Lee Tae-min

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Taemin at K-POP Concert in October 2015 01.jpg
Taemin at K-POP Concert on October 3, 2015.
Native name 이태민
Born Lee Tae-min
(1993-07-18) July 18, 1993 (age 22)
Seoul, South Korea
Musical career
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Website taemin.smtown.com

Voice type(s)

Light Lyric Tenor
Lee Taemin
Hangul 이태민
Revised Romanization I Tae-min
McCune–Reischauer I T'ae-min

Lee Tae-min (hangul: 이태민; born July 18, 1993[1]), most often credited as Taemin, is a South Korean singer, dancer and actor. Debuted as a member of the group Shinee in May 2008, and began his acting career in 2009 in MBC's comedy Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun as Junsu.[2]

Taemin made his debut as a solo artist on August 15, 2014 with his first EP titled Ace, released on August 18, 2014.[3]

Early life[edit]

Taemin was born on July 18, 1993, in Seoul, South Korea. In 2005 he was discovered by SM Entertainment after a successful audition on SM Open Weekend Audition Casting. In 2007, he studied Chinese in Beijing, China.


Main article: Shinee

In 2008, Taemin debuted with SHINee as the main dancer and a sub vocalist.[2] The group released their first mini-album, Replay on May 22 debuting at #10 and reached the #8 position on the charts.[4] The first television presentation of the group occurred in May 25, 2008 in the program SBS's Inkigayo.[2]

Taemin made his acting debut in 2009 in MBC's comedy "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun" as Junsu.[5] Also in 2009 appeared on television shows such as Idol Maknae Rebellion as a guest next to your Onew, Jonghyun and Key in several episodes, along with members of other groups, including Dongho, Shorry J, Jinwoon, Yunhwa, Seunghyun and Mir.

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.[6]

In January 2012, Taemin joined Immortal Songs 2.[7] Taemin performed "Mapo Terminal" from Silver Bell Sister and competed with musical actor Im Taekyung, both garnered 376 votes.[8] 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.[9]

In April 2013, SM Entertainment revealed that Taemin would be the couple of Son Na-eun in the reality show "We Got Married", replacing the previous couple Kwanghee and Sunhwa.[10] In June 2013 he featured in Super Junior-M's Henry solo song "Trap" alongside Super Juniors's Kyuhyun.[11] In December of that year he participated in the soundtrack of the series Prime Minister and I, playing the "Steps" song.[12] The song was officially launched on January 7, 2014.[13]

On February 8, 2014, he returned to Immortal Song 2, playing the song "Wait a Minute" of Joo Hyun-mi.[14] On July 25 it was announced that Taemin would be making his official solo debut in August.[3] The official music video for his title song "Danger" came out on August 15.[15] On August 18, Lee Taemin released his solo mini album "Ace" which contains six songs.[16] The EP topped the Gaon chart.

On February 3, 2015, was confirmed for the cast of the first season of the "Match Made in Heaven Returns".[17] In March 23, it announced its participation in the variety show Off to School.[18] On June 1, released the song "That Name", in collaboration with Jonghyun, for the OST of KBS2's Who Are You: School 2015.[19][20] The song debuted at #36 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[21]

In September, 2015, it was rumored that Taemin is preparing a solo comeback, which was later also confirmed at a concert by himself.[22] SM Entertainment has confirmed his comeback on January, 15, 2016, one day after Shinee's Key has mentioned the comeback in a winning speech at the Seoul Music Awards.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2011, he transferred to Hanlim Multi Art School from his previous school, Chungdam High School to accommodate his hectic schedule for Shinee’s Japanese advancement.[24] He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to Shinee activities.[25] He is currently majoring in Musical and Film at Myongji University.[26] He is also practicing Roman Catholicism.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Outback Johnny (voice-actor) Korean version
I AM. Himself Documentary of SM Town.[28]
2013 The Miracle Kim Tan Short film which parodies TV series Master's Sun and The Heirs.[29]
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Himself Documentary of SM Town.[30]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun Junsu
2010 Dream Team Himself Dream Team member
Athena: Goddess of War Cameo; Ep. 7
2011 Moon Night '90 Kim Sung Jae
High Kick! 3 Taemin Cameo; Ep. 65
2012 Immortal Songs 2 Himself
Hello Baby Himself
Salamander Guru and The Shadows Master of Disguise Cameo; Ep. 4,10
2013 – 2014 We Got Married Himself With Son Na-eun
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Ray/Yang Ho-yeol Ep. 3-5
2014 Immortal Songs 2
2015 Match Made in Heaven Returns
Off to School
Hello Counselor Guest, episode 225

