Kim Tae-yeon

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Kim Tae-yeon
Tae-yeonSeoul Fassion Week2.jpg
Kim Tae-yeon at Seoul Fashion Week
Background information
Birth name김태연
Also known asTaeng, Taengoo
Born(1989-03-09) March 9, 1989 (age 24)
Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, R&B, Dance-pop
OccupationsSinger, dancer, actress, promotional model, TV presenter, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, guitar[1][2]
Years active2007–present
LabelsS.M. Entertainment
Associated actsGirls' Generation, SM Town, TaeTiSeo, SM The Ballad
WebsiteOfficial website
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Kim Tae-yeon
Tae-yeonSeoul Fassion Week2.jpg
Kim Tae-yeon at Seoul Fashion Week
Background information
Birth name김태연
Also known asTaeng, Taengoo
Born(1989-03-09) March 9, 1989 (age 24)
Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, R&B, Dance-pop
OccupationsSinger, dancer, actress, promotional model, TV presenter, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, guitar[1][2]
Years active2007–present
LabelsS.M. Entertainment
Associated actsGirls' Generation, SM Town, TaeTiSeo, SM The Ballad
WebsiteOfficial website
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-yeon
McCune–ReischauerKim T'aeyŏn

Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989) is a South Korean singer, TV presenter, dancer, actress and promotional model. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, and she is a member of the South Korean group S.M. The Ballad.


Tae-yeon was born in Jeonju, South Korea on March 9, 1989. She is trained in singing and dancing. Taeyeon was discovered in the 2004 SM Entertainment's 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest.[4][5] In 2004, she was featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy" before debuting as a Girls' Generation member.[6] She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High School and was awarded the school's Lifetime Achievement Award.[7]


Solo career[edit]

Tae-yeon has contributed to a couple of soundtracks as a solo artist, singing the theme song "Manyageh" ("만약에", "If") for the KBS2 drama Hong Gil Dong and "Deullinayo" ("들리나요", "Can You Hear Me") from the Beethoven Virus soundtrack. "If" became popular[clarification needed] on various online charts, around the same time "Baby Baby" was released,[8] while "Deullinayo" received the YEPP Popularity award at the 2008 Golden Disk Awards.[9]

She also sang "SarangInGulYo" ("사랑인걸요", "It is love") with Sunny for the drama Heading to the Ground, and the "S.E.O.U.L." song with members of Super Junior and Girls' Generation to promote South Korea.[10] She also sang the song for Caribbean Bay / "Cabi" with her fellow members Jessica, Seohyun, Tiffany and Sunny with 2PM.[11]

She sang a duet song with her mentor The One, called "Like a Star" which was released on November 17, 2010.[12] She also sang in the soundtrack of SBS's Athena:Goddess of War, with the song "I Love You". The song was released on 13 December 2010. The song took number 1 in some hit charts.[13]

On January 31, 2011, Tae-yeon sang a duet with Kim Bum-soo, titled "Different". The song also took number 1 not long after it was released.[14]

She has also featured on Kangta's Album Eternity, singing 7989.

On March 28, 2012, Tae-yeon sang and released "Missing You Like Crazy", for the Korean Melodrama The King 2 Hearts starring Lee Seung-gi and Ha Ji- won, which took Number 1 on all charts such as Melon, Naver, Mnet, Soribada, Bugs, Olleh and Daum, achieving an 'All Kill' on the online charts on the day of its release.[15] Tae-yeon had previously declined the offer to sing the OST for the drama due to her busy overseas schedules with Girls' Generation, but later took it up as she had made a promise with PD Lee Pil-ho, the producer of "Beethoven's Virus", for which Tae-yeon also sang the OST. PD Lee Pil-ho also stated that when he had first received the synopsis for "The King 2 Hearts", he had made special requests to only Tae-yeon, stating that she was the only singer who could sing the OST for the drama. In 2012, Tae-yeon also sang an OST, "Closer", for the drama To the Beautiful You starring by fellow label-mates Choi Minho (from SHINee) and Sulli (from f(x)). She also sang "And One" for SBS's drama 'That Winter, The Wind Blows', which was released on 13 March 2013.[16] The OST debuted No.1 on the Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100 chart. [17]

On January 4, 2014, Tae-yeon uploaded on her Instagram account a link to one video of her personal YouTube channel, in which she sings a cover of Justin Bieber's "Be Alright".[18]

Acting career[edit]

On May 7, 2010, she had her musical debut as the main female role in Midnight Sun, which is based on the Japanese novel "Taiyō no uta" by Aya Denkawa.[19][20] The musical is about Kaoru Amane, a 17-year-old girl, who suffers from Xeroderma pigmentosum, which forbids her from going out during daytime. She keeps her hopes up by writing songs and singing every night at a train station. Taeyeon received good press for her performance.[21] Furthermore, she learned to play guitar for her musical performance.[5]

