Let’s Get to Know Park Ji-yoon!
Park Ji-yoon, the Korean pop diva we know and love, is definitely a staple of the Korean entertainment industry. Although she’s best known for hits such as Coming of Age Ceremony and Mr. Lee, there are certainly other songs in her discography that are notable and iconic. Her career, which has spanned a decade, is so full of wonderful and upbeat music that most consider it to be an ear worm. Recently, she has chosen to take time away from the limelight, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less productive than she used to be.
So let’s take a closer look at Park Ji-yoon’s profile and career!
Park Ji-yoon’s Profile
|Born||January 3, 1982|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||K-pop, R&B, hip hop, indie, folk, modern rock|
|Labels||Seoul Records (1997–1999)
JYP Entertainment (2000–2003)
Sony Music Korea (2009–2012)
Park Ji -yoon Creative (2016–present)
Park Ji-yoon, who is born in 1982, has been active in the industry for over 24 years. The veteran singer started her career at the age of 13, as part of a commercial. She starred in the commercial as a child actress, and was then signed to Seoul Records for her debut album in 1997. She’s not only recognized by the general public for her hits, but also because of her education.
Throughout her secondary education, Park Ji-yoon has enrolled in not one, but two, universities as she continues her academic career with postgraduate studies. She majored in Environmental Design and Art at Namseoul University for her bachelor’s degree, which, interestingly enough, has nothing to do with her career. For her master’s degree, she chose the more practical major of Postmodern Music at Kyunghee University. This shows her to have an immense interest in growing herself as an educated individual that puts her knowledge and interests into practice, as seen through her successful career.
Park Ji-yoon’s Debut and Booming Career
As previously mentioned, Park Ji-yoon started her career as a commercial model, but quickly transitioned into being a singer with the release of her debut album in 1997, titled Skyblue Dream. The public response to her debut album was certainly very welcoming, thanks to the sweet and innocent concept, which harmonized with her lovely and clear voice. For the next few albums she released with Seoul Records, she chose to follow through with this popular and well-received concept.
In 1999, Park Ji-yoon chose to part with her current entertainment company and signed with JYP Entertainment. This marks the start of the boom in her career, since her new company allowed her to be more creative, and explore herself as an artist honing her craft. This is well reflected in her 2000 comeback with her fourth studio album, in which Coming of Age Ceremony is the title track. The song shows a different side to Park Ji-yoon, that’s edgier and a lot more grown up than the public was used to.
The music video for Coming of Age Ceremony shocked the public, and led national broadcasting stations to ban the video from airing, as it featured scenes that are considered racy and full of gore. This trend continued on in her fifth studio album that featured Man as the title track. As part of her promotion, the video shows Park Ji-yoon dressed as a man, and shocking scenes such as eating maggots. Despite this, she did not return with this concept for her sixth studio album release, Woo~ Twenty One.
This sixth release also marks her last album with JYP Entertainment. Park Ji-yoon cites differences of opinion about her creative direction as the main reason she chose to part with the company. She then took several years off her music career to focus on acting.