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Byun Baek-hyun (born May 6, 1992), better known mononym as Baekhyun, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, its sub-group EXO-K and sub-unit EXO-CBX.

Early lifeEdit

Baekhyun was born on May 6, 1992[1] in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. He has a brother named Byun Baek-beom who is seven years older than him.[2] Baekhyun began training to be a singer when he was 11 years old, influenced by South Korean singer Rain. He attended Jungwon High School in Bucheon, where he was the lead singer in a band called Honsusangtae (lit. "coma") and won a local music festival. He received piano lessons from Kim Hyun-woo, member of South Korean rock band DickPunks.[3] In addition to musical activities, Baekhyun trained as a martial artist in his youth and has a dan 3 black belt in Hapkido.[4]

Baekhyun was spotted by an S.M. Entertainment agent while he was studying for the entrance exams to the Seoul Institute of the Arts. He later joined S.M. Entertainment in 2011 through the S.M. Casting System.[5]

CareerEdit

2012–15: Debut and career beginnings Edit

Main article: EXO

Baekhyun was officially revealed to be EXO's ninth member on January 30, 2012.[6] The group officially debuted in April 2012 and has since gained significant popularity and commercial success.

In February 2014, Baekhyun and fellow Exo member Suho became regular hosts for the SBS music television show Inkigayo.[7] They left the position in November 2014 to focus on Exo's upcoming comeback.[8] In July 2014, Baekhyun made his musical theatre debut, playing the main role of Don Lockwood in the South Korean production of the musical Singin' in the Rain by SM C&C .[9]

In April 2015, Baekhyun released his first solo song since debut titled "Beautiful" as the soundtrack for Exo's web-drama Exo Next Door. The song became the first soundtrack single from a web drama to top digital charts.[10] In May 2015, Baekhyun was announced to be starring in action film Dokgo alongside actor Yeo Jin-goo.[11] However, production of the film was announced to have been cancelled in January 2016.[12] In December 2015, Baekhyun paid tribute to the late South Korean singer Kim Hyun-sik by performing his song "Like Rain Like Music" at SBS's year-end music program Gayo Daejeon. The studio recording of his rendition was later released digitally.[13]

2016–present: Acting roles and EXO-CBXEdit

See also: EXO-CBX

In January 2016, Baekhyun and Miss A member Suzy released a duet titled "Dream". The song quickly reached the top on online real-time music charts[14] and later debuted at number one on Gaon's weekly digital chart.[15] "Dream" also won first place five times in total on music television programs Music Bank and Inkigayo. In April 2016, Baekhyun received a YinYueTai V-Chart Award for Most Popular Singer in South Korea. In May 2016, Baekhyun and South Korean singer K.Will]released a folk-ballad duet titled "The Day" as part of S.M. Entertainment's music project SM Station.[16]

In August 2016, Baekhyun made his small screen debut in the SBS historical drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, a South Korean adaptation of the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin. For his performance in the drama he received a New Star Award at the 2016 SBS Drama Awards.[17] He also collaborated with fellow EXO members Chen and Xiumin on an original soundtrack for the series titled "For You".[18] In October 2016, together with Chen and Xiumin, Baekhyun became a member of EXO's first official sub unit EXO-CBX. Their debut extended play Hey Mama! was released on October 31.[19] In November 2016, Baekhyun began participating in S.M. Entertainment's League of Legends tournament "2016 S.M. Super Celeb League", where he and labelmate Heechul playdc the game with both professional players and fans from South Korea and China.[20]

In February 2017, Baekhyun and Sistar member Soyou released a duet titled "Rain".[21] The song reached number one on every South Korean online music chart, an achievement known as "all-kill", making him the first S.M. Entertainment artist to achieve "all-kill" in both 2016 and 2017 with "Dream" and "Rain" respectively. In April 2017, Baekhyun released a single titled "Take You Home" for the second season of the Station project.[22] The song peaked at number 12 on the Gaon Digital Chart.

Personal lifeEdit

On June 19, 2014, S.M. Entertainment confirmed that Baekhyun and fellow S.M artist Girls Generation member Taeyeon are in a relationship.[23] In September 2015, reports stated that their relationship has ended.[24]

Along with fellow EXO members Chanyeol and Suho, Baekhyun attends Kyung Hee Cyber University and take online classes for Culture and Arts Department of Business Administration.[25]

Official Account Edit

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
Gaon

[26]
US
World

[27]
As lead artist
"My Turn to Cry" 2014 Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"Like Rain, Like Music" 2015 40 2015 Gayo Daejun Limited Edition
"Take You Home" 2017 12 5 N/A
Collaborations
"The Day We Met" (as a part of I Am Korea) 2015 N/A Charity singles
"One Dream One Korea" (with various artists) N/A
"Dream" (with Suzy) 2016 1 3 N/A
"The Day" (with K.Will) 8 21 S.M. Station Season 1
"Rain" (with Soyou) 2017 2 N/A
Soundtrack appearances
"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town) 2012 N/A I AM. OST
"Beautiful" 2015 7 10 Exo Next Door OST
"For You" (with Chen & Xiumin) 2016 5 9 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

