(Real name: Lee Mink
; 이밍크, born February 15 1984 - , Cheonghak-dong
, South Korea
) is a female Korean pop
singer active in Japan. Upon traveling to Japan in her early teens to continue her education, she was discovered after she submitted a demo
to Avex Trax
, one of Japan’s leading J-pop
labels. Her initial success occurred in Japan with the release of her first two albums. mink was born and raised in Korea, however she does not sing in Korean. She also had not shown her face on her albums, instead replacing her pictures with an anime-like
character until 2008's mink II ～endless love～
album. She had previously shown herself in her music videos, however.
In 2005, her song "Beautiful" was used for the film The Movie
and featured on her debut album.
In 2006 her song "Glory of Life" was released and licensed to Rhythm Zone/King Street Records and remixed
by Chris Cox
, John Creamer
and Stephane K
. "Glory of Life" hit the number one position on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
chart. A second single "4 Love" was scheduled to be released to the U.S. in April 2006, but was later canceled (although it was still released in Japan). mink is the one of the first Asian Artists to have any sort of number one single in the US, some others being Kumi Koda
(with "Trust Your Love") and Utada Hikaru
(with "Devil Inside").
In April 2006, mink's "Eternal... Read More