Yo Yo Honey Singh
Honey Singh at the Celebrity Cricket League 2014
|Birth name||Hirdesh Singh|
|Also known as||Honey Singh|
15 March 1983 |
|Genres||Desi Hip Hop, Punjabi Rap, Bhangra, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Singer, Music producer, Actor|
|Years active||2012– present|
|Labels||Mafia Mundeer Records|
Honey Singh (born Hirdesh Singh in Hoshiarpur), better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh, is an Indian rapper, music producer, singer and film actor. He started as a session and recording artist, and became a Bhangra producer. He has also begun to produce music for Bollywood films, and gone on to become one of the highest-paid music producers in Bollywood.
Singh was born in a Sikh family at Hoshiarpur, Punjab. His birth name is Hirdesh Singh. He studied music at the Trinity School in the United Kingdom. Later on, his family moved to Delhi.
Honey Singh has received the ETC award for the Best sound in 2006 for his song Glassi and the PTC award for the Best Folk Pop Award 2009 for Rebirth and PTC Punjab Best Music Director 2011.
It has been reported that he has been paid the highest fee ever for a Bollywood song (as of 2012) of 7 million (US$110,000) for a song in the films "Cocktail" and "Mastan".
Yo! Yo! Honey Singh tops the chart of trending videos of 2012. He earns two places on YouTube's list of top 10 trending videos of 2012. His song Brown Rang makes it to top spot and High Heels, in collaboration with Jaz Dhami, takes fourth spot.
It is reported that Honey Singh prefers to sing in his native language Punjabi and Hindi rather than English. The Punjabi album International Villager was released on 11 November 2011 (11-11-11). The track Gabru from International Villager featuring singer J-Star topped Asian music charts (including the official BBC Asian charts)
He has performed at many college festivals including at Ansal Institute of Technology and Ramjas College, Delhi. He learned DJing from DJ Vishal and stood second in "War of DJs"
Honey Singh has also become widely popular in Bollywood. He was first noticed after his debut song in a Bollywood film featuring Gagan Sidhu for the film Shakal Pe Mat Ja. He has also charged Rs. 7 million for a song in an upcoming film titled Mastaan starring Naseeruddin Shah. It is the biggest amount paid to a song artist in Bollywood to date, making Honey Singh one of the highest-paid musical artist in Bollywood.
Singh, also launched his single track "Bring Me Back ft. Spoken Word" at Video Music Awards India which aired on MTV India. The award show was packed with many films and independent artists throughout the world including India. After the end of the show, his song was also premiered at the channel.
He rose to strong fame and high popularity in Bollywood in late 2013, after producing songs in mainstream big-budget films such as Chennai Express and Boss. He also has popular songs in smaller-budget films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Bajatey Raho & Fugly. In late 2014, Honey Singh suddenly disappeared from Bollywood and didn't release any music for months. Many theories rose about his sudden disappearance, but the majority were fake.
After being absent in the Bollywood music scene around the end of 2014, Singh made a comeback in February 2015 with his first song of the year, "Birthday Bash".
Honey Singh made his acting debut with the Punjabi film Mirza (2012), performing the role of Deesha, a mad gangster. Despite only being a cameo appearance, the role went on to win Singh an award for Best Male Debut (PTC Punjabi Film Awards). The following year, Singh appeared in another Punjabi film, this time a comedy film, Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22, as Rolly, a childish and spoilt brat, alongside Amrinder Gill. This was Singh's first lead role as an actor in a film.
Singh has also started acting in Bollywood films, making his debut with the 2014 musical-thriller film The Xpose alongside Himesh Reshammiya. The film released on 16 May 2014, to mixed reviews from critics, though became a box office flop. After a failed Bollywood acting debut, Honey Singh will be returning to Punjabi cinema in mid 2015, with the action film Zorawar, directed by Vinnil Markan.
In the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, the lyrics to some of his songs, which depict violence against women and rape positively have caused controversy. An FIR was lodged against rapper Honey Singh for his offensive lyrics while a group of social activists filed an online petition demanding cancellation of his New Year performance at a Gurgaon hotel. After the campaign, Singh's New Year concert was cancelled by the hotel. Honey Singh denies writing these offensive lyrics
On 4 July 2013, Punjab and Haryana High court dismissed all the cases filed against Yo Yo Honey Singh, which said that he has sung the Balatkaari song. The FIR and the PIL filed against him were dismissed completely by the court stating that there is no proof that he has sung the song and that YouTube is such a medium where any one can upload any content under anyone's name. In this case also, a derogatory song against women was uploaded on YouTube under Yo Yo Honey Singh's name by an imposter and then reports were filed against him.
