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August 7, 2009

Shinee (샤이니, stylized as SHINee) is a contemporary R&B South Korean boy band.[1] Formed by SM Entertainment in 2008, they made their debut 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”). The group consists of Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin.

Since their debut, Shinee has won numerous awards. They have also starred in their own reality show based on their song, “Nunan Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)”. Shinee are considered to be a fashion icon having starting the “Shinee Trend”, which is popular amongst the younger generation.


2008: Debut

In late May 2008 news articles started to surface online about SM Entertainment’s new group, Shinee.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.

The first single released from the album was “Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)” (산소 같은 너 (Love Like Oxygen), lit. You 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 18th, 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”.

2009: Comeback

SM Entertainment announced that Shinee would make their comeback with their second mini album Romeo on May 21, 2009. On May 18, “Juliette”, the first single was released. It was later announced that their comeback was going to be delayed due to Onew damaging his teeth and the release of the mini-album was pushed back to May 25. Shinee eventually had their return performance on June 5, 2009, on KBS’s Music Bank, where they received the award for first place.

Image and artistry

Shinee are known for their fashion style, created by designer Ha Sang Baek (하상백), which features high-top sneakers, skinny jeans and colorful sweaters. Their style has created a fashion trend amongst students which the media dubbed the “Shinee Trend”.This has led to product endorsements, and the band has promoted Smart, Korean cosmetic company Nana’s B, and Reebok.

Other activities

Shinee was the topic of a short-lived reality show, Shinee’s YunHaNam, which was hosted by MNet. The show ran from August 8, 2008 to October 16, 2008, with a total of twelve episodes. Each episode featured the band members going on a date with an older woman, after which she would chose one member for a solo date. The group also recorded a song, “Stand By Me”, for the Korean drama adaptation of popular manga series Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio. In addition to promoting Smart, Shinee recorded a song, “Blue Pink Song”, to further promote their product.  Shinee recorded a digital single “Bodyguard” (보디가드) to promote Samsung’s Anycall mobile phone.


Lee Jinki (이진기), born December 14, 1989 (1989-12-14) (age 19) , better known by his stage name Onew (온유). 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”. He was also featured in a duet, entitled One Year Later “1년 後”, with Girls’ Generation member Jessica for their mini-album Tell Me Your Wish.

Kim Jonghyun (김종현), born April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08) (age 19), commonly known as Jonghyun, is the main vocalist in the group. 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.

Kim Kibum (김기범), born September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) (age 17), better known by his stage name Key (키), is a vocalist and one of the rappers in the group. 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”.

Choi Minho (최민호), born December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09) (age 17), commonly known as Minho, is the other rapper in group. 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”.

Lee Taemin (이태민), born July 18, 1993 (1993-07-18) (age 16), commonly known as Taemin, is the main dancer of the group.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.


Studio albums

  • 2008: Replay (Mini-album)
  • 2008: The Shinee World
  • 2009: Romeo (Mini-album)
Promotional Singles

  • 2008: “Nunan Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)”
  • 2008: “Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)”
  • 2008: “A.Mi.Go. (Amigo)”
  • 2009: “Juliette”


Year Award
  • Cyworld Digital Music Award (Rookie of the Month)[7]
  • MNet 20’s Choice Awards (Hot New Star)[9]
  • Asia Song Festival (Best New Artist)[15]
  • Style Icon Awards (Best Style Icon Award)[16]
  • MNet KM Music Festival 2008 (Best Male Rookie)[18]
  • Golden Disk Awards (YEPP Newcomer Album)[19]
  • 18th Seoul Music Awards (Best Newcomer)
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