Friday, December 11, 2009

Lee Hyori's biography (i)

Birth name: Lee Hyolee
Born: May 10, 1979 (1979-05-10) (age 30)
Cheongwon, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
Genres: K-pop, R&B
Occupations: Singer, Actress
Years active: 1998–2002 (with Fin.K.L)2003–present (solo)
Labels: DSP Entertainment 1998 - 2006,

Lee Hyori (
Korean: 이효리, also romanized as Lee Hyolee and officially E Hyo-lee) (born May 10, 1979) is a South Korean singer and actress. She started off as part of the successful K-pop girl group Fin.K.L, but has since become a solo artist. Her first album was very successful, winning many "Daesangs" (a Korean award equivalent to "Artist of the Year") for that album. She has since become the highest-paid female singer in South Korea.
Beginning in Fin K.L.:
She started her career as part of the
Korean pop girl group Fin.K.L. As the oldest member, she would become the leader of the group. Lee was discovered while taking sticker pictures with her friends and was actually the last to join Fin.K.L., just before their debut in January 1998. Fin.K.L. debuted officially on May 22, 1998 with their first single "Blue Rain." It was received quite well. The second release from their first album, To My Boyfriend, became the first of their multiple number one hits. Fin K.L. became one of the most popular and successful Korean groups of all-time, rivaling fellow popular girl group S.E.S..

Establishing a solo entertainment career:
A year after Fin K.L.'s fourth album Forever, her solo album was released at the end of 2003, entitled Stylish...E. The singer nearly swept the 2003 Daesangs, the most prestigious South Korean music award, winning more than seven of them, including three of the four most prestigious Daesangs. STYLISH...E hyOlee sold over 144,182 copies in South Korea alone, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea in 2003. Her popularity in her various activities eventually was dubbed as the "Hyori Syndrome" in South Korea, and the Korean Media nicknamed 2003 "The Year of Hyori" as she was rarely out of the news all year. Lee Hyori has also appeared as the lead female actress in the SBS drama Three Leaf Clover co-starring opposite Ryu Jin, Kim Jung Hwa, Kim Kang Woo and Lee Hoon. However, the ratings were continually low, and it ended after 16 episodes. On August 8, 2005 she co-hosted the annual Korean Music Festival for the second year running.
Accusation of plagiarism:
In February 2006, Lee released her follow up album,
Dark Angel. The first single, "Get Ya", featured heavy choreography and sexually suggestive attire, which has become Lee's trademark. However, there was controversy over the single as the songwriters of Britney Spears' single "Do Somethin'" accused the "Get Ya" songwriters of plagiarism. (Lee did not contribute to the song.) After media attention increased, Lee and her record company quickly stopped all promotion for the single, taking a short break to prepare for "Shall We Dance", her followup single. Due to the negative attention, both the single and album were not successful, and promotions were stopped. "Straight Up" was released as a final single, but it was not promoted by Lee.

Move to M-Net:
In November 2006, it was revealed that Lee had signed a three-year contract with M-Net Entertainment for 2.2 billion, becoming the highest paid female singer in South Korea. Meanwhile, Lee prepared to appear in a new "mini-drama" during February 2007, despite the failure of her previous drama. She starred alongside Lee Dong Gun in If In Love... Like Them which, although originally announced as being only one episode long, ran for four episodes on MNet. An edited two-episode version of the drama also ran on SBS. During filming for the drama, part of a roof Lee was standing on collapsed. Only her foot fell through the roof and she was able to be saved, and as it was reported the fall would have been fatal if co-star Lee Dong Gun had not rescued her. In February 2007, Lee announced her new digital single which would essentially be the soundtrack to If In Love... Like Them. She had her comeback on SBS Inkigayo on February 25, 2007, performing all three main tracks from the single. The lead song was "Toc Toc Toc", which was a sexy R&B number like her previous efforts. However, the single also gave Lee an opportunity to sing ballads and to slowly move her image away from the "sexy superstar" that she is known to be. The single, although initially given a digital-only release, was given a limited retail release of only 30,000 copies, and was appropriately titled If In Love Like Them. Released on March 6, 2007, it included three of the tracks found in the digital single, along with a reworked version of "Toc Toc Toc". It was the best-selling album for that month, selling 27,845 copies. Although her single succeeded, her drama was heavily penalized for violating advertising guidelines, as If In Love had several scenes advertising the products of its sponsors, in addition to using Lee's songs in the soundtrack. The Korean Broadcasting Committee has ruled that the drama can never be aired in South Korea again, and that the network must apologize to its viewers. According to The Chosun Ilbo, Lee has also been promoting her work in Japan. Japanese network Fuji TV decided to air If In Love... Like Them and has even invited the singer/actress to visit Japan to promote the drama, where she will be treated to the same VIP treatment offered to other international stars. However, the drama was broadcast on satellite station CS Fuji, a smaller network that Fuji TV owned. The Japanese considered the leading part of this drama to be Lee Dong-gun.

