Kim Yu-bin

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Yubin
Kim Yu-bin at a fanmeet in July 2016 03.jpg
Yubin at a fanmeet in July 2016
Native name 김유빈
Born Kim Yu-bin
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 27)
Gwangju, South Korea
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drums
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Kim Yu-bin
Hangul 김유빈
Hanja 金婑斌
Revised Romanization Gim Yubin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yubin

Kim Yu-bin (Hangul김유빈; born October 4, 1988), professionally known as Yubin, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Wonder Girls.

Biography[edit]

Yubin was born in Gwangju, on October 4, 1988.[1] She attended JungAm Elementary School and Anyang High School for a while before moving to San Jose, California, where she studied at Leland High School. She currently attends Myongji University. She is fluent in Korean and English.

Career[edit]

Predebut[edit]

Prior to her debut with the Wonder Girls, Yubin was originally set to debut as a member of Five Girls under Good Entertainment, along with G.NA, After School's Uee, Secret's Hyoseong and Spica's Yang Jiwon. However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment companies.[2]

Wonder Girls[edit]

Main article: Wonder Girls

Yubin made her debut as a new member of the Wonder Girls on September 7, 2007. When the group released their comeback single "Tell Me", Yubin was introduced as the main rapper of the group replacing Hyuna.[3]

Although Yubin is known mainly as the rapper of the group, she occasionally acts as an additional vocalist to the group. Examples of which include, "This Time" and "Wishing on a Star". Aside from performing with Wonder Girls, she has appeared in several music videos including labelmate 2PM's debut music video, "10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom" and Shinhwa's "Once in a Life Time". She has also featured in several different artists' singles, i.e. Shinhwa's Andy Lee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Bum-soo, and Chun G.

Yubin showcased her written lyrics for the first time in Kim Bum-soo's song "Do You Know That?". Since then, she has written her own raps for several other songs. In 2011, she wrote the lyrics for "Girls Girls", "Me, In", and "Sweet Dreams" from the Wonder Girls' second studio album Wonder World. Yubin also wrote the song, "Hey Boy" for the Wonder Girls' mini album Wonder Party released in June 3, 2012.

Solo activities[edit]

Acting[edit]

Yubin made a short cameo in MBC's popular sitcom, Here He Comes. She made her official acting debut in OCN's drama, The Virus, where she played the role of Lee Joo-yeong, a genius hacker and an IT specialist.

Television show[edit]

On August 17, 2015, Yubin was confirmed to join Unpretty Rapstar's second season. Her popularity exploded, causing the phenomenon "Girl Crush". As a consequence, her makeup and hairstyle became popular in South Korea.[4]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Song
2007 Andy Lee "Irrelevant Imagination"
2008 Lee Min Woo "Honey"
Various artists "Cry with Us"
"I Love Asia"
Kim Bum Soo "Do You Know That?"
2009 Chun G "Weak Man"
2010 JYP Nation "This Christmas"
2013 Taecyeon and San E "It's Time"
Ivy "I Dance"
2014 Sunmi "Who Am I?"
2015 Justin Thorne "The Heartbroken"
Unpretty Rapstar (season 2) Contestants "Don′t Stop"
The Quiett "(Sakda)싹 다"

Composition[edit]

Year Album Song Notes
2011 Wonder World
  • Artist: Wonder Girls
  • Released: November 7, 2011
"Girls Girls" Rap by Yubin
"Sweet Dreams"
"Me, In"
2012 Wonder Party
  • Artist: Wonder Girls
  • Released: June 3, 2012
"Hey Boy"
2015 Reboot
  • Artist: Wonder Girls
  • Released: August 3, 2015
"I Feel You"
"Rewind"
"Loved" Music and lyrics by Yubin
"John Doe"
"Back"
"없어" (GONE)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2010 The Last Godfather Herself Cameo
2012 The Wonder Girls Herself

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2008 Here He Comes MBC Herself Cameo
2013 The Virus OCN Lee Joo Yeong

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Network Roles Note
2010 Show! Music Core MBC Co-Host with Sunye & CN Blue Jung Yong-hwa
2011 Music Bank KBS Co-Host with Sohee Shindong & Minho
2012 Running Man SBS Guest Ep 117
2015 Unpretty Rapstar 2 Mnet Contestant

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2008 Cry With Us Various Artist Herself
I Love Asia/ Smile Again Various Artist Herself
Once in a Lifetime Shinhwa Herself
10 Out of 10 2PM Herself
2010 This Christmas JYP Nation Herself
2013 I Dance Ivy Herself
2014 Ain't Nobody HA:TFELT Herself
2015 Don′t Stop Unpretty Rapstar2 Contestants Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ Kim JiYeon (February 3, 2012). "Spica's Yang Ji Won Talks Being the Last Five Girls′ Girl". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kim, Won-gyum (2007-09-05). 원더걸스, 새멤버 공개..19세 김유빈 (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  4. ^ 김, 수경 (2015-11-23). "유빈 '무심한 헤어 걸크러쉬' 전문가의 리얼팁-'언프리티 랩스타2".