Lee Jung Hyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Jung-hyun
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Lee Jung-hyun in July 18, 2013
Background information
Also known as Ava, Hyony, The Techno Queen, The Techno Warrior
Born (1980-02-07) February 7, 1980 (age 34)
Gimje, South Korea
Genres K-pop, Eurodance, Techno, Trance
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels AVA Films & Entertainment
Website withava.kr
Korean name
Hangul 이정현
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Jeong-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chŏnghyŏn

Lee Jung-hyun (born February 7, 1980 in Gimje, South Korea) is a South Korean pop singer and actress. She was first recognized for her acting abilities with award-winning role in her first film and has been solidified as one of the top international acts from Korea with her illustrious singing career. She is widely known as "The Techno Queen" as she introduced Techno music genre to Korea and throughout Asia. Lee is also known as "The Queen of Transformation" due to her unique new look for each and every song. In Korea, she was voted "The Best Performer" with her colorful and charismatic stage presence. Lee is one of the most prominent acts from Korea who is widely popular in China.[1]

Biography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Lee Jung-hyun made her acting debut at the age of 16 in A Petal in 1996, which won domestic and foreign film awards. The film tells the story of a girl who experienced the Gwangju uprising at the age of 15, and its effect on her life in later years.[2] Since 1996, Lee has had numerous acting roles with projects in Korea, Japan and China.

In 2009, Lee regained her acting strides with the Chinese television drama Confucius, playing role of Nan Zi. In 2010, Lee portrayed a shaman in Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong's award-winning fantasy short film Night Fishing, which was shot entirely on an iPhone. Night Fishing won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. In 2012, Lee portrayed a single mother in the coming-of-age film Juvenile Offender, which won Best Feature at the Tokyo International Film Festival. She was next cast in the 2014 period blockbuster The Admiral: Roaring Currents, as the sole female character in the main cast.

Singer[edit]

After debuting with an award-winning acting performance, Lee etched her singing career by introducing techno genre to the K-Pop scene and her ever-reinventing styles for each and every song. Lee assumes a unique persona for each album, such as a mermaid, Barbie doll, tribal queen, soldier, Korean folk dancer, belly dancer, or princess of the sea. She has garnered many nicknames over the years, including Techno Queen of Korea, Ms. Charisma, Little Giant, and Queen of Change.[3][4]

Before releasing her first solo music she featured as a guest vocalist on the Jo PD single "Fever", also appearing in the music video. She also appeared in the music video for Goofy's "The Rule of the Game".[5]

Her early work is techno-style dance music. Her first single, Wa (와, "Come") topped the Korean charts for three weeks, while her second, Bakkwo (바꿔, "Change") won awards for Best Song and Most Broadcast Song. These two songs in particular were covered by artists throughout Asia and Europe. Many of her earlier songs are sung in an angry mood, from the perspective of a rejected lover. These two singles firmly established Lee as one of the top Korean singers who successfully gained popularity throughout Asia with her strong colorful performances.

Lee released Japanese versions of her early hits Wa and Heaven in December 2004. The single ranked #26 on Oricon chart in Week 3 of January 2005. Heaven was a theme song for the Korean drama Beautiful Days. The drama became widely popular in Japan. On December 31, 2004, Lee was invited to perform Heaven and Wa-come on- and participate at the 55th edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen, an annual New Year's Eve live music show. In 2006, she released her first Japanese album, This is Hyony. The Japanese version of "Wa" hit #1 on Oricon chart in January 2005. Her Japanese fanclub was called Honey Hyony. In 2008, she released her first Mandarin album with title single "Love Me."

With her fifth album, Passion, she switched to a Latin-influenced sound, complete with Spanish Guitar and flamenco-style tap dance.

In May 2009, she released her first Korean mini album, featuring trio of songs, "Crazy," "Vogue It Girl" and "Miro." The music video "Crazy" was choreographed by Brian Friedman.[6] In September 2009, she was invited to open at Lady Gaga's concert in Seoul, Korea. In December 2009, Lee sung her first ballad for the soundtrack of the Korean TV drama Iris. The song, "How Can I Hold Back Tears," takes her to the ballad genre for the first time in her over 10-year singing career.

In 2010, her seventh album was released on May 11, 2010 with the title song, "Suspicious Man." In this title single's music video, Lee once again showed her dynamic performance range by introducing a vengeful assassin with a short blonde do. The seventh album was entitled, "007th."

For her 2013 single "V," Lee starred opposite Jin Goo in a music video directed by Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong, with whom she'd previously worked on Night Fishing.[7][8]

Cultural Ambassador[edit]

In August 2007, singer-actress Lee was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.[9][10]

On June 22, 2012, Lee was appointed as an honorary ambassador for the Korea-China Cultural Industry Conference, called CICON.[11]

Covers of Lee Jung-hyun songs[edit]

Chinese singer Sammi Cheng has released and performed covers of several of her hits such as:
Bakkwo 바꿔 Change - Mei fei se wu 眉飛色舞 Radiant with Joy (Mandarin)/Saat for 煞科 Finale (Cantonese)
Wa 와 Come - Du yi wu er 獨一無二 Unique (Mandarin)/Duk ga see cheung 獨家試唱 Trying to sing by myself (Cantonese)
Nuh 너 You - Tian yi wu feng 天衣無縫 Impossible to Defeat (Mandarin)/Sun fa 神化 Apotheosis (Cantonese)

Sammi's versions have separate, original (non-translated) lyrics sung in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Vietnamese singer Ngo Thanh Van remade "Nuh" in her debut CD, Playworld, under the name "The Colourless Heart" and "Dara Dara" in her 2nd album under the name "Mystery Of The Moon".

