From Uhm Jung-hwa To IU, Here’s a List of the Best Female Solo Artists in K-Pop

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Learn More About the Best Female Solo Artists in K-Pop

K-Pop is mainly dominated by groups, but solo singers are no less good and popular than groups both in South Korea and around the world.

In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a list of the Best Female Solo Artists in K-Pop. So, stay tuned!

BoA

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BoA is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress active in South Korea and Japan. Her real name is Kwon Bo-ah. She has been recognized as Queen of K-Pop and one of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers.

BoA was scouted by SM Entertainment at the age of eleven. After two years of training, she officially debuted at the age of thirteen by releasing her debut album ID; Peace B on August 25th, 2000. On March 13th, 2002, she debuted in Japan with a Japanese album, Listen to My Heart.

BoA has released 18 studio albums, 6 compilation albums, 1 extended play (EP) and numerous singles.

Studio albums

Korean

  • ID; Peace B (Release Date: August 25th, 2000)
  • No. 1 (Release Date: April 14th, 2002)
  • Atlantis Princess (Release Date: May 30th, 2003)
  • My Name (Release Date: June 15th, 2004)
  • Girls on Top (Release Date: June 23rd, 2005)
  • Hurricane Venus (Release Date: August 5th, 2010)
  • Only One (Release Date: July 25th, 2012)
  • Kiss My Lips (Release Date: May 12th, 2015)
  • Woman (Release Date: October 24th, 2018)

Japanese

  • Listen to My Heart (Release Date: March 13th, 2002)
  • Valenti (Release Date: January 29th, 2003)
  • Love & Honesty (Release Date: January 15th, 2004)
  • Outgrow (Release Date: February 15th, 2006)
  • Made in Twenty (20) (Release Date: January 11th, 2007)
  • The Face (Release Date: February 27th, 2008)
  • Identity (Release Date: February 10th, 2010)
  • Who’s Back? (Release Date: September 3rd, 2014)
  • Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana (Release Date: February 14th, 2018)

English

  • BoA (Release Date: March 17th, 2009 USA)

Special albums

  • Jumping into the World (Release Date: March 3rd, 2001)
  • Miracle (Release Date: September 24th, 2002)
  • Shine We Are! (Release Date: December 4th, 2003)
  • Merry Christmas from BoA (Release Date: December 7th, 2005)

Extended plays

  • One Shot, Two Shot (Release Date: February 20th, 2018)

Lee Hyo-ri

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Lee Hyo-ri is a South Korean singer, record producer, activist, actress, and television presenter. During her appearance on the Korean variety show Family Outing, she became the “Nation’s Fairy.” She debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group Fin.K.L, but later decided to pursue a solo career.

The year 2003, Korean Media named as “The Year of Hyori” as she debuted as a solo singer with her debut album Stylish and she won several Artist of the Year awards with her debut solo album.

In 2006, Lee became the highest-paid female singer in South Korea when she signed a contract with Mnet Media.

Studio albums

  • Stylish…E (Release Date: August 13th, 2003)
  • Dark Angel (Release Date: February 11th, 2006)
  • It’s Hyorish (Release Date: June 24th, 2008)
  • H-Logic (Release Date: April 8th, 2010)
  • Monochrome (Release Date: May 21st, 2013)
  • Black (Release Date: July 4th, 2017)

Son Dam-bi

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Son Dam-bi is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a singer in 2007 and released the song “Saturday Night” in 2009. In 2009, she debuted as an actress by playing a role in the Korean drama Dream.

Her song, “Saturday Night” became her first #1 hit, topping various on- and off-line charts. The songs’ routine features her in various 80s fashions, transforming her into a “retro fashionista.”

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Studio albums

  • Type “B” – Back To ’80s (Release Date: March 23rd, 2009)

Compilation albums

  • Son Dam Bi Remix Vol. 1 (Release Date: November 20th, 2008)

Extended plays

  • Cry Eye (Release Date: June 21st, 2007)
  • Mini Album Vol. 1 (Release Date: April 29th, 2008)
  • The Second Mini Album (Release Date: September 18th, 2008)
  • The Queen (Release Date: July 8th, 2010)
  • Dripping Tears (Release Date: November 12th, 2012)

Baek Ji-yong

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Baek Ji-young is a South Korean singer signed under The Music Works. She made her debut in 1999, with the release of the album Sorrow. During 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 Ji-young underwent vocal cord surgery in February 2008. After her surgery, she returned with her seventh album, Sensibility, which was released on November 14th, 2008.

On August 9th, 2009, she released a song featuring 2PM member Taecyeon for the title track of her mini-album EGO titled “My Ear Candy.” The song is a pop-dance track that includes techno beats. 

Studio albums

  • Sorrow (Release Date: July 10th, 1999)
  • Rouge (Release Date: April 17th, 2000)
  • Tres (Release Date: June 14th, 2001)
  • Smile (Release Date: September 4th, 2003)
  • Smile Again (Release Date: March 21st, 2006)
  • Re-released (Thank You I Can Smile Again) (August 18th, 2006)
  • The Sixth Miracle (Release Date: September 7th, 2007)
  • Sensibility (Release Date: November 13th, 2008)
  • Pitta (Release Date: May 23rd, 2011)

Extended plays

  • Ego (Release Date: August 14th, 2009)
  • Good Boy (Release Date: May 18th, 2012)

Uhm Jung-hwa

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Uhm Jung-hwa is a South Korean actress, singer, dancer, and lingerie designer. She began her career as a chorus member of MBC in 1987 until 1990. In 1992, she debuted as an actress in the movie Marriage Story, and debuted as a singer by releasing her first studio album, Sorrowful Secret, the same year.

