Min (singer)

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Min
Min going to a Music Bank recording in August 2016 01.jpg
Min in August 2016
Native name 이민영
Born Lee Min-young
(1991-06-21) June 21, 1991 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Min
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 이민영
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Min-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Yi Minyǒng

Lee Min-young (born June 21, 1991), better known by her stage name Min, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Miss A.

Early life[edit]

Min was born on June 21, 1991 in Seoul, South Korea. At a young age she took part in BoBoBo[1] (the Korean version of Sesame Street), as part of the duo called Eolleong Ddungddang.[2] At 13 years old, she and Girls' Generation member Hyoyeon formed a dance duo called Little Winners.[3] Min auditioned for JYP Entertainment when she was in the 6th grade. After a year of training, she was sent to the U.S. to prepare for a U.S. debut, and studied at the Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts in Manhattan.[4]

Career[edit]

For Min's U.S. debut, Park Jin-young teamed up with Lil Jon in the production of her album. Her solo singles are Dance Like This, Go Ahead and Boyfriend.

Miss A[edit]

Min marked her official debut in South Korea as part of the four-member girl group Miss A on July 1, 2010 with the release of the single Bad Girl Good Girl from their debut EP Bad But Good. It remains their most renowned and successful song to date.[5]

Solo activities[edit]

After Miss A's formal promotions ended for Bad Girl Good Girl, Min collaborated with label mate San E for his debut single Tasty San. She joined him on his debut stages on various music shows for the month of September.[6][7][8][9][10] Min was then selected to be a part of the G20 Seoul Summit that was held in November 2010. She was chosen to sing with 20 various idols from 2PM, 2AM, Girls' Generation, BEAST, MBLAQ and more for its theme song.[11] The recording was done separately for two days and one day for all the participants to gather for the recording of the chorus. The song, entitled Let's Go, was released through a number of online music charts on October 15, 2010.

Min going to a Music Bank recording in August 2016 02

In October 2010, Min was cast as a fixed member of Oh! My School, a South Korean variety show broadcast by KBS until its end in May 2011.[12] It was during this time that Min was able to showcase her renowned "kkab" dancing and variety skills. On an episode of Oh! My School, Min had confided in her fellow cast members that at one point, she had given up life as a trainee. Disheartened from the recurring delays and uncertainties of her U.S. debut, she had returned to South Korea. Min had cut off contact with her family for one and a half years, during which time she supported herself by teaching dance and English lessons.[13]

Min made her acting debut in the 2011 South Korean caper film Countdown alongside screen veterans Jung Jae-young and Jeon Do-yeon. She played the role of Hyeon-ji, the estranged and rebellious young daughter of the charismatic fraudster Cha Ha-yeon (Jeon Do-yeon).[14]

In August 2016, Min collaborated with childhood friends Hyoyeon of Girls' Generation and Jo Kwon of 2AM to form the co-ed project group Triple T. The trio released their debut single titled Born to be Wild, featuring Park Jin-young, as part of S.M. Entertainment's ongoing weekly Station music project.[15]

It was revealed in September 2016 that Min will be making her return to the big screen after six years with the movie Suni. The film promises a thrilling mystery set in a quiet village where an inquisitive detective investigates the motives behind multiple unsolved murders and the presence of a mysterious girl named "Suni". Based on actual events, the film seeks to spread awareness about child abuse, as the actors hope to prevent such tragedies through their performances. It is originally planned for a Summer 2017 release in South Korea.[16]

In January 2017, the cast of the Korean adaptation of Boys Over Flowers The Musical was revealed, with representatives of the production announcing that Min would be making her musical debut with the star role of Tsukushi Makino. The musical opened on February 24 and had its final curtain call on May 7 at Hongik University Art Center’s Grand Theater in Seoul.[17]

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart

positions

Sales
(Digital download)
Album
KOR
Gaon

[18]

US
World

[19][A]

