Soyou

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Soyou
씨스타(SISTAR) G페스티벌 아시아 드림 콘서트 (2).jpg
Soyou in 2016
Born Kang Ji-hyun
(1992-02-12) February 12, 1992 (age 26)
Jeju Island, South Korea
Occupation Singer
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Starship Entertainment
Associated acts
Soyou
Hangul 강지현
Revised Romanization Gang Ji-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kang Chihyŏn
Stage name
Hangul 소유
Revised Romanization So-yu
McCune–Reischauer Soyu

Kang Ji-hyun (born February 12, 1992), known professionally as Soyou, is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a former member of the South Korean girl group Sistar.

Life and career[edit]

1992–2010: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Soyou was born on February 12, 1992,[1] in Jeju Island, South Korea. Before debuting, she was a licensed hairdresser and worked in a hair salon.[2] Soyou was known as a Cube Entertainment trainee,[3] who was originally supposed to debut as a member of 4Minute. Soyou has said that she didn't make it into the group because she was lacking in many ways and was originally supposed to be in Sohyun's place.[4] Instead, Soyou auditioned for Starship Entertainment, singing a cover of Navi's "On The Road".[5] After training she debuted as a member of Sistar in June 2010.[6] The group gained significant popularity after the release of their hit single "So Cool" in 2011.

2010–2017: Original soundtracks, collaborations and Sistar disbandment[edit]

In August 2010, Soyou collaborated with Woo of J2 for the soundtrack for the drama Gloria. In September, she also sang a soundtrack for MBC's drama Playful Kiss. The song is titled "Should I Confess".[7]

In November 2012, Soyou sang a duet with hip-hop duo Geeks. The song "Officially Missing You, Too" is a remake of Tamia's song of the same title. It is a part of Geeks' project album, Re;Code Episode 1.[8] She also collaborated with fellow label mates, K.Will and Boyfriend's Jeongmin, for Starship Planet's yearly holiday release, titled "White Love".[9]

In September 2013, it was revealed that Soyou and Mad Clown would release a duet called "Stupid in Love" on the 10th.[10]

In February 2014, Soyou and Junggigo released a duet called "Some".[11]

In January 2015, it was revealed that Soyou, together with Lee Honey and Kim Jungmin, would be the new MCs of beauty tip program Get It Beauty. The new MCs' first episode aired on February 4, 2015.[12]

In February 2017, Soyou and Baekhyun released a duet called "Rain".[13][14]

In May 2017, Sistar released their last single "Lonely" and disbanded after their seven years together as a group.[15] The group performed their most successful summer hits – "Touch My Body", "Shake It", "Loving U", "I Swear" and also their last song "Lonely" on four major music shows, before concluding the schedule on Inkigayo on June 4 2017, and officially disbanding.[16]

In August 2017, Soyou was featured as the vocalist on Primary's song "Right?".[17]

2017–present: Solo debut[edit]

Soyou in April 2016

After Sistar disbanded in June 2017, Soyou debuted her solo career under Starship Entertainment, releasing a remake single of Choi Sung-wons's The Blue Night of Jeju Island on September 7.[18] She was featured with K.Will on his fourth album Part.1 Nonfiction b-side track titled "Let Me Hear You Say", released on September 26.[19][20] She released a collaboration track titled "Monitor Girl" with Geeks' Louie on October 26, it was their second collaboration since "Officially Missing You, Too" in 2012.[21] On November 16, Soyou released "I Still" with Sung Si-kyung as pre-release track for her upcoming solo album.[22][23] On November 28, Soyou was confirmed to become an MC for a new beauty program of JTBC titled SoyouXHani’s Beauty View, which began airing on December 28.[24] On December 13, Soyou released the first part of her solo album titled RE:BORN with the single "The Night" featuring rapper duo Geeks and produced by Primary.[25]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

TV variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Episode
2014 Wishing Star MBC Every1 Co-host
2015 Get It Beauty OnStyle MC Ep. 1–27, 31–32, 35, 37
2016 The Nations' Big Three SBS Regular member Ep. 52–61
2017 Law of the Jungle in New Zealand Herself Ep. 270–273[26]
2018 Produce 48 Mnet Vocal trainer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Artist of the Year – September "Stupid In Love (with Mad Clown)" Won
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Song "Some (with Junggigo)" Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated
World's Best Group Soyou
(with Junggigo)
Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated
9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama OST "Once More" – Empress Ki OST Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Female Artist Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons The Voice that Flirted with the Nation Won
4th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Song of the Year – February "Some (with Junggigo)" Won
Long-Run Song of the Year Won
6th MelOn Music Awards Hot Trend Award Won
Best R&B/Soul Award Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration Won
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
SBS Gayo Daejun Awards Best Song Won
2015 29th Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang Won
Trend of the Year Won
24th Seoul Music Awards Record of the Year in Digital Release Won
12th Korean Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Best Pop Song Won
Group Musician of the Year Soyou
(with Junggigo)
Nominated
17th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration & Unit "Lean On Me (with Kwon Jeong Yeol)" Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best Original Soundtrack "Tell Me" – Lucky Romance OST Nominated
2017 19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration "Rain" (with Baekhyun) Nominated
9th Melon Music Awards Top 10 Artists Nominated

