U;Nee

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U;Nee
Image of U;Nee
Born Lee Hye-Ryeon
(1981-05-03)May 3, 1981
Incheon, South Korea
Died January 21, 2007(2007-01-21) (aged 25)
Incheon, South Korea
Other names Heo Yun
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Years active 1998–2007
U;Nee
Hangul 유니
Revised Romanization Yuni
McCune–Reischauer Yuni
Birth name
Hangul 이혜련
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Hye-ryeon
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hyeryŏn
Stage name
Hangul 허윤
Hanja
Revised Romanization Heo Yun
McCune–Reischauer Hŏ Yun

Lee Hye-Ryeon (이혜련), name changed to Heo Yun (허윤), best known as U;Nee (Hangul유니; May 3, 1981 – January 21, 2007), was a South Korean singer, rapper, dancer and actress.

U;Nee committed suicide on January 21, 2007 at age 25.[1]

Early life[edit]

U;Nee was born Lee Hye-Ryeon (이혜련) on May 3, 1981 in Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea. She had a difficult childhood and was born to an unwed mother. Her Father died when she was young. She was raised by her grandmother as result.[1]

This led to an early development of depression at age 7.[citation needed] U;Nee got into acting at the age of 17, under her real name Lee Hye-Ryeon, but it was her dream to become a singer.

Music career[edit]

2003: Debut and U;Nee Code[edit]

In 2003, U;Nee debuted as a dance-pop singer, with upbeat songs (although some of her songs were upbeat songs, she rapped in many of them), as heard in her very first single, (Go). The song was well received by Korean media, and garnered her many fans. The track was then featured on her debut album, U;Nee Code, released on June 12, 2003. U;Nee Code sold well.

2005: Image Transition & Call Call Call/Passion & Pure – EP[edit]

In 2005, her record label started to market her as a sexy singer, focusing more on her image, while transforming her dance-pop style music into a sexy R&B sound, as heard in her 2005 single, "Call Call Call". U;Nee underwent plastic surgery, enlarging her breast size in the process and having slight surgery on her jaw and nose. Soon after, U;Nee released her 2nd album, Call Call Call, with sales equally similar to U;Nee Code, even though the lead single, Call Call Call, was performed frequently and landed within the Top 10 of Korean Music Charts. U;Nee's record company then tried to advertise her more as a sexy singer, which gave her harsh criticism from netizens. U;Nee, who was personally soft-spoken and reserved, found this difficult to bear. U;Nee was also known as "ユニ" (Yuni) in Japan.

2006: U;Nee in Japan[edit]

In 2006, U;Nee was marketed abroad in Asia. Her debut single, One, taken from Call Call Call, was released in Japan in February 2006. The single also included an alternate version of Sun Cruise from her debut album, U;Nee Code, and Follow Me, a song that would later appear on her 3rd and final album, Habit. She held a showcase performing a variety of her songs from her Call Call Call album with great reviews, thus gaining her many fans in Japan.

Death[edit]

U;Nee committed suicide on January 21, 2007 at her home in Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea. U;Nee's grandmother found her hanging from a door frame after she had return from a church service. After an investigation by the police, it was determined that U;Nee had suffered from depression and stress.There was no suicide note, but she did write that she felt lonely on a Web site: "I feel everything is empty. I am again walking down a path to reach a destination that I don't know."[1]

U;Nee's management company released her third album as planned on January 26, 2007, five days after her death.

Filmography[edit]

  • "New Generation Report – Adults Don’t Know"
  • "Seventeen"
  • "Zilzu"
  • "Speeding"
  • "The Theme Game"
  • "The Tears of a Dragon"
  • "The King and the Queen"
  • X-Man

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Go"
  • "Call Call Call"
  • "Habit"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Singer U;Nee Dies in Apparent Suicide". Chosun Ilbo. Chosun Ilbo Co. January 22, 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

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