Taeyeon and her band mate Seohyun were cast as voice actors for the Korean dub of the 3D animation Despicable Me. Taeyeon dubbed the voice of the character Margo, while Seohyun's role is Margo's younger sister Edith.[22]

TV shows[edit]

She was featured on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation reality-variety show We Got Married as part of the third rotation of couples; she was featured with comedian Jeong Hyeong-don. When this news was announced on January 7, 2009, it caused an uproar among South Korean netizens due to the 11-year age difference between the two.[23]

Taeyeon was also a sub MC for Kim Seung-woo's talk show, 'SeungSeungJangGu' (Korean: 승승장구) on KBS, MCing alongside 2PM's Wooyoung, Choi Hwa-jung, Kim Shin-young, and Kim Seung-woo.[24]

Taeyeon, along with fellow Girls' Generation members Tiffany and Seohyun is an MC on MBC's Show! Music Core from February 11, 2012.[25]

On February 22, 2012, she was a MC for First Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards together with Joo Younghoon[26] and also for 2012 Korean Music Wave in Bangkok which was held on April 7, 2012 together with Tiffany and Nichkhun.[27] During the hosting of the "First Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards" show, Taeyeon encountered a toe injury. Taeyeon's toe nail had been disconnected from her toe and she was unable to receive the award with her members.[28]

Radio shows[edit]

Taeyeon became a DJ on MBC Radio's Good Friend Radio, which she co-hosted with Super Junior's Kangin until he left on April 19, 2009. She has received the nicknamed "DJ Taengoo".[29] Taeyeon ceased her DJ duties from April 26, 2010 onwards.[30]

Girls' Generation-TTS[edit]

SM Entertainment revealed that Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun will form a SNSD subunit called Girls' Generation-TTS; they released their first mini-album Twinkle on 2 May 2012. The subunit has different musical direction and style concept from the nine-member SNSD.[31]

SM The Ballad[edit]

In February 4, 2014, SM Entertainment revealed that SM The Ballad will make a comeback with new members, Taeyeon being one of them. She will be singing, together with Shinee's Jonghyun, the title track, Breath.[32]


Angel Price Music Festival[edit]

On April 17, 2011, during a performance at the Angel Price Music Festival, a male audience member trespassed onto stage and tried to pull leader Taeyeon off the stage. Member Sunny reacted the fastest out of all the rest of the members, and intervened. The male trespasser was subsequently stopped and apprehended by the host Oh Jung Tae and security staff. Taeyeon was later praised for her calm and professional attitude as she continued the performance until it ended. SM Entertainment later reported that everyone thought the trespasser was a staff member, and that the girls were fine and were resting as of the time of the statement.[33] Social commerce business, Coupang, which handled the ticket sales at Angel Price's request, released an apology to Girls' Generation and fans for the incident, stating that "Coupang was inadequate in the way we sold and distributed the tickets." Coupang took full responsibility for the incident and promised to give a full refund to those who bought tickets for that event. However, some netizens criticized Coupang in that the business expects a mere refund to be an acceptable apology to all, especially towards Taeyeon. Many were bitter in that something worse could've happened to Taeyeon, and that the concert failed to protect the artist that they invited.[34]

NYC Fanmeet[edit]

On October 24, 2011, the website organized a SNSD Fanmeet in New York City. Taeyeon performed the opening number ("The Boys") but during the rest of the meeting was very subdued and pale. During the following MTV interview, she appeared distracted and bored, even resting her chin on her hands. Initially, her actions were attributed to the onset of a Common cold; it was later announced that she was suffering a peanut allergy reaction, and was experiencing anaphylaxis with shortness of breath.[35]


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

2004You Bring Me Joy"You Bring Me Joy"04:05Duet with The One
2007SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son"Touch the Sky"03:49With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
2008KBS Hong Gildong OST"If"04:25Solo
"The Little Boat"03:27With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
MBC Beethoven Virus OST"Can You Hear Me?"04:00Solo
N/A"Haptic Motion"01:31With Jessica, Seohyun and Sunny
Girls' Generation"7989"03:30Duet with Kangta
2009MBC Heading to the Ground OST"It's Love"04:15Duet with Sunny
"Motion"04:06With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A"S.E.O.U.L."03:47With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A"I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)"02:43With Jessica, Seohyun and Sunny
2010N/A"Cabi Song"03:19With Jessica, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, Taecyeon
Like a Star"Like a Star"03:58Duet with The One
SBS Athena: Goddess of War OST"I Love You"03:23Solo
My Friend Haechi"Haechi Song" (해치송) [36]03:26With Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun
2011Different"Different"04:23Duet with Kim Bum-soo
2012I AM. OST"Dear My Family"05:26With SM Town
MBC The King 2 Hearts OST"Missing You Like Crazy"03:36Solo
SBS To the Beautiful You OST"Closer"04:04Solo
2013SBS That Winter, The Wind Blows OST"And One"04:15Solo
"I Got a Boy""Lost In Love"04:00Duet with Tiffany
Mr. Go OST"Bye"04:32Solo
2014SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath"Breath"Duet with Jonghyun
"Set Me Free"Solo


YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
Gaon[37]Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2010"Like a Star" (with The One)1Digital Single
"I Love You"2SBS Athena: Goddess of War OST
2011"Different" (with Kim Bum-soo)2Digital Single
2012"Missing You Like Crazy"22MBC The King 2 Hearts OST
"Closer"77SBS To The Beautiful You OST
2013"And One"21SBS That Winter, The Wind Blows OST
"Bye"2119Mr. Go OST



YearTitleRoleOther notes
2010Despicable MeMargo (voice-over)Korean version
2012I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square GardenHerselfBiographical film of SM Town[38]
2013Despicable Me 2Margo (voice-over)Korean version


2008Unstoppable MarriageKBSBoolGwangDong (seven princess)Cameo on Episode 64
2012Salamander Guru and The ShadowsSBSTaeYeonCameo on Episode 3

Reality and variety shows[edit]

2008Family OutingSBSEpisode 13 & 14
Radio starMBCEpisode 120
2009We Got MarriedSeason 1; Episode 42–54
Happy TogetherKBSSeason 3
2010We Got MarriedMBCSeason 2; Episode 40, 51, 52 & 69 (On stage)
2011Running ManSBSEpisode 63 & 64
Radio starMBCEpisode 256
2012Invincible Youth 2KBS2Episode 22
Running ManSBSEpisode 112
2013Strong HeartEpisode 165 & 166
Radio starMBCEpisode 312
Shinhwa BroadcastJTBCGuest on Episodes 47 and 48 along with Hyoyeon, Sunny, Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung[39]

Television shows hosting[edit]

2010Win WinKBSHost
2012–2013Show! Music CoreMBCHost

Music video appearances[edit]

YearSong titleArtistRole
2008"Forever"Lee BulHerself
"Can You Hear Me Now"TaeyeonN/A
2009"S.E.O.U.L."Super Junior and Girls' GenerationHerself
2014"Breath"SM the BalladHerself


2010Midnight SunMusicalKaoruFemale lead

Radio show[edit]

2008–2009Chin Chin RadioCo-DJ along with Kang In
2009–2010Chin Chin RadioDJ
2013MBC SJ Shin Dong's Shim Shim Ta PaGuest DJ together with Tiffany (fill-in for Shindong)


Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Taeyeon has also endorsed the following brands:

2007Gamevil Skipping Stone 3
2009A-SolutionUntil 2010
Banana Milk
2013B-Ing CollagenUntil 2014
Nature RepublicUntil 2014


20048th Annual Best ContestBest Singer 1st Place & Grand AwardWon
2008Cyworld Song of the Month : February"If"Won[40]
2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best OSTHot DJWon[41]
23rd Golden Disk AwardsYepp Popularity Award for "Can You Hear Me?"Won[42]
2009Program Production"Good Friend Radio (ChinChin)"Won
2009 MBC Drama Awards (Radio Newcomer Award)"Good Friend Radio (ChinChin)"Won[43]
201016th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts AwardsFemale Radio AwardWon[44]
Yahoo Buzz! Award's Top Buzz Star : Female CategoryHerselfWon[45]
2011The 5th Musical AwardsBest NewcomerNominated[46]
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best OST"I Love You"Nominated[47]
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Song of the Year"I Love You"Nominated[47]
2011 MelOn Music Awards – Best OST"I Love You"Nominated
2012Seoul International Drama Awards 2012 – Best Song from a Series"Missing You Like Crazy"Won[48]
2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best OST"Missing You Like Crazy"Nominated