Music programs[edit]

The Show[edit]

Year Date Song
2018 October 9 "All Night" (with Sik-K)

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 February 19[27] "Some" (with Junggigo)

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 February 20[28] "Some" (with Junggigo)
February 27[29]
2015 October 1[30] "Lean On Me" (with Kwon Jeong Yeol)

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 February 21[31] "Some" (with Junggigo)
February 28[32]
March 7[33]
March 21[34]
April 4[35]

Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 September 28[36] "Stupid in Love" (with Mad Clown)
2014 February 22[37] "Some" (with Junggigo)
March 1[38]

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 February 23[39] "Some" (with Junggigo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ "Idols That Had Completely Different Careers Before They Made Their Debut — Koreaboo". Koreaboo. 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  3. ^ "SISTAR reveal their thoughts on competing with 4minute". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ "SISTAR's Soyu reveals that she was supposed to debut in 4minute". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. ^ "SISTAR Soyu's audition video gains interest". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ "SISTAR makes their debut on Music Bank!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  7. ^ "SISTAR's Soyu sings for 'Playful Kiss' OST". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  8. ^ "[Video] SISTAR's Soyou and Geeks Release 'Officially Missing You, Too' MV". Yahoo Entertainment Singapore. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  9. ^ "K.Will, SISTAR's Soyu, & Boyfriend's Jeongmin release "White Love" MV". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  10. ^ "SISTAR's Soyu and Mad Clown display their chemistry in a chic pictorial + announce their upcoming duet". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  11. ^ "SISTAR's Soyu and hip hop vocal JungGiGo form a duet unit!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Honey Lee, Sistar's Soyu, and Kim Jung Min to Be New MC's of "Get It Beauty 2015" – Soompi". Soompi. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  13. ^ POP, 헤럴드 (2017-02-06). "소유X백현, 역대급 듀엣곡 탄생될까 "2월 중 공개"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  14. ^ ""최강 듀엣"...소유X백현 콜라보, 14일 발매 확정". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  15. ^ "Sistar to disperse seven years after debut". Yonhap News.
  16. ^ "Starship Entertainment Reveals Real Reason Why SISTAR Disbanded; Girls Say Reunion Is Possible". Korea Portal. 6 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Primary reveals 'Right?' feat. Soyu MV + 'Pop' collab MVs with Solji, JB, Sunggyu, Sandeul, & Yoseob". Allkpop. 30 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Watch: Soyou Enjoys "The Blue Night of Jeju Island" in Romantic MV".
  19. ^ "스타쉽 측 "소유, 케이윌 새 앨범 수록곡 피처링 참여"".
  20. ^ "[단독] "스타쉽 감성보컬"…소유, 케이윌 신곡 피처링 지원사격".
  21. ^ "Watch: Soyou and Geeks's Louie Drop MV for Collaboration Track "Monitor Girl"".
  22. ^ "Watch: Soyou and Sung Si Kyung Sing "I Still" in MV Starring Lee Dong Wook".
  23. ^ "[공식] 소유 측 "11월 컴백 준비 중…성시경 지원사격"".
  24. ^ "[단독] 소유X하니, 이름 걸고 새 뷰티프로 론칭..12월 첫방송". 2017-11-28.
  25. ^ "[한국언론의 세대교체 ◆브레이크뉴스◆] '리:본(Re:born)' 컴백 소유, 호흡 빼고 공감 더하고.."믿고 듣는 가수 되고파"". 2017-12-13.
  26. ^ Han In-goo (March 14, 2017). "씨스타 소유, 이경규 이어 '정법' 뉴질랜드편 출연 확정". Star Today (in Korean). Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  27. ^ "Soyu and JungGiGo win the trophy on 'Show Champion'". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  28. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from Feb. 20th 'M! Countdown'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  29. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from Feb. 27th 'M! Countdown'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  30. ^ "Soyu x Kwon Jung Yeol win #1 + Performances from October 1st 'M! Countdown'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from Feb. 21st 'Music Bank'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  32. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from Feb. 28th 'Music Bank'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  33. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from March 7th 'Music Bank'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  34. ^ "Soyu x JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from March 21st 'Music Bank'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  35. ^ "Soyu x JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from April 4th 'Music Bank'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  36. ^ "Soyu & Mad Clown win #1 + Performances from September 28th 'Show! Music Core'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  37. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from Feb. 22nd 'Show! Music Core'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  38. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo win #1 + Performances from March 1st 'Show! Music Core'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  39. ^ "Soyu & JungGiGo take the #1 crown + Performances from SBS' Feb. 23rd 'Inkigayo'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 6 January 2015.

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