Lee Hi to release debut album

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“First Love” album cover

Lee Hi made her official debut as YG Entertainment’s first female teenage solo artist in October 2012, with her hit song “1, 2, 3, 4.” The retro-soul inspired song debuted at #1 on Billboard’s K-pop Chart and simultaneously on all of South Korea’s music charts.

On March 7, the 16-year-old returned with part 1 of her debut album, “First Love,” with part 2 set for release on March 21. Lee Hi showcases her vocal talents throughout the 10 songs that makes up the R&B, blues, soul, and jazz-influenced album.

Lee Hi got her start on the South Korean reality TV talent competition program K-Pop Star, where she gave standout performances of Duffy’s “Mercy” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Although she did not win the competition, her natural talent and unique charm resonated with YG label-head Yang Hyun-Suk, who serves as a judge on the show. He ultimately offered her a contract and she joined the YG family in 2012. (end)

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