As lead artist
"Dance Like This" 2007 N/A N/A
"Go Ahead" 2008 N/A N/A
"Boyfriend" N/A N/A
As featured artist
"Tasty San"
(San E, feat. Min)
2010 45 N/A Everybody Ready?
"Just The Two Of Us"
(Baro, feat. Min)
2012 102 Ignition
Collaborations
"Let's Go"
(as part of Group of 20)
2010 116 N/A G20 Seoul Summit
(Non-album release)
"This Christmas"
(as part of JYP Nation)
34 N/A JYP Nation Team Play Concert
(Non-album release)
"Born To Be Wild"
(as part of Triple T, feat. Park Jin-young)
2016 164 11 SM Station
"Encore"
(as part of JYP Nation)
JYP Nation Mix & Match Concert
(Non-album release)
Soundtrack appearances
"Living Like A Fool" 2012 71 Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Music Publisher KOMCA

[24][25]

Notes
Credited With
2015 "The Mirene Song" Mirene Non album-single CJ ENTERTAINMENT Yes Irene Kim Co-Lyricist
"Stuck" Miss A Colors JYP PUBLISHING Yes N/A Lyricist
2016 "Far, Far Away" G.Soul Far, Far Away JYP PUBLISHING Yes G.Soul Co-Lyricist

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2011 Dream High KBS2 Flash Mob Dancer Cameo (Episode 16)
2012 Dream High 2 KBS2 Herself Cameo (Episode 15)
2013 Reckless Family Season 2 MBC Herself Sitcom[26]
2015 Dream Knight Youku Tudou and JYP Pictures Jenny Lee Web Drama[27]
L.U.V Collage Gateway To Korea Kim Na-ra Web Drama[28]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 Countdown Jang Hyeon-ji Heo Jong-ho Support Role
2017 Suni Soo-ja Ji Seong-won Support Role

Variety shows[edit]

Year Show Network Notes
2010 Oh! My School KBS Fixed cast member
2014 K-Style Season 3 KStyleTV Host with Irene Kim
2015 K-Style Season 4

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Boys Over Flowers The Musical Makino Tsukushi Lead Role

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chart rankings for the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart beyond the top three positions are only viewable with a subscription.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "지 드래곤, 신세경, 민 알고보니 '뽀뽀뽀' 동문?". Yahoo! Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  2. ^ "G. Dragon, Shin Sekyung And Min Were Once On BoBoBo". Allkpop. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  3. ^ "귀여운 팝퍼, 리틀위너스, 힙합퍼". Hip Hoper (in Korean). Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2004. 
  4. ^ Hilliard, Chloe A. "Seoul Train". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Official Site Of Korea Tourism Organisation: Miss A Profile". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on December 19, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ "San E Debuts With 'Everybody Ready'". Allkpop. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  7. ^ "San E Debuts With 'Tasty San' On MCountdown". Allkpop. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ "San E Debuts On Music Bank With 'Tasty San'". Allkpop. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  9. ^ "San E Makes A 'Tasty' Debut On Music Core". Allkpop. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  10. ^ "San E Debuts On Inkigayo With 'Tasty San'". Allkpop. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  11. ^ "K-Pop Stars Band Together For G20 Theme Tune". The Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ "KBS ‘자유선언 토요일’ 신설, 명받았습니다-백점만점 폐지 비운". Newsen (in Korean). Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ "미쓰에이 민 '미래 막막해 1년 반 동안 가출' 고백". Newsen (in Korean). Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Min Plays Jeon Do Yeon's Daughter In Countdown". Allkpop. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Teaser Drops For SM Station Featuring JYP, Min, Hyoyeon & Jokwon". Moon Rok. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  16. ^ "This Miss A Star Will Soon Be In Theaters Everywhere!". The Music Mind. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Miss A Member Min In Consideration To Star In Her First Musical 'Boys Over Flowers'". Moon Rok. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Weekly World Digital Songs Chart". Billboard Charts. Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. 
  20. ^ Cumulative sales for Just The Two Of Us
  21. ^ Cumulative sales for Born To Be Wild
  22. ^ Cumulative sales for Encore
  23. ^ Cumulative sales for Living Like A Fool
  24. ^ "Min's Official Songwriting Credits". Korea Music Copyright Association. Writers & Publishers ID: 10009978. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Min's Official Creators Listing". JYP Publishing. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Miss A’s Min And BTOB’s Lee Minhyuk New Members Of MBC’s 'Reckless Family S2'". Kpop Starz. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Miss A’s Min Cast In ‘Dream Knight’ Drama Alongside GOT7". Moon Rok. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Check Out Web Drama Teaser for ‘L.U.V Collage’ Starring Miss A’s Jia And Min". Koogle TV. Archived from the original on April 27, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 

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