Get To Know Trot Singer, Hong Jin-young: Profile, Pre-debut Story, Dating Rumor, and a Lot More

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Meet Korean Trot Singer, Hong Jin-young

Hong Jin-young is a South Korean trot singer and entertainer. She is known for her vocal ability, appearances on many tv programs and prevalence at events throughout South Korea all year around. She debuted in 2007 and was a member of the short-lived South Korean girl group, SWAN. In 2009 she returned to the music scene debuting as a trot singer. In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a rundown of everything about Hong Jin-young. Stay tuned!

Full Profile and Facts

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  • Name: Hong Jin Young (홍진영)
  • Date of Birth: August 9th, 1985
  • Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Weight: 45 kg
  • Occupation: singer, entertainer
  • Genres: Trot
  • Years active: 2006 – present
  • Labels: Mnet Media, Core Contents Media (MBK Entertainment), Music K Entertainment
  • Associated acts: SWAN, Davichi, Seeya, Unnies
  • Education: Business Administration, Chosun University


  • Hong Jin-young debuted in 2007 as a member of the girl group, SWAN.
  • In 2009, she became a solo trot singer as suggested by her agency (CCM) CEO. Originally, she rejected it at first because trot is regarded as an “older” genre of music in Korea.
  • Hong Jin-young’s first digital single is “Love Battery” (사랑의 배터리).
  • In 2012, Hong Jin-young completed her doctoral degree at the Chosun University in Business Administration. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Trade degree from the same university.
  • In 2014, Hong Jin-young was a panelist on popular music variety shows, like Immortal Songs 2 and King Masked Singer and also appeared in a virtual marriage with Namgoong Min as his wife in the popular variety show, We Got Married.
  • In 2017, she was cast as a regular member of Sister’s Slam Dunk. She was assigned as a rapper by the producers.
  • Hong Jin-young collaborated with comedian Kim Young-chul to release the electrot (EDM and trot) single “Ring Ring” (따르릉) on April 20th, 2017.
  • Hong Jin-young made her U.S. concert debut at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in California.
  • In March 2019, Hong Jin-young finally released her first studio album called Lots of Love (랏츠 오브 러브).

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The Truth: Lovelife Story of Hong Jin-young

Hong Jin-young has been in four serious relationships including one with soccer player Kim Jin-Kyu with whom she broke up in 2007 but is now single. She has said that she is not sure of commitment yet as she has never experienced any from her partners.

After her love line with Kim Jong Kook on Running Man, rumors went flying that they are dating but nothing as such has happened yet. Hong Jin-young and Kim Jong-kook had been involved in dating rumors after their on-screen romance on SBS’ Running Man and My Ugly Duckling. When asked what’s her real relationship with Kim Jong-kook, she said, “That’s just in the past. We’ve already become just close sunbae and hoobae. He’s not my type and I like someone who I can be comfortable with.”

She was also virtually married to Namgoong Min in We Got Married but that is the closest she has come to being married. When Namgoong Min was being asked if he keeps in contact with Hong Jin Young, the actor explained, “We have never contacted one another since [wrapping up We Got Married]. Jin Young is probably working hard in her activities.”

Namgoong Min also shared, “This is a topic to be cautious of, but I think many fans really want us to date. I’m cautious of talking about this, as it might put pressure on both of us. I could possibly be standing in the way of Jin Young’s future path,” he added.

“While we are cheering each other on to do well, there is no chance of actually dating as the fans are hoping. I think everyone who appears on We Got Married is destined to have these kinds of worries follow them. It’s honestly a little burdensome to have public attention on whether we still keep in contact after (the show) or really date (off-screen). A lot of people were probably surprised when I said I was going to appear in We Got Married. I, myself, didn’t know I would do We Got Married either. It was a good experience and we worked hard, so I’m thankful that people liked us (as a couple).”

Trot Singer With Perfect Academic Background

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Hong Jin-young completed her doctoral degree at the Chosun University majoring in Business Administration. Hong Jin-young’s dad is a professor. In a show, she said, “I wanted to be a singer since I was little, so I prepared for the entertainment department when I went to college. But because of my dad’s opposition, I couldn’t go to the high school and the college that I wanted to go to. My family was really against it.” She continued, “But now when I go to concerts in other cities, I see my dad once in a while sitting in the very front seats, cheering for me.”

Hong Jin-young also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the same university majoring in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Trade.

Compilation of Hong Jin Young’s Amazing Live Performances

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Hong Jin-young is known for her vocal ability and exceptional entertainer skills. You must be curious to see her performances, right? Here’s the compilation of Hong Jin-young’s live performances!


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Studio Albums

Title Details Tracklist
Lots of Love
  • Release Date: March 8th, 2019
  • Labels: Music K Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  1. Love Tonight
  2. Coming Spring
  3. Rain of Tears
  4. Love is…
  5. Thumb Up
  6. Seoul (ft. Bray)
  7. Good Bye
  8. Boogie Man
  9. Ring Ring (Composer Version)
  10. Love Battery
  11. Cheer Up
  12. I Like Love
  13. Love Tonight (Instrumental)


Extended Plays

Title Album Details Tracklist
Life Note
  • Release Date: November 6th, 2014
  • Labels: Music K Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  1. Cheer Up (산다는 건)
  2. Love Battery (사랑의 배터리) (2014 Ver.)
  3. My Love (내 사랑 줄까 말까) (2014 Ver.)
  4. Boogie Man (부기맨)
  5. What’s Wrong With My Age? (내 나이가 어때서)
  6. Cheer Up (Inst.)
花樣年華: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life
  • Release Date: March 24th, 2016
  • Labels: Music K Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  1. Thumb Up (엄지 척)
  2. Love Battery (사랑의 배터리) (2014 Ver.)
  3. Like Love (사랑이 좋아)
  4. Love Wifi (사랑의 와이파이)
  5. Cheer Up (산다는 건)
  6. Thumb Up (Inst.)



Year Title Album
2009 Love Battery (사랑의 배터리) Non-album – singles
2010 My Love (내 사랑) Non-album – singles
2013 Boogie Man (부기맨) Life Note
2014 Cheer Up (산다는 건) Life Note
2015 Love Wifi (사랑의 와이파이) The Most Beautiful Moment in Life
2016 Thumb Up (엄지 척) The Most Beautiful Moment in Life
2016 The Moon Represent My Heart (기다리는 마음) Non-album – singles
2017 Loves Me, Loves Me Not (사랑한다 안한다) Non-album – singles
2018 Good Bye (잘가라) Lots of Love
2018 Seoul (서울사람) (Feat. Bray) Lots of Love
2019 Love is… (사랑은 다 이러니) Lots of Love
2019 Love Tonight (오늘 밤에) Lots of Love



Year Title Album
2014 Itaewon Battery (이태원 배터리)
(with Yoo Se-yoon)
Trot X-TD Collabo
2017 You Are My Flower (꽃, 달, 술)
(with DIA and Kim Yeon-ja)
2017 Ring Ring (따르릉)
(with Kim Young-chul)
Non-album single


Soundtrack Appearances

Year Title Album
2014 What’s Wrong With My Age (내 나이가 어때서) Glorious Day OST
2014 Give Me Back My Youth (청춘을 돌려다오)
(featuring Outsider)
Mr. Back OST
2015 I Like Love (사랑이 좋아) All About My Mom OST
2017 Shadow of the moon (달의 그림자) Clans: Shadow of the Moon OST


Writer and Composer

  • Ring Ring (따르릉) sung by Kim Young-chul (2017)
  • I Kicked My Luck Off (복을 발로 차버렸어) sung by Kang Ho-dong (2018)

Music Videos