Joo (singer)

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Native name
Jung Min-joo

(1990-10-11) October 11, 1990 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongguk University
  • Singer
  • actress
RelativesJung Il-hoon (brother)
Musical career
Years active2008–present
Associated actsJYP Nation
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Min-ju
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Min-chu

Jung Min-joo (born October 11, 1990), known professionally as Joo or Arin, is a South Korean singer and actress. In 2006, she became a contestant on JYP Entertainment's Superstar Survival. Although she didn't win, she was accepted as a trainee at JYP Entertainment. After two years of training, Joo debuted as a soloist with her single album Young Girl in January 2008. However, she went back into training for two years, as she didn't feel ready for her debut. Joo made her comeback in January 2011 by releasing her EP Heartmade.

Aside from her music career, Joo has participated in various musical dramas, including Youthful March (2011–2012), Catch Me If You Can (2012–2013), and Full House (2014). She also participated in notable TV drama Dream High (2011) and the movie Marriage Blue (2013).

Early life

Joo was born on October 11, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. She spent her childhood in Indonesia because of her father's work.[citation needed] Her younger brother is Jung Il-hoon, a member of the South Korean boy group BtoB.[citation needed]



Joo was one of the contestants in the 2006 survival series Superstar Survival alongside 2PM's Chansung, Taecyeon and Junho. Although Junho was ultimately crowned the winner, she was accepted to train at JYP Entertainment.[citation needed]

2008: Young Girl and return to trainee

On January 10, 2008, JYP Entertainment stated that they would debut a new solo singer, Joo. She made her debut stage on January 11, 2008, with her single "Young Girl" on KBS' Music Bank.[1] Despite already making her debut, Joo ultimately decided that she was not yet ready to finish her training. She continued life as a trainee until her comeback in 2011.

2011–2014: Heartmade and musical acting

On January 3, 2011, Joo released her much-awaited comeback video, titled "Bad Guy", which featured 2PM’s Chansung[2] on her official YouTube channel. The single was part of her album titled Heartmade. Her comeback stage featured the same song on the January 7 broadcast of Music Bank.[3]

On May 12, 2011, Joo released another teaser video with a new song titled "Ice Cream" featuring Super Junior's leader, Leeteuk.[4] The music video was released on May 16, 2011.

On May 23, 2011, JYP Entertainment officially announced that JYP artists would come together for two “JYP NATION in Japan 2011” concerts in Japan in August 2011. The star-studded line-up included Park Jin-young, Lim Jeong-hee, Wonder Girls, Joo, 2AM, 2PM, Miss A, and San E. The two concerts took place on August 17 and 18 at the Saitama Super Arena.

On October 10, 2011, JYP Entertainment revealed that Joo had been selected as a leading actress in a musical called Youthful March, scheduled to perform from November 12, 2011 to January 29, 2012.[5] This marked her debut as a musical actress. As it was her first time in a musical, she said: "I'm excited to take my first step into the world of musicals. It's only the beginning, and as it is a leading role, I'll be rehearsing harder than anyone else to create an amazing show. I'll do my best to show a different image from singer Joo as musical actress Joo, so please give me your support.".[6]

On October 31, 2012, JYP Entertainment announced that Joo had been selected to take on the role of Brenda in the new musical of Catch Me If You Can scheduled to have its first performance on December 14, 2012 and final on February 9, 2013. Other prominent stars such as Girls' Generation's Sunny, CSJH The Grace's Dana and Oh Sang-eun have taken turns to take on the role previously.[7][8]

On March 5, 2014, it was announced that Joo was selected to join Beast's Yoseob in the musical remake of Full House, which ran from April 11, 2014 to June 8, 2014. She joined the cast of Full House, which included VIXX's Leo, A Pink's Jung Eun-ji, Kim San-ho, Seo Ha-joon, and Kwak Sun-young.[9]

Through an interview, she shared her thoughts and experiences on living as a musical actress, which is a career quite different than the one in her past. She said: "I've been enjoying performing for the musical Full House. I've been watching other musicals and taking lessons on my days off." She also revealed her hopes of wanting people who come to watch Full House to see her as Han Ji-eun, not as singer Joo or actress Jung Min-joo.[10]

2015–present: Cry & Blow, Late in the Morning, The Unit

In January 2015, Joo's contract with JYP Entertainment ended.[11] In April, it was revealed that she had signed an exclusive contract with Woollim Entertainment.[12]

In October 2015, Woollim Entertainment confirmed Joo would be making a comeback after five years, releasing a ballad track.[13] Joo released her single, Cry & Blow, on November 2.[14]

Joo release her second digital single Late in the Morning on May 26, 2017.[15] The ballad track was composed by Nell's Lee Junghoon.[16][17]

On October 2, 2017 Joo confirmed she would be appearing on reality television series The Unit and participated in a recording for the program on October 1, which aired on October 28.[18]



Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Track listing
  1. "나쁜 남자 (Bad Guy)"
  2. "물 한잔도 마실 수 없어 (Can't Even Take a Glass of Water)"
  3. "영화도 안보니 (Not Even in the Movies)" (feat. Chansung of 2PM)
  4. "마주치고 나서 (After Looking At You)"
  5. "꿈만 같아 (Unbelievable)"
  6. "나쁜 남자 (Bad Guy)" (Inst.)

