Lee Taemin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Taemin at the Samsung Play The Challenge on May 2015 03.jpg
Taemin at the Samsung Play The Challenge on May 2015
Background information
Native name 이태민
Birth name Lee Tae-min
Born (1993-07-18) July 18, 1993 (age 22)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Website taemin.smtown.com
Lee Taemin
Hangul 이태민
Revised Romanization I Tae-min
McCune–Reischauer Yi T'aemin

Lee Tae-min (born July 18, 1993[1]), most often credited as Taemin, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Shinee. Taemin made his debut as a solo artist on August 15, 2014 with his first EP titled Ace, released on August 18, 2014.


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]


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.[3] In 2013 he featured in Super Junior-M's Henry solo song "Trap" alongside Super Juniors's Kyuhyun.[4]

On July 25, 2014 it was announced that Taemin would be making his official solo debut in August.[5] The official music video for his title song "Danger" came out on August 15.[6] On August 18, Lee Taemin released his solo mini album "Ace" which contains six songs.[7] The mini-album topped the Gaon chart.

On June 1, 2015, released the song "That Name", in collaboration with Jonghyun, for the OST of KBS2's Who Are You: School 2015.[8][9] The song debuted at #36 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[10]

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.[11]

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 Songs 2.[12] Taemin performed "Mapo Terminal" from Silver Bell Sister and competed with musical actor Im Taekyung, both garnered 376 votes.[13]

From April to December 2013, he participated in a variety show called "We Got Married" alongside Apink's Naeun.

Personal life[edit]

He studied Chinese in Beijing in 2007. In March 2011, he transferred to Hanlim Arts High School from his previous school, Chung Dam High School to accommodate his hectic schedule for Shinee’s Japanese advancement.[14] He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to Shinee activities.[15] He is currently majoring in Musical and Film at Myongji University.[16] He is also practicing Roman Catholicism.[17]





Year Title Role Notes
2009 Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun Junsu
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Himself Cameo; Ep. 7
2011 Moon Night '90 Kim Sung Jae
High Kick! 3 "Taemin" Cameo; Ep. 65
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Master of Disguise Cameo; Ep. 4,10
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Ray Ep. 3-5


Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Outback Johnny (voice-actor) Korean version
I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Himself Documentary of SM Town.[18]
2013 The Miracle Kim Tan Short film which parodies TV series Master's Sun and The Heirs.[19]
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Himself Documentary of SM Town.[20]

Variety show[edit]

Year Channel Title
2012 KBS Immortal Songs 2
2012 JTBC Shinhwa Broadcast
2013 MBC We Got Married
2014 KBS Immortal Songs 2
SBS Running Man
2015 MBC Match Made in Heaven Returns
JTBC Off to School
tvN SNL Korea
2015 JTBC Witch Hunt

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2013 Geuleon Neo (Disturbance) BoA


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[21][22] 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[23]
Show! Music Core August 30, 2014[24]


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "Shinee's iple profile" (in Korean). Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Taemin to participate in the PYL Younique album". thestar.chosun.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Henry unleashes "Trap" MV (ft. Kyuhyun and Taemin) + mini album!". allkpop.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Taemin drops solo image teasers + album release date". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "TAEMIN 태민_괴도 (Danger)_Music Video". Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Taemin shows he's a true 'Ace' with his mini-album release". allkpop.com. August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Grace Danbi Hong (June 1, 2015). "SHINee′s Jonghyun and Taemin Sing Duet for ′Who Are You - School 2015′". Mwave. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "SHINee's Jonghyun and Taemin sing 'That Name' for 'School 2015'". Allkpop. May 31, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gaon Digital Ranking Weekly (31/5/2015-6/6/2015)" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "SHINee's Taemin to Join cast of Immortal Song 2". Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The first tie In Immortal Song 2". Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Taemin transfers to an arts high school due to his busy schedule". news.nate.com. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  15. ^ "Taemin to miss his graduation". news.nate.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  16. ^ https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=693374137431507&set=vb.215102451925347&type=2&theater
  17. ^ "They Have a Pope, Who's Catholic in K-Pop?". Kpopstarz. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "KPop Stars Will Parody "Master's Sun", "The Heirs" In 2013 Gayo Daejun". December 19, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "'SMTOWN The Stage' concert documentary film to be released this summer". Allkpop. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ "'Dad, Where Are You Going' wins the Daesang at the '2013 MBC Entertainment Awards' + other winners!". Allkpop. 29 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Yoo Jae Suk takes home the Daesang and more winners from '2014 MBC Entertainment Awards'". Allkpop. December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Taemin Takes His First Win For Danger On Kbs Music Bank". news.nate.com. 29 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Taemin wins #1 in Music Core!". allkpop.com. 30 August 2014. 

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