Chinese artist Jang Ri In (Zhang Li Yin) received the Mutizen award on SBS Inkigayo only after her third week of debut. "First place in half a month? That’s impossible, " many people protested online.
16 year old Jang Ri In was born in Sichuan, China. She joined a singing competition in China in 2001 when she was 11 years old and demonstrated her singing talent. The news passed all the way to Korea and SM ended up signing with her.
During her first visit to Korea in 2003, she only had the thoughts of becoming a singer in her mind. There were a lot of things she wasn’t used to. She used body language to say something in Korean. Sometimes she even need to draw a picture out and was very lonely. Being the only child in her family, it is hard to leave your parents after all the love you had with them. But she focused on training, so she can be just like BoA.
Three years later, Jang Ri In gained much recognition. There were no more problems with communicating in Korean. She recently released her first single album and first she thanked Xiah Junsu, "He took care of me like a real sister. Xiah Junsu is really busy and although we don’t get to see each other most of the time, he takes care and teaches me a lot of things."
Xiah Junsu’s popularity is really high and it’s actually quite a burden. They worried that Xiah Junsu’s fans would envy her and become antis. But fortunately, there are no Junsu fans that are ‘anti-Jang Ri In’.
Jang Ri In started listening to American pop artists like Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and Whitney Houston when she was 8 years old. "My hobbies are composing songs and writing lyrics. I hope after today I can compose a lot of songs so I can become a real artist."
Her second single, Y, will soon be released and she will be debuting at her home country, China, in the beginning of next year.