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Hyoyeon (효연) is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, and DJ under SM Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group Girls' Generation, its second sub-unit Girls' Generation-Oh!GG and the female unit GOT the beat.

As a DJ, she goes by the name HYO.



Hyoyeon's formal dance training began in elementary school; she learned hip hop, jazz, and Latin dance at her neighborhood's hip-hop school.[1]

She auditioned for SM Entertainment at the age of 11 through SM's 2000 Casting System.[2] In 2004, she, alongside SUPER JUNIOR's Siwon, were sent to Beijing to study Chinese.[citation needed]

Before debuting with Girls' Generation, she worked with Janet Jackson and was BoA's silhouette dancer during a performance at Mnet Km Music Video Festival 2005.[3]

2007: Debut with Girls' Generation[]

Hyoyeon debuted as a member of Girls' Generation on August 5, 2007 with the group's first single "Into the New World".

2012: Dancing with the Stars[]

In April 2012, she became a contestant on the dance competition show Dancing with the Stars. She and her partner, Kim Hyun-suk, finished the show in 2nd place.[4]

2016: Solo debut[]

She made her solo debut on December 2, 2016 with the digital single "Mystery".

2018: DJ debut, Oh!GG[]

On April 4, 2018, SM Entertainment announced Hyoyeon would be making her debut as a DJ using the stage name HYO.[5] Her first single as a DJ, "Sober", was released on April 18.

On September 5, she debuted as a member of Girls' Generation's second sub-unit Girls' Generation-Oh!GG with the release of their single "Lil' Touch".

2022: Deep[]

On May 2, 2022, a teaser image was posted which revealed that she will be releasing her first mini album, Deep, on May 16.[6]

2023: "Picture"[]

On August 2, 2023, E Daily reported that Hyoyeon will be having a comeback in August.[7] Later in the day, SM confirmed the reports.[8] On August 16, a teaser image was posted which revealed that she will be releasing her seventh digital single, "Picture", on August 22.[9]

2024: Upcoming single[]

On February 8, 2024, SM Entertaiment revealed that Hyoyeon will be releasing a single in the second half of the year.[10] On May 8, SM Entertainment announced that the single will be released in the third quarter of the year.[11]

Personal life[]


In December 2012, Hyoyeon began dating businessman Kim Jun-hyung. The couple broke up in 2014 after dating for nearly two years.[12]



Mini albums[]

Digital singles[]

Remix singles[]




  • "No Way Home OST" ("Sky View" with Sunny) (2024)


Remix singles[]

Producing and writing credits[]

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[13]
Artist Song Album Type
Herself "Sober"
"Sober (English ver.)"
Deep Composing
Herself and 3LAU "Punk Right Now"
"Punk Right Now (English ver.)"
Herself and 3LAU "Punk Right Now (Raiden Remix)" "Punk Right Now (Remixes)" Composing
"Punk Right Now (Madeaux Remix)"
"Punk Right Now (KUURO Remix)"
Herself "Badster"
"Badster (English ver.)"
Deep Composing
Herself feat. Loopy, Soyeon "Dessert" Deep Composing
Lil Cherry feat. HYO "G! Remix" Writing


North America tours[]

  • DJ HYO Tour 2023 in North America (2023)[14]

USA tours[]

  • Hyo USA Summer Tour 2024 (2024)[15]

Concert participation[]



  • Unstoppable Marriage (2007)
  • I Am. (2012)
  • SMTOWN The Stage (2015)


  • Oh! My Lady (SBS, 2010) - cameo

Competition shows[]

  • Dancing with the Stars (MBC, 2012) - contestant

Reality shows[]

Variety shows[]

  • Hyoyeon's One Million Likes (On Style, 2015)
  • Hyoyeon's 10 Million Likes (On Style, 2016)
  • Attraction TV: Season 2 (On Style, 2017) - regular member
  • My English Puberty (tvN, 2017-2018) - regular member
  • Unnies Beauty Carpool (Naver TV Cast, 2021)

Music videos appearances[]


Main article: Hyoyeon/Gallery


Official links[]