Sunmi

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Sunmi
Lee Sunmi Marie Claire Korea 2.png
Sunmi for Marie Claire Korea in 2021
Born
Sun Mi

(1992-05-02) May 2, 1992 (age 29)
Iksan, North Jeolla, South Korea
Other namesMimi
EducationDongguk University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • songwriter
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active2007–2010
2013–present
Labels
  • JYP
  • Abyss Company
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Seon-mi
McCune–ReischauerRi Sŏnmi

Lee Sun-mi (born Sun Mi on May 2, 1992), known mononymously as Sunmi (stylized as SUNMI), is a South Korean singer, dancer and songwriter. She debuted in 2007 as a member of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls and left the group in 2010 to pursue an academic career. After a three-year hiatus, Sunmi resumed her career as a soloist with her 2013 debut extended play, Full Moon, spawning the number two singles "24 Hours" and "Full Moon" on the national Gaon Digital Chart.

In 2015, Sunmi was announced to be resuming promotion with the Wonder Girls and remained with the group until their disbandment in 2017. She subsequently left JYP Entertainment and joined Makeus Entertainment (now known as Abyss Company), releasing the hit single "Gashina". Her second extended play, Warning, was released in 2018 and produced two other hit singles: "Heroine" and "Siren".

Early life[edit]

Sunmi 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 majored in musical theater at Dongguk University.[2]

Sunmi revealed on a 2018 episode of Talkmon that she first decided to become a celebrity when she was 12 after her father was admitted to hospital due to complications of pulmonary tuberculosis. She was inspired by BoA, who debuted at the age of 13, and it was for her "the fastest way to make money" in order to take care of her mother and two younger brothers. She went to Seoul to audition and became a JYP Entertainment trainee at 14, though her father passed away three months before her debut with Wonder Girls. She later adopted her stepfather's surname Lee while in university and merged her original given name and surname, becoming Lee Sun-mi.[3]

Career[edit]

2006–2012: Debut with Wonder Girls, hiatus[edit]

In May 2006, Sunmi was revealed as the fourth member of Wonder Girls, a girl group managed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted with the single "Irony", on February 10, 2007, and quickly rose to stardom with their hits "Tell Me", "So Hot" and "Nobody" within two years of debuting.[4] Sunmi participated with the group in American activities, touring alongside the Jonas Brothers, under the nickname Mimi.

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.[5] On January 13, 2012, a JYP representative stated that "Sunmi has remained within the company and continues to sharpen her musical talents." JYP Entertainment later stated that there were no plans for Sunmi to return and comeback as a member of Wonder Girls.[6]

Sunmi in 2013 and 2014

2013–2016: Solo debut with Full Moon, Wonder Girls return[edit]

In August 2013, Sunmi was announced to be returning to her music career, debuting as a solo artist.[7] 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.[8] Subsequently, her debut extended play Full Moon was released on February 17, 2014 along with the promotional single of the same name.[9] The latter peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart[10] and at number three on Billboard's K-pop Hot 100.[11] "Full Moon" was praised for being innovative, and Sunmi was said to have delivered a classy rendition of "sexy".[12]

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.[13] In August, the group's album Reboot was released, with Sunmi co-writing and co-producing three of its tracks.[14] 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.[15]

2017–present: Group disbandment, Warning, tour, and 1/6[edit]

Sunmi in 2017 and 2018

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, 2017 which also served as a celebration for their tenth anniversary.[16][17] In March, Sunmi signed with Makeus Entertainment. In August, she released her single "Gashina", produced by Teddy Park of The Black Label.[18][19] The song debuted at number 2 on the Gaon Digital Chart before topping the chart the following week, and was named the third best k-pop song of 2017 by Billboard.[20]

Sunmi returned with a single titled "Heroine" on January 18, 2018. She described the single as a prequel to "Gashina".[21] On September 4, Sunmi released her second EP, titled Warning, along with the lead single, "Siren".[22] "Siren" received an all-kill on six local music charts.[23] Warning was named the third best k-pop album of 2018 by Billboard and Bravo.[24][25] "Addict" was named the eighth best k-pop b-side of the year by MTV.[26]

