Baek Ji Young (Hangul: 백지영, born March 25, 1976) is a South Korean pop and ballad singer.
Baek began her music career in 1999, splashing onto the Korean
scene with her first album
. The first single, "선택" (Choice)
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 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
March. "사랑 안해" (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 an award for "Best Female
Solo Singer" from the MKMF Awards and was one of the candidates for
the "Overseas Viewer" award as well..
On September 7
, Baek's sixth album, The Sixth Miracle
was released, with the lead single " " ("I Only Need One
"). 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
, 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 "총 맞은 것처럼"
("Like a Bullet Hit Me
"), a mid-tempo ballad. The single hit #1 on
various online music sites and hit #1 on Korean
Broadcasting System's music program Music Bank.
On August 9
signified her comeback by announcing a collaboration with 2PM
member Ok Taecyeon for the title track of her
called "내 귀에 캔디" ("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 Music Core.
was released on August 14
. On October 13
, she contributed to the original
soundtrack of popular drama IRIS
with a single "잊지 말아요"
On November 21
, Baek won the Daesung at MNet Asian Music Awards
Female Solo Artist.
Ji Young's career took a devastating fall in 2000. A sex tape of
her and her manager at the time, Kim Shi Won, leaked out into the
internet community. As one of the nation's top stars at the time
she was recognized nationwide and she soon became the center of
severe ostracism and ridicule. She stopped her performances until
her unfinished contract forced her to produce a 3rd album, which
aired only 6 months after the scandal. Again, she was met with
severe rejection from the Korean public. The audiences at her
performances went so far as to throw straws and apples, amongst
other objects, while she was onstage.
The video was recorded secretly in the hotel room without Ji
Young's knowledge. and was later used to threaten Ji Young 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 recorded on video.
- Sorrow (July 10, 1999)
- Rouge (April 17, 2000)
- Volume 1 & 2 Repackage (November 15, 2000)
- Live Concert (May 21, 2001)
- Tres (June 14, 2001)
- Best & Live New Release (January 30, 2002)
- Smile (August 29, 2003)
- Ultimate Edition (October 2, 2003)
- Smile Again (March 21, 2006)
- Thank you I Can Smile Again (Special Edition) (August
- The Sixth Miracle (September 7, 2007)
- Sensibility (November 13, 2008)
- EGO, mini-album (August 14, 2009)
- Album Sales For The Year Of 2000
- Album Sales For The Year 2003
- Shinhwa Chosen Best Korean Singer Overseas
KBS GLOBAL Retrieve on May 22, 2007
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- Male, Female Singer Alike Returning to Fans.
Korea Times. November 11, 2008. Retrieved November 25,
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Economy. November 25, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
- Park, Gunwook. 백지영, '뮤뱅'서 첫 정상 차지 (Baek Ji-young, 'Music Bank'
First Place). Gwangnam Ilbo. December 5, 2008.
Retrieved December 5, 2008.
- MacIntyre, D. (2001.) "Sex, Lies and the Internet".
TIMEasia.com. Retrieved on January 6, 2006.
- Park, J. (2008)  SSTV.