Hoya (singer)

Lee Ho-dong (Korean이호동; born (1991-03-28)March 28, 1991[2]), better known by his stage name Hoya or Lee Ho-won, is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer and actor. He served as a rapper and vocalist in boy band Infinite from 2010 and its sub-group Infinite H from 2013 up until his departure from Woollim Entertainment in 2017.[3][4][5] In 2018, Hoya made his solo debut on March 28 with his first mini album "Shower".

Hoya at the Infinite H showcase 1.jpg
Hoya at the Infinite H showcase, 2015
Lee Ho-dong[1]

(1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 30)
Busan, South Korea
Other namesHoya
Lee Ho-won
Alma materDaekyung University
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actor
Musical career
  • Vocals
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHoya
Birth name
Revised RomanizationI Ho-dong
McCune–ReischauerI Ho-tong
Revised RomanizationI Ho-won
McCune–ReischauerI Ho-wŏn

Hoya made his acting debut in the drama Reply 1997 (2012) and went on to star in the dramas My Lovely Girl (2014), Mask (2015), Radiant Office (2017), and Two Cops (2017), Devilish Charm (2018).


Hoya was born in Busan, South Korea. He dropped out of high school during his first year to pursue his dream as a singer. His father was against the decision thus Hoya had to leave home. He then took the high school qualification exam and passed. Later his father accepted him and now supports Infinite whole heartedly. Hoya auditioned after he dropped out and ended up in his current agency, Woollim Entertainment. He was a former JYP Entertainment trainee.[6]

On March 10, 2014, he announced that his real birth name is Lee Hodong, not Howon as he had previously told the public, and that he changed it in order not to share a name with comedian Kang Hodong.[7]

Hoya graduated from Daekyeung University, majoring in Applied Music.[8][9]

Hoya at K-Pop World Festival 2013.


2010: Debut with InfiniteEdit

Hoya debuted as rapper, vocal and main dancer of South Korean boyband Infinite in 2010. The group officially debuted on June 9, 2010.

2012–2014: Infinite H's debut and acting rolesEdit

Hoya made his acting debut in the tvN drama Reply 1997. The drama was a major hit and raised his popularity.[10]

In September 2012, Hoya and fellow Infinite member Dongwoo formed a subgroup called Infinite H.[11][12] The subgroup released their first mini-album, titled Fly High, in January 2013.[13]

In 2014, Hoya starred in SBS' music romance drama, My Lovely Girl; which co-stars his fellow Infinite member Kim Myung-soo.[14]

On September 24, 2014, Hoya was cast as the lead role in the film Hiya. He played a high school student who only dreams of becoming a singer. The film premiered on March 10, 2015.[15][16]

2015–2017: Departure from Infinite, solo activitiesEdit

In 2015, Hoya starred in SBS's melodrama Mask, acting as Soo Ae's brother.[17]

On June 2016, Hoya became a contestant in Mnet's dance survival show, Hit The Stage.[18] In December, it was announced that Hoya has been cast in the sitcom Strong Family 2017, which started airing in February 2017.[19]

Hoya was a supporting role in MBC's office drama, Radiant Office.[20] On August 30, it was confirmed that Hoya would not be renewing his contract (which expired June 9, 2017) and would be leaving Infinite as well as Woollim Entertainment.[21] In September, he made his musical debut in Hourglass, a play based on the mega hit Korean drama Sandglass.[22] He then starred in MBC's cop drama, Two Cops.[23]

2018–present: Solo debutEdit

In 2018, Lee made his solo debut on March 28 with his first mini album Shower.[24] He was then cast in the romance comedy drama Devilish Charm.[25] In the midst of all, Lee also went to Immortal Song 2 that was broadcast on August 4 and eventually won the episode by getting the highest scores there. Lee also became a dance coach/mentor in KBS variety program, Dancing High that focuses on teaching and mentoring the teens in Korea about dance. On September 12, Lee also released a digital single titled, 'Baby U' featuring Kriesha Chu in the music video.

Hoya enlisted for military service on February 7, 2019 by announcing it through a post two days before the date; he was discharged on December 6, 2020.[26]

On June 9, 2021, Hoya made his comeback with the new digital single 1AM.[27]


Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: March 28, 2018
  • Label: Glorious Entertainment, Genie Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Shower (Intro)
  2. Angel
  3. All Eyes On Me
  4. Reply (점)
  5. Sigh (한숨)
  6. Dance (춤) (Outro)

Single albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: June 9, 2021
  • Label: Glorious Entertainment, Genie Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Track listing
  1. Someday
  2. Stay With Me
  3. I Don't Give A


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
As lead artist
"Pretending I'm Okay" 2014 N/A Non album-singles
"Angel" 2018 Shower
"All Eyes On Me"
"Baby U" Non-album singles
"Stay With Me" 2021 TBA 1AM
As featured artist
"Ooh Ooh"
(Eric Nam ft. Hoya)
2014 48 Non-album singles
"Need You Now"
(Henry ft. Hoya)[33]
  • KOR: 13,756
Soundtrack appearances
"About To Explode"
(as Road King)
2016 N/A Hiya OST
"May I Love You" 2017 Hourglass OST
(as Dynamic Black)
2012 9 2012 SBS Gayo Daejun The Colors Of K-Pop
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music Notes
Credited With Credited With
2014 Season 2 Infinite "Last Romeo" Yes Song Sooyoon, Dongwoo No
Infinite H "Alone" Yes Rphabet, Dongwoo No
Non album-single Hoya "Pretending I'm Okay" Yes Yes
2015 Fly Again Infinite H "Pretty" Yes 9999, Dongwoo Yes 9999 [35]
2016 Infinite Only Infinite "One Day" Yes Rphabet's Razer & Dongwoo Yes Rphabet's Razer
"True Love" Rap Dongwoo No
2018 Shower Hoya "Angel" Yes NiiHWA No
"All Eyes On Me" Yes NiiHWA No
"Reply" Yes NiiHWA No
"Sigh" Yes NiiHWA No



Year Title Role Ref.
2016 Hiya Lee Jin-ho
TBA Ghost Story [36]
Birth [37]

Television seriesEdit

Year Network Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 tvN Reply 1997 Kang Joon-hee
2013 tvN Reply 1994 Kang Joon-hee Cameo[38]
2014 SBS My Lovely Girl Kang Rae-hoon
2015 SBS Mask Byun Ji-hyuk
2017 SBS Strong Family 2017 Lee Gwi-nam
MBC Radiant Office Jang Kang-ho
Two Cops Dok Go Sun-hyeok
2018 MBN, Dramax Devilish Charm Sung Ki-joon
2019 SBS Hip Hop King – Nassna Street

Television showsEdit

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2016 Hit the Stage Mnet Contestant
2018 Dancing High KBS2 Dance coach [39]

Musical theatreEdit

Title Year Role Ref.
2017–2018 Hourglass Baek Jae-hee

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 36th Golden Cinema Festival Best New Actor Hiya Won [40]
2017 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Radiant Office Nominated


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  36. ^ Lee Yu-na (May 3, 2021). "K호러 '괴담' 크랭크업...김도윤·서지수·아린·셔누·주학년 등 출연" [K-horror 'Ghost Story' crank-up ... Kim Do-yoon, Seo Ji-soo, Arin, Shownu, Ju Hak-hak, etc.]. YTN (in Korean). Retrieved May 3, 2021.
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