Han Seung-yeon

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Han Seung-yeon in May 28, 2015

Han Seung-yeon (Hangul: 한승연) was born on July 24, 1988. She is a South Korean singer, known for being a member of girl group Kara, formed by DSP Entertainment in 2007.

Biography[change | change source]

Han Seung-yeon was born on July 24, 1988, in Seoul, South Korea. She left Korea to study at Tenafly High School in the United States. However, she left high school mid-course in order to pursue a singing career.[1] After returning to Korea, she debuted as a singer on March 29, 2007, as a member of Kara along with Park Gyu-ri, Nicole and Kim Sunghee.

She passed a high-school level qualification examination, the College Scholastic Ability Test, and was accepted by the Kyung Hee University, majoring in department of Theater and Film.[1]

Kara[change | change source]

Kara debuted on March 29, 2007 with "Break It" on M! Countdown. Their first album named "The First Blooming". In 2008, however, Kim Sunghee left the group. DSP Entertainment replaced members, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung, and Kara comeback with Rock U, which changed their image "Hip-hop" to "cute" and "playful".

In December 4, 2008, Kara have their comeback starting on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[2] In February 2009, Kara released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first #1 single when it was at the top of the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[3]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[4] Due to the popularity of the song, Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. Kara started their promotions in the beginning of 2010 with their third mini-album which eventually was at the top of the Various music shows like "M! Countdown","Music Bank" etc. It was at the top of Music Bank for a consecutive 6 weeks. "Lupin".[5]

Solo[change | change source]

Han Seungyeon debuted as a child actress in a cameo role in Star in My Heart.[6]

Due to Kara's debut album "The First Blooming" being relatively unsuccessful, Seungyeon went on to participate in many variety shows from 2007 to early 2009 in order to keep Kara recognizable to the public.[7] She was the VJ for MSL Break from 2007 to 2008. She replaced Tiffany of Girls' Generation as co-host of Sonyeo Sonyeon Gayo Baekso (Boys and Girls Music Guide) with Kim Hyesung[8] and later with actor Kim Soohyeon. Their segment ended on May 8, 2009.

From October to December 2008, she was part of the cast of MBC reality show Family Needed, where a group of celebrities would live life as a family, consisting of a father, mother, son and daughter.[9] She also became part of MBC's entertainment news show Section TV as a "pop columnist", debuting on November 21, 2008.[10] She also made a guest appearance on rapper Nassun's single "Nolleowa" (Korean: "놀러와", "Come to Play"), which was released in March 2009, and appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Welcome to my House, releasing her first solo song "Gijeok" (Korean: "기적", "Miracle").[11]

She became part of the "Dream Team Girl Group" for Samsung's Anycall called "4 Tomorrow". Their first digital single "Dugeunduguen Tomorrow" (Korean: "두근두근 Tomorrow", "BeatBeat Tomorrow") was released on October 6, 2009, and the official music video was released on October 12, starring actor Lee Dong Gun, who will also star in each member's individual drama version of the video.[12] Seungyeon's version was released on October 26, 2009.

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

  • "Nolleowa" - Nassun (Feat. Han Seungyeon) (2009)
  • "Gijeok" - Han Seungyeon (Soundtrack for Welcome to my House) (2009)
  • "Dugeunduguen Tomorrow" - 4 Tomorrow (Feat. Han Seungyeon) (2009)

Filmography[change | change source]

Broadcasts Informations Dates
MBC Game MSL Break
KMTV Boys and Girls Music Guide
MBC EVERY 1 Family Needed
MBC Section TV

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 (in Korean) 카라 한승연, 알고보니 美명문고 다닌 '엄친딸'
  2. (in Korean) Kim, Hyungoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/Joins.com. December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  3. (in Korean) 카라 “소녀시대 게 섯거라” 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹 Archived 2009-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. Joins.com. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
  4. (in Korean) 걸그룹 대란속 ‘조용한’ 카라 뭐할까 “업그레이드 카라 온다” (What is "silent" Kara doing during the girl group uproar - "An Upgraded Kara is coming."). Newsen. June 16, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  5. (in Korean) 카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!
  6. (in Korean) '카라 한승연의 11년 전 사진이 온라인을 뜨겁게 달구고 있습니다' Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine. Nate. August 18, 2008.
  7. (in Korean) Myung-Hwa Jung "한승연, 카라 지키려던 무명시절 눈물 고백". joynews.inews24.com. November 4, 2009. Retrieved July 21., 2010.
  8. (in Korean) 카라 한승연, 티파니 후임으로 ‘소년소녀가요백서’ 진행 Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine. IB Times. June 25, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  9. (in Korean) "이홍렬·금보라, 부부 호흡 맞춘다"[permanent dead link]. Isplus.com. October 7, 2008.
  10. (in Korean) Jang, Suh-yoon. '섹션TV', 패널 대거교체…카라 한승연 리포터 데뷔 ("Section TV Panel Overhaul... Kara's Han Seung Yeon Debuts as Reporter"). MyDaily. November 17, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  11. (in Korean) 카라 "고마워요 팬 여러분". Nate. September 28, 2009.
  12. (in Korean) 복받은 이동건, 가인-한승연-유이-현아와 무슨관계? ‘4투모로우 뮤비 출연’ (Lucky Lee Dong-gun, What Connection with Gain-Han Seungyeon-Uee-Hyuna? "4 Tomorrow Music Video Participation"). Joins.com/Newsen. October 12, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010.

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