Jonghyun will be the first SM Entertainment artist to kick start the year of 2015, making his solo debut. He will be the second SHINee member to do so, following the successful solo promotions of Taemin in 2014 with “Danger” from his mini-album ACE. In addition, he is the fifth SM artist to follow his own solo singing activities apart from his group following Super Junior-M’s Henryand Zhoumi, Taemin, and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun.
Known for his colorful and powerful performances, fans are eagerly awaiting his solo activities this month.
Image teasers for his solo act were revealed via his own website on December 2nd, Jonghyun sharing his fashionista side to fans, a side not usually shared in SHINee promotions.
The SHINee singer will be releasing his mini-album BASE on January 12th. He will begin promotions for the album on KBS Music Bank on January 9th, followed by MBCMusic Core on the 10th, and SBSInkigayo on the 11th.
On July 1st, the “Hong Kong Dome Festival” outdoor concert will be held at the Kai Tak Development Site, lasting four hours long, and will features artists BoA, SHINee, EXO, f(x), Super Junior-M’s Henry, and local bands Mr and RubberBand.
Unfortunately, the event has been shrouded in controversy.
A pro-democracy protest rally is held annually on July 1st in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong fans have argued that their government has purposely arranged the concert in efforts to derail young people from the protest, which will focus on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
Tickets for concerts in Hong Kong is said to average about 1,000 Hong Kong dollars (145,000 won or approximately 128 USD); but tickets for the “Hong Kong Dome Festival” were sold for 99 Hong Kong dollars (14,000 won or approximately 12 USD).
And thus, fans have been requesting K-Pop artists, who are scheduled to attend – BoA, SHINee, f(x), EXO and Super Junior-M’s Henry – through their Facebook page to boycott the upcoming concert.
One fan writes, “I love your songs and dance, but please do not go to Hong Kong on 1/ 7. BoA, please DO NOT make the show in HK on July 1. The government wants to use your fame to sidetrack the democratic event. Please consider, you are living in a country WITH democracy while we are not.”
“The concert you are attending is held at the same time as the march and I would really hate to see that you will be involved in some devious plot to try to undermine the Hong Kong people’s will to say No to a government which was not chosen by its people. Please rethink your decision to attend this concert,” posts a SHINee fan.
However, organizers of the “Hong Kong Dome Festival” deny the event was organized to clash with the protest. PIA chairwoman Florence Chan said to South China Morning Post (SCMP), “July 1 has become a day for Hongkongers to express their demands to the government. We picked this day because we wanted to show the government that we need a mega venue in Hong Kong so that we can stay competitive in the region.”
She adds that the Hong Kong Colisseum** has a capacity for 12,500, and has constantly been overbooked. “We need a venue with a capacity of 25,000 to 30,000.”
The West Kowloon Cultural District is known to have plans for an 18,000 capacity venue that will only come into fruition depending on the budget. Chan explains the the low price tickets to the music festival was “to help show public demand for mega shows (SCMP).”
Civil Human Rights Front’s Jackie Hung Ling-yu insists that the concert is sponsored by property developers to dissuade young people into participating in this year’s protest rally, but says that “the ploy would be in vain and protesters would take to the streets as usual (SCMP).”
A Facebook Page has been set up and has already attracted nearly 6,000 likes.
While there has been no word if any of the SM Entertainment artists will boycott the concert at the heed of fans, local Hong Kong bands Mr and RubberBand have recently announced that they will still participate, but will donate their earnings from the concert to charity.
RubberBand posted their decision via Facebook and Sina’s Weibo, “We offer our sincere apology to fans who are disappointed in us. After a few days of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that we can voice our opinion on any stage, wherever it is (SCMP).”
“After the event, we will [join] the march. We call upon all those who care about Hong Kong’s freedom and political development to take to the streets and express their views on that day (SCMP).”
Mr writes, “To those of you who have attacked and discredited the performers [at Dome Festival], we do not make this decision out of fear of you. I want you to know your comments bring no positive impact on society, the economy or yourself (SCMP).”
**in comparison, Tokyo Dome (Japan) has a capacity of 55,000; Kaohsiung (Taiwan) seats 40,000; Singapore Sports Hub seats 55,000.
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Super Junior M member Henry has finally made his debut as a solo artist through his first mini-album “Trap.”
Containing a total of six tracks, “Trap” showcases Henry’s diverse musical talents. Aside from singing the tracks, Henry also helped compose some of the songs, proving his musical versatility. In addition, while the majority of the tracks are sung in Korean, one of the tracks “I Would” is sung in English.
The title track for the mini-album is “Trap,” which also features Super Junior member Kyuhyun and SHINee member Taemin. The music video for this song has also been released after some delay.
Check out Henry’s mini-album and music video below, and be sure to support him by purchasing his music on sites such as MelOn and Bugs!
