Uhm Jung hwa


Uhm Jung-hwa(born August 17, 1969) is a South Korean female Korean pop artist and actress. Uhm began her career as a chorus member of MBC , one of the three major South Korean broadcasting companies, in 1989. She made her film debut in the 1992 filmMarriage Storyand released her first albumSorrowful Secret, in 1993 on Samsung Music.She is considered to be one of the most influential women in the Korean entertainment industry, and numerous Korean female artists recognise her as a role model.

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Life and early works

Childhood and youth

Uhm was born in Jecheon , North Chungcheong , South Korea. She is the second child of Uhm Jin-ok, a music teacher who died in a motorcycle accident when she was four, and Yoo Gyeong-sook. Her younger and only brother Uhm Tae-woong is an actor. Following her father's death, her family found themselves in a difficult financial situation.

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Music career


Uhm Jung Hwa officially debuted as a singer in 1993 with her first albumSorrowful Secret. By the mid-90s she established herself as one of the top Korean female singers and entertainers with a series of hit singles:Sad Expectation( Hangul :슬픈 기대),A Love Permitted Only by Heaven(하늘만 허락한 사랑),Betrayal of the Rose(배반의 장미), andTell Me(말해줘 with Jinusean ). Jung Hwa's fourth album,Invitation, became one of the highest selling albums of the year and received positive reviews from critics and fans. She released two of her most recognizable singles of her career,PoisonandInvitation(초대). She remained successful the following year, in 1999, with her fifth album005.1999.06, which sold well over 900,000 copies. It remains one of the best selling albums by a female artist and cemented her status as the "Queen of Korean Pop" in South Korea.

2000's and onwards

During the 2000s, UJH began to focus more on her acting career and committed her self to taking a variety of acting roles. She also began to pursue and experiment with different musical genres, in particular electronica . In 2004, she released her double cdSelf Control, which featured songs composed by Jung Jae Hyung, Fractal and Roller Coaster. Music critics praised UJH for her ability to re-invent her image and sound.

After a two year break from the music scene, she released her ninth studio albumPrestige. Throughout the year she released two singles: "Come 2 Me" and "Wind Song" (바람의노래) each enjoyed positive critical reception. In early 2007 she won a Korean Music Award for best electronic dance record.

In the summer of 2008 she released her first EP titled "D.I.S.C.O" with help from long time friend Yang Hyun Seok of YG Entertainment. The lead single "D.I.S.C.O" featured popular boy band member T.O.P from the group Big Bang . The EP was very successful and was further promoted by the digital single "D.I.S.C.O PT.2" which was a remix version of "D.I.S.C.O" and featured G-Dragon , the leader of Big Bang.

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Film career

Uhm Jung-hwa has established herself as one of Korea's top actresses. She is known for her roles in the filmsMarriage Is a Crazy Thing,Singles,Princess Aurora,Dancing QueenandHaeundae, which became one of the highest grossing movies in Korea . She has won 2 Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actress, in 2002 for her role in Marriage Is A Crazy Thing and again in 2012 for her role in Dancing Queen.

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Fashion Line

Uhm Jung-hwa launched her new clothing & lingerie line, ‘Corner Suite‘ and ‘ZHUM in New York‘, which made 10 million USD within 3 months of its release. ‘Corner Suite’ became an instant hit when the line debuted on online markets. The line immediately sold out. Future plans include putting her line of clothes on more home shopping channels, as the demand for it is great.

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Health scare

She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but fully recovered after surgery in May 2010.Uhm said she felt a little afraid leading up to the surgery, but rather than being discouraged by the pain she was experiencing, she made up her mind to dedicate herself to helping others by inspiring them. "I want to use my talent and influence in a meaningful way," she said.

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Discography

Korean Albums

Album TitleRelease DateSales
*슬픈기대 1996 -
*後愛 1997 -
**BEST....My Songs 1998 314,131
*Invitation 1998 850,000
005.1999.06 1999 900,373
*All Details 1999 150,000+
*Queen of Charisma 2000 645,021
*花 2001 400,403
*SELF CONTROL 2004 210,000+
*Prestige 2006 100,342+
*D.I.S.C.O (EP) 2008 80,022+

Korean Digital Singles

  • tvN Remix version (2006)
  • Come 2 Me NEW REMIX (2006)
  • D.I.S.C.O PT.2 (2008)

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Filmography


TV series

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 Uhm Jung hwa's Aerobics video

We are Yoggy- A Yoga VHF (2002)

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