Park Ji-yeon

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Park Ji-yeon
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Park in June 2017
Native name
박지연
Born
Park Ji-yeon

(1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationLila Art High School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
AgentLongzhen Culture Development
Partners Park
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsMBK
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
박지연
Hanja
Revised RomanizationBak Ji-yeon
McCune–ReischauerPak Chiyŏn

Park Ji-yeon (born June 7, 1993), referred to as Jiyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress.[2] She debuted as a member of girl group T-ara in July 2009. The group went on to become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.[3] Apart from her group's activities, she has also starred in various television dramas such as Soul (2009), Master of Study (2010), Dream High 2 (2012), Triangle (2014), also starred in various films such as Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (2012), Encounter (2015). She debuted as a solo artist with her first EP, Never Ever, on May 20, 2014, making her the first T-ara member to debut as a solo artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 7, 1993,[4] from a Korean family.[5][6] She briefly attended Hyehwa Girls' High School and graduated from Lila Art High School in 2012.[7] She didn't attend university to focus on her career.

Career[edit]

2008–2009: Career beginning and T-ara[edit]

She and Hahm Eun-jung are the only two members of T-ara to be trained in acting. Instead, the two switched over to singing despite their original intentions.[8][9]

Park has expressed an interest in modeling. In 2008, when she was 15 years old, she was featured in several pictorials and advertisements for clothing company Smart with Korean boy band SHINee.[10] She collaborated with Davichi and SeeYa on the digital single "Women's Generation", which was released in May 2009, making her the first member of T-ara to appear in public. She appeared in SG Wannabe's music videos "I Love You" and "Crybaby" from their 2009 album, Gift from SG Wannabe. Early on, the Korean media dubbed her as "Little Kim Tae-hee" due to her close resemblance to Kim.[11]

Park auditioned at the Mnet Casting System and joined the company in 2008. She subsequently debuted with T-ara on July 29, 2009 as the youngest member (maknae).[citation needed]

2010–2013: Acting debut and breakthrough[edit]

In 2010, Park starred in Master of Study, a Korean screen adaptation of Japanese manga Dragon Zakura.[12] That same year, she played the leading role in horror film Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp[13] and starred in the youth drama Jungle Fish 2.[14]

In October 2010, Park became the host for MBC's Show! Music Core, alongside Bae Suzy, Choi Min-ho and Onew.[15] She also became a cast member of SBS's variety show Heroes.[16]

In 2011, Park was cast in the Korean dub of the animated film, Gnomeo and Juliet.[17]

In 2012, she was cast in the teen drama Dream High 2, starring Kang So-ra, GOT7's JB and Jin-young, 2AM's Jinwoon, SISTAR's Hyolyn, and Park Seo-joon.[18][19]

2014–2017: Solo debut[edit]

Park made her solo debut in May 2014,[20][21] releasing the title track "Never Ever" (also known as "1 Minute 1 Second").[22][23] The music video ranked number one on China's biggest music video site YinYueTai for two weeks straight.[24]

In June, Park was cast in MBC's television series Triangle, starring as the potential wife for Yim Si-wan's character.[25] The same month, she began hosting SBS MTV's The Show alongside Lee Hye-ri.[26]

In May 2015, Park was cast in the Korean-Chinese film Encounter alongside actor Lee Dong-gun.[27][28] In July 2015, she collaborated with 2BiC's Jun-hyung on the song "Summer Love".[29]

In 2016, Park was cast in the web drama My Runway alongside Kang Dong-ho.[30] The drama was released on Netflix in December 2016.[31]

In February 2017, it was announced that Park would be making her solo comeback after three years with a new album.[32] However, album preparations were later cancelled.[33][34]

2018–present: Solo activities[edit]

In early 2018, Park and her fellow T-ara members departed from MBK Entertainment following the expiration of their contracts. She later signed with Chinese agency Longzhen Culture Development in May 2018. Park and Vietnamese singer Soobin Hoàng Sơn have released music videos for the Korean version and Vietnamese version of their collaboration track, "Between Us".[35] Jiyeon signed with Partners Park in November 2018 for her domestic activities.[36]

