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Hyuna performing in July 2012
Background information
Native name김현아
(also 金泫我/金泫雅)[1]
Born(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
OccupationsRapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, lyricist, television personality, model, designer
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsCube, Universal (current)
JYP (former)
Associated acts

Wonder Girls, 4Minute, Trouble Maker, G.NA, Yong Jun-hyung

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HyunA 2012.jpg
Hyuna performing in July 2012
Background information
Native name김현아
(also 金泫我/金泫雅)[1]
Born(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
OccupationsRapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, lyricist, television personality, model, designer
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsCube, Universal (current)
JYP (former)
Associated acts

Wonder Girls, 4Minute, Trouble Maker, G.NA, Yong Jun-hyung

4Minute - Hyuna's Signature.png
Hyuna's Signature
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-a
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏna
Stage name

Kim Hyuna (Hangul: 김현아; Hanja: 金泫我/金泫雅[1]; born June 6, 1992), often performing under the mononym Hyuna, stylized HyunA, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, lyricist, model, designer and television personality. She is best known for being the lead rapper of the Korean girl group 4Minute,[2] and musical duo Trouble Maker.

Hyuna first rose to fame as the lead rapper of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, before leaving in 2007 due to issues relating to her health.[3] In 2008, she transferred to Cube Entertainment[4] subsequently joining 4Minute a year later. Their debut single, "Hot Issue", has gone on to become their most successful single yet, selling over 4 million copies.[5] She has also become notable for her solo career outside of her girl group, with her debut single, "Change" reaching sales of over 2 million copies, and her cameo appearance in Psy's "Gangnam Style", later featuring in the women's perspective follow-up, "Oppa Is Just My Style". She describes her own solo career as "performance-oriented music".[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Hyuna was born on June 6, 1992 in Seoul, South Korea. She attended Choongam Middle School and Korea High School of Music and Arts and currently attends Kyunghee University, majoring in art culture, receiving special admission to the school.[6]

Originally, Hyuna's Hanja name was supposed to be "泫我". (simplified Chinese: 泫我; traditional Chinese: 泫我; pinyin: Xuàn Wǒ). However, her Chinese teacher told her that it sounded weird in Mandarin and recommended her to adopt "泫雅" (simplified Chinese: 泫雅; traditional Chinese: 泫雅; pinyin: Xuàn Yǎ) as her name for promotional activities in Taiwan. Hyuna agreed to the change after commenting that "泫雅" sounded adorable.[7]


2007: Wonder Girls[edit]

Hyuna (the second from left) performing "Irony" with Wonder Girls at Hanyang University in March 2007

In 2007, Hyuna made her debut with the Wonder Girls, a girl group managed by JYP Entertainment, as the group's main rapper. She participated in the songs of the group's debut album The Wonder Begins, released in February 2007.[8] She was a part of the group's television shows MTV Wonder Girls for two seasons, and co-hosted with Wonder Girls' Sohee and Fly to the Sky singer Brian Joo at Show! Music Core from May 12 to June 30.[citation needed]

In July, Hyuna left Wonder Girls,[3] when she was removed by her parents due to their concern over her health—in particular, chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells.[9]

In 2008, she transferred to Cube Entertainment.[4] Subsequently, Hyuna joined girl group 4Minute. Announced in May 2009, the group debuted with the single, "Hot Issue" on 15 June.[10][11]

2009: Collaborations[edit]

Hyuna collaborated with Lee Gi-kwang for the song "2009" from his debut album First Episode: A New Hero, and she also appeared in his first single "Dancing Shoes"'s music video which was released on March 30, 2009. On August 13, 2009 she rapped for Navi's song "Wasteful Tears" and she also appeared in the MV for this song. Hyuna also appeared in Mighty Mouth's music video for "Love Class" with Uee from After School.

On August 18, 2009 Hyuna featured for Brave Brothers together with Maboos, Red Roc, Basick & M for his song "Bittersweet".

She became part of the "Dream Team Girl Group" for Samsung's Anycall called "4 Tomorrow". Their first digital single "Tomorrow" was released on October 6, 2009, and the official music video was released on October 12, starring actor Lee Dong Gun, who also starred in each member's individual drama version of the video.[12] Hyuna's version was released on October 27, 2009. The Dream Team was composed of Hyuna (4Minute), Seung Yeon (Kara), Uee (After School) & Gain (Brown Eyed Girls).

Hyuna was also part of Invincible Youth, a South Korean variety show. However, she left the show due to some scheduling conflicts with her group's overseas promotions on 11 June 2010.

