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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Onew at Dream Concert 2015.jpg
Onew at Dream Concert 2015
Born Lee Jin-ki (이진기)
(1989-12-14) December 14, 1989 (age 26)
Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Musical career
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Stage name Onew
Hangul 온유
Hanja 溫流
Revised Romanization On-yu
McCune–Reischauer On-yu
Birth name
Hangul 이진기
Hanja 李珍基
Revised Romanization I Jin-gi
McCune–Reischauer I Chin-ki

Lee Jin-ki (hangul: 이진기; born December 14, 1989[2]), better known by his stage name Onew (hangul: 온유), is a South Korean singer, actor, dancer and presenter. He is the leader of the South Korean boy group Shinee.



Main article: Shinee

Onew was discovered at the 2006 S.M. Academy Casting. Onew received great appreciation from Lee Soo-man, SM Entertainment's founder, at Girls' Generation's debut showcase. Lee Soo-man noticed him and wanted to hear Onew sing during a one time on the spot audition. He signed the contract with SM the day after he auditioned.[3][4]

In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, and the 5-member boy group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo.[5]


Onew contributed to singles for Lee Hyeon-ji (for "Vanilla LOVE" and "Vanilla Love Part 2"), Girls' Generation member Jessica for the song "One Year Later" in the Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) mini-album and a duet with Kim Yeon-woo for the song, "The Name I Loved" from the third mini album by Shinee, "2009, Year Of Us." [6]

Onew recorded a song titled "In Your Eyes" for drama series To The Beautiful You. The song was released for the albums To The Beautiful You OST Part 2 on August 22, 2012.[7]

Onew also sang the OST "Moonlight" for drama "Miss Korea". The song was released on January 3, 2014.[8]


Onew starred in various musicals starting in 2010, debuting in the musical Hyeongjeneun Yonggamhaetda (형제는 용감했다, "Brothers were Brave") alongside singer Lee Ji-hoon.[9] He then starred in the Korean production of Rock of Ages playing the lead role, Drew.[10]

He has also showcased his acting skills via television having a cameo role as a clumsy doctor in the drama Dr. Champ. He appeared in the drama's final episode.[11] He also had cameo role's in the dramas Athena: Goddess of War, Oh My God x2,[12] Pure Love and for sitcom Royal Villa.[13]

In 2015 Onew was chosen out of more than 2,000 people as the main lead of a new web drama, Dating was the Easiest.[14] The drama is adapted from a popular webtoon of the same title, the drama revolves around the pure yet boisterous romance between a tiger spirit of the mountains and a high school girl. Onew was casted because of his unique analysis of the character and his determination whilst preparing for the auditions.[15] He was also confirmed for the upcoming Song Hye-kyo's and Song Joong-ki's Descendants of the Sun drama. He's going to play a young doctor, who is a junior of Song Hye-kyo's character, Kang Mo-yeon.[16][17]


Onew, together with Minho, wrote the lyrics for the song, "Your Name" from Shinee's second studio album Lucifer.[18]

Television shows[edit]

In addition to music, Onew became an MC on two programs — KBS's Yahaengsung (야행성, "Nocturnal")[19] and MBC's Show! Music Core.[20] In January 14, 2014, his participation in the Borneo edition of the reality show Laws of the Jungle was confirmed.[21] He was also in the cast for the Brazil edition,[22] but had to leave and be substituted because of schedule conflicts.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Onew graduated from the Gwangmyeong Information Industry High School. In his senior year in high school, Onew had ranked as the second top student in his grade. He is currently attending Chungwoon University, his major being broadcasting music.

Onew underwent a vocal cord polyp removal and vocal fold mucosa reconstruction operation in June 2014, which made him unable to sing for few months.[24] Kim Yeon-woo, a friend of Onew as well as his vocal coach revealed during the December 17 broadcast of MBC FM4U’s FM Date radio that Onew's voice got better after the vocal cords surgery. He also said that Onew's vocal range "improved and he can make sounds comfortably too".[25]


Fans of Onew showed up to one of Onew's performances in "Rock of Ages" with 1.44 tons of rice. Onew donated the 1.44 tons of Dreame rice to help feed North Korean children, and according to a Dreame representative, the rice was delivered to an Incheon storehouse on the 16th October 2010 and was sent to North Korea on the 22nd. Onew had also donated 770 kg of Dreame Rice to the Children in Need in South Korea in May 2010 when he was in the "Brothers are Brave" musical.[26]


