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태연 Kim Tae-yeon (김태연; born March 9, 1989 in Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju, South Korea), better known by the mononym Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer, actress, radio DJ, and leader of the South Korean idol group, Girls' Generation (소녀시대 / 少女時代) as well as Girls' Generation-TTS (소녀시대-태티서). Taeyeon made her solo debut on October 8, 2015 with her first extended play, I.

Trained in singing and dancing, Taeyeon was discovered in the 2004 SM Entertainment's 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest. In 2004, she was featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy" before debuting as Girls' Generation leader in 2007.

In 2012, Taeyeon with her band-mates Tiffany and Seohyun formed a subgroup called Girls' Generation-TTS, releasing their first mini-album titled "Twinkle" during the same year. In 2014, they released their second mini-album titled "Holler". The subgroup has a different musical direction and style concept from Girls' Generation, placing their focus on each member's vocal ability while the latter group emphasizes the songs and uniform group performances.

In October 2015, Taeyeon debuted as a solo artist with the release of her first solo album, "I", with the title track of the same name featuring Verbal Jint. In October 2015, Taeyeon held her first concert titled "Taeyeon's Very Special Day" at the SM COEX Artium. Following the success of her first solo album, "Rain" was released as a single along with the release of the music video and an accompanying b-side, "Secret" on February 3, 2016. "Rain" achieved its first music show win on February 14th in SBS's Inkigayo.

In June 2016, Taeyeon released the music video of "Starlight" featuring korean singer DΞΔN. Days later, she released her second solo album "Why" with the music video of the title track "Why". Taeyeon will begin promotions in music shows in July 1st.

"Why" explores different genres such as R&B, EDM, Retro Pop and a more upbeat sound than her first album "I". The album includes a dance song with brass sound and rap "Up & Down" featuring band-mate Hyoyeon.
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