Lee Hi

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Lee Hi
Lee Hi at Incheon Airport, on January 18, 2013.jpg
Lee Hi at Incheon Airport on January 18, 2013
Background information
Birth name Lee Ha-yi (이하이)
Born (1996-09-23) September 23, 1996 (age 18)
Bucheon, South Korea
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts
Website lee-hi.co.kr
Korean name
Hangul 이하이
Revised Romanization I Ha-i
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hai

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 "", was released on October 28, 2012 and reached No. 1 with first-week sales of 667,549 downloads.[1][2] 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.[3]


Lee Ha-yi was born on September 23, 1996, and is from Bucheon. She attended Sukchun Elementary School and Sangil Middle School. She is currently attending the School of Performing Arts in Seoul.


2012-present: K-pop Star, Debut and First Love[edit]

In 2012, Lee Hi finished as the runner-up on K-pop Star Season 1,[4] against Park Ji Min and was eventually signed by YG Entertainment CEO, Yang Hyun-suk.[5]

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.[6]

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".[7] 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 "".[8] 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."[9] The song reached #1 on all the main music charts.[10] The song ranked #1 for three weeks.[11] She also dominated monthly charts.[12][13] She has ranked on the top spot 11 times on the hourly real time charts, which set a record for female soloists in 2012[14] She performed "" on Inkigayo on November 4.[15]

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.[16][17]

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.[18][19]

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.[20][21]

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.[22] 'Rose' is a the first song released by Lee Hi to feature her not just singing, but rapping as well.[22]

It was revealed in November 2014 that Lee Hi will be a member of an upcoming special unit with Akdong Musician's Lee Suhyun entitled Hi Suhyun.[23] Their first single, "I'm Different", features iKON's Bobby.

K-pop Star performances[edit]

Released Date Track Album
19/03/2012 Don't Stop The Music SBS K-pop Star Top 8
21/03/2012 너를 위해 SBS K-pop Star SPECIAL No. 1
25/03/2012 미련한 사랑 SBS K-pop Star Top 7
28/03/2012 Mercy SBS K-pop Star SPECIAL No. 2
01/04/2012 Sway SBS K-pop Star Top 6
08/04/2012 Love SBS K-pop Star Top 5
15/04/2012 As Time goes by SBS K-pop Star Top 4
20/04/2012 Good-Bye Baby SBS K-pop Star SPECIAL No. 3
24/04/2012 U Go Girl SBS K-pop Star Top 3
30/04/2012 Killing Me Softly with His Song SBS K-pop Star Top 2
15/05/2012 Rolling in the Deep SBS K-pop Star SPECIAL No. 4


Lee Hi discography

Lee Hi performing at School of Performing Arts Seoul, on May 15, 2012
Studio albums 1
Singles 5
Music videos 3

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
TWN East Asian
First Love 3 8 1 18,924+
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Year Title Peak positions Album

Hot 100

2012 "1,2,3,4" 1 1 First Love
"It's Cold" (Epik High ft. Lee Hi) 1 1 99
"Scarecrow" 3 3 First Love
2013 "It's Over" 3 4
"Rose" 1 1
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" (with Park Bom)[29] 17 Non-album song
2014 "I'm Different" with Lee Suhyun (Feat. Bobby) 1 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Awards and nominations[edit]

World Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 World's Best Song "1,2,3,4" Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Rookie Award "1,2,3,4" Won

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Rookie Award "1,2,3,4" Won

Korean Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Female Musician of the Year - Netizen Vote Lee Hi Won

Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Digital Single of November "1,2,3,4" Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best New Female Artist Lee Hi Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Female "1,2,3,4" Nominated
BC - UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated

Music Programs[edit]

These are collection of Lee Hi wins First Place Award on Korea's televised weekly music shows. M! Countdown is aired on Korea cable channel M.net and Inkigayo is aired on SBS.

Mnet's M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 November 8 "1,2,3,4"
November 15
November 22
2013 March 21 "It's Over"
April 11 "Rose"

SBS's Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 March 24 "It's Over"
April 14 "Rose"
2014 November 23 "I'm Different"
(Hi Suhyun)


  1. ^ Position was taken from 2013 week 18 for First Love.


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  4. ^ "JYP Entertainment Opens Park Ji Min’s 15& Homepage". enews world. 2012-09-24. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lee Seung Hoon and Lee Hai Yi from SBS "K-Pop Star" Pick Management Agency". soompi. May 16, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "YG Entertainment signs with remaining SuPearls members". 23 May 2012. allkpop. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Epik High and Lee Hi reveal "It’s Cold"". Allkpop. Oct 9, 2012. Retrieved Nov 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "YG-Life unveils first teaser photo of Lee Hi + details on debut single "1,2,3,4″". 24 October 2012. allkpop. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
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  14. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/11/lee-hi-sets-a-record-for-female-solo-artists-this-year-with-1-2-3-4
  15. ^ "Lee Hi makes her long-awaited debut with "″ on ‘Inkigayo’!". Allkpop date=November 4, 20120. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Lee Hi releases 2nd single Scarecrow". Allkpop. November 21, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Details of Lee Hi's "Scarecrow" a song originally written for 2NE1's Park Bom". YGLadies. November 21, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  18. ^ "SuPearls disbands, YG Entertainment nullifies contracts". allkpop. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "YG Entertainment Sacks SuPearls, Receives Backlash From Netizens". Popdust. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Lee Hi is back with MV for first title track "It’s Over" + Part 1 of ‘First Love’ album!". allkpop.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  21. ^ "Lee Hi likely to release debut album in March". allkpop.com. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
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  23. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (November 5, 2014). "YG Unveils AKMU′s Lee Suhyun as Final Member of New Unit Group, Hi Suhyun". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
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  25. ^ "G-Music Combo Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  29. ^ "All I Want for Christmas Is You - Single (BOM & HI)". Itunes. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 

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