Go Younha(Korean Hangul :고윤하; hanja :高潤荷;Go Youn-ha, Japanese Katakana : ユンナ,Yunna, born April 29, 1988 in Seoul , South Korea), is a South Korean pop singer who first got her start in Japan , and continues to have success today in both countries.Younhamade her debut as an artist at the young age of sixteen. Nicknamed the " Oricon comet" for her success in Japan,she has released eight singles and two albums there with varying degrees of success. Several of her songs have been featured in anime and drama series.Younha was signed to Epic Records, a branch of Sony Music Entertainment Japan , from 2004 to 2008, after which she moved to Sistus Records, a Geneon Entertainment label. In South Korea, she is currently signed toWealive.

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 Younha's Biography

Early lifeedit

She developed an interest in Japanese television dramas and began to teach herself Japanese . What began as an interest in Japanese dramas developed into an interest in Japanese music . With the recommendation of an older student in her school's broadcasting club, she began listening to artists such as Hikaru Utada and Misia . Younha began to dream about becoming a singer alongside her favorite artists.

2004–2005: Early Career & Moderate Successedit

Pre-debut to "Yubikiri"edit

After a TV drama producer heard her demo tape, her single "Yubikiri", was chosen as the insert song for the Japanese Fuji TV Monday dramaTokyo Wankei ~Destiny of Love~. In October of the same year, she released her official first single, "Yubikiri -Japanese version-". Despite the tie-in, the single did not chart on the Oricon Chart .

'"Houkiboshi" toGo! Younhaedit

and peaked at #11 on the Daily chart.After releasing four singles, Younha released her first album entitledGo! Younhawith moderate success. It reached the #10 spot on the Oricon daily charts, and #12 on the weekly charts.

2006–2007: Later Struggles and Korean Debutedit

"Te wo Tsunaide" to "Hakanaku Tsuyoku"edit

However, Younha's next three singles, " My Lover ", " Te wo Tsunaide " and " Ima ga Daisuki ", despite various tie-ins such asBleach GC: Tasogare Ni Mamieru Shinigami,Jyu Oh Sei(獣王星) andJang Geum's Dream, failed to replicate the success from her earlier efforts, all ranking in the lower half of the Oricon Top 100.

In the meantime, Younha began her debut in Korea, releasing a digital Korean single titled "Audition". Many performances of this song were shown on Korean TV, and the single received much promotion, as a result, " Audition " charted well for over 3 months on all Korean charts.

Despite the lacklustre performance of her last 3 Japanese singles, Younha was chosen to sing an opening theme song forKiba. The song " Hakanaku Tsuyoku " (儚く強く) was used as the second opening theme for the show. The single was released on January 17, 2007, and due to the nature of its tie-in, charted much higher than her last 3 releases, peaking at #36 - but also marked her last single with Epic Records.

2007–2009: Crossover to Korea & Return to Japanedit

The Perfect Day to Say 'I Love You'andCometedit

Exactly two months after "Hakanaku Tsuyoku", Younha returned to Korea to release her first Korean album entitledThe Perfect Day to Say I Love You(고백하기 좋은 날,Gobaekhagi Jo-eun Nal). The album was a success, peaking at #1 on the charts. The first song promoted from the album was "Password 486", for which she won the SBS Inkigayo Mutizen award twice. A music video was made for "Password 486", which stars fellow Stam artist Yoon Ji-hoo. The album also features a collaboration with Wheesung . On July 14, 2007, Younha appeared on the Korean GomTV MSL Grand Finals (a StarCraft tournament) and performed in the opening ceremony. The second song promoted was "Love Condition", accompanied with a repackage of her debut album. While no music video was made, the song was performed live a number of times, and had modest success on the charts.

At the 2007 MKMF held on November 17, 2007, Younha won the Best New Solo Artist award. With her increasing success, Younha released a version ofGo! Younharerecorded in Korean. The album, with minor tracklist changes, is titledComet(혜성,Hyeseong) and was released on October 23, spawning two hit singles, the titular track "혜성 (Hyeseong)" and "At First Sight". Riding the success experienced in Korea, her very first Korean single "Audition" was re-released on March 14 as a physical CD, limited to 10,000 copies.

Epic Records quietly released a "best of" Japanese album/music video DVD of Younha's work to date,SONGS -Teen's Collection-, on March 26 2008, signalling the end of her contract with the record label, due to the recent poor performance of her singles, and her focus on the Korean music industry.

