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Baek A-yeon (born March 11, 1993) is a South Korean singer and songwriter signed under JYP Entertainment. She is best known as the second runner-up contestant of K-pop Star.

Baek A-yeon
Baek A-yeon at 2015 Summer K-POP Festival.jpg
Baek in 2015
Native name 백아연
Born Baek A-yeon
(1993-03-11) March 11, 1993 (age 25)
Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts JYP Nation
Korean name
Hangul 백아연
Revised Romanization Baek A-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Paek Ayŏn


Early life and educationEdit

Baek was born on March 11, 1993 in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do. During her fifth year of elementary school she underwent treatment for cancer.[1] She is currently studying at the Department of Practical Music at Howon University.


2011–2012: K-Pop StarEdit

Baek participated in the first season of competition television show K-pop Star. She was one of the top three contestants, along with Park Ji-min and Lee Hi. After she was eliminated she was approached by a number of entertainment agencies seeking to sign her. Baek eventually signed with JYP Entertainment, the company of K-pop Star judge JYP.[2]

2012–2014: I'm Baek, A Good Girl and Original soundtrackEdit

Baek released her debut EP, I'm Baek, on September 10, 2012, with a total of five tracks including the lead single "Sad Song".[3][4] On September 16, Baek made her official debut stage on the music program Inkigayo with performed "Stay" and "Sad Song".

On December 15, Baek released her first original soundtrack "Daddy Long Legs" for the SBS drama Cheongdam-dong Alice.[5]

In April 2013, Baek recorded "Introduction to Love," for MBC's drama When a Man Falls in Love. Baek released her second EP, A Good Girl, on June 17, 2013, with the lead single "A Good Boy".[6][7] One months later, she recorded "Tears Are Also Love", for the MBC's drama Goddess of Fire OST.[5]

In May 2014, Baek released track, "The Three Things I Have Left", for the SBS drama Angel Eyes. Two months later, she released another track, "Morning of Canon", for MBC's drama Fated to Love You.[5]

2015–present: Breakthrough and BittersweetEdit

Baek released her first single and first self-composed song, "Shouldn't Have" (featuring Day6's Young K), on May 20, 2015. One months later after its release, the song reached number one in several Korean music real-time charts.[8] She later making promotions for the song on music program started in Show! Music Core on June 13.[9] Later in the year, she contributed her vocals to the song "So We Are" for the SBS drama Yong-pal.

Her second single, "So-So", was released in May 2016, which the single were also self-composed.[10] She released holiday single, "Just Because" (featuring Got7's JB), on November 30.[11]

Baek's third EP, Bittersweet, was released on May 29, 2017. The EP contained six tracks, with the lead single "Sweet Lies" featuring trio The Barberettes.[12]


Extended playsEdit

Title EP details Peak chart positions Sales
I'm Baek
Track listing

  1. Sad Song (느린노래)
  2. Stay (머물러요)
  3. Love, Love, Love
  4. Always (feat. Jun.K)
  5. You're Leaving (니가 떠나간다)

A Good Girl
  • Released: June 17, 2013
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track listing

  1. A Good Boy
  2. Tell Me (말해줘)
  3. Because of You (너 때문에) (feat. Jia)
  4. I Love It (맘에 들어) (feat. Baro)
  5. Like Oxygen (산소처럼)

  • Released: May 29, 2017
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track listing

  1. Sweet Lies (feat. The Barberettes)
  2. Just Friends (연락이 없으면)
  3. Jealousy (질투가 나) (feat. Park Ji-min)
  4. Magic Girl (마법소녀)
  5. Screw You (넘어져라)
  6. The Last of You (끝모습)

"—" denotes release did not chart.