From February to June 2019, Sunmi held her first world tour, titled "Warning".[27] She performed in 18 cities across Asia, America and Europe. In the midst of the tour, on March 4, 2019, Sunmi released a single titled "Noir".[28] After completing the world tour she released her single "Lalalay" on August 27, 2019.[29]

On February 6, 2020, Sunmi released the single "Gotta Go" along with its instrumental as part of the original sound track of the web series XX in which she made a cameo.[30][31] Two days later, a dance performance for the song was released which later became the channel's most popular video after reaching over 4 million views.[32] On May 21, it was revealed that Sunmi would be making a comeback in late June.[33] Her single "Pporappippam" was released on June 29.[34][35] On July 22, she was selected as the exclusive model of 요괴미식가 (the Korean version of Yokai Kitchen) created by FriendTimes, in the TV commercial of the game, she played a gourmet who enjoyed cooking in the mysterious spirit realm restaurant.[36] On August 12, she and J. Y. Park released the duet "When We Disco".[37] She also featured on label mate Park Won's song "Oh Yeah" from his album My Fuxxxxx Romance.[38]

Sunmi released her new single album Tail on February 23, 2021, with the lead single of the same name.[39]

Sunmi released her third EP 1/6 (One Sixth) on August 6, 2021, with the lead single "You Can't Sit with Us".[40]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and themes: "Sunmi-pop"[edit]

Sunmi is known in the K-pop industry to have created her own musical style called "Sunmi-pop".[41][42][43] It maintains K-pop’s core influences such as pop, disco, rock, traditional Korean music plus retro and city pop elements mixed with Sunmi's own defined music identity.[44]

The concept of "Sunmi-pop" was first mentioned by Sunmi herself on You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook at the start of 2018.[45] Later in the year, in an interview for 1TheK's YouTube channel published in September 2018, she revealed that her personal goal was to create her own music style named after herself.[46][47] The interview was published at a time coinciding with the release of Warning (her first extended play since her renewal as a solo artist) and she referred to the newly published EP as "a stepping stone from which [she] can build [her] own music style".[47]

One week ahead of the release of her single "Noir", she mentioned her main goal during a detailed interview for Billboard Korea, hoping that her musical style would become something that could inspire other artists.[48][49] K-pop fans around the world started to acknowledge Sunmi’s own musical identity by using for the first time the word "Sunmi-pop" in a few tweets, although the term became common on social media only after her fans used it to reply to a tweet posted by Sunmi herself. Even though the tweet itself didn’t mention the term, Korean media and industry players started to officially recognize the word "Sunmi-pop" and implement it in articles and variety shows for the first time to describe Sunmi’s music, reporting that she created her own style by applying her abilities in self-writing, self-composing and ideating performances.[41][50]

On May 30, 2019, in London, right before going up on the stage of the Warning World Tour, an interviewer of the Korean media agency Yonhap News made known to Sunmi that a term to describe her musical style had been coined already as "Sunmi-pop".[51] Thus the word "Sunmi-pop" gained its officiality, and on August 21, 2019, her agency Abyss Company (then known as Makeus Entertainment) also recognized the newly coined word by sharing an article from Naver News which dedicated a section to "Sunmi genre, Sunmi-pop" in anticipation of her comeback with "Lalalay".[43][52]

Characteristics of "Sunmi-pop"[edit]

The main characteristic of "Sunmi-pop" is defined by the emotions that the songs convey and provoke in the listener. According to Sunmi: "there's always a slightly sad emotion that permeates [my music] no matter how excitingly I sing the song" and "it's energetic and happy but with a sense of sadness".[53][54] "Sunmi-pop" songs feature upbeat dance rhythms with lyrics marked by metaphors and double meanings that slightly conceal a sense of cynicism.[55]