*Used With Permission – De De Tillman; International Celebrity Blogger
After being injured in a car accident from early April, SHINee’s Jonghyun underwent surgery and has been in recovery, forcing SHINee to promote their title track “Why So Serious?” off their newest album “Why So Serious? – Misconceptions of Me” without him.
However, it has been revealed that he will be returning to the stage on the May 23rd episode of MNet’s M! Countdown. Now on stage as a group, SHINee’s performance is expected to be more intense and fuller than ever.
Additionally, Jonghyun will be attending SHINee’s fifth year anniversary party on May 25th titled “SHINee Debut 5th Anniversary Special Party! ☆ SHINee DAY.”
Meanwhile, SHINee will continue their music show activities and move onto their Japanese promotions in late June.
SHINee will be making their return with another full length album soon. Teaser pictures for member Key were already revealed yesterday but today it was Taemin’s turn for a place in the spotlight.
“Dream Girl” is the title track to the group’s third full length album of the same name. It is described to be a bright spring dance track and will incorporate their bold fashion and trademark performances to their music.
The new album will be released on February 19th. More teaser pictures will be revealed in the following days.
SHINee) is a South Korean boy group formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group consists of Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, andTaemin. They made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS‘s Inkigayo with their single, “Replay” (Korean: 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)).
According to Koreaboo, SHINee will be releasing their next Japanese single “1000-nen, Zutto Soba ni Ite…” December 12, 2012.
It will be their 6th single release since their Japanese debut with “Replay” last year.
Posted: Wednesday September 26, 2012 @11:46 a.m. PST
K-pop group SHINee is having a contest that is conducted by KBS World to get a chance to have a date with members Key and Jonghyun plus be on the show.
According to KBS WORLD, to celebrate KBS World’s HD conversion, KBS World prepared a special event for international KBS World lovers! ‘World Date with SHINee’.
We are looking for 7 LUCKY international KBS World viewers to join in the program! The winner will have a fun date with Key and Jonghyun of “SHINee” for 3 days and 2 nights in Korea! Plus, the winners will get a chance to appear on KBS World TV.
TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD and f(x) will perform at the K-pop concert, entitled “MBC Korean Music Wave in Google” in Mountain View, California, USA on May 21 at 7 p.m. local time. The event is co-hosted by MBC and Google/YouTube and will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, located near the Google’s headquarters.
Source & Story Credit: The Korea Times – Kwaak Je-yup
Media Credit: Photo (The Korea Times) / Video (S.M.Entertainment)
Posted: Sunday May 13, 2012 @2:00 p.m. PST
When the five members of SHINee (pronounced SHY-nee) sat down for an interview with The Korea Times, Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho and Taemin sacrificed a much-need break before a live performance. But they wore their professional faces, eager to take their best shot at explaining the reason behind their success.
“We show something new with every release,” said Onew. “Initially, we can feel a bit awkward (in the new shoes), but then we fill them.”
“We don’t follow trends,” Jonghyun added. “That’s probably why.”
But that fails to rationalize how the four-year-old group upstaged agency mates such as Girls’ Generation and Super Junior with more experience under their belts, at SM Entertainment’s collective showcase in New York last October. Jon Caramanica of the New York Times summarized them as “the most ambitious” of the evening.
Their appeal could be deconstructed into several elements.
One is their colorful avant-garde style, put together by fashion designer Ha Sang-beg. Since day one, when they debuted with “Replay” in 2008, vivid Candy Land hues — especially on their trousers — garnered as much attention as their music. Even these days, as seen on the cover of the latest single “Sherlock,” released late March, SHINee are bursting with color.
“Much has evolved over the years,” said Ha in a phone interview, “since I change their styles to reflect their music.”
But he admits a sense of continuity: “The feel from their debut single still exists, mixing the overground (sic) with the underground, haute couture with street fashion … but it is very modern, like SHINee.”
Their boyish charm has also been an enormous factor in winning a considerable female following, young and adult. In particular the latter’s loyalty is a phenomenon most associated with the group, with newcomers trying to emulate the “adorable young man” formula with a mixed rate of success. At showcases, women in their late 20s and older scream their names in ecstasy.
Then, there are the musical creations by the world’s most sought-after producers, like Thomas Troelsen, Thomas Eriksen and Mikkel Remme Sigvardt to name a few. The predominantly Nordic teams feed the group with tracks that sound both impossibly polished and cutting-edge. Amplified through the members’ enviable voices, especially Jonghyun’s that packs the most punch of all boy bands in Korea, their music seems invincible.
But the members’ answer is quite simple: thirst for success.
“We work hard because we are driven by our fans’ expectations,” said Minho.
If their most important aim is to please, they can pat themselves on the back several times. In about four years, SHINee has established itself as one of the most popular groups in the Korean market. They have also been at the forefront of “hallyu,” or the Korean wave, recording various firsts. Last year they became the first Asian group to perform at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, best known for its ties to the Beatles. Their 20-date Japanese tour, which started last week, is completely sold out.