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (DL) Album

Hot 100

As lead artist
"Atlantis Princess"
originally by BoA
2012 154 N/A K-Pop Star Top 8
"Can't Fight the Moonlight"
originally by LeAnn Rimes
100 K-Pop Star Top 7
"Saving All My Love for You"
originally by Whitney Houston
93 K-Pop Star Top 6
"Run Devil Run"
originally by Girls' Generation
55 97 K-Pop Star Top 5
"I Miss You"
originally by Kim Bum-soo
23 37 K-Pop Star Top 4
"Ma Boy 2"
with Lee Seunghoon, originally by Electroboyz
50 67 K-Pop Star Special No. 3
"I Was Wrong"
originally by 2AM
N/A K-Pop Star Top 3
"Sad Song" (느린노래) 2 11 I'm Baek
"A Good Boy" 2013 12 26 A Good Girl
"Shouldn't Have" (이럴거면 그러지말지)
feat. Young K of DAY6
2015 1 Non-album singles
"So-So" (쏘쏘) 2016 1
"Just Because" (그냥 한번)
feat. JB of GOT7
"Sweet Lies"
feat. The Barberettes
2017 5 Bittersweet
"The Little Match Girl" (성냥팔이 소녀)
with Wendy of Red Velvet
55 SM Station
As featured artist
"Pursuit of Happiness" (행복을 찾아서)
Yim Jae-beom feat. Baek A-yeon
2012 N/A TO…
"Please Come Back" (돌아와줘)
Taecyeon & Chansung of 2PM feat. Baek A-yeon
2014 N/A Go Crazy! (Grand Edition)
"Kibuntat" (기분탓)
Sleepy feat. Baek A-yeon
2015 39 F/W
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Other charted songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (DL) Album

Hot 100

"머물러요 (Stay)" 2012 37 47 I'm Baek
"Love, Love, Love." 44 65
feat. Jun.K of 2PM
"You're Leaving" (니가 떠나간다) 59
"The First Time I Met You" (너를 처음 만난 그때)
with Hwang Chi-yeol
2015 49 투유 프로젝트 - 슈가맨, Pt. 4
"Something to Say" (할말) 2016 29 So-So (single)
"Screw You" (넘어져라) 2017 81 Bittersweet'
"Just Friends" (연락이 없으면) 94
"Jealousy" (질투가 나)
feat. Park Ji-min
"Magic Girl" (마법소녀)
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (DL) Album

"Daddy Long Legs" 2012 6 Cheongdam-dong Alice OST
"Introduction to Love" 2013 37 When a Man Falls in Love OST
"Tears Are Also Love"
  • KOR: —
Goddess of Fire OST
"The Three Things I Have Left" 2014 11 Angel Eyes OST
"Morning of Canon" 70 Fated to Love You OST
"So We Are" 2015 14 Yong-pal OST
"A Lot Like Love" (사랑인 듯 아닌 듯) 2016 25 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"Is it You" (너였었니) 2018 Wok of Love OST
"—" denotes releases did not chart.

Concerts and toursEdit


  • Baek A Yeon 1st Concert "Whispering the First Story" (2015)
  • Baek A Yeon 2nd Concert "Whisper, Whisper - The 2nd Story" (2016)

Concert participationEdit

  • 2014 JYP Nation ONE MIC (Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Bangkok)
  • 2016 JYP Nation Mix & Match (Seoul and Tokyo)


Variety programsEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 K-pop Star Season 1 Contestant SBS
2012 Strong Heart (TV series) Guest SBS Episode 129 and Episode 130
2013 Beatles Code Season 2 Guest Mnet Episode 67
K-pop Star Season 2 Guest SBS Episode 22
1000 Song Challenge Guest SBS Episode 256
Golden Family Guest SBS Chuseok Special
Dancing with the Stars (South Korean season 3) Guest Singer with 15& MBC Song choice Conga by Miami Sound Machine
2014 Healing Camp Guest SBS Episode 164
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 Guest KBS Episode 260
2015 100 People, 100 Songs Contestant JTBC Episode 34
Hello Counselor Guest KBS Episode 242
2015 Idol Star Athletics Ssireum Basketball Futsal Archery Championships Participant MBC
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Guest KBS Episode 289
Sugar Man Show Man with Hwang Chi-yeol JTBC Remake a song 너를 처음 만난 그때 (The First Time I Met You) by Park Jun-ha
2016 Hello Counselor Guest KBS Episode 279
Sugar Man Show Man with Sandeul B1A4 JTBC Remake a song 선물 (Gift) by UN
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Guest KBS Episode 324
Duet Song Festival Duet with Park Soon-ho MBC Song choice 제발 (Please) by Lee So-ra
War of Vocals - God's Voice Guest Panelist SBS Episode 16
King of Mask Singer Contestant as "I Will Back Music Box" MBC Episodes 83–84

