Onew

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Onew
온유
Onew on Hong Kong Dome Festival 2013.jpg
Background information
Birth name Lee Jin-ki (이진기)
Also known as Leader Onew, Dubu, Ontokki
Born (1989-12-14) December 14, 1989 (age 24)
Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Genres Contemporary R&B, K-Pop, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, dancer, actor, lyricist, presenter, promotional model, radio host, MC
Instruments Piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels SM Entertainment
EMI Music Japan[1]
Associated acts Shinee
SM Town
Stage name Onew
Hangul 온유
Hanja 溫流
Revised Romanization On Yu
McCune–Reischauer On Yu
Birth name
Hangul 이진기
Hanja 李珍基
Revised Romanization I Jingi
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chin'gi

Lee Jin-ki (Hangul: ; Hanja: ; born December 14, 1989), better known by his stage name Onew (Hangul: ) is a South Korean idol singer, dancer, actor, lyricist, presenter, radio host, MC, and promotional model. He is a member of South Korean boy group Shinee under the label of SM Entertainment, as the leader and lead vocalist.

Career[edit]

Shinee[edit]

Main article: Shinee

Onew was discovered at the 2006 S.M. Academy Casting. Onew received great appreciation from Lee Soo-man, SM Entertainment's founder, at Girls' Generation's debut showcase. Lee Soo-man noticed him and wanted to hear Onew sing during a one time on the spot audition. He signed the contract with SM the day after he auditioned.[2][3]

In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, and the 5-member boy group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo.[4]

Solo[edit]

Onew contributed to singles for Lee Hyeon-ji (for "Vanilla LOVE" and "Vanilla Love Part 2"), Girls' Generation member Jessica for the song "One Year Later" in the Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) mini-album and a duet with Kim Yeon-woo for the song, "The Name I Loved" from the third mini album by Shinee, "2009, Year Of Us." [5]

Onew recorded a song titled "In Your Eyes" for drama series To The Beautiful You. The song was released for the albums To The Beautiful You OST Part 2 on August 22, 2012.[6]

Onew also sang the OST "Moonlight" for drama "Miss Korea". The song was released on January 3, 2014.[7]

Acting[edit]

Onew starred in various musicals starting in 2010, debuting in the musical Hyeongjeneun Yonggamhaetda (형제는 용감했다, "Brothers were Brave") alongside singer Lee Ji-hoon.[8] He then starred in the Korean production of Rock of Ages playing the lead role, Drew.[9]

He has also showcased his acting skills via television having a cameo role as a clumsy doctor in the drama Dr. Champ. He appeared in the drama's final episode.[10] He also had cameo role's in the dramas Athena: Goddess of War, Oh My God x2, Pure Love and for sitcom "Royal Villa".

Composing[edit]

Onew wrote the lyrics for the song, "Your Name" from Shinee's 2nd studio album Lucifer.[11]

Television shows[edit]

In addition to music, Onew became an MC on two programs — KBS's Yahaengsung (야행성, "Nocturnal")[12] and MBC's Show! Music Core.[13] In January 14, 2014, his participation in the Borneo edition of the reality show Laws of the Jungle was confirmed.[14] He was also in the cast for the Brazil edition,[15] but had to leave and be substituted because of scheldule conflicts.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Onew graduated from the Gwangmyeong Information Industry High School. In his senior year in high school, Onew had ranked as the second top student in his grade. Furthermore, Onew had the highest national score for their high school SATs exam. He is currently attending Chungwoon University, his major being broadcasting music.

