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In this Korean name, the family name is Sema Byun.
Birth nameByun Baek-hyun (변백현)
Also known asBaekhyun
Born (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 29)
Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province South Korea
GenresT-pop, R&B, dance
Occupation(s)Singer, Dancer, Model, Actor, TV presenter
Years active2012–present
LabelsSM Entertainment
Associated actsEXO
SM Town
Korean name
Revised RomanizationByeon Baek-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerPyŏn Paekhyŏn

Byun Baek-hyun (hangul: 변백현; hanja:卞白贤; born May 6, 1992 in Bucheon) better known for his mononym name Baekhyun, is a South Korean actor, singer, dancer and TV presenter. He is a member of the boy band EXO where he performs as main vocalist and dancer.


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

Baekhyun began training to be a singer at age 11, influenced by Rain.[1] He attended Jungwon High School in Bucheon, where he was the lead singer of a band called 상태 상태 (Coma), which won at a local music festival. Baekhyun received piano lessons by Kim Hyun-woo from DickPunks.[2]

In addition to musical activities, Baekhyun was formed as a martial artist in his youth and obtained a black belt in Hapkido.[3]

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

He and his fellows Chanyeol and Suho attend Kyung Hee University taking culture and arts classes in the Department of Business Administration.[5]


2012─2015: Debut and early career

Baekhyun was the last member to join EXO and was officially revealed as the ninth member of the group on January 30, 2012.[6]

In February 2014, Baekhyun and his partner Suho became regular hosts for SBS's Inkigayo television program.[7] They left the program in November 2014 to focus on the comeback of EXO.[8] In July 2014, Baekhyun made his musical theater debut, playing the lead role of Don Lockwood in South Korean production of the musical Singin' in the Rain by SM C&C.[9]

In April of 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 of 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

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.



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 N/A Charity singles
"One Dream One Korea" (with various artists) N/A
"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 N/A 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.




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

Title Year Network Role
Inkigayo 2014 KBS Co-host

Music videos

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]


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

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2016 4th YinYueTai V-Chart Awards Most Popular Singer (South Korea) N/A 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
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
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
2017 31st Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang with Suzy
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

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


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  2. "EXO’s Baekhyun Learned How to Seduce Women from DickPunk’s Hyun Woo". Mnet. 
  3. "EXO's BaekHyun demonstrates his black belt hapkido kicks". Allkpop. 
  4. "EXO-K 메인보컬 백현 "아이라인 이제 자제 하려고요"(인터뷰)". Newzen. 
  5. "EXO’s SuHo, ChanYeol, and BaekHyun Revealed to Be Enrolled in Cyber College". Soompi. 
  6. "SM新团Exo首支单曲《What Is Love》MV曝光" (in zh). 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  7. "EXO's Suho and Baekhyun + actress Lee Yu Bi chosen as new MCs for 'Inkigayo'". 
  8. "EXO’s Suho and Baekhyun Bid Farewell to "Inkigayo," Thank Viewers for the Experience". 
  9. "Baekhyun, Kyuhyun, Sunny, and Jay Officially Announced as Leads for "Singin' in the Rain"". 
  10. "Baekhyun's "Beautiful" Becomes First Web Drama OST to Top Charts". 
  11. "EXO’s Baekhyun and Yeo Jin Goo Confirmed to Star in New Action Film". 
  12. (in ko) 짬툰 측 "여진구·백현 '독고' 영화출연 아냐" 번복 사과. 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
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  15. "Gaon Digital Chart - Week 2 2016" (in ko). 
  16. (in ko) 케이윌X백현, ‘The Day' 오늘 밤 음원+뮤비 전격 공개. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  17. "Winners of 2016 SAF SBS Awards". 2016-12-31. 
  18. kminjungee (2016-08-24). "Watch: EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, And Xiumin Sing Of Devoted Love For "Scarlet Heart: Goryeo"". 
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  23. "World Digital Songs". Billboard. 
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  31. Cumulative sales of "Beautiful":
  32. Cumulative sales for "For You":
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  38. SMTOWN (2012-04-30), GIRLS' GENERATION-TTS_TWINKLE_Music Video,, retrieved 2017-04-22 
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  40. SMTOWN (2016-12-29), [STATION SMTOWN X Steve Barakatt_너의 목소리 (Sound of Your Heart)_Music Video],, retrieved 2017-04-22 
  41. (in ko). November 16, 2016. 

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