Key (singer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Key at the SMTown Coex Artium on January 2015.jpg
Key at the SMTown Coex Artium on January 2015
Native name 김기범
Born Kim Ki-bum
(1991-09-23) September 23, 1991 (age 24)
Daegu, South Korea[1]
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Education Woosuk University
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Key's Signature.png
Stage name
Revised Romanization Ki
McCune–Reischauer K'i
Birth name
Hangul 김기범
Revised Romanization Gim Gi-beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ki-pŏm

Kim Ki-bum (born September 23, 1991[2]), better known by his stage name Key, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a member of the group Shinee in May 2008, and formed the duo Toheart with Nam Woo-hyun in 2014. Key began his acting career in 2011 in the Mnet's series Moon Night '90, playing Lee Hyun Do.[3]

Early life[edit]

Key was born in September 23, 1991[2] in Daegu, South Korea.[1] He was a varsity water-skier in Dae Gu Yeong Shin Middle School.[4] In 2006, he joined the SM Entertainment after a successful audition on SM National Tour Audition Casting.[5] In 2007, he appeared as a background dancer in the film Super Junior, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.


2008–13: Career beginnings[edit]

Main article: Shinee

In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee.[6] The group released their first mini-album, Replay on May 22 debuting at #10 and reached the #8 position on the charts.[7] The first television presentation of the group occurred in May 25, 2008 in the program SBS's Inkigayo.[6]

Shorty after debut, Key has 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 also part of the cast of the show Raising Idol along with Dongho from U-KISS and Thunder from MBLAQ.[8] Key was also featured in label-mate Xiah's solo performance of "Xiahtic" in TVXQ's concert, 2009: The 3rd Asia Tour Mirotic, in Seoul.[9] In 2010, he was featured in the song "치유 (Healing)" on TRAX's mini album "Trax Mini Album Volume 1".[10] Key was also featured in Girls' Generation's song "Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)" (Korean: "화성인 바이러스 (Boys & Girls)") on their second studio album Oh!.[11] In 2011, Key collaborated with Leeteuk of Super Junior on a song called "Bravo" for the drama History of a Salaryman. He also took part in EXO's song "Two Moons" on their debut mini album MAMA[12] and BoA's song "One Dream" as the theme song for SBS "K-pop Star" with labelmate Henry of Super Junior-M.[13]

Key was cast as Frank Abagnale Jr., rotating with Um Ki-joon, Kim Jeong-hoon, Park Gwang-hyun and label-mates Super Junior's Kyuhyun with Girls' Generation 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. 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.[14] Key also did a cameo in SBS Sitcom "Salamander Guru and The Shadows" in episode 4.[15]

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, Um Ki-joon, Dana of CSJH The Grace, and Hyungsik of ZE:A. The performance ran at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul from 4 September until 27 October 2013.[16] 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.[17]

2014–present: Toheart and acting debut[edit]

Main article: Toheart (band)
Toheart at the 2014 Hong Kong Dome Festival.

In 2014, Key formed a duo with Woohyun from Infinite. It is a collaboration between S. M. Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment.[18] According to the members it was their idea to form a duo since they are close friends but they weren't thinking of a musical collaboration, instead thinking of photoshoots and similar.[19] In the same year, Key was cast as the lead role for new musical "Zorro", sharing the main role with singer Wheesung and Beast's Yoseob. "Zorro" ran from August 27 till October 26 at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul.[20] Key also participated in the MBC variety show "We Got Married Global Edition". His virtual wife was Arisa Yagi, a Japanese model.[21]

In March 2015, Key and CNBLUE's Jung-shin were appointed as the main presenters of Mnet's M! Countdown.[22] The same year Key collaborated with AXODUS, a duo formed by Don Spike and DJ Hanmin. Key took over the vocals for the track "Hold On," and they made a special presentation on July 25, 2015 in Ansan Valley Rock Festival.[23] In July 2015, Key was announced to be part of the musical "In the Heights".[24] Key made his theatrical debut as Byeong Gu in "Save the Green Planet!", based on the 2003 film of the same name.[25] Key also had his own show entitled "Key's Know How" produced by Mnet.[26] Key will make his official acting debut in the upcoming tvN drama Drinking Solo which is set to premiere in September. He takes the role of a student who has been studying for the civil service exam for 3 years. His character has lived an easy life so far but he's currently experiencing a life with no income.[27][28]

