Key (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Birth name Kim Ki-bum (김기범)
Also known as Almighty Key, Diva, Fox, Bummie
Born (1991-09-23) September 23, 1991 (age 23)
Daegu, South Korea[1]
Genres K-Pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 2008–present
Labels SM Entertainment
EMI Music Japan [2]
Associated acts Shinee
SM Town
Stage name
Revised Romanization Ki
McCune–Reischauer K'i
Birth name
Hangul 김기범
Revised Romanization Gim Gi-beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ki-bŏm

Kim Ki-bum (born September 23, 1991), better known by his stage name Key, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of both the South Korean boy group Shinee and the South Korean duo Toheart.



Key was a varsity water-skier in Dae Gu Yeong Shin Middle School.[3] He has also appeared in Super Junior's Wonder Boy music video as an extra dancer and is known for his multilingual talents since he spent six weeks on an exchange in America.


Main article: Shinee

Key was discovered at the 2006 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting. In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, the 5-member boy group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo.[4]


Main article: ToHeart (band)

On February 20, 2014 SM Entertainment released a prologue video announcing Toheart, an all-new collaboration between Woohyun from Infinite and Key.[5] A second prologue video was released on February 27 announcing Toheart's debut in March 2014,[6] later confirmed as March 10.[7] The showcase information and track list for the unit's debut was released on March 3,[8] followed by a music video teaser on March 4[9] and a track preview video on March 6.[10] Toheart debuted their new music video Delicious on March 10[11] and made their live debut on March 12 at their MelOn Premier Showcase.[12]


Key was featured in label-mate Xiah's solo performance of "Xiahtic" in TVXQ's concert, 2009: The 3rd Asia Tour Mirotic, in Seoul.[13] In 2010 He was featured in the song "치유 (Healing)" on TRAX's mini album "Trax Mini Album Volume 1".[14]

Later, it was also announced that Key would have a part in Girls' Generation's song "Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)" (Korean: "화성인 바이러스 (Boys & Girls)") on their second studio album Oh!.[15] Key featured in Girls' Generation's first live album The 1st Asia Tour: Into The New World Album in the song "Barbie Girl" with Girls' Generation's Jessica Jung. He also was featured in Im Yoona's solo performance in Girls' Generation 1st Asia Tour: Into the New World in Shanghai with the song "If You Find A Cool Guy, Please Introduce Me." Also sings many American songs, like 'Firework' by Katy Perry, 'Take a Bow' by Rihanna, 'Judas' and 'Hair' by Lady Gaga, 'TiK ToK' by Ke$ha, and 'My First Kiss' by 3OH!3 with f(x)'s Krystal and Shinee's own Taemin.

Key collaborated with Leeteuk of Super Junior on a song called "Bravo" for drama History of a Salaried Man. He also had a rap part in EXO's song "Two Moons" on their debut mini album MAMA and BoA's song "One Dream" as the theme song for SBS 'Kpop Star with labelmate Henry of Super Junior-M.[16]


Key was cast as Frank Abagnale Jr., rotating with Um Ki Joon, Kim Jeong-hoon, Park Kwang-hyun and label-mates Super Junior's Kyuhyun with SNSD's Sunny and CSJH The Grace's Dana, in the Korean production of Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can, marking his theatrical debut. The musical ran from March 28 to June 10 at the Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.[17] Key also did a cameo in SBS Sitcom "Salamander Guru and The Shadows" in episode 4.[18]

On October 24, 2012 it was announced that Key would be participating in the return of the Korean adaption of the broadway musical Catch Me If You Can. The production started on December 14, 2012 and continued until February 9, 2013 at the Opera House in the Seongnam Arts Center. The cast mainly remains the same with Um Ki-joon, Kyuhyun, Dana, and Sunny along with the addition of Beast's Dongwoon.[19]

On July 18, 2013, it was announced that Key would be cast as Clyde in the Korean production of the broadway musical "Bonnie & Clyde", alongside the cast Kim Min-jong, Uhm Ki-joon, Dana of CSJH The Grace, and Hyungsik of ZE:A. The performance will be open at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul on the 4th of September until the 27th of October.

Not long after, on October the 22nd 2013, it was announced that he would be cast in another Korean adaptation of the broadway musical "The Three Musketeers" as D'Artagnan. Joining Key on rotation for the role of D'Artagnan are Uhm Kijoon, 2PM's Jun.K, ZE:A's Park Hyungshik and Super Junior's Sungmin, as well as Park Jinwoo and FT Island's Song Seunghyun as special actors for the role. "The Three Musketeers" will be staged from December 13 this year to February 2 next year at Seongnam Arts Centre Opera House.

