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KPOP 101: Meet the members of Secret

Submitted: Dec 23 2011 07:26 AM by Uni

In the beginning of October, Koreaboo introduced the first edition to KPOP 101 with U-Kiss as the first group to be featured. Through KPOP 101, Koreaboo hopes for new fans to learn more about the group members individually.

As the Hallyu Wave expands worldwide, and more and more groups make their entrance into their Korean music scene, fans find themselves in the position unable to match names to faces.

Following U-Kiss, Secret is the next group to be introduced!

Secret initially made their debut in 2009, and since then they have worked to become one of the top girl groups in Korea. On October 15th, 2009, they debuted with their digital single "I Want You Back," which had been released two days earlier online.

On March 31st, 2010, Secret returned with their 1st mini-album "Secret Time" and promoted the title track "Magic," a catchy, upbeat dance song with an equally catchy dance move, the "suspender dance." A few months later in August 2010, Secret followed up with a song with a similar beat titled "Madonna," which topped various charts in Korea.

Secret grew into prominence as one of the top girl groups in Korea when they released their catchiest song, "Shy Boy," in 2011. Breaking away from the concept of "Madonna," they took a swing dance and American 1950s concept. They then wowed fans with the fantasy-like music video set of their next single "Starlight, Moonlight."

In October 2011, Secret made their return to Korea after promoting in Japan with their Japanese debut single "Madonna." The group stated that they truly felt like artists after they released their 1st studio album, "Moving In Secret." With a spin on their previous concept, Secret returned with a strong, sexy, and mature look, a Betty Boop-type concept, for the title song "Love Move." As one of the power girl groups in the industry, they overtook real-time charts upon the release of the album.

Despite returning in the middle of what has been dubbed the "girl group war," as noted with the return of Girls' Generation, Brown Eyed Girls, Wonder Girls, SISTAR, and T-ara, Secret has not passed by unnoticed and has been performing strongly on both charts and weekly music shows.

Full Name: Jeon Hyosung
Known As: Hyosung
Siblings: 1 older sister, 1 younger sister
Position: Leader, vocalist, main dancer
Birthday: October 13, 1989
Height: 161cm
Blood Type: B
Languages: Korean, Japanese
Associated Acts: Five Girls (2007)
Associated Agencies: Good Entertainment (2006-2007), TS Entertainment (2009-present)
Social Networks: me2day/secretime, @Secretimehs

Prior to making her debut as the leader of Secret, Hyosung was initially set to make her debut under Good Entertainment's girl group Five Girls ("Oh Sonyeo") in 2007. The group contained After School's UEE, G.NA, Wonder Girl's Yoobin, and Yang Jiwon (who is set to make her debut soon in a girl group).

Two years later after many struggles, Hyosung finally made her debut in Secret under TS Entertainment in 2009 and has received much love from her fans for her easy going personality.

Some of Hyosung's favorite things to do include watching movies and she has a passion for dancing. Artists listed as her favorite are Shinhwa and Beyonce.

Starting when she was in 3rd grade and during following 3 years, Hyosung helped her family financially by delivering newspapers. In middle school, she became the leader of her school's dance club and realized her love for dancing. It wasn't until the 6th grade when she realized her dream to become a singer.

Hyosung entered the television competition "Battle Shinhwa" in 2005 were she became 1 of the 3 girls who entered the Top 12, and eventually entered the Top 6, where she signed with Good Entertainment.

Hyosung enjoys dancing, swimming, and watching movies. She is the middle child of 3 and was the only one to be born in a hospital, while the oldest and younger one were born at home.

Full Name: Song Jieun
Known As: Jieun
Siblings: Only child
Position: Main vocalist
Birthday: May 5, 1990
Height: 162cm
Blood Type: O
Languages: Korean, Japanese
Associated Acts: G20 (project group)
Associated Agencies: JYP Entertainment (trainee), TS Entertainment (2009-present)
Social Networks: @SECRETsongjieun, Cyworld/jieunmusic

Song Jieun is Secret's main vocalist and was the first member to go solo, marked by the release of her first digital single "Yesterday" featuring Hwanhee and her 1st physical single "Going Crazy" with rapper Bang Yongguk.