Public image[edit]

Key is one of the best fashionistas among K-idols, with his peculiar and particularly appealing style often not afraid to mix colors. In media, his style is compared to fashion icon G-Dragon. Both are known not to follow trends, but instead have their own unique style, mixing elements of the new trends with outdated items.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Key was raised by his grandmother from birth. His mother was sick after giving birth and his father was busy with work.[30] On October 10, 2014 Kibum announced on his Instagram account that his grandmother died on September 23, 2014. Furthermore, he stated that he wanted to announce it on his own because it didn't feel right for him to announce it through his company.[31] Key graduated from Myongji University with a degree in Film and Musical.[32] He currently attends for his graduate degree in Woosuk University, majoring in "Culture and Education Contents Development". His thesis is titled "The Influence of Styling Education on Appearance Satisfaction and Self-Esteem of Korean Adolescents".[33][34]


In January 2016, Key became a model for Jill Stuart Accessory.[35] A representative explained why he was chosen for the brand stating: "Key, which is chosen as a fashion icon, has promoted professionally in a variety of areas such as music and broadcasting, showing an artistic aspect, which overlaps with sensual style and fashion the concept of the brand."[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Extra dancer Cameo
2012 I AM. Himself Documentary of SM Town.[37][38]
2015 SMTOWN The Stage

Television Series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Moon Night '90[39] Lee Hyun Do Mnet Deux Episode
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows[40] Himself SBS Cameo
2016 Drinking Solo Kim Kibum TvN Supporting Role

TV Appearance & Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 Raising Idol Cast Members Comedy TV with Dongho from U-KISS and Thunder from MBLAQ
2014 7 Hungry Houseguests[41] Cast Members MBC Ethiophia Episode
Stargazing[42] Cast Members MBC with Kang Ho-dong
We Got Married Global Edition Himself MBC with Yagi Arisa
2015 Make An Order[43] Co-Host Olive TV with Jun Hyun-moo
M Countdown[44] Co-Host Mnet with CNBLUE's Lee Jung-shin
Key's Knowhow[26] Himself Mnet broadcast on Mnet's Official Youtube Channel
My Little Television Cast Member MBC broadcast on Lifestyle & Pet

Musicals and Plays[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2012 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr. Korean Ver.
2013 Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Chestnut Barrow
2013-14 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
2014 Zorro Zorro
2015 School Oz David Hologram Musical
2015 Chess Anatoly Sergievsky Korean Ver.
In the Heights Usnavi
2016 Save the Green Planet! Byeong Gu


Main article: Shinee discography

Collaborations and Featurings[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Gaon Chart

Billboard K-Pop

(TRAX feat. Key)
2010 Trax Mini Album Volume 1
"Boys & Girls"
(Girls' Generation feat. Key)
25 Oh!
"Barbie Girl"
(Jessica Jung feat. Key)
1st Asia Tour "Into The New World"
"One Dream"
(BoA feat. Henry Lau and Key)
2012 34 51 Only One
"Two Moons"
(EXO feat. Key)
2012 14 Mama
"Hold On"
(Axodus feat. Key)
2015 * Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.

Soundtrack Contributions[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Gaon Chart

Billboard World Digital

(with Leeteuk)
2011 History of a Salaryman OST
"Key of Secret"[48]
2016 TV Animation Magic Adventure-The Crystal of Dark OST
(with Doyoung)
38 Revenue Collection Unit OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