2010: Solo debut and controversy[edit]

On January 4, 2010, Hyuna released the single "Change" which debuted high on various online charts while also becoming a top search term.[13] Hyuna commenced promotions for "Change".[13][14] The song reached #14 on the Gaon 2010 digital yearly charts with 2,469,354 copies sold.[15]

On January 14, 2010, the "Change" music video was flagged with a 19+ rating due to Hyuna's provocative dancing, citing it to be inappropriate to minors. Cube Entertainment stated that the music video would be re-edited and submitted for approval. However, broadcast station SBS, announced the music video would be restricted for a 15+ audience instead, and MBC announced that it would still be viewable for all audiences.[16] Her "Change" promotions ended in March 2010.

On February 10, Hyuna released a digital single, "Love Parade", featuring T-MAX's member Park Yun-hwa.

On April 16, Hyuna released another digital single, "Outlaw in the Wild (Korean: 황야의 무법자)", featuring Nassun, and produced by E-Tribe.[17][18]

On October 14, 2010, Hyuna played a cameo role in the thriller movie Midnight FM along with fellow band member Jihyun.[19]

She also rapped a duet with G.NA called "Say You Love Me", in which she wrote/composed the rap lyrics of the song and became a hot topic on Korean portal sites. The duet was released on November 10, 2010.

2011: Bubble Pop! and Trouble Maker[edit]

Hyuna at the 2011 YouTube Awards Ceremony

CEO Hong Seungsong of Cube Entertainment announced that Hyuna would make a comeback with her first mini-album in May, 2011. He stated that, "Hyuna will have her second solo song which is expected to be released in May. Though this time, fans should expect a radical change in her concept."

Hyuna was featured in SS501's Heo Young-saeng's title track "Let It Go" from his first solo mini album, Let It Go released on May 12, 2011.[20]

Hyuna appeared in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars. The show started broadcasting on June 10.[21]

After several teasers, Hyuna released her first mini album, titled Bubble Pop! featuring five new songs, with a title track titled "Bubble Pop!". The MV teaser for "Bubble Pop!" was released on June 30, 2011 and the music video was released on July 5. The MV also stars MBLAQ's Lee Joon. In August, the Korea Communications Standards Commission partially banned TV broadcasting of the video for allegedly racy content.[22]

On September 28, 2011, Hyuna ranked 17th on Billboard's ’21 Under 21′, showcasing the staff’s top picks for the world’s hottest underage stars. The list included other young stars such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. [23]

On November 24, 2011, Cube revealed that she will be in a co-ed sub-unit called Trouble Maker with BEAST's Hyunseung.

Trouble Maker's first mini album, Trouble Maker, consists of a dance track as well as an emotional ballad, a solo song for Hyuna, and a solo song for Hyunseung. The unit started revealing their teaser photos on November 25 through their official YouTube channel "troublemakerofficial", and unleashed their album on December 1.[24]

Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop” was No.9 and No.3 on USA's Spin magazine’s “Best 20 Songs of 2011″ and "SPIN's Favorite Pop Tracks of 2011".[25][26]

2012: Ice Cream[edit]

Hyuna at a K-pop concert in Vietnam, November 2012

On February 12, 2012 it was revealed that "The Birth of a Family" Season 2 will follow up with Hyuna and singer G.NA. Birth of a Family is an "animal communion variety" program where idols adopt stray pets and take care of them for a certain period of time to raise awareness for animal rights. Hyuna and G.NA will be taking care of a pet and raising it for a period of 2 months. The first episode with the two singers will be broadcast on March 3.

On March 14, 2012, it was revealed that Hyuna will be launching her own fashion brand called Hyuna x SPICYCOLOR. Hyuna x SPICYCOLOR will be a "retro, chic, and sexy" concept, pulling inspiration from the vintage looks of the 1950s and 1960s. Hyuna intends to be highly involved, starting from the concept development, design, as well as directing the photo shoots. Hyuna stated, "Although as an artist I did show a lot of sexy concepts, for this brand which will be launching at the end of March, I worked very hard to deliver styles that are not only sexy, but also fashionable and stylish. For this spring, if you own a single item mixed with lace, anyone can easily complete a trendy look."[27]

Hyuna also appeared as the central female dancer and love interest in the Psy music video for "Gangnam Style," having been selected personally by Psy during the initial production stage.[2] Psy released the female version of Gangnam Style, known as "Oppa Is Just My Style" in August 2012, featuring additional vocals by Hyuna.[28]

Hyuna released her second mini album titled Melting on October 21, 2012 with the title track "Ice Cream". The song was produced by mega hitmaker Brave Brothers, being the first collaborative effort between the producer and Hyuna as a solo artist.[2] The video for Ice Cream was released on October 22, 2012 and features a cameo by Psy.[29] Four days after release, the music video tied the record for the K-pop music video to achieve ten million views on YouTube the fastest. The record is now held by both Girls' Generation's "The Boys" in addition to "Ice Cream". This achievement is especially notable because it even exceeds Psy's attachment rate for his viral hit, "Gangnam Style", which took fifteen days to acquire the same number of views.[30] Melting is also notable for Hyuna's contributions as a lyricist and composer for "Very Hot" and "To My Boyfriend".[31]

