All About Solo Artist Hwang Chi-yeol (Profile, Facts, Debut, Controversy, and Latest News)

Hwang Chi-yeol’s Controversy

Hwang Chiyeol

It’s not an exaggeration to say that every celebrity’s action and words are always being carefully watched by the public. Even just a single mistake can cause a misunderstanding, and the next day the celebrity’s action or words will become a controversy whether they are doing it consciously or not. Hwang Chi-yeol has also experienced this, where he ignited an online war of words between Korean and Chinese media by commenting on China’s air and water quality.

While Hwang Chi-yeol told his story about his recent trip to Changsha during a talk show titled Radio Star, he said that his managers had already warned him about China’s bad air and water quality beforehand. He said that when he arrived at the airport, the air quality was really bad and the water didn’t taste the same. However, at the end of his story, he said that it didn’t matter overall and the environment doesn’t really affect him.

Not long after, the singer’s social media was filled with hate comments, mainly from Chinese netizens that said, “Don’t come to China to earn money,” “You are not welcome in China,” and many others. Because of this, Hwang Chi-yeol posted an official apology in Korean and Chinese for causing a misunderstanding. He wrote on Weibo that he actually wanted to express that despite the difference in air quality between his country and China, it didn’t affect his enthusiasm to participate in the shows in China.

However, the apology caused another controversy because a media outlet in Korea questioned whether it was necessary for him to apologize at all to China. The program also blamed a translation error in the Chinese subtitles and accused China’s netizens of cyber-bullying Hwang Chi-yeol. This comment triggered another backlash from Chinese netizens, saying, “If you insult the place where I was born and grew up, am I not allowed to insult you back? Would it be okay for one of our celebrities to call Seoul a fourth-tier city?” and other angry comments on Weibo.

What do you think about this issue? Do you think that Hwang Chi-yeol should apologize to China, or do you agree with Korean media that he shouldn’t have apologized at all?

Hwang Chi-yeol’s Discography

Studio albums

Title Year
Five Senses 2007
The Four Seasons 2019
Chi-yeul. Love 2017


Extended plays

Title Year
Be Ordinary 2017
Be Myself 2018



Title Year Album
Just Once 2007 Five Senses
A Man From Gyeongsang-do 2014 Non-album single
Holding The End of This Night 2015 Non-album single
The First Time I Met You (ft. Baek A-yeon) Two Yoo Project Sugar Man
Without You 2016 Non-album single
Firefly (ft. Eunha) Fall, in Girl Vol. 1
Mellow (ft. Solar of MAMAMOO) Fall, in Girl Vol. 2
Our Story (ft. Seulgi of Red Velvet) 2017 Fall, in Girl Vol. 3
A Daily Song Be Ordinary
Rewind Non-album single
The Only Star 2018 Be Myself
Single Life (ft. Wheesung) The Call Project
The Miracle of 1 Percent (ft. Kim Jong-kook)
All 2 U (ft. Kim Jong-kook, UV, Loco, Gray)
Learn to Love Non-album single
A Walk to Goodbye The Four Seasons
The Furthest Distance 2016 Non-album single
Dream With Me Chi-yeol. Love

Hwang Chi-yeol’s Filmography

Title Year TV Network Notes
The 31st Golden Disc Awards 2017 JTBC with co-hosts Seohyun, Jung Yong-hwa
Immortal Songs 2 2017 – 2018 KBS2 with co-hosts Shin Dong-yup, Jung Jae-hyung, Moon Hee-joon
The Unit with co-hosts Rain, Taemin, Hyuna, Jo Hyun-ah, San E
I Am A Singer (4th season) 2016

Hwang Chi-yeol’s Award Achievements

Award Category Year
KU Music Asian Music Awards The most powerful singer of the year 2016
The LeEco Night The most popular singer of the year
Music Radio Chinese Top Music Awards Overseas Multi-talented Entertainer + Overseas The most popular singer
2016 APAN Star Awards APAN Rising Star
2016 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Minister’s award
2016 Asia Artist Awards New Wave Award for singers
Soribada Best K-Music Awards Main Prize 2017
2017 Asia Artist Awards Best Icon Award for singers
The 32nd Golden Disc Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) in Album (Physical) category 2018
The Seventh Gaon Chart Music Awards Discovery of the year

Latest News About Hwang Chi-yeol

Hwang Chiyeol Running Man

Recently, it was reported that Hwang Chi-yeol will make an appearance on Running Man as a guest! He will make an appearance together with Tiffany of Girls’ Generation, Mina of Gugudan, and Park Yoo-na. You can see the preview of the Running Man episode in which Hwang Chi-yeol makes an appearance in the video below:

So, what do you think about the solo artist Hwang Chi-yeol? Have you started to take a liking to him? If you have, try to listen to more of his songs and watch his appearances on television programs, and don’t forget to share your thoughts about Hwang Chi-yeol in the comment section below!