Bae Seul-ki

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Bae Seul-ki
Bae Seul-ki from acrofan.jpg
Bae in September 2013
Born (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 32)
South Korea
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2005–present
Musical career
Associated actsThe Red
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBae Seul-gi
McCune–ReischauerPae Sŭl-ki

Bae Seul-ki (Korean: 배슬기, born September 27, 1986)[1] is a South Korean singer and actress. She made her entertainment debut as a member of The Red, but has since become a solo singer.



Bae Seul-ki studied Theater and Film at Sangmyong University, then made her entertainment debut in the fall of 2005 as part of the project group The 빨강 (The Red) with actresses Oh Seung-eun and Ju So-young, which allowed her to gain stage experience and fame before her solo debut. Appearing on many variety shows, she became an Internet sensation when she showed her 복고 (bokko meaning "old school") dance on SBS's Love Letter.


After the group split in early 2006 (as it was a "project group," used for introducing new singers), the record company felt that Bae could handle being a solo singer. They quickly prepared a digital single, with a full album following in the fall of 2006. The first single from the album, "강한 여자" (Ganghan Yujah, meaning "Strong Woman"), had Carlos from the Korean rap group Uptown and featured Bae with many B-boys in a heavily choreographed breakdancing routine. However, this single was quickly abandoned after a few weeks in favor of "말괄량이" (Malgwalyangee, meaning "Tomboy" or "Sassy Girl"), a song with a cute, light feel. It was more in line with popular taste, as similar songs like "Cutie Honey" by Ahyoomee (from Sugar) and "Love Me Love Me" from Lee Ji-hye (formerly of S#arp) were doing well. This song managed to perform well on the Korean music charts, and the music video also became number one for three weeks.[citation needed] In addition to promoting her single, she has also assisted Eru's performances of his second album comeback single, "까만 안경" (Ggaman Angkyung, "Black Glasses").[2]

With the success of "Tomboy," her record company quickly released her second digital single in December 2006. Her title single "One by One" featured her in a snowy backdrop to suit the Christmas mood. The lyrics of this song were also written by her.[3] After promoting this single on the various music programs, Bae sang a duet with Glass Box on a charity album called Mind Bridge.


In May 2007, Bae made a guest appearance in the music video for Banana Girls' "Chocolate" alongside other stars such as Kan Mi-youn.[4]

Returning with a new image after the success of "Strong Woman" and "Tomboy," Bae released her second album on October 8, 2007, titled Flying. Because of the popularity of her first album, she has come back with an entirely new image and worked with Korea's famous music producers to make this album.[5]

The title track, "Seul-ki Say" was based on a vocal dance track. This is a departure from her previous sweet and cute image and was written to show off her singing skills. The music video for "What Is Love Like" was partly filmed in Beijing, China due to her large fanbase there.

On October 12, she performed her title track for the first time on KBS's Music Bank Comeback Special. With a more mature and sophisticated image, her performance slanted towards the "rock" side and surprised many of her fans. Soon after, her Comeback Special became number one on the search engine and this marked the start of her promotional activities.[6]

Hosting and acting[edit]

She appeared in the variety shows Love Letter in 2005, and Catch Light in 2006. After ending the promotion of her album, Bae has moved on to hosting. In April 2007, she began hosting a music programme on KM TV called POP, which introduced popular foreign music to Korean fans. She also hosted MBC's Music Show with Brian Joo from Fly to the Sky, acting as a guest MC in place of Kim Hyun-joong from SS501.

She was cast as the lead actress in the hip-hop drama Groove Party (also known as Hot Dance World), a China-Korea collaboration. When she arrived on Shanghai in mid-May 2007 for filming, more than 300 fans arrived at the airport to welcome her, and at the same time showering her with many gifts.[7] Unfortunately, the project did not push through. After training for her role as an assassin in the international film Finale, she was later pulled out due to funding issues.[8][9]

She then acted in the stage musicals Lunatic (2008) and On Air Live (2010).