The need to delight the audience is even stronger abroad, the band says.
“We can’t deny that we feel a sense of responsibility. We’re singing abroad in Korean,” said Jonghyun. “We’ve got to work hard as representatives.”
The SM Entertainment artists are well-known for their composure, and the five members cut a similarly innocuous figure. Only when they started speaking about their individual aspirations did they peel off the “perfect” skin a little — in one case literally.
“I really want to study more. So I bought a textbook recently,” said Onew. Only after insisting did he reveal the subject, which was nowhere near expected: human anatomy.
Taemin, who has consistently been called the prettiest of the five, revealed that he was drawn to and would like to try hard to create the sounds of superstar DJ Skrillex and heavy metal band Korn.
Key, mum for most of the hour, said he wanted to study abroad, mingling with ordinary people.
“I actually joined the company while I was preparing to leave Korea,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be any subject in particular. I want to experience the school life.”
Minho and Taemin also agreed.
“I want a routine lifestyle, one that has a schedule; ours is irregularly regular,” said Minho, alluding to the fact that the recording and performing cycle repeats itself but that the daily life remains unpredictable to them.
Taemin wanted to go on a class trip, which he most probably gave up after becoming a trainee at a very early age.
Jonghyun was actually the first one to jump in and respond, which was simple and determined: “I’d like to live alone. I’ve never done that before.”
With a tour around the corner, it seemed that these wishes would have to be put on hold for a little longer, yet it was apparent from their voices, quiet but markedly unwavering, that they yearned to grow up and experience the world — and become great artists. For more, visit enewsworld.com.
SHINee are a five-member boy band, consisting of Onew, 22, Jonghyun, 22, Key, 20, Minho, 20 and Taemin, 18. They made their debut in May 2008 — back when they were all teenagers — with the EP “Replay.”
The eponymous single was a instant hit, in particular with its line about “Nuna (older sister), you’re so pretty” with the adult female demographic.
The band followed it up with their first full-length album “The SHINee World,” including songs “Love Like Oxygen,” another hit.
After winning several new artist awards at the end of 2008, SHINee released their second and third EPs “Romeo” and “Year of Us” in 2009.
The group’s second studio album “Lucifer” came out the following year and SHINee demonstrated their catchy style in music, dance and fashion.
The choreography of “Lucifer” with its bounce gesture was widely imitated and parodied among Korean entertainers and fans on YouTube, contributing to the song’s success.
While participating in SM Town Live concerts in Tokyo, Paris and New York last year, the group released their first Japanese studio album “The First” in November.
In March, SHINee made their Korean comeback after a year and a half with new mini album “Sherlock,” which mashed up the tracks “Clue” and “Note.” A Japanese version of the song will be released on May 16.
The boy band began a concert tour of Japan in Fukuoka on April 25 and will continue through Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Tokyo and Hiroshima, with a projected total audience of 250,000.
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Posted: Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 3:25 p.m. PST
According to SM Entertainment, ‘Sherlock,’ the title song of SHINee’s 4th mini album, is the definitive edition of the so-called hybrid remix, which mixes two independent songs into a new song. It will present a unique charm by making one feel like watching a musical and reveal the distinctive music color of SHINee, a contemporary band, who has been recognized for their fresh and experimental music and performances.
Especially, the lyrics tell the story of Sherlock, who solves a criminal case by combining the rational clue ‘Clue’ and intuitive ‘Note.’ Therefore, the song gives a smart charm by connecting the lyrics of the two different songs flawlessly into a piece.
Since the two songs ‘Clue’ and ‘Note,’ which make up ‘Sherlock,’ will also be included in the album and let listeners compare the hybrid remix version of ‘Sherlock’ and its original version, it is expected that the album will receive an explosive response from music fans.
Moreover, all the 7 songs in the mini album will be released worldwide on March 19th through Korean music websites and iTunes and the album ‘Sherlock’ will be available in stores from March 21st.
According to Nate, On March 16, SHINee released medley of tunes from its upcoming new album ‘Sherlock’ along with teaser images of the members in all-new style. This promotional video has been posted on SHINee’s official web site and online social sites such as Facebook and Kakao Talk Plus Friend.
SHINee’s ‘Sherlock’ is officially to be released worldwide on March 19 through various Korean music services and Itunes. Starting from Korea on March 21, the album will be available in stores in Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippine, Indonesia and China.
The title song, also named ‘Sherlock,’ will be sensational – the original ‘Hybrid Remix’ music is mixed with choreography by Tony Testa, a world renowned dancer who has also worked with Michael and Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue. SHINee makes a grand comeback on Mnet’s ‘M-Conutdown’ on March 22 and officially starts the promotion for ‘Sherlock.’