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Park Soo-young (Hangul: 박수영; born September 3, 1996), also known as Joy, is a South-Korean singer and actress. She is the lead rapper and vocalist of South-Korean girl group, Red Velvet.

Early life

Joy was born as Park Soo-young in Jeju Island, South Korea and grew up in Dobong District, Seoul. Her family consists of her parents and two younger sisters, Park Ji-yeong and Min-ji. In her childhood, Joy was interested in Modern Trot music. During grade school, she performed "Flying Duck" , an original song by the K-rock band, Cherry Filter, which began her aspiration to become a singer. In 2015, she graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul.

Joy auditioned and was cast by SM Entertainment at the S.M. Global Audition in Seoul in 2012. She trained under the agency for two years, before beginning her career under the stage name, Joy.

Career

2014: Red Velvet

On August 1, 2014, Joy debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group Red Velvet after releasing the digital single "Happiness".

2015-present: Solo Activities

In 2015, Joy joined the program We Got Married and went on to win the New Star Award and Best Couple Award at the MBC Entertainment Awards. In 2016, Joy and Yook Sungjae released a duet entitled 어린애 (Young Love) for the program and received official songwriting credit from KOMCA for contributing to its lyrical composition.[1] In November 2016, Joy collaborated with Lim Seul-ong in a duet titled "Always In My Heart". The song debuted in the Top 10 of MelOn and achieved an overall ranking of #2 on the Instiz iChart.[2]

In 2017, Joy made her acting career debut portraying the female lead Yoon So-Rim in the K-drama, The Liar and His Lover, and went on to win the Newcomer Award at the OSEN Cable TV Awards. Joy also released 6 OSTs for the music-based drama. In 2018, Joy acted in her second lead role as Eun Tae-hee in the 2018 K-drama, Tempted, where she was nominated for Best Actress and Rookie of the Year at the MBC Drama Awards.[3]

Joy has hosted various television programs, most notably Sugarman 2 in 2018 with Yoo Jae-suk, You Hee-yeol, and Park Na-rae, and Pajama Friends with Song Ji-hyo and Jang Yoon-ju. In 2019, Joy became the main host alongside Jang Yoon-ju of Asia's most popular beauty program Get It Beauty.[4] In 2020, Joy became a main cast member of the new variety show Handsome Tigers and went on to win the Best Female Variety Idol at the Brand Customer Loyalty Awards.[5]

In March 2020, Joy released an OST "Introduce Me A Good Person" for the tvN drama Hospital Playlist.[6] The song reached number one on multiple charts, number five on Billboard Korea's K-Pop Hot 100 Chart, and has surpassed 460 Million Digital Index Points on Gaon.[7][8] Joy's solo OST has received nominations for the Song of the Year Daesang (Grand Prize) and Best OST Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, and Best OST at the 30th Seoul Music Awards.[9][10] As a soloist, Joy has been nominated for the Top 10 Artist Bonsang (Main Prize) at the 2020 Melon Music Awards, and for the Artist of the Year Daesang (Grand Prize) at the 2020 Genie Music Awards.[11][12] In May 2020, Joy also featured on the title track of R&B artist Crush, with "Mayday" reaching number one on multiple charts, as well as the top of the MelOn R&B/Soul Chart.[13]

On May 12, 2021, SM Entertainment announced that Joy will make a solo debut with a remake album set to be released at the end of May.[14] On May 17th, it was announced that Joy would be making her solo debut on May 31st with the special album, Hello.

Discography

Special albums

Collaborations

Year Album Song Note
2016 SM Station Season 1 "Always In My Heart" with Lim Seul-ong
"Young Love" with Yook Sung-jae
"First Christmas" with Doyoung

Featuring

Year Album Artist Song Note
2020 homemade 1 Crush "Mayday"

OST

Year Album Song Note
2017 The Liar and His Lover The Way to Me Solo
"Fox"
Your Days
Shiny Boy
Waiting For You
I’m Okay with Lee Hyun Woo
2018 Tempted "OMG!" Solo
The Ghost Detective "Dream Me" with Mark (NCT)
2020 Hospital Playlist OST "Introduce Me a Good Person " Solo

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Note
2015 SMTown The Stage Herself Documentary Film of SM Artists
2020 Trolls World Tour Ari Animated Film

Dramas

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Descendants of the Sun KBS2 Herself Cameo, Episode 16
2017 The Liar and His Lover tvN Yoon So-Rim Lead role
The Boy Next Door Naver TV Cast Herself Cameo, Episode 7–8
2018 Tempted MBC Eun Tae-Hee Lead role

Variety Shows

Year Award Show Network Role Notes
2015 Immortal Songs 2 KBS2 Contestant Appeared with Seulgi and Wendy, Episode 223
Running Man SBS Guest Episode 268
Hello Counselor KBS Guest Appeared with Yeri, Episode 220
2015-2016 We Got Married MBC Cast Member Partnered up with Yook Sung-jae
2016 M Countdown Mnet Special Host Hosted with Seulgi, Episode 494
2016 - 2017 Trick & True KBS2 Fixed Panelist Replaced Irene, First Appeared on Episode 5
2017 Girl Group Battle Contestant Appeared with Seulgi and Wendy, Korean New Year Special
Oppa Thinking MBC Cast Member Pilot Episode
King of Mask Singer Contestant Episodes 121–122 as "Bandabi"
Hello Counselor KBS Guest Appeared with Wendy, Episode 334
Running Man SBS Guest Episode 376
Inkigayo SBS Special Host Episode 926
2018 Sugar Man 2 JTBC Host
Pajama Friends Lifetime Host
Hidden Singer: 5 JTBC Panelist Episode 12
Amazing Saturday tvN Guest Episode 36
Hello Counselor KBS Guest Appeared with Seulgi, Episode 389
Come See Me JTBC Guest Episode 7
Running Man SBS Guest Epsiodes 426-427
2019 Get It Beauty OnStyle Main Host Started Episode 7
Prison Life of Fools tvN Guest Episodes 15-16
Knowing Bros KBS Guest Appeared with Jang Yoonju, Episode 196
2020 Happy Together KSB2 Guest Episode 65
Salty Tour tvN Guest Evaluator Episodes 105-107
Handsome Tigers SBS Manager
Salty Tour tvN Guest Evaluator Episodes 116-117
Dogs Are Incredible KBS World Guest Episode 36
Salty Tour tvN Guest Evaluator Episodes 120-121
Idol Woof Woof Athletics Championships MBC Host Chuseok Special
Dogs Are Incredible KBS World Guest Episode 51