In 2011, she had supporting roles in the MBC dramas The Greatest Love and Midnight Hospital, as well as the film Couples.


As of August 2007, Bae has become the spokesperson for Korea's Eyainteractive Company's MMORPG (Online Game) Luna Online. The reason she was chosen was because of her similarity to the character's liveliness and cuteness.[10]

In 2014, Bae featured as a main dancer in the MV of the popular Chinese song, "Little Apple".

Personal life[edit]

Bae has two younger siblings, a brother and a sister. She is a practicing Roman Catholic.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
The 1st Volume
  • Released: September 29, 2006
Track listing
  1. One by One
  2. 강한 여자 (Strong Woman) feat. Carlos from Uptown
  3. 소금인형 (Salt Doll)
  4. 말괄량이 (Tomboy) feat. Carlos from Uptown
  5. 꽃잎이 지면 (Petal Floor) [Narration]
  6. 꽃잎이 지면 (Petal Floor)
  7. Sexy Boy
  8. Love Stuck
  9. A Good Day
  10. It's Groove feat. Crown J
  11. 강한 여자 (Strong Woman) (Inst.)
  12. Diary (Narration)
  • Released: October 12, 2007
Track listing
  1. Flying
  2. 다가와 (Come to Me)
  3. 비가 오던 날 (A Rainy Day)
  4. 슬기 Say (Seul-ki Say)
  5. 왠지 모르게 (Somehow I Don't Know)
  6. Right Now
  7. 사랑아 어떡한거니 (What Did You Do Love?)
  8. Ride with me
  9. 너 왜그래 (Why Are You Like That)
  10. 이별과 가위는 서로 닮았다 (Separation and Scissors are Alike)
  11. Crazy Party
  12. 다가와 (Come to Me) (Inst.)

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Big Show
  • Released: April 9, 2009
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 지겨워 (Tiresome) feat. Ha Joo-yeon of Jewelry
  3. DJ feat. Maboos
  4. 내게로 와
  5. 내 사람이 돼줘요 feat. Brian Joo of Fly to the Sky
  6. 지겨워 (Tiresome) (Inst.)


Title Year Album
"I Fell in Love" (난 사랑에 빠졌죠) 2006 One For Love single album
"Happy Christmas" Happy Christmas single album
"Desert Island" (무인도)
with Kim Gyeong-Wook
2009 Bae Seul-ki and Namolla Family

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Dream With Me" (꿈은 나에게) 2007 Yakitate!! Japan OST
"Somehow" (왠지) 2017 Still Loving You OST
"Everything" (전부) A Sea of Her Own OST



Musical theatre[edit]

  • 2008: Lunatic
  • 2010: On Air Live


  1. ^ a b "배슬기". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  2. ^ (in Chinese) Singer Eru releases new album, recruits Bae Seul Ki to help promote. October 16, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  3. ^ (in Korean) Bae Seul Ki, 中 '新 한류스타' 탄생! May 17, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  4. ^ (in Korean) 얼굴없는 가수 바나나걸, 그 베일 벗는다. May 16, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  5. ^ (in Korean) 배슬기, 2집으로 가요계 전격 컴백 October 10, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2007.
  6. ^ (in Korean) 스포츠조선 TV 하이라이트 2집 앨범 발표 배슬기] October 14, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2007.
  7. ^ (in Korean) 배슬기, 中 방문에 중국팬들 '환호성'. May 17, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  8. ^ Bae Seul Ki is an assassin. February 16, 2009.
  9. ^ Bae Seul Gi’s agency explains why she was pulled out of “Finale”. October 14, 2010.
  10. ^ (in Korean)배슬기-캣츠, `루나온라인` 전속모델 계약. August 3, 2007. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  11. ^ "October 2007 K-Pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Music Chart". K-Pop Archive (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "배슬기 '사생결단 로맨스' 합류 "이시영 동기 역"(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). May 23, 2018.

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