tamiou NTV Erika Murano
2016 Higanbana: Keishichou Sousa Nanaka NTV Kaoruko Nagami

Variety/Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2009 Star King SBS Episode 145, 198
2010 My Pet MBC Every 1 with SeungYeon
Invincible Youth KBS Episode 52
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS2 Episode 32
Strong Heart SBS Episodes 29, 30, 51, 52, 96, 97
2012 Running Man Episodes 61, 62
Invincible Youth Season 2 KBS with Hyoyeon, Yewon, Bora, Suzy, Woori, Amber and Sunny

Web Series[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 Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's Nominated
2015 87th Drama Academy Award Best Supporting Actress: Erika Murano Nominated
2016 88th Drama Academy Award Best OST: Radio & Saigo No Sayonara Nominated
Supporting Actress: Kaoruko Nagami Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ 강지영 가수. Naver Profiles (in Korean). 27 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ (Korean) Kim, Hyungoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/Joins.com. December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  4. ^ (Korean) 카라 "소녀시대 게 섯거라" 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹. Joins.com. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
  5. ^ (Korean) 걸그룹 대란속 ‘조용한’ 카라 뭐할까 "업그레이드 카라 온다" (What is "silent" Kara doing during the girl group uproar - "An Upgraded Kara is coming."). Newsen. June 16, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  6. ^ (Korean) 카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!
  7. ^ http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000072361
  8. ^ "[K-POP Behind] Kara's Last Performance?". Get It K. Retrieved 18 June 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/01/breaking-dsp-media-releases-official-statement-to-confirm-jiyoungs-leave-in-april
  10. ^ DSP Confirms Kang Ji Young’s Departure from KARA in Official Statement
  11. ^ "DSP 측 "강지영 오늘(5일) 런던유학, 전속계약 종료"(전문)". 5 April 2014. Nate. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "'Jiyoung signs with Japanese agency Sweet Power to start her acting career". Allkpop. August 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "FORMER MEMBER OF KARA KANG JI YOUNG DEBUTED AS A SOLO". KOREATIDE. March 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "JY-Radio". youtube. March 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ "JY-I'm Just Not Into You". youtube. March 15, 2016. 
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  17. ^ "FORMER MEMBER OF KARA KANG JI YOUNG DEBUTED AS A SOLO". KOREATIDE. March 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Japan Hot 100. Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Nicole Japanese Discography on ORICON STYLE". Oricon Chart (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Merry Love - Sungje & Jiyoung". itunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  22. ^ "· 대물(OST): SBS-TV 수목 드라마, Part 7". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  23. ^ "레인보우 로즈(OST), Pt.1". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  24. ^ "JY トップアルバム". itunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  27. ^ 눈이부셔[디지털]. Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  28. ^ "2012 SBS 가요대전 The Color Of K-Pop : Mystic White". Mnet (TV channel) (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  29. ^ "2013년 01주차 Download Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015. 

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