After rising to fame with the manufactured South Korean bubblegum band Girls' Generation, singer Kim Tae-yeon took a leap in the dark, dyed her jet black hair platinum blonde, dropped her first name and went solo selling 100,000 copies of her abruptly-titled debut EP, I. The title track went on to achieve over a million download sales earning her Best Female Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Groomed for success from the age of 15 by the South Korean entertainment giant SM Entertainment, Taeyeon's future was already mapped out for her before she left school. After her success with Girls' Generation she worked on a number of projects within the SM Entertainment empire including performing voiceovers for the Korean dubbed versions of the Universal Pictures Despicable Me franchise. The accolades from Korea continue to pour in for Taeyeon and, according to her record company, she was voted as the number one K-Pop vocalist by a panel of anonymous South Korean Music Industry officials. In 2016 she was voted as the Best Female Vocalist In Their Twenties by a select group of South Korean record labels which included SM Entertainment. Forbes Korea now list the singer in their top 40 Power Celebrity rankings.