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South Korea (2002 – present)

Mina (born Shim Min-Ah (심민아) on December 10, 1972), is a South Korean singer who was first a back-dancer for various Korean Pop Artists (Park Jin-Young, and Park Ji-Yoon to name a few).

Mina initially found instant fame as the “World Cup Girl”, as photographers noticed her beauty and immediately became the center of attention world-wide over-night. Pictures of her with the “Be The Reds!” bandanna around her chest and the Korean flag used as a skirt were beamed around the world, and she received her 15 minutes of fame.

Desiring to elongate that fame, she quickly signed a record deal with J-Entercom Entertainment (labelmates include WAX, JADU, Kim Gun-Mo, Lee Ssang, and Double K) and released her first album, Rendezvous, in the fall of 2002. Although going for the sexy image that was popular at the time (with the single “전화받어” (Answer The Phone) (a cover of a K.I.S.S. song, who were also signed to the label before their break-up), the album failed to sell many copies. She quickly disappeared from the industry.

In the summer of 2004, she returned with her second album Re:turn 2 Mina. This album proved to be a bit more popular, as her single “돌아” (Turn) caught the attention of the Korean public; it was also supported with live-vocal performances. (JiNi, the main singer from K.I.S.S., contributed uncredited vocals to Mina’s album.

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