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Hyuna at fansigning on July 21, 2018.jpg
Hyuna in July 2018
Native name김현아
BornKim Hyun-ah
(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 26)
Sangsu Dong, Seoul, South Korea
EducationKonkuk University
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
Musical career
GenresK-pop, hip hop
Years active2007–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-a
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏna
4Minute - Hyuna's Signature.png

Kim Hyun-ah (born June 6, 1992), better known by the mononym Hyuna, is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter and model. She rose to fame in the late 2000s as a member of the girl group Wonder Girls. After leaving the ensemble shortly after their debut in 2007, she subsequently joined the girl group 4Minute in 2009.[1] Hyuna began a solo career in 2010, with a style she described as "performance-oriented music".[1] Her debut single "Change" peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart.

She released her first extended play Bubble Pop! in 2011. Though the EP was a moderate seller, its title track sold more than 2.5 million copies, and Hyuna became the first female K-pop solo artist to reach 100M views on a single YouTube video. In 2012, she appeared in Psy's worldwide hit "Gangnam Style", which also led to a successful duet rendition of the song. Hyuna's second EP Melting (2012) saw her first number one entry on the Gaon chart with the single "Ice Cream".

Following 4Minute's disbandment in 2016, she released her fifth EP A'wesome which was supported by her first concert tour of the United States. Hyuna has collaborated with several of her former label mates under Cube Entertainment, first forming the duo Trouble Maker with Jang Hyun-seung in 2011; which spawned two number-one singles. In 2017, she was involved in the trio Triple H, releasing the EP 199X.

Life and career[edit]

1992–2008 : Early life, debut with Wonder Girls and departure from JYP[edit]

Hyuna was born on June 6, 1992[2] in Seoul, South Korea. She attended Choongam Middle School and Korea High School of Music and Arts. She graduated from Konkuk University, in Contemporary Arts, and received special admission into the school.[3]

Hyuna's Hanja name is "泫我". However, her Chinese teacher told her that it sounded bizarre in Mandarin (pinyin: Xuàn Wǒ, which could be translated as "I weep") and recommended she adopt the characters "泫雅" (pinyin: Xuàn Yǎ) as her name for promotional activities in Taiwan, which Hyuna agreed to, commenting that "泫雅" sounded adorable.[4][5]

Hyuna (second from left) performing "Irony" as a member of Wonder Girls at Hanyang University in May 2007

In 2006, Hyuna was revealed as a member of the JYP Entertainment managed girl group Wonder Girls as the group's main rapper. She participated in the group's debut mini album The Wonder Begins, released in February 2007.[6] She participated in the group's television show MTV Wonder Girls for two seasons, and co-hosted Show! Music Core with Wonder Girls' Sohee and Fly to the Sky singer Brian Joo from May 12– June 30, 2007. Hyuna left Wonder Girls in July, when she was removed by her parents due to their concern over her health, particularly chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells.[7]

In 2008, she joined Cube Entertainment. In May 2009, it was announced that she would debut as part of the girl group 4Minute.[8] The group debuted with the single "Hot Issue" on June 15.[9][10]

2009–2010 : Debut with 4Minute and solo career beginnings[edit]

Hyuna (middle) performing as a member of 4Minute at Dongguk University in 2009

Hyuna collaborated with Lee Gi-kwang on the song "2009" for his debut album First Episode: A New Hero, and also appeared in the music video of his single "Dancing Shoes," which was released on March 30, 2009. On August 13 she rapped for Navi's song "Wasteful Tears" and she also appeared in the music video. Hyuna also featured in Brave Brothers' song "Bittersweet," released August 18. She became part of the "Dream Team Girl Group," a promotional group for Samsung's Anycall phone with Han Seung-yeon, Uee, and Gain. Their first digital single "Tomorrow" was released on October 6, 2009, and the official music video was released on October 12, starring actor Lee Dong-gun.[11] As well, Hyuna released an individual version of the music video which released on October 27. Hyuna also participated in the South Korean variety show Invincible Youth.[12] However, she left the show due to some scheduling conflicts with her group's overseas promotions on June 11, 2010.

