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Soyou in 2019
Kang Ji-hyun

(1992-02-12) February 12, 1992 (age 29)
Jeju Island, South Korea
Musical career
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Ji-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKang Chihyŏn
Stage name
Revised RomanizationSo-yu

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, who was originally supposed to debut as a member of 4Minute.[3] 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", and after her traineeship, she debuted as a member of Sistar in June 2010.[5] The group gained significant popularity after the release of their hit single "So Cool" in 2011.[6]

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

In August 2010, Soyou collaborated with Kan Jongwoo 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".[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.[18] She was featured on K.Will's fourth album Part.1 Nonfiction, for the 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] 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.[23] 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.[24]

A year and nine months after her last release, Soyou released "Gotta Go" on June 28, 2020.[25] The song is a reggaeton, dance hall style song and was accompanied by a music video, released through Starship Entertainment's YouTube channel.[26][27]

After eight months, Starship Entertainment announced that Soyou is gearing up for her next comeback on March 11, 2021. Soyou's new single "Good Night My Love" was reportedly written by Lee Hyori and composed by Babylon.[28]

On September 8, Soyou decided not to renew her contract with Starship Entertainment.[29] Later on September 29, Soyou signed with BPM Entertainment.[30]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Re:Born 19
  • Released: October 4, 2018
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

"Blue Nights of Jeju Island" 2017 N/A Non-album single
"The Night"
(feat. Geeks) (Prod. By Primary)
23 32 Re:Born
"My Blossom" 2018 50 N/A Non-album single
"All Night" (까만밤)
(with Sik-K)
59 Re:Fresh
"Gotta Go" 2020 157 98 Non-album singles
"Good Night My Love" (잘자요내사랑) 2021 [a]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
* Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was discontinued in July 2014.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

(Eluphant featuring Soyou)
2015 60 Man on the Moon
(Primary featuring Soyou)
2017 27 Pop
"Let Me Hear You Say" (미필적 고의)
(K.Will featuring Soyou)
57 Part.1 Nonfiction
"Forever Yours"
(Key featuring Soyou)
2018 [b] 14 N/A Face
"Walking" (걷는중)
(DinDin featuring Soyou)
2020 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborative singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album


"Officially Missing You, Too"
(with Geeks)
2012 2 2
  • KOR: 2,971,434+
"White Love" (하얀 설레임)
(with K.Will & Boyfriend's Jeongmin)
6 7
  • KOR: 818,220+
Starship Planet
(with Hong Dae-kwang)
2013 10 8
  • KOR: 546,346+
Non-album singles
"Stupid in Love" (착해 빠졌어)
(with Mad Clown)
1 1
  • KOR: 1,991,920+
"Some" ()
(with Junggigo featuring Geeks' Lil Boi)
2014 1 1 19
  • KOR: 2,898,043+
"The Space Between" ()
(with Urban Zakapa's Kwon Sunil and Park Yongin
  • KOR: 1,035,053+
"Pillow" (팔베개)
(with Giriboy featuring Kihyun)
2015 5
  • KOR: 768,684+
"Lean on Me" (어깨)
(with 10cm's Kwon Jeongyeol)
  • KOR: 1,307,880+
Non-album single
"Runnin'" (우리 둘)
(with Henry)
2016 S.M. Station Season 1
"Love Is One More Than Farewell"
(사랑은 이별보다 하나가 많아)
(with Junggigo)
28 Inkigayo Music Crush Part.3
"Rain" (비가와)
(with Baekhyun)
2017 2 Non-album singles
"Perfect" (완벽해)
(with Letter Flow)
"Monitory Girl"
(with Geeks' Louie)
"I Still"
(with Sung Si-kyung)
6 10 Part.1 RE:BORN
"Rain Drop" (비가 오잖아)
(with OVAN)
2019 19 N/A Non-album single
"Beginning" (시작할까)
with Rain)
94 The Love Of Autumn
(with Francis)
Non-album single
"On the Road" (길에서)
(with Jukjae)
131 X-Mas Project Vol. 1
(with Iz*One feat. pH-1)
2021 119 Non-album single
"Don't Wake Me Up" (깨우지 마)
(with MC Mong)
2022 133 XbyX [꿈]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
* Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was discontinued in July 2014.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album