Main article: Shinee discography

Collaborations and soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Song Album Duration Artist
2008 "Vanilla Love" Kiss Me 03:37 Duet with Lee Hyun-ji
2008 "Vanilla Love Part 2" Vanilla Love Part 2 04:11 Duet with Lee Hyun-ji
2009 "One Year Later" Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) 04:01 Duet with Jessica
2012 "In Your Eyes" To the Beautiful You OST 04:28 Solo
2014 "Moonlight" Miss Korea OST 03:45 Solo


Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010 Dr. Champ Park Ki-young (cameo) SBS
Athena: Goddess of War Himself (cameo) SBS
2012 Oh My God x2 Himself (cameo) SBS
2013 Pure Love Choi Joon-young's cousin (cameo) KBS2
Welcome to Royal Villa [27] Himself JTBC
2016 Descendants of the Sun[17] Lee Chi-hoon KBS2

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Other Notes
2010 Brothers Were Brave Joo-bong Korean musical
2010 Rock of Ages Drew Korean Ver.

Music Video Appearance[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2008 Vanilla Love Part 2 Lee Hyun Ji


  1. ^ "Shinee" (in Japanese). * SM Entertainment Japan
    • EMI Music Japan. Retrieved December 26, 2010.  line feed character in |publisher= at position 46 (help)
  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ "ONEW - Do It" (in Korean). Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "SHINee’s Onew reveals how he was cast into SM Entertainment by Lee Soo Man". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shinee's iple profile" (in Korean). Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "And a Gentle, 'Vanilla Love'". jknews (in Korean). December 10, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ 박근철 (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Moonlight iTunes page". iTunes. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  9. ^ (Korean) 샤이니 온유 ‘형제는 용감했다’ 뮤지컬 데뷔! 홍록기-이지훈과 호흡 (SHINee's Onew Debuts in Musical "Brave Brothers" with Hong Rokki and Lee Ji-Hoon). Newsen. February 22, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  10. ^ (Korean) 온유 “뮤지컬, 재밌어..샤이니 멤버도 격려해줘” (Onew: "Musicals are Fun...Please Also Encourage Shinee Members"). Newsen. September 16, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  11. ^ (Korean) '닥터챔프' 마지막회, 온유-민효린 깜짝 출연 '눈길' (Shinee’s Onewand Min Hyo Rin appeared in SBS’s ‘Doctor Champ’ finale) Nate. November 16, 2010. November 28, 2010.
  12. ^ Ho, Stewart (2012-04-17). "SHINee’s Onew Couples Up with CSJH’s Sunday". Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Onew's interview for jTBC's "Sitcom Royal Villa"". Ilgan Sports. 2013-07-08. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ SHINee′s Onew Cast in New Webdrama ′Dating Was the Easiest′. Mwave. March 13, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  15. ^ 샤이니 온유, 웹드라마 ‘연애가 제일 쉬웠어요’로 첫 주연 낙점. 10Asia. March 9, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  16. ^ 강신일, '태양의 후예' 출연..송중기와 부자 호흡. Starnews. May 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "First script read for blockbuster melodrama Descended From the Sun" (in Korean). TV Report. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ Kim, Myeongsin (2010-07-19). 샤이니, 정규 2집 '루시퍼' 컴백…온유-종현 작사곡 '유어네임'-'욕' 화제. Korea Economy. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  19. ^ (Korean) 샤이니 온유, `야행성`으로 MC 첫 도전 (SHINee's Onew's First MC Role on Nocturnal). Korea Economic Daily. May 5, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  20. ^ (Korean) 온유·민호·수지·지연, ‘음악중심’ 새 MC 발탁 '기대만발' (Onew, Minho, Suzy, Jiyeon as New Music Core MCs, "High Expectations"). Asia Economy. October 29, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  21. ^ [단독]'정글-아마존' 강인·빅스 혁 15일 출국·이민우 온유 17일 귀국 (in Korean). Star News. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "SHINee's Onew to join the cast of 'Law of The Jungle in Brazil'". dkpopnews. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Kangin and Hyuk to Replace Lee Min Woo and Onew on ‘Laws of the Jungle Brazil’". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  24. ^ 샤이니 온유, "성대 수술 후 퇴원…당분간 통원 치료" (in Korean). Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  25. ^ "SNSD Sunny Says SHINee Onew Worried About His Life as Singer After Surgery". Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  26. ^ 샤이니 온유, 사랑의 쌀 1.44톤 北 어린이에게 기증 (in Korean). Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  27. ^ (Korean) [단독] 온유, JTBC 새 시트콤 '웰컴투 노얄빌라' 출연 확정 (Onew is confirmed to join JTBC’s new sitcom “Welcome to Noyal Villa”). MyDaily. 29 May 2013. Retrieved Mai 29, 2013.

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