Sung Yuri debut in 1998 as a member of the K-pop Girls Group, Fin.K.L.
(핑클) stands for Fine Killing Liberty and was intended to mean that the
group stood against "the oppression of all freedom" ( 'Fin' means
'ending' in French ). The group's name was selected by a poll of young
people by the record
company before the group's inception. This is the reason for the lack
of clear meaning in Fin.K.L's English name, for the Korean name (핑클)
was selected first. Fin.K.L was one of the most popular girl groups in
Korean pop, along with S.E.S. and Baby V.O.X..
Fin.K.L won numerous music awards until its unofficial end in 2002,
when all of the members pursued solo careers in different areas of
entertainment. Although they regrouped for a digital single in 2005,
the group has since unofficially disbanded again, as each member has
left DSP Entertainment and has signed with different companies. There
has been no
official word on the group's status.
member to be discovered for Fin.K.L was its lead singer, Oak Joo Hyun.
She was discovered through a radio singing contest, which she won by
singing Mariah Carey's "Hero". Oak told her friend Lee Jin about this
group and encouraged her to join; Lee was selected after singing Eco's
"행복한 나를" (Blessed Me) for her audition. The next member to be selected
was Sung Yu Ri, who was discovered while on a school field trip. As for
the fourth member, Annie Lee (who formed Tashannie with Yoon Mi Rae)
was accepted, but decided to depart after a few months. Lee Hyori, who
was found while in a mall taking sticker pictures with friends, was
brought into the group.
History of Fin.K.L. Video
Fin.K.L decided to go their separate ways in 2002, although not officially
breaking up. Lee Hyori and Oak Joo Hyun have since released solo
albums, while Lee Jin and Sung Yuri have acted in dramas and hosted
various shows. At the end of 2005, the group made a comeback and
released a digital single titled Fine Killing Liberty.
They have continued to work
in the entertainment industry and stay
in the public eye. In the fall of 2006, all the members of Fin.K.L have
left DSP Entertainment and have signed on with different companies.
Although there is continued speculation on the status of the group,
Fin.K.L has not officially broken up as a group.
Fin.K.L. reunited and performed together in Lee Hyori's first solo concert on 19th and 20th December 2008.