On June 2009 during the finale of the show Music Bank, Onew fainted after a massive light fixture toppled and almost hit him. Onew was able to avoid the accident because Kyuhyun and Siwon from Super Junior prevented the fixture from hitting him. Despite not being physically injured, Onew displayed signs of mental trauma and was diagnosed psychologically unstable. He fainted again later on in the waiting room and was immediately transported to the hospital.[17]

Onew was scheduled to perform with the rest of the Shinee members at KBS 2TV's K-pop festival special, Music Bank in Paris on 2 February 2012, but was unable to, due to an ankle injury.[18]

On October 2013, he injured his neck, during Shinee promotions. He refrained from dancing during the rest of promotions for Everybody.[19]

In June 2014, Onew underwent throat surgery to remove vocal cord polyps and restoration of vocal mucosa. [20]

Philanthropy[edit]

Fans of Onew showed up to one of Onew's performances in "Rock of Ages" with 1.44 tons of rice. Onew donated the 1.44 tons of Dreame rice to help feed North Korean children, and according to a Dreame representative, the rice was delivered to an Incheon storehouse on the 16th October 2010 and was sent to North Korea on the 22nd. Onew had also donated 770 kg of Dreame Rice to the Children in Need in South Korea in May 2010 when he was in the "Brothers are Brave" musical.[21]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Shinee discography

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[22]
JPN
[23]
US
J-Pop

[24]
US
K-Pop

[25]
2012 "In Your Eyes" 60 To the Beautiful You OST
2014 "Moonlight" 54 Miss Korea OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[22]
JPN
[23]
US
J-Pop

[24]
US
K-Pop

[25]
2008 "Vanilla Love" (Lee Hyun-ji feat. Onew) Kiss Me
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborations and soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Song Album Duration Artist
2008 "Vanilla Love" Kiss Me 03:37 Duet with Lee Hyun-ji
2008 "Vanilla Love Part 2" Vanilla Love Part 2 04:11 Duet with Lee Hyun-ji
2009 "One Year Later" Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) 04:01 Duet with Jessica
2012 "In Your Eyes" To the Beautiful You OST 04:28 Solo
2013 "Moonlight" Miss Korea OST 03:45 Solo

Filmography[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2009 Invincible Youth KBS Guest
2008-2010 Star Golden Bell KBS Guest (Ep 194,202,211,222,244,248,258,269,271,272,282,300)
2010 Hello Baby KBS Guest With SHINee
2010 Oh! My School KBS Guest
2011 Happy Together 3 KBS Guest (Ep 183)
2012 Radio Star MBC Guest with Taemin
Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC Guest with SHINee[26][27]
2013 Shinee's Wonderful Day MBC
Hello Counselor KBS Guest w/ Shinee
Weekly Idol MBC Guest w/ Shinee episode 89-90
Tooniverse Nangam Highschool Tooniverse Guest w/ Minho & Key
Lee Su-geun and Kim Byung-man's High Society JTBC Guest with Key Ep 77,78,79
2014 Laws of the Jungle SBS Borneo and Brazil edition

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010 Dr. Champ Park Ki Young-A Clumsy Doctor (cameo) SBS
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Himself (cameo) SBS
2012 Oh My God x2 Himself (cameo) SBS
2013 Pure Love Choi Joon Young’s cousin KBS2
Welcome to Royal Villa [28] Baek Su JTBC

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Other Notes
2010 Brothers Were Brave Joo-bong Korean musical
2010 Rock of Ages Drew Korean Ver.

Music Video Appearance[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2008 Vanilla Love Part 2 Lee Hyun Ji

MC programs[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Flower Boys Generation Co-Host MBC
2010 The 8th Korean Film Awards Red Carpet Host MBC
Ya Haeng Sung (Night Star) Co-Host KBS
2010-2011 Show! Music Core Co-Hosted with Minho, Suzy, Jiyeon MBC
2012 Incheon Korean Music Wave Co-Hosted with Key and Min Hyo-rin MBC
2013 M!Countdown Hello Concert Co-Hosted with Tony An Mnet
Golden Camera Co-Host KBS2
Dream Concert 2013 Co-Host KBS2
M! Countdown Special Host Mnet
Music Bank Special Host KBS