Evonne Hsu (许慧欣)'s "Lonely Ballet" (孤单芭蕾/Gu Dan Ba Lei) is also a cover of Lee's "Michyeo" (미쳐/Crazy).

Cyndi Wang (王心凌)'s "HONEY" is also another cover of Lee's "Summer Dance".

Jordan Chan (陈小春) Covered "I love you Cheol Soo" in his album "Exclusive Memory" on year 2008 with track #08 "每個女人都是美人" ("Every woman is a Belle") ("Every woman is a Beauty") JP!

An Italian-Spanish group Bandidos has covered Lee's 'Wa" for their Euro-techno single called "Vamos Amigos" which became a hit in Europe. However this brought a controversy since Bandidos made the cover without permission and also neglected to credit the original.

From Lee's 1999 debut album "Let's Go to My Star," the track "I Love X" featuring Jo PD and South Korean singer Psy was re-released on his own debut album in 2001 PSY from the Psycho World! entitled "I Love Sex" - also featuring Jo PD but without Lee.

In Korea, Lee is known as "The Most Plagiarized Artist" for having many of her songs covered by international acts - in most instances without permission.[12]

In music arcade games[edit]

Lee's music has been featured in rhythm games. "Wa" and "Bakkwo" were included in the Korean dance game, 'Let's Dance'. These songs were also featured in the Korean releases of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix, as well as the Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix games. Also, "Nuh" (Trance Mix) was featured in ez2Dancer. Fan-made dance steps of her other works are available for DDR simulators.

Her song "Come On!" is featured in the Pump It Up NX Absolute dance machine, both a short Chinese version and the full song version appear there.

Currently, "I'll Give", "Going Crazy" and other songs are featured on Audition, an online dance-rhythm game.[13]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 A Petal Girl
1997 Push! Push! Barmaid
Maria and the Inn Maria (at 18 years old)
1999 Route 7
2000 Scent of Man Im Seon-hee
Harpy Song Soo-yeon
2009 Be My Guest
2011 Night Fishing Female shaman
2012 Juvenile Offender Jang Hyo-seung
2014 The Admiral: Roaring Currents Lady Jeong
Alice in Faithful Land

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1996 Open Your Heart Yoo So-young MBC
Seven Spoons Jung-hye MBC
1997 Reign: The Conqueror
1998 Legendary Ambition Lee Jung-hee KBS2
1999 납량특선 8부작 Eun-mi SBS
2001 Beautiful Days Kim Se-na SBS
2003 Beautiful Heart Jung-hye BTV Chinese television drama
2006 Rondo Choi Yoon-hee TBS Japanese television drama
2008 King Sejong the Great Lee Seon (later Shinbin Kim) KBS1/KBS2
2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann Asia region
Confucius Nanzi CCTV Chinese television drama

Video games[edit]

  • 2001: Tomak: Save the Earth, a Love Story

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress A Petal Won
Best Actress Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Won
Cine21 Awards Best New Actress Won
1999 Seoul Music Awards Best New Artist "Wa" Won
Golden Disk Awards Best New Artist Won
KBS Music Awards Best New Artist Won
MBC Top 10 Artists Awards Best New Artist Won
Top 10 Awards Won
SBS Music Awards New Solo Artist Won
KMTV Music Awards Best New Artist Won
2000 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) "Nuh" "Peace" Won
Golden Disk Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Won
KBS Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Won
SBS Music Awards Top 10 Awards Won
KMTV Music Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Won
Music Video of the Year "Peace" Nominated
Korea Best Dresser Awards Best Dressed Female Singer N/A Won
2001 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) "Micheo" "Ban" Won
Golden Disk Awards Best Female Solo Artist Nominated
KBS Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Won
SBS Music Awards Top 10 Awards Won
KMTV Music Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Won
2002 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards New Generation Artist "Ban" Won
Golden Disk Awards Popularity Award N/A Won
KBS Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) "Ari Ari" Won
SBS Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Won
KMTV Music Awards Artist of the Year (Main Prize) Won
2003 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) "Summer Dance" Nominated
KBS Music Awards Artist of the Year (Main Prize) Won
SBS Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Nominated
2005 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Hallyu All Star Award N/A Won
2006 China Fashion Awards Korean Artist of the Year N/A Won
2012 Hua Ding Awards Best International Artist N/A Won
2013 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Juvenile Offender Nominated
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
2014 Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Admiral: Roaring Currents Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
1999 Best New Solo Artist "Come"[14] Won
Best Dance Performance Won
2000 Best Female Artist "Peace"[15][16] Nominated
2002 Best Dance Performance "Half" (반)[17] Nominated
2003 Best Dance Performance "Summer Dance" Nominated
2013 Red Carpet Special Prize N/A Won

These are a sample collection of Lee Jung-hyun's wins on Korea's televised music shows.

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
1999 November 28 "와 (Wa)"
December 5
2000 January 16 "바꿔 (Change)"
August 6 "너 (You)"
August 13

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
1999 November 16 "와 (Wa)"
November 23
November 30
2000 August 17 "너 (You)"

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