Ailee Ailee
Korean American singer
Ailee Ailee
Lee Ye Jin better known by her stage name Ailee, 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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    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    On 28 September 2016, YMC Entertainment's official twitter announced the teaser for the title track "Home" on her next album, A New Empire.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 October, 2016, the music video for "Home" was officially released on 1theK's YouTube channel and YMC Entertainment's. The music video and song features Yoon Mi-rae. Her 4th EP A New Empire was released alongside it.
    On 16 August 2016, it was announced that Ailee was currently in preparations for her next album, in which is stated that she worked on with a variety of several artists; one of them was revealed to be Yoon Mi-rae.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 August 2016, the teaser for the music video, "If You", was posted on the 1theK's YouTube channel, as YMC Entertainment's. The teaser features Lim Nayoung, member of the Korean girl group I.O.I. The single, "If You" is a pre-release song described to be a retro-soul track, composed by the same lyricists & song composers of "Dream", a popular duet between miss A's Suzy and EXO's Baekhyun. The song was also co-written and composed by Park Geun-tae, who also composed Ailee's "Evening Sky" from her Invitation EP. The full music video was released on August 23, 2016, at 00.00 KST. The song "If You" subsequently hit No.1 on several charts within a day, including having topped the Melon roof, as well as having topped the Gaon Weekly Chart for Digital, Download, and BGM charts.
  • 2015
    Age 25
    Ailee's first full-length album, VIVID, was released on 30 September 2015.
    More Details Hide Details She won her first trophy for this promotion on 7 October on Show Champion. On 14 November, Ailee held a special concert in Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), California, USA On 30 November, it was announced that Ailee would be releasing a collaboration digital single with Seventeen entitled "Q&A" on 4 December.
  • 2014
    Age 24
    She won the first trophy for "Don't Touch Me" in 5 October 2014, on SBS Inkigayo.
    More Details Hide Details On 30 June, Ailee released "Johnny" as her contribution to the Brave Brothers’ tenth anniversary project. On 4 July, Ailee held her first solo concert, titled Fatal Attraction, which was held at Olympic Hall in Olympic Park, Seoul. On 20 September, it was announced that Ailee would be having a comeback through YMC Entertainment's official Twitter account. In addition, a video teaser of her title track entitled "Mind Your Own Business" (너나 잘해) was released on 1theK's YouTube page on 22 September.
    On 21 September 2014, the teaser for Ailee's "Don't Touch Me" was released.
    More Details Hide Details It was written by Min Yun-jae, Jakops, and Ailee. The full MV was released in 25 September 2014. Later that day, promotions for her new album, Magazine, commenced. It peaked at #2 for the Gaon Single Chart.
    On 16 September 2014, it was announced that Ailee would be having a comeback through YMC Entertainment's official Twitter account.
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  • 2013
    Age 23
    On 10 November 2013, Korean pop gossip site AllKPop.com published a story containing several nude photos of Ailee taken prior to her debut as a singer.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, YMC Entertainment issued a statement claiming that "the pictures are of her she took when she was offered to be a lingerie model. She took nude photos because they wanted a better judgment of her body but the company was unable to be contacted after she took them. She reported them to the police and it was later found that she was scammed by a company who approached other college girls as well. Ailee discussed the matter with her ex-boyfriend, a current AllKPop employee, and he claimed that he would need to see the exact content of the pictures before coming up with a solution so she sent them to him." On 24 November, a 2009 police report filed by Ailee revealed that Ailee had sent the pictures to her friend over Facebook, only to find out her friend's Facebook account had been hacked. As a result of the scandal, Ailee was removed from several advertising campaigns, including for fried chicken company Kyochon. Kyochon responded, "Ailee’s commercial contract hasn’t ended. But consumers have been showing sensitive reactions to Ailee’s recent situation, and Ailee’s agency is also not entirely keen on the singer’s exposure at this time, so we took certain steps.”
    On 16 December 2013, it was revealed that Ailee would be making a comeback after a six-month hiatus in January 2014.
    More Details Hide Details A music video teaser was released on 2 January ahead of the full release. Both the full music video and the full digital song were released on 6 January. The music video features MBLAQ's Lee Joon. "Singing Got Better" reached #1 on Korea's major charts: Mnet, Bugs, Olleh, Soribada, Naver Music, Daum Music, and Genie.
