Park So-yeon (singer)

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Park So-yeon
So @ SC showcase.jpg
Soyeon in "So Crazy" showcase, 2015
Native name 박소연
Born Park In-jung
(1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 31)
Andong, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels MBK Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 박소연
Revised Romanization Bak So-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak So-yŏn

Park So-yeon (born Park In-jung on October 5, 1987),[1] referred to as Soyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a member of girl group T-ara in July 2009, which went on to become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.[2]

Early life[edit]

Park was born Park In-jung on October 5, 1987,[1][3] in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. She has legally changed her name to Park So-yeon. In 2005, she took part and was awarded the Gold Award for the CMB Chin Chin Singing Competition.[4] Park has studied at the prestigious Anyang High School of Arts, located in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea.

Park was formerly a trainee under SM Entertainment, preparing to be a member and supposed to be the leader of girl group Girls' Generation. However, she left the company six months before their debut due to personal circumstances.[citation needed] After debuting with T-ara she revealed on the show Taxi that at that time she felt the opportunity came so easily and she was in two minds, not fully prepared for the debut.[5]


2009–2011: Career Beginning[edit]

Park was the second new member to be added to T-ara after two former members Jiae and Jiwon left the group in mid-2009.

In 2010, she was rushed to the hospital after complaints of not feeling well while filming for her cameo role in Master of Study.[citation needed] She was then diagnosed with H1N1 while T-ara was still promoting the follow-up track "Like the First Time" off of their first full-length album, Absolute First Album.[6]

Park participated in the OSTs for the movie Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp and the SBS drama Coffee House.[citation needed]

In 2011, she was a fixed cast member for KBS's variety show 100 Points Out Of 100.

2012–2013: Acting roles and QBS[edit]

Park participated in the musical adaption of T-ara's hit song "Roly-Poly", which opened on January 13, 2012, at the Sungnam Arts Center.[7] She has stated that it is one of her dreams to stand on stage and act on it.

She replaced Hyomin as T-ara's new leader starting on December 7, 2011, for their "Lovey-Dovey" promotions. She is the fourth leader of T-ara after Eunjung, Boram, and Hyomin. In July 2013 she stepped down as leader and Qri became the fifth leader.[8][9][10]

Park appeared in the drama "Haeundae Lovers" as Lee Gwan-soon. The drama aired on August 13, 2012.[11]

Soyeon along with Qri and Boram formed a sub-group called QBS in May 2013. The subgroup focused on the Japanese market. The subgroup release their debut single titled "Kaze no You ni" (風のように, Like the Wind) on June 26, 2013.[citation needed]

2017–present: Departure from MBK Entertainment[edit]

On March 6, 2017 MBK announced that T-ara would be releasing their last album as a six-member group in May, after Boram and Park's contracts end, and the other members will remain until December 2017.[12] On May 7, MBK Entertainment revealed the group's plans had changed and that the new album's release had been rescheduled to June 2017, with Boram and Park not participating due to the expiry of their contracts.[13] On May 8, it was announced that T-ara's last performance as six-members would be in Taiwan concert on May 13.[14][15]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR Gaon
KOR Billboard
"Song For You" (널 위해 부르는 노래)
(with Ahn Young-min)
2011 Ahn Young-min A-Family, Part 3
"I Know" (알아요)
(with Lee Bo-ram and Yangpa)
2012 Together
"Painkiller" (진통제)
(with Seong Yoo-jin, Seo Eun-kyo, Taewoon and Choi Sung-min)
2013 11 13 Tears of Mind
"Don't Forget Me" (나를 잊지 말아요)
(with Ham Eunjung, Song Minkyung, Cho Seunghee, and Speed's Jongkook, Sejoon and Seungri)
2015 White Snow
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR Gaon
KOR Billboard
"Page One" (Part 2)
(with Ock Joo-hyun)
2010 Coffee House OST
"What Should We Finish?" (뭐라고 끝낼까) Death Bell 2 OST Part 1
"Until the End"
(with Lee Bo-ram)
2011 Gisaeng Ryeong OST
"Page One"
(with Ock Joo-hyun and Lee Seok-hun)
25 30 Coffee House OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other songs[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Notes
2013 Bunny Style! "Sign" 4:56 with ex-T-ara member Areum
2013 Bunny Style! "Love Poem" 5:24 Solo


Television series[edit]

Year Show title Role Network Notes Ref
2010 Giants Bunny Girls SBS Cameo [18]
2010 Master of Study Bad Student KBS2 [19]
2012 Lovers of Haeundae Lee Gwan-soon Supporting role [11]
2015 Sweet Temptation (Baby Good Girl) So-hee Web Drama Main Role


Year Musical Title Role
2012 Our Youth, Roly Poly Musical Oh Hyun-joo


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2011 Gisaeng Ryung Cameo


  1. ^ a b "Soyeon (소연, Korean actress, singer)". HanCinema. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  2. ^ Nannar, Nina (May 9, 2017). "Ten best selling girl groups of all time". ITV News. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  4. ^ (in Korean) 함은정, "티아라' 소연, "소녀시대 탈퇴? 의지가 부족했다"
  5. ^ (in Korean) 함은정, "티아라 소연 "소녀시대 탈퇴 후 가장 힘들었다"(인터뷰). Starnews. April 13, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  6. ^ (in Korean) 티아라 소연 ‘공신’ 촬영 중 실신 응급실行 ‘신종플루 의심판정’. Newsen. January 28, 2010.
  7. ^ (in Korean) 티아라 소연, 뮤지컬 데뷔.."꿈꿔왔던 것". StarNews. January 4, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Kim, JiYeon. "Hyo Min No Longer T-ara′s Leader". Mwave. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ 티아라, 효민에서 소연으로 갑적스런 리더 교체 왜. (bằng tiếng Hàn). Nate. Truy cập ngày 7 tháng 12 năm 2011.
  10. ^ An Bình. "T-ara thay trưởng nhóm, tung teaser 'bom tấn'" (in Vietnamese). VnExpress. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Haeundae Lovers Cast (Korean Drama - 2012) - 해운대 연인들". HanCinema. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  12. ^ "티아라, 5월 초 완전체 컴백 확정…13번째 미니앨범(공식입장)". (in Korean). 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  13. ^ "티아라 "완전체 15일 끝+4인 활동+보람·소연 응원"(공식)". Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "티아라 측 "대만 콘서트서 완전체로 무대 펼칠 예정"(공식입장)". 네이트뉴스. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "[단독] 티아라 소연·보람, 대만 콘서트서 마지막 인사 "완전체 활동 끝"". 네이트뉴스. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Billboard K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  18. ^ "Giant Cast (Korean Drama - 2010) - 자이언트". HanCinema. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  19. ^ "Master of Study Cast (Korean Drama - 2010) - 공부의 신". HanCinema. Retrieved 2017-11-20.

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