It’s been two weeks since sweet soloist Baek Ah Yeon released comeback track So-So, but she’s been dominating the music show awards this week after achieving an all-kill on Korea’s music charts.

The JYP idol has been in the public eye since 2011, when she came third in the TV audition show K-pop Star. She impressed the judges with her angelic voice, and was the first contestant from the show to debut, even before season one winner Park Jimin.

Baek Ah Yeon has won over many Korean hearts not only for her singing but her pluck; she has spoken openly on TV about having dealt with cancer as a youngster. She underwent treatment for malignant lymphoma as a second-grader, and was even entering singing events at the hospital while she made a full recovery.

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After signing with JYP, her debut album I’m Baek was released in September 2012, and featured a song produced for her by 2PM’s Jun.K, called Always. Her second mini-album less than a year later, A Good Girl, featured Miss A’s Jia and Suzy. Keeping up the collaboration tradition, last year she released a track with DAY6’s Young K. That track, and the recent So-So were self-composed, and she’s openly spoken about real-life events inspiring her lyrics. Like many soloists, she’s also recorded a number of OST singles for dramas, including Cheongdam-dong Alice, When a Man Falls in Love and Angel Eyes.

Recommended watching

So So

Shouldn’t Have – with DAY6’s Young K

A Good Boy

Sad Song (a special collaboration with Lee Jinwook)

Covering Big Bang’s Haru Haru on Kpop Star


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