SHINee (pronounced as Shiny) is a contemporary boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. It consists of five members namely Onew, Key, Minho, Taemin and Jonghyun. They debuted around May 2008 with their promotional single entitled “Replay”. The group is also considered as a fashion icon. They started the so-called “Shinee Trend”.


  • Onew

SHINee’s Leader Onew is the oldest of the group. His stage name “Onew” means soft and caring, which reflects his kind and leader-like personality and attitude. It also gave way to his nickname “Dubu”, which means tofu in Korean. His voice is soft and mellow, which puts him as a great vocalist for SHINee.
Stage Name: 온유 / 温流
Real Name: Lee Jinki (이진기)
Nickname: Leader Onew
Position: Leader & Main Vocals
DOB: December 14th, 1989 (20 int’l ; 21 krn)
Height: 177-178cm *
Weight: 60-61kg *
Bloodtype: O
Hometown: Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do
Siblings: None
School: Chungwoon University (present)
Hobby/Interest: Singing, Piano, Chinese
Discovered: 2006 S.M. Academy Casting
Appearances: Brothers Were Brave (2010 Musical) & Rock of Ages (2010 Musical)

  • Jonghyun

Bling Bling Jonghyun is SHINee’s lead vocal. His nickname “Bling Bling” means that he shines, and with his fantastic voice, it’s no wonder he does. Jonghyun is the second oldest and despite his cool appearance, he can be quite emotional and shy. His personality is suitable of AB blood types, and is known to be very goofy and offbeat.
Stage Name: 종현 / 钟铉
Real Name: Kim Jonghyun (김종형)
Nickname: Bling Bling Jonghyun
Position: Lead Vocals
DOB: April 8th, 1990 (20 int’l ; 21 krn)
Height: 173-174cm *
Weight: 56kg *
Bloodtype: AB
Hometown: Seoul
Siblings: Older sister
School: Seoul Music Institute (graduated in 2009)
Hobby/Interest: Watching Movies, Singing, Writing Lyrics, Chinese
Discovered: 2005 S.M. Casting System
Appearances: None (yet!)

  • Key

SHINee’s 3rd youngest is the Almighty Key. Gifted with skills in both singing, rapping, and dancing, he really is almighty. Key is also known as one of SHINee’s most fashionable member. He is known to be very knowledgeable of current girl group dances and learns them quickly.
Stage Name: 키
Real Name: Kim Kibum (김기범)
Nickname: Almighty Key
Position: Vocals & Rapper
DOB: September 23rd, 1991 (19 int’l ; 20 krn)
Height: 179-180cm *
Weight: 59kg *
Bloodtype: B
Hometown: Daegu
Siblings: None
School: Daegu Youngshin High School (graduated in 2010)
Hobby/Interest: Rap, Dance, Water Skiing, Chinese
Discovered: 2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting
Appearances: Attack of the Pin-Up Boys (2007), Super Junior – Wonder Boy MV, Raising Idol

  • Minho

SHINee’s Flaming Charisma Minho is the tallest among the boys. Minho appears to be a bit soft spoken compared to the others, but with his handsome looks and charm, he certainly does stand out. Recently, he has certainly broken out of his shell and his personality has begun to emerge as an outspoken and confident character.
Stage Name: 민호 / 珉豪
Real Name: Choi Minho (최민호)
Nickname: Flaming Charisma Minho
Position: Rapper & Vocals (Yes, he sings too.)
DOB: December 9th, 1991 (18 int’l ; 19 krn)
Height: 183-184cm *
Weight: 60kg *
Bloodtype: B
Hometown: Incheon
Siblings: Older brother (Minsuk)
School: Konkuk University (present)
Hobby/Interest: Soccer, Basketball, Acting, Chinese (studied in Beijing in 2006 & 2007), English
Discovered: 2006 S.M. Casting System
Appearances: Ha SangBaek’s Fashion Show (March 2008), 2008/2009 F/W Pret-a-Porter Busan Fashion Show (May 2008), SNSD – Gee MV (Japanese & Korean versions), Dream Team Season 2

  • Taemin

Maknae Taemin is SHINee’s youngest member. Although he is very young, Taemin is bursting with talent and is SHINee’s best dancer. He was known for his mushroom/bowl haircut and has charmed all the noonas with his cute antics and charming ways. Taemin’s vocals have greatly improved over the years, and his dancing never fails to impress all.
Stage Name: 태민 / 泰民
Real Name: Lee Taemin (이태민)
Nickname: Maknae (Youngest) Taemin
Position: Vocals & Dancer
DOB: July 18th, 1993 (17 int’l ; 18 krn)
Height: 178-179cm *
Weight: 53kg *
Bloodtype: B
Hometown: Dongbong-gu, Seoul
Family: Older brother (Taesun)
School: Chungdam High School (present)
Hobby/Interest: Listening to Music, Popping (Dance), Piano, Chinese (studied in Beijing in 2007)
Discovered: 2005 S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting
Appearances: 태희혜교지현이! / TaeHee HyeGyo JiHyun! (2009 Sitcom)

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