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Song Ji-eun
송지은
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Ji-eun in 2016
Born
Song Ji-eun

(1990-05-05) May 5, 1990 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
GenresK-pop
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
송지은
Hanja
宋枝恩
Revised RomanizationSong Ji-eun
McCune–ReischauerSong Ji-ŭn

Song Ji-eun, (born May 5, 1990), better known mononymously as Jieun, is a South Korean singer and actress best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Secret. Aside from her group's activities, she has released several solo songs and participated in various OSTs. In 2011, her second single, "Going Crazy" featuring Bang Yong-guk, went to become her first number one single on the Gaon Chart as a solo artist.

Life and career[edit]

1990–2008: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Song Ji-eun was born on May 5, 1990,[2] in South Korea, she is an only child. Having interest in music when she was young, she auditioned for JYP Entertainment at an early age. While in JYP Entertainment, she sang OSTs of Korean dramas in 2007 and 2008 such as "Learning To Fly" for Air City. Under JYP Entertainment, she was set off to debut as a four-member girl group with Sistar's Hyorin, BESTie's Uji and EXID's Hani, but the plan was scrapped and Ji-eun then left JYP Entertainment and joined TS Entertainment.[3]

2009–2014: Debut with Secret and rising popularity[edit]

Secret performing Madonna at the Mnet 20s Choice Awards.

In September 2009, TS Entertainment announced that they will be debuting a four-member girl group in October 2009. Song, along with Han Sunhwa, Jung Hana and Jun Hyoseong, debuted as the group, Secret. Prior to their debut, the group was on a documentary show called "Secret Story" which chronicled their debut process. They released their debut single "I Want You Back" in October 2009.[4]

In December 2009, she sang a duet with Hwanhee titled, "Yesterday".[5]

After Secret's success with "Shy Boy", TS Entertainment announced that Song will make her solo comeback with the song "Going Crazy".[6] The song was dubbed as an "emotional ballad track" and "different to what she's shown through Secret".[citation needed] The single, released in March 2011, was a success and peaked at number one on Gaon Singles Chart, making it Song's and Bang's first number one single in Korea.[7]

In 2013, Song released her first single album Hope Torture, which she unveiled at her album showcase at the Olleh Square in Gwanghwamun.[8][9]

Song in 2014

In 2014, Song released her first extended play, titled 25, which contained two singles "Don't Look At Me Like That"[10] and "Pretty Age 25".[11] The same year, Song made her acting debut in the web drama Drawing, Spring, as a part-time worker for a PR team, who loves all living things but has traumatic experience with horses.[12]

2015–present: Acting career, Bobby Doll, and departure from Secret[edit]

In April 2015, Song featured in fantasy youth comedy The Superman Age, an 8 episode series which aired on cable channel tvN.[13] She then starred in the web drama The Immutable Law of First Love, based on a web novel of the same name, playing a photographer who loves abandoned dogs.[14] In November, she starred in KBS's daily drama Sweet Home, Sweet Honey and received positive reception on her performance.[15]

In September 2016, Song released her second extended play, titled Bobby Doll containing six tracks, including the title track of the same name.[16][17][18]

In April 2017, Song starred in OCN's romantic comedy drama My Secret Romance alongside Sung Hoon.[19]

In August 2017, Song submitted a request to the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board to verify that her contract is no longer valid due to TS Entertainment not following the terms of the contract.[20][21] Song later took to her Instagram where she announced her departure from Secret.[22]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[23]
JPN
[24]
Korean
25 6
Bobby Doll
  • Released: September 20, 2016
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
5 285
  • KOR: 5,300+
  • JPN: 229
Dream
  • Released: July 26, 2020
  • Label: OneSoul Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
N/A
Japanese
25
  • Released: December 2, 2014
  • Label: Kiss Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
29
  • JPN: 4,816
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[23]
Korean
Hope Torture
  • Released: September 30, 2013
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
6
Bloom
(피어나:開花)
  • Released: October 22, 2020
  • Label: Wonsoul E&M
  • Format: CD, digital download
TBA N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(digital downloads)
Album
KOR
[27]
US
World

[28]
"Yesterday" (어젠 with Hwanhee) 2009 27 N/A Non-album singles
"Going Crazy" (미친거니 featuring Bang Yong-guk) 2011 1
"Hope Torture" (희망고문) 2013 9 Hope Torture
"Don't Look At Me Like That" (쳐다보지마) 2014 27 22 25
"Pretty Age 25" (예쁜 나이 25살) 15
"Cool Night" (쿨밤 with Sleepy) 2015 18 Non-album singles
"Bobby Doll" (바비돌) 2016 105 Bobby Doll
"Tell Me" 2017 N/A Non-album singles
"Please Make us new" (새롭게 하소서 with Joo Young-hoon, Park Yo-han,Ahn Su-ji, Yeoniel (Taeyeon)) 2020
"MIL (Make it love)" Dream
"Bloom" (피어나:開花) TBA TBA Bloom
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[27]
"Let's Go" (as a part of G20) 2010 116 Non-album singles
"Secret Love" (B.A.P feat. Song Ji-eun)[35] 2012 132
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Drama
2007 "Learning To Fly" Air City
2008 "Bichunmooga" (비천무가 (飛天舞歌)) Bichunmoo
"Perfume" (향수 with PK Heman) The Lawyers of the Great Republic Korea
2012 "It's Cold" (추워요)[36] Take Care of Us, Captain
2014 "If Only I Could Go To You" (너에게 갈 수만 있다면) God's Gift - 14 Days
2015 "Person I Miss" (보고 싶은 사람) Shine or Go Crazy
"D.N.A Love" (연애세포 with Alex Chu) Flirty Boy and Girl
2017 "Same" (똑 같아요 with Sung Hoon) My Secret Romance
2019 "Let Me Hear" (들려줘 with Basick) Confession
"Wonderful Day" (눈부신 날) I Wanna Hear Your Song
"Between Us" (우리 둘 사이로) Wish Woosh 2

