Hirdesh Singh (born 15 March 1983), better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh,[4] is an Indian music producer, Indi-pop 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 has become one of the highest-paid music producers in Bollywood.[5]

Early life

Singh was born on 15 March 1983 at Hoshiarpur, Punjab to a Sikh family.[6][7][8][9][10] His birth name is Hirdesh Singh. He studied music at the Trinity School in the United Kingdom.[11][12] His family later moved to Delhi.[13]

Personal life

Singh is married to Shalini Talwar Singh, whom he introduced to audiences for the first time on the television show India's Raw Star.[14][15]

In late 2014, Singh disappeared from the music scene, before making a comeback the following year, but mostly avoided the media. In March 2016, he attributed his 18 month long absence from the public to his bipolar disorder.[16]


Singh and Diljit Dosanjh's song "Lak 28 Kudi Da" reached No. 1 in the BBC Asian Download Charts in May 2011. The song was released as a promotional track for Diljit Dosanjh's film Lion of Punjab.[17]

Singh received the ETC award for the best sound in 2006 for his song "Glassi", the PTC award for the Best Folk Pop Award 2009 for "Rebirth", and the PTC award for Punjab's Best Music Director 2011.[18]

It has been reported that he was paid the highest fee ever for a Bollywood song (as of 2012) of 7 million (US$110,000) for a song in the films Cocktail and Mastan.[19]

Singh topped the chart of trending videos of 2012.[20] He earned two places on YouTube's list of top 10 trending videos of 2012.[21] His song "Brown Rang" made it to the top spot. "High Heels", in collaboration with Jaz Dhami, took the fourth spot.[22]


Singh prefers to sing in Hindi and his native language Punjabi rather than English.[5]

The Punjabi album International Villager was released on 11 November 2011.[5] The track "Gabru" from the album, featuring singer J-Star, topped the Asian music charts, including the official BBC Asian charts.[5]

He has performed at many college festivals, including Ansal Institute of Technology and Ramjas College, Delhi.[5]

He learned DJing from DJ Vishal and stood second in the "War of DJs".


Singh has become widely popular in Bollywood. He was first noticed after his debut song in the Bollywood film Shakal Pe Mat Ja, featuring Gagan Sidhu. He charged Rs. 7 million for a song in the film Mastan. This is the largest amount paid to a song artist in Bollywood to date, making Singh one of the highest-paid musical artists in Bollywood.[5][5]

The song "Angreji Beat" from Singh's album International Villager, featuring Gippy Grewal, was featured in Saif Ali Khan's film Cocktail.

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

He rose to fame and popularity in Bollywood in late 2013, after producing songs in mainstream big-budget films such as Chennai Express and Boss. He has also had popular songs in smaller-budget films such as Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Bajatey Raho and 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 false. In March 2016 he clarified that he had been suffering from bipolar disorder and had been 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 including 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 the PTC Punjabi Film Award for Best Male Debut. The following year, Singh appeared in another Punjabi film, this time a comedy by Amit Prasher, Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22, as Rolly, a childish and spoilt brat, alongside Amrinder Gill. This was Singh's first main role 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 was released on 16 May 2014, to mixed reviews from critics, though it was 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 to 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.[5] A first information report (FIR) was lodged against Singh for his offensive lyrics, and a group of social activists filed an online petition demanding cancellation of his New Year performance at a Gurgaon hotel.[5] After the campaign, Singh's New Year concert was cancelled by the hotel.[5] Singh denies writing these offensive lyrics.[31]

On 4 July 2013, the Punjab and Haryana High court dismissed all the cases filed against Singh, which said that he has sung the Balatkaari song. The FIR and the public interest litigation (PIL) filed against him were dismissed completely by the court, which stated 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 a controversy. Producers of the movie had to submit a petition in Delhi High Court claiming that they had 'muted' an alleged vulgar word in Singh's song. The court heard a petition filed by lawyer Sanjay Bhatnagar seeking a stay on the film, contending that without the 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 until either the word or the song was deleted from the film.[6]

His work has been perceived as being vulgar, misogynist, promoting violence against women and a bad influence on youth.[6][6] There have been reactions in print to Singh, such as from Annie Zaidi, who wrote "An Open Letter to Honey Singh" in January 2013,[35] and Sandipan Sharma, who wrote "Thanks for the crassness: An open letter to Honey Singh from a parent" in July 2014.[36]

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".[6] The controversy went away without making a major effect. However, both rappers started targeting each other in their songs. Raftaar's "Swag Mera Desi" had a line which was already used in Singh's song "Party With The Bhoothnath". Singh also replied with the song "Stardom" from his album Desi Kalakaar.

