Key at the SMTown Coex Artium on January 2015
September 23, 1991
Daegu, South Korea
|Residence||Seoul, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Gi-beom|
Kim Ki-bum (born September 23, 1991), 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Public image
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Endorsements
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Discography
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Key was born in September 23, 1991 in Daegu, South Korea. He was a varsity water-skier in Dae Gu Yeong Shin Middle School. In 2006, he joined the SM Entertainment after a successful audition on SM National Tour Audition Casting. In 2007, he appeared as a background dancer in the film Super Junior, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.
2008–13: Career beginnings
In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee. The group released their first mini-album, Replay on May 22 debuting at #10 and reached the #8 position on the charts. The first television presentation of the group occurred in May 25, 2008 in the program SBS's Inkigayo.
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. 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. In 2010, he was featured in the song "치유 (Healing)" on TRAX's mini album "Trax Mini Album Volume 1". Key was also featured in Girls' Generation's song "Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)" (Korean: "화성인 바이러스 (Boys & Girls)") on their second studio album Oh!. 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 and BoA's song "One Dream" as the theme song for SBS "K-pop Star" with labelmate Henry of Super Junior-M.
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. Key also did a cameo in SBS Sitcom "Salamander Guru and The Shadows" in episode 4.
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. 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.
2014–present: Toheart and acting debut
In 2014, Key formed a duo with Woohyun from Infinite. It is a collaboration between S. M. Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment. 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. 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. Key also participated in the MBC variety show "We Got Married Global Edition". His virtual wife was Arisa Yagi, a Japanese model.
In March 2015, Key and CNBLUE's Jung-shin were appointed as the main presenters of Mnet's M! Countdown. 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. In July 2015, Key was announced to be part of the musical "In the Heights". Key made his theatrical debut as Byeong Gu in "Save the Green Planet!", based on the 2003 film of the same name. Key also had his own show entitled "Key's Know How" produced by Mnet. 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.
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.
Key was raised by his grandmother from birth. His mother was sick after giving birth and his father was busy with work. 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. Key graduated from Myongji University with a degree in Film and Musical. 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".
In January 2016, Key became a model for Jill Stuart Accessory. 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."
|2007||Attack on the Pin-Up Boys||Extra dancer||Cameo|
|2012||I AM.||Himself||Documentary of SM Town.|
|2015||SMTOWN The Stage|
|2011||Moon Night '90||Lee Hyun Do||Mnet||Deux Episode|
|2012||Salamander Guru and The Shadows||Himself||SBS||Cameo|
|2016||Drinking Solo||Kim Kibum||TvN||Supporting Role|
TV Appearance & Variety Shows
|2010||Raising Idol||Cast Members||Comedy TV||with Dongho from U-KISS and Thunder from MBLAQ|
|2014||7 Hungry Houseguests||Cast Members||MBC||Ethiophia Episode|
|Stargazing||Cast Members||MBC||with Kang Ho-dong|
|We Got Married Global Edition||Himself||MBC||with Yagi Arisa|
|2015||Make An Order||Co-Host||Olive TV||with Jun Hyun-moo|
|M Countdown||Co-Host||Mnet||with CNBLUE's Lee Jung-shin|
|Key's Knowhow||Himself||Mnet||broadcast on Mnet's Official Youtube Channel|
|My Little Television||Cast Member||MBC||broadcast on Lifestyle & Pet|
Musicals and Plays
|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|
|2015||School Oz||David||Hologram Musical|
|2015||Chess||Anatoly Sergievsky||Korean Ver.|
|In the Heights||Usnavi|
|2016||Save the Green Planet!||Byeong Gu|
Collaborations and Featurings
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(TRAX feat. Key)
|2010||—||—||Trax Mini Album Volume 1|
|"Boys & Girls"
(Girls' Generation feat. Key)
(Jessica Jung feat. Key)
|—||—||1st Asia Tour "Into The New World"|
(BoA feat. Henry Lau and Key)
(EXO feat. Key)
(Axodus feat. Key)
|"—" 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.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
Billboard World Digital
|2011||—||—||History of a Salaryman OST|
|"Key of Secret"
||2016||—||—||TV Animation Magic Adventure-The Crystal of Dark OST|
|—||—||38 Revenue Collection Unit OST|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
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