Kang Ji-young

Kang Ji-young (born January 18, 1994), also known as Jiyoung or JY, is a South Korean actress and singer based in Japan. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group Kara.

Kang Ji-young
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Born (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 26)
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Other namesJY
EducationSungkyunkwan University
  • Actress
  • singer
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Musical career
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Ji-yeong
McCune–ReischauerKang Chiyŏng

Life and careerEdit

Kang Ji-young was born on January 18, 1994,[1] in Paju, South Korea. She is the cousin of the K-pop singer NS Yoon-G.

She attended Bongilcheon Middle School and Muhak Women's High School, graduating from the latter in February 2012.

2008–2014: KaraEdit

Jiyoung joined the girl group Kara in 2008 along with member Hara, following the departure of former member Kim Sung-hee. She was 14 years old at the time, making her the youngest member of the group.

Jiyoung was the only Korean female singer to be featured on CDTV Japan's Favorite Female Artist Ranking for 2011, where she was ranked at #21.

On January 15, 2014, it was announced that she would leave the group once her contract expired in April 2014 to focus on her studies with acting and language skills in London.[2][3][4]

2014–present: Solo careerEdit

After leaving Kara, Jiyoung signed with the agency Sweet Power to resume her activities in Japan as an actress, using her name in kanji, 知英. She made her first appearance in the 19th Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show in the Saitama Super Arena on September 6.[5]

Jiyoung's first work in Japan was the live-action of Hell Teacher Nube, where she played the heroine, Yukime.

In December 2015, Sony Music announced that Jiyoung would debut as a singer under the name of JY. Her first solo single was "The Last Farewell" (最後のサヨナラ, saigo no sayonara), for the OST for the Japan NTV drama Higanbana.[6]

On March 18, 2016, she released her debut solo EP as JY, Radio, consisting of three tracks. Two of the three tracks were released with music videos.[7][8] "Radio" was written by London-based songwriter and producer MNEK, while Darren Craig directed its music video. Radio peaked at #2 on the iTunes Pop Top Song Chart.[9] It was marketed in the US and other parts of Asia in addition to South Korea and Japan.[6]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
Many Faces ~Tamensei~
(Many Faces~多面性~)

Extended PlaysEdit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
Hoshi ga Furu Mae ni
114 N/A


As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak positions Sales


"MERRY LOVE" (with Kim Sung-je)[14] 2010 16 N/A Non-album singles
"My Love" (with Park Gyu-ri)[15] Daemul OST
"Rainbow Rose"[16] 2012 Rainbow Rose OST
"Wanna Do" 100 Kara Solo Collection
"RADIO"[B] 2016 69
  • JPN: 8,850 (digital)
Many Faces
"Saigo no Sayonara"[18] (最後のサヨナラ) 10 7
  • JPN: 17,104
"Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto"[19]
3 6
  • JPN: 31,099
  • RIAJ: Platinum (digital)[20]
"Fake" (フェイク) 25
"Koiwo Shiteitakoto" (恋をしていたこと) 24
"Joshi Modoki"[22][23] 2017 28 N/A
"Goldmine" Non-album singles
"Secret Crush - Koi Yamerarenai / My ID"
(Secret Crush ~恋やめられない~)
"Namida no Riyuu" (涙の理由) 2018
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak positions Sales


"Nunibusyeo" (눈이부셔)[25]
(Jumper feat. Ji-young)
2009 N/A Non-album singles
"Mermaid Princess" (인어공주)[26]
(with Yoon Bo-ra, Lizzy, Han Sun-hwa, Heo Ga-yoon)
2012 10 12 Mystic White
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other appearancesEdit

Song Year Other artists Album
"Hayangyeoul" (하얀겨울)
(Mr.2 cover)
2011 Nicole Jung, Han Seung-yeon Immortal Song 2: Christmas Special

Video albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
JY 1st LIVE TOUR “Many Faces 2017” 35 N/A



Year Title Studio Role
2015 Assassination Classroom Robot Communications Irina Jelavić professional killer, also known as "Bitch-sensei"
Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno TMS Entertainment Museum Guide (voice)
2016 Assassination Classroom: Graduation Robot Communications Irina Jelavić
Kataomoi Spiral TOEI COMPANY, LTD. SoYeon
2017 DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon DLE Harley Quinn (voice)[28]
2018 Reon Phantom Film Reon Takanashi
Watashino Jinsei Nanoni Mizuho Kaneshiro
Yaru Onna -She's a Killer- Aiko
2019 Tokyo Ghoul S Itori
Soshite, Ikiru Han Yu-ri
Dosukoi! Sukehira Ayane Sukehira
2021 Ohtsunahiki No Koi

