Son Dam-bi

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Son.
Son Dam-bi
Native name 손담비
Born Son Dam-bi
(1983-09-25) September 25, 1983 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
Agent KeyEast
Musical career
Years active 2007–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment (2007–2015)
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 손담비
Revised Romanization Son Dam-bi
McCune–Reischauer Son Tam-bi

Son Dam-bi (born September 25, 1983) is a South Korean singer and actress.


Son Dam-bi first came to fame when she appeared in a commercial for an MP3 player alongside Poppin' Hyun Joon.

Prior to her debut, MSN Japan made a video documentary capturing her pre-debut training and rehearsals, which attracted 480,000 visitors in 5 days. Son Dam-bi trained with a well-known American choreographer in preparation for this album, and people began calling her the female version of Rain.[1]

Son Dam-bi’s debut single features five tracks that show off her vocal and dancing talents. Her debut single "Cry Eye" was produced and composed by Jang Joon Ho, who previously wrote MC Mong's "180 Degrees" and Jang Woo Hyuk's "Last Game". The lyrics were provided by Brian Kim, who also penned Shinhwa’s Once in A Lifetime.

Son Dam-bi joined MBC's reality show 우리 결혼했어요 ("We Got Married"), being paired with Marco, in late 2008 as part of the second group of couples. Their last episode was on February 2, 2009.

It was also announced that Son would be part of the cast for Hype Nation, a film that has been labelled a "world movie".[2] However, as the movie was delayed, Son released a mini-album with the single "Toyoil Bamae" ("토요일 밤에", "On a Saturday Night").[3]

The song became her first #1 hit, topping various on- and offline charts, including M! Countdown (within 20 days), two wins on KBS's Music Bank, and a 3-week chart-topping run on SBS's Inkigayo.[4][5] The songs' routine features Son in various 80's fashions, transforming her into a "retro fashionista".[6]

She then starred in SBS drama Dream with Joo Jin-mo and Kim Bum, marking her debut as an actress.

Return to Korea[edit]

After training in the United States after "Cry Eye", Son Dam-bi returned to Korea and released a mini album, Mini Album Vol.1, with a focus on electronica (departing from her previous style of crunk pop) on April 29, 2008. The lead title was "Bad Boy", produced by Brave Brothers. Also, Kahi (former leader of After School and Pledis labelmate) was her dance teacher, and was featured in the Bad Boy music video.

In September 2008, she returned with the single "미쳤어" ("Crazy"). The song featured a "chair dance" that has become popular with the Korean public; it has since been upgraded to a "sofa dance".[7] The dance has been copied and parodied by many people, including Hyun Young,[8] Infinity Challenge comedy team member No Hongchul, comedian Shin Bong-sun, and Lee Soo Young.[9]

Her follow-up song in 2009, "Toyoilbamae" (Korean: "토요일밤에", "On a Saturday Night"), was a success.[10] She then released her next EP, The Queen.

2011–present: "Lights and Shadows" and "Dripping Tears" comeback[edit]

Son Dambi in November 2012

Starting in 2011, Son Dam-bi starred in a drama called Lights and Shadows. It was first broadcast on November 28, 2011. She finished filming in June 2012 with the drama concluding on July 3, 2012. She also released an OST for the drama called "Everything" on January 10, 2012.

It was confirmed by Pledis Entertainment that Son Dam-bi would make a comeback in Korea sometime in the summer. Eventually, a representative from Pledis stated that Dam-bi was finished recording her album and was in the midst of shooting photos for the album jacket. It was eventually confirmed that Son Dam-bi's new comeback album would be released sometime in early August. However, Pledis then stated that they would push Dam-bi's comeback even further into the year. It was then confirmed that Son Dam-bi will be coming back with the fourth mini album and it was released on November 12, 2012. The title track, "Dripping Tears," is produced by Brave Brothers. The fourth mini album titled "Dripping Tears," same with the title track and it contained 6 songs, included a 'G. Remix version' of "Dripping Tears." The music video of "Dripping Tears" released a day after the album. She had her first comeback in almost 2 years on November 15 on 'M Countdown.'


