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Singh in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameHirdesh Singh
Born (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 36)
Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Origin Delhi, India
Genres Bhangra, hip hop, Indi-pop, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer, Music producer, Music director, Actor, Rapper & Pop Singer
Years active2005–present
LabelsMafia Mundeer Records, T-Series
Website instagram.com/yyhsofficial

Hirdesh Singh (born 15 March 1983), known by this professional name, Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, [1] is an Indian music director, songwriter, Indi-pop singer, music producer and film actor. He started as a session and recording artist, and became a bhangra music producer. He has also begun to produce music for Bollywood films. [2]

India Country in South Asia

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

A music director, musical director, or director of music is the person responsible for the musical aspects of a performance, production, or organization, for example the artistic director and usually chief conductor of an orchestra or concert band, the director of music of a film, the director of music at a radio station, the person in charge of musical activities or the head of the music department in a school, the coordinator of the musical ensembles in a university, college, or institution, the head bandmaster of a military band, the head organist and choirmaster of a church, or an organist and master of the choristers.

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics and composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.


Early life

Singh was born on 15 March 1983 at Hoshiarpur, Punjab to a Sikh family. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] His birth name is Hirdesh Singh. He studied music at the Trinity School in the United Kingdom. [8] [9] His family later moved to Delhi. [10]

Hoshiarpur Place in Punjab, India

Hoshiarpur is a city and a municipal corporation in Hoshiarpur district in the Doaba region of the Indian state of Punjab. It was founded, according to tradition, during the early part of the fourteenth century. In 1809 it was occupied by the forces of Maharaja Karanvir Singh and was united into the greater state of Punjab in 1849.

Punjab, India State in Northern India

Punjab is a state in northern India. Forming part of the larger Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, the state is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Himachal Pradesh to the east, Haryana to the south and southeast, Rajasthan to the southwest, and the Pakistani province of Punjab to the west. The state covers an area of 50,362 square kilometres, 1.53% of India's total geographical area. It is the 20th-largest Indian state by area. With 27,704,236 inhabitants at the 2011 census, Punjab is the 16th-largest state by population, comprising 22 districts. Punjabi is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. The main ethnic group are the Punjabis, with Sikhs (58%) and Hindus (38%). The state capital is Chandigarh, a Union Territory and also the capital of the neighbouring state of Haryana. The five tributary rivers of the Indus River from which the region took its name are Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Chenab and Jhelum Rivers; Sutlej, Ravi and Beas are part of the Indian Punjab.

Delhi Megacity and union territory of India, containing the national capital

Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India. It is bordered by Haryana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh to the east. The NCT covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres (573 sq mi). According to the 2011 census, Delhi's city proper population was over 11 million, the second-highest in India after Mumbai, while the whole NCT's population was about 16.8 million. Delhi's urban area is now considered to extend beyond the NCT boundaries, and include the neighbouring satellite cities of Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh and Sonipat in an area now called Central National Capital Region (CNCR) and had an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, making it the world's second-largest urban area according to the United Nations. As of 2016, recent estimates of the metro economy of its urban area have ranked Delhi either the most or second-most productive metro area of India. Delhi is the second-wealthiest city in India after Mumbai and is home to 18 billionaires and 23,000 millionaires. Delhi ranks fifth among the Indian states and union territories in human development index. Delhi has the second-highest GDP per capita in India.Furthermore, it is considered one of the world's most polluted city by particulate matter concentration.

Personal life

Singh is married to Shalini Talwar Singh, whom he introduced to audiences for the first time on the television show India's Raw Star . [11] [12]

India's Raw Star is an Indian singing competition series created by Gajendra Singh of Saibaba Telefilms which began airing on Star Plus from 24 August 2014. It was hosted by model-actress and Bigg Boss 7 winner Gauahar Khan and mentored by singer-rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. Rituraj Mohanty won the first season on 30 November 2014 with Darshan Raval and Mohit Gaur finishing second and third respectively. The other contestants were Sagar Bhatia, Akasa Singh, pardeep singh sran etc. Mohan Rathore, winner of a Bhojpuri singing competition 'Sur Sangram' was also one of the contestants. Arjun Kapoor and Himesh Reshammiya made guest appearances in the show. India's Raw Star' witnessed singers like Kailash Kher, Mohit Chauhan and Shaan perform in the final episode with finalists Rituraj, Mohit and Darshan. The finalists sang the final face off song composed by Sachin and Jigar on the occasion, while Arjun Kapoor, promoted his film Tevar.

