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Baek Ji Young (Hangul: 백지영, born March 25, 1976) is a South Koreanmarker pop and ballad singer.

Career

Baek began her music career in 1999, splashing onto the Korean dance scene with her first album Sorrow. The first single, "선택" (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 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. "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, 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 "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 Systemmarker's music program Music Bank.

On August 9, 2009, Baek signified her comeback by announcing a collaboration with 2PM member Ok Taecyeon for the title track of her mini-album EGO 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.

EGO was released on August 14, 2009. On October 13, 2009, she contributed to the original soundtrack of popular drama IRIS with a single "잊지 말아요" (Don't Forget).

On November 21, 2009, Baek won the Daesung at MNet Asian Music Awards for Best Female Solo Artist.

Controversy

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.

Discography

Albums

  • 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 18, 2006)
  • The Sixth Miracle (September 7, 2007)
  • Sensibility (November 13, 2008)
  • EGO, mini-album (August 14, 2009)


Digital Singles



References

  1. Album Sales For The Year Of 2000
  2. Album Sales For The Year 2003
  3. Shinhwa Chosen Best Korean Singer Overseas KBS GLOBAL Retrieve on May 22, 2007
  4. 서울가요대상 백지영 두 번째 본상 수상. Retrieved February 16, 2008.
  5. 백지영, 가수생명 걸고 성대낭종 제거수술. Retrieved January 28, 2008.
  6. Male, Female Singer Alike Returning to Fans. The Korea Times. November 11, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
  7. Lee, Hye-rin. 백지영 음원 1위① '싹쓸이' "농담이 현실됐다"(인터뷰). Asia Economy. November 25, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
  8. Park, Gunwook. 백지영, '뮤뱅'서 첫 정상 차지 (Baek Ji-young, 'Music Bank' First Place). Gwangnam Ilbo. December 5, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  9. MacIntyre, D. (2001.) "Sex, Lies and the Internet". TIMEasia.com. Retrieved on January 6, 2006.
  10. Park, J. (2008) [1] SSTV.


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