Baek in February 2012
|Born||March 25, 1976|
Seoul, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, R&B, dance|
|Labels||The Music Works|
Baek Ji-young (Korean: , born March 25, 1976) is a South Korean singer signed to The Music Works. She made her debut in 1999, with the release of her album Sorrow. Over her career she has released eight studio albums and won awards for Best Female Artist and Best OST at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Baek began her music career in 1999, entering the South Korean dance scene with her first album Sorrow. The first single, "" (Choice), was unusual in that it was one of the first Korean pop songs to feature Latin beats. However, this single proved to be popular and charted very well. She quickly followed this album with a second, Rouge, which came out in April 2000, selling 360,000 copies, and cementing her status as one of South Korea's most popular female dance artists.
Two years after the release of Tres, Baek released her fourth album Smile in September 2003. Although not a runaway success, it managed to sell a decent number of copies, placing 46th for the year. However, her real comeback occurred in 2006, when Baek released her fifth album Smile Again in March. " " (I Won't Love), her first single from the album, was a ballad, unlike the rest of her Latin-style singles. Although this was a significant change, it proved to be a very popular song, getting to the top spot on certain performance show charts. This change was not a permanent one, as there were many Latin/dance tracks on the album. In fact, the second single has seen Baek going back to her musical roots, as Ez Do Dance is a sexy Latin number. She performed this single until the end of summer 2006, at which point she finished promotional activities for the album. In November 2006, Baek won Best Female Solo Singer at the MKMF Awards and was nominated for the Overseas Viewer Award.
On September 7, 2007 Baek's sixth album, The Sixth Miracle, was released, with the lead single " ?" (I Only Need One Love). She won an award for the album at the Seoul Music Awards in January 2008.
Baek underwent vocal cord surgery to remove a cyst some time in February 2008. Although there were fears that her singing voice may change, the fear of losing her voice entirely is what prompted her to go ahead with the operation.
After recuperating from her surgery, Baek returned with her seventh album, Sensibility, released on November 14, 2008. It was reported that she would come back with a dance single to showcase her strengthened voice, but instead came back with "? " (Like Being Hit by a Bullet), a mid-tempo ballad. The single hit #1 on various online music sites and hit #1 on KBS's music program Music Bank.
On August 9, 2009 Baek signified her comeback by announcing a collaboration with 2PM member Taecyeon for the title track of her mini-album EGO called "? " (My Ear Candy). Unlike her previous songs, My Ear Candy is a pop-dance track that includes techno beats. They first performed the song on Kim Jung-eun's Chocolate, although the episode did not air until a week later after her official comeback on Show! Music Core. EGO was released on August 14, 2009. On November 21, 2009, Baek won Best Female Solo Artist at Mnet Asian Music Awards.
She collaborated with Mighty Mouth for their comeback single " " (Will Love Come), released on March 12, 2010 along with a music video. This is her second collaboration with the group; she was previously featured on their mini-album Love Class in the track Miss U, released on August 6, 2009. Her single Over Time topped various music charts on the day of its release on July 1, 2010, and Baek's greatest-hits album Timeless: The Best also sold very well.
With the success of her eighth album Pitta in 2011, music industry critics found it remarkable for a female singer in her mid-30s to continue to shine and appeal to fans in an industry dominated by teen bands.
Baek has also participated in numerous soundtracks for TV dramas, most of which have proven to be very popular, including Don't Forget for IRIS, Love Is Not a Crime for Ja Myung Go,Love and Love for Arang and the Magistrate, and Spring Rain for Gu Family Book. The most famous thus far has been That Woman from Secret Garden, which won Outstanding Korean Drama OST at the 2011 Seoul International Drama Awards. Baek said, "I love to participate in producing music for soaps if I like the female lead after reading the script. It's a thrill to hear my song played during melodramatic moments in soaps." She later released an album in 2013 titled Flash Back, a collection of the television drama soundtracks she recorded.
In 2012, Baek announced that she was releasing her first dance album in three years. She also became a judge/coach on The Voice of Korea, the local version of reality singing competition The Voice. On May 7, she released a ballad from the mini-album entitled Voice, featuring Gary from Leessang. On the 17th, her Good Boy mini-album was released, including the dance title track of the same name featuring Yong Jun-hyung of B2ST.
On February 16, 2013, Baek held her first solo concert in seven years at the Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul, followed by a nationwide tour in March. She performed for the first time in Japan at a sold-out concert in May.
Baek married actor Jung Suk-won on June 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill. The couple began dating in 2011, and were expecting their first child. However, on June 27, 2013, it was confirmed that Baek suffered a miscarriage, four months into her pregnancy.
On last fall, Baek Ji Young announced that she was pregnant and expecting, four years after her marriage with actor Jung Suk Won.
The actress was expected to give birth on May 24, 2017 but on May 22, Baek Ji Young's management agency, Music Works, announced, "Baek Ji Young gave birth to her daughter."
In 2000, a sex tape featuring Baek and her manager at the time, Kim Shi-won (alias Kim Seok-jin), was leaked onto the internet. The video had been recorded secretly in a hotel room without Baek's knowledge, and was later used to threaten Baek when she attempted to change her contracted manager at the peak of her career. The former manager, who fled to the U.S., is currently serving time in a Los Angeles jail for charges of sex with a minor, which he also recorded on video. The scandal nearly ruined Baek's career, leading to a five-year absence from the limelight from which she only emerged in 2006.
In 2009, after suffering from a high fever and dizziness from the flu and hypotension, Baek stopped a dinner concert midway. After singing her fifth song, she told the audience, "I am very sorry for being on stage despite being sick. I won't be able to continue my performance." Experts speculated that refunds cost Baek and her agency losses of nearly ?200 million.
She and friend, singer Yuri, set up the successful online shopping business IamYuri Mall. But Baek withdrew from associating with the brand in 2012, after the Fair Trade Commission fined several celebrity-run online shopping malls for posting faked user reviews.
Baek filed suit against a local plastic surgery clinic that had used her photo for online advertising without her permission. On June 24, 2013, the Seoul Central District Court found the clinic guilty of infringing on her rights for profit, and awarded Baek damages of ?5 million (US$4,320).
|2010||Secret Garden||SBS||Cameo Episode 13|
|2013||Running man||SBS||Cameo (Episode 199), Guest (Episode 205)|
|2015||Immortal Song||KBS||Ep. 227|
|2017||Running man||SBS||Guest (Episode 367-368)|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1999||"Choice" ()||Best New Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2000||"Sad Salsa"||Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2006||"I Won't Love"||Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Ballad Performance||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Won|
|2007||"I Only Need One Love"||Nominated|
|2009||"Like Being Hit by a Bullet"||Won|
|Best Ballad/R&B Performance||Nominated|
|"Don't Forget"||Best OST||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Won|
|"That Woman" - Secret Garden||Best OST||Won|
|2012||"Voice"||Best Vocal Performance - Solo||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2014||"Fervor"||Best Vocal Performance - Female||Nominated|