Shin Ji-min

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Shin Ji-min
AOA Jimin Ellesse Fansign 160408 (cropped).jpg
Jimin at a fansign for Ellesse in April 2016
Native name신지민
BornShin Ji-min
(1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 27)
Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • singer
Musical career
Years active2012–present
LabelsFNC Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Ji-min
McCune–ReischauerSin Chimin

Shin Ji-min (born January 8, 1991), better known mononymously as Jimin, is a South Korean rapper and singer. She is best known for being the leader and main rapper of the girl group AOA, which debuted in 2012 under FNC Entertainment. In 2015, Jimin was a semi-finalist in the first season of Unpretty Rapstar. During the show, she released several successful collaboration singles, most notably "Good Start" (with Seulong) and "Puss" (with Iron).

Jimin debuted as a soloist in 2016 with the single "Call You Bae" (featuring Xiumin).


Jimin was born on January 8, 1991, in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea.[1] She learned how to play the guitar, harmonica, and piano as a child.[2] From her second year of middle school to her first year of high school, she studied abroad at a Chinese language school for two years. While in China, she also attended a practical music school.[3][4]



On July 30, 2012, Jimin made her debut as a member of AOA on Mnet's M! Countdown with the song "Elvis" from their debut single album, Angels' Story.[5] She is also part of band unit AOA Black, established in 2013.[6] She wrote the rap for AOA Black's single "Moya".[7]

Solo career[edit]

In early 2015, Jimin was part of the variety show Unpretty Rapstar, a spin-off of Show Me The Money. Unpretty Rapstar is a female rappers survival program. The show consists of a single-elimination competition through rap performances. During the show, Jimin released a few collaboration singles, such as "T4SA" with MC Meta and Nuck.[8] Her song with Seulong, "Good Start", was produced by Verbal Jint and peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[9] "Puss", her rap battle song with rapper Iron during the semi-finals, peaked at number 1 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[10][11][12] She was also a cast member of the variety show Off to School for four episodes, beginning March 17, 2015.[13]

On April 28, Jimin and N.Flying's J.Don (Lee Seung-hyub) released the collaboration single "God". The song was produced by Rhymer of Brand New Music as part of FNC Entertainment's N Project.[14] The song's music video was based on Game of Thrones.[15]

Jimin debuted as a soloist on March 3, 2016 with the single "Call You Bae", featuring Exo's Xiumin.[12] The single is the first release of Jimin's solo project #OOTD (Outfit of the Day).[16]

In October, 2017, Jimin made a long-awaited solo comeback with single "Hallelujah", a Latin-pop influenced dance track, a collaboration with magazine W Korea.[17][unreliable source?]

Jimin sung the OST for tvN's A Korean Odyssey together with Seo Yu-na, the song is called "If You Were Me" and it was released on January 28, 2018.[18][unreliable source?]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
(with MC Meta and Nuck)
2015 50
  • KOR (DL): 73,272+
Unpretty Rapstar
"Good Start"
(with Lim Seulong)
  • KOR (DL): 746,517+
(with Iron)
  • KOR (DL): 992,890+[20]
(with J.Don)
  • KOR (DL): 65,255+
Non-album single
"Call You Bae"
(featuring Xiumin)
2016 5
  • KOR (DL): 661,196[21]
"Hallelujah" 2017 N/A
"Hey" 2018


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
(Kang Min-hee featuring Jimin)
2015 80
  • KOR (DL): 27,633+
Non-album single


Reality programs[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Cheongdam-dong 111 Herself tvN FNC Entertainment reality show[22]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 Unpretty Rapstar Contestant Mnet Semi-finalist
Off to School Cast jtbc Episode 36–39
Let's Go! Dream Team Regular cast SZTV Chinese version (with Chanmi)
2016 Bon Bun Olympic Contestant KBS Lunar New Year Special Program[23]
2017 Sherlock's Room Main cast MBC N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
7th Melon Music Awards
Hot Trend Award
"Puss" (with Iron)


  1. ^ "AOA Profile". FNC Entertainment.
  2. ^ "Jimin (AOA)". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. ^ "'동상이몽' AOA 지민 "학생 때 중국으로 유배…공부 못했다"". OSEN (in Korean). 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  4. ^ "지민, AOA 리더 고충 꺼내 "얄밉다" … 누가?". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). 2015-07-23. Archived from the original on 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  5. ^ Park HyunMin (2 September 2012). "[Interview Part I] AOA Lands on Earth on Angel Wings and Guitars". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  6. ^ Lee KyungNam (July 11, 2013). "AOA to Launch Band Unit AOA Black". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "AOA - Moya (3rd Single)". Soompi Shop. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  8. ^ Bae Jae-ryeon (2015-03-13). "지민 키썸 무대 'X싼 느낌' 대박케미 터지나". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  9. ^ "2015년 11주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart. 7 March 2015. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  10. ^ "2015년 14주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart. 28 March 2015. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  11. ^ Hwang Hye-jin (18 March 2015). "'Unpretty Rapstar' AOA's Jimin to Release Duet Song with Iron". Newsen. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  12. ^ a b Son Ji-hyoung (26 February 2016). "AOA's Jimin's new song features EXO's Xiumin". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  13. ^ Yoon Ho-jung (11 March 2015). "AOA's Jimin, EXID's Hani, Eun Ji Won and More to Join 'I'm Going to School'". Newsen. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  14. ^ Jin Min-ji (23 April 2015). "AOA's Ji-min to release hip-hop track". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  15. ^ Ha, You-bin (28 April 2015). "JIMIN N J.DON Release The Music Video Of 'GOD'". BNT News. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  16. ^ Bae Jung-yun (3 March 2016). "AOA′s Jimin Achieves an All-Kill on Music Charts". BNT News. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  17. ^ "Watch: AOA's Jimin Makes Fierce Solo Comeback With MV For "Hallelujah" | Soompi". Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  18. ^ AOA’s Jimin And Yuna Sing “If You Were Me” In MV For “Hwayugi” OST Featuring Yoo Hoe Seung
  19. ^ "2015년 19주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). April 7, 2015.
  20. ^ "2015 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  21. ^ * "2016 Yearly Gaon Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  22. ^ Jackson, Julie (18 November 2013). "'Cheongdamdong 111' captures K-pop stars off the stage". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  23. ^ Won Ho-jung (11 February 2016). "Networks' pilot programs hit and miss during Seollal". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-27.

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