Kim Na-young (singer)

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Kim Na-young
Native name 김나영
Born (1991-12-31) December 31, 1991 (age 26)
Genres R&B, Ballad
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels Neverland
Kim Na-young
Hangul
Revised Romanization Gim Nayeoung
McCune–Reischauer Kim Nayŏng

Kim Na-young (born December 31, 1991) is a South Korean singer who gained immense popularity through social media exposure on New Year's Eve 2015, when her single "What If It Was Going" topped the MelOn music charts of South Korea's biggest music streaming site, holding the top place for five days, and high spots on other streaming sites.[1][2][3] She has recorded several soundtracks, including "Once Again" for Descendants of the Sun.[2][4][5]

Music career[edit]

She debuted as a singer in 2012, after which she took the unusual route of busking in the Hongdae area, where a video clip of her singing on a cold winter night went viral and attracted over 1 million views.[1]

She had a few TV appearances and was a contestant on Mnet's Superstar K in 2013, but did not reach the finals.[3] Due to that exposure, her singing skills were noticed in the K-pop industry and she did a 2014 original soundtrack for a Korean drama.[1]

New Year's Eve 2015 viral success[edit]

Her sudden rise in popularity, without being known much by mainstream media, occurred with the release of the viral video clip "What If It Was Going" and was called remarkable. Social media experts said the video's reception, which "spread like wildfire among young trendsetters," was because "mobile oriented social networks are changing the traditional routes to success for singers."[1] She called the success, which coincided on her birthday, December 31, an unforgettable birthday gift.[3]

Descendants of the Sun OST[edit]

She has recorded a number of soundtracks, including those for The Girl Who Sees Smells, Orange Marmalade and Bubble Gum.[2] In March 2016, she and Mad Clown collaborated for a well received OST "Once Again" for Descendants of the Sun, and used as background music when the drama’s leading roles flashed back to old memories.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • From the Heart (2016)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
position
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[6]
"Sometimes I..." 2014 32
  • KOR: —
From the Heart
"As You Told Me" 42
  • KOR: —
"Never" 2015 108
  • KOR: —
"Believe Me" 163
  • KOR: —
Non-album single
"What If It Was Going" 1
  • KOR: 615,778+
From the Heart
"Watch Memories" 2016 25
  • KOR: 93,546+
"No Blame" 60
  • KOR: 33,340+
Non-album single
"Being An Adult" 2017 40
  • KOR: 58,811+[7]
"But I Must" 24
  • KOR: 261,524+[8]
"miss u"
"Each of Us" 2018 38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charting songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
position
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"I See" 2016 99
  • KOR: 22,025+
From the Heart
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborations[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
position
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"Alone"
(Jung Key feat Kim Na-young)
2012 N/A Break Up
"Mama"
(Jung Key feat Kim Na-young, Koo Yoon-hoe, Shin Jong-wook and Han Ye-seul)
2013 N/A Mama
"Street Life"
(with Jang Won-ki)
N/A Super Star K5 Kim Na-young Vs. Jang Won-ki
"Around this time"
(MJ feat Kim Na-young)
N/A Around this time
"겨울이 지나고 봄이 오듯이"
(Kim Na-young with MJ)
2014 N/A Rocketan Collabo Vol. 3
"I Go to Meet You"
(Sentimental Robot feat Kim Na-young and Two Piano)
N/A non-album single
"Unknown Farewell"
(Fly To The Sky feat Kim Na-young)
N/A Continuum
"Missile"
(Kim Na-young with Tricky)
N/A I'm Sorry
"I'm Sorry"
(Kim Na-young with Tricky and Shin Jong-wook)
N/A
"Unfinished Story"
(Vasco feat Kim Na-young)
N/A Show Me the Money 3 Part. 5
"Got Your Back"
(Swings feat Kim Na-young)
N/A Vintage Swings
"Tears"
(Kim Na-young with Monday Kiz)
2017 35
  • KOR: 42,548+[9]
non-album single
"Love Sick"
(F.T. Island with Kim Na-young)
18 Over 10 Years
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
position
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"You Let Me Go With a Smile"
(with Lee Eun-ha)
2014 N/A Trot Lovers OST Part. 3
"Hope And Hope" N/A Marriage, Not Dating OST Part. 4
"Ordinary Farewell"
(with Song Yoo-bin)
2015 N/A The Girl Who Sees Smells OST Part. 9[2]
"If I Did" N/A Orange Marmalade OST Part. 6[2]
"To Me, You" N/A Bubble Gum OST Part. 3[2]
"Once Again"
(with Mad Clown)
2016 2
  • KOR (DL): 813,800+[11]
Descendants of the Sun OST Part. 5[4][5]
"Say Goodbye (My Heart Speaks)" 28
  • KOR (DL): 150,245+
Uncontrollably Fond OST Part. 3
"I'm OK" 2017 N/A The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST Part. 6
"Maze" 49
  • KOR (DL): 58,717+[12]
While You Were Sleeping OST Part. 8
"The Package"
(with DinDin)
N/A The Package OST Part. 6
"Because I Only See You" 2018 80 N/A What's Wrong with Secretary Kim OST Part. 5
"Tell Me" TBA N/A Are You Human? OST Part. 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "How Obscure Singer Soared to the Top of the Charts". The Chosun Ilbo. January 23, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kim, Won (January 6, 2016). 음원차트 엿새째 1위…가수 김나영 누구야? (in Korean). The Dong-A Ilbo. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c [인터뷰] 김나영 돌풍 "반짝이요? 버스킹으로 6년 다졌죠~" (in Korean). Hankook Ilbo. January 5, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Ahn, Woorim (March 16, 2016). "Mad Clown and Kim Na Young Join 'Descendant of the Sun' OST". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Preorders surge for 'Descendants of the Sun' soundtrack". The Korea Herald. March 23, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Peaks on the Gaon Digital Chart:
  7. ^ Cumulative sales for "Being An Adult":
  8. ^ Cumulative sales for "But I Must":
  9. ^ "2017년 08주차 Download Chart (see #21)". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ "2017년 22주차 Download Chart (see #12)". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ Cumulative sales for "Once Again":
  12. ^ Cumulative sales for "Maze":

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