There has been a surge of K-pop female singers who forge ahead of their respective girl groups to launch a solo career in recent years. Here we list some of the buzzworthy acts to check out.
Since releasing the uplifting I last year, Taeyeon has established herself as one of K-pop’s top female vocalists with hits such Rain, Why, Starlight and more recently 11:11. The Girls’ Generation leader set a milestone for South Korean girl groups with her first solo concert last July. The show marks the country’s first solo concert staged by a single singer who is still active in a girl group.
The second Girls’ Generation member to launch a solo career after Taeyeon, Tiffany showcased her American roots in debut EP I Just Wanna Dance. Unfortunately, the singer caused outrage in August for a Snapchat post that featured the Rising Sun Flag – controversial due to its association with Imperial Japanese rule – on South Korea’s National Liberation Day. Except for a collaboration with American hip-hop group Far East Movement on its latest album in October, Tiffany has kept a relatively low profile.
After signing with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, CL spent the bulk of 2015 working on her American debut. The much-anticipated single Lifted was released in August this year, after she teased listeners with the thumping promotional song Hello Bi+ches. The 2NE1 leader was also featured on PSY’s song Daddy late last year.
No stranger to collaborations with other K-pop acts, Amber is the first member from f(x) to venture out solo. Her 2015 debut EP Beautiful features Taeyeon on the lead single Shake That Brass. With its star-studded music video, Amber is proving that girl power can be an absolute party as well. More recently, she released her first English track Breathe Again.
After her sudden dismissal from mega group Girls’ Generation, Jessica Jung has proven to be a capable solo star. Her fashion line Blanc & Eclare is in full swing and she is building a strong presence in China through endorsement deals, television appearances and several upcoming acting roles on the big screen. On the music front, Jung’s debut solo mini album With Love, J sold out through pre-orders when it was released in South Korea last May.