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Sunmi in May 2019
Native name
Sun Mi

(1992-05-02) May 2, 1992 (age 27)
Iksan, South Korea
EducationDongguk University
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active2006–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Seon-mi
McCune–ReischauerRi Sŏnmi

Lee Sun-mi (born Sun Mi on May 2, 1992), known mononymously as Sunmi, is a South Korean singer. She debuted in 2007 as a member of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls and left the group in January 2010 to pursue an academic career.

After a three-year long hiatus from the music scene, Sunmi resumed her career as a soloist in August 2013 with her debut extended play Full Moon. The EP spawned the single "24 Hours", which charted at number two on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart. In 2015, Sunmi was announced to be resuming promotion with the Wonder Girls until their disbandment in 2017. She subsequently left JYP Entertainment and joined Makeus Entertainment. Her second extended play Warning was released in 2018 and produced the hit singles "Gashina", "Heroine" and "Siren".

Early life[edit]

Sun Mi was born on May 2, 1992 in Iksan, North Jeolla, South Korea.[1] She attended Hwangnam Elementary School, Chungdam Middle School and Chungdam High School and currently attends Dongguk University, majoring in musical theater. She adopted her stepfather's surname, Lee, while in university and merged her original given name and surname, becoming Lee Sun-mi.[citation needed]


2006–2017: Career beginnings, hiatus, and solo debut[edit]

Sunmi in 2013 and 2014

In May 2006, Sunmi was revealed as a fourth member of Wonder Girls, a girl group managed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted with the single "Irony", on MBC's Show! Music Core on February 10, 2007.[citation needed] The group quickly rose to stardom with their hits "Tell Me", "So Hot" and "Nobody" within two years of debuting.[citation needed] In January 2010, JYP announced that Sunmi would be postponing her musical career to pursue her academic career, but would continue until February in order to complete scheduled events.[2] On January 13, 2012, A JYP representative stated, "Sunmi has remained within the company and continues to sharpen her musical talents." JYP Entertainment later stated that there are no plans for Sunmi to return and comeback as a member of Wonder Girls.[3]

In August 2013, Sunmi was announced to be returning to her music career, debuting as a solo artist.[4] Sunmi made her official debut stage on August 22, on Mnet's M! Countdown. Her debut single "24 Hours" was released on August 26, 2013; and subsequently achieved an all-kill on music charts.[5] Subsequently, her debut extended play (EP) Full Moon was released on February 17, 2014.[6] The lead single peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart[7] and at number three on Billboard's K-pop Hot 100.[8] "Full Moon" was praised for being innovative, and Sunmi was said to have delivered a classy rendition of "sexy".[9]

On June 24, 2015, JYP Entertainment announced that Sunmi would be re-joining Wonder Girls, after withdrawing in 2010, for their comeback after the group's two-year hiatus. The group returned with a band concept, with Sunmi playing the bass.[10] In August, the group's album Reboot was released, with Sunmi co-writing and co-producing three of its tracks.[11] In 2016, Sunmi once again received songwriting and producing credits for a Wonder Girls release, this time for two songs present on the band's single album Why So Lonely, including the title track of the same name.[12]

2017–present: Departure from JYP Entertainment, Warning and world tour[edit]

On January 26, 2017, it was announced that Wonder Girls were to disband after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiation with members Yeeun and Sunmi. The group released their final single, "Draw Me" on February 10; it also served as a celebration for their 10th anniversary.[13][14] On March 14, 2017, it was announced that Sunmi had signed with Makeus Entertainment around the end of February. Home to singers like Park Won and Urban Zakapa, Sunmi commented, "At my new agency, I will work hard on my music and show everyone a new side of myself. Ahead of that, I would like to thank my previous agency, fans, and acquaintances for their support."[15] It was later revealed that Sunmi would release a single on August 22, her first solo comeback in three years.[16] She released her single titled "Gashina", produced by Teddy Park of The Black Label.[17][18]

Sunmi returned with a single titled "Heroine" on January 18, 2018. Sunmi described the single as a prequel to her previous one "Gashina".[19] On September 4, Sunmi released her second EP titled Warning along with the lead single "Siren".[20] "Siren" received an all-kill on six local music charts.[21] On March 4, 2019, Sunmi released her single "Noir".[22]


Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales

Full Moon 12 12
Warning 9
"—" denotes album did not chart.


