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Gain (singer)

Ga-In (가인)
Background information
Birth name Son Ga In (손가인)
Also known as Baby-G
Born (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987
Origin Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, electropop, dance, nuevo tango
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Nega Network (2005 - present)
LOEN Entertainment (2011 - 2013)
APOP Entertainment (2013 - present)
Associated acts Brown Eyed Girls
Korean name
Hangul 손가인
Hanja 孫佳人
Revised Romanization Son Ga-in
McCune–Reischauer Son Ka-in

Ga-In (가인) (born Son Ga-In (손가인), September 20, 1987) is a South Korean singer, actress, and entertainer. She is best known as a member of the Korean pop music girl-group Brown Eyed Girls and for her appearances alongside Jo Kwon from 2AM for TV shows We Got Married and All My Love.

Music career

Brown Eyed Girls

Son Ga-In was noticed by the existing members of Brown Eyed Girls after she was eliminated during auditions for the popular South Korean reality series Let's Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa!. According to Ga-In, she was crying in the bathroom following her failed audition when she was approached by composer Ahn Jung Hoon, and was invited to audition at Brown Eyed Girls' company, eventually joining the group. The four members performed several small shows under the name "Crescendo" before officially debuting as Brown Eyed Girls in 2006.[1]

2010: Gain's first solo album

In October 2010 Gain started her solo activities through her album Step 2/4, the first teaser for her music video was released on October 4 [1], the second teaser one day later [2].

It was revealed that Gain worked with a university professor for tango choreography of the title track Irreversible'. The professor Park Myung soo - teaching at the Seoul Arts University - choreographed the dance to portray the emotional lyrics of the dance. [3]

On October 8 the music video for Irreversible was released [4] The song earned much attention for the tango influence and the dramatic music video, which is almost 11 minutes long. A few days later the dance version was released [5], which showcased Gain dancing in the desert.

The song also managed to win a music program award on Inkigayo, which was Gain's first win as a solo artist. [6]

2011: Group comeback, agency switch

After the promotions of Brown Eyed Girls' fourth album, it was revealed that Ga-In had signed a contract with Loen Entertainment, who will manage her future solo and acting career. According to an official at Loen Entertainment, "She will continue with her group activities under her current firm, Nega Network, which is a collaborative label with Loen. The official has assured that this will not hinder her group activities in any way and Loen will solely be responsible for her solo releases.[2]

2012: Gain's 2nd solo album, Someone Else

Gain in 2012

At midnight of April 22 KST, JYP and Ga-In released a duet track titled, ”Someone Else". This is the first song JYP released in about two years.

In 2012 Gain made her comeback with her second solo album and revealed the tracklist and album name on September 24 [7]. The album Talk About S includes five tracks, the title song Bloom is written by Kim Eana and composed by Lee Minsoo, who have also worked on her first solo album. In the following days several teasers were released for the individual songs, such as Tinkerbell [8], Catch Me If You Can [9], Meet Her [10] and Gaze [11].

The whole music video and album were finally released on October 5 [12], later on she also won an award on M! Countdown with her title track [13].

2013: Psy's Gentleman, group comeback, features for Show Luo, agency switch

In April 13, 2013, she was featured in PSY's music video "Gentleman", along with the "arrogant" dance popularized in the Brown Eyed Girls song "Abracadabra".[3]

On July 4, a teaser image was released via Facebook and Twitter for Brown Eyed Girls' long awaited comeback. July 9 marked the release of a digital single "Recipe". After the success of their digital single, they released their 5th studio album, Black Box, on July 25. "KILL BILL was announced as the title track and is composed by Lee Gyu Hyun and Jea. October 2013, Ga-In also broke onto the CPOP scene, featuring in Show Luo's music video for "愛投羅網 官方完整版 (Cast The Net Of Love)" .[4]

It was also revealed that Gain parted her ways with LOEN entertainment and now promotes under APOP Entertainment. [14]

2014: Gain's third mini album

At the end on January Gain revealed to make a comeback with her 3rd mini album Truth or Dare on February 6 [15] and released a teaser picture along with the news. On January 22 Gain released a mysterious and sexy teaser still-cut from her pre-release track 'Fxxk U'. [16]

A day later she released a shocking teaser for the song [17]. The teaser shows two silhouettes behind a shower curtain, at the end Gain says the words Fuck you. It was revealed that the song will be a simple yet melodious and has a classic guitar. Also Bumkey features in the song.

On January 27 the MV and song was finally released [18]. The song tells about an intense and rocky relationship between Gain and actor Joo Ji Hoon, who are caught in an physically and emotionally abusive relationship. The music video was revealed along with the whole album. The lyricist Kim Eana and composer Lee Minsoo worked on the title track, just like on her previous song Bloom. [19] The title song Truth or Dare deals with the risky topic of rumors and their effect on celebrities and their life.

