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"I want to become a brand. I hope that when you think of Hyuna, you think of the word, 'hot.' Red is a passionate and strong color. To that extent, I want to show a passionate image."

Hyuna is a popular K-Pop idol and rapper best known as the face of the idol group, 4minute, as PSY's love interest in his super-hit "Gangnam Style" and for her solo success, thanks to her catchy songs and sexy image.

Born Kim Hyun-ah on June 6, 1992, she debuted as a member of popular idol group Wonder Girls in 2007. However, a few months after the group debuted, she pulled out of the group because of health problems.

She returned two years later as 4minute's main rapper, and released her debut solo single "Change" the following year, which is known for its memorable pelvic dance. Since her solo debut she has released three solo singles and two mini-albums.

After 4Minute's disbandment in 2016, she continued as a solo artist.

She became even more well-known for being that pretty girl in PSY's monster hit "Gangnam Style." They have since collaborated again in a handful of Sequel Songs and consider each other good friends.In 2018 after CUBE Entertainment kicked Hyuna and her then boyfriend DAWN (formerly E'Dawn) out of the label for dating each other in secret, PSY signed the couple on to his new record label P Nation. The couple left P Nation following the expiration of their contracts in August of 2022, and in November of that same year Hyuna announced they had broken up.


Her discography includes:

Solo Singles:

  • Change (2010)
  • Bubble Pop (2011)
  • Ice Cream (2012)
  • Red (2014)
  • Because I'm The Best (Roll Deep) (2015) (with BTOB's Ilhoon)
  • How's This (2016)
  • Babe (2017)
  • Lip & Hip (2017)
  • Flower Shower (2019)
  • I'm Not Cool (2021)

Solo EPs:

  • Bubble Pop (2011)
  • Melting (2012)
  • A Talk (2014)
  • A+ (2015)
  • A'wesome (2016)
  • Following (2017)
  • I'm Not Cool (2021)

Collaborative EP:

  • Trouble Maker (with B2ST's Hyunseung as Troublemaker)
  • Chemistry (with B2ST's Hyunseung as Troublemaker)
  • 199X (with PENTAGON's Hui and E'Dawn as Triple H)
  • Retro Futurism (with PENTAGON's Hui and E'Dawn as Triple H)

Collaborative Singles:

  • Trouble Maker (with B2ST's Hyunseung as Troublemaker)
  • Oppa is Just My Style (with PSY)
  • There Is No Tomorrow (Now) (with B2ST's Hyunseung as Troublemaker)
  • 365 Fresh (with PENTAGON's Hui and E'Dawn as Triple H)
  • Advertisement:
  • Retro Future (with PENTAGON's Hui and E'Dawn as Triple H)

Tropes that apply to Hyuna and her music:

  • Beneath the Mask: Hyuna is well-known for being confident and beautiful. She has inspired many with her refusal to bow down to society's rigid ideas of how women should be. However, in 2019, she has publicly disclosed that she is suffering from mental illness. In a heartfelt open letter to fans, she revealed that she has been diagnosed with depression, a panic disorder, and vasovagal syncope (fainting due to sight of blood/extreme emotional stress) and does not want to hide her pain anymore.
  • Color Motifs: Red. She has an entire single named after the color, and the motif lives on even after Cube expelled her for dating her then boyfriend in secret for two years (as in her first post-Cube release, "Flower Shower," where she sings that she embodies red). Very fitting for a K-Pop artist who is unabashedly bold, confident, and passionate.
  • Fanservice:
    • Her solo works are more provocative than her work with in the group. Perhaps the one fanservice-y moment that trumps others is the infamous kiss with Hyunseung at MAMA's 2011.
    • The dances for "Change", "Bubble Pop" and "Ice Cream" are all very provocative.
    • During one now viral performance of Red, she took off her shirt and danced the rest of the song in her bra.
  • Good Bad Girl: Although famous for her provocative dances and suggestive songs, in interviews and TV appearances, she's a sweet, goofy and polite person.
  • Gratuitous English: There are some English phrases throughout her songs, such as "Ice cream, ice cream / I'll melt you down like ice cream" in "Ice Cream" and "I got fancy lip and hip" in "Lip & Hip."
  • Hotter and Sexier: "Bubble Pop", especially after it got banned from the airwaves due to Hyuna's provocative dancing and outfits. It's more provocative than her previous songs and what 4Minute normally did.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Her EP "Melting" is this. First off you have "Don't Fall Apart" where you have Hyuna literally sounding off on the haters.
    • Both "Ice Cream" and "Very Hot", which is the only song she wrote, are typical hip-hop songs that literally have Hyuna talking about her sexiness, although "Ice Cream" is a more hilarious take at this.
    • "To my Boyfriend" is a soothing tear jerker that talks about her future man. The one song that is completely different is "Unripe Apple", which is a cutesy song about a girl trying to keep her virginity.
    • Then there's "Change" and "Bubble Pop" which are two entirely different singles. "Change" shows her badass side whilst "Bubble Pop" is more fun and light-hearted.
  • Official Couple: Her ex-boyfriend is DAWN (formerly known as E'Dawn), an erstwhile member of Pentagon and Triple H. Cube Entertainment actually kicked them out for dating, saying in an official statement: "After numerous discussions, it is with great pain that we have come to the conclusion that it will prove difficult for us to rebuild the broken loyalty and trust between these two artists, HyunA and E'Dawn; as a result, we have made the decision to force them out from our label." Their expulsion has only strengthened fan support for the couple, although they announced their breakup in November of 2022.
  • Pretty in Mink: She wore a fur cape in the "Trouble Maker" music video.
  • Ship Tease: With Hyunseung for their performances of their duet "Trouble Maker." They kiss each other on the lips onstage when they perform the song, but as far as what's known to the public, it was purely a stage romance.
  • Shout-Out: The music video for "Bubble Pop!" has a shout-out to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Hyuna's even wearing the same Iconic Outfit and doing an Unflinching Walk just like the Queen B.
    • The "Red" music video has multiple references to modern-era Miley Cyrus, including a wild house party and 55gorilla stuffed animal riding a giant disco ball.
  • Stripperiffic: A lot of her stage and video outfits.
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Lip & Hip" is a song about seducing someone using lips and hips, but the music video for the song emphasizes the "hip" part way more.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: "Bubble Pop" and "Ice Cream". About 15 seconds of writhing in "Gangnam Style." Her role in "Oppa Is Just My Style" is this, in contrast to PSY's... energetic dance movements.
  • Women Drivers: Near the start of the video for Ice Cream she runs down a clown with an ice cream van, nobody cares, including the cops standing nearby.