Till earlier this month, the vile and misogynistic lyrics of an early Honey Singh song in 2006 were not being discussed in the media. He was on lists of the most popular singers of 2012. In a story dated December 13, ndtv.com reported on his YouTube success, and like many others, we were not aware of this repulsive song. We apologize for this oversight.
Now, an online petition is demanding that a Gurgaon hotel cancel a New Year's Eve performance by the rapper. It cites the lyrics of a 2006 song which went viral on YouTube within days of being released.
On November 11, 2011 - a date that reads 11.11.11 - Honey Singh released his album International Villager, completing his transformation from folk singer to pop star. The album featured a number of hit songs. Gabru topped Asian music charts including iTunes and BBC.
On December 12, 2012 - or 12.12.12 - Honey Singh's first solo single Satan was released and premiered on MTV India. The video, which features the rapper wielding a whip on hapless slaves, registered 2,60,000 hits on day one.
Back home in Punjab, Honey Singh received awards for Best Sound in 2006 for the song Glassi, Best Folk Pop in 2009 for Rebirth and an award for Best Music Director. He's also dabbled in acting, appearing in Punjabi films Mirza - The Untold Story and Tu Mera 22 Mein Tera 22.
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