As NYC prepares for this weekend’s KPop invasion, we offer you a closer look into South Korea’s latest cultural sensation!
Introducing … SHINee
Minho, Taemin, Onew, Jonghyun, and Key. I doubt you know the names of these 5 people but by the end of this article you will. These guys are a part of a 5 member South Korean boy group named SHINee (pronounced as shiny) under SM Entertainment in the KPOP industry. KPOP is short for Korean Pop which is taking over the world and converting people into fans daily. If you have ever heard the song Gangnam Style by Psy, then you’ve witnessed a glimpse into KPOP.
SHINee debuted under SM Entertainment in 2008 with their first mini-album and single named ‘Replay’ which charted at #10. Since then they have won awards and started trends. Their early trend called the ‘The SHINee trend’ which consisted of a bright colored Tshirt with a sweater, sneakers, colorful accessories and bright colored skinny jeans. They are not only recognized through the industry for their vocals, but also their energetic, sharp, complex and synchronized dances. The following link is to one of their most complex dances, the dance practice of their song Lucifer:
Not only do they do singing and dancing, they are also actors in TV shows and musicals, radio DJs and MCs on music shows. SHINee have also starred in their own shows such as ‘Hello Baby’, where the boys have to take care of a child together, ‘One Fine Day’, where the boys go travel to a country of their choice without their band mates, and some of the members have also been on the show ‘We Got Married’, a reality show putting two idols together to act as if they’re married.
To this day SHINee has released 6 full albums, in which 3 are in Japanese and the remaining 3 in Korean, 5 mini-albums, 3 live albums and multiple Japanese singles as well as remaking their songs from Korean to Japanese. The members also have written lyrics for some of their songs. Taemin released his first solo EP ‘ACE’ in the end of 2014 while Jonghyun went to release his first solo EP ‘Base’ earlier this year. Since then, the boys have held 7 of their own tours, been a supporting act in 2, and participated in 5 of their company’s tours through the years of 2008present.
In 2013, their music video for their single ‘Everybody’ was named some of
2013’s top choreography on Billboard.com:
The boys are also known for their unique style in not only their music but also in their music videos such as ‘Dream Girl’
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It’s safe to say that they will return to the fans with new music due to a hint the leader Onew said in an interview saying they are currently preparing a new album in Korea. Until then catch up on some of their cherished songs: Everybody, Why So Serious, Sherlock, Fire, Hello, Amigo, Shout Out, Up & Down, The SHINee World (DooBop), Like A Fire, Downtown Baby, Quasimodo, Picasso and Evil. On May 17, 2015 (America’s time) and May 18, 2015 (South Korea’s time), the boys released their 4studio album named ‘Odd’, here is the tracklist to their album:
Here is their official music video to the smash hit ‘View’
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Let’s introduce the members of SHINee along with their roles, names, and nicknames given to them starting from oldest to youngest:
- ● Onew: He was born as Lee Jin Ki on December 14, 1989. He is also the leader and lead vocalist. Due to him being the leader he has earned the nickname of Leader Onew.
- ● Jonghyun: He was born as Kim Jong Hyun on April 8, 1990. His position of the main vocalist and can be considered the powerhouse of SHINee. His one of many nicknames he has is Dino Jjong due to a joke of him resembling a dinosaur.
- ● Key: Born as Kim Ki Bum on September 23, 1991. His roles consist of vocalist and lead rapper. He has earned the nickname of Almighty Key and can be considered a triple threat because he is essentially good at everything including singing, dancing, and acting.
- ● Minho: He was born as Choi Min Ho on December 9, 1991. Minho is in charge of the rapping of the group which can be heard through their songs. Due to his amazing charisma he has the nickname of Flaming Charisma.
- ● Taemin: Taemin was born as Lee Tae Min on July 18, 1993. He is not only a vocalist but their main dancer which can be seen throughout their dance practice, live performances, and music videos. He is also known as the maknae which is the name to indicate the youngest person in a group.