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Stephanie Young Hwang (born August 1, 1989), known professionally as Tiffany or Tiffany Young,[2] is an American singer. Born and raised in California, she was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency SM Entertainment at the age of fifteen and subsequently moved to South Korea. After two years of training, Tiffany debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation (and later its subgroup Girls' Generation-TTS) in August 2007, which went on to become one of the best-selling artists in South Korea and one of South Korea's most popular girl groups worldwide. In 2016, following her contribution to several side projects during the early part of her career, Tiffany became the second Girls' Generation member to debut as a soloist with the release of her first extended play I Just Wanna Dance.

Tiffany Young
Tiffany Young 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Born
Stephanie Young Hwang

(1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other namesHwang Mi-young[1]
EducationKorea Kent Foreign School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitetiffanyyoung.com
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
黃美永
Revised RomanizationHwang Mi-yeong
McCune–ReischauerHwang Miyŏng
Signature
Tiffany signature.png

Although Tiffany remains a member of Girls' Generation, she left SM Entertainment on October 2017; she moved back to and is currently based in Los Angeles for her solo career. She joined Paradigm Talent Agency and signed with record label Transparent Arts prior to the release of her 2019 extended play Lips on Lips.[3]

Contents

Life and careerEdit

1989–2012: Early life and career beginningsEdit

Tiffany was born Stephanie Young Hwang on August 1, 1989, in San Francisco, California.[4] Her family consists of her father, an older sister, and an older brother.[5] Her mother died when she was 12 years old,[6][7] and she is estranged from her father.[8] She grew up in Diamond Bar, California, and was inspired by K-pop artist BoA.[9][10] Encouraged by her brother, at the age of 15, Tiffany participated in a singing contest. She was spotted by a local SM Entertainment representative, auditioned, and was accepted as a trainee. She moved to South Korea three weeks later.[11]

Tiffany attended Korea Kent Foreign School[12] and was trained at SM Entertainment for almost four years. She officially debuted as a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation in August 2007. The singer adopted the stage name Tiffany, the name her mother initially wanted to name her at birth.[11][13] Besides Girls' Generation, Tiffany's early solo work mostly involved songs recorded for side projects and original soundtracks.[14] Throughout her career, she also participated as the host for several television programs.[15][16][17] In early 2008, Tiffany was diagnosed with vocal nodules and had to receive medical treatment. The symptoms relapsed in 2009 and 2010 in which the singer had to take a short break from her activities.[18] Tiffany acknowledged her voice became "huskier" and "more mature" as a result.[19]

2012–2017: Girls’ Generation TTS and solo debutEdit

 
Tiffany performing in May 2013

In December 2011–January 2012, Tiffany debuted as a musical actress through a lead role in the Korean adaptation of musical Fame. She played a character named Carmen Diaz, a performing arts student who has an ambition to achieve success.[20] In April 2012, a Girls' Generation subgroup named TTS was formed with Tiffany and fellow members Taeyeon and Seohyun. Their debut EP, Twinkle, met with much success and became the eighth highest selling album of the year in South Korea.[21][22][23] The subgroup went on to release two more EPs: Holler (2014) and Dear Santa (2015).[24][25] In November 2013, Tiffany participated as a contestant in the SBS' reality program Fashion King Korea – a program where South Korean celebrities team up with the nation's top designers to compete in fashion challenges and missions. The singer was paired with a designer named Ji Il-geun and finished the program in third place.[26]

During the summer of 2015, Tiffany began work on a solo record, having the mentality of it being the "transition into the next chapter of [her] music career." She started participating in writing music since 2014, calling it "nerve-wrecking to put out music [she's] written on [her] own." Tiffany named Girls' Generation's Taeyeon as "a big part" that helped her throughout the preparation process for the album. The two singers have been known to be best friends since Tiffany's arrival in South Korea in 2004.[10][27] The album, titled I Just Wanna Dance, was released in May 2016, making Tiffany become the second Girls' Generation member to have a solo debut. Her album met with mixed, but generally favorable reviews. Tamar Herman from Billboard magazine called the album an "audible canvas to paint a new image for [Tiffany]", elaborating it "showcases [her] range as an artist."[28][29] The album, having a more American influence than typical K-pop, debuted at number three on both the Billboard World Album Chart and South Korea's Gaon Album Chart.[30][31] It has sold 61,409 physical copies and was chosen by Billboard as the seventh best K-pop album of the year.[32][33] The titular lead single debuted at number 10 on both the Billboard World Digital Song Chart and the Gaon Digital Chart.[30][34] In June 2016, the follow-up single "Heartbreak Hotel", featuring Simon Dominic, was released through SM Station digital music platform.[35] To accompany her solo releases, Tiffany held a series of small concerts titled Weekend during the same month.[36]