In late 2014, Singh disappeared from the music scene, before making a comeback the following year, but mostly avoided the media. In March 2016, he attributed his 18 month long absence from the public to his bipolar disorder. [13]

Bipolar disorder mental disorder that causes periods of depression and abnormally elevated mood

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and abnormally elevated moods. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania, or hypomania if less severe and symptoms of psychosis are absent. During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy, or irritable. Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases. During periods of depression, there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorder are commonly associated with bipolar disorder.


Singh and Diljit Dosanjh's song "Lak 28 Kudi Da" reached No. 1 in the BBC Asian Download Charts in May 2011. The song was released as a promotional track for Diljit Dosanjh's film Lion of Punjab . [14]

Diljit Dosanjh Indian singer, actor, television presenter and social media celebrity

Diljit Dosanjh is an Indian singer, actor, television presenter and social media celebrity who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema. He is recognised as one of the leading artists in the Indian music industry. He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being notable hits, including Jatt & Juliet, Jatt & Juliet 2, Punjab 1984, Sardaar Ji, Ambarsariya, Sardaar Ji 2, Super Singh, Soorma, Sajjan Singh Rangroot and Shadaa – which are among the most successful Punjabi movies in history. His first recorded mainstream performance was his solo track and music video Ishq Da Uda Ada from his 2004 album produced by Finetone Cassettes. He made his Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab in 2016 for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He mostly works with White Hill Productions. He is also a judge in Rising Star.

<i>The Lion of Punjab</i> (film) 2011 film directed by Guddu Dhanoa

The Lion of Punjab is an Indian Punjabi action film starring Diljit Dosanjh, making his debut as an actor. It is also the debut Punjabi movie of Bollywood director Guddu Dhanoa. A huge set of a temple, a church, some houses and a shopping area, was erected at the Indian Express Office premises. It is a remake of 2003 Tamil movie Dhool.

Singh received the ETC award for the best sound in 2006 for his song "Glassi", the PTC award for the Best Folk Pop Award 2009 for "Rebirth", and the PTC award for Punjab's Best Music Director 2011. [15]

It has been reported that he was paid the highest fee ever for a Bollywood song (as of 2012) of 7 million (US$100,000) for a song in the films Cocktail and Mastan . [16]

Singh topped the chart of trending videos of 2012. [17] He earned two places on YouTube's list of top 10 trending videos of 2012. [18] His song "Brown Rang" made it to the top spot. "High Heels", in collaboration with Jaz Dhami, took the fourth spot. [19]


Singh prefers to sing in Hindi and his native language Punjabi rather than English. [20]

The Punjabi album International Villager was released on 11 November 2011. [21] The track "Gabru" from the album, featuring singer J-Star, topped the Asian music charts, including the official BBC Asian charts. [22]

He has performed at many college festivals, including Ansal Institute of Technology and Ramjas College, Delhi. [23]


His debut song in Bollywood films was Shakal Pe Mat Ja , featuring Gagan Sidhu. Singh charged Rs. 7 million for a song in the film Mastan. This was the largest amount paid to a song artist in Bollywood to date, making Singh one of the highest-paid musical artists in Bollywood. [24] [25]

The song "Angreji Beat" from Singh's album International Villager , featuring Gippy Grewal, was featured in Saif Ali Khan's film Cocktail .

Singh launched his single "Bring Me Back ft. Spoken Word" at the Video Music Awards India, which aired on MTV India. After the show, his song was premiered on the channel.

In late 2013, he produced songs in the films Chennai Express and Boss . He has also had songs in smaller-budget films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti , Bajatey Raho and Fugly .

