Sunmi, the Hottest Solo Singer in the K-Pop Scene
Sunmi is a solo singer from South Korea. She debuted in the entertainment world in 2006 and has been active to this day. Before gaining popularity as one of the hottest solo singers in South Korea, Sunmi was a member of the South Korean girl group that used to be quite famous, namely Wonder Girls.
Sunmi debuted with Wonder Girls in 2007, then decided to leave the group in 2010 to continue her education, and then, after three years of hiatus, Sunmi resumed her career in the music industry as a solo artist, in 2013.
In 2015, JYP Entertainment revealed that Wonder Girls would be making a comeback with the original band formation and Sunmi was confirmed to take part in the comeback, even though she had already left the group since 2010. After that, Sunmi did not extend her contract with JYP Entertainment and Wonder Girls was disbanded in 2017. Sunmi focused on her solo career and became one of the hottest solo artists in South Korea.
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Profile and Facts
Sunmi’s Full Profile
Real Name: Lee Sun-mi
Stage Name: Sunmi
Date of Birth: May 2nd, 1992
Age: 26 years old
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 43 kg
Blood Type: AB
Agency: MakeUs Entertainment
Facts About Sunmi
- Her nicknames are Mimi and Miya.
- After Wonder Girls disbanded, it was announced that she had left JYP Entertainment and had signed with MakeUs Entertainment on March 14th, 2015, but on June 24th, 2015, she re-joined Wonder Girls.
- She received songwriting and producing credits for several Wonder Girls releases.
- She temporarily took a break from her music career in January of 2010 to pursue her academic career.
- She can speak English and play the bass really well.
- Her favorite color is purple.
- Drake is her favorite artist and Robert Downey Jr is her favorite actor.
- Sunmi debuted at the age of 16 with Sohee, HyunA, and Hyelim.
- Every 2nd of every month is Sunmi’s Day for Wonderful.
- Unlike most idols, who usually lose weight after they debut, Sunmi did the opposite and after she debuted as a solo artist, she actually increased her weight.
- Sunmi said that she has not done plastic surgery and that she is quite confident about her appearance.
- Sunmi graduated from Chung Dam Middle School, Chung Dam High School, Dongguk University.
- About her ideal type: she likes someone who seems innocent but still looks manly.
Sunmi’s Career With Wonder Girls
As we know, Sunmi is a former member of the girl group Wonder Girls. Wonder Girls debuted in 2007 under JYP Entertainment and their first song was directly produced by Park Jin-young. The five original members of Wonder Girls were selected through auditions, then their names gained increased popularity when the song “Tell Me” was released.
Wonder Girls officially disbanded on January 26th, 2017. Their last single “Thank You For Being So Wonderful” was released on February 10th, 2017. In January 2010, JYP Entertainment confirmed that Sunmi will be taking a break from her music career and focus on her education. In fact, in February 2010, Wonder Girls had scheduled a concert tour but due to Sunmi’s leave, they had to postpone the event.
In 2015, Sunmi returned with Wonder Girls after finishing her education and took part in Wonder Girls’ comeback. Sunmi, Yubin, Yeeun, and Hyerim were the active members of Wonder Girls in 2015 and made a comeback with the title track “Why So Lonely.” They managed to dominate all the music charts in South Korea.
After Wonder Girls were officially declared disbanded, all the members focused on their individual activities. Sunmi and Yubin decided not to renew their contract with JYP Entertainment and focused on their careers as solo artists.
Sunmi’s Solo Career
Reported from Soompi, after leaving the group, Sunmi was accepted to Dongguk University in 2011 and returned to the JYP training facilities in Cheongdamdong. Due to her short trainee period of one year, Sunmi felt that she could not display her vocal or dancing skills to the fullest during her Wonder Girls days. So he said that it was like another chance to fill up those insufficiencies.
“I practiced my vocals a lot and learned a lot from morning to night, I also received lessons in acting, Japanese, English and more,” she said.
Park Jin-young said that Sunmi had good potential and told her to try to be a solo artist, “Last December, Park Jin-young suggested that I go solo and it happened this March. He told me, ‘Whenever you’re ready, let me know.’ After watching a clip of my practice session in July, he said that I was ready,” she said.
“24 Hours” is Sunmi’s debut song as a solo artist. Sunmi, who had to sing with feelings of first love, commented, “While recording, I couldn’t get into it so Park Jin-young turned off the lights in the studio and told me to focus,” and “I still don’t really know what love is. Park Jin-young was told that I should not only think about the outer image but the inner workings as well but I still don’t think I’m an adult. But actually, if I did know, I don’t think I would have been able to express the feelings as well.”
After becoming a solo artist, Sunmi’s name became increasingly popular as one of the most talented solo artists in South Korea. Sunmi released two singles, “Gashina” and “Heroine,” that were produced by Teddy Park from The Black Label YG Entertainment.
With the songs “Gashina” and “Heroine,” Sunmi successfully topped a number of charts in South Korea. Sunmi’s collaboration with Teddy Park has never been disappointing and is always eagerly awaited by Sunmi’s fans.
24 Hours (2013)
“24 Hours” is Sunmi’s first song as a solo artist. Park Jin-young is the one who produced this song, starting from the outfit, music video, and the dance. This song was released on August 20th, 2013. The song reached number two on the weekly Gaon Digital Charts and number three on Billboard’s Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart.
On February 6th, 2014, Sunmi announced her first extended play, Full Moon. Full Moon, featuring Lena Park, was released on February 17th, 2014, along with the album and music video. The song reached number two on the weekly Gaon Digital Charts and number three on Billboard’s Korea K-pop Hot 100.
Here is the tracklist:
- Full Moon
- 24 Hours
- Who Am I
- Frozen in Time
- If That Was You
You can check the Music Video here:
“Gashina” is a single by MakeUs Entertainment and The Black Label, released on August 22nd, 2017, distributed by LOEN Entertainment. “Gashina” is Sunmi’s first release since the disbandment of Wonder Girls and the expiration of her contract with JYP Entertainment. The song topped the Gaon Digital Chart and it has sold over 1,100,000 digital downloads as of December 2017.
“Gashina” was written by Teddy Park, Sunmi, Joe Rhee, and 24; the song was described as a dancehall-style synthpop number that rocks Eastern style and a distinct rhythmic bass sound. The song debuted at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart, on the chart issue with 174,383 downloads sold. The song also debuted at number three on the US World Digital Sales Song with 1,000 downloads sold by the end of the first week. The song managed to rank on the 32nd position in terms of sale in 2017 with 1,190,380 downloads sold.
“Heroine” is also a single by MakeUs Entertainment and The Black Label and distributed by LOEN Entertainment, which was released on January 18th, 2018. The song is written by Sunmi and Teddy Park, and produced by Teddy alongside 24.
The song debuted at number six on the Gaon Digital Chart, on the chart issue dating January 14th-20th, 2018, topping the componing Download Chart. In its second week, the song reached a new peak at number two. The song also debuted at number 3 on the US World Digital Song Sales with 2,000 downloads sold.
You can watch the Music Video here:
“Siren” is one of the songs from Sunmi’s album titled Warning. The album was released on September 4th, 2018, and made it to ninth place on the South Korean Album Charts and managed to sell more than 8,445 copies.
Here is the tracklist:
- Black Pearl
- Secret Tape
You can watch the Music Video here: