Kim Tae-yeon

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Kim Tae-yeon
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Background information
Birth name 김태연
Also known as Taeyeon
Born (1989-03-09) March 9, 1989 (age 25)
Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, Dance-pop
Occupations Singer, dancer, actress, promotional model, TV presenter
Instruments Vocals, guitar[1][2]
Years active 2007 – present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation, SM Town, TaeTiSeo, SM The Ballad
Website SM Town (Girls' Generation)
Korean name
Hangul 김태연
Hanja [3]
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'aeyŏn

Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989) is a South Korean singer, TV presenter, dancer, actress and promotional model. She is a member of both the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation and the South Korean group S.M. The Ballad.

Early life[edit]

Tae-yeon was born in Jeonju, South Korea on March 9, 1989.

She started receiving her vocal training at the SM Academy, during her 2nd year in middle-school. Lee Solim, the SM Academy's president, remembered Taeyeon as the most memorable student, recalling his memories of his first encounter with Tae-yeon and her dad. Initially, Tae-yeon's dad did not plan for her to become an entertainer. However, he was persuaded, as Lee saw the potential and passion within her. During the following year, Tae-yeon and her dad traveled back and forth from Jeonju on every Sunday to take her lessons. Subsequently, she won the first place at the SM Youth Best Competition and officially received a contract from SM Entertainment in 2004.[4]

She was also featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy" during the same year.[5] Taeyeon continued her training under SM Entertainment and debuted as a part of Girls' Generation in 2007.[4][6]

In 2008, Tae-yeon graduated from Jeonju Art High School and was awarded with the school's Lifetime Achievement Award.[7]

Music career[edit]

Solo activities[edit]

Over the life of her career, Tae-yeon has recorded several soundtracks for various television dramas, movies and other shows. Some of them are solo songs, others are in collaboration with her fellow Girls' Generation's bandmates or other SM artists.

In 2008, she sang "If" ("만약에") for the KBS2 drama Hong Gil Dong as well as "Can You Hear Me?" ("들리나요") for the Beethoven Virus soundtrack. "If" became popular[clarification needed] on various online charts, around the same time "Baby Baby" was released,[8] while ""Can You Hear Me?" received the YEPP Popularity award at the 2008 Golden Disk Awards.[9]

In 2009, she sang "It's Love" ("사랑인걸요") with Sunny for the drama Heading to the Ground, and the "S.E.O.U.L." song with some members of Super Junior and Girls' Generation to promote South Korea.[10] She also sang the song for Caribbean Bay / "Cabi" with her fellow members Jessica, Seohyun, Tiffany and Sunny with 2PM.[11]

In 2010, Tae-yeon released a duet song with her mentor The One, called "Like a Star".[12] She also sang in the soundtrack of SBS's Athena: Goddess of War, with the song "I Love You". The song was released on 13 December 2010. The song was number 1 on some hit charts.[13]

On January 31, 2011, Tae-yeon sang a duet with Kim Bum-soo, titled "Different". The song also took number 1 not long after it was released.[14]

She has also featured on Kangta's Album Eternity, singing "7989".

On March 28, 2012, Tae-yeon sang and released "Missing You Like Crazy", for the Korean Melodrama The King 2 Hearts starring Lee Seung-gi and Ha Ji- won, which took number 1 on all charts such as Melon, Naver, Mnet, Soribada, Bugs, Olleh and Daum, achieving an 'All Kill' on the online charts on the day of its release.[15] Tae-yeon had previously declined the offer to sing the original soundtrack (OST) for the drama due to her busy overseas schedules with Girls' Generation, but later took it up as she had made a promise with PD Lee Pil-ho, the producer of "Beethoven's Virus", for which Tae-yeon also sang the OST. PD Lee Pil-ho also stated that when he had first received the synopsis for "The King 2 Hearts", he had made special requests to only Tae-yeon, stating that she was the only singer who could sing the OST for the drama. In 2012, Tae-yeon also sang an OST, "Closer", for the drama To the Beautiful You starring by fellow label-mates Choi Minho (from SHINee) and Sulli (from f(x)). She also sang "And One" for SBS's drama 'That Winter, The Wind Blows', which was released on 13 March 2013.[16] The OST debuted No.1 on the Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100 chart.[17]

On January 4, 2014, Tae-yeon uploaded on her Instagram account a link to one video of her personal YouTube channel, in which she sings a cover of Justin Bieber's "Be Alright".[18]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Girls' Generation is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.[19] The girl group consists of 9 members: Tae-yeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun.

Tae-yeon and Tiffany have a duet of their own called "Lost In Love" in the group's fourth Korean album I Got a Boy, which was released in 2013.

Sub-unit group: Girls' Generation-TTS[edit]

Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun formed a subunit called Girls' Generation-TTS, releasing their first mini-album in 2012 entitled Twinkle. The subunit has a different musical direction and style concept from the nine-member SNSD.[20]

SM The Ballad[edit]

See also: SM The Ballad

SM the Ballad is a ballad group formed in 2010, consisting of several S.M. artists. Tae-yeon joined the group as a new member in 2014.[21]

Being featured in SM the Ballad Vol. 2, she has a duet with Jonghyun for the title track "Breath" as well as a solo song named "Set Me Free".[21] As an initial promotion, Taeyeon performed both songs live at the SM The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12, 2014.[22] Subsequently, "Breath" was the only track in the album that was being promoted through various music programs in Korea.[23] It was also featured as a theme song for the mini-drama Mimi.

Hosting career[edit]

Radio hosting[edit]

Tae-yeon became a DJ on MBC Radio's Good Friend Radio, which she co-hosted with Super Junior's Kangin until he left on April 19, 2009. She has received the nicknamed "DJ Taengoo".[24] Tae-yeon ceased her DJ duties from April 26, 2010 onwards.[25]

Television Hosting[edit]

Tae-yeon was a sub MC for Kim Seung-woo's talk show, 'SeungSeungJangGu' (Korean: 승승장구) on KBS, MCing alongside 2PM's Wooyoung, Choi Hwa-jung, Kim Shin-young, and Kim Seung-woo.[26]

Tae-yeon, along with fellow Girls' Generation members Tiffany and Seohyun is an MC on MBC's Show! Music Core from February 11, 2012.[27]

On February 22, 2012, she was a MC for First Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards together with Joo Younghoon[28] and also for 2012 Korean Music Wave in Bangkok which was held on April 7, 2012 together with Tiffany and Nichkhun.[29] During the hosting of the "First Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards" show, Tae-yeon suffered a toe injury. Tae-yeon's toe nail had been disconnected from her toe and she was unable to receive the award with her members.[30]

Acting career[edit]

On May 7, 2010, she had her musical debut as the main female role in Midnight Sun, which is based on the Japanese novel "Taiyō no uta" by Aya Denkawa.[31][32] The musical is about Kaoru Amane, a 17-year-old girl, who suffers from Xeroderma pigmentosum, which forbids her from going out during daytime. She keeps her hopes up by writing songs and singing every night at a train station. Tae-yeon received good press for her performance.[33] Furthermore, she learned to play guitar for her musical performance.[6]

Tae-yeon and her band mate Seohyun were cast as voice actors for the Korean dub of the 3D animation Despicable Me. Tae-yeon dubbed the voice of the character Margo, while Seohyun's role is Margo's younger sister Edith.[34]

TV shows[edit]

She was featured on MBC's reality-variety show We Got Married as part of the third rotation of couples; she was featured with comedian Jeong Hyeong-don. When this news was announced on January 7, 2009, it caused an uproar among South Korean netizens due to the 11-year age difference between the two.[35]


Angel Price Music Festival[edit]

In 2011, during a performance at the Angel Price Music Festival, a male audience trespassed and tried to pull Tae-yeon off the stage. Her bandmate, Sunny, reacted the fastest and intervened. The trespasser was subsequently stopped and apprehended by the host Oh Jung Tae and security staff. Tae-yeon was later praised for her calm and professional attitude as she continued the performance until it ended.[36]

On the other hand, Coupang, the social business commerce that handled the ticket sales, could not avoid some negative criticism from the public, even after offering an apology as well as full tickets refund.[37]

MTV Iggy's interview[edit]

During a MTV Iggy's interview, Tae-yeon was being described by the media as having a rude attitude; she was caught looking completely devoid of energy, having her head on her fist. Subsequently, Tae-yeon and her agency clarified this situation, stating that she had a flu and was just tired that day. Her bandmate, Jessica, further explained that Tae-yeon still decided to come out to the interview despite having a bad condition, so it was unfortunate that she had her professionalism questioned.[38]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2014, Taeyeon and fellow S.M. artist Baekhyun were reported to be dating; and later were confirmed by SM Entertainment, to have been in a relationship since February.[39]