Other work

In October 2009, Ga-In was placed in the Dream Team project group for Samsung called 4Tomorrow along with KARA's Seungyeon, After School's UEE and 4Minute's HyunA.[5] Each girl is from the top K-Pop Girl groups that dominated the music scene at the time. Together, they "debuted" as a fictitious girl group for Samsung's Anycall campaign with a CF/MV called "Tomorrow". Although, the group was only scheduled to last two months, they released six music dramas.

In 2006, Ga-In did a collaboration single called "Must Have Love" with SG Wannabe's leader Kim Yong Jun.

She also released digital single "We Fell in Love" (우리 사랑하게 됐어요), composed by Jea, with then We Got Married partner 2AM Jo Kwon. The song was voted #1 in several music programs in January, 2010

Television work

Ga-in appeared on We Got Married with 2AM's Jo Kwon starting from September 2009. Their virtual marriage came to an end after 15 months in January 2011.

She made her acting debut in MBC daily sitcom All My Love. She was the female lead, "Geumji". She acted alongside her virtual husband Jo Kwon, who played the role as her younger twin brother, "Okyeop". Her character was the love interest of Yoon Doo-joon (from BEAST) character also named "Yoon Doo Joon". However, owing to schedule conflicts, her filming of the sitcom ended in May, 2011.

Personal life

On May 9, 2014, both Ga-In's and actor Ju Ji-hoon's agency both confirmed that they are dating.[6][7][8][9]


Extended plays

Title Album details Peak positions Sales


Step 2/4 2 12
Talk About S 1 9
Romantic Spring
(with Hyungwoo)
  • Released: April 8, 2013
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
3 20
Truth or Dare
  • Released: February 6, 2014
  • Label: APOP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
6 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albums

Title Album details Peak positions Sales


Must Have Love
(with Yong Jun of SG Wannabe)
  • Released: November 16, 2006
  • Label: Nega Network
  • Format: CD + VCD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2006 "Must Have Love"
(with Yong Jun of SG Wannabe)
1 Must Have Love
"Must Have Friends"
(with Yong Jun of SG Wannabe)
2010 "Irreversible" 1 Step 2/4
2012 "Bloom" 2 2 Talk About S
2013 "Brunch" (with Hyungwoo) 19 36 Romantic Spring
2014 "FxxK U" (feat. Bumkey) 3 2 Truth or Dare
"Truth or Dare" 8 7
Non-album singles
2009 "Tomorrow"
(Ga In, HyunA, UEE and Seungyeon as 4Tomorrow)
Non-album releases
2010 "Bad Temper" 11
2012 "Nostalgia" (feat. Eric of Shinhwa) 26 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, stats are currently not available or that they were not released in that region.

Other charted songs

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Nitchell (Baby-G Mix)" 132 Step 2/4
"Tango the Night" 90
"Esperando" 117
"가인(歌人); Gain" 78
"Truth" 56
2012 "Tinkerbell" 30 22 Talk About S
"Tiredness" 33 24
"The Gaze" (feat. Yoon Jong-Shin) 65 56
"Catch Me If You Can" 84 80
2013 "2 O’Clock Date" 118 Romantic Spring
"Sway" 158
"Let Me In" 171
2014 "Q&A" (feat. Jo Kwon) 33 27 Truth or Dare
"Black & White" 51 40
"Disclosure" 77 64
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaboration singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Marriage"
(Jung Chul Choi feat. Gain)
2009 "We Fell In Love"
(with Jo Kwon of 2AM)
2012 "For You Not To Know" (Cover of As One's song) 8 9 Yoon Il Sang 21 Anniversary Album - I'AM 21st
"Someone Else" (Park Jin-Young feat. Gain) 2 4 Spring - 5 Songs for 1 New Love
"Take Out" (Ra.D feat. Gain) 21 15 Loen Tree: Summer Story
2013 "MaMa Beat" (LC9 feat. Gain) 86 Skirmish
"Everybody Has Secrets" (IU feat. Gain) 2 3 Modern Times
2014 "Seoul Lonely" (Phantom feat. Gain) 23 "—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Network
2005 Let's Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa Herself Mnet
2008 가족이 필요해 Herself MBC
2009-2011 We Got Married Herself MBC
2010-2011 All My Love Hwang Geum-ji MBC


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Closer to Heaven Seo Jin-hee
2013 The Huntresses Ga-bi
2015 Today's Love Joon-soo's ex-girlfriend cameo