Music video appearanceEdit

Year Song title Artist Role
2013 Somebody 15& Herself

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role Duration Notes
2015 Cinderella Cinderella September 12, 2015 – November 8, 2015 Lead role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
22nd Seoul Music Awards
Best New Artists N/A Nominated
7th MelOn Music Awards
Top 10 Artists N/A Nominated
Best Ballad Song (feat. Young K of DAY6) Won
Song Of the Year Nominated
17th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Vocal Performance – Female Nominated
Sina Weibo Global Fan's Choice – Female N/A Nominated
25th Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Award[48] (feat. Young K of DAY6) Nominated
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Hallyu Special Award N/A Nominated
30th Golden Disk Awards
Digital Bonsang (feat. Young K of DAY6) Nominated
Popularity Award (Korea) N/A Nominated
Global Popularity Award N/A Nominated
5th Gaon Chart Music Awards
Discovery of the Year – Hot Trend (feat. Young K of DAY6) Won
18th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Female Artist N/A Nominated
Best Vocal Performance – Female So-So Nominated
31st Golden Disk Awards
Digital Bonsang Nominated
Asian Choice Popularity Award N/A Nominated
26th Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Award So-So Nominated
Best Ballad Award Won
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Hallyu Special Award N/A Nominated
6th Gaon Chart Music Awards
Song of the Year – May So-So Nominated

Music ProgramsEdit


Inkigayo (인기가요; The Music Trend) is a music television program aired by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS).

Year Date Song
2016 June 5 "So-So"

M CountdownEdit

M Countdown is a South Korean music program broadcast by Mnet.

Year Date Song
2016 June 2 "So-So"
June 9

Music BankEdit

Music Bank is a South Korean music television program broadcast by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).

Year Date Song
2015 June 26 "Shouldn't Have" (feat. Young K of DAY6)


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  19. ^ Total sales for "Can't Fight the Moonlight":
  20. ^ Total sales for "Saving All My Love for You":
  21. ^ Total sales for "Run Devil Run":
  22. ^ Total sales for "보고싶다 (I Miss You)":
  23. ^ Total sales for "Ma Boy 2":
  24. ^ Total sales for "Sad Song":
  25. ^ Total sales for "A Good Boy":
  26. ^ Cumulative sales for "Shouldn't Have":
  27. ^ "2016년 Download Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  28. ^ Total sales for "Just Because":
  29. ^ Total sales for "Sweet Lies":
  30. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Little Match Girl":
  31. ^ Total sales for "Kibuntat (기분탓)":
  32. ^ Total sales for "머물러요 (Stay)":
  33. ^ Total sales for "Love, Love, Love":
  34. ^ Total sales for "Always":
  35. ^ Total sales for "You're Leaving":
  36. ^ Total sales for "The First Time I Met You":
  37. ^ Total sales for "Something to Say":
  38. ^ Total sales for "Screw You":
  39. ^ Total sales for "Just Friends:
  40. ^ Total sales for "Jealousy":
  41. ^ Total sales for "Magic Girl":
  42. ^ Total sales for "Daddy Long Legs":
  43. ^ Total sales for "Introduction to Love":
  44. ^ Total sales for "The Three Things I Have Left":
  45. ^ Total sales for "Morning of Canon":
  46. ^ Total sales for "So We Are":
  47. ^ Cumulative sales for "A Lot Like Love":
  48. ^ "Seoul Music Awards Global (scroll to K-POP STAR 2015 [LIVE VOTE] and click "Main and Popular (Overseas)" to reveal the nominees)". Seoul Music Awards. SportsSeoul. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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