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Honey Singh
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Background information
Birth name Hirdesh Singh
Also known as Yo Yo Honey Singh
Born 1982/1983 (age 30–31)[1]
Hoshiarpur, Punjab[2]
Origin Delhi, India
Genres Desi Hip Hop, Punjabi Rap, Bhangra, R&B
Occupations Rapper, Singer, Music producer, Actor
Years active 2004–present
Labels Mafia Mundeer Records
Associated acts Diljit Dosanjh, Jaz Dhami, Gippy Grewal, Alfaaz, Deep Money
Website www.yoyohoneysingh.com

Honey Singh (born Hirdesh Singh in Hoshiarpur), better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh,[3] 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.[4]

Early life

Singh was born in Hoshiarpur,[5][6] Punjab. His birth name is Hirdesh Singh. He studied music at the Trinity School in the United Kingdom.[7][8] Than his family moved to Delhi.

Family life

Singh had earlier denied the reports of him being married and claim that wedding photos being circulated on internet were not of a real wedding.[9] However he recently admitted to have been married.[10]

Promotion

Honey Singh and Diljit Dosanjh's song Lak 28 Kudi Da reached No 1 in BBC Asian Download Charts in May 2011. The song was released a promotional track for Diljit Dosanjh's film Lion of Punjab.[11]

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.[12]

It has been reported that he has been paid the highest fee ever for a Bollywood song (as of 2012) of INR7 million (US$120,000) for a song in the films "Cocktail" and "Mastan".[13]

Yo! Yo! Honey Singh tops the chart of trending videos of 2012.[14] He earns two places on YouTube's list of top 10 trending videos of 2012.[15] His song Brown Rang makes it to top spot and High Heels, in collaboration with Jaz Dhami, takes fourth spot.[16]

Career

It is reported that Honey Singh prefers to sing in his native language Punjabi and Hindi rather than English.[17] The Punjabi album International Villager was released on 11 November 2011 (11-11-11).[18] The track Gabru from International Villager featuring singer J-Star topped Asian music charts (including the official BBC Asian charts)[19]

He has performed at many college festivals including at Ansal Institute of Technology and Ramjas College, Delhi.[20] He learned DJing from DJ Vishal and stood second in "War of DJs"

Bollywood

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 the highest-paid musical artist in Bollywood.[21][22]

Also, a song named Angreji Beat from Honey Singh's recently released album International Villager featuring Gippy Grewal, was featured in Saif Ali Khan's film Cocktail.

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 has been widely popular in Bollywood film music these days for composing songs in films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Bajatey Raho, Chennai Express & Boss. He has also signed on a few of his songs on some of Akshay Kumar's next films, including his production Fugly and the Shaukeen remake.

Acting

Honey Singh made his acting debut in a Punjabi movie, titled Mirza (2012), performing the role of Deesha, a mad gangster.[23] 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 flick, the comedy film Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22, as Rolly, a childish and spoilt brat, alongside Amrinder Gill.[24]

Despite appearing in a number of guest appearances in Bollywood films for the songs he produces, in films such as Boss, Honey Singh made his actual Bollywood acting debut with the 2014 musical-thriller film The Xpose alongside Himesh Reshammiya. The film released on 16 May 2014, to mixed reviews from critics, and a below average response at the box office apparently.[25] Despite a Bollywood acting debut, Honey Singh is also expecting to star in his third Punjabi film this year, titled Zorawar, directed by Vinnil Markan.

Controversy

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.[26][27] 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.[28] After the campaign, Singh's New Year concert was cancelled by the hotel.[29] Honey Singh denies writing these offensive lyrics[30]

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.[citation needed]

Honey Singh's song Party All Night in Akshay Kumar's upcoming film Boss was at the centre of controversy recently. 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.)[31]

Discography

Year Album Artist Music Director
2005 Peshi Bill Singh Honey Singh
2006 The Beat Ashok Masti Honey Singh
2006 Surma Bopaz 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

Singles

Year Track Artist Music director
2011 Lak 28 Kudi Da Diljit Dosanjh,Honey Singh Honey Singh
2011 Caty Eyes Diljit Dosanjh Honey Singh
2011 Chamak Challo(its 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[32][33] 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[34] Honey Singh Honey Singh

Film Soundtrack

Year Movie Song Singer Music director
2010 Punjaban Miss Pooja Honey Singh
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Supna
Fukre
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[35]
2013 Boss 'Boss(Title Track)'
'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

2013 Yaariyan ABCD
Sunny Sunny
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[36]
2014 Ragini MMS 2 Chaar Botal Vodka[37] Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Party With The Bhoothnath Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Punjab 1984 Maalika
Sardari
Diljit Dosanjh, Garry Sandhu & Sharry Mann Honey Singh & Beat Minister
2014 Fugly Ye Fugly Fugly Kya Hai Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Bindaas Party Shoes Shadab Hashmi, Neya Kakkar and Honey Singh Savvy Gupta and Honey Singh

Filmography

Feature films as Actor

Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Mirza - The Untold Story Deesha Punjabi Cameo appearance
2013 Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 Rolly Punjabi
Boss Himself Hindi Special appearance in song "Party All Night"
2014 The Xpose Kenny Damania Hindi
Zorawar Agent Zorawar Singh Punjabi Post-production

Awards

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