Actor Singer

Nicole Jung

Quick Facts

IntroSouth Korean-American singer
A.K.A.Jung Yong-ju, Jung Nicole, Nicole Jeong, Jeong Nicole, 니콜, Nicole,…
Is Singer
Actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Music
Genderfemale
Birth 7 October 1991, Los Angeles
Age29 years

Biography

Nicole Yongju Jung (born October 7, 1991), better known mononymously as Nicole, is a Korean-American singer. She is a former member of South Korean girl group Kara.
In 2014, Jung left DSP Media and moved to B2M Entertainment to pursue her solo career. Her solo debut mini album, First Romance, was released on November 19, 2014.

Biography

Jung was born on October 7, 1991 in Los Angeles, California to Korean parents. She attended Mark Keppel Elementary School and Toll Middle School in Glendale, California; however, she lived in downtown Los Angeles. She participated in choir, drill team, played the violin for 4 years and took dance classes. She auditioned for DSP Media by sending a video of her singing an Ivy and Black Eyed Peas song. Jung made the decision to go to South Korea and experienced hardships such as adjusting to the culture and missing her friends. She accepted DSP’s offer, her mom moved with her to South Korea and has opened up a Korean BBQ restaurant called “Aura The Grill”.

Jung was on a show called “KAIST” which was renamed to “Nicole The Entertainer’s Introduction to Veterinary Science” in Konkuk University. The first episode aired on November 12, 2009. She “graduated” from college in January 2010.

Career

2007–2013: Kara

Kara debuted on March 29, 2007 with “Break It” on M! Countdown as a 4-member group. Jung was one of the four along with Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, and Kim Sunghee. Kara was often compared to Fin.K.L because of their concept and the fact that they are from the same company (DSP Entertainment). In March 2008, Sunghee left the group due to parental pressure. Sunghee had failed her college exams. On July 24, 2008, Kara came back with two new members, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung. Their new concept was “cute” and “playful”.

On December 4, 2008, Kara released their 2nd mini-album “Pretty Girl” and had their comeback starting on M! Countdown with “Pretty Girl”. In February 2009, Kara followed up with their album “Honey”. “Honey” became the group’s first #1 single when it topped the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named “Revolution”. Due to the popularity of the songs, Wanna and Mister, Kara’s overall popularity increased. Kara currently started promotions with their third mini-album “Lupin”. Lupin was a success, it won KBS Music Bank K-Chart on March 12, March 19, and March 26, 2010.

In August 2010, Kara officially debuted in Japan with “Mister”. After this, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.

On January 19, 2011, Kang Jiyoung, Han Seung-yeon and Jung announced that they were terminating their contract with DSP. On April 28, 2011, the dispute between DSP Entertainment and Kara’s 3 members was officially announced as resolved.

Jung injured her ankle during Kara’s first stand-alone concert in Korea, which was held on February 18, 2012. She was performing a solo performance cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, when she hurt her ankle while leaving through a lift. After she got hurt, she did limp a little during performances but she still finished the concert. Afterwards in the dressing room, she received acupuncture for her injury. Despite her injury, she still performed on the very next day. Afterwards, Jung’s injury was publicly revealed as she was photographed at airports in a wheelchair. Despite her injury, Nicole still hosted SBS “Inkigayo” with a cast on her leg. Due to the ankle injury, she was unable to perform in group performance choreography during their Speed Up promotion in Japan from March to April 2012.

Kara has released Kara Collection in 2012, both in South Korea and Japan, an album containing each of the girls’ solo songs. Jung’s song was “Lost”, which featured close friend Jinwoon.

Jung performed with the group for the last time at the 2013 MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013. The group performed a medley of their past hit singles along with “Damaged Lady”, from the group’s fourth album Full Bloom.

2014: First Romance

On January 13, 2014, it was announced that Jung would be withdrawing from the group due to the expiration of her contract with DSP Media, and that she would be flying to the States for two months to focus on improving her vocal and dance skills while preparing to make a solo debut.

On October 14, 2014, Jung signed an exclusive contract with B2M Entertainment. The agency revealed, “Following the end of her contract with DSP Media, Nicole is currently preparing for her solo debut after confirming a new agency and completing the contract signing. Nicole’s new agency was established by CEO Gil Jong Hwa, who had been with KARA from their debut to their peak. Since their connection under DSP Media, they have maintained close relations with one another.”

Jung’s solo debut mini album, First Romance was released on November 19, 2014 and the title song MAMA, which was used to promote the mini album. First Romance in November sold 8,754 copies. By the end of 2014, the mini album had sold 10,137 copies.

2015: Japanese debut

On April 22, 2015, It was revealed that Jung would debut in Japan on June 24. She performed her debut song before release at the ‘KCON 2015 Japan X M! Chttp://series-top.com/new-showsountdown’. On June 17, She released a short PV of her debut single “Something Special”. On June 24, Jung released the PV for “Something Special”

In December 2015, Jung released news that she would be coming back in Japan with her second Japanese single in 2016. It was revealed that the single would be called “Don’t Stop” to be released on February 17. On January 16, she released a short PV version of “Don’t Stop”

2016: Bliss

On March 2, 2016, Jung revealed on her Instagram that she would be releasing her first solo Japanese album, titled Bliss on April 27, 2016. The title track from the album is titled “HAPPY”, the PV teaser was released on March 31, 2016. She had her first solo concerts titled “2016 Nicole The 1st Live” spanning two days, April 29, 2016 and May 1, 2016.

