Sunmi

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Sunmi
Lee Sun-mi to a Music Bank recording in July 2016.jpg
Sunmi going to a Music Bank recording in July 2016
Native name 이선미
Born Sun Mi
(1992-05-02) May 2, 1992 (age 25)
Iksan, North Jeolla, South Korea
Other names Mimi
Education Dongguk University
Occupation Singer
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active 2006–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 이선미
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Seon-mi
McCune–Reischauer Yi Sŏn-mi

Lee Sun-mi[1] (born May 2, 1992), referred to as Sunmi, is a South Korean singer. She debuted in 2007 as a member of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls and left from the group in January 2010 to pursue her academic career.

After three years hiatus from music scene, Sunmi resumed her career as a soloist in August 2013 with her first digital single, "24 Hours". It peaked at number two on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and number three on Billboard's Korea K-pop Hot 100. Her debut extended play, Full Moon (2014), charted at number twelve and its lead single charted at number two on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and number three on Billboard's Korea K-pop Hot 100, also charted at number thirteen on Billboard World Digital Chart.

In 2015, Wonder Girls returned to music scene after two years hiatus with band formation and Sunmi also confirmed to re-joining the group after departure in 2010. The group later disbanded in 2017 after Sunmi and Yeeun decided to not renew their contracts with JYP Entertainment.

Early life[edit]

Sun Mi was born on May 2, 1992 in Iksan, North Jeolla, South Korea. She attended Hwangnam Elementary School, Chung Dam Middle School and Chung Dam High School and currently attends Dongguk University, majoring in musical theater. She adopted her stepfather's surname while in university and merged her original first and last name, becoming Lee Sunmi.

Career[edit]

2006–2012: Career beginnings with the Wonder Girls and hiatus[edit]

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", officially debuted on MBC's Show! Music Core on February 10, 2007. The group quickly rose to stardom with their hits "Tell Me", "So Hot" and "Nobody" in less than 2 years from their debut.

In January 2010, JYP announced that Sunmi would be postponing her musical career to pursue her academic career, but she will 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 the Wonder Girls.[3]

2013–2017: Solo debut with 24 Hours, Full Moon, return to the Wonder Girls and departure from JYP Entertainment[edit]

In August 2013, Sunmi was announced would return to her music career, debuting as a solo artist.[4] Sunmi made her official solo 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 Full Moon was released on February 17, 2014.[6] The title track of the same, featuring former JYP trainee Lena Park, 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 EP single Why So Lonely, including the title track of the same name.[12]

On January 26, 2017, it was announced that Wonder Girls were to disband after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiation with member Yeeun and Sunmi herself. The group released their final single "Draw Me" on February 10; it also serves as a celebration for their 10th anniversary since debut.[13][14]

2017–present: Return to solo career under MakeUs Entertainment[edit]

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 will release a single on August 22, her first solo comeback after three years.[16] She released her single titled "Gashina", produced by Teddy Park of The Black Label.[17] The single was described as a "dancehall-style synthpop number that rocks an Eastern-style atmosphere and a distinct rhythmic bass sound".[18]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
[19]
KOR
Billboard

[20]
US
World

[21]
As lead artist
"24 Hours" 2013 2 3
  • KOR (DL): 763,750+[22]
Full Moon
"Full Moon" (feat. Lena) 2014 2 3 13
  • KOR (DL): 894,993+[23]
"Gashina" 2017 1 N/A 3
  • KOR (DL): 524,042+[24]
Non-album singles
As featured artist
"You" (B1A4 featuring Sunmi) 2014 63 91 N/A Solo Day
Other charted songs
"Burn" 2014 159 N/A Full Moon
"Who Am I" (feat. Yubin of Wonder Girls) 112
"Stopped Time" (feat. Jackson of Got7) 100
"If That Was You" 118
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.

Songwriting and composing credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2015
Reboot
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
2016
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
2017 Non-album singles Sunmi "Gashina" Yes Teddy, 24, and Joe Rhee No Teddy, 24 and Joe Rhee

Filmography[edit]

Show appearances[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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 Nominated
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Female Artist N/A Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Solo[25] Full Moon Won
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 Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
4th Gaon Chart Music Awards
Song of the Year – February Nominated

Music programs[edit]

Inkigayo[edit]

Inkigayo is a music television program aired by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS).

Year Date Song
2014 March 2 "Full Moon"
2017 September 3 "Gashina"
September 10

Show Champion[edit]

Show Champion is a music television program aired by MBC Music.

Year Date Song
2017 September 6 "Gashina"

M Countdown[edit]

M Countdown is a music television program aired by Mnet.

Year Date Song
2017 September 7 "Gashina"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Her stepfather's family name is Lee. Originally, her family name is Sun.
  2. ^ "Sunmi to Quit Wonder Girls". The Korea Times. 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "No regrets leaving would be a lie: Ex-Wonder Girl Sunmi". The Korea Herald. 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Wonder Girls member Sunmi to make solo comeback". The Korea Herald. 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "‘All kill’ for ex-Wonder Girl". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sunmi to release debut EP this month". The Korea Herald. 3 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "2014년 09주차 Digital Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Week of March 8, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Eyelike: Sunmi brings back ‘sexy’ with ‘Full Moon’". The Korea Herald. 21 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Ho-jung, Won (24 June 2015). "Wonder Girls confirmed to return as band". Kpop Herald. The Korea Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Wonder Girls unveil track list for ‘Reboot’". Kpop Herald. 29 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Wonder Girls to Release First Self-Produced Album". enewsWorld. 24 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "After nearly ten years, Wonder Girls disband". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  14. ^ "Cover image for final single features Wonder Girls in watercolors". K-Pop Herald. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Ex-Wonder Girls member Sunmi joins new management agency". The Korea Herald. 14 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Former Wonder Girl Sunmi to release album". The Korea Herald. 7 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sunmi drops experimental single". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "EX-Wonder Girls' Sunmi makes solo comeback with 'Gashina"". Yonhap News Agency. 22 August 2017. 
  19. ^ Gaon Weekly Digital Chart
  20. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Billboard World Digital Chart". Billboard Music Chart. 
  22. ^ Cumulative Sales for "24 Hours":
  23. ^ Cumulative Sales for "Full Moon":
  24. ^ Cumulative Sales for "Gashina":
  25. ^ "Mnet Asian Music Awards 2014 Winners". Mnet Asian Music Awards. Archived from the original on 4 May 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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