Hyuna (second from left) performing as a member of 4Minute at the 2010 Asia Song Festival in October 2010.

On January 4, 2010, Hyuna released the single "Change", which charted highly on various online charts.[13][13][14] The song reached number fourteen on the Gaon 2010 digital yearly chart with 2,469,354 copies sold.[15] Ten days later, on January 14, the "Change" music video was flagged with a 19+ rating by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family for being inappropriate for minors. Cube Entertainment stated that the music video would be re-edited and submitted for approval. However, broadcast station SBS, announced the music video would be restricted for a 15+ audience instead, and MBC announced that it would still be viewable for all audiences.[16] Hyuna's "Change" promotions ended in March 2010.

Hyuna released a few more singles in 2010, including "Love Parade" featuring T-max's member Park Yun-hwa, "Outlaw in the Wild" featuring Nassun, and produced by E-Tribe.[17][18] She also participated in G.NA's duet single "Say You Love Me", for which she wrote the rap lyrics. In October 2010, she made a cameo appearance in the thriller film Midnight FM with 4Minute member Jihyun on October 14, 2010.

2011–2012: Bubble Pop, Melting and Trouble Maker[edit]

HyunA at the GEEKSHOP opening party on November 8, 2012.

In 2011, Hyuna appeared in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars. The show began broadcasting on June 10.[19] The same year, she released her first mini album, Bubble Pop, featuring five new songs including the title track of the same name. The single was a global success, and featured on top of YouTube's "most watched today" chart after gaining one million views in two days.[20] It eventually became the first music video by a K-pop artist to surpass 100 million views.[21] Hyuna was ranked 17th on Billboard's '21 Under 21′, a staff-compiled list of notable young acts;[22] while "Bubble Pop" was listed as ninth place on Spin magazine's "Best 20 Songs of 2011."[23]

On November 24, 2011, Cube revealed that she would be in a co-ed unit called Trouble Maker with BEAST's Hyunseung. Trouble Maker's first mini album, Trouble Maker, consisted of a dance track and an emotional ballad, as well as solo songs for both Hyuna and Hyunseung.[24][25] Trouble Maker performed for the first time at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.[26]

In March 2012, Hyuna joined The Birth of a Family, an "animal communion variety" program where idols adopt stray pets and take care of them for a certain period of time to raise awareness for animal rights. On March 14, Hyuna announced the launch of her brand Hyuna x SPICYCOLOR.[27] Hyuna also appeared in Psy's viral music video for "Gangnam Style," having been selected personally by Psy during the initial production stage.[1] Gangnam Style became the most viewed K-pop music video, and drew worldwide global recognition for Hyuna.[28] Psy released the female version of Gangnam Style, known as "Oppa Is Just My Style" in August 2012, featuring additional vocals by Hyuna.[29]

Hyuna released her second mini album titled Melting on October 21, 2012 with the title track "Ice Cream". The song was produced by Brave Brothers and was the first collaborative effort between the producer and Hyuna as a solo artist.[1] The video for Ice Cream was released on October 22, 2012 and features a cameo by Psy.[30] "Ice Cream" drew global attention, after being featured by several international media outlets.[31] It drew a record number of views on YouTube and became the then-fastest Korean music video to reach 20 million views.[32] Melting is also notable for Hyuna's contributions as a lyricist and composer for "Very Hot" and "To My Boyfriend".[33]

In the same month, it was announced that Hyuna would join four other K-pop stars; Sistar's Hyolyn, Secret's Jun Hyo-seong, After School's Nana and Kara's Nicole to form a project group titled "Dazzling Red". The group performed at the 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon.[34]

2013–2015: Chemistry, A Talk and A+[edit]

HyunA performing at the 2013 Korea Yakult Seven Pro Baseball Golden Globe Award on December 11, 2013

On May 24, Hyuna collaborated with makeup artists SON & PARK to launch a series of charitable activities titled "KISS OF HOPE", whose profits were donated to the education of children in poor countries.[35] In March, Hyuna became a spokesmodel for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. She released the short music video "Corolla x Hyuna: My Color",[36] and the "CorollaxHyuna" mobile app which teaches her song and choreography.[37] On March 11, Hyuna performed at the K-Pop Night Out at SXSW at Austin, Texas.[38][39] She then went to Los Angeles to film a Funny or Die sketch with British singer, Rita Ora. The two stars' "Better Walk" video was released on "Funny or Die" on April 2, 2014.[40]

In October, Hyuna and Hyunseung made a comeback as Trouble Maker. They released the single "Now" from their Chemistry EP.[41] The song reached number one on ten of Korea's major music charts, and was deemed by Instiz.net as an All-Kill.[42] It also topped Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 chart.[43]

In July 2014, Hyuna released her third album titled A Talk and its lead single "Red".[44][45][46] To promote the album, Hyuna appeared in her own reality show titled Hyuna's Free Month, which showcased various aspects of her daily life.[47] Red proved to be a success, with Billboard praising her for establishing herself as a global pop brand[48] and Rolling Stone naming "Red" number five on their list of the top ten music videos of 2014.[49] The album also topped charts in Taiwan.[50]

In August 2015, Hyuna released her fourth mini album A+, with the lead single titled "Because I'm the Best" featuring Jung Il-hoon.[51] Hyuna made her comeback on M! Countdown and performed "Ice, Ice" featuring Hwasa.[52]

2016–2017: 4Minute's disbandment[edit]

Hyuna at the Seoul Fashion Week 2016, on March 24, 2016.

On June 13, 2016, it was announced that 4Minute had made the decision to disband. Hyuna was the only member of the group to renew her contract with Cube Entertainment.[53] Following 4Minute's disbandment, Hyuna resumed her activities as a solo artist, with the release of her fifth mini album A'wesome and its title track "How's This?" (Hangul어때?), on August 1, 2016. Behind-the-scenes footage of Hyuna's album's preparation was featured on her solo reality program HyunA X19.[54] The album topped nine local music charts upon release.[55] She embarked on her first solo Asia tour soon after.[56]

To mark her tenth anniversary, Hyuna announced a fan-meeting tour in North America. She visited ten cities in total during February 2017.[57]

On April 3, 2017, Cube Entertainment confirmed that Hyuna and Pentagon members Hui and E'Dawn were set to debut in May as new sub-unit "Triple H". On April 4, Cube TV debuted a new reality TV program called Triple H Detective Agency.[58][59]

Hyuna released her sixth mini-album Following and its title track "Babe" on August 29, 2017.[60] On December 2, 2017, the rapper attended the 2017 Melon Music Awards, where she premiered the single "Lip & Hip". It was officially released two days later.[61][62]

2018–present: Triple H and departure from Cube Entertainment[edit]