Honey Singh's song Party All Night in Akshay Kumar's film Boss was at the centre of controversy. Producers of the movie had to submit a petition in Delhi High Court claiming that they have 'muted' the alleged vulgar word in Honey Singh's song. The court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Sanjay Bhatnagar seeking a stay on the film, contending that without censor board's approval, the song could not be released with such a vulgar word. The petition had sought a stay on the release of the film till either the word or the song is deleted from the film. Akshay Kumar, however, does not think the allegation holds any value. Talking about Honey Singh's song in his upcoming film Boss, Kumar says, "Wo koi vulgar word tha nai. Ab kisiko kuch aur sunai de to isme unke kaan ki galti hai na ki humari." (The word was not vulgar at all. They must have heard it wrongly. The blame lies on those who heard it wrong, not us.)
Another controversy took place between him and Raftaar (Singer) in 2014 . The controversy was of about Raftaar, not getting credits for lyrics of the song Yeh Fugly Fugly Kya Hai . The controversy went away without making a major effect . But both rappers started targeting each other in their songs . Raftaar (Singer)'s Swag Mera Desi had a line which was already used in Honey Singh's Party With The Bhoothnath song . Honey Singh also replied with song Stardom from his album Desi Kalakaar .
|2005||Peshi||Bill Singh||Honey Singh|
|2006||Begani Naar||Badshah||Honey Singh|
|2006||The Beat||Ashok Masti||Honey Singh|
|2008||Rebirth||Raj Brar||Honey Singh|
|2009||The Next Level||Diljit Dosanjh||Honey Singh|
|2009||Lock Up||Preet Harpal||Honey Singh|
|2009||The Beginning||Resham Singh Anmol||Honey Singh|
|2010||The Crown||Raja Baath||Honey Singh|
|2010||Dream||Dolly Singh||Honey Singh|
|2010||Khalaas – The Pure||Inderjit Nikku||Honey Singh|
|2010||The Folkstar||Nishawn Bhullar||Honey Singh|
|2011||Hard Work||Bai Amarjit||Honey Singh|
|2010||The Rising Queen||Rimz J||Honey Singh|
|2010||Zanjeer -The Game Changer||Karran Jesbir||Honey Singh|
|2011||Never Done Before||Balli Riar||Honey Singh|
|2011||Singing Between the Lines (Song: Jaan Mangdi)||Jassi Sidhu||Honey Singh|
|2011||Alfaaz – The Boy Next Door||Alfaaz||Honey Singh|
|2011||Jatt Soorme||Garry Hothi||Honey Singh|
|2011||Talwar (Song: Kawan diyan daaran)||Gippy Grewal||Honey Singh|
|2011||International Villager||Various||Honey Singh|
|2012||Born This Way||Varinder Brar||Honey Singh|
|2011||Lak 28 Kudi Da||Diljit Dosanjh,Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2011||Caty Eyes||Diljit Dosanjh||Honey Singh|
|2011||Chamak Challo (it's a remix)||J-Star, Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2012||Chamkila vs Justin Beiber||Alfaaz||Honey Singh|
|2012||15 Saal(half song leaked from Urban Pendu)||Diljit Dosanjh,Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2012||High Heels||Jaz Dhami,Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2012||Siftan||Money Aujla,Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2012||Break Up Party||Leo,Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2012||SATAN||Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar||Honey Singh|
|2012||This Party Gettin' Hot||Jazzy B,Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2013||Bring Me Back||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2013||Bebo||Alfaaz, Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2013||Blue Eyes||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2014||Issey Kehte Hain Hip Hop||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2014||Desi Kalakaar"||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2010||Punjaban||Miss Pooja||Honey Singh|
|2011||Jihne Mera Dil Luteya||Supna
|Diljit Dosanjh||Honey Singh, Aman Hayer, Bhinda Aujla & Jatinder Singh-Shah|
|2011||Shakal Pe Mat Ja||Title Track||Gagan Sidhu||Honey Singh|
|2012||Mirza – The Untold Story||Various||Gippy Grewal||Honey Singh & Jatinder Singh Shah|
|2012||Cocktail||Main Sharabi||Honey Singh||Pritam|
