SHINee (샤이니, stylized as SHINee, pronounced as Shiny) is a South Korean Boy Band formed by SM Entertainment, which has already released some of the popular groups in the Kpop scene likeTVXQ, Super Junior and Girls’ Generation
The members of SHINee, described as a contemporary band, are composed of members whose ages range from 16-20 years old and who go by the names of Onew (Lee Jinki 이진기), Jonghyun (Kim Jonghyun 김종현), Key (Kim Kibum 김기범), Minho (Choi Minho 최민호), and Taemin (Lee Taemin 이태민).
SHINee made their first seen on May 25, 2008 on SBS’s Popular Songs with their promotional single, “Nunan Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)” (“누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)”, lit. “Older Sister, You’re So Pretty”).
Shinee are considered to be fashion icons having started the “Shinee Trend”, which is popular amongst the younger generation.
According to SM Entertainment, SHINee is going to lead this generation’s trendy dance, fashion and music. With regard to its name, the label explains that it is a combination of the word “shine” and “ee,” which is to mean “people receiving the light.” This light, as applied to the group, is the “spotlight” directed toward SHINee, whose goal is to fascinate fans, regardless of their age or where they come from, with its diverse music.
A teaser video of the group was released May 19, in its official theshinee.com. SHINee’s first mini album and music video were released on the 22nd.
In late May 2008 news articles started to surface online about SM Entertainment’s new group, Shinee (pronounced “shiny”).On May 23, the group’s first mini-album, Replay was released. Replay debuted at #10 on the Korean music charts and peaked at #8, selling 17,957 copies in the first half of 2008.
On June 7, 2008, Shinee participated in the Dream Concert in the Seoul Olympic Stadium along with other high profile Korean stars such as Epik High, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, TVXQ and the Wonder Girls. The group won their first award, Rookie of the Month, at the Cyworld Digital Music Award on June 22, 2008. Shinee took part in SMTown Live ’08, which was held on August 18, 2008. They performed alongside labelmates BoA, Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior and TVXQ. On August 23, 2008, Shinee attended MNet’s 20’s Choice Awards 2008, where they won the “Hot New Star” award.Shinee released their full debut album, The Shinee World, on August 28, 2008. The album debuted on the charts at #3, selling 30,000 copies.
Shinee performed at SM Town Live in Bangkok
The first single released from the album was “Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)” (산소 같은 너 (Love Like Oxygen), lit. You Like Are Like Oxygen), a cover of “Show the World” by Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, originally written by the Danish songwriting and production team of Thomas Troelsen, Remee and Lucas Secon. On September 18, 2008, Shinee’s “Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)” was the #1 song on M! Countdown. A few days later, Shinee received the “Mutizen” award for the single on SBS’s Popular Songs. Shinee participated in the “5th Asia Song Festival”, where they received the “Best New Artist” award with Japanese girl group Berryz Kobo.
Shinee attended the 2008 Style Icon Awards on October 30, 2008, where they won the “Best Style Icon Award”. On the same day, they released The Shinee World as a repackaged album under the name Amigo. Included on album were three new songs: “Forever or Never”, a remix of “Sa. Gye. Han (Love Should Go On)” (사.계.한) and the promotional single “A.Mi.Go (Amigo)” (아.미.고). “A.Mi.Go” is a shortened version of the Korean phrase “Areumdaun Minyeorueljoahamyeon Gosaenghanda” (아름다운 미녀를 좋아하면 고생한다 lit. Heart Aches When You Fall In Love With a Beauty).
On November 15, 2008 Shinee won the “Best Male Rookie” award at the 10th annual MNET KM Music Festival, beating fellow newcomers U-Kiss, 2PM, 2AM and Mighty Mouth. At the 23rd Annual Golden Disk Awards, they performed a medley of their songs, “Nunan Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)”, “Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)” and “A.Mi.Go (Amigo)” and won the award for “YEPP Newcomer Album”.
SHINee new album Year Of Us
SHINee’s 3rd mini-album, “2009, Year Of Us”, is set to be released on October 19. The third album is said to display more of their vocal abilities as well as reveal a more mature side to the group. The album included their successful songs before “Ring Ding Dong”, a song that combines pop electronica and African congo beats.
