9 March 1989 (age 29)
Jeonju, Jeonrabugdo, Korea, Republic of
Kim Tae-yeon (Hangul: 태연; Japanese: テヨン; born March 9, 1989 in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, South Korea), most often credited only as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer. She debuted in 2007 as a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation under S.M. Entertainment, and has further participated in its subgroup Girls' Generation-TTS as well as S.M Entertainment's ballad group S.M. the Ballad.
Taeyeon officially made her debut as a solo artist in October 2015 with her first extended play, I, which reached number two on South Korea's Gaon Album Chart and has sold well over 100,000 physical copies. The lead single, "I", peaked atop the Gaon Digital Chart and has sold over one million digital copies. Following her debut, she was awarded Best Female Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.
In February 2016, S.M Entertainment launched a digital music platform called SM Station. The first release for the station was Taeyeon's "Rain", which to this date is SM Station's most commercially successful song. Her following extended play, Why, with two singles "Starlight" featuring R&B singer DEAN and "Why", were released in June 2016. It debuted at #1 on the Gaon Album Chart.
In 2017, Taeyeon released her debut studio album, My Voice, with the singles "Fine", "Make Me Love You", and "11:11" achieving commercial success. The album has sold over 200,000 physical copies. A repackage titled My Voice (Deluxe Edition) was released on April 5, 2017 along with the title track "Make Me Love You".
On December 12, Taeyeon came back with a special Christmas album titled This Christmas - Winter Is Coming. The title track for the album was "This Christmas" and the album contained seven new songs. Despite being a special album, it debuted at #2 on the Gaon Album Chart and #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart.
Six months later, SM Entertainment announced that Taeyeon would be releasing her third extended play (fourth album overall) on June 18, 2018. SM Entertainment later revealed on June 12 that labelmate Lucas of NCT would be featuring on an album track. The music video for the title "Something New" caught a lot of attention at the time of it's release for its unique cinematography. The album peaked at #3 on the Gaon Album Chart. On June 29, Taeyeon released her first Japanese single Stay.
Gallup Korea ranked her as the third most popular artist of 2015, and Forbes Korea listed her among their Top 40 Power Celebrities of 2016. Taeyeon is renowned for her vocal abilities: she was voted in a survey by 40 music industry officials as the best K-pop vocalist in October 2015, and as the best female vocalist by twenty music companies in April 2016.
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