Changmin in 2012
February 18, 1988
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Kyung Hee University
|Revised Romanization||Sim Chang-min|
|Revised Romanization||Choe-gang Chang-min|
Shim Chang-min (born February 18, 1988), also known by his stage name Max Changmin or simply Max, is a South Korean singer, actor, and a member of the pop duo TVXQ. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Changmin was scouted by an S.M. Entertainment talent agent when he was fourteen years old. He made his debut as TVXQ's youngest member in December 2003.
Fluent in both Korean and Japanese, Changmin has achieved commercial success throughout Asia as a member of TVXQ. Known as "Asia's Stars" and the "Kings of K-Pop", TVXQ have released fifteen studio albums and performed on record-breaking concert tours; their sixth Japan-wide tour, the Time Tour, was the highest-grossing concert tour ever held by a foreign music act in Japan. TVXQ are the first non-Japanese music act to hold a concert in the Nissan Stadium, Japan's largest outdoor stadium. According to the Oricon, TVXQ records the most number-one singles for a foreign music act in Japan. They have since sold over 7 million albums there, making them one of Japan's best-selling foreign artists.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 Television and film career
- 4 Artistry
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Discography
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Selected awards
- 9 References
Changmin was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea to a Buddhist family. He has two younger sisters, and both of his parents are teachers. When he was fourteen years old, a talent scout from S.M. Entertainment spotted Changmin while he was singing and playing badminton at the same time during gym class. Attracted to his voice, the scout suggested him to audition for S.M., but Changmin had no interest in becoming a singer. His mother, wanting for a chance to meet BoA, urged Changmin to attend the casting auditions anyway. Three days after auditioning, S.M. called in Changmin for a second audition, which he passed successfully. At the time, Changmin had auditioned without his father's knowledge. After winning the Best Singer and Best Artist award at S.M.'s 6th Annual Youth Competition, Changmin signed with the company.
2003–09: International success with TVXQ
In 2003, Changmin was put in a boy band with four other members, which included U-Know Yunho, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. At fifteen years old, Changmin was the youngest member. The band, TVXQ, debuted on December 26, 2003 at a SBS showcase for BoA and Britney Spears. The band performed their debut single "Hug" and an a capella rendition of "O Holy Night." On January 14, 2004, "Hug" was officially released, peaking at #4 on South Korea's monthly music charts. In October 2004, the group released their first studio album Tri-Angle, which was their first number-one record.
In late 2004, TVXQ signed with the Avex sub-label, Rhythm Zone. Under the name Tohoshinki, TVXQ debuted in Japan with their first Japanese single, "Stay with Me Tonight", in April 2005. After the release of their second Japanese single "Somebody to Love" in July 2005, TVXQ returned to South Korea to release their second studio album Rising Sun in September 2005, which debuted atop the charts and finished as the fourth best-selling Korean album of the year. However, the group's first Japanese studio album, Heart, Mind and Seoul (2006) struggled in Japan's charts and only sold about 20,000 copies the first month of release. Nonetheless, TVXQ's third Korean album "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006) was a financial success, selling over 458,000 copies and topped the year-end charts as South Korea's best-selling album of 2006.
On January 16, 2008, a week before the release of TVXQ's third Japanese studio album T, the group released their first number-one song in Japan, "Purple Line". Following singles "Beautiful You / Sennen Koi Uta" and "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?" also debuted at number one on the weekly Oricon, and TVXQ became the first foreign artist to achieve three consecutive number-one singles in Japan.
The group's fourth Korean album Mirotic was released on September 26, 2008 to record-breaking success. It was the best-selling Korean album of 2008 and sold over 330,000 records in three days, setting the record for one-week sales in South Korea. TVXQ still holds this record today. The album's lead single, "Mirotic" is the group's most successful single, being touted by critics as a staple song of K-pop. The album itself became the best-selling album among Korea's second-generation idols, earning the name "Album of the Decade." As of July 2012, the album has sold over 600,000 records. The album itself won Album of the Year at the 2008 Mnet KM Music Festival and the Disk Daesang at the 23rd Golden Disk Awards.
In July 2009, members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment. TVXQ's activities in Korea immediately ceased after October 2009, but the band continued to release Japanese singles under Rhythm Zone until March 2010. The three members formally left TVXQ in April 2010, and formed their own band JYJ.
2010–present: TVXQ's return as a duo
From August to September 2010, Changmin and remaining TVXQ bandmate U-Know Yunho performed in Seoul, Los Angeles and Shanghai as part of the SMTown Live '10 World Tour. The duo performed a special stage featuring a medley of their previous singles and a new song, "Maximum". In January 2011, Yunho and Changmin returned as a duo, and released TVXQ's fifth Korean album, Keep Your Head Down, which ultimately sold over 320,000 records. Changmin helmed the lyrics for his solo track "Confession", which is featured in the album.
