Lee Ha-yi (Hangul: 이하이, born September 23, 1996), also known by her stage name Lee Hi, is a South Korean singer under YG Entertainment. She is known as the runner-up of SBS's K-pop Star Season 1. Her debut single "184.108.40.206", was released on October 28, 2012 and reached No. 1 with first-week sales of 667,549 downloads. On November 30, 2012, Lee Hi also had her first performance at the Mnet Asian Music Awards with fellow labelmate Epik High for the song "It's Cold" from the "99" album.
Her first full-length album First Love was released in two parts. Part 1 was released on March 7, 2013 and Part 2 was released on March 28, 2013.
On May 12, 2012, it was announced that Ha-yi will be debuting with a girl group called SuPearls (which originally consisted of Michelle Lee, Ji-min Park, Seung-joo Lee, and Jung-mi Lee) which was originally formed during K-pop Star Season 1 and signed to YG. She was set to replace Ji-Min who decided to sign with JYP Entertainment after winning.
On October 8, 2012, Ha-yi collaborated with hiphop/rap group Epik High on their first song in about three years entitled "It's Cold". On October 24, it was announced that Ha-yi will be debuting as a solo artist under the stage name, "Lee Hi", with the single "220.127.116.11". The single was released on October 28. The song was written by Masta Wu and produced by CHOICE37 and Lydia Paek. The music video was directed by director Han Sa Min, who also did 2NE1‘s “Lonely” and Big Bang’s “Blue” and “Monster." The song reached #1 on all the main music charts. The song ranked #1 for three weeks. She also dominated monthly charts. She has ranked on the top spot 11 times on the hourly real time charts, which set a record for female soloists in 2012 She performed "18.104.22.168" on Inkigayo on November 4.
Her second single, “Scarecrow” (a song written by JYP and initially recorded, though unreleased, by Park Bom before becoming part of 2NE1), was released on November 22, 2012.
Following Ha-yi's successful debut as a solo artist, her company made a sudden announcement on February 13, 2013, that her anticipated girl group, Su Pearls, will no longer be continuing as an ensemble and that the other remaining members have been dropped. She will instead continue as a solo artist.
On February 24, YG Entertainment released a teaser image for Lee Hi's debut album. On the image it had three dates “March 1st?“, “March 7th?” and “March 21st?“. The next day, YG Entertainment released another teaser image with the words 'mini?', 'single?' and 'album?'. The next day another teaser image was released stated that Lee Hi will be releasing an intro song called 'Turn It Up' on March 1. On March 2, another teaser image with the words 'It's Over' next to an image of Lee Hi holding lipstick. It was revealed that the album, titled "First Love" will be released as a digital only mini-album on March 7 featuring 5 songs, with the full album release on March 28 featuring 10 songs. The title tracks, "It's Over" and "Rose" will be released on these dates respectively.
Lee Hi's full album First Love debuted on 28 March 2013 and her single 'Rose' came in at No. 1 just 1 hour after release. 'Rose' is a the first song released by Lee Hi to feature her not just singing, but rapping as well.