Debut: 1998 through group "FINKL"
Lee Hyori is considered one of the ultimate sexy queen divas and legends in k-pop history. She made her debut as the leader of the group FINKL in 1998. They were one of the most loved first-generation idol groups, rivaling that of the mega-popular group S.E.S.
Hyori was by far the crowd favorite. She was spunky and had a lovable girl-next-door charm. She made her solo debut in 2003 with her first full-length album. As a solo singer, she slowly transformed from the girl-next-door to a sexy dance queen. She was unrivaled in popularity. At one point, she was the highest paid female singer in k-pop history.
Lee Hyori became a regular on the small screen as well, featured on many hit variety shows. She made another transformation through these shows, back to a more approachable "real" woman. She would be shown on camera just waking up without a drop of makeup on, something unthinkable for female stars at that time.
Lee then started to take an interest in animals, especially abandoned animals. She would volunteer often and was known for adopting many abandoned/shelter dogs and cats. She even gave up meat, becoming a vegetarian. That's how she came to get closer to Lee Sang-soon (of the band Rollercoaster), her now husband. The two bonded over their common interest in animal adoption.
Lee took quite a blow as a singer in 2010 with her album H-Logic. The song composer that composed a majority of the songs on the album was later revealed to have double-sold his songs. Meaning, he had resold the tracks to Lee Hyori despite the songs having been released by other artists from other countries in the past. Lee apologized for her lack of judgement and stayed low key for awhile.
She suddenly announced her relationship with musician Lee Sang-soon. The two wed in 2013 in an ultra private ceremony on Jeju Island. The couple moved to Jeju Island and caused a stir for living a very private and minimalistic life. Gone were the days of Lee Hyori, sexy diva with heavy makeup and flashy outfits. After getting married, Lee became a very low-key, simple person. She went on a hiatus, shying away from the small screen and the k-pop world for a few years (following her release of Monochrome in 2013). She announced her long-awaited comeback in 2017.
-STYLISH..E hyolee (album, August 13, 2003):Prologue (Drum & Bass), One Two Three N'Four, Sadness, 10 Minutes, Ice, Even Fall Asleep In Paradise, Remember Me, Today Especially, Do Me, Hey Girl, Erase, A Jazz Bar, Only One, Ghost
-Anymotion (single, February 24, 2005)
-Sometime (single, October 19, 2005)
-Anyclub (feat. Teddy) (single, October 26, 2005)
-Dark Angel (album, February 9, 2006): Get Ya, Deep, Straight Up, Dark Angel, Dear Boy, Winter Perspective, Closer, Steal a Glance, Shall We Dance?, Slave, E.M.M.M (Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe), 2 Faces, Last Goodbye
-Anystar (feat. Lee Joon-ki) (single, December 26, 2006)
-Toc Toc Toc (single, March 5, 2007): Toc Toc Toc, Don't Love Her, Nagging, Toc Toc Toc (version 2)
-Off the Record Hyori (single, May 6, 2008): Cat on the Roof
-It's Hyorish (album, July 14, 2008): Unrivaled Lee Hyori, Lesson, U Go Girl (feat. Nassun), Photo Album, Barbershop Daughter, Don't Cry, Will Things Get Better? (feat. Bigtone), Sexy Boy (Feat. Wheesung), Red Car (feat. Kim Gun-mo), Hey Mr. Big, P.P.P (Punky Punky Party) (feat. Nassun), My Life, Unusual (feat. Seo Jung-han)
-Pretty (with Yoon Gun) (single, June 2, 2009)
-H-Logic (album, April 12, 2010): I'm Back, Love Sign (feat. Sangchu), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (feat. Ceejay of Freshboyz), Feel the Same, Bring It Back, Highlight (feat. Bizzy), Swing (Feat. Gary), Scandal, 100 Percent, Want Me Back, How Did We Get (feat. Daesung), So Cold, Get 2 Know (feat. Double K), Memory (feat. Bizzy)
-Stay (single, April 28, 2011)
-Remember (single, July 13, 2011)
-Monochrome (album, May 21, 2013): Holly JOlly (feat. Soonshimi), Miss Korea, Love Radar (feat. Beenzino), Bad Girls, I Hate Myself, Love's Bounced Check, Full Moon, Trust Me, Special, Amor Mio (feat. Park Ji-yong of Honey-G), Someone, I Won't Ask, Crazy (feat. Ahn Young-mi), Show Show Show, Better Together, No
-Don't Cry (soundtrack single for "I Need Romance", January 14, 2014)