Zhang Liyin was originally recruited into
DR Music back in 2003-2004, but left the company by signing a contract with SM Entertainment instead. She debuted on September 9, 2006, after nearly 3 years of training. 2006–2017: SM Entertainment
September 9 with the single “Timeless”, featuring former TVXQ member, Xiah Junsu. Won first-ever award on SBS Inkigayo for “Timeless”.
Won Rookie of the Month award from Cyworld, for the month of September.
Won Best New Solo Artist award from Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), for “Timeless”.
Performed in China for the
Performed follow-up single
“Y (Why…)” on Korean music shows. Performed in Beijing, China for the
first time. Performed “Timeless” with Xiah Junsu for the last time.
Performed at the first SMTOWN concert, held in Seoul on June 30 and July 1.
Released first full album,
. I Will Held first-ever
album showcase, hosted by pre-debut Super Junior-M member, Zhou Mi. Appeared on her first TV variety show, Jiangsu TV’s
, followed by appearances on Hunan TV’s Super Star , and Guangdong’s Yue Ce Yue Kai Xin . Star Won the ‘Female Newcomer with the Most Potential’ award from Music King Awards.
Won Best Mainland Newcomer at the
Fujian Southeast Music Ranking. Won Most Popular Female Singer at the Tencent Star Ceremony.
Won Most ‘Attention Grabbing’ Newcomer at the Top Chinese Music Awards.
“TRI-ANGLE” and “I Will” at the Taipei stop in TVXQ’s concert tour. Performed at SMTOWN concerts in Seoul and Shanghai.
Performed at SMTOWN concerts in Taiwan and Seoul.
Performed at SMTOWN concert in
2018–Present: Return to China
Released a duet single,
“Lonely”, with Chinese singer Henry Huo.
Released the song,
“The Answer”, an interlude song for the Chinese television drama The Remedy.
Released the song
“For Dear You”, a soundtrack song for the Chinese television drama Once Given Never Forgotten.
Released the song,
“Light of Life”, a recommended song by the city of Chengdu, Sichuan. Released the single, “The Tide of Life”.
Left Beijing S.W. Culture Media after two years, and confirmed that she had signed with Xunfei Music.
Released the singles: “Sanxingdui”, “Flowers Aglow”, “You Who Passed Through My World”, “Obviously”, “The Whale that Fell from the Stars”, and “The Solitude of Klein Blue”.
Released the song, “Emotion”, her first Korean-language single since 2014, through the Adding Memory Project.
Released four different songs within the first three months: “Green Growing Upwards”, “Where Has Forever Gone”, “Be Unfaithful to One’s Word”, and “Give It to TA”.