Son Dam-bi

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Son Dam-bi
Son Dambi from acrofan.jpg
Son in 2013
Born (1983-09-25) September 25, 1983 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actress
  • entertainer
Musical career
Years active2007–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSon Dam-bi
McCune–ReischauerSon Tambi

Son Dam-bi (Korean손담비; born September 25, 1983)[1] is a South Korean singer, actress and entertainer. She began her career as a solo singer in 2007.[2] She also made her acting debut in the 2009 Korean drama, Dream.[3]


Son first came to fame when she appeared in a commercial for an MP3 player alongside Poppin' Hyun Joon.[citation needed]

Prior to her debut, MSN Japan made a video documentary capturing her pre-debut training and rehearsals, which attracted 480,000 visitors in five days. Son trained with a well-known American choreographer in preparation for this album, and people began calling her the female version of Rain.[4]

Son'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 joined MBC's reality show 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.[citation needed]

Son Dam-bi performing in Dongdaemun on October 2, 2010

It was also announced that Son would be part of the cast for Hype Nation, a film that has been labelled a "world movie".[5] However, as the movie was delayed, Son released an EL with the single "Toyoil Bamae" ("토요일 밤에", "On a Saturday Night").[6] The song became her first #1 hit, topping various on- and offline charts, including M! Countdown (within 20 days), two wins on KBS' Music Bank, and a three-week chart-topping run on SBS' Inkigayo.[2][7] The songs' routine features Son in various 80's fashions, transforming her into a "retro fashionista".[8]

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

Return to South Korea[edit]

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

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".[9] The dance has been copied and parodied by many people, including Hyun Young,[10] Infinity Challenge comedy team member No Hongchul, comedian Shin Bong-sun, and Lee Soo-young.[11]

Her follow-up song in 2009, "Toyoilbamae" (Korean: "토요일밤에", "On a Saturday Night"), was a success.[12] She then released her next EP, The Queen.

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

Starting in 2011, Son 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 would make a comeback in Korea sometime in the summer. Eventually, a representative from Pledis Entertainment stated that Son had finished recording her album and was in the midst of shooting photos for the album jacket. The album was pushed back before eventually being released on November 12, 2012. The lead single, "Dripping Tears", was produced by Brave Brothers. The album contained six songs, including the title track of the same name and a 'G. Remix version' of "Dripping Tears." The music video of "Dripping Tears" was released a day after the album. She first performed the song on November 15, on M Countdown.

Son's contract with Pledis Entertainment ended in June 2015, it was soon announced that Son had signed with KeyEast for her future activities.[13]

In 2019, she starred in the romantic comedy thriller When the Camellia Blooms.[14]

In September 2020, Son signed with new agency H& Entertainment after leaving KeyEast.[15]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Type "B" - Back To 80's N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory..

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Son Dam Bi Remix Vol. 1
  • Released: November 20, 2008
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory..

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Cry Eye
  • Released: June 21, 2007
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Format: CD
Track list
  1. Cry Eye
  2. Girl Like That (feat. ED & Hwa Young Song)
  3. Alone
  4. Start (feat. David Kim)
  5. Cry Eye (Inst.)
Mini Album Vol. 1
  • Released: April 29, 2008
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Bad Boy (featuring Kahi)
  3. 반대말 (Opposite)
  4. 입다 질린 옷 (The Clothes I'm Sick Of Wearing)
  5. 그만하자 (Forget It)
  6. Bad Boy (Ballad Version)
  7. Bad Boy (Instrumental)
20 N/A
The Second Mini Album
  • Released: September 18, 2008
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track list
  1. 미쳤어 (Crazy) (Feat. Eric)
  2. 투명인간 (Invisible Person)
  3. No Sympathy
  4. PLAY
  5. 미쳤어 (Crazy) (Instrumental)
The Queen
  • Released: July 8, 2010
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Dripping Tears
  • Released: November 12, 2012
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
Hot 100

"Cry Eye" 2007 No data* No data* No data* Cry Eye
"Change The World" 2008 Non-album single
"Bad Boy"
feat. Kahi
Mini Album Vol. 1
"Invisible Person" The Second Mini Album
"On A Saturday Night" 2009 Type "B" - Back to 80's
feat. After School
Non-album single
"Can't U See" 2010 12 The Queen
"Queen" 3
"dB Rider" (New version) 70
"Dripping Tears" 2012 10 12 Dripping Tears
"Red Candle" 2013 26 62 Non-album single
*Gaon's Digital Chart was launched in 2010. Sales data is not available prior to 2011.
*Billboard's Korea K-Pop 100 was launched in 2011.



Year Title Role
2018 The Accidental Detective 2: In Action Yoon Sa-hee
Rose of Betrayal Doo-seok

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Dream Park So-yeon SBS
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
2019 When the Camellia Blooms Choi Hyang-mi / Choi Go-eun KBS2

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 – 2009 We Got Married MBC with Marco
2018 – 2019 Village Survival, the Eight SBS Cast Member
2019 Try It JTBC Cast Member

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[24] Nominated
Best House & Electronic[24] 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[25] "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
2019 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress[26] When the Camellia Blooms Won
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
2020 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actress (TV)[27] Nominated
Brand of the Year Awards 2020 Multi Entertainer Female of the Year Won [28]


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  2. ^ a b (in 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.
  3. ^ Lee, Hae-joo (July 23, 2009). "Son Dam-bi wins lead role in new SBS-TV drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ (in 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.
  7. ^ (in 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.
  8. ^ (in Korean) Song, Yun-se. 손담비, 80년대 복고풍 패셔니스타 눈길 (Son Dam-bi, 80s Retro Fashionista Look). April 16, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  9. ^ 손담비 "의자춤 인기 모으는 것 기분 좋아" Son Dam-bi: "Chair Dance's Popularity Pleases Me" . December 11, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  10. ^ "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.
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  21. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard.
  22. ^ Cumulative sales of "Dripping Tears:
  23. ^ "2014 Week 10 Gaon Download Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
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  28. ^ Lee, Min-ji (May 8, 2020). "방탄소년단X싹쓰리X강다니엘 '올해의 브랜드 대상' 선정(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved May 8, 2020.

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