Other activities

Jung was featured on former DSP Media artist Sunha’s first album Fahrenheit in the song “String” (2008). In April 2009, she sang a duet with former Noel member Kang Kyun-seong called “Happy And”. In August 2009, she and singer Jay Park became part of historical culture variety show Nodaji, replacing Choi Min-yong and Kim Tae-hyun. But the show was cancelled due to low ratings in October 2009.

In September 2009, Jung was featured in numerous live performances of Mighty Mouth’s single “Love Class”. In July 2010, she sang a duet with Park Myung Soo for his single “Whale” (고래).

Jung was a member of “Dazzling Red”, one of the idol project groups for the 2012 SBS Korean Music Festival – The Color of K-Pop concert with fellow idols After School’s Nana, 4Minute’s Hyuna, Secret’s Hyoseong, and SISTAR’s Hyorin. Dazzling Red released a single, “This Person”, in December 2012.

Jung was invited to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan (as the only Korean artist invited that year) on June 22, 2013 and performed her solo song “Lost” from Kara Collection.

Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak positionsSales
KOR JPN
Japanese
Bliss
  • Released: April 27, 2016
  • Label: CJ Victor Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
19
  • JPN: 6,204+
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

EPs

TitleAlbum detailsPeak positionsSales
KORJPN
First Romance
  • Released: November 19, 2014
  • Label: B2M Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
5
  • KOR: 10,137+
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles

TitleYearPeak positionsSalesAlbum
KOR
Gaon
JPN
Hot 100
JPN
Oricon
Korean
“Lost” (feat. Jeong Jin-woon)201285
  • KOR: 58,305+
Kara Solo Collection
“Mama”201469
  • KOR: 46,167+
First Romance
Japanese
“Something Special”2015298
  • JPN: 12,268+
Bliss
“Don’t Stop”20164511
  • JPN: 8,418+
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionSalesAlbum
KOR
Gaon
KOR
Hot 100
“Happy…And”

(Kang Kyun-sung feat. Nicole)

2009Non-album song
“Gorae” (고래; Whale)

(Park Myung-soo feat. Nicole)

201012
“This Person”

(Dazzling Red)

201226
  • KOR (DL): 740,936+
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Guest appearances

YearTitleAlbum
2008“Kkeun” (끈; String) (SunHa feat. Nicole)Fahrenheit
2010“Bingeul Bingeul” (빙글 빙글; Round and Round) (No Brain feat. Nicole, SeungYeon & Gyuri)MBC Music Travel Lalala Live Vol.11
2014“Chalali Binunmul-e” (차라리 비눈물에; Rain Tears Instead) (Jung Il-Woo and Nicole)The Night Watchman OST

Filmography

Film

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2011My WayPress information clerkCameo
2013KARA The AnimationHerselfJapanese dub

Television drama

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2008The Person Is ComingMBCGang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Goo Ha-ra and Kang Jiyoung
2011URAKARATV TokyoNicole
2014Secret LoveDRAMAcubeMelly

Variety and reality shows

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2008Star Golden Bell (Level With Me Season 2)KBS2MC
2009Bonanza (노다지)MBCEpisodes 1, 2
“Republic of Korea Star Rankings”Guest
Nicole the Entertainer’s Introduction to Veterinary Science2MnetPermanent guest
Star KingKBSEpisode 145
Strong HeartSBSEpisodes 2, 23, 24, 96, 97
2010Heroes / Good SundayPermanent guest
Let’s Go Dream Team! Season 2KBSEpisode 18, 19, 29, 32
Invincible Youth Season 1Guest Ep. 18
Family Outing Season 1SBSEpisode 81, 82
Family Outing Season 2Episode 14, 15
2013We Got Married (Season 4)MBCGuest
2014EverybodyJTBCGuest (18 December 2014)
A Song for You 3KBSEpisode 21
After School ClubArirangGuest Episode 121
2015Crisis Escape No. 1KBSGuest (Ep 464)
Private Tutoring Across GenerationsMBCGuest (09 January 2015)
A Song For YouKBSGuest (13 January 2015, Ep 21)
Hello CounselorKBSGuest (19 January 2015)
Match Made in Heaven/Soulmates Returns (Season 2)MBCPermanent Guest
Let’s Go Dream Team! Season 2KBSKorea Beauties vs. Multi-national Beauties (19 February 2015)
Get It BeautyOnStyleGuest, Sister’s Special (18 March 2015)
MAPSO’live TvGuest (Ep 4,5)
The BoxJtbcGuest (Ep 1, Pilot)
CPR Heart Song SpecialSBSGuest (Ep 1,2)
K-Chinese CuisineSBS PlusGuest (Ep 8,9)
Avatar ChefO’live TvGuest (15 December 2015)
2016We Got Married (Season 4)MBCGuest (Ep 335)
Hit the StageMnetGuest (Ep 7,8)

Events shows hosting

YearTitleNetworkRole
2011InkigayoSBSMC with Goo Ha-ra and IU
201327th Golden Disk AwardsKBSHost with Jung Yong-hwa
20152015 International Campus Song Festival (ICSF)No broadcastHosted with Eric Nam
2016Beauty Station THE SHOW (Online Series)Beauty StationMC with Jeon Hye-bin and Boyfriend’s Donghyun

Music video appearances

YearSong titleArtistRole
2009“Happy…And”Kang Kyun Sung feat. NicoleHerself
2012Hot GameA-JAXHerself
“Cheki☆Love”PURETTYHerself

Awards

YearAwardWorkResult
20093rd Mnet 20’s Choice Award Hot New Variety StarN/ANominated
2012Miss and Mister Idol Korea 2012Miss Korea: 2nd PlaceWon