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine Lead role



Year Title Network Role
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Goo Ha-ra
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Herself
2012 Koisuru maison ~Rainbow Rose~ Tooniverse and TV Tokyo Han Yu-ri
2013 KARA The Animation SBS Herself (voice)
2014 Secret Love DRAMAcube SoYeol
Jigoku Sensei Nube NTV Yukime
Higanbana: Onnatachi no Hanzai File Kaoruko Nagami
2015 Tamiou Erika Murano
2016 Tamiou ~ Aratanaru Inbou Erika Murano
Higanbana: Keishichou Sousa Nanaka Kaoruko Nagami
A Girl & Three Sweethearts Fuji TV Jun Yoshioka
Doctor X 4 TV Asahi Yuka
Mission Commander Gouma Ayaka Fuji TV Sonia
2017 Osaka Kanjousen Part 2 KTV Jihyun
Orphan Black – 7 Genes Fuji TV Sara Aoyama
2019 Ieuruonna No Gyakusyuu NTV Nana Miyadera (cameo)
Soshite, Ikiru Wowow Han Yu-ri


Year Title Studio Role
2015 How is the sky over there? Nestlé Japan Ena
2016 Life is... Nestlé Japan Yuna
2018 Unmeito deaumadeno issyukan Himeno

Radio showsEdit

Date Name Note
September 23, 2009 – April 14, 2010 Super Junior's Kiss the Radio (Sukira) Fixed guest DJ with Gyuri
May 5, 2010 - October 3, 2011 MBC "Stop the Boring Time" (ShimShimTaPa (SSTP)) with Gyuri and Shindong


  • Tomohide (Author); et al. (November 12, 2014), ~Umaretate no Watashi~ Tomohide Monogatari Jiyoung Story (in Japanese), Takashi Noguchi (Photos) (Softcover ed.), Tokyo: Kodansha, ISBN 978-4-062-19148-7
  • Tomohide (August 27, 2015), Tomohide Photobook Grow Up! (in Japanese) (Softcover ed.), Tokyo: Magazine House, ISBN 978-4-838-72775-9
  • Tokyo News Tsushinsha (September 23, 2016), Tomohide Photobook THE FIRST STAGE, TOKYO NEWS MOOK (in Japanese) (Mook ed.), Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo News Service, ISBN 978-4-863-36582-7
  • Leslie Kee (June 24, 2016), Jiyoung 2nd Photo Book "Bi Gently": Super Jiyoung (in Japanese), Takashi Noguchi (Large book ed.), Tokyo: Shogakukan, ISBN 978-4-096-82221-0


Year Commercial Notes
2010 Karaya with Goo Ha-ra and Park Gyu-ri
2011 Nature Republic with Goo Ha-ra and Park Gyu-ri
Union Bay Until 2013 with Han Seung-yeon and Lee Min-ki


Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's N/A Nominated
2015 87th Drama Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Tamiou Nominated
2016 88th Drama Academy Award Best OST Radio & Saigo No Sayonara Nominated
Supporting Actress Higanbana: Keishichou Sousa Nanaka Nominated
2018 10th Okinawa International Movie Festival Okina Audience Award Reon Won


  1. ^ a b Korean single section is a digital sales only by Gaon Music Chart and Japanese single section is a CD single sales by Oricon
  2. ^ "Radio" was an English digital single with two B-side song. It was released by Sony Music Japan in Japan and international.[17]


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ "[Breaking] DSP Media releases official statement to confirm Jiyoung's leave in April".
  3. ^ "DSP Confirms Kang Ji Young's Departure from KARA in Official Statement". Soompi.
  4. ^ "DSP 측 "강지영 오늘(5일) 런던유학, 전속계약 종료"(전문)". 5 April 2014. Nate. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ "'Jiyoung signs with Japanese agency Sweet Power to start her acting career". Allkpop. August 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "JY-Radio". YouTube. March 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "JY-I'm Just Not Into You". YouTube. March 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Former KARA Member Kang Jiyoung To Debut As JY". kpopstarz. March 16, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d "JY Japanese Discography on ORICON STYLE". Oricon Chart (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Weekly CD Album Ranking May 22, 2017 on ORICON STYLE". Oricon Chart (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Japan Hot 100. Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "Merry Love - Sungje & Jiyoung". itunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "· 대물(OST): SBS-TV 수목 드라마, Part 7". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  16. ^ "레인보우 로즈(OST), Pt.1". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  17. ^ "RADIO (Single) - JY". amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "JY トップアルバム". itunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  19. ^ "JY - Sukina Hitoga Irukoto". itunes. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  20. ^ レコード協会調べ 6月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: June Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  21. ^ a b Billboard Japan Top Singles Sales (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  22. ^ "People look 100%" Theme Song "Girls Modoki" MUSIC VIDEO short version released!. jiyoung.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  23. ^ 女子モドキ - JY. Recochoku (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  25. ^ 눈이부셔[디지털]. Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  26. ^ "2012 SBS 가요대전 The Color Of K-Pop : Mystic White". Mnet (TV channel) (in Korean). Archived from the original on August 18, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  27. ^ "2013년 01주차 Download Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  28. ^ サイト名. dc-taka.com (in Japanese). Retrieved April 4, 2018.

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