Kan Mi Youn
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|Born||February 2, 1982 (1982-02-02) (age 29)|
|Years active||1997–2006 (group)
|Associated acts||Baby V.O.X|
|Kan Mi Youn|
|Revised Romanization||Gan Mi-yeon|
Kan Mi-Youn (Hangul: 간미연, Hanja: 簡美妍 born February 2, 1982) is a K-pop singer. Kan was the lead singer in the girl group Baby V.O.X from 1997 to 2006. After the group’s breakup, Kan moved on to pursue a career as a solo singer.
 1997–2006: Baby V.O.X. Days
Kan Mi Youn debuted in 1997 as a member of a K-pop girl group Baby V.O.X, replacing an ex-member (Cha Yu-mi) who was injured on stage during performance. Kan was assigned the “princess” role in the group and known for her cute and comical traits. Kan was considered not only the main but also the best vocalist in the group, having the ability in hitting high notes.
In 1999, the group’s Come Come Come album “Get Up” reached the number one spot on the Korean music pop charts and since then, the group released many hit albums which earned them a vast loyal fan base in Korea, China, Thailand and other Asian market.
Although 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 K-pop boy group H.O.T. Kan was rumored to be dating H.O.T. member Moon Hee Joon which resulted in attracting many anti-fans. She received an envelope containing razor blades and a letter threatened to murder her.
 2006: Establishing a Solo Music Career
In 2006, Kan decided to go solo when she signed on to a new record label, thus ending her 8 years of activities as a member of Baby V.O.X. With Kan departure, in March 2006, Baby V.O.X was officially disbanded. Kan released her first solo album entitled Refreshing on September 15, 2006. The album was a reflection on what has been going through in her life, as a maturing woman. Soon after, Kan decided to focus her music career in China, spending most of her time learning Mandarin and appearing on mainstream Chinese TV shows and music performances.
 2007–2009: A Career in China
While focusing on the Chinese market, Kan Mi Youn reached a significant level of success in China. One of Kan most notable feats in China was in 2007, where she won a famous mandarin singing competition, “名声大震”, with Chinese singer Anson Hu. It was this feat that shot her into even more stardom, securing her as a successful artist in the Chinese market.
In January 2008, Kan released a Chinese version of Refreshing album. Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Kan together with various Asian artistes participated in the songs “Promise” and “I Love Asia”, a fund raising project spearheaded by Jackie Chan for the support of the people in earthquake-hit areas.
 2010: Digital single: Going Crazy
On July 1, 2010, Kan Mi Youn finally made her full comeback after 3 years of absence from the Korean music scene. Despite the hiatus, Kan proved that she is still hot in the K-pop industry. With her new short hair and sexy image, the digital single entitled 미쳐가 (Going Crazy) feat. Mir of MBLAQ gained lots of attentions from the fans. The music video released in GomTV and YouTube on June 30, featuring Lee Joon and Mir of MBLAQ hits 200,000 views, crowning it most viewed music video within a day. On July 15, Kan officially launched her own fashion line named “Kanderella”, where she is the CEO of this online fashion store.
 2011: WATCH & OBSESSION
On February 8, 2011, a 1:00 music video teaser for Kan Mi Youn’s new song, “Sunshine”, featuring Junsu of 2 pm was released. On February 9, 2011, an album cover, the full music video and song were released. On February 14, 2011, a music video teaser for “Paparazzi” was released. Two days later, jacket photos and the full music video were released, officially beginning Kan Mi Youn’s second solo-comeback. On February 17, 2011, Kan Mi Youn’s first mini-album, ‘WATCH’, was released. The following day, promotions for “Paparazzi” began on M! Countdown. Kan Mi Youn experienced a boost in popularity with “Paparazzi” and even managed to make it into Inkigayo’s ‘Take 7’ for three consecutive weeks.
On September 26, 2011, a music video teaser for Kan’s new song, “Won’t Meet You”, was released. On September 28, 2011, 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.
 Baby V.O.X Albums
|Sept,1998||Ya Ya Ya|
|July, 1999||Come Come Come|
|April, 2001||Boyish Story|
|April, 2002||Special Album April|
|Oct, 2002||The First Concert In Seoul (VCD)|
|Mar, 2003||“Go” 1st Mini Album in Japan|
|April, 2004||Ride West|
 Solo albums
|Sept, 2006||< Refreshing> (Korean)
|Jan, 2008||<Refreshing> (Chinese)
|Feb, 2011||<First Mini Album: Watch> (Korean)
|Sept, 2011||<Second Mini Album: OBSESSION> (Korean)
|2003||Promise You, S’MAX feat. Kan Mi Youn||S’MAX’s A S’MAX Birth!! (Korean)|
|시작 (Start), Park Ji Yoon feat. Kan Mi Youn, Mc Smily, 가루다||Park Ji Yoon’s Woo~Twenty One (Korean)|
|2004||Sweet Boy, WAWA feat. Kan Mi Youn||WAWA’s Turning Point (EP) (Korean)|
||Kan Mi Youn’s Winter Single (Korean)|
|여우별 (Jinx), Kan Mi Youn version||Sol’s All About Music & Sol (Korean)|
|Marry Me||Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung OST (Korean)|
|사랑한단 말이야[당자Said]||Bad Couple OST (Korean)|
|슬프지만 안녕 (I Feel Sad, but Goodbye)||The Snow Queen OST (Korean)|
|기분 좋은 날 (I Feel Good), Banana Girl feat. Kan Mi Youn||Banana Girl’s Chocolate Single (Korean)|
|2008||Growing of My Heart||Detective Conan: Volume 6 OST (Korean)|
|陷入爱里面, with Yu Haoming||Yu Haoming’s 如果,可以爱你 Digital Single (Chinese)|
|2009||사랑은… (Love Is), Woo Yun Suk feat. Kan Mi Youn||Woo Yun Suk’s Love Virus Single (Korean)|
|陷入爱里面, with Yu Haoming||Yu Haoming’s 拥抱 (EP) (Korean)|
|눈 내리는 마을 (Village, Where Snow Falls), with various artistes||Snow Village Project (Korean)|
|너에게 약속하는 7가지 (To You, 7 kinds of Promise), with Tei||연∙애∙별(緣∙愛∙別) OST (Korean)|
|2010||미쳐가 (Going Crazy), feat. Mir and Lee Joon from MBLAQ||Kan Mi Youn’s 미쳐가 Digital Single (Korean)|
|2011||Good Love, feat. Seo Jun||Feeling Project No. 1 Digital Single (Korean)|
 Music videos
- 2006: <옛날여자>
- 2006: <Kiss>
- 2007: <여우별>, with Sol (14 minutes music drama)
- 2008: <如果，可以爱你>, with Yu Haoming
- 2008: <陷入爱里面>, with Yu Haoming
- 2008: <巴黎铁塔>, with Anson Hu
- 2008: <너에게 약속하는 7가지>, with Tei
- 2008: MSN“LOVE情”情场大片 with Yu Haoming
- 2010: <미쳐가>(Going Crazy) feat. Mir and Lee Joon of MBLAQ
- 2011: <Sunshine>, with Junsu of 2PM
- 2011: <파파라치>(Paparazzi), with Kim Hyung Jun of SS501
- 2011: <Good Love>
- 2011: <안만나 (Won’t Meet You)>
 Television Programs
- 2006: MBC 레인보우 로망스 (MBC Nonstop 6, Rainbow Romance)
- 2008: ETN 간미연의 트렌드섹션
- 2010: QTV 여자만세