Before entering TS Entertainment as a trainee, Jieun was known to have been a JYP Entertainment trainee and was set to debut as a trio group with miss A's Min and SISTAR's Hyorin as the "2nd Big Mama." Prior to leaving JYP Entertainment, she participated in a few drama OST albums.

Her love for playing the piano is showcased through her performances of "Going Crazy."

She received vocal training lessons from female soloist Hwayobi, who then become her role model due to her ability to sing in her own style instead of following others. Her favorite artist is listed as Tamia.

Full Name: Han Sunhwa
Known As: Sunhwa
Position: Vocalist
Birthday: October 6, 1990
Height: 165cm
Blood Type: B
Languages: Korean, Japanese
Associated Agencies: TS Entertainment (2009-present)
Social Networks: Yozm/smillegirl

Sunhwa is the maknae of Secret and is known for angel-like face. She was chosen from the show "Superstar Survivor." She once auditioned for a movie called "Little Heroes" and was chosen for a role out of 34 other girls.

She is one of the members that appears on various television programs. Sunhwa believes that her image between her singing career and on variety programs should be different, while referring to Lee Hyori as an example, an artist who protrudes a strong charisma on stage, but an easy going personality on television.

If Sunhwa had three wishes, she would 1) clone herself so that she could hang out with friends, 2) have lots of food to eat, and 3) have the ability to teleport so she can go home and get to her schedule quickly when she is running late.

Her favorite artists is listed as Lee Hyori. Sunhwa enjoys chatting and listening to music.

Full Name: Jung Hana
Known As: Zinger
Position: Rapper, main dancer
Siblings: Only child
Birthday: February 2, 1990
Height: 161cm
Blood Type: A
Languages: Korean, Japanese
Associated Agencies: TS Entertainment (2009-present)
Social Networks: @HANAZINGER, Cyworld/zingnyosa

Zinger is an artist that has been surrounded by music her whole life, as her mother was a singer herself. However, she only began rapping when she joined Secret. Eventually, she stated in an interview with Asiae, that after studying rap, she found her own style, which is a mix of high and low tones.

Her favorite artist is listed as Lil' Mama, and therefore, she wishes to show the image of a singer who is powerful and sexy at the same time.

She chose the stage name "Zinger" after Pussycat Doll's Nicole Scherzinger, who she admires. Fans have given her a nickname of "Zinger Burger" due to her love for bread.

In a 2010 interview, Zinger stated that she became close friends with Wonder Girls' Sunye and 2NE1's CL as they attended the same dance school. Zinger released her first solo song titled "Amazinger" on Secret's 1st studio album "Moving In Secret" which was released a few months ago.

Source: Secretime Philippines (Secret) and Asiae

Join the discussion

  • Wendy 154 Points

    there are no flaws in this post. A+++ for all four members and the author too.

    22 December 2011 - 11:39 PM

  • minho1lover 39 Points

    They forgot that after Shy Boy, they promoted Starlight, Moonlight

    23 December 2011 - 12:01 AM

    • Uni 9780 Points

      I purposely left it out, because I wanted to focus on the title song that they were most recognized for to their current songs, but I added a line regarding it :)

      23 December 2011 - 12:08 AM

  • Marty M 5 Points

    It's great that you are doing those articles, but a little unfortunate you got things wrong there: Starlight Moonlight was twice as successful than Love Is Move. It is currently rank 11th of Yearly Digital charts, it will end up the year within the Top 20. I know international fans didn't like too much, but you should have checked it. Starlight Moonlight is one of the main hit of 2011 in Korea.

    23 December 2011 - 12:40 AM

    • Marty M 5 Points

      There you go, Starlight moonlight ranked 6th on Music Bank Yearly charts. Shy Boy was 3rd.

      23 December 2011 - 02:21 AM

  • Kitsune 272 Points

    i haven't listened to secret nearly enough <3

    28 December 2011 - 11:46 PM

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