"It's Okay"
(with Woo)
2010 N/A Gloria OST
"Should I Confess" Playful Kiss OST
"Once More" (한번만) 2014 11 8
  • KOR: 492,400+
Empress Ki OST
"Diamond" KOR: 37,005+ The Snow Queen 2 OST
"You Don't Know Me" (모르나봐)
(with Brother Su)
2015 4
  • KOR: 914,444+
She Was Pretty OST
"Tell Me" (내게 말해줘) 2016 41
  • KOR: 125,029+
Lucky Romance OST
"No Sleep" (잠은 다 잤나봐요)
(with Yoo Seungwoo)
5 Love in the Moonlight OST
"I Miss You" 5 39 11 Goblin OST
"First Love"
(with Jeong Se-woon)
2018 [c] N/A Two Yoo Project Sugar Man OST
"Silence" [d] Life (2018 TV series) OST [55]
"Shout Myself"
(with Ha Hyun-woo)
[e] Road to Ithaca OST
"When It Rains" (비가 오면)
(with Mad Clown)
[f] The Third Charm OST
"Good To Be With You" (괜찮나요) 2019 [g] When the Camellia Blooms OST
"Before Sunrise (Prod. Kiggen)" 2020 Traveler – Argentina OST
"Goodbye" (이젠 안녕) Oh My Baby OST
"The Only One" (하나면 돼요) [h] 18 Again OST
(with Park Woo-jin (AB6IX))
2021 [i] Mr. Queen OST
"Don't Smile At Me" (웃어주지 말아요) [j] "Hello, Me! OST
"Breath" [k] "Morning Kiss at Tiffany's" OST
"Paradise" "Idol: The Coup" OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
* Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was discontinued in July 2014.
*Billboard Philippine Hot 100 was first issued on June 12, 2017.


TV variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Episode Ref.
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 Member Ep. 270–273 [63]
Battle Trip KBS Trip planner with Kim Da-som Ep. 42–45
Happy Together KBS2 Guest Ep. 514–515
2018 Produce 48 Mnet Vocal trainer
2019 Produce X 101 Special Vocal trainer Ep. 1–2
Matching Survival 1+1 KBS2 Host with Lee Soo-geun, Kim Hee-chul, P.O [64]
The Call S2 Mnet Regular member Ep. 1–10 [65]
2020 Yacht Expedition: The Beginning MBC Every1 Regular member
2021 Love Mafia MBC Host [66]


Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Officially Missing You, Too" 2012 Un­known N/A
"White Love" Yang Junghun [67]
"Stupid in Love" 2013 Digipedi [68]
"Some" 2014 Zanybros N/A
"The Space Between"
"Diamond" BSPictures
"Lean on Me" 2015
"Runnin'" 2016 Tiger Cave [69]
"Rain" 2017 Mustache Film [70]
"The Blue Night of Jeju Island" Un­known N/A
"I Still" BTS Film [71]
"The Night" Lumpens [72]
"Grown Up" 2018 Un­known N/A
"All Night" Tiger Cave
"Bangkok" 2019 Un­known
"Gotta Go" 2020 HQF [73]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s) Result
APAN Star Awards 2020 Solo Popularity Award – Woman Soyou Nominated
Asia Artist Awards 2021 Female Solo Singer Popularity Award Nominated
U+ Idol Female Solo Popularity Award Nominated
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2013 Artist of the Year – September Stupid in Love (with Mad Clown) Won
2014 Song of the Year – February Some (with Junggigo) Won
Long-Run Song of the Year Won
Golden Disc Awards 2015 Digital Bonsang Won
Trend of the Year Won
Korea Drama Awards 2016 Best Original Soundtrack "Tell Me" - Lucky Romance OST Nominated
2017 "I Miss You" - Guardian: The Lonely and Great God OST Nominated
Korea First Brand Awards 2019 Best Female Solo Singer Soyou Won
Best Female Entertainer Nominated
Korean Music Awards 2015 Song of the Year Some (with Junggigo) Won
Best Pop Song Won
Group Musician of the Year Soyou (with Junggigo) Nominated
Melon Music Awards 2014 Best R&B/Soul Award Some (with Junggigo) Nominated
Hot Trend Award Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2017 Top 10 Artist Soyou Nominated
2018 Hot Trend Award "I Still" (with Sung Si-kyung) Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards 2014 Best Collaboration Some (with Junggigo) Won
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
2015 Best Collaboration "Lean on Me" (with Kwon Jeong-yeol) Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
2017 Best Collaboration Rain (with Baekhyun) Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2019 Best Collaboration "Rain Drop" (with Ovan) Nominated
SBS Gayo Daejun 2014 Best Song Some (with Junggigo) Won
Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama OST "Once More" – Empress Ki OST Nominated
Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Female Artist Nominated
Seoul Music Awards 2015 Record of the Year in Digital Release Some (with Junggigo) Won
Soribada Best K-Music Awards 2018 Bonsang Award Soyou Nominated
Style Icon Awards 2014 The Voice that Flirted with the Nation Won
World Music Awards 2014 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


  1. ^ "Good Night My Love" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 33 position on the Gaon Download Chart.[36]
  2. ^ "Forever Yours" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 18 position on the Gaon Download Chart [41]
  3. ^ "First Love" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 59 position on the Gaon Download Chart [53]
  4. ^ "Silence" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 44 position on the Gaon BGM Chart [54]
  5. ^ "Shout Myself" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 60 position on the Gaon BGM Chart [56]
  6. ^ "When It Rains" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 20 position on the Gaon BGM Chart [57]
  7. ^ "Good To Be With You" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 154 position on the Gaon Download Chart [58]
  8. ^ "The Only One" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 192 position on the Gaon Download Chart [59]
  9. ^ "Puzzle" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 16 position on the Gaon Download Chart [60]
  10. ^ "Don't Smile At Me" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 87 position on the Gaon Download Chart [61]
  11. ^ "Breath" didn't enter Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked 77 position on the Gaon Download Chart [62]


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