About SHINee

About SHINee…OhmyJesus. How can a couple hundred words (thousands? millions?) ever describe everything about SHINee? So. I guess I’ll start with basic info.

SHINee is a five member contemporary band from the prestigious entertainment company, SM Entertainment. These members consist of Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho, and Key. The meaning of their name, ‘SHINee’: the ‘SHINE’ part means light, and ‘ee’ is a suffix, thus meaning ‘one who receives the light’. Their goals as a contemporary band is to be a trendsetter in all areas of music, fashion, dance, etc. Unlike other SME groups, they remained ‘secret’ until various articles about them surfaced on the Internet on May 19th, 2008. On May 22nd, 2008, their music video for their debut single, Nunan Numoo Yeppeo (Replay), or Nuna You’re So Pretty (NYSP) was released, and their first stage performance was on Mnet’s M!Countdown, also on May 22nd. On May 23rd, their first mini album, Replay, was released and debuted at #10 on the charts and peaked at #8. On May 25th, 2008, their official debut performance was performed on SBS’ InkiGayo. ‘Nuna’ literally means ‘older sister’ used by males, but can also be used as an affectionate term for older women. On August 28th, 2008, their official debut album, The SHINee World, was released. The title track was Sanso Kateun Neo (You’re Like Oxygen, or Love Like Oxygen). On October 30th, 2008, they released a repackaged first album called Amigo. The promotional single was Ah.Mi.Go which stands for ‘Areumdaoon Minyuhreul Joahhamyun Gosenghanda’, literally meaning, ‘if you love a beauty, you will suffer’. SHINee has come back with the concept of the ’21st Century Romeos’ in their new mini-album, Romeo, which was released on the 25th of May, 2009, their one year anniversary. The title track is ‘Juliette’, which Jonghyun wrote the lyrics to. Their comeback stage was on June 5th, 2009 on KBS Music Bank and won #1 on the same day.

SHINee was literally the best newcomer in 2008. It has also even been said that they are the most successful group ever to debut, as most other recent A-list bands were not very well known at their debut, for example, Big Bang and most of the time, many new groups to debut have never been heard about again. They swept up all of the newcomer awards there were and even topped charts with their single Love Like Oxygen on September 18th, 2008. Love Like Oxygen reached #1 on Mnet’s M!Countdown and also received the Mutizen Award for topping charts on SBS’ InkiGayo. They also topped charts on KBS Music Bank with Juliette on June 5th, 2009 (the day of their comeback) and June 19th, 2009. They received the Mutizen Award for SBS InkiGayo on June 28th, 2009 and July 5th, 2009. They also started what is called the SHINee trend, which consists of skinny jeans, high top sneakers, and colorful sweaters. They have filmed 4 CFs respectively for Smart (a uniform brand) which they also recorded a Blue Pink Song for, Nanas’ B (a Korean cosmetics company) Reebok, and Clride.n, a clothes brand. They have modeled for many magazines and clothes brands such as Smart, Clride.n, Vogue, Elle, etc. SHINee has also filmed a 12 episode reality show which ran from August to October in 2008 called SHINee’s Yunhanam. Yunhanam literally refers to the concept of a younger man dating an older woman, contributing to SHINee’s Nuna concept. They participated in the No Smoking Campaign, recording their own version of the song; they also participated in the Save Energy, Save Earth Campaign, also recording their own version of the song. They have recorded ‘Eco-Water Song’ to promote awareness about conserving water which they also performed at the Environmental Water Campaign. SHINee has also contributed an OST, Stand By Me, to the popular KDrama Boys Over Flowers, a remake of the popular Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. They also recorded the song ‘Bodyguard’ for an AnyCall CF featuring popular BOF couple SoEul (So Yi Jung+Chu Ga Eul). SHINee also contributed an OST, Countdown, to the kdrama ‘Dream’ starring Kim Bum and Son Dambi. They also released a song, Scar, along with fellow SM members in the SMTOWN 09 album. Their fanclub is called SHINee World (ShaWol) after their first album and one of the songs in their first album; or more recently, Juliettes, after SHINee announced that the Juliette in their title song from their second mini-album were their fans. Their fanclub color is pearlescent blue.


