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Kim Wan-sun
김완선 (金完宣)
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Background information
Birth name 김완선 (Kim Wan-sun, 金緩宣)
Born (1969-05-16) May 16, 1969 (age 47)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, Mandopop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1986–present
Labels Jigu Record 1986-1989
Asia Record 1990-1992
PolyGram Record 1993-1996
GM Entertainment/King Record 1996-1997
Pan Entertainment/Yedang Entertainment 2002-2004
Ace Media/Doremi Media 2005-2006
KW Sunflower Entertainment/KT Music 2011–present
Website Official Website
Kim Wan-sun
Hangul 김완선
Hanja 金緩宣
Revised Romanization Gim Wan-seon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Wansŏn
Stage name
Hangul 김완선
Hanja 金完宣
Revised Romanization Gim Wan-seon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Wansŏn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Wan-sun is a South Korean singer. Since her sensational debut at the age of 17 in 1986, she has been called the "Madonna/Anita Mui/female Michael Jackson of South Korea" or "the dancing queen of Korean popular music's renaissance era",[citation needed] as she is known for her beauty, clear voice, charismatic stage presence and catchy hits from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. Her fifth studio album, released in 1990, spawned three consecutive No.1 songs and sold more than 1 million copies.[1]

In the mid-1990s, she also achieved success in Taiwan, releasing three albums in Mandarin under the name of 金元萱 (Jin Yuan-xuan).

From the late 2006, she lived in Hawaii for about three years and studied digital arts at the University of Hawaii.[2]

She returned to the music scene in April 2011, releasing the Super Love EP.[2] Also, she has created her own production company and is focusing on finding and developing young talent.[3]

Early life and personal problems[edit]

Kim's aunt was Han Baek-hee. She sang for the U.S. troops stationed in Korea during the Korean War. Han recognized Kim's talent at an early age and persuaded Kim's parents to let Han mentored Kim. Kim moved in with her aunt when she was 14. For the next three years, Han forbade Kim from seeing her parents. Han put her under intense training in ballet and gymnastics at Han's dance studio. Han let other dancers use her studio for free, as long as they showed and taught their best move to Kim. Kim recalled in an interview with KBS that she was not allowed to sit down during the day. She didn't attend any sort of school as a kid, she was isolated and had no friends.


Han used her connections in Korea's new growing entertainment industry to assemble a list of the best songs available. Her debut song "Tonight" was produced by Kim Chang-hoon, member of Sanulrim. One of her greatest hits, "That Dance in the Rhythm," was produced by Shin Joong-hyeon.

After Kim's debut, Han controlled every part of Kim's career. Han chose everything, songs, dances, clothes, shoes, hair and makeup. At the end of each performance, Han stood Kim in a corner and yelled abuse at Kim about how she was ugly, bad dancer, and hit the wrong notes. She didn't care who was watching when she yelled at Kim. Han did Kim's interviews for her. She also opposed her from speaking with any musician, man or women.


The first year of the new decade arrived, along with that came a new album, The Pierrot Is Smiling At Us. This album was a success all across Korea, in which she was the fist Korean pop artist to sell one million copies of an album. Still to this day Koreans young and old know the words to 'The Pierrot Is Smiling At Us' some people know it as 'Pierrot Smiling At Us'; there are many variations of the song's name.

In 1992, at the height of Kim's career Kim Announced her retirement she had had enough of her aunties dictatorship and oppression on her life but yet again under direction of her aunt and against her will. Kim then was flown to Taiwan and Hong Kong to start a career in a non-existent Chinese pop industry she released three albums in Taiwan and Hong Kong and enjoyed a successful career there.

Han never gave any of the money earn by Kim to her for 13 years, until Kim finally had enough and cut the cord on Han and on her own career after a falling-out in 1998. According to Kim, Han used all the money into a failed business venture. She was finally free from her aunt.Kim moved alone to Hawaii to study design at University of Hawaii. In 2002, Kim came back to Korea to resume her musical career on her own, but by the time of her return the 90s were over and many Korean pop groups had blossomed and the Hallyu wave had begun. In the beginning of her career she was one of a kind but now she was just like all the other idols. Kim left a legacy on the Korean pop scene without her contribution many groups wouldn’t have debut and the Hallyu Wave would be virtually non existent.


Kim Wan-sun made an informal comeback in April 2011 releasing the Super Love. She also founded her own production company focusing on finding and developing young talent.


Kim Wan-sun made her official comeback on May 1, 2016 with her song "Use Me" featuring Ravi from VIXX. She is planning on release a new album.


