Lee Hyori (Korean:also Romanized as Lee Hyolee and officially I Hyo-lee) (born May 10, 1979) Lee Hyori is a popular South Korean singer and actress. She started off as part of the successful K-pop girl group Fin.K.L, but has since become a solo artist. Her first album was very successful, winning many “Daesangs” (a Korean award equivalent to “Artist of the Year”) for that album. She has since become the highest-paid female singer in South Korea.
Beginning in Fin K.L.
Lee started her career as part of the Korean pop girl group Fin.K.L. As the oldest member, she would become the leader of the group. Lee was discovered while taking sticker pictures with her friends and was actually the last to join Fin.K.L., just before their debut in January 1998. Fin.K.L. debuted officially on May 22, 1998 with their first single “Blue Rain.” It was received quite well. The second release from their first album, To My Boyfriend, became the first of their multiple number one hits. Fin K.L. became one of the most popular and successful Korean groups of all-time, rivaling fellow popular girl group S.E.S..
2008: Return to spotlight
During breaks in her solo music career, Lee also hosted various television programs, including Time Machine and Happy Together, which she co-hosted with Yu Jae-seok in 2006. It was reported on March 26, 2008 that Lee would join KBS’s Sang Sang Plus as a co-host alongside Country Kko Kko members Shin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hoon, replacing various outgoing hosts; she will debut on April 8, 2008. As of April 2008, she is also hosting Change, a show on SBS’s Good Sunday line-up, and starring in Off the Record, a behind-the-scenes look at her life. A third album is expected sometime in 2008.