In October, reports suggested that "Very Hot" from Hyuna's second EP Melting was banned by television networks KBS and MBC. The networks objected to the use of the brand KakaoTalk.[32][33] And she expressed her opinion on TV.[34]

On November 14 was revealed that Hyuna with Hara & Hyolyn have been chosen to be soju models for Lotte Liquor.[35]

On the October 21, 2012 episode of Inkigayo, the live music show revealed a teaser video hinting that twenty of the most-wanted K-pop stars would transform into four new project groups in the yearly event. Hyuna will be part of the super idol group Dazzling Red with Sistar's Hyolin, Secret's Hyoseong, After School's Nana and Kara's Nicole.[36] Brave Brothers is set to produce the group's new title song. Slated to air on December 29, the group will perform the tunes only one time on stage and the profits from online streaming and downloading of the songs would be donated to people in need.[37] The song "This Person" was released on December 27, 2012.[38]

On December 28, 2012 Hyuna was featured in Eru digital single "Don't Hurt".[39]

2013: Chemistry[edit]

On February 18, 2013 Hyuna has been chosen as the new model for casual fashion brand G by Guess, with a concept of ‘Fun design with sexy style‘.[40]

On March 7, Hyuna was announced to be a spokesmodel for Toyota Corolla. Hyuna released for Toyota a new song called "My Color". A music video teaser was released on March 8,[41] with a full music video released on March 12.

She appeared on the April 27 episode of Saturday Night Live Korea.[42]

On May 24, Hyuna as G by Guess's spokesperson and makeup artist SON & PARK launched charitable activities "KISS OF HOPE". G by Guess launched "KISS OF HOPE" package in which all the income will be donated to the education of children in poor countries.[43]

In October, Cube Entertainment had Hyuna and Hyunseung make a comeback as Trouble Maker. They released the single "There Is No Tomorrow" from its Chemistry EP [44] The song reached number one on ten of Korea's major music charts, and was deemed by Instiz.net as an All-Kill.[45]


Hyuna and Jay Park are listed as Showcasing Artists for the SXSW 2014 music festival to be held in Austin, Texas on March 11-16. [46]

Personal life[edit]

Hyuna has a tattoo on her left shoulder that says, "My mother is the heart that keeps me alive."[47] She later revealed another tattoo,on her right inner arm reading "Tempus", which means ‘time’ in Latin. [48]



Trouble Maker[edit]



2010Midnight FMHerself

Television series[edit]

2006–2007MTV Wonder Girls (Season 1)Herself
2007MTV Wonder Girls (Season 2)Herself
2009–2010Invincible YouthHerself
2010Waving the Korean FlagHerself
2011Dancing with the StarsHerself
2012KBS's Birth of a FamilyHerself
Running ManHerself (Ep. 93-94)
Top Gear KoreaHerself (Season 2 Ep. 6)
2013Running ManHerself (Ep. 132)


Aside from her endorsements alongside 4Minute, Hyuna has also endorsed the following brands:

2008Cyon Bboy Championship[49][better source needed]
2009Samsung 4Tomorrow[50]
2012Lotte Liquor[51] Until 2013
Samsung Galaxy S III Anymode
FIFA Online 3[52] Until 2013
2013G by Guess[53][better source needed]
Toyota Corolla[54]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workResult
Gaon Chart Awards
2010Streaming AwardChangeWon[56]
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2010Best Dance Performance – SoloChangeNominated[57]
2011Bubble Pop!Won [58]
2012Ice CreamNominated
Song of the YearNominated[59]
Soompi Gayo Awards
2010Top Digital SingleChangeNominated[60]
2011Top Female SingerHyunaNominated[61]
Top 10 SingersNominated
Top 50 Songs (#24)Bubble Pop!Won[62]
2012Top Mixed Group or Male-Female CollaborationsIce CreamNominated[63]
Top 50 Songs (#38)Won[64]
allkpop Awards
2010Best Female Solo ArtistHyunaNominated[65]
Best Social Network PersonalityNominated[66]
2012Best Female Solo ArtistNominated
Best Music VideoIce CreamNominated[67]
YouTube Awards
2011Most Viewed Music VideoBubble Pop!Won[68]
Melon Music Awards
2012Global Star AwardHyunaNominated
VEVOCertified Awards
2012100,000,000 viewsOppa Is Just My StyleWon
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
201220's PerformanceHyunaWon [69]
SBS MTV Best of the Best
2012Best GlobalHyunaNominated
Best Solo Female (Live)Nominated
Best Collaboration with PSYOppa Is Just My StyleNominated
Seoul Music Awards
2013Bonsang AwardIce CreamNominated
Popularity AwardNominated
YinYueTai V-Chart Awards
2013Best Korean Female ArtistHyunaWon[70]


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