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Sunmi (선미) is a South Korean singer-songwriter and composer currently under ABYSS Company. She is a former member of the girl group Wonder Girls.

She made her solo debut on August 20, 2013 with the digital single "24 Hours".

Career

Pre-debut

Sunmi originally auditioned for SM Entertainment, up to the stage where it would be decided whether or not she would become a trainee. But an SM employee who was moving to JYP Entertainment scouted her and suggested that she audition there, and she passed that audition immediately, becoming a JYP trainee.[1]

2007–2010: Wonder Girls

She debuted as a member of Wonder Girls on February 10, 2007 with the group's first mini album The Wonder Begins.

On January 13, 2010, JYP Entertainment announced Sunmi would be leaving Wonder Girls in order to focus on her academics. After completing schedules in February, she officially left Wonder Girls.[2]

2013: Solo debut

Following a three year hiatus from the music industry, on August 5, 2013, it was announced Sunmi would debut as a solo artist.[3] Her debut digital single, "24 Hours", was released on August 20th.

2015–2017: Return to Wonder Girls

On June 24, 2015, JYP Entertainment announced Sunmi would be rejoining Wonder Girls.[4] She made her official return as member on August 3rd with the group's third studio album Reboot.

On January 26, 2017, JYP Entertainment announced that Wonder Girls would be disbanding after she and Yeeun decided not to renew their contracts with the agency.[5]

The group's final single "Draw Me" was released on their tenth anniversary–February 10, 2017.

2017–2018: New agency, "Gashina", "Heroine", Warning

On March 14, 2017, MAKEUS Entertainment announced that Sunmi had signed on with the agency.[6] Her first single album under the agency, "Sunmi Special Edition 'Gashina'", was released on August 22, 2017.

She released her next single, "Heroine", on January 18, 2018.

The two songs were included on her mini album Warning, which was released on September 4, 2018, with the title track "Siren" and four other new tracks.

2019–2020: First world tour, "Noir", "Lalalay", "Pporappippam"

On January 16, 2019, it was revealed that she would embark on her first world tour. The tour kicked off in Seoul at Yes24 Hall on February 15.[7] The tickets in multiple North American cities were sold out. Originally, shows were announced in North America and Asia only, but additional dates for Europe were added.[8] The last show took place in Seoul, at the same venue as the first show, on June 15.

Sunmi released the single "Noir" on March 4, in the midst of her world tour. The song's lyrics and music video touch on the dangers of taking social media too seriously and of needing likes, comments, and subscriptions to validate one's worth.[9]

"Lalalay", another single, was released on August 27, 2019. Sunmi said she got inspired by Mexico when she performed there during her tour. The starting point of the song was the word "Lalalay", "which is about knowing when to really let loose[10]" and, in folk music, is another name of the traditional Korean wind instruments taepyeongso.[10][11]

Sunmi released her first OST track, a song titled "Gotta Go" for the web drama XX, on February 6, 2020. Two days later, a special performance video of the song was also released on Muply's YouTube channel.[12]

On June 29, 2020, she released her fifth digital single, "Pporappippam". Described as a love song with a summery feel, the track is lighter than her previous releases and intended to give a sense of emotional relief and escapism to her fans amidst the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

On August 19, 2020, Sunmi released a special video for her unreleased song "Borderline". The track was first performed during her tour and its lyrics touch on the topic of mental health.[14]

2021: "Tail", 1/6

On February 2, it was announced that the preparations for her next comeback, to be released later in the month, were almost over.[15] On February 9, a poster was released, announcing the comeback date to be February 23.[16] On February 15, the single was revealed to be called "Tail". Its title track, inspired by Catwoman, is about freely and confidently expressing one's feelings for someone.[17]

Sunmi will be a mentor in Mnet's upcoming survival reality show Girls Planet 999, which starts airing on August 6.[18]

On July 14, ABYSS Company announced that she was preparing for her next comeback, to be released in August.[19] The release date was revealed to be August 6 with the first comeback teaser, on July 19.[20] The next day, a second teaser revealed the comeback to be a mini album titled 1/6.[21]

Personal life

Education

She attended Dongguk University as a student in the Theater and Film department.[22]

Health

In late 2020, Sunmi revealed that around 2015, she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder ("a mental illness in which people have difficulty regulating or handling their emotions, self-image, and behavior[23]") and started getting treatment and taking medication for it. She expressed that thanks to that, it got better and that now she feels stronger. Her song "Borderline" is about her experience with the disorder.[23]