According to SM Entertainment on 15 July 2014, Key has been cast as the lead role for new musical "Zorro" and he will be sharing the main role with singer Wheesung and Beast's Yoseob. "Zorro" will begin its run from August 27 till October 26 at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul.[20]

Television shows[edit]

Key has also appeared on television shows such as Idol Maknae Rebellion as a guest star alongside his Shinee group mates Taemin, Onew, and Jonghyun in two episodes. Together with other idol group members: Dongho from U-KISS, Shorry J from Mighty Mouth, Jinwoon from 2AM, Yunhwa from T-Max, Seunghyun from F.T. Island and in the later part, Mir from MBLAQ. Key was part of the cast of the show Raising Idol; the show was also known as 'Keydol' by his fans.

On February 10, 2014, it was revealed that Key is going to participate in the MBC show "We Got Married Global Edition". His virtual wife is Arisa Yagi, a Japanese model. The show later aired in April of the same year.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008 he was the 3rd Youth International Video Festival "the aura" Goodwill Ambassador with fellow Shinee member, Minho. Key was raised by his grandmother since he was born. His mother was very sick after giving birth and his father was busy with work.[22]

Along with his native language Korean, he is fluent in English and is also talented in speaking Japanese, as well as basic Chinese.

He is known to be the most sociable member with the most celebrity phone numbers, and also known to be close to the '91 line. The group contains people from popular groups such as Nicole, 2AM's Jinwoon, FT Island's Jaejin, Beast's DongWoon, MBLAQ's Mir, Infinite's Woohyun, After School's Nana, Miss A's Min, and Girl's Generation's Seohyun. He is also close friends with Sistar's Soyu, f(x)'s Amber, and Jung Eun-ji of A Pink.[23]


Main article: Shinee discography

Collaborations and soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Artist
2010 TRAX Mini Album Volume Up "Healing" with TRAX
2010 Oh! "Boys & Girls" with Girls' Generation
2010 1st Asia Tour "Into The New World" "Barbie Girl" Duet with Jessica
2011 History of Salary Man OST "Bravo" 03:12 Duet with Leeteuk
2012 One Dream (Single) "One Dream" 02:29 with BoA & Henry
2012 MAMA "Two Moons" 02:59 with EXO
2012 Only One "One Dream" 02:29 with BoA & Henry
2014 Toheart "Delicious" Duet with Woohyun from Infinite


Television dramas[edit]

Year Channel Title Role
2011 Mnet Moon Night 90 Lee Hyun Do
2012 SBS Salamander Guru and The Shadows cameo appearance

Variety shows[edit]

Year Channel Show Note
2014 MBC Star Gazing Regular Cast

Musical theatre[edit]

Date Title Role Note
(March 28, 2012 – June 10, 2012) &
(December 14, 2012 – February 9, 2013)
Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr. Korean Ver.
September 5, 2013 - Ongoing Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Chestnut Barrow Korean Ver.
December 3, 2013 - February 2, 2014 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan Korean Ver.
August 27, 2014 - October 26, 2014 Zorro Zorro Korean Ver.

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Role
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Super Junior Extra dancer


  1. ^ "Key(김기범) 가수". Naver Profiles (in Korean). March 2, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Shinee" (in Japanese). SM Entertainment Japan and EMI Music Japan. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ 샤이니 키, 中시절 수상스키 선수로 전국 대회 출전. Seoul Newspaper (in Korean). September 26, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
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  13. ^ 동방신기,中 난징서 2만팬 열광시켜..위조티켓도 등장. CC. Today (in Korean). April 5, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  14. ^ 트랙스, 첫 미니앨범 ‘가슴이 차가운 남자’ 22일 ‘뮤직뱅크’ 깜짝공개. CC. Toda (in Korean). January 1, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  15. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 ‘Oh!(오)’, 네티즌 “빨리 무대 보고싶어” (Girls' Generation's "Oh!", Netizens "Really Want to See the Performance"). Today Korea. January 27, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  16. ^ BoA to release "One Dream" featuring Shinee's Key and Super Junior-M's Henry. (March 17, 2012). Retrieved on June 11, 2013.
  17. ^ Sunwoo, Carla "Three join ‘Catch Me if You Can’" Joongang Daily. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012
  18. ^ "Cameo of Key" SBS News. June 2, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2012 16:05
  19. ^ {INFO} Key to participate in the "Catch Me If You Can" musical again – 2012 – SHINee Forums International. Retrieved on June 11, 2013.
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  21. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi. "SHINee’s Key to Join We Got Married Global Edition". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Key's tearful Confession Newsen. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010
  23. ^ "The 91-line idols snap a photo together" Allkpop. August 13, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2012

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