2008: Return to spotlight:
During breaks in her solo music career, Lee also hosted various television programs, including
Time Machine and Happy Together, which she co-hosted with Yu Jae-seok in 2006. It was reported on March 26, 2008 that Lee would join KBS's Sang Sang Plus as a co-host alongside Country Kko Kko members Shin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hoon, replacing various outgoing hosts; she debuted on April 8, 2008. She was one of the original co-hosts of Change, a show on SBS's Good Sunday line-up, before leaving in early July. She also starred in Off the Record, a behind-the-scenes look at her life. Currently, she is a permanent cast member of the variety show Family Outing.
Her third album, It's HYORISH, was released on July 16, 2008. "U-Go-Girl", her first single, hit #1 on various online and offline charts, including the various television music shows.
It is reported that her fourth album will be released during October 2009, and she will be working with ETribe who developed "U-Go-Girl" from her previous album. But, Lee wrote herself at her fan website that fourth album can't be sured when will be released and just expect her fourth album. In November 2009, Contracing with M-net will be canceled. Lee has a plan that contracting a Gil Entertainment and working with Gil jong hwa who Fin.K.L's co-manger and worked since as Fin.K.L debuted.

Lee Hyori's biography (ii)

Although Lee has done many endorsements for various companies (including
Dole), her most prominent commercials were made for Samsung Anycall. In late 2003, Lee signed an advertising contract with Samsung, for which she would make three musical commercials and songs for their Anycall cell phones. The first commercial and song, "Anymotion", were released in early 2005, featuring Eric Mun from K-pop group Shinhwa. In early 2006, the followup commercial "Anyclub" was released in two parts; this also featured Eric Mun in addition to Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo. The song "Anyclub," however, featured neither Eric Mun nor Kwon Sang Woo. Instead, Park Teddy of 1TYM was featured. The songs from the commercials served as singles for Lee in between her albums. The final commercial was released in December 2006, titled "Anystar". The commercial differed from the first two in that it featured mostly dialogue. The commercial starred Korean actor and singer Lee Jun Ki and also YG Family trainee Park Bom(2NE1). Also in the month of March Hyori starred as one of the leading actors in Davichi's music video. Hyori also became a model for Black Bean Therapy, a health drink, and she made several CF (commercials). Hyori also modeled for Ceci magazine; a well known Korean fashion magazine, showing new, fresh personalities. Hyori finished her contract with Biotherm early February 2007 and is no longer a representative for the company. Her contract with Samsung has also ended in December 2007. She has recently signed on with KB card and has starred in commercials along with fellow K-pop sensation Rain. She was recently chosen as the first ever Asian-wide model for Calvin Klein Jeans, modeling for the "Pure Calvin" Collection.
Also in 2007, she starred in a commercial for Korean cosmetics company
Isa Knox with Jessica Alba.

-Released: August 18, 2003
DSP Entertainment
-Sales: 250,000+
-Tracks: 16
1. Prologue(Drum&Bass)
2. One two three N'four
5. 얼음
6. 이브, 낙원에 잠들다
7. Remember Me
8. 오늘따라
9. Do Me
10. Hey Girl
11. 지워버려
12. 어느 째즈바
13. Only One
15. 클레오파트라
16. Hot Girl
Dark Angel
-Released: February 13, 2006
DSP Entertainment
-Sales: 179,000+
-Tracks: 13
1. "Get Ya!"
2. "깊이"
3. "Straight Up"
4."Dark Angel"
5."Dear Boy"
6. "겨울 시선"
7. "Closer"
8. "Stealing a Glance" [MARS Remix]
9. "Shall We Dance?"
12. "2 Faces"
13. "Last Goodbye"
It's Hyorish
-Released: June 24, 2008
-Label: M.Net Media
-Sales: 650,000+
-Tracks: 13
1. "천하무적 이효리 (Unrivaled Lee Hyori)"
2. "Lesson"
3. "U-Go-Girl - with 낯선 (Nassun)"
4. "사진첩 (Photo Album)"
5. "이발소 집 딸 (A Barbershop’s Daughter)"
6. "Don’t Cry"
7. "괜찮아질까요? - with Bigtone (Do You Think It’ll Be Ok?)"
8. "Sexyboy" - with
9. "빨간자동차 (Red car)" - with
Kim Gun Mo
10. "Hey Mr. Big"
11. "P.P.P (Punky Punky Party)" - With 낯선 (Nassun)
12. "My Life (외국곡) (Foreign Song)"
13. "Unusual" - with Seo Jung Hwan

Hyori has released a total of eight singles from her first, second and third album. These eight singles never received a commercial release in Korea, only promotional.
10 Minutes
-Hey Girl
-Remember Me
-Get Ya
-Shall We Dance
-Straight Up
-Hey Mr.Big

Commercial / Digital Singles
Hyori has released a total of four commercial singles (three being digital purchases only). She released her very first commercial CD single in March 2007.
-Anyclub (featuring Teddy(from 1tym)
-Anymotion (featuring Eric)
-Anystar (featuring Lee Jun Ki)
-Toc Toc Toc
-Don't Love Her
-Off the Rec

The chronological order of Hyori's singles go as
10 Minutes
Hey Girl
Remember Me
Get Ya
Shall We Dance
Straight Up
Toc Toc Toc
Don't Love Her
Off the Rec
Hey Mr. BiG

-Made in Hyolee (2 DVD Documentary)
-It's Hyorish (2 DVD Live Concert)
2005: SBS Three Leaf Clover
2007: SBS
If In Love...Like Them
2008: SBS ON AIR. (Cameo)
Family Outing
Mnet Off the Record
Sang Sang Plus
Happy Together
-SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) Daesang Award (Best Artist)
-2003 Mnet Music Video Festival: Popular Music Video (Equivalent To Daesang Award)
-2008 Mnet KM Music Festival: Best Female Solo Award
-2008 Mnet KM Music Festival: Best Dance Music Award
-Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Multitainer
-Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Style Icon
-Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Body