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Lee Tae-yong
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Taeyong in June 2019
Born July 1, 1995 (1995-07-01) (age 26)
Other names
  • TY
Education School of Performing Arts Seoul
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Dancer
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2016–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • NCT
  • NCT U
  • NCT 127
  • SuperM
  • SM Rookies
  • SM Town
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Tae-yong
McCune–Reischauer Yi T'aeyong

Lee Tae-yong (Hangul: 이태용), professionally known by the mononym Taeyong, is a South Korean rapper, singer, dancer, and songwriter. He is best known as a member and leader of the boy group NCT. In 2016, he debuted in the group's first sub-unit, NCT U, and later that year went on to become the leader of the second sub-unit, NCT 127. As a songwriter, Taeyong has participated in writing over 30 songs in four languages, released mostly by NCT's various units. In 2019, he debuted as a member of the South Korean supergroup SuperM, which is produced by SM Entertainment in collaboration with Capitol Records. He also released his first solo single, "Long Flight", in 2019.

Career

2012–2016: Pre-debut

Lee Taeyong was born on July 1, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul. At the age of 18, he was scouted on the street by an SM Entertainment recruiter and joined the company after successfully passing the audition by singing the national anthem. He was introduced as a member of SM Rookies, a pre-debut idol training team, on December 2, 2013. Upon debut, he was assigned the roles of main rapper and main dancer, despite having no background in dance prior to his training and his dance coach expressing doubts whether he would be able to catch up. In 2014, a video of Taeyong performing a fragment of his song "Open the Door" was published on SMTown's YouTube channel. Later that year, Taeyong featured on Red Velvet's song "Be Natural". He was credited in both releases as "SR14B Taeyong".

2016–18: Debut with NCT, NCT U, NCT 127

In April 2016, Taeyong debuted as a member of NCT U with the song "The 7th Sense", which was also the first release of NCT overall. In July of that year, he debuted as a member and leader of NCT 127 with their first EP NCT #127, for which he co-wrote 2 songs, including the main single "Fire Truck".

In January 2017, NCT 127 returned with the EP Limitless. Taeyong participated in writing four songs for the album, with the song "Baby Don't Like It" marking the first time he was credited as a composer. In June, the group released their third EP, Cherry Bomb. All of the songs on the album, save one, were co-written by Taeyong. The title track, "Cherry Bomb", was later named as one of the best K-pop songs of the year by Billboard and Idolator.

In 2017, Taeyong participated in two collaborations with fellow SM Entertainment artists. "Around", an experimental song produced by Hitchhiker, was released with an accompanying music video in May, through the SM Station project. Lee also worked with singer and producer Yoo Young-jin on the rock ballad "Cure", which was released in August 2017, also through SM Station.

Together with NCT 127's vocalists Taeil and Doyoung, Taeyong appeared on the OST for the drama "School 2017", featuring as rapper and songwriter for the R&B ballad "Stay in My Life".

In March 2018, NCT released their first full album as part of a large-scale project uniting all of its subgroups - NCT 2018 Empathy. Taeyong appeared in five of the units featured on the album (NCT 127, NCT 2018, and three units of NCT U). He participated in writing five songs for Empathy. He made his debut in Japan with NCT 127's EP Chain in May 2018. The album peaked at number two of the Oricon Weekly Albums chart.

That same month, Taeyong joined the cast of Food Diary, a variety show following a group of celebrities exploring farming and the process of food production, together with labelmate BoA.

Taeyong co-wrote four songs for NCT 127's first full length album, Regular-Irregular, including the promotional single "Regular". The song was initially released in two languages: English and Korean, but later also served as the debut single of the Chinese sub-unit, WayV.

2019–present: Solo work, SuperM

In April, NCT 127 released their first full-length Japanese album, Awaken, for which Taeyong co-wrote the song "Lips".

In July 2019, Taeyong released his first solo song, "Long Flight", which he had written and co-composed, with an accompanying music video. The track served as the finale of Season 3 of the SM Station project. The song debuted at #6 on Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart.

On August 8, 2019, Taeyong was revealed as a member of SuperM, a K-pop supergroup created by SM Entertainment in collaboration with Capitol Records. The group's promotions began in October, and were aimed at the American market. The group released their first EP, SuperM, for which Taeyong co-wrote the song "No Manners". The album debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 Album chart.

That same month, Taeyong and Punch collaborated on an OST song for Hotel del Luna , titled "Love del Luna", is the soundtrack's thirteenth (and final) part.

In November 2019, Taeyong featured on Marteen's "Mood".