On November 26, it was revealed that Park would release a digital single in mid December, as a thank you gift for fans. On December 22, 2018, Park released music videos for the Korean and Chinese version of her winter ballad track "One Day".[37]

On April 2, 2019, Park was cast in the KBS2's mystery, romantic comedy drama I Wanna Hear Your Song alongside Yeon Woo-jin, Kim Se-jeong and Song Jae-rim.[38]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[39]
TWN
[40]
TWN East Asian
[41]
Never Ever 3 11 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR CHN
[43]
Gaon
[44]
Hot.
"Rolling" (또르르) 2010 8 No data Master of Study OST
"My Sea" 2013 Bunny Style!
"1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" 2014 17 6 1
  • KOR (DL): 322,949+[45]
Never Ever
"Summer Love"
(with Jun-hyung of 2BiC featuring Yoon Yo)
2016 No data Summer Love
"One Day" 2018 1 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Notes
2009 Cinderella Man OST "Women's Generation" 3:32 with Seeya and Davichi
"Forever Love" 3:32
2010 Master of Study OST "Rolling" 4:01 Solo
Jungle Fish 2 OST "Little By Little" 4:10
2012 Dream High 2 OST "Superstar" 3:42 with Hyorin and Ailee
"Together" 4:19 with JB
"Day After Day" 3:43 Solo
2013 Bunny Style! "Dangerous Love" 3:40 with Hahm Eun-jung and Hyomin
2014 Triangle OST "Kiss And Cry" 3:31 with Cho Seunghee (F-ve Dolls) and Shorry J (Mighty Mouth)
2017 What's My Name "Lullaby" 3:12 Solo
2018 Queen of Mystery 2 OST "The Path Leading To Home" 3:14

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR
2014 "Yeouido Cherry Blossom" 70 Never Ever
"Marionette" 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Director Notes
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" Hong Se-hyun Original Version
2018 "One Day" Unknown Original Version
Chinese Version

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Ref
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Lee Se-hee [13]
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Juliet [17]
Gisaeng Ryung Cameo
2015 Encounter Unknown [27]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
2007 Hello! Miss Student KBS2 Cameo [46]
Lobbyist Deaf daughter's friend SBS [47]
2008 Aeja's Older Sister, Minja Maeng Na-yeon Supporting role
2009 Soul Yoon Doo-na MBC [48]
High Kick! (season 2) Lee Yu-ri Cameo [49]
2010 Master of Study Na Hyun-jung KBS2 Supporting role [12]
Jungle Fish 2 Seo-yul Lead role [14]
2011 Miss Ripley Yu MBC Cameo [50]
2012 The Thousandth Man Han Yi-seul
Dream High 2 Ri-an/Lee Ji-kyung KBS2 Lead role [18]
2014 Triangle Seong Yoo-jin MBC Supporting role [25]
2015 Sweet Temptation Ji-ho Naver TV Cast Web drama
2016 My Runway Han Seo-yeon Netflix [30]
2019 I Wanna Hear Your Song Ha Eun-joo KBS2 Main role [51]

Musical[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2012 Our Youth, Roly Poly Musical Han Joo-young [52]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
2010–2011 Heroes Cast SBS [16]
2010–2011 Music Core Host MBC [15]
2014–2015 The Show SBS MTV [26]
2017 Living Together in Empty Room Cast MBC with Oh Chang-seok (Episode 16–19) [53]
2018 Video Star Special Host MBC Every 1 Episode 121 [54]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2010 SBS Entertainment Award Best Teamwork Heroes Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Master of Study Nominated
Best Couple Award with Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Triangle Nominated
2015 Cable TV Broadcast Awards Popularity Award The Show Won
The 3rd Yinyuetai VChart Award Best Korea Female Singer Never Ever Won
Yahoo Asia BUZZ Award Most Popular Asian İdol N/A Nominated

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