Since "Gashina", Sunmi’s title tracks have featured double meanings and wordplays in the song title such as "Siren", expressing both the meaning of the warning sound and the mythological figure of the siren,[47][56] and "Lalalay" which both refers to the act of flying [like a butterfly] and the word nallari (날라리) meaning 'punk' or 'party-goer' in Korean.[57] Additionally, the songs "Gashina", "Heroine", "Siren", "Black Pearl", "Curve", "Lalalay" and "Tail" all present metaphors in the lyrics thus defining Sunmi’s style of expression.[55] Although "Sunmi-pop" songs mostly present an exciting and happy beat, Sunmi shared that her lyrics are often imbued with a sense of cynicism due to the fact that, in her real life, as a celebrity, she can’t always express her true feelings.[57] Metaphors, wordplays and double meanings are often expressed through choreographies that complement her work.[55]

Though "Sunmi-pop" isn’t constricted within a single music style or genre, electro-pop and retro elements are often associated with Sunmi’s songs. The reason why these elements emerge is to be found in Sunmi’s roots as a member of the Wonder Girls and her time in the US. Sunmi said in a recent interview that producer J. Y. Park wanted her and the other members to "broaden [their] understanding of the different music styles of different eras" focusing especially on retro concepts and Motown artists, which she ended up liking.[44][48] In a Billboard interview she revealed: "Personally, I like music from the ‘70s, ’80s, and ‘90s, so I try to find instrumentals and sounds that evoke those periods and work them into my music".[58]

"Sunmi-pop" is also considered by Sunmi to be a combination of popularity and identity.[48] On the April 2021 issue of L’Officiel Singapore, Sunmi explained: "I always try to come up with fun and easy ways to approach a range of people, while keeping the original emotions in myself". While her aesthetic or themes are considered to be niche, her goal is to remain inside the world of popular music.[44]

Another key element of "Sunmi-pop" is dynamism: Sunmi shared her wish of wanting to try new ideas every time, like working with other producers, and explore new genres by showing a different range of themes, aesthetics and sounds through the years.[50]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[59]
US
World

[60]
Full Moon 12 12
Warning
  • Released: September 4, 2018
  • Label: Makeus Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9
1/6
  • Released: August 6, 2021
  • Label: Abyss Company
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
"—" denotes album did not chart.

Single albums[edit]

List of single albums, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[64]
Gashina
  • Released: August 22, 2017
  • Labels: Makeus Entertainment, The Black Label
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16
Tail
  • Released: February 23, 2021
  • Labels: Abyss Company
  • Formats: Digital download
N/A
"—" denotes album did not chart.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
[66]
KOR
Hot

[67]
SGP
[68]
US World
[69]
As lead artist
"24 Hours" (24시간이 모자라) 2013 2 3 Full Moon
"Full Moon" (보름달)
(featuring Lena)
2014 2 3 13
"Gashina" (가시나) 2017 1 24 3 Warning
"Heroine" (주인공) 2018 2 2 3
"Siren" (사이렌) 1 1 25 5 N/A
"Noir" (누아르) 2019 8 9 3 Non-album singles
"Lalalay" (날라리) 8 1 22 4
"Pporappippam" (보라빛 밤) 2020 5 4 15 5 N/A
"Tail" (꼬리) 2021 22 14 13 Tail
"You Can't Sit with Us" 46 38 10 1/6
Collaborations
"When We Disco"
(with J. Y. Park)
2020 3 2 22 N/A J.Y. Park Best
As featured artist
"You"
(B1A4 featuring Sunmi)
2014 63 91 N/A Solo Day
"Oh Yeah"
(Park Won featuring Sunmi)
2020 My Fuxxxxx Romance
Soundtrack appearances
"Gotta Go" (가라고) 2020 123 65 17 N/A XX OST Part 1
Other charted songs
"Burn" 2014 159 N/A Full Moon
"Who Am I" (내가 누구)
(featuring Yubin)
112
"Time Is Up" (멈춰버린 시간)
(featuring Jackson)
100
"If That Was You" (그게 너라면) 118
"What The Flower" 2021 [A] 18 Tail
"—" denotes song did not chart. "N/A" denotes data is not available.