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2013 Geuleon Neo (Disturbance) BoA

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Goong Prince Lee Shin Main Role



Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 MBC Entertainment Awards Star of the Year[31][32] We Got Married Won
2015 4th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Artist of the Year (Album) Ace Nominated
29th Golden Disk Awards Disc Bonsang Won
Popularity Award N/A
24th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Ace Nominated
High1/Mobile Popularity Award N/A Won
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

Music show awards[edit]

Song Music show Date
"Danger" Music Bank August 29, 2014[33]
Show! Music Core August 30, 2014[34]


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ a b c "Shinee's iple profile" (in Korean). Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Taemin drops solo image teasers + album release date". Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "SHINee Open to New Opportunities". The Korea Times. Han, Sang-hee. November 10, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ "SHINee's Taemin is Hot For Tutor". Allkpop. July 8, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "SHINee's Taemin to Join cast of Immortal Song 2". Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The first tie In Immortal Song 2". Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Taemin to participate in the PYL Younique album". thestar.chosun.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Both agencies confirm Taemin and Na Eun's casting for 'We Got Married'". Allkpop. April 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Henry unleashes "Trap" MV (ft. Kyuhyun and Taemin) + mini album!". allkpop.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "SHINee's Taemin to release 'Footsteps' for 'Prime Minister and I' OST". Allkpop. December 8, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Steps' iTunes page". iTunes. 
  14. ^ "SHINee's Taemin sings 'Wait a Minute' on 'Immortal Song 2'". Allkpop. February 8, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ "TAEMIN 태민_괴도 (Danger)_Music Video". Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Taemin shows he's a true 'Ace' with his mini-album release". allkpop.com. August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Henry, Takuya, and Taemin to star in upcoming MBC Every1 variety show 'Match Made in Heaven Returns'". Allkpop. February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ga In, Taemin, Seulgi, Yura, and more to join JTBC's 'I'm Going to School'". Allkpop. March 23, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ Grace Danbi Hong (June 1, 2015). "SHINee′s Jonghyun and Taemin Sing Duet for ′Who Are You - School 2015′". Mwave. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ "SHINee's Jonghyun and Taemin sing 'That Name' for 'School 2015'". Allkpop. May 31, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Gaon Digital Ranking Weekly (31/5/2015-6/6/2015)" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. 
  22. ^ "SHINee’s Taemin Reportedly Preparing for Solo Comeback". soompi. September 18, 2015. 
  23. ^ "SHINee's Taemin confirmed to make his solo comeback!". Allkpop. January 15, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Taemin transfers to an arts high school due to his busy schedule". news.nate.com. 2011-03-02. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Taemin to miss his graduation". news.nate.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Myongji Univ | Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  27. ^ "They Have a Pope, Who's Catholic in K-Pop?". Kpopstarz. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  29. ^ "KPop Stars Will Parody "Master's Sun", "The Heirs" In 2013 Gayo Daejun". December 19, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  30. ^ "'SMTOWN The Stage' concert documentary film to be released this summer". Allkpop. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  31. ^ "'Dad, Where Are You Going' wins the Daesang at the '2013 MBC Entertainment Awards' + other winners!". Allkpop. 29 December 2013. 
  32. ^ "Yoo Jae Suk takes home the Daesang and more winners from '2014 MBC Entertainment Awards'". Allkpop. December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Taemin Takes His First Win For Danger On Kbs Music Bank". news.nate.com. 29 August 2014. 
  34. ^ "Taemin wins #1 in Music Core!". allkpop.com. 30 August 2014. 

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