    On 14 September 2013, it was announced that Ailee will release a digital single, "Higher", with pianist Yiruma.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, "Higher" was released online.
    On 4 August 2013, it was revealed that Ailee would be making her Japanese debut with "Heaven" under Warner Music Japan.
    More Details Hide Details The music video was released on 21 October. Ailee started to promote the song with a showcase at Shibuya O-East, Tokyo, on 21 October. The single was released on 6 November, and also included the song "Starlight".
    On 4 July 2013, Ailee announced that she would release her second mini album entitled, A's Doll House, on 12 July.
    More Details Hide Details The album's single "U&I" topped music charts within four hours of release and earned Ailee her first "All-Kill" status. Popularity for the physical album was also deemed high when nearly all stores in Korea were sold out of the album on the first day of release. Orders overwhelmed the amount of stock, and a representative from Ailee's agency stated, "The rate at which this album is selling is many times greater than the previous album’s."
  • 2012
    Age 22
    She also co-hosted the ABU Radio Song Festival with Han Seok Joon on 11 October 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On 16 October, Ailee released her debut mini-album, Invitation, which contained the title track, "I’ll Show You" (보여줄게). The mini-album contains six tracks. It was produced by producers such as Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung, Park Guentae, Duble Sidekick, Wheesung, and featured artists such as Verbal Jint, Swings and Simon D. On 18 October, Ailee made her comeback with "I'll Show You" on M! Countdown. On 23 November, She was able to acquire her first trophy in a music program (Music Bank) beating Psy's "Gangnam Style".
    In March 2012, Ailee made her first appearances on KBS's Immortal Songs 2, performing Patti Kim’s song “Light and Shadow” from 1967.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 May, on part 2 of the J.Y. Park special, she performed Park’s debut song "Don’t Leave Me". She beat Davichi’s Lee Haeri by 1 point, 419 to 418, for the win. She appeared on 30 June episode of Immortal Songs 2, which featured composer Yoon Il Sang. She performed "Fate" by Lee Seung Chul and won again with 402 votes. In August, it was announced that she was making a temporary leave from the show in order to focus on her music. She performed her final stage on 6 August, and the episode aired on 1 September. Later in August, she made an appearance in the 3rd episode of Jay Park's online web series, Jay Park TV, where she was backstage attending Park's concert in Seoul.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    On 13 September 2011, Ailee along with Wheesung held a performance on MBC's Chuseok special episode of Singer and Trainee.
    More Details Hide Details Her stage presence impressed the audience. Following her 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. On 6 February, the music video teaser for Ailee's debut song, "Heaven", was released. "Heaven" was written and produced by Wheesung. On the 9th, Ailee released the song and the music video, which featured Beast's Gi Kwang. Later that day, she made her debut stage performance of "Heaven" on M.net's M! Countdown, and then on SBS's Inkigayo on 11 February. Just one month after her debut, she won two awards at the Cyworld Music Awards—"Song of the Month" and "Rookie of the Month".
  • 2010
    Age 20
    Ailee performed with Jay Park, Art of Movement, Johnnyphlo, Decipher, and Clara C at "projectKorea III" at Rutgers University in 2010.
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    She moved to South Korea in 2010 after she landed an audition through her uncle's connections.
    More Details Hide Details She sang Big Mama's "Resignation" and was recruited on the spot. Before her K-pop debut, Ailee was signed under Muzo Entertainment, an independent agency based out of New York and New Jersey, where she collaborated with several artists, such as Johnnyphlo (who is also signed in Korea) and Philadelphia-based rapper Decipher. During her trainee days under YMC Entertainment, she was featured in Wheesung's "They Are Coming" song released on 9 October 2011. Ailee was also featured in Decipher's song "Catch Me If You Can", which also featured Jay Park.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Ailee was born in Denver, Colorado, on 30 May 1989, but grew up in New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details She attended Palisades Park Junior/Senior High School before moving to nearby Leonia. She graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and went on to study communications at Pace University before dropping out to pursue a career in music. She was the lead vocal and used to sing underground with her friends in New Jersey. She created a YouTube channel called "mzamyx3" and later "aileemusic" to bring attention to her singing on the web.
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