Cyworld Digital Music Award (Rookie of the Month) 6/22/08

Mnet 20’s Choice Awards (Hot New Star) 8/23/08

MNET Mutizen for LLO 9/18/08

SBS Mutizen for LLO 9/21/08

5th Asia Song Festival (Best New Artist) 10/11/08 (<—confirmation of date needed)

2008 Style Icon Awards (Best New Icon Award) 10/30/08

15th Annual Korean Entertainment Awards (Rookie Award) 11/12/08

10th Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF) (Best Male Rookie) 11/15/08 (*this is one of the hugest end of the year music festivals, ever since KBS, SBS, amd MBC decided to not give out awards; this award has been won before by now famous, A-list boy bands such as Shinhwa, G.O.D., and DBSK)

23rd Annual Golden Disk Awards (YEPP Newcomer Album) 12/10/08 (*the other huge end of the year music festival)

Seoul Music Awards (Newcomer Award) 2/12/09

KBS Mutizen for Juliette 6/5/09

KBS Mutizen for Juliette 6/19/09

SBS Mutizen for Juliette 6/28/09

SBS Mutizen for Juliette 7/5/09


Name: Lee Jinki

Stage Name: Onew, or Leader Onew

Nickname: Dubu (Tofu), Leader-shii, Leader, Ondubu, Appa, etc.

Birthday: 12/14/89 (19 years old, 20 years old by Korean standards)

Position: Leader, Main Vocalist

Discovery: 2006 SM Academy Casting

Solo Activities: Collaboration with Lee Hyun Ji in one of her songs, Vanilla Love; Recorded duet with Jessica of SNSD (One Year Later) for SNSD’s third mini-album, ‘Genie’.

Commonly Known For: ‘Onew Sangtae’ or ‘Onew Condition’ which refers to his knack for making random comments, being random and clumsy, etc.; soft and sweet personality and vocals (thus the nickname ‘Dubu’); known as ‘Husband’ (read below for explanation in Key’s description)

Name: Kim Jonghyun

Stage Name: Jonghyun, or Bling Bling Jonghyun

Nickname: Bling Bling, Bling, Ma Bling, JJong, Puppy JJong, etc.

Birthday: 4/8/90 (19 years old, 20 years old by Korean standards)

Position: Lead Vocalist

Discovery: 2005 SM Casting System

Solo Activities: Predebut, Sang duet with Zhang Liyin in Wrongly Given Love

Commonly Known For: Cheerful, sensitive personality; ‘gangsta’ style; impressive vocals and vocal range

Name: Kim Kibum

Stage Name: Key, or Almighty Key

Nickname: Key, KimKey, Almighty Key, Key Umma, etc.

Birthday: 9/23/91 (17 years old, 18 years old by Korean standards)

Position: Rapper, Vocalist

Discovery: 2005 SM National Tour Audition Casting

Solo Activities: Predebut, appearance as extra in Super Junior’s movie The Pin-up Boys; Rapped for Xiah Junsu’s XIAHTIC in DBSK’s 3rd Asia Tour; member of project boy group consisting of 2AM, 2PM, SuJu, and Taemin and also of the Wonder Boys version 2 (refer to Taemin’s solo activities for more details).

Commonly Known For: Umma-like (literally, mom-like) personality (Onew is known as the ‘husband (thus, dad or appa)’ and Taemin is regarded as the ‘adeul (son)’); good, unaccented English; ‘sexy’ stage presence; interest in fashion; powerful dancing

Name: Choi Minho

Stage Name: Minho, or Flaming Charisma Minho

Nickname: Flaming Charisma, Bulkot Charisma, etc.

Birthday: 12/9/91 (17 years old, 18 years old by Korean standards)

Position: Rapper, Sub-vocalist

Discovery: 2006 SM Casting System

Solo Activities: Appearance in SNSD’s music video, Gee; modeled in Andre Kim’s fashion show; predebut, modeled in Ha Sang Baek’s fashion show (Ha Sang Baek is also SHINee’s designer and the creator of their style)

Commonly Known For: Modeling and acting; quiet, deep, thoughtful, caring personality; large ‘doe eyes’; tallest among SHINee members; most athletic

Name: Lee Taemin

Stage Name: Taemin, or Youngest Taemin

Nickname: Maknae (literally means youngest), Taem, Adeul (Son; read above for explanation in Key’s description) etc.