  1. ^ Note: Taeyeon plays guitar in the musical performance of Midnight Sun.
  2. ^ (Korean) "뮤지컬 꼭 하고 싶었어요" 소녀시대 태연, April 13, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2010. (Interview)
  3. ^ 台灣粉絲愛替韓國偶像正名,追出「少女時代」隊長太妍的漢字名「金泰耎」。 (in zh-tw). 爽報. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  4. ^ (English)
  5. ^ a b (Korean) 소녀, 자유를 꿈꾸다, <태양의 노래>의 김태연 (No.80), The Musical. May 11, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
  6. ^ (Korean) 태연, 2004년 '더원' 앨범 피쳐링…뒤늦게 알려져 인기, March 19, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  7. ^ (Korean) ‘소녀시대’ 태연, 전주예술고교 졸업식서 공로상 표창, February 6, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  8. ^ Kang Ji-hoon (강지훈) (2008-03-03). "'솔로' 태연, 소녀시대 인기 능가할까" (in Korean). Mydaily News. 
  9. ^ Im I-rang. 동방신기, '골든 디스크' 대상…본상-인기상 등 3관왕 (TVXQ, "Golden Disk" Main Award...Other Award-Popularity Award; Triple Crown King). MyDaily. December 10, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  10. ^ "[NEWS] ‘It Must Be Love’ by SNSD TaeYeon and Sunny #1 on Music Charts". KPOP JJANG. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "2PM and SNSD release new version of Cabi Song MV". allkpop. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Taeyeon & The One – "Like A Star" music video,, November 19, 2010.
  13. ^ "Taeyeon’s Athena OST Song "I Love You" Is Revealed!". Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Taeyeon and Kim Bum Soo’s Duet ‘Different’ released!". allkpop. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Updated: Taeyeon Performs ‘Missing You Like Crazy’ on ‘Show! Music Core’". soshified. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon to sing for ‘Wind Blows In Winter’ OST
  17. ^ Korea K-Pop Hot 100 : Mar 30, 2013 | Billboard Chart Archive
  18. ^ "🎁". TaeYeon official Instagram account. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Hannah Kim: SNSD lead lands musical role, JoongAng Daily, March 18, 2010
  20. ^ (Korean) (Taeyeon To Have A Musical Debut! Cast For Main Female Role). Newsen. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  21. ^ Park Sun-young: Girls' Generation singer makes theatrical debut, JoongAng Daily, May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  22. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 태연-서현, 3D 애니 ‘슈퍼배드’ 목소리 캐스팅 (Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Seohyun cast as voice actors for 3D Animation),, May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010
  23. ^ (Korean) "재혼에 원조 교제 수준"…'우결' 정형돈-태연 결혼에 네티즌 시끌 ('"Second Marriage Follows First Relationship Standard"...We Got Married Jung Hyungdon—Taeyeon Wedding News Causes Netizen Uproar'. Chosun Ilbo. January 7, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  24. ^ (Korean) Official "WinWin" website
  25. ^ Taeyeon and Seohyun to join Tiffany as new ‘Music Core’ MCs
  26. ^ Taeyeon to MC at ‘First Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards’
  27. ^ Taeyeon and Tiffany Set to MC at the 2012 Korean Music Wave in Bangkok
  28. ^ Girls’ Generation member Taeyeon hosts the ‘Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards’ despite toe injury
  29. ^ (English) Girls' Generation Dominates MBC, The Korea Times, May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  30. ^ (Korean) 태연, MBC 라디오 '친한 친구' DJ 2년 만에 하차 (Taeyeon is withdrawing from MBC Chinchin radio as a DJ) News Nate. April 19, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  31. ^ "Girls Generation TTS -". SNSD Korean. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  32. ^ "More details including tracklist and participating artists for SM The Ballad's 2nd album 'Breath' revealed". allkpop. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  33. ^ SNSD’s Taeyeon almost pulled off stage during performance
  34. ^ Coupang releases apology for “Angel Price Music Festival”, will issue full refunds
  35. ^ A Leader’s Heart « SNSD Korean
  36. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  37. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  38. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  39. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 February 2013). "SNSD Members Say They Fought to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  40. ^ (Korean) (영상)소녀시대 태연, 혼자서도 인기, March 20, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  41. ^ MNet 20's Choice Award 2008 Winners
  42. ^ Golden Disk Awards 2008 Winners List
  43. ^ (Korean) 태연 “늦은 밤 나와 얘기나눠준 청취자에 감사” 라디오 신인상. Newsen. December 30, 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  44. ^ Winners at the 16th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Ceremony
  45. ^ (Korean) [1] [2]. Yahoo Buzz Awards.
  46. ^ (Korean) 제5회 더 뮤지컬 어워즈, 조승우·차지연 품으로.The 5th Musical Awards Winners.
  47. ^ a b Girls’ Generation Nominated for 5 Mnet Asian Music Awards
  48. ^ (Korean) Prize winners at the Seoul Drama Awards 2012

External links[edit]


  1. ^ starsung (January 4, 2014). "Taeyeon starts her own YouTube channel". allkpop. Retrieved January 5, 2014.