Yo Yo Honey Singh

Hirdesh Singh (born 15 March 1983), better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, is an Indian peoplerapper, music producer, singer and film actor. He started as a session and recording artist, and became a Bhangra music producer. He has also begun to produce music for Bollywood films, and gone on to become one of the highest-paid music producers in Bollywood.


Early life

Singh was born on 15 March 1983 at Hoshiarpur, Punjab to a Sikh family. His birth name is Hirdesh Singh. He studied music at the Trinity School in the United Kingdom. Later on, his family moved to Delhi.

Personal life

Singh is married to Shalini Talwar Singh, whom he introduced to audience for first time on India’s Raw Star TV show.

In late 2014, Singh disappeared from the music scene, before making a comeback the following year several times, but mostly avoided the media. In March 2016, he attributed his 18 month long absence from public light to his Bipolar disorder.


Singh and Diljit Dosanjh’s song Lak 28 Kudi Da reached No 1 in BBC Asian Download Charts in May 2011. The song was released a promotional track for Diljit Dosanjh’s film Lion of Punjab.

Singh has received the ETC award for the Best sound in 2006 for his song Glassi and the PTC award for the Best Folk Pop Award 2009 for Rebirth and PTC Punjab Best Music Director 2011.

It has been reported that he has been paid the highest fee ever for a Bollywood song (as of 2012) of ₹7 million (US$100,000) for a song in the films Cocktail and Mastan.

Singh tops the chart of trending videos of 2012. He earns two places on YouTube’s list of top 10 trending videos of 2012.His song Brown Rang makes it to top spot and High Heels, in collaboration with Jaz Dhami, takes fourth spot.


It is reported that Singh prefers to sing in his native language Punjabi and Hindi rather than English.The Punjabi album International Villager was released on 11 November 2011.The track “Gabru” from International Villager featuring singer J-Star topped Asian music charts (including the official BBC Asian charts).

He has performed at many college festivals including at Ansal Institute of Technology and Ramjas College, Delhi. He learned DJing from DJ Vishal and stood second in “War of DJs”.


Singh has become widely popular in Bollywood. He was first noticed after his debut song in a Bollywood film featuring Gagan Sidhu for the film Shakal Pe Mat Ja. He charged Rs. 7 million for a song in the film Mastan. It is the biggest amount paid to a song artist in Bollywood to date, making Singh one of the highest-paid musical artists in Bollywood.

Also, a song named Angreji Beat from Singh’s album International Villager featuring Gippy Grewal, was featured in Saif Ali Khan’s film Cocktail.

Singh, also launched his single track “Bring Me Back ft. Spoken Word” at Video Music Awards India which aired on MTV India. The award show was packed with many films and independent artists throughout the world including India. After the end of the show, his song was also premiered at the channel.

He rose to strong fame and high popularity in Bollywood in late 2013, after producing songs in mainstream big-budget films such as Chennai Express and Boss. He also has popular songs in smaller-budget films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Bajatey Raho & Fugly. In late 2014, Singh suddenly disappeared from Bollywood and didn’t release any music for months. Many theories rose about his sudden disappearance, but the majority were fake. In March 2016 he later clarified that he had been suffering from Bipolar disorder and was under medical supervision for 18 months at his Noida based house.

After being absent in the Bollywood music scene around the end of 2014, Singh made a comeback in February 2015 with his first song of the year, “Birthday Bash”, followed by songs in films such as Gabbar is Back and Bhaag Johnny.


Singh made his acting debut with Baljit Singh Deo’s Punjabi film Mirza – The Untold Story (2012), performing the role of Deesha, a mad gangster. Despite only being a cameo appearance, the role went on to win Singh PTC Punjabi Film Award for Best Male Debut. The following year, Singh appeared in another Punjabi film, this time a comedy film byAmit Prasher, Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22, as Rolly, a childish and spoilt brat, alongside Amrinder Gill. This was Singh’s first main role as an actor in a film.

Singh then made his debut as an actor in Bollywood cinema with the 2014 musical-thriller film The Xpose alongside Himesh Reshammiya. The film released on 16 May 2014, to mixed reviews from critics, though became a box office flop. In 2016, Singh is expected to return to acting with the Punjabi action film Zorawar, directed by Vinnil Markan, which is marketed as one of the most expensive Punjabi films till date.