FilmographyEdit

DramasEdit

Title Year Network Role Notes
To the Beautiful You 2012 SBS Himself Cameo; episode 2
Exo Next Door 2015 Naver TV Cast Baekhyun Main role
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 2016 SBS Wang Eun Supporting role

Television showsEdit

Title Year Network Role
Inkigayo 2014 KBS Co-host

Music videosEdit

Title Year Ref.
"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town) 2012 [36]
"Beautiful" 2015 [37]
"Dream" (with Suzy) 2016 [38]
"The Day" (with K.Will) [39]
"Take You Home" 2017 [40]
Guest appearances
"Twinkle" (Girls' Generation-TTS) 2012 [41]
"Dance with D.O.C" (remake; DJ DOC) 2014 [42]
"Sound of Your Heart" (SM Town and Steve Barakatt) 2016 [43]

TheatreEdit

Title Year Role Notes
Singin' in the Rain 2014 Don Lockwood Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2016 4th YinYueTai V-Chart Awards Most Popular Singer (South Korea) N/A Won
1st Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award (Actor) Won
Best Rookie Award Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Nominated[44]
8th Melon Music Awards Best R&B/Soul with Suzy
Dream
Won
Song of the Year with Suzy Nominated
18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration with Suzy Won
HotelsCombined – Song of the Year with Suzy Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Won
2017 31st Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang with Suzy
Dream
Won
Asian Choice Popularity Award with Suzy Nominated
6th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Artist of the Year (Digital) – January with Suzy Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. EXO-K: My name is 찬열, 백현
  2. 10asia EXO-K Interview
  3. EXO's Baekhyun Learned How to Seduce Women from DickPunk's hyun Woo
  4. EXO's Baekhyun demonstrates his black belt hapkido kicks
  5. EXO-K 메인보컬 백현 "아이라인 이제 자제 하려고요"(인터뷰)
  6. SM新团Exo首支单曲《What Is Love》MV曝光
  7. EXO's Suho and Baekhyun + actress Lee Yu Bi chosen as new MCs for 'Inkigayo'
  8. EXO’s Suho and Baekhyun Bid Farewell to "Inkigayo," Thank Viewers for the Experience
  9. Baekhyun, Kyuhyun, Sunny, and Jay Officially Announced as Leads for "Singin' in the Rain"
  10. Baekhyun's "Beautiful" Becomes First Web Drama OST to Top Charts
  11. EXO’s Baekhyun and Yeo Jin Goo Confirmed to Star in New Action Film
  12. 짬툰 측 "여진구·백현 '독고' 영화출연 아냐" 번복 사과
  13. 엑소 백현, 짙은 감성으로 '비와 음악처럼' 재해석 (SBS 가요대전)
  14. Baekhyun and Suzy's 'Dream' slays real-time charts with an all-kill!
  15. Gaon Digital Chart - Week 2 2016
  16. 케이윌X백현, ‘The Day' 오늘 밤 음원+뮤비 전격 공개
  17. Winners of 2016 SAF SBS Awards
  18. Watch: EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, And Xiumin Sing Of Devoted Love For "Scarlet Heart: Goryeo"
  19. (Vyrl) SMTOWN_EN : #EXO's first unit #EXO-CBX 1st mini album 'Hey Mama!' drops Oct 31, 0A
  20. '김희철-백현' 참여! 팬과 함께 하는 중국 LoL 이벤트전
  21. 소유X백현 역대급 듀엣송 '비가와'로 음원차트 공습하나
  22. 백현, SM스테이션 두번째 주자…2년만의 솔로곡 '바래다줄게'
  23. Updated: SM Confirms, Girls’ Generation Taeyeon and EXO Baekhyun Are Dating
  24. Girls' Generation members break up in a row
  25. {수호·백현·찬열 사이버대 재학 中…문화예술경영 배운다
  26. Gaon Weekly Digital Chart
  27. World Digital Songs
  28. Gaon Music Chart
  29. Gaon Download Chart, Week 1 - 2016
  30. Cumulative sales for "Take You Home":
  31. {Download Chart
  32. Gaon Download Chart - First half of 2016 (see #186)
  33. Cumulative sales for "Rain":
  34. Cumulative sales of "Beautiful":
  35. Cumulative sales for "For You":
  36. I AM. OST_Dear My Family_Music Video
  37. 백현 BAEKHYUN_두근거려 (Beautiful) (From Drama 'EXO NEXT DOOR') Music Video
  38. (MV) 수지(Suzy), 백현(BAEKHYUN) - Dream
  39. (STATION) 케이윌 X 백현_The Day_Music Video
  40. (STATION) BAEKHYUN 백현_바래다줄게 (Take You Home)_Music Video
  41. GIRLS' GENERATION-TTS_TWINKLE_Music Video
  42. Mnet (EXO 902014) 엑소 백현이 재해석한 'DJ DOC- DOC와 춤을' 뮤비/EXO BAEK HYUN's 'Dance With DOC' M/V Remake
  43. (STATION) SMTOWN X Steve Barakatt_너의 목소리 (Sound of Your Heart)_Music Video
  44. (2016AAA)나나·류준열, 드라마 부문 男女 신인상