Jung-hwa became a role model for many Korean female artists and is considered to be one of the most influential women in the Korean entertainment industry.

Studio albums

  • Sorrowful Secret (1993)
  • Uhm Jung Hwa 2 (1995)
  • Afterlove (1997)
  • Invitation (1998)
  • 005.1999.06 (1999)
  • Queen of Charisma (2000)
  • Hwa (2001)
  • Self Control (2004)
  • Prestige (2006)
  • The Cloud Dream of the Nine (2017)

Extended plays

D.I.S.C.O (2008)

Lee Jung-hyun (AVA)

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Lee Jung-hyun, better known by her stage name Ava, is a South Korean pop singer and actress. She was recognized for her acting abilities with an award-winning role in her first film and has been confirmed as one of the top international acts from South Korea with her illustrious singing career. She introduced the techno music genre to Korea and has been known as “The Techno Queen.” She is also known as “The Queen of Transformation” due to her changing new look for different songs.

Studio albums

Korean

  • Let’s Go to My Star (Release Date: November 1st, 1999)
  • Lee Jung Hyun II (Release Date: June 9th, 2000)
  • Magic to Go to My Star (Release Date: October 23rd, 2001)
  • I ♡ Natural (Release Date: November 1st, 2002)
  • Passion (Release Date: June 21st, 2004)
  • Fantastic Girl (Release Date: October 6th, 2006)
  • Lee Jung Hyun 007th (Release Date: May 11th, 2010)

Japanese

  • This Is Hyony (Release Date: January 25th, 2006)
  • Love Me (Release Date: March 11th, 2008)

Extended plays

Korean

  • Avaholic (Release Date: May 19th, 2009

Japanese

  • WA-come on- (Release Date: March 21st, 2005)

Sunmi

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Sunmi is a South Korean singer. She debuted in 2007 as a member of the South Korean girl group Wonder Girls and left the group in January 2010 to pursue her academic career.

Three years later, Sunmi resumed her career as a solo artist, in August 2013, with her debut extended play Full Moon. The single “24 Hours” of the album charted at number two on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart. 

In 2015, Sunmi rejoined the Wonder Girls until their disbandment in 2017. She released her second extended play Warning in 2018 and produced the hit singles “Gashina,” “Heroine,” and “Siren.”

On September 4th, Sunmi released her second EP titled Warning with the lead single “Siren.” On March 4th, 2019, Sunmi released her single “Noir.”

Extended plays

  • Full Moon (Release Date: February 17th, 2014)
  • Warning (Release Date: September 4th, 2018)

NS YoonJi

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Kim Yoon-ji, better known by her stage name NS Yoon-G, is a Korean-American actress and former singer based in South Korea. She debuted in 2009 with the digital single “Head Hurts” under JTM Entertainment.

On November 1st, 2012, Yoon-ji released a digital single “If You Love Me” featuring Jay Park.

Extended plays

  • Neo Spirit (Release Date: January 5th, 2012)
  • Skinship (Release Date: July 18th, 2012)
  • The Way 2.. (Release Date: April 1st, 2014)

Single albums

  • Ambitious (Release Date: May 14th, 2010)
  • Time To Fly High (Release Date: October 21st, 2010)
  • Sincerely, (Release Date: March 20th, 2015)

Ailee

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Ailee is a Korean-American singer and songwriter based in South Korea. Prior to her debut in 2012, she started off as a YouTube singer and got noticed with her beautiful voice. She moved to South Korea in 2010 to be a professional singer. Ailee officially debuted with her debut song “Heaven” on February 9th, 2012. 

She won Song of the Month and Rookie of the Month at the Cyworld Music Awards one month after her debut. Ailee also won the Best New Artist Award at the Asia Song Festival.

She has received many awards, such as the Best New Artist Award at the Melon Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards, and the Seoul Music Awards. She has also received the Best Newcomer and Four Best Female Vocal Performance awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards for “U&I,” “Singing Got Better,” “Mind Your Own Business,” and “If You.”

Studio albums

  • Vivid (Release Date: October 1st, 2015)
  • butterFLY (Release Date: July 2nd, 2019)

Extended plays

  • Invitation (Release Date: October 16th, 2012)
  • A’s Doll House (Release Date: July 12th, 2013)
  • Magazine (Release Date: September 25th, 2014)
  • A New Empire (Release Date: October 5th, 2016)

IU

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IU is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. Her real name is Lee Ji-eun. She debuted as a singer at the age of 15 with her debut album, Lost and Found. Her song “Good Day” brought her mainstream success and achieved national stardom. She is a successful female singer who has become Korea’s “little sister.”

Studio albums

  • Growing Up (Release Date: April 23rd, 2009)
  • Last Fantasy (Release Date: November 29th, 2011)
  • Modern Times (Release Date: October 8th, 2013)
  • Modern Times – Epilogue (Release Date: December 20th, 2013)
  • Palette (Release Date: April 21st, 2017)

Extended plays

  • Lost and Found (Release Date: September 23rd, 2008)
  • IU…IM (Release Date: November 12th, 2009)
  • Real (Release Date: December 9th, 2010)
  • I□U (Release Date: December 14th, 2011)
  • Can You Hear Me? (Release Date: March 20th, 2013)
  • A Flower Bookmark (Release Date: May 16th, 2014)
  • Chat-Shire (Release Date: October 23rd, 2015)
  • A Flower Bookmark 2 (Release Date: September 22nd, 2017)