Kim Yu-bin (born October 4, 1988), referred to as Yubin, is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter and actress. She was a member of the South Korean girl group Wonder Girls.
Kim Yu-bin was born in Gwangju, on October 4, 1988. She lived in Korea until high school, she attended Anyang High School for a while before moving to San Jose, California, where she studied at and graduated from Leland High School. Yubin graduated from Myongji University with a degree in Film and Musical.
Yubin was originally set to debut as a member of Five Girls under Good Entertainment, along with G.NA, After School’s Uee, Secret’s Jun Hyo-seong and Spica’s Yang Ji-won. However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment’s financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment companies.
Yubin made her debut as a new member of the Wonder Girls on September 7, 2007. Yubin was introduced as the main rapper of the group replacing Hyuna.
In 2008, Yubin made a short cameo in MBC’s popular sitcom, Here He Comes.
Although Yubin is known mainly as the rapper of the group, she occasionally acts as an additional vocalist to the group. Examples of which include, “This Time” and “Wishing on a Star”. Aside from performing with Wonder Girls, she has appeared in several music videos including labelmate 2PM’s “10 Out of 10” and Shinhwa’s “Once in a Life Time”. She has also featured in several different artists’ singles, i.e. Shinhwa’s Andy Lee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Bum-soo and Chun G.
Yubin showcased her written lyrics for the first time in Kim Bum-soo’s song “Do You Know That?”. Since then, she has written her own raps for several other songs. In 2011, she wrote the lyrics for “Girls Girls”, “Me, In”, and “Sweet Dreams” from the Wonder Girls’ second studio album Wonder World. Yubin also wrote the song “Hey Boy” for the Wonder Girls’ mini album Wonder Party released in June 3, 2012.
In 2013, she made her official acting debut in OCN’s drama, The Virus, where she played the role of Lee Joo-yeong, a genius hacker and an IT specialist.
On June 24, 2015, it was announced that Wonder Girls will be making comeback after two-year hiatus as a band.
On August 17, 2015, Yubin was confirmed to join Unpretty Rapstar’s second season. Her popularity exploded and as a consequence, her makeup and hairstyle became popular in South Korea.
On January 26, 2017, it was announced that Wonder Girls were to disband after their contracts had expired. Yubin was one of two members who chose to remain with JYP Entertainment as solo artists and renewed her contract. The group released their final single, Draw Me, on February 10.
In April 2018, Yubin announced that she is preparing her first solo album through a Cosmopolitan magazine interview. On May 15, JYPE announced that Yubin has finished filming the music video for the lead single, which is planned to be released alongside her album in early-June.
Yubin’s first single album City Woman was released on June 5, 2018 with the lead single “Lady”. The B-side track “City Lover” was cancelled due to copyrights after previously announcing the track would be delayed, due to similarities with Mariya Takeuchi’s 1984 Japanese city pop song “Plastic Love”.