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Soyou in 2016
Kang Ji-hyun

(1992-02-12) February 12, 1992 (age 27)
Jeju Island, South Korea
Musical career
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
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,[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 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" 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]


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
"—" 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
(Primary featuring Soyou)
2017 N/A Non-album single
"Let Me Hear You Say" (미필적 고의)
(K.Will featuring Soyou)
Part.1 Nonfiction
"Forever Yours"
(Key featuring Soyou)
2018 Face
"—" 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: 2,605,971+
"White Love" (하얀 설레임)
(with K.Will & Boyfriend's Jeongmin)
6 7
  • KOR: 818,093+
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: 1,935,124+
"Some" ()
(with Junggigo featuring Geeks' Lil Boi)
2014 1 1
  • 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
"All Night" (까만밤)
(with Sik-K)
2018 72 Part.2 RE:FRESH
"Rain Drop" (비가 오잖아)
(with OVAN)
2019 19 To be announced N/A TBA
"—" 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 10 8
  • KOR: 492,400+
Empress Ki OST
"Diamond" N/A 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: 120,947
Lucky Romance OST
"No Sleep" (잠은 다 잤나봐요)
(with Yoo Seungwoo)
5 Love in the Moonlight OST
"I Miss You" 5 39 Goblin OST
"Silence" 2018 N/A Life (2018 TV series) OST [39]
"Missing You" The Third Charm OST
"It's Okay" 2019 N/A When the Camellia Blooms 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
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[40]
2018 Produce 48 Mnet Vocal trainer
2019 Produce X 101 Special Vocal trainer Ep. 1–2

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Officially Missing You, Too" 2012 Unknown N/A
"White Love" Yang Junghun [41]
"Stupid in Love" 2013 Digipedi [42]
"Some" 2014 Zanybros N/A
"The Space Between"
"Diamond" BSPictures
"Lean on Me" 2015
"Runnin'" 2016 Tiger Cave [43]
"Rain" 2017 Mustache Film [44]
"The Blue Night of Jeju Island" Unknown N/A
"I Still" BTS Film [45]
"The Night" Lumpens [46]
"Grown Up" 2018 Unknown N/A
"All Night" Tiger Cave

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)
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 Disc 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)
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
2018 10th Melon Music Awards Hot Trend Award "I Still" (with Sung Si-kyung) Nominated
2019 Korea First Brand Awards Best Female Solo Won


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