  1. ^ a b "Key(김기범) 가수". Naver Profiles (in Korean). March 2, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Russell, Mark (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ "이현도, 샤이니의 듀스 안무에 "너무 멋있다" 흡족". 
  4. ^ 샤이니 키, 中시절 수상스키 선수로 전국 대회 출전. Seoul Newspaper (in Korean). September 26, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ Hong Jae-hyun (May 29, 2008). 5인조 틴에이저그룹 ‘샤이니’, 실력&풋풋함…“누나들이 예뻐해요”. Donga (in Korean). Archived from the original on July 26, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Shinee's iple profile" (in Korean). Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "SHINee Open to New Opportunities". The Korea Times. Han, Sang-hee. November 10, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  8. ^ "아이돌 매력남 되기 프로젝트… 코미디TV '미녀쌤's 아이돌 키우기'" (in Korean). 
  9. ^ 동방신기,中 난징서 2만팬 열광시켜..위조티켓도 등장. CC. Today (in Korean). April 5, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  10. ^ 트랙스, 첫 미니앨범 ‘가슴이 차가운 남자’ 22일 ‘뮤직뱅크’ 깜짝공개. CC. Toda (in Korean). January 1, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ (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.
  12. ^ "Exo - Mama". Naver. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (March 17, 2012). "Boa Sings ′One Dream′ for 『K-Pop Star』". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ Sunwoo, Carla "Three join ‘Catch Me if You Can’" Joongang Daily. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012
  15. ^ "Cameo of Key" SBS News. June 2, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2012 16:05
  16. ^ "SHINee’s Key to star in the musical ‘Bonnie and Clyde’" Nate News. July 18, 2013.
  17. ^ Let’s meet SHINee - Versatile artist Key distinguishes himself in musical world Naver Starcast November 12, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2016]
  18. ^ 투하트 :: 네이버 인물검색 (in Korean). naver. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Na Ji Yeon; Kim Hye Won. "[STARCAST] Everyone is curious about 'Toheart, right?'…Woo-hyunXKey, unit talk". star.naver. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Key to star as "Zorro" in a new musical" Naver News. July 15, 2014.
  21. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi. "SHINee's Key to Join We Got Married Global Edition". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "키 이정신 '엠카' 새 MC 전격발탁…특별무대 첫선". Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "돈 스파이크, 키와 함께한 'Hold on' 어쿠스틱 버전 영상 공개". Chosun. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  24. ^ "첸 동우 성규 루나 키 등…뮤지컬 '인 더 하이츠' 캐스팅 [스포츠투데이]". Asiae News. July 9, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  25. ^ "SHINee's Key takes starring role in play" The Korea Times. March 8, 2016.
  26. ^ a b "Key to star in his own reality TV show". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "[단독] 샤이니 키, tvN '혼술남녀' 출연…민호 잇는 '연기돌'". Naver via Osen. June 8, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  28. ^ "'혼술남녀' 하석진-박하선, 꿀 케미 돋는 대본 리딩 공개". Chosun. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  29. ^ ""지드래곤도 샤이니 키도 그거?" 그들의 은밀한 공통점" (in Korean). Nate. May 7, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  30. ^ Key's tearful Confession Newsen. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010
  31. ^ Key's tearful Confession Instagram. October 10, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014
  32. ^ "'高졸업' 샤이니 키 "성인 된만큼 더욱 책임감 갖겠다"". February 10, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  33. ^ "샤이니 키, 청소년 자아관 형성 돕는다". Veritas. April 26, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  34. ^ ""작은키 보완 비법 모르죠?"…샤이니 멤버 키 익산서 특강". Naver via Yonhap News. April 26, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  35. ^ "샤이니 키, 질스튜어트 액세서리 모델 발탁…'2016년 첫 뮤즈'" (in Korean). 
  36. ^ "샤이니 키, 질스튜어트 액세서리 모델 발탁…'2016년 첫 뮤즈'" (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  38. ^ Lee, Edmund (November 24, 2015). "Film review: SMTown: The Stage". South China Morning Post. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  39. ^ "이현도, 샤이니의 듀스 안무에 "너무 멋있다" 흡족". 
  40. ^ "태연·태민·전효성…'도롱뇽 도사', 초특급 아이돌 총출동". 
  41. ^ "SHINee's Key Heads to Ethiopia as New Member of '7 Hungry Houseguests'". 
  42. ^ Kim Hee-eun (June 10, 2014). "Shinee's Key stars in new tv show". Korea Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on July 19, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  43. ^ "전현무·샤이니 키, 쿡방 프로 도전…올리브TV '주문을 걸어' 7월 출격" (in Korean). 
  44. ^ "태연·태민·전효성…'도롱뇽 도사', 초특급 아이돌 총출동" (in Korean). 
  45. ^ a b "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  46. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. 
  47. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. 
  48. ^ "샤이니 키, 4일 정오 'Key of Secret' 공개…애니메이션 메인 OST" (in Korean). 
  49. ^ "'38사기동대' OST, 샤이니 키·NCT 도영 특급콜라보". Asiae News (in Korean). July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 

External links[edit]