Lee Taemin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
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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
Occupations Dancer, singer, actor, promotional model
Instruments Piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels SM Entertainment
EMI Music Japan
Associated acts Shinee
SM Town
Younique Unit
S.M. 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 a member of South Korean boy group Shinee under the label of SM Entertainment, as the maknae, main dancer, and vocalist.


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.[1] He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to SHINee activities.


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."[2]


In 2009, he played River Flows in you and he played "Goodbye My Love" on piano with 8Eight singing. In 2010, he rapped "Introduce Me a Good Person“ with Key and SNSD's Yoona for SNSD's 1st Asian Tour “Into The New World” in Shanghai, for the "Korean Music Wave In Bangkok 2012" he had a special stage performance with IU. They sang Gee, Juliette and Hello.[3] To support fellow labelmate, BoA, he danced with her for her comeback stage of "Only One", and several times more after.[4] On September 19, Taemin released a solo track titled, "U", for the drama To The Beautiful You. On October 16, 2012 was announced that Taemin, alongside Super Junior's Eunhyuk and 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. In 2013 he featured in Super Junior's Henry solo song "Trap".[5] On December 21, 2013 he performed his first self-composed song at SM Town Week: Shinee's "The Wizard".[6]

On July 25, 2014 it was announced that Taemin would be making his official solo debut in August. [7]

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.[8]

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.[9] Taemin performed "Mapo Terminal" from Silver Bell Sister and competed with musical actor Im Taekyung, both garnered 376 votes.[10]

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


Main article: Shinee discography

Mini albums[edit]

Featurings, collaborations and soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song Duration Artist
2012 "U" 03:35 Solo[11]
"Maxstep" 03:47 Taemin with Eunhyuk, Hyoyeon, Henry, Kai, Luhan
"Spectrum" 04:03 Taemin with Yunho and Donghae
2013 "Trap (Korean Version)" 03:45 Taemin with Henry and Kyuhyun
"Trap (Chinese Version)" 03:45 Taemin with Henry and Kyuhyun
"Cry For Me" 03:08 Solo
2014 "Footsteps" 03:37 Solo[12]



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

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, Kim Jonghyun
Hello KBS with Shinee
Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC with Shinee[13][14]
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 appearance[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

Radio programs[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2010 Super Juniors „Kiss the Radio“ Special DJ with Jonghyun
2011 Heechuls „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 [15]