Endorsements

Year Brand Notes
2018 Fitz Super Clear Beer with BTOB Sungjae
2019 Espoir
UGGLife with Kim Heejung & Jung Hyok
Aveda

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Show Category Nominated Work Result
2015 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award (with Yook Sung-jae) We Got Married Won
New Star Award Won
Best Newcomer Award Nominated
2017 OSEN Cable TV Awards Newcomer Award The Liar and His Lover Won
2018 The Seoul Awards Popularity Award (Drama Actress Category) Tempted Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Rookie of the Year Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
2019 14th Annual Soompi Awards Best Idol Actor Nominated
Brand of the Year Awards Beauty Icon of the Year Joy Nominated
Korea First Brand Awards Beauty Icon Nominated
2020 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards Best Female Variety Idol Won
Brand of the Year Awards OST of the Year "Introduce Me A Good Person" Nominated
APAN Music Awards Best OST Award Nominated
MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artist Bonsang Joy Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards Song of the Year "Introduce Me A Good Person" Nominated
Best OST Nominated
Genie Music Awards Artist of the Year Joy Nominated
2021 Seoul Music Awards Best OST "Introduce Me A Good Person" Pending

Trivia

  • Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • Her designated color is green.
  • Her representative animal is chick since Summer Magic era. Prior to that it would be canary since her debut.
  • Her representative fruit is green kiwi.
  • Her representative weapon is a submachine gun.
  • Her representative drink is Green Sunrise.
  • Her nickname is kkyeopjoy (Cute Joy). Malgeumie, Sexy Dynamite.
  • Her stage name was given because she dislikeas aegyo and was a very adult-like and doesn't smile much. She was also very private, much unlike Wendy.
  • She prefers the more chic Velvet concept over the cute and innocent Red concept.
  • She trained in the company for 2 years before debut.
  • She did not travel to North Korea for Inter-Korea Peace Concert as she was filming "Tempted".
  • Joy is a dog lover, even before becoming a dog-owner, she considered becoming a dog trainer had she not been in entertainment.
  • She is petrified of fireworks and had suffered injuries due to their mishaps.
  • She had left knee injury in Russian Roulette, and dislocated her right shoulder during Redmare Tour.
  • Joy adopted a female Maltese "Haetnim" in 2018, and regularly volunteers at a shelter for abandoned dogs in Seoul. She also opened a separate Instagram account for her.
  • Joy has been high-school friends with GFriend Yerin and APink Hayoung since 2012.
  • Joy is also friends with BLACKPINK Rosé, TWICE Sana, Gugudan Sejeong, Lovelyz Yein.
  • She can sing trot.
  • She can imitate Mr. Krabs from Spongebob.
  • She loves chicken.
  • Her favourite number is 31 because she likes to eat ice cream. (Baskin robbins has 31 original flavors.) This went on to become her representative number.
  • Had Joy not pursued a career in entertainment or scouted by SM, she would like to be a teacher on any of the two fields:
    • Kindergarten: Due to her love of kids.
    • Music: Due to her love of music.
  • She claims that she has a habit of spacing out.
  • Her hobbies are watching movies and singing good songs.
  • She collects lip balm.
  • Her ways of relieving stress are going around on her own and meeting up and talking with her sisters.
  • She currently has her own room.
  • She is the only member of the group, never to have been a part of SM Rookies before her debut with Red Velvet.
  • Her favorite subject at school is Music.
  • She is known to be the most adorable of the group.
  • Joy made it to the next round of "King of Mask Singer", appearing in episodes 121 and 122 as "Bandabi".
  • She's a fan of Lolo Zouaï

Gallery

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RED VELVET
IreneSeulgiWendyJoyYeri
Discography
Mini-albums Ice Cream CakeThe VelvetRussian RouletteRookieThe Red SummerSummer MagicRBB'The ReVe Festival' Day 1'The ReVe Festival' Day 2MonsterQueendom
Albums The RedPerfect Velvet
Repackage albums The Perfect Red Velvet'The ReVe Festival' Finale
Japanese mini-albums #Cookie JarSAPPY
Singles HappinessBe NaturalWish TreeWould URebirthOur Beloved BoA #4
Solos Like WaterHello
OSTs YossismSee the starsFuture
Events
Concerts Red Room (2017) • Red Room Japan (2018) • REDMARE (2018) • REDMARE Arena Tour in Japan (2019) • La Rouge (2019) • La Rouge Arena Tour in Japan (2020)
Filmography
Dramas The Female Employees of a Game CompanyThe Liar and His LoverIdol Drama Operation TeamLet's Only Walk The Flower RoadTemptedBlue Birthday
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