|2012||Son of Sardaar||Rani Tu Mein Raja||Mika Singh, Bhavya Pandit, Honey Singh||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2012||Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana||Kikli Kalerdi||Amit Trivedi, Pinky Maidasani and Honey Singh||Amit Trivedi|
|2012||Khiladi 786||Lonely Lonely||Himesh Reshammiya, Honey Singh and Hamsika Iyer||Himesh Reshammiya|
|2012||Race 2||Party on My Mind||KK, Shefali Alvares, Honey singh||Pritam|
|2012||Ethir Neechal||Ethir Neechal||Honey Singh, Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi and Anirudh Ravichander||Anirudh Ravichander|
|2012||Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22||Various||Amrinder Gill||Honey Singh|
|2013||Mere Dad Ki Maruti||Punjabiyan Di Battery||Mika Singh, Honey Singh||Sachin Gupta|
|2013||Bajatey Raho||Kudi Tu Butter||Yo Yo Honey Singh||Honey Singh & Jaidev Kumar|
|2013||Jatt Airways||Fantasy / Various||Alfaaz, Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2013||Chennai Express||Lungi Dance – The 'Thalaiva(r)' Tribute||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
'Party All Night'
|Boss(Title Track) – Yo Yo Honey Singh & Meet Bros Anjjan
Party All Night – Yo Yo Honey Singh
|Chirantan Bhatt, Deepak P.A., Anjjan Meet, Sandeep Shirodkar
& Yo Yo Honey Singh
|ABCD – Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares & Honey Singh
Sunny Sunny – Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar
|Pritam, Mithoon, Anupam Amod, Honey Singh
& Arko Pravo Mukherjee
|2014||Dedh Ishqiya||Horn OK Please||Honey Singh, Sukhwinder Singh||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|2014||Ragini MMS 2||Chaar Botal Vodka||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2014||Bhoothnath Returns||Party With The Bhoothnath||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2014||Fugly||Ye Fugly Fugly Kya Hai||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2014||Kick||Yaar Naa Miley||Honey Singh, Jasmine Sandlas||Honey Singh|
|2014||Bindaas||Party Shoes||Shadab Hashmi, Neya Kakkar and Honey Singh||Savvy Gupta and Honey Singh|
|2014||Singham Returns||Aata Majhi Satakli||Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma, Nitu Choudhry||Honey Singh|
|2014||The Shaukeens||Alcoholic||Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2015||Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend||BirthDay Bash||Alfaaz & Honey Singh||Honey Singh|
|2015||Gabbar is Back||Aao Raja||Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar||Honey Singh|
|2015||One Bottle Down||Honey Singh||Honey Singh, Lilli Golu|
Feature films as Actor
|2012||Mirza - The Untold Story||Deesha||Punjabi|
|2013||Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22||Rolly||Punjabi|
|2014||The Xpose||Kenny Damania||Hindi|
|2015||Zorawar||Agent Zorawar Singh||Punjabi||Post-production|
|Singh is Bling||TBA||Hindi|
- The ETC award for the Best sound in 2006 for Glassi
- The PTC award for the Best Folk Pop Award 2009 for Rebirth
- PTC Punjabi Best Music Director 2010 for song Desi Daroo
- PTC Punjabi Best Music Director 2011 for album The Folkstar
- PTC Punjabi Best Music Director 2012 for album I.V.(International Villager)
- BritAsia Best International Act 2012
- UK Asian Music Awards Best International Album 2012 for Album album I.V.(International Villager)
- PTC Punjabi Film Award – Best Music Director 2012 for "Mirza – The Untold Story"
- PTC Punjabi Film Award – Best Debut (Male) "Mirza – The Untold Story"
- MTV VMAI Awards – Best Indie Artist (male) 2013 for Brown Rang
- Power Brands Glam 2013 – Power Brand Award 2013
- MTV EMA Awards – Best India Act 2013 for "Bring me Back"
- 2013 BIG Star Entertainment Awards – Singh was co-winner of Most Entertaining Singer (Male), and "Lungi Dance" was nominated as Most Entertaining Song.
- 2014 Global Indian Music Awards – Singh was nominated for Best Music Arranger, and "Lungi Dance" won for Most Popular Song on Radio.
- Zee Cine Awards 2014 for International Icon Male
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