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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
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Background information
Birth name Kim Hyo Jung (김효정)
Also known as Hyorin
Born (1991-01-11) January 11, 1991 (age 23)
Incheon, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, hip hop, dance
Occupations Singer, actress, dancer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals and Piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels Starship Entertainment
LOEN Entertainment
Associated acts Sistar, Sistar19
Hangul 김효정
Revised Romanization Gim Hyojeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyojǒng
Stage name
Hangul 효린
Revised Romanization Hyorin
McCune–Reischauer Hyorin

Kim Hyo Jung (born January 11, 1991; Hangul: 김효정), better known by her stage name Hyolyn (Hangul: 효린) (often written as Hyorin due to her names Romanization from Korean) is a South Korean idol singer and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Sistar and their sub-unit Sistar19.


Kim Hyo Jung was born on January 11, 1991, in Incheon, South Korea.

In March 2011, Hyolyn was a guest on Strong Heart where she revealed that she was born prematurely and weighed in at 4.2 kg (about 9 lbs) at birth. During her mother's pregnancy, water had filled Hyolyn's stomach, which led her to be prematurely born. Bile was unable to be passed through her intestines, which eventually damaged her liver, causing a biliary atresia. Although the required surgery had low chances of sustaining life, Hyolyn was able to survive the 10-hour long surgery.

A year later, however, she was diagnosed with intussusception (a medical condition where parts of the intestine folds over into another section of the intestine) and received surgery for enterectomy.[1]



Hyolyn auditioned for JYPE two times, and was finally accepted at the second try placing 1st place at the audition. She was set to debut in a project group with Secret's Jieun and Bestie's Uji but plans fell.[2] Hyolyn then left JYPE and joined Starship Entertainment, auditioning with a cover of Christina Aguilera's Hurt.[3]


Main article: Sistar

In June 2010, Hyolyn made her debut as a member of Sistar on KBS Music Bank with their debut single, Push Push [4]

In early 2011, Hyolyn and group member Bora formed as a sub-group Sistar19 with the single "Ma Boy".[5] Hyolyn had the chance to participate in the newly formed variety show "Immortal Song 2" on June. She won the first episode and received immediate attention and public love for her voice. Her new-found popularity helped spread Sistar's name to the public. Due to her great vocal ability and stage presence on the show and other variety programs, she has been labeled as the Korean Beyoncé by some singers within country.[6][7] She participated in the show from June until September.[8]

On October 17, she released the single "Ma Boy 2", featuring Electroboyz.[9]

As an MBC 2012 Lunar Year special, the variety show We Got Married spin-off "Pit-a-Pat Shake" aired its pilot episode featuring virtual idol couples experiencing dating life. Hyolyn's partner was revealed to be Super Junior's Sungmin.[10] In the pilot, Sungmin and Hyolyn performed traditional Korean opera.[11]

Recently, Hyolyn has begun an acting career, starring in the KBS drama “Dream High Season 2” as Nana, a famous idol from the fictional girl group HershE.[12]


Hyolyn started her solo debut in November 2013, with two title tracks Lonely and One Way Love taking the top spot on all major music charts in Korea. The songs from her album Love and Hate charted in the top 10 on music charts Bugs and Soribada. One Way Love charted number 1 on all 10 music charts in Korea. The album consists of tracks from notable producers, including Brave Brothers and Kim Do Hoon,[13] and features Korean rappers such as Mad Clown, Block B's Zico, Dok2 and Geeks' Lil' Boy.

On the 26th of November, Hyolyn held a successful media showcase in celebration of the release of her solo album at Seoul Ilchi Art Hall.[14] She held a stage on an Mnet Exclusive Special titled 'Hyolyn's Love and Hate' on the 28th of November 11pm (KST) in which she performed songs from the album as well as popular Sistar tracks with her group members.[15]

On December 31, 2013 Hyolyn's music video for the Korean version of "Let It Go" for Disney's animation movie Frozen was revealed. Hyolyn said, “I’m happy to be taking part in making a Disney movie as a Korean representative, which I’ve always enjoyed watching. I am honored that I’ll be the second Korean singer to take part in Disney production, following Park Jung Hyun, who sang Reflection for Mulan.”[16]

On January 22, 2014 Hyolyn released an OST for the drama My Love from the Star called "Goodbye". Immediately after it hit stores, "Goodbye" made an all-kill on the major real-time music charts. The song, an uptempo pop ballad with a simple melody written by hit OST producer Choi Jae Woo, was first revealed during Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun's kiss scene.[17]

On March 28, 2014, Starship Entertainment announced on their Twitter account that Hyolyn would feature in Mad Clown's comeback track, "Without You".[18] The music video for "Without You" was released on April 3, 2014, topping major real-time music charts.


For Hyolyn's work with Sistar, see Sistar's discography.