In South Korea[edit]

Studio Albums

Year Information Track list
1986 오늘밤 (Tonight)
  • Released: April 11, 1986
Side A

1. 지난 이야기
2. 오늘밤
3. 별 하나 나 하나
4. 왜 말 못해
5. 안돼
6. 봄
Side B
1. 왜 아니오나
2. 고독
3. 그 사람 미워요
4. 그 한마디
5. 어떤 그림
6. 평화로운 세계
7. 정화의 노래 (건전가요)

1987 나홀로 뜰앞에서 (Alone in Front of the Yard)
  • Released: May 7, 1987
Side A

1. 나홀로 뜰앞에서
2. 그대여 다시 오세요
3. 선물
4. 겨울풍경
5. 어차피 우린
Side B
1. 슬픈 얼굴 보이긴 싫어
2. 노란 벤취
3. 강변연가
4. 충격
5. 이 세상 어린이 (건전가요)
Side B (re-released version)
1. 리듬속의 그 춤을
2. 슬픈 얼굴 보이긴 싫어
3. 노란 벤취
4. 강변연가
5. 이 세상 어린이 (건전가요)

1988 나홀로 춤을 추긴 너무 외로워 (Feeling So Lonely to Dance Alone)
  • Released: August 20, 1988
Side A

1. 나홀로 춤을 추긴 너무 외로워
2. 편지
3. 그건 너
4. 나 그대에게 모두 드리리
5. 사랑의 골목길 (연석원 Arrangement Ver.)
Side B
1. 사랑의 골목길 (송홍섭 Arrangement Ver.)
2. 잊혀진 사람
3. 너는 아니?
4. 휘파람을 부세요

1989 기분 좋은 날 (Happy Day)
  • Released: June 10, 1989
Side 1

1. 이 세상 슬픔 가운데
2. 이별보다 더 큰 슬픔
3. 기분 좋은 날
4. 불빛을 좀 더 어둡게 해줘요
5. 보라빛 레인코트
Side 2
1. 싫어요
2. 이젠 잊기로 해요
3. 추억은 가슴 속에 남으리
4. 5月의 눈물
5. 이젠 혼자 일어서야 해

1990 삐에로는 우릴 보고 웃지 (Pierrot Smiling at Us)
  • Released: July 1990(LP、Magnetic tape)/December 1990(CD)

1. 가장 무도회
2. 나만의 것
3. 삐에로는 우릴 보고 웃지
4. 어느 봄날
5. 마지막 밀회
6. 어디 있었나요
7. 작은 카페 이야기
8. 모노드라마
9. 잃어버린 도시
10. 이젠 잊기로 해요 ('90 Ver. / CD bonus track)
11. 편지 ('90 Ver. / CD bonus track)
12. 그건 너 ('90 Ver. / CD bonus track)

1992 Sadness 애수
  • Released: April 1992(LP、Magnetic tape)/June 1992(CD)

1. 애수
2. 그대는 바람처럼
3. 슬픈 체념
4. 가난한 이별
5. 하얀비
6. 생의 또다른 슬픔
7. 힘든 미소
8. 이상한 외출
9. 자유로운 날엔 (CD bonus track)
10. 애수 (Instrumental / CD bonus track)
11. 슬픈 체념 (Instrumental / CD bonus track)

1996 Innocence
  • Released: October 1, 1996

1. 탤런트
2. 운명의 장난
3. 슬픔같은 행복
4. 슬픈 인연
5. 투정
6. 체인징 파트너
7. 삐에로의 회상
8. 운명의 장난 (Remix)
9. 탤런트 (Remix / Hidden Track)
10. 체인징 파트너 (Remix / Hidden Track)

2002 S & Remake
  • Released: July 7, 2002
Disc 1 - new album 'S'

1. S
2. Shall We Dance
3. Seduction
4. 질주
5. Only Love
6. Feel So Good
7. Shadow
8. 보낼 수 없는 사랑
9. Another Me
10. I don't want to hear it from you
11. S (Chinese Ver.)
12. Seduction (Wtse-Han Jae Won Mix)
13. 질주 (Wtse-Han Jae Won Mix)
14. Feel So Good (Wtse-Han Jae Won Mix)
15. Shall We Dance (Wtse-Han Jae Won Mix)
16. S (Wtse-Han Jae Won Mix)
Disc 2 - remake album
1. 지난 이야기 ('02 Ver.)
2. 리듬속의 그 춤을 ('02 Ver.)
3. 애수 ('02 Ver.)
4. 그대는 바람처럼 ('02 Ver.)
5. 가장 무도회 ('02 Ver.)
6. 나홀로 뜰앞에서 ('02 Ver.)
7. 삐에로는 우릴 보고 웃지 ('02 Ver.)
8. 모노드라마 ('02 Ver.)
9. 하얀비 ('02 Ver.)

