Song Ji-eun

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Song Ji-eun
Song Jieun 2014 fansigning 04.jpg
Song in 2014
Native name 송지은
Born Song Ji-eun
(1990-05-05) May 5, 1990 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels TS Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 송지은
Revised Romanization Song Ji-eun
McCune–Reischauer Song Ji-ŭn

Song Ji-eun, (born May 5, 1990), better known mononymously as Jieun, is a South Korean singer. She is 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.

Early life[edit]

Song was born on May 5, 1990,[1] 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. Under JYP Entertainment, she was set off to debut as a four-member girl group with Sistar's Hyorin and BESTie's Uji, EXID's Hani but plans did not go well.[2] Song then left JYP Entertainment and joined TS Entertainment, where she finally debuted as a part of a girl group, Secret.



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.[3] They released their debut single "I Want You Back" in October 2009.[4]

Secret performing Madonna at the Mnet 20s Choice Awards.

In April 2010, Secret released their first mini album entitled Secret Time which spawned them the hit single "Magic" and served as their breakthrough song in South Korea.[4][5] In August 2010, they released their second mini album entitled "Madonna" and the title track continued their success as it topped the Gaon Single Charts.[4][6]

In January 2011, the group deviated from their "sexy" and "sassy" image and released Shy Boy, a "cutesy" and retro inspired song.[4] Although they were worried with the 180 degrees transformation, the single exceeded their expectations as the song was a huge success. Shy Boy charted strongly in digital charts and Secret won their first trophy on music shows with the song. They won a total of 5 trophies in various music shows with Shy Boy. Secret continued their success with the release of their second CD single entitled "Starlight Moonlight".[4] The title track became another hit for Secret as the song reached number one on the Gaon Monthly Singles Charts and won them another trophy in SBS's Inkigayo.[7]

The same year, Secret began a foray of Japanese activities with the release of Madonna and Shy Boy (EP).[4] The Japanese remake of "Madonna" debuted at number nine in the Oricon singles charts. Secret was one of the first three Korean girl groups to debut on the Oricon chart in the top 10, the others being Kara and Girls Generation being the first and second respectively. In October 2011, the group released their first studio album entitled "Moving in Secret" and spawned them another hit with the lead single "Love is Move.[4] The group released their first mini album in Japan entitled Shy Boy (EP).[4] The mini album debuted also at number nine on the Oricon album charts.

In February 2012, Secret released their second CD single in Japan entitled "So Much For Goodbye".

Solo career[edit]

In 2007 and 2008, Song participated in singing several OSTs of Korean dramas like "Learning To Fly" for Air City, "Bichunmooga" for Bichunmoo and "Perfume" for The Lawyers Of The Great Republic Korea. After debuting in Secret for around two months, it was announced that she will have a duet with Hwanhee.[8] On December 14, 2009, the duet, titled, "Yesterday" was unveiled. The song also has a solo version with only Song's vocals. Song made her solo debut on Music Bank on December 18, 2009.[9] Song is also a featured singer of Untouchable's title track for their first studio album, Quiet Storm, "Give My All".

On February 10, 2010, TS Entertainment revealed that Song will be on stage to replace Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls as the featured singer of Untouchable's "Living In The Heart". Song performed with labelmate Untouchable on various music shows.[10]

After Secret's great success with "Shy Boy", TS Entertainment announced that Song will make her solo comeback with the song "Going Crazy". The song was dubbed as an "emotional ballad track" and "different to what she’s shown through Secret".[11] On February 27, the official concept photos and teasers for "Going Crazy" was released.[12] On March 3, the official music video was unveiled.[13] The music video stars actress Min Hyo-rin. The song made its debut at number twenty on the Gaon Single Charts. The following week, "Going Crazy" jumped nineteen spots to number one, making it Song's and Bang's first number one single in Korea.[14]

On April 3, 2011, Song participated in the opening pitch for the 30th Korea Baseball Organization with member Hyoseong.[15]

On May 11, 2011, it was reported that Song would be participating in KBS's "Immortal Songs 2".[16] After participating for four episodes, Song was set to leave "Immortal Songs 2" due to conflicting schedules.[17]

In January 2012, she sang the theme song "It's Cold" from the drama Take Care of Us, Captain.[18]

In 2013, Song released her first single album Hope Torture.[19]

In 2014, Song released her first extended play, titled 25. The first single from the album, "Don't Look At Me Like That", was released on September 23 along with a music video. The second and lead single from the album, "Pretty Age 25", was released on October 14 along with a music video.[20] Song played the leading female role of Oh-bom (Pa-ran) in the drama Sweet Home, Sweet Honey, which aired on KBS1 starting on November 2.[21]

In 2016, Song released her second extended play, titled Bobby Doll. "Bobby Doll" was used as the lead single, released along with a music video.[22]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
25 6
Bobby Doll
  • Released: September 20, 2016
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
5 285
  • KOR: 5,300+
  • JPN: 229
  • Released: December 2, 2014
  • Label: Kiss Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • 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
Hope Torture
  • Released: September 30, 2013
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(digital downloads)

"Yesterday" (with Hwanhee) 2009 27 Non-album single
"Going Crazy" (featuring Bang Yong-guk) 2011 1
  • KOR: 1,581,465[29]
"Hope Torture" 2013 9 Hope Torture
"Don’t Look At Me Like That" 2014 27 22 25
"Pretty Age 25" 15
"Cool Night" (with Sleepy) 2015 18 Non-album single
"Bobby Doll" 2016 105 Bobby Doll
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Let's Go" (as a part of G20) 2010 116 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Drama
2007 "Learning To Fly" Air City
2008 "Bichunmooga" Bichunmoo
"Perfume" (with PK Heman) The Lawyers Of The Great Republic Korea
2012 "It's Cold" Take Care of Us, Captain
2014 "If Only I Could Go To You" God's Gift - 14 Days
2015 "Person I Miss" Shine or Go Crazy
"D.N.A Love" (with Alex Chu) Flirty Boy and Girl
2017 "Same" (with Sung Hoon) My Secret Romance

Music videos[edit]

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


Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role
2010 MBC More Charming By The Day Cameo
2012 KBS2 Shut Up Family Cameo (Episode 45)
2013 KBS2 A Bit of Love (Remaining Love) Do Ji-won
2014 Naver TV Cast Longing For Spring Yang Mal Ja
2015 tvN Superhuman Generation Jieun
2015 Naver TV Cast Immutable Law of First Love Lee Yeo Ri
2015 KBS2 Sweet Home, Sweet Honey Oh Bom
2017 OCN My Secret Romance Lee Yoo-mi

Variety shows[edit]

Year Network Title Notes
2009 Mnet Secret Story Regular cast
2010 MBC Bouquet Regular cast
KBS Invincible Youth Episode 52
2011 SBS MTV MTV Special :Big Pleasure Guam With Secret
KBS Immortal Songs 2 Episode 2-5
MBC Weekly Idol with Secret (11-11-27)
SBS MTV Let Me Show With Secret
2012 SBS Qualifications of Men Episode 369 with Jun Hyoseong
MBN The Duets Performed "Going Crazy" with Park Kwang-hyun
KBS Hello Counselor with Han Sunhwa and Teen Top
2014 MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Episode 130, with Secret
2015 KBS Hello Counselor with Solbin and Yulhee of Laboum and Roy Kim
2016 SBS Running Man Guest on Episode 318

Music shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2011 Mnet M! Countdown MC Guest MC with Han Sunhwa (11-01-27)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Bonsang 25 Nominated
Popularity Award Herself Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated


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  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":

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