Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon discloses reason for new stage name

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-04-20 11:27 Updated : 2018-04-20 11:27
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SEOUL -- Hyoyeon, a Girls' Generation member who made her solo debut this week with an electronic dance music (EDM) song, called for the understanding of fans about her new stage name "DJ HYO", saying it was aimed at securing greater international recognition.

At a radio talk show on Wednesday, the-28-year-old said: "International fans find hard to pronounce 'Hyoyeon'. Sometimes they pronounce my name as 'yonyeon'. So I decided to use DJ HYO as my new stage name."

Yonyeon in Korean can be interpreted as a curse word insulting women. Hyoyeon debuted solo on Wednesday with "Sober", but she failed to enter the top 100 in real-time charts of major South Korean online music services.