Birthday: 7/18/93 (16 years old, 17 years old by Korean standards)

Position: Lead Dancer, Sub-vocalist, Sub-rapper

Discovery: 2005 SM Open Weekend Audition Casting

Solo Activities: Participated in SMTOWN (’08) LIVE’s Dance Battle, SBS Gayo Daejun’s Dance Battle; member of the Wonder Boys (parody of —->Wonder Girls), (a group including Super Junior’s Shindong and Sungmin, Big Bang’s Seungri, and 2AM’s Jo Kwon) which is an idol boy group that parodies popular girl group songs. Wonder Boys have performed twice so far, once in a special performance for Mnet in the summer of ’08 (performing Wonder Girls’ So Hot and SNSD’s Girls Generation) and the second time for a special performance at ’08 SBS Gayo Daejun (performing Wonder Girls’ Nobody and SNSD’s Kissing You). Another project boy group was formed, consisting of members from SuJu, 2PM, 2AM and SHINee, and they performed SNSD’s Gee on 6/26/09. Again, Wonder Boys version 2, consisting of 2PM’s Taecyeon and Wooyoung, MC Mong, Key, and Taemin, performed SNSD’s Tell Me Your Wish on 8/9/09; acting debut as Junsu in the sitcom TaeHee, HyeGyo, JiHyun.

Commonly Known For: Cuteness (aegyo); being the youngest; clean, innocent, friendly, polite personality; impressive dancing skills; known as the ‘adeul’ or son

*About SHINee’s Background Page and SHINee’s Schedule Page Coming Soon!


117 Responses

  1. i love SHINee~~!
    especially MaknaE!!hehe:))

  2. hwaiting SHINee World!!
    i really like tOfu leader “ONEW”
    especially his ONEW CONDITION ..

  3. SHINee World!!fighting!^^
    i really like shinee.. .

  4. owh thank you for all the explanation!
    now i know what yunhanam is…
    and what onew’s condition is!

    they are all too lovable! ^^

  5. saranghayeo SHINee!

    they’re so totally cute..
    i heart leader onew and key!


  6. SHINee you always shine in my heart!!!
    i lov BLING~JONGHYUN ang ALMIGHTY KEY!!!!!!!

    SHINee hwaiting!!!!

    ShaWol fighting!!

  8. I love Keys eyes in the pic wowowowoow
    I like Key now(:

  9. I like them coz they dance loy But me can’t.
    But them simple to me. They a person seam me.

  10. They i like all but i don’t like Jongyum.

  11. Hi SHINee! I’m Cambodian. I do like all of you. However, why did you sing only 5 songs when you came to Cambodian? Why didn’t you speak English? Only Key spoke it. It’s fascinating when he said ‘That’s right’? Even so, I really regret that I couldn’t see all of you clearly because almost everybody raised poster. Moreover, my eyes are not as good as others. I couldn’t see your face clearly. All of my friends are sympathetic of me. I also envied with one of my friends whom Taemin saw her since she stood on the back of the chair when you sang ‘Ring Ding Dong’. She was the highest at that time. For me, I don’t know whether anybody of you saw me or not because I couldn’t see you eyes. Anyway, why your face seemed not to smile like you sang in Korea. I felt uncomfortable, you know. Ultimately, I hope you’ll read my comment and thanks for your time.

  12. i love shinee ..(L)..

  13. SHINee come to INdonesia soon…all the SHAWOL r waiting for youuu !!!!! we <3 u SHINee

  14. OMG !! SHINee rocks Jonghyun your the best of all i love JOnghyun more than anything .i Love Jonghyun . SHINee keep shining !! You will always recieve the spot light.

  15. jonghyun is MiNE!

  16. hey dont try to steal my bling bling !!!!!!!! GRRRRRR

  17. wuaaaaa !!!!!!! KIM JONGHYUN iS MiNE !

  18. OMGZ I LOVE SHINEEEE IM AFRICA/INIDIAN lol but yah pweeeeaase come 2 america TAEMIN I LOVE YOU BABY U SO CUTE <3 <3

  19. bence hepsi süper ama JOUNGHYUN VE MİNHO ayrı yerim onları ben

  20. I LOVE SHINEE!!! So much Espically TAEMIN!!! My man.. <3 and also minho,key,jonghyun n onew too!! I'm obssesed with this men they're so cutee..sweet..adorable..and loveable.. I hope i can meet you guys..and get a big HUG from you espically my Leetaemin.. <3 SARANGHAE <3

  21. onew appa!!!!!!!!!

  22. i love taemin i was dance with taemin i wish back to that day

  23. ..i love shinee !
    ..esspecially taemin !
    ..hello !
    ..saranghe ..!

