This is a Korean name; the family name is Kan.
Kan Mi Youn (Hangul: 간미연, Hanja: 簡美妍, born February 2, 1982) is a South Korean singer, model, radio show host, designer and business woman. Kan was the leader singer in legendary girl group Baby V.O.X from 1997 to 2006. Following the group's breakup, Kan moved on to pursue a career as a solo artist.
1.1 1997-2006: Baby V.O.X. Days,
1.2 2006: Establishing a Solo Music Career,
1.3 2007-2009: A Career in China,
1.4 2010: Returning to Korea; Going Crazy,
1.5 2011: WATCH and OBSESSION,
2.1 Korean Discography,
2.2 Chinese Discography,
3 Television Programs,
6 External links,
1997-2006: Baby V.O.X. Days:
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_V.O.X
Kan Mi Youn debuted in 1997 as a member of the legendary girl group Baby V.O.X, replacing ex-member Cha Yu-Mi, who was injured on stage during a performance. Kan was given the title of 'princess' by her fellow members and fans, and was known for her cute and comical traits. Kan was considered the main, and best, vocalist of the group, due to her ability to hit high notes.
Following the release of Baby V.O.X's third studio album, Come Come Come Baby, the lead single, Get Up, reached number one on Korea's pop charts, securing their spot as one of Korea's top pop music groups. The group gained a vast loyal fan base in Korea, China, Thailand and other Asian markets.
Despite garnering a large fan base, Kan was a frequent target of anti-fans. The most shocking incident was in 1999, when Kan was targeted for murder by a fan of the Korean boy group H.O.T. Kan was rumored to be dating H.O.T member Moon Hee Joon, which attracted many anti-fans and negative press. She received an envelope containing razor blades and a letter threatening to murder her.
2006: Establishing a Solo Music Career:
In 2006, Kan made the decision to pursue a solo career, and signed with a new record label, thus ending her eight years of activities as a member of Baby V.O.X. Following her departure, Baby V.O.X released one final album and disbanded.
On September 15, 2006, Kan released her first solo album, Refreshing. The album was a reflection on her personal life and maturing as a woman.
Following the release of her album, and after learning how to fluently speak in Mandarin, Kan made the decision to break into the Chinese music market.
2007-2009: A Career in China:
While focusing on the Chinese market, Kan managed to reach a significant level of success. One of Kan's most notable feats was winning a famous Mandarin singing competition, 名声大震, with Chinese singer Anson Hu. It was this show that shot her into stardom, securing her as a successful artist in the Chinese music market.
In January 2008, Kan released a Chinese version of her debut Korean album, Refreshing.
Following the Sichuan earthquake in China, Kan collaborated with various Asian artists to release "Promise" and "I Love Asia" for a fund raising project that supported the victims of the earthquake.
2010: Returning to Korea; Going Crazy:
On July 1, 2010, Kan Mi Youn made her comeback in South Korea after a three year absence. Despite her hiatus, Kan proved that she was still hot in the Korean industry. With her new short hair and sexy image, Kan released her first digital single, Going Crazy (ft. Mir of MBLAQ). The music video, which featured Lee Joon and Mir of MBLAQ, recorded over 200,000 views in under an hour on GomTV.
The song proved to be quite successful, and managed to peak at #11 on Korea's top music chart, Gaon.
On July 15, 2010, Kan officially launched her own fashion line named Kanderella. The line was eventually sold on exclusive websites and was reported to be in high demand.
2011: WATCH and OBSESSION:
On February 8, 2011, Kan released a music video teaser for Sunshine (ft. Junsu of 2PM), a pre-release single for her upcoming album. The full-length music video and song were released the following day.
On February 14, 2011, a music video teaser for her lead single, Paparazzi, was released. Two days later, the full-length music video of Paparazzi, (starring Kim Hyung-jun of SS501), was released. The full-length mini-album, WATCH, was digitally and physically released the following day. Promotions for Paparazzi began on February 18, 2011, on M! Countdown. The song experienced much attention and even placed Kan in the top spots on music stations, as well as digital music charts.
On September 26, 2011, a music video teaser for Kan's new song, Won't Meet You, was released. Two days later, the full-length music video to Won't Meet You, as well as her second mini-album, OBSESSION, were released. Promotions for Won't Meet You began on September 29, 2011, on M! Countdown.
On October 24, 2011, Kan established her own radio program, Kan Mi Youn's Best Friend. The program invites popular Korean singers to showcase their talents and interact with fans. The program recently celebrated its 300 day anniversary, and reported its ratings were higher than ever.