Ailee

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Ailee
Native name이예진
Birth nameLee Ye Jin
Also known asAmy Lee
Born(1989-05-30) May 30, 1989 (age 23)
New Jersey, United States
GenresK-pop, dance, R&B, electropop
OccupationsSinger, actress
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsYMC Entertainment
Associated actsWheesung, Johnnyphlo, Decipher, Hyorin
Websitewww.myspace.com/mzailee
 
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Ailee
Native name이예진
Birth nameLee Ye Jin
Also known asAmy Lee
Born(1989-05-30) May 30, 1989 (age 23)
New Jersey, United States
GenresK-pop, dance, R&B, electropop
OccupationsSinger, actress
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsYMC Entertainment
Associated actsWheesung, Johnnyphlo, Decipher, Hyorin
Websitewww.myspace.com/mzailee

Lee Ye Jin (Hangul: 이예진, born on May 30, 1989) better known by her stage name Ailee (Hangul: 에일리), is a Korean American singer under YMC Entertainment, a South Korean record label. She released her first single, Heaven, on February 8, 2012.

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Background

Ailee was born in New Jersey, United States on May 30, 1989. She first got into singing by creating a YouTube channel of her covering famous R&B songs because her friends had told her she was a good singer. She moved to South Korea to pursue music and be closer to her roots in 2010.

Pre-debut

Before her K-pop debut, Ailee was an artist under Muzo Entertainment, an independent agency based out of New York and New Jersey, where she collaborated with several artists under the group such as Johnnyphlo, who is also signed in Korea, as well as Philadelphia based rapper, Decipher.

During her trainee days under YMC Entertainment, she was featured in Wheesung's "They Are Coming" song released on October 9, 2011.[1] Ailee was also featured in Decipher's song "Catch Me If You Can".

On September 13, 2011 Ailee with Wheesung held a performance on the MBC's Chuseok special episode of "Singer and Trainee". Ailee's stage presence was immediately felt by the audience, who was amazed that she was like a professional singer, even though she had not yet debuted, officially. Following Ailee's solo performance of "Halo" by Beyoncé, singer BMK expressed, "Wherever she goes, she has the potential to be a big star. She definitely has the voice." After the judges had graded everyone, Ailee won first place.[2]

On January 30, 2012 Ailee made her acting debut in Dream High Season 2 as Ailee, one of the member of the fictional K-pop group HershE.[3][4]

2012 : Debut

On February 6, 2012, the music video teaser for Ailee's debut song, Heaven, was released.[5] Ailee released the song and the music video for her song, "Heaven", on February 9, 2012.[6][7] The music video for "Heaven" featured Beast's Gi Kwang.[8]

Ailee made her debut stage performance of "Heaven" on M.net M! Countdown on February 9, 2012[9] and on SBS Inkigayo on February 11.[10] On February 22, 2012 she released her OST song "Superstar" for KBS's Dream High 2 together with Sistar's Hyorin & T-ARA's Jiyeon.[11]

Since, Ailee has been performing on Immortal Song 2. She performed her final stage on August 6, and the episode will air on September 1. Ailee expects to make a comeback with a mini-album in October.[12] This mini-album will contain 5-6 songs.[13]

Along with Han Seok Joon, Ailee will be co-hosting the first ABU Radio Song Festival 2012 which is scheduled to take place at the KBS Concert Hall, in Seoul, South Korea on 11 October 2012.[14][15]

Discography

Singles

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
KOR
Gaon

[16]
KOR
Billboard

[17]
2012
"Heaven"33Heaven (Digital Single)
2012
"Superstar" (With Hyorin and Jiyeon)914Dream High 2 OST

Mini Albums

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2012Dream High Season 2Ailee (fictional character)KBS
2012Immortal song 2HerselfKBS
2012You & IHerselfSBS
2012ABU Radio Song Festival 2012PresenterKBS

Awards

YearAwardCategoryResultRef
2012Cyworld Digital Music AwardsRookie of the Month (February) ("Heaven")"Won"[19]
2012Asia Song FestivalNew Artist Award"Won"[20]

References

  1. ^ Wheesung unveils ‘They Are Coming’, final mini-album before enlistment
  2. ^ Wheesung and Trainee Ailee Wow the Audience, Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  3. ^ Jiyeon, Hyorin and Ailee form trio girl group hershe for Dream High-2, Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  4. ^ Wheesung’s trainee, Ailee, to be a part of ‘Dream High 2′, Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  5. ^ Ailee releases “Heaven” MV teaser feat. B2ST’s Kikwang
  6. ^ Ailee releases “Heaven” MV teaser, Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  7. ^ Ailee releases her debut music video, “Heaven”
  8. ^ Lee Ki Kwang appears on Ailee's "Heaven" music video, Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  9. ^ Ailee makes an angelic debut with “Heaven” on ‘M! Countdown’!
  10. ^ Ailee Makes Debut Inkigayo Performance, Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  11. ^ Hershe from "Dream High 2" Releases "Super Star", Soompi, 8 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Kpopstarz". http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/12450/20120813/super-junior-s-ryeowook-and-soloist-ailee-to-leave-immortal-song-2.htm. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Naver News". http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=001&aid=0005675621. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival 2012 Participants". ESCKAZ.com. http://esckaz.com/2012/abu_tv.htm. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival 2012". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. http://www.abu2012seoul.com/s62.html. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. http://www.gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/search/list.gaon?Search_str=%EC%94%A8%EC%8A%A4%ED%83%80&x=36&y=9. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Launches K-Pop Hot 100 Chart, Sistar Debuts at Number 1". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/news/billboard-k-pop-hot-100-launches-sistar-1005327842.story#/news/billboard-k-pop-hot-100-launches-sistar-1005327842.story. 
  18. ^ "Ailee releases teaser image for ‘Invitation’ comeback". allkpop.com. http://forums.allkpop.com/threads/ailee-releases-teaser-image-for-%E2%80%98invitation%E2%80%99-comeback.51842/. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Cyworld Digital Music Awards - Rookie Of The Month (February)" (in Korean). cyworld. http://music.cyworld.com/chart/chart_dma_interview.asp?award_date=201202&type=R. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ "B1A4, Ailee, and more have a successful stage at the 2012 "Asia Song Festival"". Koreaboo. August 6, 2012. http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/concerts/b1a4-ailee-and-more-have-a-successful-stage-a-r16930. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 

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