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generasia:Featured article for 2020 week 47

Taeyeon promoting #GirlsSpkOut (2020)


Taeyeon (태연) is a South Korean singer under SM Entertainment. She has been a member of SM Entertainment's girl group Girls' Generation since 2007, along with other SM projects including Girls' Generation-TTS, S.M. THE BALLAD, and Girls' Generation-Oh!GG.

Before officially debuting as a solo singer, Taeyeon had recorded soundtracks for television dramas that proved successful on South Korean music charts, notably "Manyage" and "Can You Hear Me...?" in 2008. She released her debut mini-album I in 2015, which includes the Gaon Digital Chart number-one titular single. Her second mini-album Why peaked atop the Gaon Album Chart and spawned two Gaon Digital Chart top-ten singles, "Starlight" and "Why". Her debut studio album, My Voice, yielded the top-five singles "11:11", "Fine" and "Make Me Love You".

Taeyeon has further released two Korean mini-albums, This Christmas - Winter is Coming and Something New, and a Japanese mini-album, VOICE. She was a main cast on the JTBC reality show Begin Again in 2019. Her second studio album, Purpose, was released in October 2019 and featured the top-two singles "Sagye (Four Seasons)" and "Bulti (Spark)". As of February 2020, Taeyeon has received various awards and nominations including six Golden Disc Awards, five Seoul Music Awards, three Gaon Chart Music Awards, three Melon Music Awards, and three Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Her second Japanese mini-album #GirlsSpkOut is released this week on November 18th.