Studio Albums[edit]

  • Type "B" - Back To 80's (2009)


  • Mini Album Vol. 1 (2008)
  • The Second Mini Album (2008)
  • The Queen (2010)
  • Dripping Tears (2012)

Digital Single[edit]

  • "Change The World" (2008)
  • "Amoled (Feat. After School)" (2009)
  • "Red Candle" (2013)[11]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2011–2012 Lights and Shadows Yoo Chae-young MBC
2014 What's With This Family Kwon Hyo-jin KBS2
2016 Mrs. Cop 2 Shin Yeo-ok SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008–2009 We Got Married MBC with Marco
2009 Family Outing SBS Guest
2010 Running Man SBS Guest
2011 Kim Yuna's Kiss and Cry SBS Guest
Lights and Shadows MBC Guest
2015 Yumi's Room Guest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 19th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Won
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Body Female Nominated
Hot Style Icon Nominated
Hot Performance Nominated
11th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist[12] Nominated
Best House & Electronic[12] Nominated
24th Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Dream Won
2010 20th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Won
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist[13] "Queen" Nominated
2011 Chinese TOP Awards Concert Foreign Artist with the Best Stage Presence Won
21st Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Won
6th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Singer Won
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actress Lights and Shadows Won
5th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Won
2013 23rd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2014 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress What Happens to My Family? Nominated
2016 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Genre Drama Mrs. Cop 2 Nominated

Music Show Awards[edit]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2009 April 16 "Saturday Night"

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2009 April 10 "Saturday Night"
April 17


Year Date Song
2009 April 19 "Saturday Night"
April 26
May 3


  1. ^ "Son Dam-bi Proves She Is The Female Rain". jpopasia. 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  2. ^ 손담비 주연 영화 '하이프네이션' 총괄 프로듀서 영 리, "한국이 대세"(Son Dam-bi's Film Hype Nation Summary: Producer Young Rhee, "Korea is Influential"). Asia Nation. February 6, 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  3. ^ (Korean) Park, Jae-deok. 손담비 측 "드라마 주연? 물망에 오른 것 뿐" (Son Dam-bi Side "Drama Project? Just Prospective Possibilities"). JoyNews. May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  4. ^ (Korean) Jeong, Kyeong-hui. 손담비, 앨범 출시 20여일만에 각종 차트 석권 (Son Dam-bi, Tops Various Charts Within 20 Days). April 23, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  5. ^ (Korean) Ko, Jae-wan. 손담비 '토요일밤에', 3주 연속 '뮤티즌송' (Son Dam-bi "On Saturday Night", "Mutizen Song" 3 Weeks in a Row). Asia Economy. May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  6. ^ (Korean) Song, Yun-se. 손담비, 80년대 복고풍 패셔니스타 눈길 (Son Dam-bi, 80s Retro Fashionista Look). April 16, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  7. ^ 손담비 "의자춤 인기 모으는 것 기분 좋아" Son Dam-bi: "Chair Dance's Popularity Pleases Me" . December 11, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  8. ^ "현담비` 현영, 손담비 `미쳤어` 섹시팝핀 완벽 소화 ("Hyun Dam-bi" Hyun Young, displays Son Dam-bi's "Crazy" Sexy Popping)" (in Korean). Newsen/Joongang Daily. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  9. ^ Yoon, Hyun-jin. 손담비 ‘의자춤’ 열풍 왜? “모두 미쳤어~내게 미쳤어~” (Son Dam-bi's "Chair Dance" is Hot, but Why? "Everyone's Crazy, I'm Crazy"). Newsen/Joongang Daily. December 8, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  10. ^ Kim, In-koo. Rocky Road for Solo Artist. JoongAng Daily. August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  11. ^ Lee, Hye Rin (2013-12-16). "손담비, 23일 신곡 '레드캔들' 발표..보사노바 도전". 
  12. ^ a b "2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  13. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (October 29, 2010). "Controversial Mnet Asian Music Awards bares nominees". Manila Bulletin. Manila Bulletin Publishing. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 

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