In the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, the lyrics to some of his songs, which depict violence against women and rape positively have caused controversy. An FIR was lodged against Singh for his offensive lyrics while a group of social activists filed an online petition demanding cancellation of his New Year performance at a Gurgaonhotel. After the campaign, Singh’s New Year concert was cancelled by the hotel.Singh denies writing these offensive lyrics.

On 4 July 2013, Punjab and Haryana High court dismissed all the cases filed against Singh, which said that he has sung the Balatkaari song. The first information report (FIR) and the public interest litigation (PIL) filed against him were dismissed completely by the court stating that there is no proof that he has sung the song and that YouTube is such a medium where any one can upload any content under anyone’s name. In this case also, a derogatory song against women was uploaded on YouTube under Singh’s name by an imposter and then reports were filed against him.

Singh’s song “Party All Night” in Akshay Kumar’s film Boss was at the centre of controversy. Producers of the movie had to submit a petition in Delhi High Court claiming that they have ‘muted’ the alleged vulgar word in Singh’s song. The court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Sanjay Bhatnagar seeking a stay on the film, contending that without censor board’s approval, the song could not be released with such a vulgar word. The petitioner had sought a stay on the release of the film till either the word or the song is deleted from the film.His work has been perceived as being vulgar, misogynist, promoting violence against women and a bad influence on youth. There have been reactions in prose to Singh, such as from Annie Zaidi, who wrote her own “An Open Letter to Honey Singh” in January 2013, and Sandipan Sharma, who wrote “Thanks for the crassness: An open letter to Honey Singh from a parent” in July 2014.

Another controversy took place between him and singer Raftaar in 2014. The controversy was about Raftaar not getting credit for lyrics of the song “Yeh Fugly Fugly Kya Hai”.The controversy went away without making a major effect. But both rappers started targeting each other in their songs. Raftaar’s “Swag Mera Desi” had a line which was already used in Singh’s “Party With The Bhoothnath” song. Singh also replied with song “Stardom” from his album Desi Kalakaar.

Singh is reportedly in rehab in Chandigarh, says Jasbir Jassi. However Jasbir denies this.


Year Album Artist Music Director
2005 Peshi Bill Singh Honey Singh
2006 The Beat Ashok Masti Honey Singh
2006 Surma Bopaz Honey Singh
2008 Rebirth Raj Brar Honey Singh
2009 The Next Level Diljit Dosanjh Honey Singh
2009 Lock Up Preet Harpal Honey Singh
2009 The Beginning Resham Singh Anmol Honey Singh
2010 The Crown Raja Baath Honey Singh
2010 Dream Dolly Singh Honey Singh
2010 Khalaas – The Pure Inderjit Nikku Honey Singh
2010 The Folkstar Nishawn Bhullar Honey Singh
2011 Hard Work Bai Amarjit Honey Singh
2010 The Rising Queen Rimz J Honey Singh
2010 Zanjeer -The Game Changer Karran Jesbir Honey Singh
2011 Never Done Before Balli Riar Honey Singh
2011 Singing Between the Lines (Song: Jaan Mangdi) Jassi Sidhu Honey Singh
2011 Alfaaz – The Boy Next Door Alfaaz Honey Singh
2011 Jatt Soorme Garry Hothi Honey Singh
2011 Talwar (Song: Kawan diyan daaran) Gippy Grewal Honey Singh
2011 International Villager Various Honey Singh
2012 Born This Way Varinder Brar Honey Singh
2014 “Desi Kalakaar” Honey Singh, Lil Golu Honey Singh


Year Track Artist Music Director
2006 Begani Naar Badshah Honey Singh
2011 Lak 28 Kudi Da Diljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2011 Caty Eyes Diljit Dosanjh Honey Singh
2011 Chamak Challo (it’s a remix) J-Star, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2012 Chamkila vs Justin Bieber Alfaaz Honey Singh
2012 15 Saal(half song leaked from Urban Pendu) Diljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2012 High Heels Jaz Dhami, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2012 Siftan Money Aujla, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2012 Break Up Party Leo, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2012 Satan Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar Honey Singh
2012 This Party Gettin’ Hot Jazzy B, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2013 Bring Me Back Honey Singh Honey Singh
2013 Bebo Alfaaz, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2013 Blue Eyes Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Issey Kehte Hain Hip Hop Honey Singh Honey Singh
2015 One Bottle Down Honey Singh Honey Singh
2015 Dheere Dheere Honey Singh Honey Singh

