Ailee is a Korean-American singer and songwriter popular for her K-pop songs. Before her first release in 2012, Ailee was a trainee at the US-based music agency, YMC Entertainment. As she got more popular for singing on Singer and Trainee, Ailee was offered a role in the KBS drama series Dream High 2. In March 2012, barely a month after releasing her debut song Heaven, Ailee’s spree of awards started rolling in. In the ensuing years, the college dropout rendered incredible works that got her more notable awards such as Best New Artist Award at the Melon Music Awards, and more.
Ailee was born—Amy Lee—in Denver, Colorado, the United States, on May 30, 1989. She spent most of her early life in New Jersey though, where she attended Palisades Park High School before she later moved to a not-so-distant city, Leonia. At Leonia, it is believed she attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School where she graduated from before enrolling in Pace University to study communications. However, Ailee had other plans. The Asian beauty would later drop out of college to pursue a career in music. It’s not certain how this went with her Asian parents. Our bet however is, she was offered the right support.
Ailee’s Rise To Fame
Before going big, Ailee got signed under a US-based music agency by the name Muzo Entertainment. At Muzo, she got the chance to work with several artists such as Johnnyphlo and rapper Decipher. In 2010, Ailee felt it was time to move back to her origins. She relocated to South Korea and auditioned for YMC Entertainment. Her incredible rendition of Resignation by Big Mama got her recruited on the spot; not as a regular worker though. As a trainee, Ailee was part of Catch Me If You Can, a song by Decipher and Jay Park. She also sang in Wheesung’s They Are Coming.
Two years later, in February 2012, Ailee debuted with the song Heaven. The music video was also released. That same month, she performed her song on stage for the first time on M.net’s M! Countdown and later on SBS’s Inkigayo. By October of that year, she’d released her debut mini-album titled Invitation. Invitation had six songs in all; the title song, I’ll Show You, and five other hit tracks. Later that month, October 18, Ailee performed I’ll Show You on M! Countdown, and landed her first-ever trophy. Plus, she got invited to perform at the pre-Grammy party for the 55th Grammy Awards.
In June 2017, with two successful mini-albums, a full-length album and several singles under her belt, Ailee held her first solo concert in Taiwan, Ailee: Hello Taipei 2017. The solo concert was reportedly sold out on the first day of the ticket release. With so much to boast about, Ailee’s career isn’t devoid of scandals. We’ll tell you all about that in our list of 5 things you didn’t know about Ailee.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Ailee
1. She was Embroiled in a Scandal
Back in November 2013, Ailee got wound up in a terrible scandal which cost her a huge fan base and affected her career. Fans were left in shock when nude photos of the Kroean beauty surfaced online. It had been published by a Korean site. As investigations dug deeper into how the site got hold of the nudes, it was learned that Ailee had sent the nude photos to a friend over Facebook. However, trouble struck when the account got hacked. The scandal also cost her several advertising campaigns and endorsement deals. Ailee then went on a hiatus for half a year and came back stronger in January 2014.
2. Awards and Recognition
Although she was and is still greatly criticized for the 2013 saga, there’s nevertheless a common consensus that Ailee is good at what she does. And she has a fairly long list of awards to prove that. In March 2012, just one month after releasing her debut album, Ailee clinched two awards for ‘Song of the Month’ and ‘Rookie of the Month’ at the Cyworld Music Awards. She also won the Best New Artist Award at the Asia Song Festival.
Ailee received an award for Best New Artist at the MelOn Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards and the Seoul Music Awards. What’s more? She was awarded the Best New Female Artist (2012) and four Best Vocal Performance – Female awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards for her songs, U&I, If You, Mind Your Own Business and Singing Got Better in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively. And that’s not all from Mnet. Ailee got the Mnet Pre-Grammy Award for Rising Star and the Best New Artist award at the 22nd Seoul Music Awards.
3. What is her Net Worth?
As of 2019 sources put Ailee’s net worth in the range of $1 million – $5 million. No doubt, a huge chunk of that has come from her music career. About her annual earnings, Ailee makes an average of $1 million per year, sources say. This is based on deteails about her earnigns for the year 2018. She also makes bank as a Tv Personality.
4. Social Media Following
Ailee is very active on social media. Her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts have a following of 82, 607, 1 million and 1.3 million respectively. For Ailee, the most active of her handles is her Instagram account where she shares details of her daily lives and of course, engages her fans.
5. Height and Body Measurements
Ailee maintains a graceful slim build. She stands 5 feet 4 inches (1.65 meters) and weighs 110 lbs (50 Kg). She has dark hair and dark brown eyes. As of this writing, there are no details about her bra, shoe sizes or details about her bust, waist and hips measurement.