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

Kang Ji-young
Kang in 2018
Born (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 30)
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Other namesJY
EducationSungkyunkwan University
  • Actress
  • singer
  • ELRIS Entertainment
Musical career
Years active2008–present
Member ofKara
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Ji-yeong
McCune–ReischauerKang Chiyŏng

Life and career edit

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: Kara edit

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] In 2022, she rejoined the group for their 15th anniversary promotions.

2014–present: Solo activities as actress and other works edit

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]

In February 2022, it is reported that Kang has decided not to renew her contract with KeyEast.[10]

On April 6, 2022, it was announced that Kang signed with ELRIS Entertainment.[11]

In July 2022 Kang released Project solo Lucid Dream[12]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

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

Extended plays edit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
Hoshi ga Furu Mae ni

Singles edit

As lead artist edit

Title Year Peak positions Sales

"Merry Love" (with Kim Sung-je)[17] 2010 16 Non-album singles
"My Love" (with Park Gyu-ri)[18] Daemul OST
"Rainbow Rose"[19] 2012 Rainbow Rose OST
"Wanna Do" 100 Kara Solo Collection
"Radio"[B] 2016 69
  • JPN: 8,850 (digital)
Many Faces
"Saigo no Sayonara"[21]
7 10
  • JPN: 17,104
"Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto"[22]
6 3
  • JPN: 31,099
  • RIAJ: Platinum (digital)[23]
  • RIAJ: Gold (streaming)
"Fake" (フェイク) 25
"Koiwo Shiteitakoto"
"Joshi Modoki"[25][26] (女子モドキ) 2017 28
"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
"Lucid Dream" 2022
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist edit

Title Year Peak positions Sales

"Nunibusyeo" (눈이부셔)[28]
(Jumper feat. Ji-young)
2009 Non-album singles
"Mermaid Princess" (인어공주)[29]
(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 appearances edit

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

Video albums edit

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

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role
2015 Assassination Classroom Irina Jelavić professional killer, also known as "Bitch-sensei"
Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno Museum Guide (voice)
2016 Assassination Classroom: Graduation Irina Jelavić
Kataomoi Spiral SoYeon
2017 DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Harley Quinn (voice)[31]
2018 Reon Reon Takanashi
Watashino Jinsei Nanoni Mizuho Kaneshiro
Yaru Onna -She's a Killer- Aiko
2019 Tokyo Ghoul S Itori
And Life Goes On Han Yu-ri
Dosukoi! Sukehira Ayane Sukehira
2021 Love and the Grand Tug-of-war Yeo Ji-hyun[32]

Musical theatre edit

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

Television edit

Drama edit

Year Title Role
2008 The Person Is Coming Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Goo Ha-ra
2011 URAKARA Herself
2012 Koisuru maison ~Rainbow Rose~ Han Yu-ri
2013 KARA The Animation Herself (voice)
2014 Secret Love Park SoYeol
Jigoku Sensei Nube Yukime
Higanbana: Onnatachi no Hanzai File Kaoruko Nagami
2015 Tamiou Erika Murano
2016 Tamiou ~ Aratanaru Inbou
Higanbana: Keishichou Sousa Nanaka Kaoruko Nagami
A Girl & Three Sweethearts Jun Yoshioka
Doctor X 4 Yuka
Mission Commander Gouma Ayaka Sonia
2017 Osaka Kanjousen Part 2 Jihyun
Orphan Black – 7 Genes Sara Aoyama
2019 Ieuruonna No Gyakusyuu Nana Miyadera (cameo)
And Life Goes On Han Yu-ri
2020 Sweet Munchies Kim Ah-jin
2022 Let Me Be Your Knight Nina (Cameo)[33]
2023 Doctor Cha Yu Ji-seon (Cameo)[34][35]

Web series edit

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

Radio shows edit

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

Bibliography edit

  • 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 {{citation}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  • 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, archived from the original on July 6, 2019, retrieved July 6, 2019
  • 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[permanent dead link]

Endorsements edit

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

Awards edit

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's 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

Footnotes edit

  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.[20]

References edit

  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. 15 January 2014.
  4. ^ "DSP 측 "강지영 오늘(5일) 런던유학, 전속계약 종료"(전문)". 5 April 2014. Nate. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
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  6. ^ a b "FORMER MEMBER OF KARA KANG JI YOUNG DEBUTED AS A SOLO". KOREATIDE. March 16, 2016. Archived from the original on July 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
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  8. ^ "JY-I'm Just Not Into You". YouTube. March 15, 2016. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
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  10. ^ Hwang So-young (February 11, 2022). "[단독] 카라 출신 강지영, FA 됐다…키이스트와 아름다운 이별" [[Exclusive] Jiyoung Kang, a former member of KARA, became a free agent... A beautiful farewell to Keyeast] (in Korean). JTBC. Retrieved February 11, 2022 – via Naver.
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  21. ^ "JY トップアルバム". iTunes (in Japanese). Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  22. ^ "JY - Sukina Hitoga Irukoto". iTunes. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
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  25. ^ "People look 100%" Theme Song "Girls Modoki" MUSIC VIDEO short version released!. jiyoung.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
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  34. ^ Kang Nae-ri (April 14, 2023). "[단독] 카라 강지영, '닥터 차정숙' 특별출연…연기 활동 박차" [[Exclusive] KARA's Kang Ji-young makes a special appearance in 'Doctor Cha'... spur of acting] (in Korean). YTN. Retrieved April 14, 2023 – via Naver.
  35. ^ Lee Seung-gil (May 1, 2023). "카라 강지영이 미혼모 역할이라니…'닥터 차정숙' 깜짝등장" [Kara Kang Ji-young playing the role of a single mother... 'Doctor Cha Jeong-sook' makes a surprise appearance] (in Korean). My Daily. Retrieved May 1, 2023.

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