Lee Taemin

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Lee Taemin
Lee Taemin 2013-10-02 18-09.jpg
Background information
Birth name Lee Tae-min (이태민)
Born (1993-07-18) July 18, 1993 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Contemporary R&B, pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Dancer, singer, actor, promotional model
Instruments Piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels SM Entertainment
EMI Music Japan
Associated acts Shinee
SM Town
Younique Unit
SM the Performance
Lee Taemin
Hangul 이태민
Hanja 李泰民
Revised Romanization I Tae-min
McCune–Reischauer Yi T'aemin

Lee Tae-min (Hangul: ; Hanja: ; born July 18, 1993) is a South Korean idol dancer, singer, actor and promotional model. He is best known as the main dancer and vocalist of the South Korean boy group Shinee. He is also in the dance-centered sub group, SM The Performance.


Main article: Shinee

Taemin was discovered at the 2005 S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting. In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, the 5-member boy group. The group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo."[1]


On September 19, 2012, Taemin released his first OST, "U", for the drama To The Beautiful You. On October 16, 2012 it was announced that Taemin, alongside Super Junior's Eunhyuk and Super Junior-M's Henry, Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon, and EXO's Kai and Luhan would participate as a 6-member dance team for the Veloster theme song, "Maxstep", the collaboration album between SM Entertainment and Hyundai. A video teaser of the song shown at the PYL Younique Show on October 17, 2012.[2] In 2013 he featured in Super Junior-M's Henry solo song "Trap" alongside Super Juniors's Kyuhyun.[3]

On July 25, 2014 it was announced that Taemin would be making his official solo debut in August.[4] The official music video for his title song "Danger" came out on August 15.[5] On August 18, Lee Taemin released his solo mini album "Ace" which contains six songs.[6]

Voice acting[edit]

In December 2011, Taemin took part as a voice actor for the Korean animated movie called The Outback as the main character, Johnny, a white koala turned hero, along with fellow labelmate, Girls' Generation's Sunny.[7]

Television shows[edit]

Taemin made his acting debut in 2009 in MBC's comedy "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun" as Junsu.

In January 2012, Taemin join Immortal Song 2.[8] Taemin performed "Mapo Terminal" from Silver Bell Sister and competed with musical actor Im Taekyung, both garnered 376 votes.[9]

From April to December 2013, he participated in a variety show called "We Got Married".

Personal life[edit]

Taemin studied Chinese in Beijing in 2007. In March 2011, he transferred to Hanlim Multi Arts High School from his previous school, Chung Dam High School to accommodate his hectic schedule for Shinee’s Japanese advancement.[10] He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to Shinee activities.


For Taemin's releases with the boyband Shinee, see Shinee discography.


Title Details Chart positions
Ace 1[11] 2[12] 2[13] 20[14]


Year Title Charts Album
2014 "Danger" 5[15] Ace

Other charted songs[edit]

Featurings, collaborations and soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Duration Artist
2012 "U" To the Beautiful You OST 03:35 Solo
"Maxstep" PYL Younique Volume 1 03:47 Featuring Eunhyuk, Hyoyeon, Henry, Kai, Luhan
"Spectrum" Spectrum 04:03 Featuring Yunho and Donghae
2013 "Trap (Korean Ver.)" Trap (Korean Version) 03:45 Featuring Henry and Kyuhyun
"Trap (Chinese Ver.)" Trap (Chinese Version) 03:45 Featuring Henry and Kyuhyun
2014 "Footsteps" Prime Minister and I OST 03:37 Solo



Year Title Role Other notes
2012 The Outback Johnny (voice-actor) Korean version

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Episode Role Network
2009 Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun Junsu MBC
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Ep. 7 Himself (cameo) SBS
2011 Moon Night '90 Kim Sung Jae MNet
High Kick! 3 Ep. 65 Himself (cameo) MBC
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Ep. 4,10 Master of Disguise (cameo) SBS
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Ep. 3-5 Ray tvN
The Miracle[16] Kim Tan SBS

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 Invincible Youth KBS
Hello Baby KBS with Shinee
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS with Shinee
Shall We Dance KBS
2012 Immortal Song 2 KBS
Radio Star MBC with Onew
Hello KBS with Shinee
Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC with Shinee[17][18]
2013 Shinee's Wonderful Day MBC Music with Shinee
Hello KBS with Shinee
We Got Married MBC with Apink's Son Na-eun

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2012 "Maxstep" with Eunhyuk, Hyoyeon, Henry, Kai, Luhan
2013 "Geuleon Neo (Disturbance)" with BoA
"Trap (Korean Version)" with Henry, Kyuhyun
"Trap (Chinese Version)" with Henry, Kyuhyun
2014 "Danger"

Radio programs[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2010 Super Junior Ryeowook's Kiss the Radio Special DJ with Jonghyun
2011 Heechul's Youngstreet Radio Special DJ with Key

MC programs[edit]

Year Title Role Network
(16 October)
Show! Music Core Special Host with Key & Min MBC


Year Award Category Work Ref
2013 MBC Entertainment Awards Star of the Year We Got Married [19]

Music show awards[edit]

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 August 29 "Danger"[20]

Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 August 30 "Danger"[21]


  1. ^ "Shinee's iple profile" (in Korean). Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Taemin to participate in the PYL Younique album". thestar.chosun.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Henry unleashes "Trap" MV (ft. Kyuhyun and Taemin) + mini album!". allkpop.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Taemin drops solo image teasers + album release date". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "TAEMIN 태민_괴도 (Danger)_Music Video". Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Taemin shows he's a true 'Ace' with his mini-album release". allkpop.com. August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "SHINee's Taemin and SNSD's Sunny Dub for Children's Film "Koala Kid: Birth of a Hero"". January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "SHINee's Taemin to Join cast of Immortal Song 2". Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The first tie In Immortal Song 2". Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Taemin transfers to an arts high school due to his busy schedule". March 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "2014년 35주차 Album Chart (2014.08.17~2014.08.23)". Gaon Chart. 2014-10-28. 
  12. ^ "FIVE MUSIC Charts (第35 週 統計時間:2014/8/22 - 2014/8/28)". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  13. ^ "World Albums (September 6, 2014)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  14. ^ "Heatseekers Albums (September 6, 2014)". Billboard. [not in citation given]
  15. ^ "2014년 35주차 Digital Chart (2014.08.17~2014.08.23)". Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  16. ^ "KPop Stars Will Parody "Master's Sun", "The Heirs" In 2013 Gayo Daejun". December 19, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (20 May 2012). "SHINee to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 June 2012). "SHINee Wants Shinhwa′s Shin Hye Sung in the Group". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "'Dad, Where Are You Going' wins the Daesang at the '2013 MBC Entertainment Awards' + other winners!". Allkpop. 29 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Taemin Takes His First Win For Danger On Kbs Music Bank". news.nate.com. 29 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Taemin wins #1 in Music Core!". allkpop.com. 30 August 2014.