Boy Groups

SHINee Members Profile & Facts

SHINee Members

SHINee (샤이니) is a four-member South Korean boy group that initially debuted as five under SM Entertainment. The group members currently consist of Onew, Key, Minho, and Taemin. They debuted on May 25, 2008, with the promotional song “Replay”.

SHINee Profile

Debut May 22, 2008
Active Years 2008–present
SHINee Members Onew, Key, Minho, Taemin
Genre Pop, R&B, hip hop, EDM
Status Active
Label SM Entertainment
Oldest Member Onew
Youngest Member Taemin
Former Member Jonghyun
Fandom Name Shawol
Official Fan Color Pearl Aqua

SHINee Facts:

– The group’s name, SHINee, is a combination of “shine” (meaning light) and the suffix “ee,” symbolizing “one who receives the light.”
– The members joined SM Entertainment in the following order: Minho, Jonghyun, Taemin, Key, and Onew.
– Their lightstick is called ‘Shating Star’ which is a combination of the words “Shinee” and “Shooting Star”.
– They are considered one of the best live vocal groups in K-pop and they are known for highly synchronized and complex dance routines.
– Their official fandom club’s name is ‘SHINee WORLD’ (샤이니월드) and their fans are called Shawols.
– Key is appointed as the fashion director of the group.
– On March 26, 2012, the group, along with their labelmates, received 340 shares and became stockholders of SM Entertainment.
– Their signature musical style is contemporary R&B.
– Fans use emoticons for all members based on their facial features: Onew (^▽^), Jonghyun (Haha), Key (`ㅂ´*), Minho (ㅍ ㅍ), and Taemin (^^;; | 6v6).
– None of the members have younger siblings.
– All SHINee members served in different departments of the military, Onew served in the army, Key served in the army band, Minho was in the Marine Corps and Taemin worked as a public service officer.

Achievements

– On February 17, 2012, SHINee was the sole Korean artist invited to China’s Lunar New Year Program, Chun Jie Wan Hui.
– On June 19, they became the first Asian artists to perform at Abbey Road Studios in London, hosting their Japan Debut Premium Reception there.
– They were invited as the opening act for the 6th London Korean Film Festival in November 2011, marking the first independent concert by any Korean artist(s) in London.
– On June 22, 2011, they debuted in Japan with the Japanese version of “Replay,” achieving significant sales and becoming the highest-selling South Korean group debut on Oricon at that time.

Endorsements

– The group has endorsed several popular brands including ‘Reebok’, ‘Etude House’, ‘Skechers’, ‘Nana’s B’.
– They endorsed “Shinee’s Sparkling Water” by E-mart, which experienced significant sales, with a reported combined revenue of 67 million won over a month.

Influence

– SHINee is nicknamed as the “Princes of K-pop” due to their substantial influence in South Korea.
– They have been featured multiple times in the Forbes list of Korea Power Celebrities.
– The group is known for its fashion styles which often feature high-top sneakers, skinny jeans, and colorful sweaters and their style started a trend called the “Shinee Trend” among students.

Jonghyun’s Passing

– On December 18, 2017, Jonghyun passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning which was concluded as suicide.
– His funeral was later held on December 21, 2017, and was attended by many K-pop celebrities and fans.

Major Works

– Their popular songs include “Replay”, “View”, “Don’t Call Me”, and “Ring Ding Dong”.

Awards

– In 2008, They won the ‘Newcomer Album of the Year’ at the 23rd Golden Disc Awards after they released their first studio album and also won the “Best New Male Group” at the MAMA Awards.
– The group received the ‘Best Dance Performance Award’ at the Mnet Asian Music Awards three times consecutively for performances to “Sherlock (Clue + Note),” “Dream Girl,” and “View.”
– They won the ‘Asia’s Best Group Award’ at the 23rd DongFang Music Awards in Shanghai, the only K-pop act invited to attend and perform.

Website:
shinee.smtown

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @shinee | @shinee_jp_official
Youtube: SHINee Channel
Twitter: SHINee | @shinetter
Weibo: shinee
Facebook: shinee

Streaming Platform Links
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SHINee Members Profile

1. Onew

Onew SHINee
Onew
Stage Name Onew (온유)
Birth Name Lee Jin Ki (이진기)
Position Leader, Main Vocalist
Birthday December 14, 1989
Active Years 2008–present
Age 34 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Height 175 cm (5’9½”)
Weight 61 kg (134 lbs)
Nationality Korean
Blood Type O
MBTI ISFP
Representative Emoji Rabbit (🐰)

Onew Facts:

