Tiffany Hwang

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Tiffany Hwang
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Tiffany in September 2017
BornStephanie Young Hwang
(1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 29)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other names Hwang Mi-young [1]
Education Korea Kent Foreign School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website tiffany.smtown.com
Korean name
Hangul [1]
Hanja 黃美英
Revised Romanization Hwang Mi-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Miyŏng
Signature
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Stephanie Young Hwang (born August 1, 1989), known professionally as Tiffany, Tiffany Hwang or Tiffany Young, [2] is an American singer. Born and raised in California, she was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency SM Entertainment at the age of fifteen and subsequently moved to South Korea. After two years of training, Tiffany debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation (and later its subgroup TTS) in August 2007, who went on to be one of the best-selling artists in South Korea and one of South Korea's most popular girl groups worldwide. [3] In 2016, following her contribution to several side projects during the early part of her career, Tiffany became the second Girls' Generation member to release a solo debut album, I Just Wanna Dance .

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

SM Entertainment South Korean entertainment company

SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Hangul: SM엔터테인먼트) is Korea's largest entertainment company, founded in 1995 by Lee Soo-man. The company has developed and popularized numerous K-pop stars with huge global fandoms. SM is known for having led the global K-pop phenomenon and the musical side of "Hallyu", also known as the "Korean Wave". Representative of the entertainment industry in Asia, the company operates its own comprehensive entertainment business including artist development, record label services, talent agency services, music production, music publishing, event management, and concert production.

Girls Generation South Korean girl group

Girls' Generation, also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. Originally a nine-piece group, Jessica later departed from the group in September 2014. Girls' Generation debuted in 2007 with their Korean eponymous debut album. Though the album gained some attention, it was not until 2009 that the group rose to fame with the single "Gee", which claimed the top spot on KBS's Music Bank for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks and was named the most popular song of the 2000s in South Korea by Melon. Girls' Generation further consolidated their popularity on the South Korean music scene with follow-up singles "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)", "Oh!", and "Run Devil Run", which were released in mid-2009 and early 2010.

Contents

Life and career

1989–2012: Early life and career beginnings

Tiffany was born Stephanie Young Hwang on August 1, 1989 in San Francisco, California. [4] Her family consists of her father, an older sister, and an older brother. [5] Her mother died when she was 12 years old. [6] [7] She grew up in Diamond Bar, California, and was inspired by K-pop artist BoA. [8] [9] Encouraged by her brother, at the age of 15, Tiffany participated in a singing contest. She was spotted by a local SM Entertainment representative, auditioned, and was accepted as a trainee. She moved to South Korea three weeks later. [10]

San Francisco Consolidated city-county in California, United States

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 884,363 residents as of 2017. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is also part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.

Diamond Bar, California City in California

Diamond Bar is a city located in eastern Los Angeles County, California, United States. The 2014 population estimate was 56,784, up from 56,287 at the 2000 census. It is named after the "diamond over a bar" branding iron registered in 1918 by ranch owner Frederick E. Lewis. The city features a public Los Angeles County golf course. It is also home to the Diamond Bar Country Estates, a private guarded community.

BoA South Korean singer

Kwon Bo-ah, known professionally as BoA, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. Dubbed as the "Queen of K-pop", BoA has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers throughout her career.

Tiffany attended Korea Kent Foreign School [11] and was trained at SM Entertainment for almost four years. She officially debuted as a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation in August 2007. The singer adopted the stage name Tiffany, the name her mother initially wanted to name her at birth. [10] [12] Besides Girls' Generation, Tiffany's early solo work mostly involved songs recorded for side projects and original soundtracks. [13] Throughout her career, she also participated as the host for several television programs. [14] [15] [16] In early 2008, Tiffany was diagnosed with vocal nodules and had to receive medical treatment. The symptoms relapsed in 2009 and 2010 in which the singer had to take a short break from her activities. [17] Tiffany acknowledged her voice became "huskier" and "more mature" as a result. [18]

2012–2017: Girls’ Generation TTS and solo debut

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Tiffany performing in May 2013