Changmin and Yunho's contracts with their Japanese agency Avex were renewed, and they switched their record label from Rhythm Zone to Avex Trax. In September 2011, the duo released TVXQ's fifth Japanese album Tone, the band's first original album to release number one in Japan. Tone went to become TVXQ's second best-selling studio album in Japan, selling over 330,000 copies and certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The duo embarked on their first Japan-wide tour, the Tone Tour, from January to April 2012, attracting 550,000 people and grossing US$74 million.
The duo returned to Korea at the end of the year to release TVXQ's sixth Korean album Catch Me in September 2012, which was followed by their sixth Japanese album Time in March 2013. The Time Tour broke numerous attendance records; mobilizing over 850,000 live audiences, it was the largest and highest-grossing concert tour ever held by a foreign act in Japan, earning US$93 million from 18 shows. The tour's last stop was at the Nissan Stadium, the largest outdoor stadium in Japan. The duo are the first foreign act to headline a concert at the Nissan Stadium. In the midst of their Time Tour, TVXQ also embarked on their Catch Me World Tour to promote their Korean releases.
TVXQ celebrated their tenth debut anniversary with a two-day residency called "Time Slip" at the Korea International Exhibition Center, which was part of the SMTOWN Week music festival. On January 6, 2014, the duo released TVXQ's seventh Korean album Tense. The album's repackaged version Spellbound includes "Heaven's Day", a solo track performed by Changmin. A month after the release of Spellbound, TVXQ released their seventh Japanese album Tree and embarked on their seventh Japan-wide tour to promote the album. In December 2014, TVXQ released their eighth Japanese album With and toured Japan the following year with the With Tour, the duo's second concert tour to perform in all five of Japan's concert domes.
Television and film career
In 2006, Changmin starred with TVXQ in the miniseries Vacation which had a special premiere and screening at the main auditorium of Yonsei University. He appeared in the episode beside Xiah. They also participated in a number of episodes of Banjun Drama, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network. He was also the first choice in the drama Snow Flower, but was replaced by Kim Ki Bum due his hectic TVXQ schedule.
In 2010, Changmin guest-starred in Athena: Goddess of War for four episodes—starting from episode 16, as NIS explosives specialist Choi Taehyun.
In 2012, Changmin, along with bandmate Yunho, starred in the SM documentary I AM. The film chronicles TVXQ's and other SM artists milestone to be the first Asian artists to perform at Madison Square Garden and Changmin and Yunho's journey to that point, including archival footage, reflection interviews, and rehearsals.
SM Entertainment revealed on February 2, 2012 that Changmin was cast in one of the leading roles in his first Japanese and film role in the Japanese film Fly With the Gold based on the novel by Takamura Kaoru. He plays Momo, a North Korean spy disguised as an engineering student. He has been praised for his Osaka dialect, which though easily understood is extremely difficult to speak, in the film, especially by director Izutsu Kazuyuki. Changmin was nominated for the Newcomer Award at the prestigious 37th annual Hochi Film Awards in Japan, and first Korean artist to be nominated. On January 21, 2013 it was announced that Changmin had won the 36th Japanese Academy Award for Newcomer of the Year, for his role in Fly With the Gold.
It was announced on December 24, 2012 that Changmin would be co-hosting a new KBS variety show with Kang Ho Dong. Known for his wit and quick remarks, the show marks Changmin's first experience as a fixed MC and Kang's official comeback to KBS. To be directed by Lee Ye Ji, the director for KBS’ Hello, and written by Moon Eun Ae of Knee Drop Guru, it is slated to be released mid-January. On January 4, 2013 it was revealed by KBS that the title had changed from its working title "I Like You, Night of Meeting" to Moonlight Prince. The first episode aired on January 22, 2013 and ended its eight episode run on March 12, 2013.
It was announced on March 25, 2013 by a staff member at KBS’s entertainment division that Kang Ho Dong, Lee Soo Geun, and Kim Byung Man would star as the MC's for a new sports variety show that would replace Moonlight Prince called Cool Kiz On The Block. He also said that they were hoping to add a few more cast members and the same PD and writer from "Moonlight Prince" would be with the show. KBS said that the show would record in early April and the first episode would air on April 9. On March 27, 2013 it was announced that Changmin had been selected as one of the MC's for the program. It premiered on April 9, 2013 and debuted number one in its timeslot, beating SBS's Hwasin – Controller of the Heart.
Changmin, along with U-Know Yunho, had appeared in Running Man as guests.
Changmin is known for his high tenor register, particularly his screams and high notes. He is also a lyricist, and has written lyrics for several of the band's music, including 2007's "Evergreen" (Only Love), the Korean version of "Love in the Ice" (Mirotic), "Confession" (Keep Your Head Down), and "I Swear" (Catch Me). He also co-wrote the lyrics of "Sleepless Night", a track in SHINee's third album Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me.