Songwriting and composing credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Composer
Credited With Credited With
2015 Wonder Girls "Rewind" Yes Ju Hyo, Lee Toyo and Yubin Yes Ju Hyo and Lee Toyo
"Faded Love" Yes Shim Eun-ji Yes Shim Eun-ji
2016
Why So Lonely
"Why So Lonely" Yes Hyerim, Yubin and Hong Ji-sang Yes Hyerim, Yubin and Hong Ji-sang
"To The Beautiful You" Yes Yubin, Hyerim and Frants Yes Yubin, Hyerim and Frants
2017 Sunmi "Gashina" Yes Teddy, 24 and Joe Rhee No Teddy, 24 and Joe Rhee
2018 "Heroine" Yes Teddy No Teddy and 24
"Siren" Yes 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 singles "Noir" Yes Yes El Capitxn
"Lalalay" Yes Yes Frants
2020 "Gotta Go" Yes Yes Frants
Non-album single "Pporappippam" Yes Yes Frants
2021 "Tail" Yes Yes Frants
"What The Flower" Yes Yes Hong So-jin
1/6
"You Can't Sit with Us" Yes No Melanie Fontana, Michel Schulz, Ross Golan
"Sunny" Yes No Jake K, Maria Marcus, MCK
"1/6" Yes Yes Frants
"Call" Yes Yes Frants, El Capitxn
"Narcissism" Yes Yes Frants
"Borderline" Yes Yes Frants

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 The Producers Herself KBS2 Cameo (Ep. 3)
2018 YG Future Strategy Office Herself Netflix Cameo (Ep. 4)
2020 XX Customer MBC TV Cameo (Teaser)

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2014 Fashion King Korea SBS TV Contestant (Season 2)
2018 Secret Unnie JTBC with Kang Seul-gi (Ep. 3–9)
with Kim Hyo-yeon and Han Chae-young (Ep. 9)
with Han Chae-young, Kang Seul-gi and Kim Ye-ri (Ep. 16)
2020 RReal World YouTube Regular host with her two brothers
Running Girls Mnet Cast member with Hani, YooA, Chungha and Chuu
2021 Girls Planet 999 Mnet Mentor[77]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Ref.
2013 "24 Hours" Naive Creative Production [78]
2014 "Full Moon" [79]
2017 "Gashina" Choi Yongseok
(Lumpens)
[80]
2018 "Heroine" [81]
"Siren" [82]
2019 "Noir" [83]
"Lalalay" [84]
2020 "Gotta Go" (Dance Performance) NOVVKIM (NOVV) [85]
"Pporappippam" Ziyong Kim (Fantazy Lab) [86]
"BORDERLINE" NEWSTONE (KAK STUDIO) [87]
"When We Disco" Naive Creative Production [88]
2021 "Tail" Paranoid Paradigm
(VM Project Architecture)
[89]
"You Can't Sit with Us" Seong Wonmo (Digipedi)

Concert and tours[edit]