Discography

Mini albums

Single albums

Digital singles

Features

OSTs

Filmography

Dramas

  • Producer (KBS2, 2015) - cameo
  • Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra (Mnet, 2015) - cameo
  • YG Future Strategy Office (Netflix, 2018) - cameo

Reality shows

Variety shows

  • RReal World (YouTube, 2020)
  • Running Girls (Mnet, 2020)

Talk shows

  • Sunmi's Video Store (SBS, 2020)[24]

Concerts

World tours

Producing and writing credits

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[25]
Artist Song Album Type
2015
Wonder Girls "Rewind" Reboot Writing
Composing
"Back"
"Faded Love"
2016
Wonder Girls "Why So Lonely" "Why So Lonely" Writing
Composing
"To the Beautiful You"
2017
Sunmi "Gashina" "Sunmi Special Edition 'Gashina'" Writing
2018
Sunmi "Heroine" "Heroine" Writing
"Addict" Warning Writing
Composing
"Siren"
"Curve" Writing
"Black Pearl" Writing
Composing
"Secret Tape"
2019
Sunmi "Noir" "Noir" Writing
Composing
"Lalalay" "Lalalay"
2020
Sunmi "Gotta Go" XX OST Part. 1 Writing
Composing
"Pporappippam" "Pporappippam"
"Borderline" N/A
2021
Sunmi "Tail" "Tail" Writing
Composing
"What The Flower"
"You Can't Sit With Us" 1/6 Writing
"Sunny"
"1/6" Writing
Composing
"Call"
"Narcissism"
"Borderline"

Trivia

  • Her legs are 110 cm long.[26]
  • She used to be a track athlete.[26]
  • She is a homebody.[26]
  • She is really interested in astrophysics, and things like the universe, light, space, and the concept of time.[26]
  • Her MBTI personality type is INFP.[27]
  • She almost debuted under the stage name Berry.[1]
  • She is close friends with Chung Ha.[28]

Gallery

Main article: Sunmi/Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Soompi: Sunmi Reveals How She Was Scouted For JYP During SM Audition + The Stage Names Wonder Girls Almost Debuted With
  2. The Korea Times: Sunmi to Quit Wonder Girls
  3. Soompi: Wonder Girls' Ex-Member Sunmi to Make a Comeback, Will Go Solo
  4. Soompi: Wonder Girls to Return Not as a Dance Group, But as a Band?
  5. Soompi: Wonder Girls Disbanding, To Release One Last Single
  6. Soompi: Sunmi Confirmed To Have Signed With MakeUs Entertainment
  7. Soompi: Sunmi Reveals Her First World Tour Dates And Cities
  8. HelloKpop: Sunmi Sounds The Alarm For Europe Leg Of Her First World Tour
  9. Celeb Mix: Sunmi tears apart the façade of social media with her single "Noir"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Soompi: Sunmi Talks About Inspiration Behind Her New Song "Lalalay," Solo World Tour, And More
  11. Kpop Herald: Sunmi perfects dance-pop one single at a time
  12. Soompi: Watch: Sunmi Shares Performance Video Of “Gotta Go” OST For Web Drama “XX” Starring EXID’s Hani
  13. Yonhap News: Sunmi goes hopelessly romantic in summer dance number 'Pporappippam'
  14. Soompi: Watch: Sunmi Opens Up About Mental Health And More In Special Video For English-Language Track “Borderline”
  15. Soompi: Sunmi Confirmed To Make Comeback This Month
  16. @official_sunmi on Instagram (February 9, 2021)
  17. YouTube: Korean Guy&Girl React To (AND MEET!) ‘SUNMI’ - TAIL | Y
  18. Soompi: Watch: Yeo Jin Goo Previews Sunmi And Tiffany As K-Pop Masters On New Survival Show “Girls Planet 999”
  19. Koreaboo: Sunmi To Make A Comeback For The First Time In Six Months This August
  20. Soompi: Sunmi Announces August Comeback Date + Drops 1st Teaser
  21. Soompi: Update: Sunmi Reveals Title Of Upcoming Mini Album
  22. The Korea Herald: No Regrets Leaving Would Be a Lie - Ex-Wonder Girl Sunmi
  23. 23.0 23.1 Soompi: Sunmi Opens Up About Being Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder
  24. Soompi: Sunmi To Host Her 1st Talk Show
  25. KOMCA: Searching Works (search 10010693 under Writers & Publishers)
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Weekly Idol: Episode 317
  27. YouTube: What's your MBTI Type? (SUNMI: I'm an INFP)
  28. Soompi: Sunmi And Chungha Talk About Their Close Friendship, How They See Each Other On Stage, And More

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