Film soundtrack

Year Movie Song Singer Music director
2010 Punjaban Miss Pooja Honey Singh
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Supna
Diljit Dosanjh Honey Singh, Aman Hayer, Bhinda Aujla & Jatinder Singh-Shah
2011 Shakal Pe Mat Ja Title Track Gagan Sidhu Honey Singh
2012 Mirza – The Untold Story Various Gippy Grewal Honey Singh & Jatinder Singh Shah
2012 Cocktail Main Sharabi Honey Singh Pritam
2012 Son of Sardaar Rani Tu Mein Raja Mika Singh, Bhavya Pandit, Honey Singh Himesh Reshammiya
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Kikli Kalerdi Amit Trivedi, Pinky Maidasani and Honey Singh Amit Trivedi
2012 Khiladi 786 Lonely Lonely Himesh Reshammiya, Honey Singh and Hamsika Iyer Himesh Reshammiya
2013 Race 2 Party on My Mind KK, Shefali Alvares, Honey singh Pritam
2012 Ethir Neechal Ethir Neechal Honey Singh, Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi andAnirudh Ravichander Anirudh Ravichander
2012 Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 Various Amrinder Gill Honey Singh
2013 Mere Dad Ki Maruti Punjabiyan Di Battery Mika Singh, Honey Singh Sachin Gupta
2013 Bajatey Raho Kudi Tu Butter Yo Yo Honey Singh Honey Singh & Jaidev Kumar
2013 Jatt Airways Fantasy / Various Alfaaz, Honey Singh Honey Singh
2013 Chennai Express Lungi Dance – The ‘Thalaiva(r)’ Tribute Honey Singh Honey Singh
2013 Boss ‘Boss(Title Track)’
‘Party All Night’
Boss(Title Track) – Yo Yo Honey Singh & Meet Bros Anjjan
Party All Night – Yo Yo Honey Singh
Chirantan Bhatt, Deepak P.A., Anjjan Meet, Sandeep Shirodkar & Yo Yo Honey Singh
2014 Yaariyan ABCD
Sunny Sunny
ABCD – Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares & Honey Singh
Sunny Sunny – Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar
Pritam, Mithoon, Anupam Amod, Honey Singh
Arko Pravo Mukherjee
2014 Dedh Ishqiya Horn OK Please Honey Singh, Sukhwinder Singh Vishal Bhardwaj
2014 Ragini MMS 2 Chaar Botal Vodka Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Party with the Bhoothnath Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Fugly Ye Fugly Fugly Kya Hai Honey Singh Honey Singh
2014 Kick Yaar Naa Miley Honey Singh, Jasmine Sandlas Honey Singh
2014 Singham Returns Aata Majhi Satakli Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma, Nitu Choudhry Honey Singh
2014 The Shaukeens Alcoholic Honey Singh Honey Singh
2015 Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend BirthDay Bash Alfaaz & Honey Singh Honey Singh
2015 Gabbar is Back Aao Raja Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar Honey Singh
2015 Bhaag Johnny Aankhon Aankhon Honey Singh Honey Singh


Feature films as an actor
Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Mirza – The Untold Story Deesha Punjabi
2013 Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22 Rolly Punjabi
2014 The Xpose Kenny Damania Hindi
2016 Zorawar Agent Zorawar Singh Punjabi Post-production


  • The ETC award for the Best sound in 2006 for Glassi
  • The PTC award for the Best Folk Pop Award 2009 for Rebirth
  • PTC Punjabi Best Music Director 2010 for song Desi Daroo
  • PTC Punjabi Best Music Director 2011 for album The Folkstar
  • PTC Punjabi Best Music Director 2012 for album I.V.(International Villager)
  • BritAsia Best International Act 2012
  • UK Asian Music Awards Best International Album 2012 for Album album I.V.(International Villager)
  • PTC Punjabi Film Award – Best Music Director 2012 for “Mirza – The Untold Story”
  • PTC Punjabi Film Award – Best Debut (Male) “Mirza – The Untold Story”
  • MTV VMAI Awards – Best Indie Artist (male) 2013 for Brown Rang
  • Power Brands Glam 2013 – Power Brand Award 2013
  • MTV EMA Awards – Best India Act 2013 for “Bring me Back”
  • 2013 BIG Star Entertainment Awards – Singh was co-winner of Most Entertaining Singer (Male), and “Lungi Dance” was nominated as Most Entertaining Song.
  • 2014 Global Indian Music Awards – Singh was nominated for Best Music Arranger, and “Lungi Dance” won for Most Popular Song on Radio.
  • Zee Cine Awards 2014 for International Icon Male

See also

  • An Open Letter to Honey Singh