Sunmi the 1st World Tour: Warning[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, award category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee/work Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards 2018 Artist of the Year, Singer Sunmi Won [90]
Best Music Award Won
Asian Pop Music Awards[B] 2020 Best Female Singer (Overseas) "pporappippam" Nominated [91]
Best Lyricist (Overseas) Nominated
Outstanding Song of the Year Won [92]
Outstanding Singer of the Year Sunmi Won
Brand Customer Loyalty Awards 2021 Best Female Solo Artist Nominated [93]
CJ E&M America Awards 2017 Female Idol of the Year Won [94]
Elle Style Awards 2018 Best Music Icon Won [95]
Fashionista Awards 2016 Best Dresser – Female Nominated [96]
2017 Best Fashionista – SNS Division Nominated [97]
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2015 Song of the Year – February "Full Moon" Nominated
2018 Song of the Year – August "Gashina" Won [98]
2019 Song of the Year – January "Heroine" Nominated [99]
Song of the Year – September "Siren" Nominated
2020 Song of the Year – August "Lalalay" Won [100]
2021 Song of the Year – June "pporappippam" Nominated
Song of the Year – August "When We Disco" (with Park Jin-young) Nominated
Genie Music Awards 2018 Artist of the Year Sunmi Nominated [101]
Female Artist Award Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Nominated
2019 The Female Solo Artist Nominated [102]
Performing Artist (Female) Nominated
Golden Disc Awards 2018 Digital Bonsang "Gashina" Nominated [103]
Global Popularity Award Sunmi Nominated
2019 Digital Bonsang "Heroine" Nominated [104]
Popularity Award Sunmi Nominated
2021 Curaprox Popularity Award Nominated [105]
QQ Music Popularity Award Nominated [106]
Korea First Brand Awards[C] 2018 Most Anticipated Female Solo Singer Nominated
Korea Popular Music Awards[D] 2018 Best Artist Nominated [109]
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Digital Song "Siren" Nominated
Best Solo Dance Track Nominated
Korean Brand of the Year Awards[E] 2019 Female Solo Artist Sunmi Won [111]
Korean Music Awards 2018 Best Pop Song "Gashina" Nominated [112]
Melon Music Awards 2017 Best Dance – Female "Gashina" Nominated [113]
2018 Top 10 Artists Sunmi Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards 2013 Best Female Artist Nominated [114]
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo "24 Hours" Nominated [115]
2014 Best Female Artist Sunmi Nominated [116]
Best Dance Performance – Solo "Full Moon" Won [117]
2017 Best Female Artist Sunmi Nominated [118]
Style in Music Won [119]
Best Dance Performance – Solo "Gashina" Nominated [118]
2018 Best Female Artist Sunmi Won [120]
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo "Siren" Nominated [121]
2019 Best Dance Performance – Solo "Lalalay" Nominated [122]
Song of the Year Nominated
Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10 Sunmi Nominated
2020 Best Female Artist Nominated [123]
Artist of the Year Nominated
Worldwide Icon of the Year Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Solo "pporappippam" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
"When We Disco" (with Park Jin-young) Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
SBS MTV Best of the Best 2014 Best Female Solo Sunmi Nominated
Seoul Music Awards 2014 Bonsang Award "24 Hours" Nominated
Popularity Award Sunmi Nominated
2015 Bonsang Award "Full Moon" Nominated
Popularity Award Sunmi Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2018 Bonsang Award "Gashina" Nominated [124]
Popularity Award Sunmi Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2019 Bonsang Award "Siren" Nominated [125]
Popularity Award Sunmi Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2020 Dance Performance Award "Lalalay" Nominated [126]
Hallyu Special Award Sunmi Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
QQ Music Most Popular K-Pop Artist Award Nominated [127]
Soribada Best K-Music Awards 2018 Bonsang Award Nominated [128]

Listicles[edit]

Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2018 Korea Power Celebrity 29th [129]
2019 24th [130]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "What The Flower" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but it peaked at number 40 on the component Gaon Download Chart.[76]
  2. ^ Hosted by the Hong Kong Asia Pacific International Group and Sunway Records, the Asian Pop Music Awards bases its winners on the "Asian Pop Music Chart" which opened on September 2019
  3. ^ Hosted by the Korea Consumer Brand Committee and the Korea Consumer Forum, the Korea First Brand Awards bases its winners on a nationwide South Korean survey.[107]
  4. ^ Created in 2018 by the Korea Singers Association, the Korea Entertainment Producer’s Association, the Recording Industry Association of Korea, the Federation of Korean Music Performers, and the Korea Music Copyright Association, the Korea Popular Music Awards is designed to honor leaders in the hallyu wave.[108]
  5. ^ The Korean Brand of the Year Awards selects the biggest brands from a large collection of categories via online voting.[110]

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