Byun Baek-hyun

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Byun Baek-hyun
Baekhyun in 2017
Baekhyun in 2017
Background information
Also known asBaekhyun
Born (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 32)
Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Years active2012–present
LabelsSM Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationByeon Baek-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerPyŏn Paekhyŏn

Byun Baek-hyun (Hangul: 변백현; Hanja:卞白贤; born May 6, 1992) is a South Korean singer, dancer, actor, and TV presenter. He is best known solely by his first name Baekhyun. As a member of the boy band Exo, his role is to dance and sing the most important parts of the songs.

Biography[change | change source]

Byun Baek-hyun was born in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province on May 6, 1992. He has an older brother named Baek-beom. Baek-beom is seven years older than Baek-hyun.

Byun began training to be a singer at age 11. He had been influenced by Rain—another K-pop idol who was most popular in the 2000s.[1] He attended Jungwon High School in Bucheon. He was the lead singer of a band called Coma (상태 상태) there. Coma once won at a local music festival. Kim Hyun-woo (from a rock band called DickPunks) eventually gave the young Byun piano lessons.[2]

Byun also had interests outside music. He was a martial artist as a teenager and obtained a black belt in Hapkido.[3]

Baekhyun was discovered by an agent of S.M. Entertainment when he was practicing his admission exams for the Seoul Institute of Arts. He then joined the company under the S.M. Casting System in 2011.[4]

He and his bandmates Chanyeol and Suho attended Kyung Hee Cyber University. Byun took online classes at the Culture and Arts Department of Business Administration.[5]

Career[change | change source]

2012–2015: Debut and early career[change | change source]

Baekhyun was the last member to join Exo. He was the ninth member of the group to be revealed on January 30, 2012.[6]

In February 2014, Baekhyun and Suho became regular hosts for Inkigayo — a music show that airs on SBS TV.[7] They left the program in November to focus on Exo's comeback.[8] In July, Baekhyun ventured into musical theater. He was cast the lead role of Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain. The South Korean production that he was in was done by SM C&C.[9]

In April 2015, Baekhyun released its first song solo since its debut titled "Beautiful" like the soundtrack of the drama EXO Next Door. The song became the first soundtrack of a web drama that was within the best positions of several musical lists.[10] In May 2015, Baekhyun was announced that it would be the protagonist of the action film Dokgo alongside actor Yeo Jin-goo.[11] However, the film's production was announced to be canceled in January 2016.[12] In December 2015, Baekhyun paid a tribute to the late South Korean singer Kim Hyun-sik performing his song "Like Rain Like Music" on SBS Gayo Daejeon's end-of-year music program. The recording of a song performed by Baekhyun was digitally published.[13]

2016–present: Acting roles and Exo-CBX[change | change source]

In January 2016, Baekhyun and Suzy of Miss A performed a duet entitled "Dream". The song quickly reached the best position in the music charts[14] after it positioned itself in the first place of Gaon Digital Chart.[15] "Dream" also won five times the first place in Music Bank and Inkigayo. In April 2016, Baekhyun received a YinYueTai V-Chart award for being the Most Popular Singer in South Korea. In May 2016, Baekhyun and South Korean singer K.Will released a duet titled "The Day" as part of SM Station.[16]

In August 2016, Baekhyun made his acting debut on the small screen in the 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, received a prize like New Star in 2016 SBS Drama Awards.[17] He also collaborated with his labelmates Chen and Xiumin on a soundtrack titled "For You" for the drama.[18] In October 2016, along with Chen and Xiumin, Baekhyun became a member of the first official EXO unit, EXO-CBX. His debut was on October 31 with the release of the extended play Hey Mama!.[19] In November 2016, Baekhyun began to participate S.M. Entertainment's League of Legends tournament "2016 S.M. Super Celeb League", where he and his labelmate, Heechul, played with professional players and fans from China and South Korea.[20]

In February 2017, Baekhyun and Soyou of Sistar released a duet titled "Rain" The song peaked at number one on several music charts and achieved an achievement known as "all-kill", making it the first artist of S.M. to achieve an "all-kill" in 2016 and 2017 with "Dream" and "Rain", respectively. In April 2017, Baekhyun released a single titled "Take You Home" for the second season of SM Station.[21] The song was positioned in the twelve position of Gaon Digital Chart.

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Title Year Peak chart


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 Non-album single
"The Day We Met" (as a part of I Am Korea) 2015 Charity singles
"One Dream One Korea" (with various artists)
"Dream" (with Suzy) 2016 1 3 Non-album single
"The Day" (with K.Will) 8 21 S.M. Station Season 1
"Rain" (with Soyou) 2017 2 Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town) 2012 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.


  1. The physical edition of "Dream" has sold 39,999 copies in South Korea as of January 2017.[28]

Filmography[change | change source]

Dramas[change | change source]

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 shows[change | change source]

Title Year Network Role
Inkigayo 2014 KBS Co-host

Music videos[change | change source]

Title Year Ref.
"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town) 2012 [33]
"Beautiful" 2015 [34]
"Dream" (with Suzy) 2016 [35]
"The Day" (with K.Will) [36]
"Take You Home" 2017 [37]
Guest appearances
"Twinkle" (Girls' Generation-TTS) 2012 [38]
"Dance with D.O.C" (remake; DJ DOC) 2014 [39]
"Sound of Your Heart" (SM Town and Steve Barakatt) 2016 [40]

Theatre[change | change source]

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

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2016 4th YinYueTai V-Chart Awards Most Popular Singer (South Korea) Won
1st Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award (Actor) Won
Best Rookie Award Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Nominated[41]
8th Melon Music Awards Best R&B/Soul with Suzy 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 Won
2017 31st Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang with Suzy 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

Music programs[change | change source]

Music Bank
Year Date Song
2016 January 15 Dream (with Suzy)
January 22
Year Date Song
2016 January 17 Dream (with Suzy)
January 24
January 30

References[change | change source]

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  2. "EXO's Baekhyun Learned How to Seduce Women from DickPunk's Hyun Woo". Mnet. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
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  4. "EXO-K 메인보컬 백현 "아이라인 이제 자제 하려고요"(인터뷰)". Newzen. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
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  7. "EXO's Suho and Baekhyun + actress Lee Yu Bi chosen as new MCs for 'Inkigayo'". allkpop. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  8. "EXO's Suho and Baekhyun Bid Farewell to "Inkigayo," Thank Viewers for the Experience". Soompi. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  9. "Baekhyun, Kyuhyun, Sunny, and Jay Officially Announced as Leads for "Singin' in the Rain"". Soompi. Archived from the original on 2014-12-24. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  10. "Baekhyun's "Beautiful" Becomes First Web Drama OST to Top Charts". Soompi. Archived from the original on 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  11. "EXO's Baekhyun and Yeo Jin Goo Confirmed to Star in New Action Film". Soompi. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  12. "짬툰 측 "여진구·백현 '독고' 영화출연 아냐" 번복 사과". (in Korean). 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
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  16. "케이윌X백현, 'The Day' 오늘 밤 음원+뮤비 전격 공개" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-04-17.
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  19. SMTOWN_EN. "[Vyrl] SMTOWN_EN : #EXO's first unit #EXO-CBX 1st mini album 'Hey Mama!' drops Oct 31, 0A". Archived from the original on 2019-10-28. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  20. "'김희철-백현' 참여! 팬과 함께 하는 중국 LoL 이벤트전". November 3, 2016.
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  31. Cumulative sales of "Beautiful":
  32. Cumulative sales for "For You":
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