Radio programs[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2008-2009 Super Juniors „Kiss the Radio“ Special DJ with Jonghyun
Park Kyung Lims „Byulbam Radio“ Constant DJ with Key
Shindongs and Shinyoungs „Shim Shim Tapa Radio“ DJ with Jonghyun and Minho
2009 Taeyeons „Chin Chin Radio“ DJ with Minho
KBS-2FMs „Music Show Radio“ DJ with Key
2010 Super Junior „Kiss the Radio“ DJ replaced Leeteuk
Taeyeons „Chin Chin Radio“ Special guest for the 89er-Special
KBS-R Cool FM „Lee Soo Young’s Radio Show“ Guest DJ -
2011 Super Junior „Kiss the Radio“ DJ -
Super Junior „Kiss the Radio“ Special DJ with Key
2013 Super Junior „Kiss the Radio“ DJ replaced Super Junior's Ryeowook and Sungmin with Dana (for several days)
Super Junior „Kiss the Radio“ DJ replaced Super Junior's Ryeowook and Sungmin with Key

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese) "Shinee". SM Entertainment Japan and EMI Music Japan. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ (Korean) "ONEW - Do It". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "SHINee’s Onew reveals how he was cast into SM Entertainment by Lee Soo Man". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ (Korean) "Shinee's iple profile". Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ (Korean) "And a Gentle, 'Vanilla Love'". jknews. December 10, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Luna, Sunny, and Onew release OST songs for ‘To the Beautiful You’". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Moonlight iTunes page". iTunes. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ (Korean) 샤이니 온유 ‘형제는 용감했다’ 뮤지컬 데뷔! 홍록기-이지훈과 호흡 (SHINee's Onew Debuts in Musical "Brave Brothers" with Hong Rokki and Lee Ji-Hoon). Newsen. February 22, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  9. ^ (Korean) 온유 “뮤지컬, 재밌어..샤이니 멤버도 격려해줘” (Onew: "Musicals are Fun...Please Also Encourage Shinee Members"). Newsen. September 16, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  10. ^ (Korean) '닥터챔프' 마지막회, 온유-민효린 깜짝 출연 '눈길' (Shinee’s Onewand Min Hyo Rin appeared in SBS’s ‘Doctor Champ’ finale) Nate. November 16, 2010. November 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Kim, Myeongsin (2010-07-19). "샤이니, 정규 2집 '루시퍼' 컴백…온유-종현 작사곡 '유어네임'-'욕' 화제". Korea Economy. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  12. ^ (Korean) 샤이니 온유, `야행성`으로 MC 첫 도전 (SHINee's Onew's First MC Role on Nocturnal). Korea Economic Daily. May 5, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  13. ^ (Korean) 온유·민호·수지·지연, ‘음악중심’ 새 MC 발탁 '기대만발' (Onew, Minho, Suzy, Jiyeon as New Music Core MCs, "High Expectations"). Asia Economy. October 29, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "Onew confirmed + full cast for the Borneo edition of 'Laws of the Jungle' revealed". allkpop. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "SHINee's Onew to join the cast of 'Law of The Jungle in Brazil'". dkpopnews. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Kangin and Hyuk to Replace Lee Min Woo and Onew on ‘Laws of the Jungle Brazil’". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "SHINee is H.O.T., Onew Hospitalized". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ "SHINee’s Onew unable to perform in Paris due to injured ankle". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Onew Dances Too Hard, Injures Himself". Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ "샤이니 온유, "성대 수술 후 퇴원…당분간 통원 치료"" (in korean). Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ (Korean) "샤이니 온유, 사랑의 쌀 1.44톤 北 어린이에게 기증". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  23. ^ a b "ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. 
  24. ^ a b "Japan Hot 100". Billboard (magazine). 
  25. ^ a b "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard (magazine). 
  26. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (20 May 2012). "SHINee to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  27. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 June 2012). "SHINee Wants Shinhwa′s Shin Hye Sung in the Group". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  28. ^ (Korean) [단독] 온유, JTBC 새 시트콤 '웰컴투 노얄빌라' 출연 확정 (Onew is confirmed to join JTBC’s new sitcom “Welcome to Noyal Villa”). MyDaily. 29 May 2013. Retrieved Mai 29, 2013.

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