In February 2015 he released the songs "Birthday Bash", followed by songs in films including Gabbar is Back and Bhaag Johnny.[ citation needed ]. He faced an accident in 2016 and was unavailable for any project, hence giving his opponents to go through, Honey singh Returned in late 2018 with the song MAKHNA, The song became a major success, also the same year he sung and composed songs for movie Baazaar & Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.


Singh made his acting debut with Baljit Singh Deo's Punjabi film Mirza - The Untold Story (2012), performing the role of Deesha, a mad gangster. Despite only being a cameo appearance, the role went on to win Singh the PTC Punjabi Film Award for Best Male Debut. The following year, Singh appeared in another Punjabi film, this time a comedy by Amit Prasher, Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 , as Rolly, a childish and spoilt brat, alongside Amrinder Gill. This was Singh's first main role in a film.

Singh then made his debut as an actor in Bollywood cinema with the 2014 musical-thriller film The Xpose, alongside Himesh Reshammiya. The film was released on 16 May 2014, to mixed reviews from critics, though it was a box office flop.

In 2016, Singh starred in the Punjabi action film Zorawar , directed by Vinnil Markan, which is marketed as one of the most expensive Punjabi films to date. The film was critically acclaimed.

Criticism of lyrics

In the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, the lyrics to some of his songs, which depict violence against women and rape positively, have caused controversy. [26] A first information report (FIR) was lodged against Singh for his offensive lyrics, and a group of social activists filed an online petition demanding cancellation of his New Year performance at a Gurgaon hotel. [27] After the campaign, Singh's New Year concert was cancelled by the hotel. [28] Singh denies writing these offensive lyrics. [29]

Singh's song "Party All Night" in Akshay Kumar's film Boss was at the centre of a controversy. Producers of the movie had to submit a petition in Delhi High Court claiming that they had 'muted' an alleged vulgar word in Singh's song. The court heard a petition filed by lawyer Sanjay Bhatnagar seeking a stay on the film, contending that without the censor board's approval, the song could not be released with such a vulgar word. The petitioner had sought a stay on the release of the film until either the word or the song was deleted from the film. [30]

His work has been perceived[ by whom? ] as being vulgar, misogynist, promoting violence against women and a bad influence on youth. [31] [32] There have been reactions in print to Singh, such as from Annie Zaidi, who wrote "An Open Letter to Honey Singh" in January 2013, [33] and Sandipan Sharma, who wrote "Thanks for the crassness: An open letter to Honey Singh from a parent" in July 2014. [34]

On 2014, he and singer Raftaar were in dispute over whether Raftaar should receive credit for the lyrics of the song "Yeh Fugly Fugly Kya Hai". [35]

Personal life

Singh was reportedly in rehab in Chandigarh, according to Jasbir Jassi. [36] However, Jassi later denied saying this. [37]



YearAlbumArtistMusic director
2005PeshiBill SinghHoney Singh
2006The BeatAshok Masti
2008RebirthRaj Brar
2009 The Next Level Diljit Dosanjh
Lock Up Preet Harpal
The BeginningResham Singh Anmol
2010The CrownRaja Baath
DreamDolly Singh
Khalaas – The PureInderjit Nikku
The Folkstar Nishawn Bhullar
The Rising QueenRimz J
Zanjeer -The Game ChangerKarran Jesbir
2011Hard WorkBai Amarjit
Never Done BeforeBalli Riar
Singing Between the Lines (song: "Jaan Mangdi") Jassi Sidhu
Alfaaz – The Boy Next Door Alfaaz
Jatt SoormeGarry Hothi
Talwar (song: "Kawan diyan daaran") Gippy Grewal
International Villager Various
2012Born This WayVarinder Brar
2014 Desi Kalakaar [38] Honey Singh, Lil Golu Honey Singh

