Victoria Song

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Song.
Victoria Song
Victoria Song at Sohu Fashion Awards in December 2015 01.jpg
Victoria at Sohu Fashion Awards in December 2015
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Sòng Qiàn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Sung3 Sin6 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Han
Born (1987-02-02) February 2, 1987 (age 29)[1]
Qingdao, Shandong, China
Occupation
Genre(s)
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s)
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts
Victoria Song
Chinese
Hanyu Pinyin Sòng Qiàn

Song Qian (Chinese: 宋茜; pinyin: Sòng Qiàn; Korean: 빅토리아, 송천; Japanese: ビクトリア, 宋茜; born February 2, 1987), better known as Victoria Song or Victoria, is a Chinese singer, dancer, actress, and model based in South Korea and China. She debuted in 2009 as a member of South Korean girl group f(x).

In 2010, Victoria gained fame as part of We Got Married Season 2, as well as being a cast member of KBS's Invincible Youth. She won the Popularity Award at the MBC Entertainment Awards. She also began to take up acting in China, playing lead roles in dramas such as When Love Walked In, Beautiful Secret, Ice Fantasy and My New Sassy Girl, and won the Best New Actress Award at the China National Drama Awards.

Victoria is very popular in China, with more than 20 million followers on Weibo, ranking fourth most followed K-pop celebrity as of April 2015.[2] She was ranked No. 80 on The 2013 Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces and first on Sohu's 2011 Entertainment World's 50 Most Beautiful People.[3][4] In 2014, she won the "2014 Goddess of Asia" poll with 579,298 votes.[5] She was also named one of the top ten most popular celebrities on Baidu, ranking at No. 7.[6]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Song Qian was born in Qingdao, China. She left her hometown at a young age to study Chinese traditional dance at the Beijing Dance Academy.[7] After her high school graduation, she was accepted to the Beijing Dance Academy and majored in Chinese ethnic dance.[8] In September 2007, Victoria was scouted by an SM employee at a Beijing dance competition and later joined the company. She passed her audition for SM Entertainment and began preparing for her acting and modelling career in South Korea.[7] She trained for two years at SM before her debut, from 2007 to 2009. Victoria's first media appearance was for a Spris commercial in early 2008 with South Korean singer-actor Lee Joon-gi. In April 2008, she modelled for Samsung Anycall in a music video with Korean actor-singer Rain.[7] She had also filmed a tourism commercial "Hi, Seoul" with TVXQ and Super Junior. In May 2008, she appeared in Shinee's music video for the song Replay.

Career[edit]

2009–11: f(x) and solo activities[edit]

See also: f(x) (band)
Victoria at the MTV Daum Music Fest

Victoria debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009. The group official debuted on September 5, 2009.

In June 2010, Victoria became a cast member for the first season of the variety show Invincible Youth in which she was a part of G7, consisting of 7 female idols from various groups. She also cast on the reality show We Got Married with Nichkhun of 2PM.[9] The couple was collectively known as Khuntoria in the variety show. Nichkhun and Victoria both gained entertainment-wide popularity as a result of the show's success. At the end of the year, Victoria won the 'Popularity Award' at the MBC Entertainment Awards for her stint in We Got Married.[10]

In 2011, Victoria became an endorsement model for several brands, including Estee Lauder's lipstick,[11] LG with f(x) and Girls' Generation, Smoothie King with Sulli,[12] and Samsonite Red for Vogue Girl.[13] On December 31, 2011 Victoria and Nichkhun were chosen to host the 2011 MBC Gayo Daejun Festival.[14]

2012–present: Acting activities[edit]

Victoria performing in 2012

In January 2012, Victoria was cast to play the lead role in the Chinese-Taiwanese co-produced drama When Love Walked In,[15] alongside label-mate Zhou Mi, and Calvin Chen of the group Fahrenheit. The drama reached the number one spot in viewership ratings.[16] She won the 'Best New Actress' award at the China National Drama Awards for her acting performance.[17] In December 2012, Victoria released a photo-essay book titled Victoria's Hong-Ma, which included her travel experiences in Hong Kong and Macao.[18][19] The Chinese version of the book was subsequently released in 2013.