The other new songs including leader Onew’s first solo number “The Name I Loved” (Track 6), an alternative rock ballad featuring Kim Yeon Woo.
SHINee discography and Albums
Company: SM Entertainment
First Seen: May 19th 2008
Debut: May 25th 2008 with 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)
“The First Mini Album”
• Released: May 23, 2008
• Studio Album: SHINee World
1. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)
2. In My Room
4. 사.계.한 (Love Should Go On)
5. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay/Boom Track )
“SHINee World First Album”
• Released: August 29, 2008
1. The Shinee World (Doo-Bop)
2. Love’s Way
3. Love Like Oxygen
5. One For Me
7. Last Gift (In My Room Prelude)
8. Best Place
9. Y Si Fuera Ella
10. Four Seasons
11. In My Room (Unplugged Mix)
12. Nunan Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)
“The Second Mini Album ROMEO”
• Original Release Date: May 21, 2009
• Release Date: May 25, 2009
1. 니가 맘에 들어 (Talk To You)
2. 줄리엣 (Juliette)
3. 차라리 때려 (Hit Me)
4. 세노리따 (Señorita)
5. 잠꼬대 (Please, Don’t Go)
6. 소년, 소녀를 만나다 (Romeo+Juliette)
“2009, Year Of Us”
Digital Release Date: October 19, 2009
CD Release Date: October 22, 2009
1. Y.O.U.(Year Of Us)
2. 링딩동 (Ring Ding Dong)
3. Jo Jo
4. Get Down
5. SHINee Girl
6. 내가 사랑했던 이름 (The Name I Loved)
SHINee members and Profile :
Real Name: Lee Jin Ki 이진기
Birthday: December 14, 1989 (19)
Position: Leader, Sub Vocal
Height: 177 CM
Hobbies/Expertise: Soccer, Basketball, Piano, Mandarin, English, Singing, Performing
Extras: The leader and oldest member in the group, he was discovered at the “2006 S.M. Academy Casting”. Onew collaborated with Lee Hyun Ji, former member of project group Banana Girl for her song, “Vanilla Love.”
Real Name: Kim Jonghyun 김종현
Birthday: April 8, 1990 (19)
Postition: Lead Vocal
Height: 173 CM
Hobbies/Expertise: Watching Movies, Singing, Piano, Writing Lyrics, Mandarin
Extras: He was discovered at the “2005 S.M. Casting System”. Before debuting with SHINee, Jonghyun sang a duet, “Wrongly Given Love” (交错的爱), with Zhang Liyin for her debut Chinese album I Will.
Real Name: Kim Kibum 김기범
Birthday: September 23, 1991 (17)
Position: Rap, Vocal
Height: 177 CM
Hobbies/Expertise: Rap, Dance, Waterski, English, Mandarin
Extras: He was a gifted varsity water-skier at Dae Gu Young Shin Middle School. He was discovered at the “2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting”. Before debuting with SHINee, Key appeared in Super Junior’s movie Attack on the Pin-Up Boys as an extra. Key was featured in label-mate Xiah’s solo “Xiahtic”.
Real Name: Choi Minho 최민호
Birthday: December 9, 1991 (17)
Position: Rap, Vocal
Height: 181 CM
Hobbies/Expertise: Watching Movies, Singing, Writing Lyrics, Acting, English, Mandarin
Extras: He was discovered at the “2006 S.M. Casting System”. Before debuting with SHINee, Minho modeled for Ha Sang Baek’s “Seoul Collection F/W 08-09” in March. He has also appeared in Girls’ Generation’s music video “Gee”.
Real Name: Lee Taemin 이태민
Birthday: July 18, 1993 (16)
Position: Lead Dancer, Vocal
Height: 175 CM
Hobbies/Expertise: Music, Poppin Dance, Piano, Acting, Mandarin
Extras: He is the youngest member in group. He was discovered at the “2005 S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting “. His acting debut is on MBC’s sitcom ‘TaeHee HyeGyo JiHyun’ (태희혜교지현이) as Junsu.
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