Single Music Videos

YearTrackArtistMusic director
2006Begani Naar Badshah Honey Singh
2011 Lak 28 Kudi Da Diljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh
Brown RangHoney Singh
Chamak Challo] (a remix)J-Star, Honey Singh
2012 Chamkila vs Justin Bieber Alfaaz
15 Saal (No Official Video)Diljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh
High Heels Jaz Dhami, Honey Singh
SiftanMoney Aujla, Honey Singh
Break Up PartyLeo, Honey Singh
Satan [39] [40] Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar
This Party Gettin' Hot Jazzy B, Honey Singh
2013 Bring Me Back Honey Singh
BeboAlfaaz, Honey Singh
Blue EyesHoney Singh
2014Issey Kehte Hain Hip Hop [41] Honey Singh
2015 One Bottle Down Honey Singh
Dheere Dheere Honey Singh
2018 Urvashi Honey SinghHoney Singh
Makhna Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Singhsta, Pinaki, Sean, AllistairHoney Singh
2019 Gur Nalo Ishq Mitha - The YOYO Remake Honey Singh, (featuring Malkit Singh)Honey Singh

Hindi Film

YearMovieSongSingerMusic director
2012 Cocktail Main SharabiYo Yo Honey Singh, Javed Bashir Pritam
Angrezi BeatYo Yo Honey Singh, Gippy Grewal Yo Yo Honey Singh
Son of Sardaar Rani Tu Mein Raja Mika Singh, Bhavya Pandit, Yo Yo Honey Singh Himesh Reshammiya
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Kikli Kalerdi Amit Trivedi, Pinky Maidasani and Yo Yo Honey Singh Amit Trivedi
Khiladi 786 Lonely Lonely Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Hamsika Iyer Himesh Reshammiya
2013 Race 2 Party on My Mind KK, Shefali Alvares, Yo Yo Honey singh Pritam
Mere Dad Ki Maruti Punjabiyan Di Battery Mika Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh Sachin Gupta
Bajatey Raho Kudi Tu ButterYo Yo Honey SinghYo Yo Honey Singh & Jaidev Kumar
Chennai Express Lungi Dance  – The 'Thalaiva(r)' TributeYo Yo Honey Singh [42]
Boss 'Boss(Title Track)'Yo Yo Honey Singh, Meet Bros Anjjan Meet Bros Anjjan
Party All NightYo Yo Honey Singh
2014 Yaariyan ABCD Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares & Yo Yo Honey Singh Pritam
Sunny SunnyNeha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey SinghYo Yo Honey Singh
Dedh Ishqiya Horn OK Please Honey Singh, Sukhwinder Singh Vishal Bhardwaj [43]
Ragini MMS 2 Chaar Botal Vodka [44] Yo Yo Honey SinghYo Yo Honey Singh
Bhoothnath Returns Party with the Bhoothnath
Fugly Ye Fugly Fugly Kya Hai
Kick Yaar Naa MileyYo Yo Honey Singh, Jasmine Sandlas
Singham Returns Aata Majhi SatakliYo Yo Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma, Nitu Choudhry
The Shaukeens AlcoholicYo Yo Honey Singh
Manali Trance Neha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey Singh
2015 Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend BirthDay BashAlfaaz & Yo Yo Honey Singh
Gabbar is Back Aao RajaYo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar
Bhaag Johnny Aankhon AankhonYo Yo Honey Singh
2016 Ki & Ka High Heels Jaz Dhami, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma Meet Bros, Yo Yo Honey Singh
2018 Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Dil Chori [45] Honey Singh, Simar kaur, SinghstaYo Yo Honey Singh
Chhote Chhote PegYo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Navraj Hans
Mitron This Party Is Over NowYo Yo Honey Singh
Loveyatri Rang Taari Dev Negi, Yo Yo Honey SinghTanishk Bagchi
Baazaar BillionaireYo Yo Honey Singh, Simar kaur, SinghstaYo Yo Honey Singh
2019 Jabariya Jodi Khadke GlassyYo Yo Honey Singh, Ashok Mastie, Jyotica Tangri Tanishk Bagchi, Ashok Mastie, Ramji Gulati
Glassy 2.0
Jhootha Kahin Ka Funk LoveYo Yo Honey Singh
Marjaavaan Peeyu Datke



Feature films as an actor
2012 Mirza - The Untold Story DeeshaPunjabi
2013 Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 RollyPunjabi
2014 The Xpose Kenny DamaniaHindi
2016 Zorawar Agent Zorawar SinghPunjabi


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