Having passed an audition held by an entertainment management company in Japan, Chae Yeon first appeared on a popular show called “Uchan Nanchan no Urinari! She returned to Korea with her first official album It’s My Time under her new stage name, Chae Yeon. Along with the television show, Chae Yeon (then Jinny) performed as a singer releasing 3 singles and 1 mini-album in Japan.Debuting late in 2003, nobody expected her to be successful as she is now.

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However, unlike many others, she had a fairly successful debut.

She proved to be a great dancer, and she showed off her vocals in her ballad songs and live performances.

Her title song "위험한 연출" (Dangerous Presentation) did well, but her real success came when her 2nd album released late in 2004.

"둘이서" (Two Of Us) the lead single, pushed her to #1 on many music charts in the spring of 2005.

Becoming heavily played on radio, the song became so popular that a signature "move" from the choreographed dance became known as the "Na-na-na" dance (named after the hook of the song).

It managed to hit the top of various music charts in Korea.

The follow-up single "다가와" (Come to Me) was released soon after and was also popular, riding on the wave of its predecessor.

She returned after a brief break in order to release her third album III, which came in the fall of 2005.

The first single, "오직 너", fared poorly on the charts, as it was not a strong dance single, lacking a catchy hook.

The record company then quickly switched to the "Disco Mix" of the song, which helped sustain its life on the charts, although not by much.

The second single, "세번째 사랑" (Third Love), also fared poorly, despite the fact that it had a very sexy video and was a bit more uptempo than the lead single.