Nicole Jung

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Nicole Jung
Nicole(Kara) from acrofan.jpg
Nicole in 2011
Born Nicole Yongju Jung[1]
(1991-10-07) October 7, 1991 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Musical career
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Yong-ju
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Yongju

Nicole Yongju Jung (born October 7, 1991), better known mononymously as Nicole (Hangul니콜), is a Korean-American idol singer, TV presenter, promotional model, and entrepreneur. She is a former member of girl group Kara formed by DSP Entertainment in 2007.

In 2014, Jung left DSP Media and moved to B2M Entertainment to pursue her solo career.[2] Her solo debut mini album as a soloist, First Romance and the title song, MAMA was released on November 19, 2014.[3]


Nicole was born on October 7, 1991[4] in Los Angeles, California[1] to Korean parents. She attended Mark Keppel Elementary School and Toll Middle School in Glendale, California; however, she lived in downtown Los Angeles. Nicole was into the visual and performing arts while in school. She participated in choir, drill team, played the violin for 4 years and took dance classes.[5] She auditioned for DSP by sending a video of her singing an Ivy and Black Eyed Peas song. Her mom was very supportive and told her that it was her decision and whatever decision, she would fully support her. Nicole made the decision to go to South Korea and experienced hardships such as adjusting to the culture and missing her friends terribly.[6] She accepted DSP's offer, her mom moved with her to South Korea and has opened up a successful Korean BBQ restaurant called "Aura The Grill"[7] that is often frequented by Nicole and KARA fans alike.

She was on a show called "KAIST" (portrayed a celebrity's life as a college student) which was renamed to "Nicole The Entertainer's Introduction to Veterinary Science" in Konkuk University since Nicole would not be attending KAIST.[8] The first episode aired on November 12, 2009. She "graduated" from college in January 2010.[9]


2007-2013: KARA career debut[edit]

Kara debuted on March 29, 2007 with "Break It" on M! Countdown as a 4-member group. Nicole was one of the four along with Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, and Kim Sunghee. Kara was often compared to Fin.K.L because of their concept and the fact that they are from the same company (DSP Entertainment). In March 2008, Sunghee left the group due to parental pressure. Sunghee had failed her college exams. On July 24, 2008, Kara came back with two new members, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung. Their new concept was "cute" and "playful".

On December 4, 2008, Kara released their 2nd mini-album "Pretty Girl" and had their comeback starting on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl". In February 2009, Kara followed up with their album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first #1 single when it topped the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[10]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[11] Due to the popularity of the songs, Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. Kara currently started promotions with their third mini-album "Lupin".[12] Lupin was a success, it won KBS Music Bank K-Chart on March 12, March 19, and March 26, 2010.

In August 2010, Kara officially debuted in Japan with "Mister". After this, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.

On January 19, 2011, Kang Jiyoung, Han Seung-yeon, and Nicole Jung, announced that they were terminating their contract with DSP. On April 28, 2011, the dispute between DSP Entertainment and Kara's 3 members was officially announced as resolved.

Nicole injured her ankle during Kara’s first stand-alone concert in Korea, which was held on February 18, 2012. Nicole was performing a solo performance cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It", when she hurt her ankle while leaving through a lift.[13][14] After she got hurt, she did limp a little during performances but she still finished the concert. Afterwards in the dressing room, she received acupuncture for her injury. Despite her injury, she still performed on the very next day. Afterwards, Nicole’s injury was publicly revealed as she was photographed at airports in a wheelchair.[15] Despite her injury, Nicole still hosted SBS “Inkigayo” with a cast on her leg. Due to the ankle injury, Nicole was unable to perform in group performance choreography during their Speed Up promotion in Japan from March to April 2012. She was also spotted still wearing a cast on her leg during several dates on KARASIA Japan tour. She began to fully perform near the end of April 2012, during their concert in Osaka.

Kara has released Kara Collection in 2012, both in South Korea and Japan, an album containing each of the girls' solo songs. Nicole's song was "Lost", which featured close friend Jinwoon.

Jung 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.[16]

2014-present: Leaving DSP Media, Joining B2M Entertaiment, and First Romance[edit]

On January 13, 2014, it was announced that member Nicole would be withdrawing from the group due to the expiration of her contract with DSP Media,[17] and that Nicole will be flying to the States for two months to focus on improving her vocal and dance skills while preparing to make a solo debut.

On October 14, 2014, Nicole officially signed an exclusive contract with B2M Entertainment. The agency also revealed, “Following the end of her contract with DSP Media, Nicole is currently preparing for her solo debut after confirming a new agency and completing the contract signing. Nicole’s new agency was established by CEO Gil Jong Hwa, who had been with KARA from their debut to their peak. Since their connection under DSP Media, they have maintained close relations with one another.”[18]

Jung's solo debut mini album, First Romance was released on November 19, 2014 and the title song MAMA, which was used to promote the mini album. First Romance only in November has sold 8,754 copies. By the end of 2014, the mini album has sold 10,137 copies. [19]

Other activities[edit]

She was featured on former DSP Media artist Sunha's first album Fahrenheit in the song "String" (2008)

In April 2009, she sang a duet with former Noel member Kang Kyun-seong called "Happy And".[20]

In August 2009, she and singer Jay Park became part of historical culture variety show Nodaji, replacing Choi Min-yong and Kim Tae-hyun. But the show was cancelled due to low ratings on October 2009.