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

US World
As lead artist
"24 Hours" (24시간이 모자라) 2013 2 3 Full Moon
"Full Moon" (feat. Lena) 2014 2 3 13
"Gashina" (가시나) 2017 1 2 3 Warning
"Heroine" (주인공) 2018 2 2 3
"Siren" (사이렌) 1 1 5 N/A
"Noir" (누아르) 2019 8 9 3 Non-album single
"You" (B1A4 feat. Sunmi) 2014 63 91 N/A Solo Day
Other charted songs
"Burn" 2014 159 N/A N/A Full Moon
"Who Am I"
(feat. Yubin of Wonder Girls)
"Stopped Time"
(feat. Jackson of Got7)
"If That Was You" 118
"—" denotes song did not chart. "N/A" denotes data is not available.

Songwriting and composing credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
Wonder Girls "Rewind" Yes Ju Hyo, Lee Toyo and Kim Yubin Yes Ju Hyo and Lee Toyo
"Back" Yes Woo Hyerim and Kim Yubin Yes Woo Hyerim and Kim Yubin
"Faded Love" Yes Shim Eun-ji Yes Shim Eun-ji
Why So Lonely
"Why So Lonely" Yes Woo Hyerim, Kim Yubin and Hong Ji-sang Yes Woo Hyerim, Kim Yubin and Hong Ji-sang
"To The Beautiful You" Yes Kim Yubin, Woo Hyerim and Frants Yes Kim Yubin, Woo Hyerim and Frants
Sunmi "Gashina" Yes Teddy, 24 and Joe Rhee No Teddy, 24 and Joe Rhee
2018 "Heroine" Yes Teddy No Teddy and 24
"Siren" Yes N/A Yes Frants
"Addict" Yes Yes Frants
"Curve" Yes No Kriz and Tomoko Ida
"Black Pearl" Yes Yes Frants
"Secret Tape" Yes Yes Frants
2019 Non-album single "Noir" Yes Yes EL CAPITXN


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Ref.
2013 "24 Hours" Naive Creative Production [35]
2014 "Full Moon" (feat. Lena) [36]
2017 "Gashina" Choi Yongseok (Lumpens) [37]
2018 "Heroine" [38]
"Siren" [39]
2019 "Noir" [40]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Network Title Notes
Secret Unnie Regular cast with Kang Seul-gi (ep. 3–9)

Show appearances[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2014 Fashion King Korea SBS
Cast, Season 2

Concert and tours[edit]

Sunmi 1st World Tour: Warning[edit]

Date Country City Venue
South Korea
24 February 2019 South Korea Seoul Yes24 Hall
North America
6 March 2019 United States San Francisco Regency Ballroom
7 March 2019 Los Angeles The Fonda Theatre
10 March 2019 Seattle Showbox SoDo
11 March 2019 Canada Vancouver Vogue Theatre
13 March 2019 Calgary The Palace Theatre
15 March 2019 United States New York City The Town Hall
16 March 2019 Canada Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
18 March 2019 United States Washington D.C Lincoln Theatre
21 March 2019 Mexico Mexico City Auditorio Blackberry
13 April 2019 Hong Kong KITEC Star Hall
10 May 2019 Taiwan Taipei Taiwan University Sports Centre
23 May 2019 Japan Tokyo TSUTAYA O-East
30 May 2019 United Kingdom London Indigo at The O2
2 June 2019 Poland Warsaw Progresja
4 June 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam Q-Factory
6 June 2019 Germany Berlin Huxley's Neue Welt
7 June 2019 France Paris La Cigale

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist N/A Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo "24 Hours" Nominated
2014 23rd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Solo "Full Moon" Won [41][42]
4th SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Female Solo N/A Nominated
2015 24th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award "Full Moon" Nominated
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
4th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – February "Full Moon" Nominated
2016 2nd Fashionista Awards Best Dresser – Female N/A Nominated [43]
2017 3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – SNS Division Nominated [44]
19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist Nominated
Style in Music Won [45]
Best Dance Performance – Solo "Gashina" Nominated
9th Melon Music Awards Best Dance – Female Nominated
2018 32nd Golden Disc Awards Digital Bonsang Nominated
Global Popularity Award N/A Nominated
27th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award "Gashina" Nominated
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
7th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – August "Gashina" Won [46]
15th Korean Music Awards Best Pop Song Nominated
1st MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards Artist of the Year N/A Nominated [47][48]
Female Artist Award Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Nominated
2nd Elle Style Awards Best Music Icon Won
3rd Asia Artist Awards Artist of the Year, Singer Won
Best Music Award Won
10th Melon Music Awards Top 10 Artists Nominated
20th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist Won [49]
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo "Siren" Nominated [50]
Korea First Brand Awards Most Anticipated Female Solo Singer N/A Nominated
1st Korea Popular Music Awards Best Artist Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Digital Song "Siren" Nominated
Best Solo Dance Track Nominated
2019 33rd Golden Disc Awards Digital Daesang "Heroine" Nominated
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
28th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award "Siren" Nominated
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
8th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – January "Heroine" Nominated
Song of the Year – September "Siren" Nominated


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