In March 2020, NCT 127 released their second full album, Neo Zone. Taeyong participated in co-writing three songs for the album. The album was commercially successful. It debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 and together with the repackage, Neo Zone: The Final Round, sold more than one million copies in South Korea.

In September 2020, SuperM released their first full length album, Super One, for which Taeyong co-wrote the song "Together At Home". That same month, NCT's second large scale project uniting all of its subgroups, NCT 2020: Resonance, was announced, and Taeyong was confirmed as the overall leader of the group.

On March 15 2021, Taeyong opened his own SoundCloud account and released a new demo single Dark Clouds and Dark Clouds (Remix). Since then, he has released further demo singles such as GTA1 and GTA2, Blue, Monroe (featuring Baekhyun of Exo), Rose (featuring Seulgi of Red Velvet) and Swimming Pool.

Discography

Singles

See also: NCT discography and SuperM#Discography
Title Year Peak position Sales Album
KOR
KOR
Hot.
US
World

As principal artist
"Around"
(with Hitchhiker)
2017 N/A SM Station Season 2
"Cure" (함께)
(with Yoo Young-jin)
"Long Flight" 2019 6 SM Station: Season 3
As featuring artist
"Be Natural"
(Red Velvet featuring Taeyong)
2014 33 6
  • KOR: 65,820+
Non-album release
"Time"
(Hitchhiker featuring Sunny, Hyoyeon from SNSD and Taeyong)
2018 N/A
"Mood"
(Marteen featuring Taeyong)
2019 N/A 8
Promotional singles
"Open the Door" 2014 N/A Non-album release
Collaborations
"City Lights" (夜話)
(U-Know featuring Taeyong)
2018 N/A New Chapter No. 2: The Truth of Love
OST
"Stay in my Life"
(with Taeil and Doyoung of NCT)
2017 N/A School 2017 OST
"Love del Luna"
(with Punch)
2019 46 87 N/A Hotel Del Luna OST
"—" indicates that the song did not chart or was not released in that region.

Other releases

Year Title Other Notes Ref
2021 "Dark Clouds" Soundcloud releases
"Dark Clouds (Remix)"
GTA 1
GTA 2
Blue
Monroe (with Baekhyun)
Rose (with Seulgi)
Swimming Pool

Filmography

See also: NCT videography

Television appearances

Year Title Network Notes
2014 EXO 90:2014 Mnet Recurring role
2018 Food Diary tvN Regular cast
2021 Street Woman Fighter Mnet Judge

Songwriting

All credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association, unless stated otherwise.

Year Song Artist(s) Album Notes
2016 "The 7th Sense" Taeyong, Mark, Jaehyun, Doyoung & Ten NCT 2018 Empathy Co-writer
"Firetruck" NCT 127 NCT #127
"Mad City" Taeyong, Jaehyun & Mark
2017 "Around" Hitchhiker x Taeyong (SM Station) SM Station Season 2
"Cure" Yoo Young-jin x Taeyong (SM Station)
"Good Thing" NCT 127 Limitless
"Back 2 U (AM 01:27)"
"Baby Don't Like It" Taeil, Taeyong, Doyoung & Mark Co-writer and co-producer
"Angel" NCT 127 Co-writer
"Cherry Bomb" Cherry Bomb
"Running 2 U"
"0 Mile"
"Whiplash" Jaehyun, Mark, Taeyong, Doyoung & Taeil
"Summer 127" NCT 127
"Stay in my Life" Taeyong, Doyoung & Taeil (NCT U) School 2017 OST
2018 "Boss" Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas & Mark NCT 2018 Empathy
"Baby Don't Stop" Taeyong & Ten
"Yestoday" Taeyong, Doyoung, Lucas & Mark
"Black on Black" Taeyong, Mark & Lucas
"City 127" NCT 127 Regular-Irregular Co-writer and co-producer
"Regular" Co-writer
"My Van" Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun, Jungwoo & Mark
"Come Back" NCT 127
"Regular" (English version)
"Welcome to My Playground"
"City Lights" U-Know (feat. Taeyong) New Chapter No. 2: The Truth of Love
"What We Talkin’ Bout" NCT 127 (feat. Marteen) Up Next Session: NCT 127
2019 "Lips" NCT 127 Awaken
"Long Flight" Taeyong SM Station Season 3 Writer and co-producer
"No Manners" Taemin, Kai, Taeyong & Ten (Super M) SuperM Co-writer and co-producer
2020 "Pandora's Box" NCT 127 Neo Zone Co-writer
"Mad Dog" Taeil, Doyoung, Mark & Taeyong
"Love Song" NCT 127
"Together At Home" Super M Super One
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