 
Tiffany performing in July 2017

Using her social media accounts to interact with fans, in August 2016, while Tiffany was at a SMTown Live concert in Tokyo, she posted a couple of photos that involved the use of the Japanese flag and Rising Sun Flag, indicating her whereabouts. Though there was no evidence of ill-intentions, this caused heavy criticism from the Korean public as the timing coincided with Korean Liberation Day, stirring a historical war wound sentiment.[37][38] This event caused her to step down from Sister's Slam Dunk, a KBS2 variety show that she participated in at the time.[39] Tiffany expressed regret for her action in two handwritten apologies, acknowledging her lack of history knowledge.[40] After the controversial blunder, some spoke out in defense of Tiffany, while others questioned the misogyny within the Korean society, arguing that they can be "unforgiving" towards a female artist while a male counterpart wouldn't have received the same treatment if the same event has occurred.[38][41][42][43]

In October 2016, Tiffany was featured in the single "Don't Speak", taken from Far East Movement's album Identity. In an interview, the hip-hop group has said that working with Tiffany has "really opened [their] eyes", commenting on "how versatile [Tiffany's] range is as a singer."[44]

2017–present: Departure from SM Entertainment and solo careerEdit

Tiffany left SM Entertainment in October 2017 and her future activities with Girls' Generation remain in discussion.[45][46] She moved back to Los Angeles to study acting and pursue a solo singing career.[6]

On March 14, 2018, Tiffany released a cover of "Remember Me," the theme song of the Pixar film Coco, as a single under the stage name Tiffany Young.[2] In June 2018, it was announced that she would be debuting in the United States under Paradigm Talent Agency.[47] She signed with Transparent Arts as her new record label, with "Over My Skin" as her first U.S. solo single.[47][48]

Tiffany collaborated with and was made the face for H&M's Autumn 2018 campaign. To coincide with their Divided Music fall campaign, Tiffany released her second U.S. single, "Teach You", which was released on September 28, 2018.[49] On October 2018, Tiffany was the first female K-pop artist to walk the red carpet of the American Music Awards.[50] She released a holiday single, "Peppermint", on November 30, 2018.[51]

On January 9, 2019, Tiffany announced her next single, "Born Again," which would be released on January 24 as the lead single of her next EP, entitled Lips on Lips; the single was moved one day later, on January 25, with Fernando Garibay confirmed as the song's producer.[52][53] The music video of "Born Again" was released alongside the single on January 25.[54] The EP's title track was released as the second single on February 14.[55] Lips on Lips was released on February 22.[54]

Lips on Lips debuted at number nine on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and number thirty on the Independent Albums chart, with 1,000 copies downloaded and 380,000 on-demand audio streams.[56] The EP also peaked at number eight at the Gaon Album Chart,[57] and was certified Platinum in South Korea a week after its release.[58] She promoted the EP through her Lips on Lips Mini Showcase Tour, which spanned eight dates around North America in March 2019.[59] She won Best Solo Breakout at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which aired on March 14, 2019.[60][61]

Tiffany released a new single, "Magnetic Moon", on August 2, coinciding with her Open Hearts Eve concert in Seoul on the next day,[62] as well as another concert in Bangkok on August 17.[63] She will also embark on the Magnetic Moon tour, which covers eighteen tour stops in North America from October to November 2019.[64]

DiscographyEdit

ConcertsEdit

  • The Agit: Tiffany's Weekend (2016)
  • Lips On Lips North American Mini Showcase Tour (2019)
  • Magnetic Moon North American Tour (2019)

Lips On Lips North American Mini Showcase TourEdit

Date City Country Venue Attendance
North America
March 3, 2019 Toronto Canada Mod Club TBA
March 6, 2019 New York City United States Bowery Ballroom
March 8, 2019 Chicago Lincoln Hall
March 9, 2019 Minneapolis Amsterdam Hall
March 12, 2019 Seattle The Crocodile
March 13, 2019 Vancouver Canada Venue
March 15, 2019 San Francisco United States Great American Music Hall
March 16, 2019 Los Angeles Troubadour (West Hollywood, California)[65]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 I Am Herself Biographical film of SM Town [66]
2014 My Brilliant Life Cameo appearance [67]
2015 SMTown The Stage Documentary film of SM Town [68]

Television dramaEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref. Network
2008 Unstoppable Marriage Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo appearance KBS2
2015 The Producers Herself [69] KBS

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role
2011–2012 Fame Carmen Diaz

Reality and variety showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref. Network
2007–2008 Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekseo Co-host with Kim Hye-seong Mnet
Champagne KBS
2008 Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single Regular Cast Season 1 KBS2
2009–2012 Show! Music Core Co-host with Yuri MBC
2011–2012
2012–2013 with Taeyeon and Seohyun
2013 Fashion King Korea Regular Cast/Contestant Third place SBS
2015 Heart A Tag[70] Host with Lee Cheol Woo [70] Mnet
2016 Sister's Slam Dunk Regular cast KBS2

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot School Girl Herself Nominated
2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST "By Myself" Nominated [71]
2011 MBC Entertainment Awards Special Award: MC Division (with Yuri) Show! Music Core Won [72]
2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Dance Performance Solo "I Just Wanna Dance" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2018 BreakTudo Awards K-pop Female Artist Herself Won [73]
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Solo Breakout Won [61]
2019 BreakTudo Awards K-pop Solo Artist Pending [74]

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