|Born||May 10, 1979|
|Origin||Cheongwon, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, Hip-hop|
|Occupations||Singer, actress, dancer, model, designer|
|Years active||1998–2002 (with Fin.K.L)
|Revised Romanization||I Hyo-ri|
Lee Hyori (Hangul: 이효리; born May 10, 1979) is a South Korean singer. She debuted as a member of the successful pop girl group Fin.K.L, but has since become a solo artist. In 2003 she released her debut solo album Stylish which won many "Daesang"s (a Korean award equivalent to "Artist of the Year"). In 2006, she was the highest-paid female singer in South Korea when she signed a contract with Mnet Media.
1998-2002: Beginning in Fin.K.L 
She began her career as part of South Korean pop girl group Fin.K.L. As the eldest member, she was the leader of the group. Lee was discovered while taking sticker pictures with her friends and was actually the last to join Fin.K.L, just before their debut in January 1998. Fin.K.L debuted officially on May 22, 1998 with their first single "Blue Rain", which was received quite well. The second release from their debut album, "To My Boyfriend", became the first of their multiple number one hits. Fin.K.L became one of the most popular and successful South Korean pop groups of all-time, rivaling fellow popular girl group S.E.S.
2003–2005: Solo debut 
A year after Fin.K.L's fourth studio album Forever, her solo debut album was released on August 2003, entitled Stylish. The singer nearly swept the Daesangs, the most prestigious South Korean music award, winning more than seven of them, including three of the four most prestigious Daesangs. Stylish sold 144,182 copies in South Korea alone, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea in 2003. Her popularity in her various activities eventually was dubbed as the "Hyori Syndrome" in South Korea, and the Korean Media nicknamed 2003 "The Year of Hyori" as she was rarely out of the news all year.
Lee Hyori has also appeared as the lead female actress in the SBS drama Three Leaf Clover, co-starring opposite Ryu Jin, Kim Jung-hwa, Kim Kang-woo, and Lee Hoon. However, the ratings were continually low, and it ended after 16 episodes. On August 8, 2005, she co-hosted the annual Korean Music Festival for the second year running.
2006–2007: Move to Mnet and Dark Angel 
In February 2006, Lee released her follow up album, Dark Angel. The first single, "Get Ya!", was controversial as the songwriters of Britney Spears' single "Do Somethin'" accused the "Get Ya!" songwriters of plagiarism.
It was reported that Hyori had signed a three-year contract with Mnet Entertainment (currently Mnet Media) for ₩2.2 billion, becoming the highest-paid female singer in South Korea (approx. $650,000 per year).
Meanwhile, Hyori prepared to appear in a new mini-drama during February 2007, despite the failure of her previous drama. She starred alongside Lee Dong-gun in If in Love... Like Them which, although originally announced as being only one episode long, ran for four episodes on Mnet. An edited two-episode version of the drama also ran on SBS. During filming for the drama, part of a roof Lee was standing on collapsed. Only her foot fell through the roof and she was able to be saved, and as it was reported the fall would have been fatal if co-star Lee Dong-gun had not rescued her.
In February 2007, Lee announced her new digital single which would essentially be the soundtrack to If in Love... Like Them. She had her comeback on The Music Trend on February 25, 2007, performing all three main tracks from the single. The lead song was "Toc Toc Toc", which was a sexy R&B number like her previous efforts. However, the single also gave Lee an opportunity to sing ballads and to slowly move her image away from the "sexy superstar" that she is known to be. The single, although initially given a digital-only release, was given a limited retail release of only 30,000 copies, and was titled If in Love, Like Them. Released on March 6, 2007, it included three of the tracks found in the digital single, along with a reworked version of "Toc Toc Toc". It was the best-selling album for that month, selling 27,845 copies.
Although her single was commercially succeessful, her drama was heavily penalized for violating advertising guidelines, as If in Love... Like Them had several scenes advertising the products of its sponsors, in addition to using Lee's songs in the soundtrack. The Korean Broadcasting Committee has ruled that the drama can never be aired in South Korea again, and that the network must apologize to its viewers.
According to The Chosun Ilbo, Lee has also been promoting her work in Japan. Japanese network Fuji TV decided to air If in Love... Like Them and has even invited the singer/actress to visit Japan to promote the drama, where she will be treated to the same VIP treatment offered to other international stars. However, the drama was broadcast on satellite station CS Fuji, a smaller network that Fuji TV owned. The Japanese considered the leading part of this drama to be Lee Dong-gun.
2008–2009: TV hosting and It's Hyorish 
During breaks in her solo music career, Lee also hosted various television programs, including Time Machine and Happy Together, which she co-hosted with Yoo Jae-suk in 2006. It was reported on March 26, 2008 that Lee would join KBS's Sang Sang Plus as a co-host alongside Country Kkokko members Shin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hoon, replacing various outgoing hosts; she debuted on April 8, 2008. She was one of the original co-hosts of Change, a show on SBS's Good Sunday line-up, before leaving in early July. She is also a former cast member of season one of the variety show Family Outing. Mnet also ran a 12-episode show called Off the Record: Lee Hyori in which Hyori's life was on the set for three months. The purpose of the show was to lessen the gap between the superstar and her fans/anti-fans by letting them see that she is just another human being like anyone.
Her third studio album, It's Hyorish, was released on July 14, 2008. "U-Go-Girl", the first single from the album, hit #1 on online and offline charts, including various television music shows.
In November 2009, the contract with Mnet Media was set to expire. Lee planned to sign a contract with Gil Entertainment and work with Gil Jong-hwa who was Fin.K.L's co-manager and has worked since Fin.K.L debuted. However, her 2010 album is released under the label of Mnet Media.
2010–present: H-Logic and Monochrome 
Almost two years after her previous album, Lee returned with H-Logic on April 12, 2010. The album has 14 tracks, including collaborations with Daesung from Big Bang, Jeon Ji-yoon from 4Minute, Bekah from After School, Gary from Leessang, and Sangchu from Mighty Mouth. The singer worked also with E-Tribe, the team behind "U-Go-Girl", the lead single from her previous album.
A music video was released for "Geu-ne" (Korean: "그네", Swing), featuring Gary from Leessang, on March 31, 2010. The lead single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and its music video were released soon after. The self-penned song, which features Ceejay (from Freshboyz), was released the same day as her album. She won two Mutizen Song awards on The Music Trend for her lead single within two weeks.
Seven of the songs in H-Logic, given by Bahnus, were accused of plagiarism, including "Bring It Back" performed by Canadian girl group Cookie Couture, soon after the album's release. On June 21, 2010, Hyori had announced and admitted that the plagiarism accusations placed against her album were confirmed, and that she would temporarily stop all her activities as a singer and also suspended her TV appearances.
From March 4, 2012, with the singer-songwriter and pianist Jung Jae-hyung, they hosted the music show Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyo-ri's You and I on SBS. The show aired its final episode on October 14, 2012, ending its ten-month run due to low ratings.
Throughout 2012, there have been multiple times when Hyori was supposed to make her comeback. After many times of being pushed back, it was finally announced that she would return to the stage with her fifth full-length album in May of 2013. Five video teasers were released for her comeback album on April 23, 2013. On May 6, 2013, she released her pre-release track for the album, titled "Miss Korea". Her fifth studio album, Monochrome, will be released on May 21, 2013.
Lee has done many endorsements for various companies, her most prominent commercials being for Samsung Anycall. In late 2003, Lee signed an advertising contract with Samsung, for which she would make three musical commercials and songs for their Anycall cell phones. The first commercial and song, "Anymotion", was released in early 2005, featuring Eric Mun from Shinhwa. In early 2006, the follow-up commercial "Anyclub" was released in two parts; the music video starred Eric Mun and Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo. The song "Anyclub" featured Teddy Park from 1TYM. The songs from the commercials served as singles for Lee in between her albums. The final commercial was released in December 2006, titled "Anystar" and differed from the first two in that it featured mostly dialogue. The commercial starred Korean actor Lee Joon-gi and YG Family trainee Park Bom (2NE1).
Hyori also became a model for Black Bean Therapy, a health drink, and she made several advertisements. Hyori finished her contract with Biotherm early February 2007, and is no longer a representative for the company. Her contract with Samsung has also ended in December 2007. She has recently signed on with KB Card, and has starred in commercials along with fellow K-pop sensation Rain. She was chosen as the first ever Asian-wide model for Calvin Klein Jeans, modeling for the "Pure Calvin" Collection. She was also briefly featured in a 2010 commercial for the clothing company Adidas. Also in 2007, she starred in a commercial for South Korean cosmetics company Isa Knox, with Jessica Alba.
Personal life 
Lee adheres to a vegetarian diet for ethical and health reasons and is an advocate for animal welfare and animal rights. In 2012 she published Closer, a photo-essay book that focuses on her everyday life with her dog Soonshim whom Lee adopted from an animal shelter. In the book Lee wrote her thoughts on animal rights and animal shelters as well as her sentiments toward wearing animal fur.
- Studio albums
- Invincible Lee Hyori: Hyori's First Concert (2008)
|1997||The Generation of Sensibility (감성세대)||EBS||One of the disorderly students||Pre-debut|
|2001-2003||Happy Together (해피투게더)||KBS||Herself||Host|
|2002-2003||Time Machine (타임머신)||MBC||Herself||Host|
|2005||Three Leaf Clover (세잎클로버)||SBS||Kang Jin-a|
|2006||Infinite Challenge (무한도전)||MBC||Herself||Guest (Episode 45-46)|
|2006-2007||Happy Together Friends (해피투게더 프렌즈)||KBS||Herself||Host|
|2007||If in Love... Like Them (사랑한다면... 그들처럼)||SBS||Lee Na|
|Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play (유재석 김원희의 놀러와)||MBC||Herself||Guest (Episode 134)|
|Infinite Challenge||MBC||Herself||Guest (Episode 99)|
|2008||Off the Record: Lee Hyori (오프 더 레코드: 이효리)||Mnet||Herself||Reality show|
|On Air (온에어)||SBS||Herself||Cameo role (Episode 1)|
|Sang Sang Plus (상상 더하기)||KBS||Herself||Host|
|Change (일요일이 좋다: 체인지)||SBS||Herself||Host|
|Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play||MBC||Herself||Guest (Episode 206)|
|2008-2010||Family Outing (패밀리가 떴다)||SBS||Herself||Host|
|2009||Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play||MBC||Herself||Guest (Episode 252)|
|Superstar K (슈퍼스타K)||Mnet||Herself||Judge|
|Infinite Challenge||MBC||Herself||Voice only (Episode 174)|
|2010||Infinite Challenge||MBC||Herself||One of the witnesses (Episode 194)|
|You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook (유희열의 스케치북)||KBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 49)|
|Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play||MBC||Herself||Guest (Episode 289)|
|Kim Jung-eun's Chocolate (김정은의 초콜릿)||SBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 101)|
|Haha Mong Show (하하몽쇼)||SBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 1)|
|Running Man (런닝맨)||SBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 1)|
|2011||Animal Farm (TV 동물농장)||SBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 515)|
|2012||Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyo-ri's You and I (정재형 이효리의 유&아이)||SBS||Herself||Host|
|Happy Together||KBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 238-239)
10th anniversary special
|Golden 12 (골든 12)||OnStyle||Herself||Reality show|
|Healing Camp (힐링캠프: 기쁘지 아니한가)||SBS||Herself||Guest (Episode 39-40)|
|Show Me the Money (쇼 미 더 머니)||Mnet||Herself||Guest (Episode 5)|
|2013||Only One Earth (하나뿐인 지구)||EBS||Herself||Interviewee (Episode 1153)|
|Infinite Challenge||MBC||Herself||Voice only (Episode 328)|
|2012||Dancing Queen (댄싱퀸)||Judge of Superstar K||Cameo role|
Music video 
|2008||"I Love You Even Though I Hate You"