Studio Album[edit]


Year Title Peak positions Sales Album


2012 "I Choose to Love You" 2 3
  • KOR (DL): 1,053,521
"This Person" (Dazzling Red) 2 6
  • KOR (DL): 694,635
Digital Single
2013 "Hot Wings" (with Dynamic Duo) 11 10
  • KOR (DL): 718,093
Lucky Numbers
"Crazy of You" 1 1
  • KOR (DL): 1,084,375
Master's Sun OST
"One Way Love" 1 1
  • KOR (DL): 980,423
Love & Hate
"Lonely" 2 2
  • KOR (DL): 667,897
2014 "Goodbye" 1 1
  • KOR (DL): 1,209,445
My Love from the Star OST
"Let It Go (Korean ver.)" 5 5
  • KOR (DL): 588,072
Frozen OST
"Without You" (with Mad Clown) 3 4
  • KOR (DL): 677,261
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Gaon Chart[19] Hot 100 K-Pop
2013 "Stalker (Feat. Mad Clown)" 5 11 Love & Hate
"Don't Love Me" 10 22
"Red Lipstick (Feat. ZICO of Block B)" 12 30
"Massage (Feat. Dok2)" 17 -
"O.M.G (Feat. 긱스 릴보이)" 23 -
"Closer" 26 -
"Falling" 32 -
"Tonight" 41 -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2010 Magic Drag "Magic Drag" 03:14 Duet with Jang Geun-suk
2011 Glory Jane OST "Who You Are to Me" 03:53 Solo
My Heart Beating "Amazed" 03:16 Duet with K.Will and Simon D
Rebirth "Ma Boy 2" 03:27 Duet with Electroboyz
2012 Alone "I Choose to Love You" 03:31 Solo
Dream High 2 OST "Superstar" 03:42 Hershe (with Jiyeon and Ailee)
This Person "This Person" 03:24 Dazzling Red (with Hyuna, Hyoseong, Nana, Nicole)
2013 Lucky Numbers "Hot Wings" 04:57 Duet with Dynamic Duo
Master's Sun OST "Crazy of You" 04:32 Solo
Frozen OST "Let It Go" (Kor. Ver) 03:47 Solo
2014 My Love from the Star OST "Goodbye" 03:40 Solo
Ferocity "Without You" 03:41 Duet with Mad Clown


Television Drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Dream High Season 2 Nana

TV Appearances[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 Bouquet MBC Ep 19
100 Points Out Of 100 KBS2 Ep 1
2011 Strong Heart SBS Ep 67 & 68
2011-2013 Running Man SBS Ep 75 & 162 [22]
2011-2014 Immortal Song 2 KBS2 Contestant
2012 Pit-a-Pat Shake MBC Series regular
2013 Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC ep 45 & 46 [23]
2014 1000 Song Challenge SBS Guest MC
Hidden Singer JTBC Contestant


Aside from her endorsements alongside Sistar, Hyolyn has also endorsed the following brands:

Year Commercial Note
2011 Banila Co [24]
2012 Lotte Liquor Until 2015[25]
2014 Coca-Cola Sun's Mate Tea [26]
California Almonds

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 Soompi Awards Top K-Drama OST Song Crazy of You Nominated
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Song Goodbye Pending
One Way Love Pending
World's Best Video Pending
World's Best Female Artist Hyolyn Pending
World's Best Live Act Pending
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Pending

Music Programs[edit]

MBC Music Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 December 4 "One Way Love"

MBC Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 December 7 "One Way Love"

Mnet M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 December 12 "One Way Love"

KBS Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 December 13 "One Way Love"


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  2. ^ choiwj. " SISTAR's Hyolyn reveals the story behind her debut", "Allkpop, 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ xvntbk. " SISTAR leader Hyolyn's audition video gains interest". "Allkpop, 21 April 2010.
  4. ^ Debut. Allkpop.com (2010-06-04). Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  5. ^ 전설 및 아이돌가수 | 자유 선언 토요일KBS》. 2011-06-18 확인.
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  7. ^ Single Ladies. Allkpop.com (2010-08-22). Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  8. ^ Hyolyn sheds tears after her last ‘Immortal Song 2′ performance. Allkpop.com (2011-09-11). Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  9. ^ "용감한 형제, ‘효린+일렉트로보이즈' MA BOY2 "가창력 대폭팔!~"|출판사=굿데이스포츠". 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  10. ^ Pit-a-Pat Shake. Allkpop.com (2012-01-05). Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  11. ^ Korean opera performance. Allkpop.com (2012-01-24). Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
  12. ^ (Korean) 효린 "'드림하이2' 출연, 노래보다 연기연습 많아". News.naver.com (2012-01-17). Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
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  14. ^ "Sistar′s Hyolyn Kills All Music Charts with ′One Way Love′". http://mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "[Mnet Special] HyoLyn's Love & Hate". http://mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  16. ^ [ http://mwave.interest.me/enewsworld/en/article/54820/sistar-hyolyn-sang-disney-song-as-korean-representative SISTAR’s Hyolyn Sings Ending Credit Song for Disney Animation ‘Frozen’]
  17. ^ SISTAR's Hyorin makes an all-kill on charts with 'Goodbye' from 'You Who Came from the Stars' OST
  18. ^ Hyorin gives her support for Mad Clown with a featuring on his comeback track
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  21. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard charts. 
  22. ^ Running Man. Allkpop.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
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  25. ^ http://www.dkpopnews.net/2012/11/sistars-hyorin-karas-hara-4minutes.html
  26. ^ SISTAR's Hyorin chosen as the feisty model for 'Coca-Cola's mate tea brand

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