In September 2009, she was featured in numerous live performances of Mighty Mouth's single "Love Class". Mighty Mouth later remarked "thanks to Nicole, it feels great when we're on stage. Our other partners have also worked hard, but Nicole has been the most passionate." They also added, "As she suggest ideas to improve ourselves and work hard on our performances is something we find cute and are thankful for." [21]

In July 2010, she sang a duet with Park Myung Soo (Korean entertainer) in his single "Whale" (고래).[22]

She was one of the member of "Dazzling Red", one of the idol project groups for the “2012 SBS Korean Music Festival – The Color of K-Pop” with fellow idols After School's Nana, 4Minute's Hyuna, Secret's Hyoseong and SISTAR's Hyorin.[23] Dazzling Red release a single "This Person" in December 2012.[24]

Nicole was invited to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan (as the only Korean artist invited that year) on June 22, 2013 and performed her solo “Lost” from Kara Collection.[25]


For Nicole's works with Kara, see Kara discography.


Title Album details Tracklisting Peak positions Sales
First Romance
  1. Innocent? (feat. Boa)
  2. Mama
  3. How about U (feat. DongWoo)
  4. Joker (feat. Ricky)
  5. Love
  6. Mama (Inst.)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Korean singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album

Hot 100

"Lost" (feat. Jeong Jinwoon) 2012 85 68
  • KOR: 58,305+
Kara Solo Collection
"Mama" 2014 69
  • KOR: 46,167+
First Romance
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Japanese singles[edit]

Title Tracklisting Year Peak positions Sales Album
Hot 100


"Lost" (feat. Jeong Jinwoon)[32] 2012 Kara Collection
"Something Special"
  1. Something Special
  2. Fantasy
  3. Something Special (Inst.)
  4. Fantasy (Inst.)
  5. Love (Japanese Ver.) (Bonus Track)
2015 29 8 TBA
"Don't Stop"[34]
  1. Don't Stop
  2. Best Man
  3. Don't Stop (Inst.)
  4. Best Man (Inst.)
  5. Recall (Bonus Track)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Sales Album

Hot 100

"Happy...And" (Kang Kyun-sung feat. Nicole) 2009 Non-album song
"Gorae" (고래; Whale) (Park Myung Soo feat. Nicole) 2010 12
"This Person"
(Dazzling Red: Nicole, Nana, Hyuna, Hyolyn and Hyosung)
2012 2 6
  • KOR (DL): 740,936+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
2008 "Kkeun" (끈; String) (SunHa feat. Nicole) Fahrenheit
2010 "Bingeul Bingeul" (빙글 빙글; Round and Round) (No Brain feat. Nicole, SeungYeon & Gyuri) MBC Music Travel Lalala Live Vol.11
2014 "Chalali Binunmul-e" (차라리 비눈물에; Rain Tears Instead) (Jung Il-Woo and Nicole) The Night Watchman OST



Year Title Network Notes
2011 My Way Press information clerk cameo
2013 KARA The Animation Herself Japanese dubbed version

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Goo Ha-ra and Kang Jiyoung
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Nicole
2014 Secret Love DRAMAcube Melly

Variety and reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 Star Golden Bell (Level With Me Season 2) KBS2 MC
2009 Bonanza (노다지) MBC Episodes 1, 2
"Republic of Korea Star Rankings" Guest
Nicole the Entertainer's Introduction to Veterinary Science2[35] Mnet Permanent guest
Star King KBS Episode 145
Strong Heart SBS Episodes 2, 23, 24, 96, 97
2010 Heroes / Good Sunday Permanent guest
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS Episode 18, 19, 29, 32
Invincible Youth Season 1 Guest Ep. 18
Family Outing Season 1 SBS Episode 81, 82
Family Outing Season 2 Episode 14, 15
2013 We Got Married (Season 4) MBC Guest
2014 Everybody JTBC Guest (18 December 2014)
A Song for You 3 KBS Episode 21
2015 Hello Counselor KBS Guest (19 January 2015)
Match Made in Heaven/Soulmates Returns (Season 2) MBC Permanent Guest
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS Korea Beauties vs. Multi-national Beauties (19 February 2015)

Events shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2011 Inkigayo SBS MC with Goo Ha-ra and IU
2013 27th Golden Disk Awards KBS Host with Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Hong-gi and Dasom

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2009 "Happy...And" Kang Kyun Sung feat. Nicole Herself
2012 Hot Game A-JAX Herself
"Cheki☆Love" PURETTY Herself


Year Award Work Result
2009 3rd Mnet 20's Choice Award Hot New Variety Star N/A Nominated
2012 Miss and Mister Idol Korea 2012 Miss Korea: 2nd Place Won


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