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2004 You Bring Me Joy "You Bring Me Joy" 04:05 Duet with The One
2007 SBS - Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son "Touch the Sky" 03:49 With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
2008 KBS - Hong Gildong OST "If" 04:25 Solo
"The Little Boat" 03:27 With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
MBC - Beethoven Virus OST "Can You Hear Me?" 04:00 Solo
N/A "Haptic Motion" 01:31 With Jessica, Seohyun and Sunny
Girls' Generation "7989" 03:30 Duet with Kangta
2009 MBC - Heading to the Ground OST "It's Love" 04:15 Duet with Sunny
"Motion" 04:06 With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "S.E.O.U.L." 03:47 With Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A "I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)" 02:43 With Jessica, Seohyun and Sunny
2010 N/A "Cabi Song" 03:19 With Jessica, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, Taecyeon
Like a Star "Like a Star" 03:58 Duet with The One
SBS - Athena: Goddess of War OST "I Love You" 03:23 Solo
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송) [40] 03:26 With Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun
2011 Different "Different" 04:23 Duet with Kim Bum-soo
2012 I AM. OST "Dear My Family" 05:26 With SM Town
MBC - The King 2 Hearts OST "Missing You Like Crazy" 03:36 Solo
SBS - To the Beautiful You OST "Closer" 04:04 Solo
2013 SBS - That Winter, The Wind Blows OST "And One" 04:15 Solo
"I Got a Boy" "Lost In Love" 04:00 Duet with Tiffany
Mr. Go OST "Bye" 04:32 Solo
2014 SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath "Breath" 04:37 Duet with Jonghyun
"Set Me Free" 04:21 Solo
JTBC Campaign Song "Colorful" 02:20 Solo
SBS - You're All Surrounded "Love, That One Word" 03:55 Solo
Make Your Move (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) "Cheap Creeper" 03:01 With Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun


Year Title Peak positions Album
Gaon[41] Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2010 "Like a Star" (with The One) 1 Digital Single
"I Love You" 2 SBS Athena: Goddess of War OST
2011 "Different" (with Kim Bum-soo) 2 Digital Single
2012 "Missing You Like Crazy" 2 2 MBC The King 2 Hearts OST
"Closer" 7 7 SBS To The Beautiful You OST
2013 "And One" 2 1 SBS That Winter, The Wind Blows OST
"Bye" 21 19 Mr. Go OST
2014 "Love, That One Word" 8 6 SBS You're All Surrounded OST



Year Title Role Other notes
2010 Despicable Me Margo (voice-over) Korean version
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[42]
2013 Despicable Me 2 Margo (voice-over) Korean version

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo on Episode 64
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows SBS Tae-yeon Cameo on Episode 3

Reality and variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 Family Outing SBS Episode 13 & 14
2008-2014 Radio star MBC Episode 120, 256, 312
2009 We Got Married Season 1; Episode 42–54
Infinite Challenge Season 4; Episode 144
Happy Together KBS Season 3
2010 We Got Married MBC Season 2; Episode 40, 51, 52 & 69 (On stage)
2011-2013 Running Man SBS Episode 63 & 64, 112
2012 Invincible Youth 2 KBS2 Episode 22
2013 Strong Heart SBS Episode 165 & 166
Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC Guest on Episodes 47 and 48 along with Hyoyeon, Sunny, Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung[43]
2014 Hidden Singer 3 JTBC Contestant

Award shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2012 1st Gaon Charts K-Pop Awards KBS Host with Joo Young-hoon
2014 SBS Entertainment Awards SBS Presenter with Kim Sung-soo
2014 28th Golden Disk Awards JTBC Host with Tiffany and Oh Sang-jin

Television shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2010 Win Win KBS Host
2012–2013 Show! Music Core MBC Host

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2008 "Forever" Lee Bul Herself
"Can You Hear Me Now" Taeyeon N/A
2009 "S.E.O.U.L." Super Junior and Girls' Generation Herself
2014 "Breath" SM the Ballad Herself

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Midnight Sun Kaoru Female lead

Radio show[edit]

Year Title Role
2008–2009 Chin Chin Radio Co-DJ along with Kang In
2009–2010 Chin Chin Radio DJ
2013 MBC SJ Shin Dong's Shim Shim Ta Pa Guest DJ together with Tiffany (fill-in for Shindong)


Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Taeyeon has also endorsed the following brands:

Year Commercial Note
2007 Gamevil Skipping Stone 3
2009 A-Solution Until 2010
Banana Milk
2013 B-Ing Collagen Until 2014
Nature Republic Until 2014
2014 Mixxo With Tiffany and Seohyun