2005 Return
  • Released: October 25, 2005

1. 서른의 노래
2. 모짜르트 듣는 여자
3. 처음 이별하는 듯
4. seventeen
5. 산책
6. 정말이지 나는
7. 시간을 삼켜도
8. white wine
9. 애수 ('05 Ver.)
10. 느끼는대로만
11. do it (bonus track)

EPs / Singles

Year Information Track list
2011 Super Love
  • Released: April 21, 2011
1. Oz On The Moon

2. Super Love
3. 슬픈 고백
4. Super Love (Instrumental)

2011 Be Quiet (with Yong Jun-hyung)
  • Released: October 25, 2011
    • Digital download only
1. Be Quiet

2. Be Quiet (Instrumental)

2012 The Beer
  • Released: September 11, 2012
1. Benjamin

2. 오늘
3. Can Only Feel (Remix Ver.)
4. 오늘 (Instrumental)

2014 Goodbye My Love (feat. Tiger JK & Bizzy)
  • Released: July 7, 2014
    • Digital download only
1. Goodbye My Love (feat. Tiger JK & Bizzy)

2. Goodbye My Love (BLFC Remix)

2016 강아지(Puppy)
  • Released: February 18, 2016
    • Digital download only
1. 강아지

2. 강아지 (Instrumental)

2016 Use Me
  • Released: May 1, 2016
    • Digital download only
1. Use Me (Feat. Ravi Of VIXX)

2. Use Me (DJ HEAD Mix From Taiwan)
3. Use Me (DJ Jazz Funky Mix)
4. Use Me (Instrumental)

2016 Set Me On Fire
  • Released: July 20, 2016
    • Digital download only
1. Set Me On Fire (Feat. Kebee)

2. Set Me On Fire (Instrumental)

2016 Odisseya
  • Released: November 15, 2016
    • Digital download only
1. Mir

2. Alien

In Taiwan[edit]

Studio Albums

Year Information Track list
1994 The First Touch 第一次接觸

1. 女人的心都一樣
2. 肯定的美麗
3. 在你背後的我[나만의 것(CN Ver.)]
4. 坦白
5. 愛上風雨中走來的你 (Feat. Alan Tam)[헤어질 수 없는 우리(CN Ver.)]
6. 我就是你的
7. 傷心是爲誰
8. 但是又何奈
9. 一顆心換一份情
10. 愛得甛蜜

1995 極度魅力 (Extremely Attractive)[COVER ALBUM]'
  • Released: June 20,1995
  • Label: Polydor / PolyGram

1. 莎哟娜啦(OS:Leon Lai)
2. 辣辣的心(OS:Leon Lai)
3. 情已逝(OS:Jacky Cheung)
4. 我和我追逐的夢(OS:Andy Lau)
5. 愛不完(OS:Andy Lau)
6. 我是不是該安靜的走開(OS:Aaron Kwok)
7. 一路上有你(OS:Jacky Cheung)
8. 謝謝你的愛(OS:Andy Lau)
9. 渴望(OS:Aaron Kwok)
10. 你冷得像風(OS:Jacky Cheung)

1996 迷迷糊糊 (Drowse)
  • Released: April 24,1996
  • Label: Polydor / PolyGram
    • also released in China with different track listing in 1997

1. 迷迷糊糊(OS:Yumi Matsutoya - Rondo)
2. 言不由衷
3. 借我一條手帕
4. 愛情萬歲
5. 誘惑
6. 這一次我真的需要你挽留
7. 就爱吧
8. 噓 ! 現在別說話
9. 音樂是我快樂的世界
10. 多愛我一點

In Japan[edit]


Year Information Track list
1990 ランバダ (LAMBADA) 1. ランバダ


As featured artist[edit]

Year Information Track list
1993 My Love featuring KIM WAN SUN
  • Artist: Alan Tam
  • Type: English Album
  • Released: September 1993
  • Label: PolyGram
2. 헤어질 수 없는 우리

7. My Love

2002 3마이
  • Artist: Psy
  • Released: September 2002
14. 안돼요 (feat. 김완선)
2012 Infant
  • Artist: Clazzi
  • Released: January 2012
07. Can Only Feel (With 김완선)
2012 2012 月刊 尹鍾信 March 01. 널 사랑해 오늘따라 (feat. 김완선)


  1. ^ "Kim Wansun Wants to Duet with Big Bang's T.O.P". Soompi. May 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Kim Wan-Sun biography". Artist Search. KBS World. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Steven Mark (July 13, 2012). "Kim Wan Sun joins Korean Fest lineup". Honolulupulse. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 


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