Victoria at KCON 2013 in Los Angeles, California

In 2013, Victoria was invited by director Li Shao to play the lead role for Cocoon Town Romance, a drama based on the "Tarot Goddess Sleuths" series.[20] Filming began in December 2013, and the drama is set to be released in December 2016.[21] In June, Victoria appeared on Super Star China as a guest judge for one episode.[22] She also became the MC for KBS's program Glitter alongside actress Kim So-eun.

In 2014, Victoria was chosen to host the Korean-Chinese variety show titled Strongest Group together with Zhou Mi. She was also featured in his solo album single, titled "Loving You".[23] Victoria then starred in Zhang Li Yin's music videos "Agape" and "Not Alone" as the lead female character alongside former EXO member Tao.

In May 2015, rumors of Victoria's contract termination with S.M. Entertainment started to spread on Weibo.[24] The label stated that rumors of Victoria leaving the company were untrue and that they were currently in the process of establishing a personal studio for Victoria for her Chinese activities.[25] Victoria later confirmed SM's stance, stating that she has never had any intention of terminating her contract with SM Entertainment.[26] It was also revealed that she would team up with Chinese manager Jia Shikai for her local activities.[27] In the same year, Victoria played the lead role of Jiang Mei Li in her third television drama, Hunan TV's Beautiful Secret.[28] She released a solo single "Star Tears" for the drama's soundtrack. The drama eventually went on to record the highest average viewership ratings for the first half of 2016 in China.[29] Aside from her acting activities, Victoria also collaborated with Adidas for an endorsement project, and was featured as a photo-shoot model in the June issue of Cosmo Body.[30]

In 2016, Victoria starred in the movie My New Sassy Girl with Cha Tae Hyun. The film, a sequel to My Sassy Girl (2001), was released simultaneously in South Korea and China.[31] She then appeared in the Chinese remake film of My Best Friend's Wedding as one of the leading role.[32] On July 24, Victoria's fourth drama and first costume drama, Ice Fantasy premiered on Hunan TV.[33][34] She also sung an OST for Ice Fantasy, titled "Li Luo", which is also her character's name in the drama.

Victoria is confirmed to be cast in the upcoming adaption of famous writer Tong Hua's novel, Once Promised[35] opposite actor Huang Xiaoming. The drama will be titled Ancient Love Song and premieres in 2017. On May 2016, Victoria is announced to be appearing as the main lead in the drama Endless August alongside Rain.[36] She is currently filming a Chinese movie, titled Reversal Life.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2008, Victoria and Super Junior-M participated in a campaign for Chinese athletes during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.[37] In 2010, she and fellow f(x) members were appointed ambassadors for a blood donation campaign for "World Blood Donor Day".[38] The following year, she participated in the press conference to promote awareness for a fundraising campaign to help children in Africa, which was jointly organized by the Red Cross and UNICEF.[39]

In November 2012, she and Kangta also attended a cultural charity event in China, where they gave music and dance lessons to children in need. The event was organized by SM Entertainment and CJ E&M to celebrate 20 years of China and South Korea's diplomatic ties.[40][41]

Towards the end of 2014, Victoria opened a flea market where she sold her personal items for charity. She donated all proceeds to UNICEF on December 31.[42][43] In April 2015, she and other Beautiful Secret cast members launched "Beautiful Childhood Secret" to promote awareness for children with hearing disabilities. The members and crew ordered customized picture books for the disabled children.[44] In the same month, Victoria also auctioned off a handmade doll, named "Song Song", on the UNICEF charity auction site[45] and in June, she participated in UNICEF's "Help Nepal Children" charity bracelet project.[46]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CHN
Baidu Chart

[47]
"Loving You"
(Zhou Mi feat. Victoria Song)
2014 13 Rewind

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CHN
Baidu Chart

[48]
CHN
Billboard V Chart

[49]
"Star Tears" 2015 1 10 Beautiful Secret OST
"Dear Child"
"I Believe" 2016 6 2 My New Sassy Girl OST
"Li Luo" 9 Ice Fantasy OST
"Jiu Long Jue" Zhe Tian 3D Mobile Game Theme Song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. Herself Documentary of SMTown in New York
2015 SM TOWN Live: The Stage Herself Documentary of SMTown Live World Tour IV in Tokyo
2016 My New Sassy Girl 我的新野蛮女友 Sassy (星星) Sequel of My Sassy Girl[50]
My Best Friend's Wedding 我最好朋友的婚礼 Meng Yixuan (孟薏萱) Chinese-language remake of the 1997 American film.[51]
TBD Reversal Life 反转人生 TBD

Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2012 GTV When Love Walked In 爱情闯进门 Shen Yayin (沈雅音) Lead female role
2014 SBS My Lovely Girl 对我而言,可爱的她 Awards presenter Cameo,[52] scene later cut during final editing process
2015-2016 HBS: Hunan TV Beautiful Secret 美丽的秘密 Jiang Meili (姜美丽) / Rou Rou (柔柔) Lead female role[53]
2016 Ice Fantasy 幻城 Li Luo (梨落) Lead female role, based on the novel by Guo Jingming.
2017 HBS: Hunan TV Ancient Love Song 上古情歌 Mu Qingmo (木青寞) Lead female role, adapted from Tong Hua's Once Promised (曾许诺)
TBA GTV Cocoon Town Romance 茧镇奇缘 Du Chunxiao (杜春晓) Lead female role, based on the "Tarot Goddess Sleuths" series.
TBA TBA Endless August 八月未央 Weiyang(未央) Lead female role

Television shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2010 KBS2 Invincible Youth Cast member Episodes 33-58
SBS Running Man Guest with Park Jun-gyu (Episode 8)
KBS2 Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 Episode 55
MBC We Got Married Season 2 Cast member with 2PM's Nichkhun (Episodes 52-91)
2011 MBC We Got Married Season 3 Cast member With 2PM's Nichkhun (Episodes 1-24)
SBS Star Couple Challenge Guest with Lee Jae-yoon
SBS Best Couple Chuseok Special, with Yesung and Ryeowook
KBS2 Happy Together Season 3 with Dana, Lee Hong-ryul, Lee Kyung-shil and Lee Sung-mi
2012 Olive Channel Kangta's PASTA e BASTA Episode 4
MBC Come to Play! with Park Gyu-ri, Sunye and JeA (Episode 396)
MBC Radio Star with Nichkhun and Robert Holley (Episode 288)
SBS Strong Heart Episode 55
SBS Star King Episode 234
SZMG: Shenzhen Television The Generation Show
HBS: Hunan Television Happy Camp
2013 HBRT: Hubei Television Superstar China Co-judge with Alan Tam & Sabo Ryang (Episode 3)
KBS-W Glitter Co-host with Kim So-eun
2014 JSBC: Jiangsu Television The Strongest Group Co-host with Zhou Mi
SBS Clenched Fist Chef Guest with Henry Lau and Kangin
2015 SMG: Dragon Television Jiejie Over Flowers Chinese Version of Noonas Over Flowers (Episodes 1-5)
CCTV: CCTV-3 Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang
MBC Radio Star with Hwang Jae-geun, Lee Min-ho and Kim Hee-jung (Episode 449)
tvN Wednesday Food Talk
HBS: Hunan Television Happy Camp
2016 HBS: Hunan Television Happy Camp Guest with Ma Tianyu

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2008 "Eternity" Kangta Lead
"Any Dream" Rain
"Replay" Shinee
"U (Chinese Version)" Super Junior-M
2010 "Let You Go" TRAX
"Breaka Shaka" Kangta
2011 "Blind"[54] TRAX
2014 "Agape" Zhang Liyin
"Not Alone" Zhang Liyin

Bibliography[edit]

Year Name Language ISBN
2012 Victoria`s HongMa(Hongkong & Macau) Korean 978-89-01-15254-7
2013 宋茜的港澳隨筆 Chinese 978-71-22-18499-3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 Beijing Dance Competition Prize 《畫聆》 Won
Second Prize 《花腰新娘》 Won
2010 MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award We Got Married Won
2012 China National Drama Awards Best New Actress When Love Walked In Won
2014 Goddess of Asia Awards Goddess of Asia N/A Won
World Music Awards[55] World's Best Female Artist N/A Nominated
World's Best Live Act N/A Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year N/A Nominated
2015 iQiYi All-Star Carnival Asia Popularity Award N/A Won
Sohu Fashion Awards Popular Female Celebrity Award N/A Won
2016 Jumei Awards Ceremony Best Popularity Goddess Award N/A Won

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