|Davichi||Cha Eun-taek||Hyori co-starred with South Korean actress Lee Mi-yeon.|
|"Sad Promise, a Sad Love Song"
(슬픈 다짐, 슬픈 사랑의 노래)
|Davichi||Cha Eun-taek||She co-starred with Lee Mi-yeon.|
|Wheesung||Hong Won-ki||Lee co-starred with Wheesung who performed the song.|
|2009||"The Girl Who Can't Break Up, the Boy Who Can't Leave"
(헤어지지 못 하는 여자, 떠나가지 못 하는 남자)
|Leessang (featuring Jung-in)||Ryu Seung-wan||She co-starred with South Korean actor Ryu Seung-beom, the younger brother of the director.|
|"As Long as I Love You"||Wilber Pan||This is a promotional music video created for Hyundai i30 in the Chinese market. In this video, she co-starred with the performer of the song.|
Awards and nominations 
See also 
- "Music Industry Association of Korea". February 2004. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- "KPop Music News". Lee Hyori Not performing in 2004. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
- "Britney Songwriters Complain of Lee Hyo-lee 'Plagiarism'". Chosun Ilbo. 23 March 2006. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007.
- "Pop Star Prepped for Better Year". Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on March 31, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
- "Lee Hyo-lee Becomes Highest Paid Female Singer". Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2006.
- "Is Sexy Girl Lee Hyo-lee Facing an Image Crisis?". Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
- "Music Industry Association of Korea". March 2007. Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
- Kbs World
- "Star Lee Hyo-lee Stirring Interest in Japan". Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
- CS Fuji
- 'Roundtable Plus' Welcomes New Host E Hyo-lee. KBS World. March 26, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2008.
- Lee, Work again with Fin.K.L's co-manager
- "H-Logic", Yesasia.
- "Lee Hyori admits plagiarism". The Korea Times. June 20, 2010.
- "Lee Hyo-ri suspends TV appearances". The Korea Times. July 8, 2010.
- Han Yeo-Wool (2012-01-20). "Lee Hyori, Jung Jae-hyung to host new music show". 10asia.
- (Korean) "‘유앤아이’ 폐지 8개월만 막내린다..14일 마지막 방송". Newsen. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- pkdance (2013-04-23). "Lee Hyori gears up for her return with 5 video teasers!". Allkpop.
- Oh, Mi-jung (3 December 2012). "Lee Hyori Chosen as Top Vegetarian Figure by KVU". enewsWorld.
- Oh, Mi-jung (22 November 2011). "Lee Hyori Interviews Jane Goodall for Singles Magazine". enewsWorld.
- Joo, Kyung-don (20 February 2012). "Hyori donates to help animals". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- James Pearson, Raphael Rashid (29 June 2012). "Activism is a dog-eat-dog world". The Korea Times.
- Ho, Stewart (15 May 2011). "Lee Hyori to Release Photo Essay Book With Her Pets". enewsWorld.
- Sunwoo, Carla (23 May 2012). "Lee Hyori to meet with fans to discuss new book". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Sunwoo, Carla (13 September 2012). "Lee Hyori teams up with Seoul mayor". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Kim, Ji-yeon (27 November 2011). "Lee Hyori Confirms She is Dating". enewsWorld.
- "Lee Hyo-ri Falls for Fellow Animal Lover". The Chosun Ilbo. 29 November 2011.
- Ho, Stewart (25 October 2012). "Lee Hyori Volunteers at an Animal Shelter With Boyfriend, Lee Sang Soon". enewsWorld.
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|Awards and achievements|
|14th Seoul Music Awards - Daesang Award
|KBS Music Awards - Daesang Award
|10th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best Female Solo Artist
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|10th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best Dance Music