Year Awards Notes Result
2004 8th Annual Best Contest Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award Won
2008 Cyworld Song of the Month : February "If" Won[44]
2008 Mnet Asian Music AwardsBest OST "If" Won[45]
23rd Golden Disk Awards Yepp Popularity Award for "Can You Hear Me?" Won[46]
2009 Program Production "Good Friend Radio (ChinChin)" Won
2009 MBC Drama Awards (Radio Newcomer Award) "Good Friend Radio (ChinChin)" Won[47]
2010 16th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Female Radio Award Won[48]
Yahoo Buzz! Award's Top Buzz Star : Female Category Herself Won[49]
2011 The 5th Musical Awards Best Newcomer Nominated[50]
2011 Mnet Asian Music AwardsBest OST "I Love You" Nominated[51]
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Song of the Year "I Love You" Nominated[51]
2011 MelOn Music Awards – Best OST "I Love You" Nominated
2012 Seoul International Drama Awards 2012 – Best Song from a Series "Missing You Like Crazy" Won[52]
2012 Mnet Asian Music AwardsBest OST "Missing You Like Crazy" Nominated


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  14. ^ "Taeyeon and Kim Bum Soo’s Duet ‘Different’ released!". allkpop. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Updated: Taeyeon Performs ‘Missing You Like Crazy’ on ‘Show! Music Core’". soshified. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon to sing for ‘Wind Blows In Winter’ OST
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  26. ^ (Korean) Official "WinWin" website
  27. ^ Taeyeon and Seohyun to join Tiffany as new ‘Music Core’ MCs
  28. ^ Taeyeon to MC at ‘First Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards’
  29. ^ Taeyeon and Tiffany Set to MC at the 2012 Korean Music Wave in Bangkok
  30. ^ Girls’ Generation member Taeyeon hosts the ‘Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards’ despite toe injury
  31. ^ Hannah Kim: SNSD lead lands musical role, JoongAng Daily, March 18, 2010
  32. ^ (Korean) (Taeyeon To Have A Musical Debut! Cast For Main Female Role). Newsen. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  33. ^ Park Sun-young: Girls' Generation singer makes theatrical debut, JoongAng Daily, May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  34. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 태연-서현, 3D 애니 ‘슈퍼배드’ 목소리 캐스팅 (Girls' Generation's Tae-yeon and Seohyun cast as voice actors for 3D Animation),, May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010
  35. ^ (Korean) "재혼에 원조 교제 수준"…'우결' 정형돈-태연 결혼에 네티즌 시끌 ('"Second Marriage Follows First Relationship Standard"...We Got Married Jung Hyungdon—Taeyeon Wedding News Causes Netizen Uproar'. Chosun Ilbo. January 7, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  36. ^ SNSD’s Tae-yeon almost pulled off stage during performance (April 17, 2011). Retrieved on June 20, 2014.
  37. ^ Coupang releases apology for “Angel Price Music Festival”, will issue full refunds (April 18, 2011). Retrieved on June 20, 2014.
  38. ^ Girls’ Generation Taeyeon Explains "MTV IGGY" Incident on "Happy Together" (May 11, 2012). Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  39. ^ EXO's Baekhyun & Girls' Generation's Taeyeon reported to be dating + SM confirms it's true (June 18, 2014). Retrieved on June 18, 2014.
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  41. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
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  43. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 February 2013). "SNSD Members Say They Fought to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  44. ^ (Korean) (영상)소녀시대 태연, 혼자서도 인기, March 20, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  45. ^ MNet 20's Choice Award 2008 Winners
  46. ^ Golden Disk Awards 2008 Winners List
  47. ^ (Korean) 태연 “늦은 밤 나와 얘기나눠준 청취자에 감사” 라디오 신인상. Newsen. December 30, 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  48. ^ Winners at the 16th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Ceremony
  49. ^ (Korean) [1] [2]. Yahoo Buzz Awards.
  50. ^ (Korean) 제5회 더 뮤지컬 어워즈, 조승우·차지연 품으로.The 5th Musical Awards Winners.
  51. ^ a b Girls’ Generation Nominated for 5 Mnet Asian Music Awards
  52. ^ (Korean) Prize winners at the Seoul Drama Awards 2012

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Starsung (January 4, 2014). "Taeyeon starts her own YouTube channel". allkpop. Retrieved January 5, 2014.