In December 2011–January 2012, Tiffany debuted as a musical actress through a lead role in the Korean adaptation of musical Fame . She played a character named Carmen Diaz, a performing arts student who has an ambition to achieve success. [19] In April 2012, a Girls' Generation subgroup named TTS was formed with Tiffany and fellow members Taeyeon and Seohyun. Their debut EP, Twinkle , met with much success and became the eighth highest selling album of the year in South Korea. [20] [21] [22] The subgroup went on to release two more EPs: Holler (2014) and Dear Santa (2015). [23] [24] In November 2013, Tiffany participated as a contestant in the SBS' reality program Fashion King Korea – a program where South Korean celebrities team up with the nation's top designers to compete in fashion challenges and missions. The singer was paired with a designer named Ji Il-geun and finished the program in third place. [25]

<i>Fame</i> (musical) musical

Fame is a stage musical based on the 1980 musical film of the same name. It has been staged under two titles; The first, Fame – The Musical conceived and developed by David De Silva, is a musical with a book by José Fernandez, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy. The musical premiered in 1988 in Miami, Florida. The second was as Fame on 42nd Street, where it was performed Off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd St. from 2003 to 2004.

Girls Generation-TTS South Korean girl group

Girls' Generation-TTS is the first sub-unit of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, formed by SM Entertainment in 2012. It is composed of three Girls' Generation members: Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The group has released three EPs: Twinkle (2012), Holler (2014), and Dear Santa (2015).

Kim Tae-yeon South Korean singer

Kim Tae-yeon, more commonly known mononymously as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer. She had been a trainee at SM Entertainment's Starlight Academy during her middle school years before debuting as a member of the agency's girl group Girls' Generation in 2007. Since then, she has risen to prominence due to the group's success on the Asian music scene and further participated in the agency's projects Girls' Generation-TTS, SM the Ballad, and Girls' Generation-Oh!GG. Aside from group activities, she has also recorded songs for various television dramas and movies.

During the summer of 2015, Tiffany began work on a solo record, having the mentality of it being the "transition into the next chapter of [her] music career." She started participating in writing music since 2014, calling it "nerve-wrecking to put out music [she's] written on [her] own." Tiffany named Girls' Generation's Taeyeon as "a big part" that helped her throughout the preparation process for the album. The two singers have been known to be best friends since Tiffany's arrival in South Korea in 2004. [9] [26] The album, titled I Just Wanna Dance , was released in May 2016, making Tiffany become the second Girls' Generation member to have a solo debut. Her album met with mixed, but generally favorable reviews. Tamar Herman from Billboard magazine called the album an "audible canvas to paint a new image for [Tiffany]", elaborating it "showcases [her] range as an artist." [27] [28] The album, having a more American influence than typical K-pop, debuted at number three on both the Billboard World Album Chart and South Korea's Gaon Album Chart. [29] [30] It has sold 61,409 physical copies and was chosen by Billboard as the seventh best K-pop album of the year. [31] [32] The titular lead single debuted at number 10 on both the Billboard World Digital Song Chart and the Gaon Digital Chart. [29] [33] In June 2016, the follow-up single "Heartbreak Hotel", featuring Simon Dominic, was released through SM Station digital music platform. [34] To accompany her solo releases, Tiffany held a series of small concerts titled Weekend during the same month. [35]

<i>I Just Wanna Dance</i> 2016 EP by Tiffany

I Just Wanna Dance is the debut extended play by South Korea-based American singer Tiffany. It was released by S.M. Entertainment on May 11, 2016. Lee Soo-man, former president of S.M. Entertainment, served as executive producer on the EP. The EP marked the official solo debut of Tiffany after having been known as a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation for nearly nine years. Musically, the record is a primarily synthpop album with elements of trap and R&B that draws heavy influence from American female artists of the 1990s.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Simon Dominic South Korean rapper

Jung Ki-suck, better known by his stage name Simon Dominic, is a South Korean rapper. He debuted in 2009 as a member of the hip-hop duo Supreme Team, which disbanded in 2013. As a solo artist, he has released two studio albums: Simon Dominic Presents: SNL League Begins (2011) and Darkroom (2018), and one extended play: Won & Only (2015).