Singh is reportedly in rehab in Chandigarh, says Jasbir Jassi.[6] However, Jasbir denies this.[6]



YearAlbumArtistMusic director
2005PeshiBill SinghHoney Singh
2006The BeatAshok Masti
2008RebirthRaj Brar
2009The Next LevelDiljit Dosanjh
Lock UpPreet Harpal
The BeginningResham Singh Anmol
2010The CrownRaja Baath
DreamDolly Singh
Khalaas – The PureInderjit Nikku
The FolkstarNishawn Bhullar
The Rising QueenRimz J
Zanjeer -The Game ChangerKarran Jesbir
2011Hard WorkBai Amarjit
Never Done BeforeBalli Riar
Singing Between the Lines (song: "Jaan Mangdi")Jassi Sidhu
Alfaaz – The Boy Next DoorAlfaaz
Jatt SoormeGarry Hothi
Talwar (song: "Kawan diyan daaran")Gippy Grewal
International VillagerVarious
2012Born This WayVarinder Brar
2014Desi Kalakaar[40]Honey Singh, Lil Golu


YearTrackArtistMusic director
2006Begani NaarBadshahHoney Singh
2011Lak 28 Kudi DaDiljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh
Caty EyesDiljit Dosanjh
Chamak Challo (a remix)J-Star, Honey Singh
2012Chamkila vs Justin BieberAlfaaz
15 Saal (half song leaked from Urban Pendu)Diljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh
High HeelsJaz Dhami, Honey Singh
SiftanMoney Aujla, Honey Singh
Break Up PartyLeo, Honey Singh
Satan[41][42]Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar
This Party Gettin' HotJazzy B, Honey Singh
2013Bring Me BackHoney Singh
BeboAlfaaz, Honey Singh
Blue EyesHoney Singh
2014Issey Kehte Hain Hip Hop[43]Honey Singh
2015One Bottle DownHoney Singh
Dheere DheereHoney Singh
2016Rise n ShineHoney Singh
Twerk TwerkJazzy B, Hard Kaur

Film soundtracks

YearMovieSongSingerMusic director
2010PunjabanMiss PoojaHoney Singh
2011Jihne Mera Dil LuteyaSupna
Diljit DosanjhHoney Singh, Aman Hayer, Bhinda Aujla & Jatinder Singh-Shah
2011Shakal Pe Mat JaTitle TrackGagan SidhuHoney Singh
2012Mirza – The Untold StoryVariousGippy GrewalHoney Singh & Jatinder Singh Shah
2012CocktailMain SharabiHoney SinghPritam
2012Son of SardaarRani Tu Mein RajaMika Singh, Bhavya Pandit, Honey SinghHimesh Reshammiya
2012Luv Shuv Tey Chicken KhuranaKikli KalerdiAmit Trivedi, Pinky Maidasani and Honey SinghAmit Trivedi
2012Khiladi 786Lonely LonelyHimesh Reshammiya, Honey Singh and Hamsika IyerHimesh Reshammiya
2013Race 2Party on My MindKK, Shefali Alvares, Honey singhPritam
2012Ethir NeechalEthir NeechalHoney Singh, Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi and Anirudh RavichanderAnirudh Ravichander
2012Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22VariousAmrinder GillHoney Singh
2013Mere Dad Ki MarutiPunjabiyan Di BatteryMika Singh, Honey SinghSachin Gupta
2013Bajatey RahoKudi Tu ButterYo Yo Honey SinghHoney Singh & Jaidev Kumar
2013Jatt AirwaysFantasy / VariousAlfaaz, Honey SinghHoney Singh
2013Chennai ExpressLungi Dance – The 'Thalaiva(r)' TributeHoney SinghHoney Singh[7]
2013Boss'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
Sunny Sunny
ABCD – Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares & Honey Singh
Sunny Sunny – Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar
Pritam, Mithoon, Anupam Amod, Honey Singh
Arko Pravo Mukherjee
2014Dedh IshqiyaHorn OK PleaseHoney Singh, Sukhwinder SinghVishal Bhardwaj[7]
2014Ragini MMS 2Chaar Botal Vodka[7]Honey SinghHoney Singh
2014Bhoothnath ReturnsParty with the BhoothnathHoney SinghHoney Singh
2014FuglyYe Fugly Fugly Kya HaiHoney SinghHoney Singh
2014KickYaar Naa MileyHoney Singh, Jasmine SandlasHoney Singh
2014Singham ReturnsAata Majhi SatakliHoney Singh, Mamta Sharma, Nitu ChoudhryHoney Singh
2014The ShaukeensAlcoholicHoney SinghHoney Singh
2015Dilliwali Zaalim GirlfriendBirthDay BashAlfaaz & Honey SinghHoney Singh
2015Gabbar is BackAao RajaHoney Singh, Neha KakkarHoney Singh
2015Bhaag JohnnyAankhon AankhonHoney SinghHoney Singh


Feature films as an actor
2012Mirza - The Untold StoryDeeshaPunjabi
2013Tu Mera 22 Main Tera 22RollyPunjabi
2014The XposeKenny DamaniaHindi
2016ZorawarAgent Zorawar SinghPunjabi


See also