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Friday, 18 July 2014

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, Part XXI: Sun Ce and Son Dam-bi


Son Dam-bi (Hangul/Hanja: 손담비/孫淡妃; born September 25, 1983 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is one of the most hyped names to debut in Korea. She had appeared in music videos for Paran and MYV, along with many advertisements. She first came to fame when she appeared in a commercial for an MP3 player alongside Poppin' Hyun Joon. Before her debut, MSN Japan had a video documentary made, capturing her pre-debut training and rehearsals; it attracted 480,000 visitors in 5 days. Son Dam-bi trained especially with a well-known American choreographer in preparation for this album, and people began calling her the female version of Rain (비). She is a member of Miryang Son Clan (밀양 손씨/密陽孫氏), a clan which is originated from Miryang City, Southern Gyeongsang Province - Home of Miryang Arirang.

Son Dam-bi’s highly anticipated debut single comes with five tracks that give her ample opportunity to show off her vocal and dancing talents. Her debut single "Cry Eye" was produced and composed by Jang Joon Ho, who previously wrote MC Mong's "180 Degrees" and Jang Woo Hyuk's "Last Game". The lyrics were provided by Brian Kim, who also penned Shinhwa’s Once in A Lifetime.

Son Dam-bi joined MBC's reality show 우리 결혼했어요 ("We Got Married"), being paired with Marco. Joining the show in late 2008 as part of the second group of couples, their last episode was on February 2, 2009.

It was also announced that Son would be part of the cast for Hype Nation, a film that has been labelled a "world movie". However, as the movie was delayed, Son released a mini-album with the single "Toyoil Bame" ("토요일 밤에", "On a Saturday Night"). The song became her first #1 hit, topping various on- and offline charts, including M! Countdown (within 20 days), two wins on KBS's Music Bank, a 3-week chart-topping run on SBS's Inki Gayo. The song's routine features Son in various 80s fashions, transforming her into a "retro fashionista". She starred in SBS drama Dream with Joo Jin-mo and Kim Bum, her debut as an actress.

After training in the United States after "Cry Eye", Son Dam-bi returned to Korea and released a mini album, Mini Album Vol.1, with a focus on electronica (departing from her previous style of crunk pop) on April 29, 2008. The lead title was "Bad Boy", produced by Brave Brothers. Also, Kahi (former leader of After School and Pledis labelmate) was her dance teacher, and was featured in the Bad Boy music video.

In September 2008, she returned with the single "미쳤어" ("Crazy"). The song featured a "chair dance" that has become popular with the Korean public; it has since been upgraded to a "sofa dance". The dance has been copied and parodied by many people, including Hyun Young, Infinity Challenge comedy team member Noh Hongchul, comedienne Shin Bong-sun, and Lee Soo Young. Her follow-up song in 2009, "Toyoilbame" (Korean: "토요일밤에", "On a Saturday Night"), was a success. She then released her next EP, The Queen.

Starting in 2011, Son Dam-bi starred in a drama called Lights and Shadows. It was first broadcast on November 28, 2011. She finished filming in June 2012 with the drama concluding on July 3, 2012. She also released an OST for the drama called "Everything" on January 10, 2012.

It was confirmed by Pledis Entertainment that Son Dam Bi would make a comeback in Korea sometime in the summer. Eventually, a representative from Pledis stated that Dam Bi was finished recording her album and was in the midst of shooting photos for the album jacket. It was eventually confirmed that Son Dam-bi's new comeback album would be released sometime in early August. However, Pledis then stated that they would push Dam-bi's comeback even further into the year. It was then confirmed that Son Dam-bi will be coming back with the fourth mini album and it was released on November 12, 2012. The title track, "Dripping Tears," is produced by Brave Brothers. The fourth mini album titled "Dripping Tears," same with the title track and it contained 6 songs, included a 'G. Remix version' of "Dripping Tears." The music video of "Dripping Tears" released a day after the album. She had her first comeback in almost 2 years on November 15 on 'M Countdown.'