As of 2014, Changmin has written the lyrics for "Rise..." from TVXQ's 7th album Tense and his solo song "Heaven's Day" in Spellbound, TVXQ's repackage album for Tense. He has also written lyrics for other artists such as "Ace", the title track of Taemin (SHINee)'s 1st solo album, Ace, as well as "My Thoughts, Your Memories", a track on Kyuhyun (Super Junior)'s 1st solo album, At Gwanghwamun.
Besides his native Korean, Changmin is fluent in Japanese. Changmin graduated from Gaepo High School in 2006. Accordingly, he was accepted into Seoul's Kyung Hee University. In 2009, he was enrolled as a student of Kyung Hee University majoring in postmodern music. In 2011 he attended Konkuk University for his second degree in Film and Arts. He is currently in the pursuit of a Dual Degree (Masters and Ph.D) at Inha University.
He has an interest in becoming a professional photographer and is a student of photographer Kim Young-joon.
In January 2008, Changmin volunteered with his father in the cleanup of the beaches in Taean, South Korea following the nation's worst oil spill in history. His trip to Taean was intended to be done in secrecy during a short break from his activities with TVXQ during the new year and was only made known to the media and public when another volunteer posted his sighting on a fan site. The incident was later confirmed by TVXQ's agent.
|2008||"Wild Soul"||Two Hearts/Wild Soul|
|2010||"Big Time"||N/A||Performed at SM Town Live '10 World Tour|
|2011||"고백 (Confession)"||Keep Your Head Down|
|2012||"눈물 같은 사람 (A Person Like Tears)"||Jeon Woo-chi Original Soundtrack|
|2013||"Rock With U"||N/A||Performed at Time: Live Tour 2013|
|"Gold Dust"||Performed at The Mission II tour|
|2014||"Breath" (Japanese version)||SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath||duet with Krystal of f(x)|
|"슬픔 속에 그댈 지워야만 해 (Because I Love You) - Acoustic version"||Mimi Original Soundtrack|
|"Over"||N/A||Performed at Tree: Live Tour 2014|
|"사랑한다 그 말을 못해서 (Because I couldn't say the words "I Love You")"||The Night Watchman's Journal Original Soundtrack|
|2007||"Evergreen"||TVXQ||2007 Winter SMTown – Only Love|
|2008||"Love In the Ice"||Mirotic||Korean version of "Love In the Ice"|
|2009||"12시 34분 (Nothing Better)"||2009 Summer SMTown – We are Shining|
|2011||"고백 (Confession)"||Max Changmin||Keep Your Head Down||Also recorded in the original soundtrack for Paradise Ranch|
|2012||"I Swear"||TVXQ||Catch Me|
|2013||"떠나지 못해 (Sleepless Night)"||Shinee||Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me|
|"Heaven's Day"||Max Changmin||Spellbound|
|"기억을 따라서 (Everlasting)"||TVXQ||Live World Tour: Catch Me in Seoul||Korean version of "Toki o Tomete"|
|" 나의 생각, 너의 기억 (My Thoughts, Your Memories)"||Kyuhyun||At Gwanghwamun|
|Dating on Earth||2009||Changmin||Direct-to-video|
|I AM.||2012||Himself||Documentary film|
|Fly with the Gold||Momo||Japanese film debut
Japanese Academy Award for Newcomer of the Year
Japan Film Critics Award for Best New Artist
Nominated—Hochi Film Award for Newcomer Award
|SMTOWN The Stage||2015||Himself||Documentary film|
|Banjun Theater||2005||Max Changmin||Main role (7 episodes)|
|Vacation||2006||Max Changmin||Theatrical drama
Episode: "Beautiful Life"
|Athena: Goddess of War||2010||Choi Tae-hyun||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|Paradise Ranch||2011||Han Dong-joo||Main role (16 episodes)|
|Welcome to the Show||2011||Himself||Cameo (Episode 1)|
|Saki||2013||Cafe customer||Cameo (Episode 11)|
|Mimi||2014||Han Min-woo||Main role (4 episodes)|
|Scholar Who Walks the Night||2015||Crown Prince Lee Yoon||Supporting role; filming|
|Moonlight Prince||2013||Himself||Variety show (8 episodes)
Nominated—KBS Entertainment Award for Best Newcomer
|Cool Kiz On The Block||2013–14||Himself||Variety show (42 episodes)
KBS Entertainment Award for Best Entertainer
|Fluttering India||2015||Himself||Variety show (2 episodes)|
|2012||Hochi Film Awards||Best New Artist||Fly with the Gold||Nominated|
|2013||Japan Academy Awards||Newcomer of the Year||Fly with the Gold||Won|
|2013||Japan Film Critics Awards||Best New Artist||Fly with the Gold||Won|
|2013||KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Entertainer (Variety)||Cool Kiz On The Block||Won|
|2013||KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer||Moonlight Prince||Nominated|
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