SomedayandPeace, Love & Ice Creamedit

On August 28, 2008 Younha followed up her last few successful albums with her sophomore effort, titledSomeday. The album went on to spawn two hit singles, "Telepathy", and "Gossip Boy". The album also featured her second collaboration with Tablo , who co-wrote and featured in the song, "Memory".

(今度の日曜日に,Kondo no Nichiyoubi ni), released in April 2009, also singing the theme songOn the Other Side of the Rainbow(虹の向こう側,Niji no Mukougawa). She went on to release 2 physical singles, "Girl"and "Sukinanda",however both failed to chart in the top 100.

Her highly anticipated third albumPart A: Peace Love & Ice Creamwas released on April 16, 2009, with a new record label, Lion Media. The promotional track1, 2, 3was a signalled change in her style, in fashion sense, taking on a cuter, girly appearance, as opposed to her more tomboy look for her previous promotional periods. The style change also encompassed her music, with her songs from the album losing her trademark debut Piano rock sound which brought her critical acclaim and success, turning to pop. Despite the sudden change in musical style, the song was a strong contender for #1, but was beaten out due to strong competition during the promotional run.

2009–2012: Decline and Legal Troublesedit

Growing SeasonandUnder the Same Skyedit

, showing a mature, darker contrast to the happier, pop-based Part A. The album spawned one #1 single, "We Broke Up Today".

and September 29, 2010 in Korea.The album features Younha's work with i-dep and Sotte Bosse's Nakamura Hiroshi, as well as popular acoustic guitar duo Depapepe. The album debuted to little fanfare, only achieving #169 on the Oricon Album charts.

Lost in Love&Legal Battles with Lion Mediaedit

After a year of relatively quiet activity since her last major release,Lost in Love, Younha's first EP, was released, including a collection of various soundtrack singles released throughout the year, as well as the promotional singlesOne Shot, stylistically a rare return to her piano rock roots, andTake Care of My Boyfriend, a pop-rock ballad. While the latter barely made the Top 10,One Shotmissed the Top 20. While "One Shot" was a welcome return to the original sound she was known for, there were also very strong similarities to the Sara Bareilles song, Love Song noted by netizens. With minimal promotion, the EP became the lowest selling album in Younha's Korean discography.

It was not until February 2012, that the courts found the case in favor of Younha, resulting in the annulment of her contract with Lion Media, as well as 100 million KRW compensation.

2012-present: Comebackedit


The album spawned two singles, the Top 10 Hit,Would We Have Changed?featuring John Park , andRun. The album was released to critical acclaim, embracing a rock based style, doing away with the ballad style she had promoted for the last 2 years, and even led toRunbeing nominated for Pop Song of the Year at the Korean Music Awards,similar to the Grammy's, judged by music critics and professionals. She also joined the cast of I Am a Singer , a show based around professional singers remaking songs, ranging from old to current hits.

Just Listenedit

Just Listenreceiving rave reviews for its musical creativity and uniqueness.The album also brought her back to commercial success, "아니야 (Unacceptable)" became her first Top 5 single since "오늘 헤어졌어요 (Broke Up Today)" in 2009, and is also her first album to feature 2 Top 10 singles,UnacceptableandReason.

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 Younha's Discography

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 Younha's Collaborations

Younha sang the songBoku wa Koko ni Iruon the tribute album to Masayoshi Yamazaki ,One More Time, One More Chance. (12.21.05)

Younha was selected as one of 14 female artists to perform in the omnibus album14 Princess ~Princess Princess Children~, a collection of the most famous songs by the top girls band Princess Princess of late 80's and early 90's. Younha performed the songDiamonds, which was the #1 seller of the year during 1989 in Japan. (03.08.06)

Younha has been featured on the following albums:

  • Wheesung 's 5th album,Eternal Essence of Music, in the song "만져주기"
  • Toy's 6th album,Thank You, in the song "오늘 서울 하늘은 하루종일 맑음" ("Today Seoul's skies are sunny all day long")
  • Epik High 's 5th album,Pieces, Part One, in the song "우산" ("umbrella")
  • Ajoo 's 2nd single,Paparazzi, in the song "Paparazzi"
  • Kim Bum Soo 's 6th album,Kim Bum Soo, in the song "줄다리기"
  • Kim Dong Wan 's single,Promise, in "약속"
  • Im Jae Bum 's single,The Day I Was Hurt From Love, in "사랑에 아파한 날들"
  • Road For Hope with various artists, in "Gift"
  • 'Fade' with DJ Philtre
  • So Ji Sub 's "6PM... Ground" album, in "소풍"

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