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Tiffany performing in July 2017

Using her social media accounts to interact with fans, in August 2016, while Tiffany was at a SMTown Live concert in Tokyo, she posted a couple of photos that involved the use of the Japanese flag and Rising Sun Flag, indicating her whereabouts. Though there was no evidence of ill-intentions, this caused heavy criticism from the Korean public as the timing coincided with Korean Liberation Day, stirring a historical war wound sentiment. [36] [37] This event caused her to step down from Sister's Slam Dunk, a KBS2 variety show that she participated in at the time. [38] Tiffany expressed regret for her action in two handwritten apologies, acknowledging her lack of history knowledge. [39] After the controversial blunder, some spoke out in defense of Tiffany, while others questioned the misogyny within the Korean society, arguing that they can be "unforgiving" towards a female artist while a male counterpart wouldn't have received the same treatment if the same event has occurred. [37] [40] [41] [42]

Rising Sun Flag

The Rising Sun Flag was originally used by feudal warlords in Japan during the Edo period. On May 15, 1870, as a policy of the Meiji government, it was adopted as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army, and on October 7, 1889, it was adopted as the naval ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It is still used in Japan as a symbol of tradition and good fortune, and is incorporated into commercial products and advertisements. The flag is currently flown by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and a modified version is flown by the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

National Liberation Day of Korea public holiday in North and South Koreas (15th of August), celebrating the surrender of the Japanese Empire (which had annexed Korea) at the end of the Second World War

The National Liberation Day of Korea is a holiday celebrated annually on August 15 in both North and South Korea. It commemorates Victory over Japan Day, when U.S. and Soviet forces ended the decades-long Japanese occupation of Korea. It is notable for being the only Korean public holiday celebrated by both North and South Korea.

<i>Sisters Slam Dunk</i> South Korean reality show

Sister's Slam Dunk is a South Korean reality show that aired every Friday on KBS 2TV from April 8 to December 2, 2016. The show's first season featured an all-female cast consisting of Ra Mi-ran, Kim Sook, Hong Jin-kyung, Min Hyo-rin, Jessi and Tiffany, and followed their attempts at fulfilling each cast member's dream using a budget of ₩2,196,000 or approximately $2,000.

In October 2016, Tiffany was featured in the single "Don't Speak", taken from Far East Movement's album Identity . In an interview, the hip-hop group has said that working with Tiffany has "really opened [their] eyes", commenting on "how versatile [Tiffany's] range is as a singer." [43]

2017–present: Departure from SM Entertainment and solo career

Tiffany left SM Entertainment in October 2017 and her future activities with Girls' Generation remains in discussion. [44] [45]

On March 14, 2018, Tiffany released a digital single "Remember Me" under the stage name Tiffany Young. [2] In June 2018, it was announced that she would be debuting in the United States under Paradigm Talent Agency, through a single album titled "Over My Skin". [46]

Discography

Concerts

Filmography

Films

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2012 I Am HerselfBiographical film of SM Town [47]
2014 My Brilliant Life Cameo appearance [48]
2015SMTown The StageDocumentary film of SM Town [49]

Television drama

YearTitleNetworkRoleNotesRef.
2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS2 Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses GangCameo appearance
2015 The Producers KBS Herself [50]

Musical theatre

YearTitleRole
2011–2012 Fame Carmen Diaz

Reality and variety shows

YearTitleNetworkRoleNotesRef.
2007–2008 Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekseo Mnet Co-hostwith Kim Hye-seong
Champagne KBS
2008 Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single KBS2 Regular CastSeason 1
20092012 Show! Music Core MBC Co-hostwith Yuri
20112012
20122013with Taeyeon and Seohyun
2013 Fashion King Korea SBS Regular Cast/ContestantThird place
2015Heart A Tag [51] Mnet Hostwith Lee Cheol Woo [51]
2016 Sister's Slam Dunk KBS2 Regular cast

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2008 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot School GirlHerselfNominated
2009 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST "By Myself"Nominated [52]
2011 MBC Entertainment Awards Special Award: MC Division (with Yuri) Show! Music Core Won [53]
2016 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Dance Performance Solo"I Just Wanna Dance"Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated

Music program awards

The Show

YearDateSong
2016May 17"I Just Wanna Dance"

Show Champion

YearDateSong
2016May 18 [54] [ unreliable source? ]"I Just Wanna Dance"

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