– Onew hated eating cucumbers but now he can eat them. (Seek Vol.016)
– His essential items in his bag include his phone, wallet, and room keys.
– He loves to read poetry books since they are an accumulation of unsaid feelings.
– He relieves stress by walking through a place he has never gone before because it’s exciting and he discovers new things.
– If he has to propose, he’ll just ask his partner how she’d like to be proposed. (Seek Vol.016)
– He loves to watch action movies. (ELLE Mission ELpossible)
– He likes to reward himself by eating delicious food.
– He would prefer to meet a partner naturally rather than through a friend because he doesn’t like situations that are set up. (ELLE Mission ELpossible)
– He has a habit of clenching his hands when singing. (Allure Korea QnA)
– He prefers asking advice from the shop’s staff rather than deciding by himself.
– He appreciates the members when they sense that he is low in spirits and leaves him alone. He said watching Taemin laughing, Minho joking around, and listening to Key’s interesting stories from a distance naturally brings him back to a normal state. (Anan 2021)
– He loves to drink Decaf latte. (Marie Claire Korea)
– He likes the daytime over nighttime because he can be more free and actually see things.
– He prefers the sun over the moon.
– He would prefer acting in a horror drama than in historical dramas.
– He is the type to eat his favorite food first rather than save the best for the last. (Premium Magazine Seek vol.12)
– He prefers to communicate with people in a simple way.  (Allure Korea)
– He winks with his right eye. (Premium Magazine Seek Vol.12)
– He wanted to be a scientist or architect when he was young.
– A compliment he would really like from a girl would be “Your voice is really beautiful.”
– He along with Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and NCT’s Taeil released the song “Ordinary Day” for SM’s 2021 winter album.
– He usually cooks and eat grilled meat at home. (Bar Jong Won ep.01)
– His favorite SHINee song is “View”. (Allure Korea)
– He prefers girls with short hairs.
Read More Facts About Onew

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @dlstmxkakwldrl
Threads: @dlstmxkakwldrl
Twitter: @skehehdanfdldi

Streaming Platform Links
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2. Key

Key SHINee
Key
Stage Name Key (키)
Birth Name Kim Ki Bum (김기범)
Position Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist
Birthday September 23, 1991
Active Years 2008–present
Age 32 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Libra
Height 175 cm (5’9″)
Weight 62 kg (137 lbs)
Nationality Korean
Blood Type B
MBTI ENTJ
Representative Emoji Key (🔑)*

Key Facts:

– Key revealed that most people in restaurants recognize him by his laugh more than his face. (MBC WORLD)
– He always showers before eating but once hurriedly ate as many slices of peaches as he could since Minho never used to leave them for any members. (RADIOSTAR #EP.792)
– He is a fan of vintage films from ’80s and ’90s.
– He loves the cookies and cream flavor.
– He usually shops online and considers himself an impulsive spender. When he goes to buy food, he keeps buying frying pans and sometimes a pack of 30 toothbrushes. (MYVOGUE)
– He drinks his ‘first plus Aid 7 days reset juice’ three times a day during dieting.
– He has three watches he often wears and usually wears the Cartier’s Tank Americaine Watch.
– If he could be born as any member in his next, he would want to be born as Minho because he is curious about his lifestyle and way of thinking. (Allure Korea)
– His bag includes his Spongebob glass case, chips, protein bars, reset juice, hair clips & bands, mastic gum, and tweezers.
– He doesn’t like exercise but goes to the gym and does what the trainer tells him to do. (ELLE KOREA)
– The first K-pop song he listened to was “I’m Your Girl” (S.E.S) in 1997. (Buzzfeed Celeb)
– If he wasn’t a singer, he would be an influencer.
– He is best friends with Taeyoung (Girl’s Generation).
– Minho said he has the best reactions when receiving gifts which makes him want to buy more for him.
– His first embarrassing moment on stage was when he was performing but his zipper wasn’t closed all the way so his red underwear was visible. (Buzzfeed Celeb)
– He usually drinks at least two bottles of Soju. (Bamhouse)
– His first celebrity crush was BoA when he was fourteen years old and still considers her his idol and role model.
– He is close with NCT’s Renjun and Chenle and RIIZE’s Shotaro.
– His favorite movies are ‘Alien’ and ‘Total Recall’. (ELLE KOREA)
Read More Facts About Key

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @bumkeyk

Streaming Platform Links
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3. Minho

Minho SHINee

Stage Name Minho (민호)
Birth Name Choi Min Ho (최민호)
Position Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Visual
Birthday December 9, 1991
Active Years 2008–present
Age 32 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Height 181 cm (5’11”)
Weight 60 kg (132 lbs)
Nationality Korean
Blood Type B
MBTI N/A
Representative Emoji Fire (🔥)*

Minho Facts:

– Minho doesn’t take the MBTI test because he does not want to know about it. He is the only SHINee member whose MBTI is unknown. (Marie Claire Korea)
– He is a huge fan of Kobe Byrant.
– His favorite coach is his father. (GQ Korea)
– He likes sports that require him to run and sweat like soccer and basketball.
– He believes he has a good memory.
– He is close friends with Changmin of TVXQ and Kyuhyun of Super Junior.
– He takes ‘red ginseng’ to maintain heat better. (Vogue Korea)
– He always stops his sentences with a full stop, even when he uses an emoji.
– He doesn’t use dishwashers because he distrusts them. (RADIOSTAR #EP.792)
– His favorite film of all time is “A Bittersweet Life” by Kim Jeewoon.  (Minho’s TMI)
– He felt quite distanced when he saw Key for the first time because of Key’s fashion sense as he was wearing wide pants, three chains, and a shirt that had holes in it with a skull printed on the front. (RADIOSTAR #EP.792)
– He learned how to moonwalk from Shindong (Super Junior). (Super Junior Reaction)
– Three things he would take on a deserted island are water, a smartphone, and the Mona Lisa because people would search for the painting so he would be found. (ELLE Singapore)
– His most memorable place in Japan is the Yoyogi 1st Gymnasium because it was the first time SHINee had a concert and he can’t help but feel amazed whenever he passes by the venue. (SeeK Vol.020)

– He likes to wear perfume based on the weather. (ELLE Singapore)
Read More Facts About Minho

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @choiminho_1209

Streaming Platform Links
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4. Taemin

Taemin SHINee
Taemin
Stage Name Taemin (태민)
Birth Name Lee Tae Min (이태민)
Position Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Maknae
Birthday July 18, 1993
Active Years 2008–present
Age 30 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Height 175 cm (5’9″)
Weight 58 kg (128 lbs)
Nationality Korean
Blood Type B
MBTI INFP
Representative Emoji Cheese (🧀)* | 6v6

Taemin Facts:

– Taemin doesn’t like macaroons and finds them too expensive for no reason. (탬로그 6v6 Taemin)
– He had no idea that he once wore pants during the performance that had the phrase ‘Open Here’ on the zipper. (GQ KOREA)
– He is also a part of the supergroup SuperM, alongside EXO’s Kai and Baekhyun, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, and WayV‘s Ten and Lucas.
– He believes that he spent his days too inconsequentially but now tries to live each day meaningfully. (teenvogue)
– He wants to live with the members in the dorm again as he thinks it’ll be more fun since they know each other better now.
– He loves to eat meat in the morning and even gets up at 5 am to eat it even if the schedule is at 7. (Reveal My Star EP253)
– If his friend turned into a cockroach he would find the wizard and punish him first before finding ways to bring his friend back to the human form.
– He is a big fan of SEVENTEEN and his favorite member is Hoshi. (KODE)
– He often orders his food but sometimes makes Kimchi stew which he is confident at making.
– He feels it’s important to be careful before trusting someone as it’s painful when someone disappoints you. (NME)
– His interpretation of love is sacrifice. (TAEMIN’s Q&A)
– He always carries a portable toothbrush and toothpaste, almost obsessively. (SeeK Vol.022)
– If he could be born as any member in his next life, he would want to be born as Onew because Onew has a romantic heart and takes good care of people. (Allure Korea)
– Two SHINee songs he would like to perform again are ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Replay’. (Allure Korea)
– He used to wear his Airpods into the shower thinking that they were waterproof.
– He relates his life to the 1998 satirical drama The Truman Show because, like Jim Carrey, he was also in the eyes of the public from a very young age. (NME)
– He used to watch horror movies a lot but now finds them scary and now likes action, comice or the hero genre in movies. (탬로그 6v6 Taemin)
Read More Facts About Taemin

Website:
taemin.smtown

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @xoalsox

Streaming Platform Links
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Former Members:

5. Jonghyun

Jonghyun SHINee
Jonghyun
Stage Name Jonghyun (종현)
Birth Name Kim Jong Hyun (김종현)
Position Main Vocalist
Birthday April 8, 1990–December 18, 2017
Active Years 2008–2017
Age 34 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Aries
Height 171 cm (5’7″)
Weight 58 kg (127 lbs)
Nationality Korean
Blood Type AB
MBTI ENFP
Representative Emoji N/A

Jonghyun Facts:

– Jonghyun was the shortest member of the group.
– Before he was the kind of person who would get fixated on something as though he was wearing blinders but after doing radio, his worldview became much wider just like when he dropped out of school. (Esquire May 2017)
– He first met SHINee members when he was in ninth grade.
– He stated he wasn’t the type of person that gets influenced easily. (Esquire May 2017)
– He didn’t enjoy love stories and was a fan of thrillers.
– His favorite musicians included Travis Garland, Prince and The Weekend. (SBS Audio)
– He loved having his own distinct scent so he used to use lots of scented lotions and perfumes he liked.
– In December 2016, he compared his state to Rock Lee from the anime Naruto. He mentioned that Rock Lee had eight gates on his body but once he opens a certain number of gates he collapses and falls into a coma. He said that he had reached that state. (Harper’s Bazaar Dec 2016)
– He didn’t like meeting a lot of people and was also afraid to try new things. (Esquire May 2017)
– He was considered a workaholic but lived a quiet daily life.
– He was close with IU, Kyuhyun (Super Junior), Amber (f(x)), and Yeri (Red Velvet).
– On December 18, 2017, he passed away in his home from carbon monoxide poisoning, and the police concluded that it was suicide.
Read More Facts About Jonghyun

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @jonghyun.948
Twitter: @realjonghyun90

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

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