On August 2, 2018, the photos of Hyuna with Pentagon's E'Dawn were released. Cube Entertainment denied rumors that they were dating but on the late evening of August 2, Hyuna and E’Dawn held an official interview with Yeonhap News, admitting to their relationship since May 2016, after getting to know each other through their project group Triple H promotions.[63],[63] The company responded to Hyuna’s confirmation of the dating rumors by cancelling all previously planned performances, on-air appearances and fan events including a fan meet-up that was scheduled on the next day, August 4.[64] Fans divided in reactions to the event. Some of fans had expressed public displeasure and some of them call for E'Dwan to be removed from Pentagon, while others have submitted their own petition asking that E'Dawn be retained as a show of support. Especially, Korean fans, unlike international fans, regard the scandal of idol groups negatively. Fans of other idol groups focus on how the company treats on Hyuna and E'Dawn unfairly after releasing the scandal rather than their relationship.[65] On September 13, Cube Entertainment announced that they would be terminating their contracts, citing that they could not "maintain trust" with them.[64] However, the company announced that they would still remain in discussion with both of them until further notice. On October 5, a related source reported Hyuna and E'Dawn confirmed their departures from Cube Entertainment.[65] Cube Entertainment cited “loss of trust” as a reason saying "After much deliberation, we've concluded that the trust between the company and the artists had been damaged to a degree that it cannot be restored, leading us to believe expulsion is necessary," in its official statement.[66] On October 15, Cube Entertainment officially confirmed Hyuna's departure. Right after that, hand-written letter by Hyuna to CEO was released via her Instagram revealing that she was treated unfairly by Cube shedding lights on the alleged circumstances of her exit from the company. The letter started, “As you know well, my only sin is working my body to the bond for Cube Entertainment until now”. She also pointed out that she was always on the side of Hong Seung-Sung, who is the founder of Cube Entertainment, when she left JYP Entertainment and when Chairman Hong had a conflict with president Park Choong Min.[67] The letter also shows that Hyuna and E’Dawn realized their departure from Cube Entertainment through the news.[68],[69] After Hyuna officially left Cube Entertainment, she shared a photo of herself via her Instagram on the weight scale showing for her extremely thin figure. One of her fan commented showing concern for extremely thin figure after the event but Hyuna stated, “I have gained weight by exercising and eating well. Don’t worry.”[70] She keeps posting photos by showing her activities, dating with E’dawn and her life without any further mentioning about Cube Entertainment and her standing. There is no official announcement as of yet regarding Hyuna’s future or new agency. E’dawn’s contract was officially announced to be terminated November 14, 2018.[71] [72]

Personal life[edit]

On August 2, 2018, Hyuna revealed that she has been dating Pentagon's E'Dawn since May 2016.[73]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Midnight FM Herself Film debut, cameo


Year Title Network Notes
2007 Show! Music Core MBC Host with Sohee and Brian Joo
2009–2010 Invincible Youth KBS2 Cast member (as part a G7 member)
2010 Waving the Korean Flag SBS Cast member
2011 Dancing with the Stars MBC Contestant (partnered with Nam Kee-yong)
2012 Birth of a Family 2 KBS2 Cast member
2014 Hyuna's Free Month SBS MTV Documentary
2016 Hyuna X 19
2017 Triple H Detective Agency KStar Cube TV Cast member
2017–2018 The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project KBS2 Mentor






  • SXSW Music Festival in North America (2013)
  • Viral Fest Asia 2016 (2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
Golden Disc Awards
2014 Digital Bonsang[75] "Red" Won
Gaon Chart Music Awards
2010 Streaming Award "Change" Won
BreakTudo Awards 2018
2018 K-pop Female Artist [76] Herself Pending
Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards
2012 Hot Icon Award[77] N/A Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2010 Best Dance Performance – Solo "Change" Nominated
2011 "Bubble Pop!" Won
2012 "Ice Cream" Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Collaboration "Trouble Maker" (with Hyunsaeng) Won
Song of the Year "Ice Cream" Nominated
2014 "Red" Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Solo Nominated
Artist of the Year Hyuna Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
2015 UnionPay Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year "Roll Deep" Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Solo[78] Won
2016 Best Dance Performance – Solo "How's This?" Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
UnionPay Artist of the Year Hyuna Nominated
2017 Song of the Year "Babe" Nominated
Best Dance Performance Solo Nominated
Melon Music Awards
2012 Global Star Award Hyuna Nominated
2017 MBC Music Star Award Hyuna Won
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
2012 20's Performance[79] Hyuna Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best
2012 Best Global Hyuna Nominated
Best Solo Female Nominated
Best Cameo "Gangnam Style" Nominated
Best Collaboration with PSY "Oppa Is Just My Style" Nominated
2014 Best Solo Female Hyuna Nominated
Best Sexy Video "Red" Nominated
Seoul Music Awards
2013 Bonsang Award "Ice Cream" Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2015 Dance Performance Award "Red" Won
YinYueTai V-Chart Awards
2013 Best Korean Female Artist[80] Hyuna Won
World Music Awards
2014 World's Best Female Artist Hyuna Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 August 6 "Red"
August 13

M Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2016 August 11 "How's This?"[81]


Year Date Song
2016 August 14 "How's This?"


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