  24. hey what’s mean shinee it’s mean shine-shine

  25. I luv dem all but i wanna know is how dey were lyk u know created lyk yea how were dey found i dnt tink dat dey said dat but lyk yea cuz my friends and i are planning on making a group cuz lyk we can sing and one of my friends plays piano, da other plays guitar, and my other friend can sing and i can kinda sing so lyk yea…

  26. Thank you so much! :D I’m doing a presentation about them in English class and I needed information on their personality’s and stuff. This realy realy helped.

  27. hey
    i just wonder
    how can it be that a boy group is so famous and excellent in everything they do
    they are also so handsome and cute!

    in any case they are perfect !!
    i love you shinee!
    i will support al your activities!:)

  28. i always attend music festivals because they are quite exciting and i love music .;`

  29. i loove u all shinee
    taemin u r the beeest i looove you i wish if i can see u
    pleaaase add me pleaaaase reemo0o_055@windowslive.com

  30. hey…i like your songs…..shinee the best exspeacially taemin..he sooooo cute!

  31. ^^ LEE TAEMIN rocks my WORLD :D


  32. ^^ LEE TAEMIN rocks my WORLD :D

    I mean, INFO not INFRO :]

  33. † HELLO ^_^ SHINEE

  34. i love taemin with all my heart! <3
    shinee fighting!

  35. ah Taemin oppa! You are 100% in my heart now… Saranghaeyeo :D

  36. Shinee is da best of all. I love them no matter wat…. They r da best in mah heart now<33.. shinee rocks mah world. I love all u guys i hope shinee can shine foreva n bring da brightness to mah life… Saranghae<333

  37. Saranghae minho ,,
    sHInEe the besT ,,
    I love You all ,,!

  38. saranghae SHINee <3
    love maknaE the most !!
    he's so cute and adorable (: haha
    love you all forever ^^

  39. Hello
    I think jonghyn is older than onew but its wrong .. !
    and I think key is very yonger than all of them.. !
    but it isnt true and I never think taemin is yonger than all of them….!
    We love SHINee….
    And kim jonghyun and choi minho,….

  40. HI SHINee
    I luv u all, my friends and I made up a group ‘cuz of you.
    you’re all sooooo cute and AWESOME!! NO matter wat ppl say we luv u! :) BTW have u guys ever been 2 the Caribbean? It’ll be fun trust me……
    i luv minho the most…
    oh soo awesome, Godbless u forever! :)

  41. Saranaghe Jong Hyun Oppa :D Gambatte u guys and we’re all supporting all the way <3

  42. The Debut of Nuna Numo yeppo so~”Replay” is amazingg :) i made the Korean version my ringing tone,Love u guys :) god bless ur pure hearts <3

    <3MIN HO
    <3TAE MIN

  44. My Minho is the best !!! I love Choi Minho !! I love SHINee !!!! I’m yr best fan forever !!!! Cambodia is waiting all of you to come again !!! Pls come again !! I wanna see you, my Minho !!! U know, u’re my dream !!! I love U !!! <3 Minho

  45. wishing all members in SHINee a very happy and memorable time in all the country they have visited. All the best for everything they do.
    SHINee, sarahapnidah! <3
    love you always!

  46. all fans in singapore are waiting for shinee to arrive to singapore.
    hope they can give us the best perfoemance ever.

  47. I’m a shinee fan from Indonesia,,
    Onew’s birthday same with my birthday,,

  48. WAWOWW ^O^ shining SHINee <3 I LoVe <3 I IOvE <3 I LOVE <3 SHINee
    specially my prince <3 TaeMin <3 he is my heart my love my dream my angel my life my everything ……
    TAEMIN the BEST… TAEMIN NO.1…. TAEMIN %100 … I Love TAEMIN <3
    TaeMin The Cutest And The Prettiest Boy In The Universe
    i wish i can meet him one day ( the only dream that i have )

  49. OMG!!!!! IIIII LLLOOOOOVVEE KKEEEYYY!!!!!!! SHINee is one of my FAVORITE K-pop groups EVER!!! And all of them are HOT!! But my heart will forever belong to the *Almighty Key <3 ^_^ <3*


  51. ALMIGHTY KEY :*********

  52. I love TAEMIN and ONEW.I like your song.

  53. I love Taemin and Onew.I like your song.hope you can visit here in Myanmar.

  54. i love maknae,cuz he is so cute.i like his moves when dancing its funky.i also his cute face.his face is like my BFF kiw nyuk wei

  55. i love taemin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. SHINee ^_^ Onew JongHyun MinHO Key TaeMin ❤

  57. oppa when go to indonesia


  59. Hi, i am fan of a Shinee band were you guys are very nice n have lots determinatin………………..

  60. i like shinee n love love love forever shinee

  61. ..I ♥ you all for ever.”
    ESPECIALLY to “almighty KEY”
    hope to visit again to our country..!