Single Album

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
어린 여자 (Young Girl)
Track listing
  1. "남자 때문에 (Because of a Man)"
  2. "어제처럼 (Like Yesterday)" ( cover)
  3. "얼굴 (Face)"
  4. "초연 (怊緣) (Premiere)"
  5. "남자 때문에 (Because of a Man)" (Inst.)
  6. "어제처럼 (Like Yesterday)" (Inst.)


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Because of a Man" (남자 때문에) 2008 N/A Young Girl
"Like Yesterday" (어제처럼)
"Bad Guy" (나쁜 남자) 2011 5 Heartmade
"Ice Cream" (아이스크림)
(with Leeteuk)
21 Non-album singles
"Cry & Blow" (울고 분다) 2015 19
"Late in the Morning" (어느 늦은 아침) 2017 N/A
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Premiere" (초연) 2007 N/A Conspiracy in the Court OST

Young Girl

"That's Love" (그게 사랑이야) 2008 One Mom and Three Dads OST
"Color" () Painter of the Wind OST
"Turn Around" (뒤돌아봐) 2010 9 Cinderella's Sister OST
"You Want It" (원하잖아)
(San E feat. Joo)
157 Everybody Ready?
"Dream High" (with Suzy, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Eunjung, and Kim Soo-hyun) 2011 42 Dream High OST
"Not What I Expected" (기대했단 말야) 2012 History of a Salaryman OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Can't Even Take a Glass of Water" (물 한잔도 마실 수 없어) 2011 66 N/A Heartmade
"Not Even in the Movies" (영화도 안보니)
(feat. Chansung of 2PM)
"After Looking At You" (마주치고 나서) 117
"Unbelievable" (꿈만 같아) 123
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Marriage Blue Ah-reum

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Dream High Jung Ah-jung KBS2

Musical theatre

Year Title Role
2011–2012 Youthful March Young-shim
2012–2013 Catch Me If You Can Brenda
2014 Full House Han Ji-eun

Music video appearances

Year Title Artist(s) Role
2010 This Christmas JYP Nation Herself
2011 Bad Guy Herself and Chansung of 2PM Herself


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Female Artist[19] "Because of a Man" Nominated


  1. ^ krnloop (10 January 2008). "Joo, JYP's new singer". Korean pop music news source. krnloop. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ "[M/V] JOO "나쁜 남자" from Heartmade". YouTube. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  3. ^ "KBS Music Bank". Soompi. Soompi Inc. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Joo And Leeteuk Release Teaser For "Ice Cream"". Soompi. Soompi Inc. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  5. ^ "JOO Debuts as Lead Actress in Musical "Youthful March"". Soompi. Soompi Inc. October 10, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "JOO cast for her debut musical, 'Youthful March'". Allkpop. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "JOO joins the cast of 'Catch Me If You Can' musical". Allkpop. October 30, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Singer JOO Cast in Musical "Catch Me if You Can"". Soompi. October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  9. ^ "VIXX's Leo, A Pink's Eunji, JOO, and more to join Yoseob in musical remake of 'Full House'". Allkpop. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "[Interview] Singer Joo Returns as Musical Actress in ′Full House′". Mwave. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  11. ^ "JOO Searches for New Agency as 7-Year Contract with JYP End". Mwave. January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  12. ^ "Solo Artist JOO signs with Woollim Entertainment". soompi. April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "JOO to make her comeback after a 5 year hiatus". Allkpop. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  14. ^ "JOO reveals title for her comeback track! -".
  15. ^ 온라인이슈팀. "JOO, 과거 발표한 '남자 때문에' 로 역주행 성공할까".
  16. ^ "주(JOO), NELL 콘서트 인증샷♥ "오라버니들 부러워"". 26 May 2017.
  17. ^ "[단독] 주(JOO), 1년6개월만에 컴백 확정 '5월 가요대전 전격 합류'".
  18. ^ "주(JOO) 측 "'더 유닛' 출연하는 것 맞다"".
  19. ^ "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-17.

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