Participation in albums[edit]

Year Title Album
2015 "Love is Rainwater Outside the Window"
(사랑은 창밖에 빗물 같아요(as I'm Happy Because of Rabbits))
King of Mask Singer: Special
"Let's Go to the Beach" (해변으로 가요 with Sleepy) Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Summer with Friends Special)

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video
2011 "Going Crazy"
2012 "It's Cold"
2013 "False Hope"
2014 "Don't Look at me Like That"
"Pretty Age 25"
2015 "Cool Night"
2016 "Bobby Doll"
2020 "MIL (Make it love)"

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Role
2010 MBC More Charming by the Day Cameo
2012 KBS2 Shut Up Family Cameo (Episode 45)
2013 KBS2 Pure Love Kang Soo-ji (young)
2015 tvN The Superman Age Ji-Eun
2015 KBS1 Sweet Home, Sweet Honey Oh Bom
2017 OCN My Secret Romance Lee Yoo-mi
2019 tvN Melting Me Softly Oh Young-seon

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Longing For Spring Yang Mal-ja
2015 Immutable Law of First Love Lee Yeo-ri
2019 Wish Woosh 2 Min Ji-woo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asia Artist Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Herself Popularity Award (Actress) Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 25 Bonsang Nominated
Herself Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song Ji Eun Leaves Haewadal Entertainment + KEMA Gives Update On Lawsuit With TS Entertainment". K. Lew. April 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  3. ^ "SISTAR's Hyolyn, Secret's Song Ji Eun and EXID's Yoo Ji Were Once a Group". enewsWorld. April 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Discography of TS Entertainment". TS ENTERTAINMENT Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "[Idol Encyclopedia] SECRET's Han Sun Hwa & Song Ji Eun". Yahoo. Star News. December 16, 2013.
  6. ^ 시크릿 송지은, 3일 '미친거니'로 솔로 활동 시작. Sports Chosun (in Korean). February 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-jin (March 18, 2011). 시크릿 송지은, 가온차트 1위 ′돌풍′ [Secret's Song Ji-eun "blasts" to Gaon Chart number one]. Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Secret Song Ji Eun to Roll Out New Single". 10Asia. September 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Secret's Song Jieun Goes Through 'Hope Torture' in MV". enewsWorld. September 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Secret vocalist teases newest single". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "Secret's Ji-eun unveils photos". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Secret's Song Ji Eun to Make Her Acting Debut Through New Web Drama". Soompi. October 24, 2014.
  13. ^ 유병재표 코미디극 '초인시대' 첫 대본리딩 현장… 화기애애. Sports Donga (in Korean). March 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Secret′s Song Jieun Says She Realized Acting is Fun Through Upcoming Web Drama". enewsWorld. September 14, 2015.
  15. ^ 첫방 '우리집꿀단지', 송지은 연기 합격점..통속극 맛 살릴까? [종합]. Osen (in Korean). November 2, 2015.
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  17. ^ "Song Ji-eun to release 'Bobby Doll'". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 14, 2016.
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  19. ^ "Song Ji-eun's new drama 'My Secret Romance' to air today". Kpop Herald. April 17, 2017.
  20. ^ [공식입장] 시크릿 측 "해체? 원하면 활동가능..일부 멤버와 법적공방 중". Naver (in Korean). Osen. February 28, 2018.
  21. ^ 시크릿 해체 수순? 중재원 "전속 계약 이미 효력 없어". Naver (in Korean). Oh My News. February 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "송지은 "시크릿 떠나 새롭게 시작할 것…TS엔터에 감사함은 변함없어"". Naver (in Korean). enews24. February 28, 2018.
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  24. ^ "Oricon Chart". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved September 22, 2016.
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  26. ^ 2013년 09월 Album Chart [September 2013 Album Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  27. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  28. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. January 2, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  29. ^ "2011년 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). p. 2. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  30. ^ Total sales for "Hope Torture""
  31. ^ Cumulative sales for "Don't Look At Me Like That":
  32. ^ Cumulative sales for "Pretty Age 25":
  33. ^ Cumulative sales for "Cool Night":
  34. ^ Cumulative sales for "Bobby Doll":
  35. ^ "B.A.P Wants to Have a 'Secret Love' With You". enewsWorld. March 2, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  36. ^ "Song Jieun Releases Surprise Solo Teaser". enewsWorld. January 16, 2013. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.

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