  62. SHINee is my LIFE!!! I <3 them!!! SHINee Fan For LIFE!!!

  63. Nominate SHINee!!! omusic awards.com/vote/fan-army-ftw

  64. wow i love min ho very much

  65. i love u sooooooooooo!you guys make me happy and happy birthday taemin love u so much with all my heart>3>3>3

  66. taemin forever>3>3

  67. shineeeeeeeeeeeeeeee loooooooooooovvvvvvvvvveeeeeee uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!

  68. shinee come to sydney pleassssssss love u>3

  69. please come to Australia….. love u shineeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  70. shinee stand by me….

  71. taemin u are soooooooooooooooo cute for me love u sooooooooooooooooo much

  72. i love ur pic

  73. minho oppa love u sooooooooooooo much>3>3

  74. love u guy

  75. come to me

  76. i am coming to korea for u shinee i hope we meet each other love u soooo much…..

  77. everytime i talk i alway talk about u you guys are my enegry…..

  78. my friend like u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much love

  79. loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee u sooooooooooooo much

  80. love u sooooooooooooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooooooo much

  81. i allway pray for u i can’t said how huch i love u….

  82. i just want a know how are u????

  83. love u so much key <3
    ii relly want to see u

  84. i can’t even tell my self that i love
    love u so much ok
    do u miss me :)

  85. now i have to go see u soon tomorrow :) :) :)

  86. love u sooo much

  87. my favorite song frome u gus in juliette

  88. bbbbeeeeyyy

  89. key i saw u singing with snsd jessica u are so cute there are u in love with her do u know i loooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeee snsd soooooooooo much as much as i love u…….

  90. onew love u sooooooooooo much…..

  91. jonghyun i miss u soooooooooo much

  92. minho do u have gf if u don’t i can be your love soooooo much……

  93. minho love meeeeeeee as much as i love u<3<3

  94. love u shineeeeeeee

  95. jonghyne loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee u sooooooooo much i love you song so goodbye<3<3<3

  96. tamin<3 tamin<3tamin<3tamin<3jonghyne<3jonghyne<3jonghyne<3jonghyne<3jonghyne<3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. key<3love u i fall in love with u

  98. onew onew onew looooooooooooooooveeeeeeeeeeee u sooooooooooo much and 4 ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. onew i fall in loveeeeeeeee my heart belong to u

  100. jonghyne <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

  101. shinee 4 ever<3<3<3<3<3<3

  102. oh,shinee i love u sooooooo much

  103. i love u all my heart

  104. love u sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

  105. shinee<3shinee<3shinee<3shinee<3shinee<3shinee<3shinee<3

  106. shinee<3<3<3<3<3<3

  107. I LOVE SHINee its so fantastic come to Philippines pls :D….:>


    LOVE YOUR FAN mIkA:> XD @33….

  108. Thanks for the info! Now I feel that I know SHINee even more~ Saranghae Taemin oppa! ^^

    SHINee hwaiting! ♥

  109. i love shinee!!!!!{i like minho and taemin}
    verry much
    shinee keep going

  110. My opPa makNae taEmiN yoUr so cuTe anD hanDsoMe:-) Love u opPa

  111. This needs to be updated….they are no longer teenagers….

  112. hey;shinee; Do you have new songs in 2014.I live in Myanmar.All of my friend and me are like your songs and all of u. I want to invite u to our Myanmar. I love all of u.Fighting^_^

  113. Hello is awsome song and choi minho is best

  114. yeaah baybehh luvvv u guis soooo muchhhh
    iI lOvE uR cAsTYnEtSsSsSsSf

  115. Thank you for explanation.
    I really really like SHINee.
    Choi minho your so cute hahaha lol I like choi minho :)

  116. Sooo nicely 😚😚😚😚😚😊😊😊😊大好き ですよ。😉😉😉シャイ二ーの日本歌はとてもきれいですね。I really like jonhung and kiiii 😘😘😘

  117. I love this shinee wrld….I lov Korean dramas

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