Lee Tae-min

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Taemin at a showcase in Taiwan, in May 2016 03.jpg
Taemin at a his showcase for Press It in Taiwan in May 2016
Native name 이태민
Born Lee Tae-min
(1993-07-18) July 18, 1993 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
Musical career
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Website taemin.smtown.com
Lee Taemin
Hangul 이태민
Revised Romanization I Tae-min
McCune–Reischauer I T'ae-min

Lee Tae-min (born (1993-07-18)July 18, 1993[1]), most often credited as Taemin, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a vocalist and main dancer of the group Shinee in May 2008. He began his acting career in 2009 with 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, along with the title track "Danger".[3] On February 23, 2016, Taemin launched his first studio album Press it, featuring the title track "Press Your Number".[4]

Early life

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 at the age of 12. In 2007, he studied Chinese in Beijing, China.

Music career

2008–2013: Career beginnings

Main article: Shinee

In 2008, Taemin was chosen as a member of Shinee. The group official debuted on May 25, 2008, in the program SBS's Inkigayo.[5]

On September 19, 2012, Taemin released his first OST, "U", for the drama To The Beautiful You.[6] 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.[7]

In June 2013 he featured in Super Junior-M's Henry solo song "Trap" alongside Super Junior's Kyuhyun.[8] In December of that year he participated in the soundtrack of the series Prime Minister and I, "Footsteps," the first track to be previewed on the series at the end of its third episode, was composed and arranged by Kim Jung-bae with the vocals by Taemin.[9]

2014–present: Solo activities

On August 18, 2014 Taemin made his solo debut and released his first mini album "Ace" which contains six songs.[3] The music video for the title song, "Danger" was released on August 16. The choreography for Danger was created by American choreographer Ian Eastwood and was participated by SM’s performance directing team BeatBurger as well. Taemin headed to a dance studio in L.A. in order to learn the performance.[10]

On June 1, 2015 he released the song "That Name", in collaboration with Jonghyun, for the OST of KBS2's Who Are You: School 2015.[11] The song debuted at #36 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[12]

Taemin released his first full album Press it on February 23, 2016, containing a total of ten songs, including the title track "Press Your Number". Bruno Mars who is well-known for hit songs "Treasure" and "Marry You" has participated in producing the song, which starts at a slow tempo and forwards to fast electronic rhythm.[4] Taemin told reporters at a media showcase hosted by fellow Shinee member Minho at the SMTOWN Coex Artium in Gangnam-gu, Seoul: "After my EP, I did perform with SHINee but I also spent a lot of time preparing my next solo album, [...] I took a lot of private lessons for voice and dance, and looked over my past songs. I want to say that I’ve become a stronger performer." As for his lead track "Press Your Number," Taemin said that it was a chance for fans to see his different style of dancing, stating: "It’s not a strong, explosive style, it’s more about controlling my body, strong and soft. It also has a very clear beginning, middle, and end, so it won’t be boring."[13]

On 23 June, 2016 Taemin's Japanese debut was annouced with the mini album "さよならひとり (Solitary Goodbye)" including a showcase on his 23rd birthday. The album is set to release on July 27. The album includes 4 new songs and Press Your Number (Japanese version).[14]

Acting career

Taemin made his acting debut in 2009 in MBC's comedy "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun" as Junsu.[2] Years later in January 2012, stepping into the field of voice-over for the first time, 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.[15]

In April 2013, SM Entertainment revealed that Taemin would be taking part in the reality variety show "We Got Married" with Son Na-eun as his partner, replacing the previous couple Kwanghee and Sunhwa.[16] In the same year Taemin made three episode appearance on the drama Dating Agency: Cyrano as idol singer Ray/Yang Ho-yeol.[17] On February 3, 2015, he was confirmed for the cast of the first season of "Match Made in Heaven Returns".[18]

Personal life

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.[19] He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to his groups activities.[20] He is currently majoring in Musical and Film at Myongji University.[21]




Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Outback Johnny (voice-actor) Korean version
I AM. Himself Documentary of SM Town.[22]
2013 The Miracle Kim Tan Short film
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Himself Documentary of SM Town.[23]

Television Dramas

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/Yang Ho-Yeol Ep. 3-5

Television Show

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Dream Team Himself Dream Team Member
2013-2014 We Got Married Himself with Son Na-eun
2015 Match Made in Heaven Returns Himself First Season Cast
2016 Hit The Stage Himself Contestant

Music video appearances

Year Song title Artist
2012 Maxstep Younique Unit
2013 Trap Henry
2013 Geuleon Neo (Disturbance) BoA

Musical theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Goong Prince Lee Shin Main Role

Awards and nominations


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  18. ^ "'천생연분 리턴즈' 타쿠야, 1기 최고 매력남 등극" (in Korean). TVReport. 25 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Taemin transfers to an arts high school due to his busy schedule". news.nate.com. 2011-03-02. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Taemin to miss his graduation". news.nate.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Myongji Univ | Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
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  23. ^ Lee, Edmund (November 24, 2015). "Film review: SMTown: The Stage". South China Morning Post. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 

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