Solo artist
Born Lee Yejin (이예진)
May 30, 1989
Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA
Labels YMC Entertainment (2012–present)
Active 2012–present

Ailee (Lee Yejin, born May 30, 1989) is a Kpop singer originating from New Jersey under YMC Entertainment. She debuted in 2012 under YMC Entertainment.



Ailee was born in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, on May 30, 1989. Prior to her debut as a Kpop star, Ailee was under Muzo Entertainment, an independent entertainment agency serving New York and New Jersey. Eventually, she was signed to Korean record label YMC Entertainment. She made her acting debut in Dream High 2 as Ailee, a member of fictional Kpop group HerShe.

2012: DebutEdit

"Heaven", Ailee's debut digital single, was released on February 9, 2012. "Heaven" contained strong elements of R&B in its composition. The music video, released on the same day, featured Beast's Gikwang. Ailee made her performance debut on M! Countdown the same day of her single release.

On February 22, 2012, she released her first soundtrack song for Dream High 2 with Hyorin from Sistar and Jiyeon from T-ara. She also featured on "Love Again", by rookie rap duo 2BiC.

Artistry and influencesEdit

Ailee's first single "Heaven" is a heavily R&B-influenced song.


Digital singlesEdit

Year Information KOR Certifications
2012 "Heaven" 3

Featured promotion-only songsEdit

Year Information KOR Certifications
HU+MAN by 2BiC (2012)
2012 "Love Again" 42

Soundtrack songsEdit

Year Information KOR Other performers
Dream High 2 OST (2012)
2012 "Superstar" 9 Hyorin, Jiyeon


Year Show Role Notes
2012 Dream High 2 Ailee


Cyworld Digital Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2012 N/A Rookie of the Month ‒ February Won