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Lee Ha-yi (born September 23, 1996),[1] better known by her stage name Lee Hi, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. She is known as the runner-up of SBS' K-pop Star Season 1.

Lee Hi
Lee Hi at Incheon Airport, on January 18, 2013.jpg
Lee Hi at the Incheon Airport in January 2013
Native name 이하이
Born Lee Ha-yi
(1996-09-23) September 23, 1996 (age 21)
Bucheon, South Korea
Other names Lee Hi
Education School of Performing Arts Seoul
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 이하이
Revised Romanization I Ha-i
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hai

Her debut single "1, 2, 3, 4", was released on October 28, 2012 and reached No. 1 with first-week sales of 667,549 downloads.[2][3] On November 30, 2012, Lee Hi also had her first performance at the Mnet Asian Music Awards with fellow labelmate Epik High for the song "It's Cold" from the 99 album.

Her first full-length album First Love was released in two parts. Part 1 was released on March 7, 2013 and Part 2 was released on March 28, 2013.[4]




In 2012, Lee Hi finished as the runner-up on K-pop Star Season 1,[5] against Park Ji-min and was eventually signed by YG Entertainment CEO, Yang Hyun-suk.[6]

On May 12, 2012, it was announced that she would be debuting with a girl group called SuPearls (which originally consisted of Michelle Lee, Park Ji-min, Lee Seung-joo and Lee Jung-mi) which was originally formed during K-pop Star Season 1 and signed to YG. She was set to replace Ji-min who decided to sign with JYP Entertainment after winning.[7] Following Lee's successful debut as a solo artist, her company made a sudden announcement on February 13, 2013, that her anticipated girl-group, SuPearls, will no longer be continuing as an ensemble and that the other remaining members have been dropped. She would instead continue as a solo artist.[8][9]

Before her debut, Lee released her first song under YG Entertainment on which she collaborated with Epik High; it was entitled "It's Cold" and was released on October 8, 2012.[10]

2012–2013: "1, 2, 3, 4", First Love and BOM&HIEdit

On October 24, 2012, it was announced that Lee would be debuting as a solo artist under the stage name, "Lee Hi", with the single "1, 2, 3, 4".[11] The single was released on October 28. The song was written by Masta Wu and produced by Choice37 and Lydia Paek. The music video was directed by director Han Sa-min, who also did 2NE1's "Lonely" and Big Bang's "Blue" and "Monster".[12] The song was number on the monthly Gaon Digital Chart for November.[13] She performed "1, 2, 3, 4" on SBS' Inkigayo on November 4.[14]

Her second single, "Scarecrow" (a song written by JYP and initially recorded, though unreleased, by Park Bom before becoming part of 2NE1), was released on November 22, 2012.[15][16]

On March 2, YG Entertainment revealed that Lee Hi's debut album, titled "First Love" would be released as a digital only mini-album on March 7 featuring 5 songs, with the full album release on March 28 featuring 10 songs. The title tracks, "It's Over" and "Rose" were released on these dates respectively.[17][18]

Lee Hi's full album First Love debuted on March 28, 2013.[19] "Rose" is the first song released by Lee Hi to feature her not just singing, but rapping as well.[19]

It was revealed in December 2013 that Lee Hi would debut under a new sub-unit with Park Bom entitled "B&H", which is also an acronym for BOM&HI. The unit released the single "All I Want For Christmas Is You", a cover of Mariah Carey's song, on December 20.

2014–present: Hi Suhyun and SeouliteEdit

It was revealed in November 2014 that Lee Hi would be a member of another upcoming sub-unit with Akdong Musician's Lee Su-hyun entitled Hi Suhyun.[20] Their first single, "I'm Different", featured iKON's Bobby.

In August 2015, it was confirmed that Lee Hi would be releasing a new album through Tablo's label HIGHGRND. The young singer is still under YG Entertainment; HIGHGRND will be only in charge of the overall production of her new album.[21] On March 9, 2016, Lee Hi released a half album titled Seoulite. Two music videos were released for "Breathe" and "Hold My Hand". "Breathe" was written by SHINee's Kim Jong-hyun. Lee Hi began promotions for both "Breathe" and "Hold My Hand" on Mnet's M! Countdown on March 10.[22] On April 6, 2016, YG Entertainment revealed the full album track list for Lee Hi's album Seoulite. The album was released on April 20, 2016 with "My Star" as the title track. Lee Hi participated in writing and producing the song "Passing By". [23] In September 2016, Lee Hi, partnering with Epik High, also contributed an OST "Can You Hear My Heart" for highly anticipated drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo[24] and "My Love" from the same.


Awards and nominationsEdit

World Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 World's Best Song "1, 2, 3, 4" Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated

Golden Disk AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Rookie Award "1, 2, 3, 4" Won
2017 Digital Bonsang "Breathe" Won

Seoul Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Rookie Award "1, 2, 3, 4" Won

Korean Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Female Musician of the Year - Netizen Vote Lee Hi Won

Gaon Chart K-Pop AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Digital Single of November "1, 2, 3, 4" Won
2016 Digital Single of March "Breathe" Nominated

Melon Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Top 10 Artists Lee Hi Nominated
Album of the Year Seoulite Nominated
Best R&B / Soul Song "Breathe" Nominated

Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best New Female Artist Lee Hi Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Female "1, 2, 3, 4" Nominated
BC - UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
2016 Hotels Combined Artist of the Year Lee Hi Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated


  1. ^ "이하이 :: 네이버 인물검색". (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Gaon Chart's download". gaon. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lee Hi Official Website". 
  4. ^ "Lee Hi unveils part 2 of her 1st album 'First Love'". Allkpop. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "JYP Entertainment Opens Park Ji Min's 15& Homepage". enews world. September 24, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lee Seung Hoon and Lee Hai Yi from SBS "K-Pop Star" Pick Management Agency". soompi. May 16, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "YG Entertainment signs with remaining SuPearls members". 23 May 2012. allkpop. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "SuPearls disbands, YG Entertainment nullifies contracts". allkpop. February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "YG Entertainment Sacks SuPearls, Receives Backlash From Netizens". Popdust. February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Epik High and Lee Hi reveal "It's Cold"". Allkpop. Oct 9, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ "YG-Life unveils first teaser photo of Lee Hi + details on debut single "1,2,3,4"". 24 October 2012. allkpop. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lee Hi releases MV for debut single". Allkpop. October 28, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Gaon Chart releases chart rankings for the month of November 2012". Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Lee Hi makes her long-awaited debut with "1, 2, 3, 4" on 'Inkigayo'!". Allkpop. November 4, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lee Hi releases 2nd single Scarecrow". Allkpop. November 21, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Details of Lee Hi's "Scarecrow" a song originally written for 2NE1's Park Bom". YGLadies. November 21, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lee Hi is back with MV for first title track "It's Over" + Part 1 of 'First Love' album!". March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Lee Hi likely to release debut album in March". February 1, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b kimdebbie (March 28, 2013). "Lee Hi's "Rose" Ascends Quickly to No. 1 on Music Charts". Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (November 5, 2014). "YG Unveils AKMU′s Lee Suhyun as Final Member of New Unit Group, Hi Suhyun". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ JiwonYu. "Lee Hi to Make Comeback Album Under Tablo and HIGHGRND's Production". Soompi. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Singer Lee Hi tops iTunes charts in 8 Asian regions". The Korea Times. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  23. ^ Retrieved April 6, 2016.
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