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Changmin in 2012
Native name 심창민
Born Sim Chang-min
(1988-02-18) February 18, 1988 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names MAX
Max Changmin
Changmin (チャンミン?)
Alma mater Kyung Hee University
Konkuk University
Inha University
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active 2003–present
Musical career
Genres K-Pop
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts
Sim Chang-min
Hangul 심창민
Revised Romanization Sim Chang-min
McCune–Reischauer Sim Ch'angmin
Stage name
Hangul 최강창민
Revised Romanization Choe-gang Chang-min
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oegang Ch'angmin
This is a Korean name; the family name is Shim.

Shim Chang-min (born February 18, 1988),[1] also known by his stage name Max Changmin or simply Max, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the pop duo TVXQ.

Early life[edit]

Changmin was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He is the first-born son of teachers, and has two younger sisters, Shim Soo-yeon and Shim Ji-yeon. Changmin and his family are Buddhists. When he was in middle school, Changmin was spotted by a talent scout while playing badminton during gym class. The scout recommended him to audition for S.M. Entertainment, but Changmin had no interest in becoming a singer. His mother, wanting for a chance to meet BoA,[2] 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.[3] After winning the Best Singer and Best Artist award at the S.M.-sponsored contest 6th Annual Youth Competition, Changmin signed with the company.[4]

Music career[edit]

2003–09: International success with TVXQ[edit]

Main article: 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."[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9] The album itself became the best-selling album among Korea's second-generation idols, earning the name "Album of the Decade."[10] As of July 2012, the album has sold over 600,000 records.[11] 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: Return as duo[edit]

From August to September 2010, Changmin and U-Know Yunho, the two remaining TVXQ members, performed in Seoul, Los Angeles and Shanghai as part of the SMTown Live '10 World Tour.[12] The duo performed a special stage featuring a medley of their previous singles and a new song, "Maximum". In January 2011, Jung and Changmin returned as a duo,[13] 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 Group, were renewed, and they switched their record label from Rhythm Zone to Avex Trax.[14] In September 2011, the duo released TVXQ's fifth Japanese album Tone, the band's first number-one album in Japan. Tone went to become TVXQ's second best-selling record in Japan, selling over 330,000 copies and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The duo released their sixth Korean album Catch Me in September 2012, which was followed by their sixth Japanese album, Time, in March 2013. That same year, TVXQ embarked on their first world tour, the Catch Me World Tour.

In December 2012, Changmin released "A Person Like Tears" for the drama Jeon Woo-chi. In February 4, 2014, SM Entertainment revealed that SM The Ballad will make a comeback with new members, Changmin being one of them. He will be singing, together with F(x)'s Krystal, the Japanese version of the title track, Breath.[15]

Television and film career[edit]

In 2006, Changmin starred with TVXQ in the miniseries Vacation which had a special premiere and screening at the main auditorium of Yonsei University.[16] He appeared in the episode beside Xiah.[17] They also participated in a number of episodes of Banjun Drama, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network.[18][19] 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 2011, Changmin was cast in the drama series Paradise Ranch opposite Lee Yeon-hee.[20] He also dubbed his own voice for the Japanese release of Paradise Ranch.

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.[21] 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.[22] Changmin was nominated for the Newcomer Award at the prestigious 37th annual Hochi Film Awards in Japan, and first Korean artist to be nominated.[23] 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.[24][25]

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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] On March 27, 2013 it was announced that Changmin had been selected as one of the MC's for the program.[29] It premiered on April 9, 2013 and debuted number one in its timeslot, beating SBS's Hwasin – Controller of the Heart.[30]

On January 22, 2014, Mnet revealed that Changmin would star as the lead actor in their upcoming four-episode cable miniseries Mimi.[31]


Changmin is known for his high tenor register, particularly his screams and high notes.[32] He is also a lyricist, and has written lyrics for several of the band's music, including 2007's "Evergreen" (Only Love),[33][34] the Korean version of "Love in the Ice" (Mirotic),[35] "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.[36]

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,[37] as well as "My Thoughts, Your Memories", a track on Kyuhyun (Super Junior)'s 1st solo album, At Gwanghwamun.

Personal life[edit]

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.[38] 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.

Volunteer work[edit]

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.[39]


Main article: TVXQ discography

Solo discography[edit]

Year Song Originating album Notes
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)
"Heaven's Day" Spellbound
"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

Lyric credits[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Originating album Notes
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
2014 "Rise..." TVXQ Tense
"Heaven's Day" Max Changmin Spellbound
"기억을 따라서 (Everlasting)" TVXQ Live World Tour: Catch Me in Seoul Korean version of "Toki o Tomete"
"Ace" Taemin Ace
" 나의 생각, 너의 기억 (My Thoughts, Your Memories)" Kyuhyun At Gwanghwamun


As actor[edit]

Film and television
Title Year Role Notes
Banjun Theater 2005 Himself TV mini-drama, main role (7 episodes)
Vacation 2006 Himself TV mini-drama; main role (Episode: "Beautiful Life")
Athena: Goddess of War 2010 Choi Tae-hyun TV drama; recurring role (4 episodes)
Paradise Ranch 2011 Han Dong-joo TV drama; main role (16 episodes)
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
Welcome to the Show 2013 Himself Sitcom; cameo
Saki Cafe customer TV drama; cameo
Mimi 2014 Han Min-woo TV mini-drama; main role (4 episodes)

As host[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Moonlight Prince 2013 Host Nominated—KBS Entertainment Award for Best Newcomer
Cool Kiz On The Block 2013–14 Host KBS Entertainment Award for Best Entertainer

Selected awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
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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