Music videos

Official music videos

Year Title Album YouTube
2006 "Must Have LOVE"
(with Yong Jun of SG Wannabe)
Must Have LOVE -
2010 "돌이킬 수 없는 Dance Ver." step 2/4
"돌이킬 수 없는 Full Ver."
2012 "너만은 모르길 Full Ver." Yoon Il Sang 21 Anniversary Album - I'AM 21st
"다른 사람 품에 안겨서"
(with Park Jin-young)
Spring - 5 Songs for 1 New Love
"피어나" Talk about S
(feat. Eric from Shinhwa)
non-album Release
2013 "Brunch"
(with Hyungwoo)
Romantic Spring
2014 "FxxK U"
(feat. Bumkey)
Truth or Dare -
"Truth or Dare" -

Music video appearances

Aside from Brown Eyed Girls' music videos, Ga-in has appeared in the following:
Year Artist Title Album YouTube
2013 Psy "Gentleman" Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 2
2013 Show Lo Fantasy Lion Roar

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month (December) We Fell in Love (with Jo Kwon) Won
2010 Song of the Month (January) Won
Gaon Chart Grand Opening Awards[14] January Week 1 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 2 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 3 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 4 Ringback tone #1 Won
Melon Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Netizen Popularity Song Nominated
Hot Trend Song Award Irreversible Nominated
Music Video of the Year Won
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Music Video Nominated
Best Collaboration[15] We Fell in Love (with Jo Kwon) Won
Bugs Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Duet (Gold) Won
Soompi Gayo Awards Top Digital Single Nominated
Top Male-Female Duet or Collaboration Nominated
Top Female Singer Herself Nominated
Top 10 Singers Nominated
allkpop Awards Best Female Solo Artist Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Show, Variety Female Rookie Award[16] We Got Married Won
Best Couple Award with Jo Kwon[16] Won
25th Golden Disk Awards Digital Music Bonsang Irreversible Nominated
Popularity Award Herself Nominated
20th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Awards Irreversible Nominated
Popularity Award Herself Nominated
2011 1st SBS MTV Best of the Best Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 Soompi Gayo Awards Top 50 Songs (#22) Bloom Won
Top Female Singer (Bronze) Herself Won
Top 10 Artists Nominated
Netizen Awards (Female Singer) Nominated
3rd So-Loved Awards Best Female Solo[17] Nominated
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Collaboration Performance Someone Else (with JYP) Nominated
Best Music Video Bloom Nominated
Artist of the Year Herself Nominated
Style in Music Award Won
2nd SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Solo Female Nominated
Best Collaboration Someone Else (with JYP) Nominated
2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Song of the Year (October) Bloom Won
Eat Your Kimchi Awards Best Video Nominated
Nastiest Dance Nominated
22nd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Herself Nominated
2013 10th Korean Music Awards Pop Song of the Year Bloom Nominated
2014 So-loved Awards Best Song Fxxk U Nominated

Music programs

These are collection of Gain wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel Mnet and Music Bank on KBS.

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2010 January 15 "We Fell in Love" (with Jo Kwon)
January 22


Year Date Song
2010 October 31 "Irreversible"

Note: An artist may only win three times for one track on Inkigayo before they are taken off the 'Take 7' nominees list.

M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2012 October 18 "Bloom"

Note: An artist may only win three times for one track on M! Countdown before they are taken off the nominees list.


  1. ^ "Brown Eyed Girls and ZE:A talk about the history of their group names". 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Brown Eyed Girls' Gain signs contract with Loen Entertainment for solo activities". 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  3. ^ """싸이 "'젠틀맨' 안무, 브아걸 '시건방 춤'이 모티프. 
  4. ^ "Show Luo & BEG’s Ga-In Heat Things Up In "Cast The Net Of Love" MV". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Dream Team Girl Group 4Tomorrow". 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  6. ^ Brown Eyed Girls' Ga In and actor Joo Ji Hoon revealed to be a couple!"'".  
  7. ^ BEG′s Gain and Joo Ji Hoon Admit to Dating
  8. ^|home|online
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  10. ^ a b "Gaon Weekly Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Gaon Monthly Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "Billboard K-Pop Hot 100" (in Korean). Billboard Korea. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ '4관왕' 가인-조권, 가온 차트 '싹쓸이'. YTN (in 한국어). February 23, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "2NE1, '2010 MAMA' 5관왕..걸파워 빛났다(종합)". Nate (in 한국어). November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "‘아담부부’ 조권-가인, MBC 방송연예대상 2관왕". Joinsmsn (in 한국어). November 30, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ Big Bang, 2NE1, CNBLUE, & Block B big winners in Europe's 3rd Annual 'So-Loved Awards'. allkpop. December 9, 2012.

External links

  • Gain on Facebook
  • Gain (singer)'s channel on YouTube
  • Official website(Korean)
  • Fairy Pitta (official fan site)(Korean)
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