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Minzy at YG Family Press Conference in Singapore in 2014 (cropped).jpg
Minzy at the YG Family press conference in Singapore in 2014
Gong Min-ji

(1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationBaekseok Arts University
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
Musical career
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGong Min-ji
McCune–ReischauerKong Minchi

Gong Min-ji (Korean공민지; born January 18, 1994),[1] better known by her stage name Minzy, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and dancer. She debuted in 2009 as a member of South Korean girl group 2NE1, which became one of the most popular and successful girl groups worldwide before her departure from the group in April 2016.[2][3] She released her first solo EP, Minzy Work 01: "Uno", in April 2017.[4]

Early life[edit]

Minzy was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 18, 1994. She is the granddaughter of folk dancer Gong Ok-jin. When she was young, she moved to Gwangju with her family, but then her mother brought Minzy and her brother back to Seoul while travelling between Seoul and Gwangju to work with Minzy's father. She participated in many dance contests and competitions, winning various awards. A video of her at a dance competition in Gwangju was uploaded onto the Internet, and became popular with many people sending praise for her ability to dance. This video was then uploaded onto YG's homepage, whereupon the CEO, Yang Hyun-suk, contacted and recruited her to join the agency when she was only in sixth grade.[5]


2009–2016: 2NE1[edit]

Minzy in 2011

YG Entertainment stated in early 2009 that they would be debuting a new four-member group that had been training for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", with "NE" being an abbreviation of "New Evolution". Minzy was placed in 2NE1 as the main dancer, alongside Park Bom, Sandara Park and CL.[6] The group went on to debut with their first single "Fire" in May 2009, with Minzy being the youngest member at just 15 years old.

Minzy officially left the group and the group's agency, YG Entertainment, on April 5, 2016. Because of this, she did not take part in 2NE1's last song "Goodbye", released on January 21, 2017.[7][8]

2016–present: Solo career and MZ Entertainment[edit]

In May 2016, Minzy signed with CJ E&M's subsidiary label Music Works.[9][10][11] It was revealed that Minzy is currently preparing for her solo album and is interested in trying out different types of music and doesn't want to limit herself to one specific genre. Music Works stated, "We are focusing on producing a first solo album which can portray all of Gong Minzy's talent and potential. We will continue the preparations without being chased by time".

On January 17, 2017, a representative from KBS revealed that Minzy has been confirmed as a cast member of the second season of Sister's Slam Dunk together with Kim Sook, Hong Jin-kyung, Kang Ye-won, Han Chae-young, Hong Jin-young and Jeon So-mi. The show aired its first broadcast on February 10, where Minzy was appointed to become the main singer, main dancer, dance tutor, and choreographer for the second generation of Unnies by legendary producer and composer Kim Hyung Suk (mentor of JYP), and was voted as leader of the group on the third episode. She is also qualified to be the team's rap teacher, but due to her heavy workload, the role went to LA-born newcomer KillaGramz. In episode 12, she was named the rapping director as Kim Hyung Suk has no rapping knowledge, and named Hong Jin-young as the sole rapper of the group, with Jeon So-mi the rap lyricist for "Right?". In March 2017, Minzy released her first solo single, "I Wanted To Love" as the soundtrack of the MBC drama The Rebel.[citation needed]

On April 17, 2017, Minzy released her solo debut EP, Minzy Work 01. "Uno", along with title track "Ninano".[12] The EP debuted at number 2 on the Billboard World Albums Chart as the highest-ranking debut before it fell to number 9 in the second week.[13].

On December 1, 2018, Minzy released her first English language solo single, "All of You Say".[14]

On April 17, 2020, Minzy left Music Works after her legal dispute was settled.[15]

On May 24, 2020, Minzy released her single "Lovely", her first released as an independent artist.[16][unreliable source]

In October, she founded her own company MZ Entertainment and will carry out her future activities on her future agency.[17]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales



Minzy Work 01: "Uno" 10 10 21 2


As main artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album

"Please Don't Go"[25] (with CL) 2009 30 N/A To Anyone
"Ninano" (니나노) (featuring Flowsik) 2017 44 18 Minzy Work 01: Uno
"Lovely"[16] 2020 N/A Non-album single
"All of You Say" 2018 N/A Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"You Also" (그대도)[27] (Ujam featuring Minzy) 2019 Non-album single

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"I Wanted to Love" 2017 The Rebel
"I Miss You" (보고 싶다 with Sohyang) The King of Mask Singer Episode 105
"Sick and Sick Name..." (아프고 아픈 이름...)
"Walking" (걸어가) 2018 Partners for Justice


Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2017 Sister's Slam Dunk KBS Cast
King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "A Richly-toned Perilla Leaf Girl"[28]


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  14. ^ Kim, Jae-min (December 3, 2018). "Minzy releases first English single "All of You Say"". www.koreaherald.com. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  15. ^ "Minzy personally updates fans on bringing her legal dispute to a settlement + new beginning as a solo artist". allkpop. April 17, 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Minzy gets over bad breakup by embracing her 'Lovely' self in solo comeback MV". allkpop. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  17. ^ Hong, C. (Oct 22, 2020). "Minzy Sets Up Her Own Agency". soompi. Retrieved Oct 22, 2020.
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  20. ^ "Top Heatseekers: Minzy Work 01: Uno".
  21. ^ "World Albums: Minzy Work 01: Uno".
  22. ^ 2017년 04월 Album Chart [April 2017 Album Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  23. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in South Korea:
  24. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. 2013-01-02.
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  26. ^ "2017년 16주차 Download Chart (2017.04.16~2017.04.22)" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on May 26, 2020. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
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  28. ^ Kim Mi-hwa (April 2, 2017). "'복면가왕' 깻잎소녀는 공민지..2NE1아닌 솔로 첫무대". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved April 2, 2017.

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