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SHINee remained a secret until May 18, 2008 when the introduction of the new group surfaced on various articles on the Internet. However, some members of the band had made small appearances without alerting the media about the band. Jonghyun, for instance, lent his voice in a duet with Zhang Liyin, “Wrongly Given Love” (交错的爱), which was recorded in Zhang Liyin’s first Chinese album. Minho appeared in Ha Sangbaek’s fashion show in March 2008. Key appeared as an extra in Super Junior’s official movie, Attack of the Pin-Up Boys. Near the end of the movie, during the song ‘Wonderboy’, he appeared in a school uniform, dancing. On May 19, 2008 a teaser for the group’s debut music video appeared on their official website. The video was then released on May 22, 2008 and their first mini album on May 23, 2008. Ha Sang Baek is appointed as their official designer.1 Their choreographer has also worked with the likes of famous artists such as Beyonce and Britney Spears.Debut
SHINee made their debut television appearance on SBS’s Popular Songs on May 25, 2008, performing their first promotional single, “누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)”. The group’s first stage performance was on May 22, 2008 on M.NET’s M! Countdown. On June 7, 2008, SHINee performed at the Dream Concert in the Seoul Olympic Stadium along with other popular Korean stars, and Jonghyun performed in the opening act along with other members from Super Junior and Girls’ Generation as a part of “Dream Band”. Members from the group have also gone on to making a number of guest appearances on radio shows such as KBS’s Super Junior Kiss the Radio, a radio show hosted by Super Junior members Leeteuk and Eunhyuk. SHINee visited other radio shows that were hosted by other Super Junior members, such as Shindong’s Stop the Boring Time and Sungmin’s Reckless Radio, where they performed a few of their songs. They have also made many appearances on various television shows, including Star King and Star Golden Bell. SHINee received the “Rookie of the Month” award on Cyworld 9 days after their debut and at MNet 20’s Choice Award 2008 they won the “Hot New Star” award. SHINee released their full debut album, “SHINee World,” on August 28, 2008. The first single released from the album was “산소 같은 너” [Love Like Oxygen], which is a cover of “Show the World” by Martin Hoberg Hedegaard originally written by the Danish songwriting/production team of Thomas Troelsen, Remee and Lucas Secon. The official music video has been released. On September 18th, 2008, SHINee’s “Love Like Oxygen” was the #1 song on M! Countdown. A few days afterwards, SHINee received the mutizen award for “Love Like Oxygen” on SBS Inkigayo. On October 3, 2008, SHINee was awarded the Newcomer Award at the 5th Asia Song Festival. SHINee’s first reality show, SHINee’s YunHaNam, hosted by Mnet, started about two months ago. Each episode is loosely always based on the five boys, meeting an older woman (also known as a ‘noona’) and going out on a date with her. At the end of the each approximately 30 minute episode, the noona picks one of the boys as her choice for a solo date. The show’s final, 12th episode was released on October 16th, 2008. At the Asia Song Festival, SHINee member Key informed everyone that SHINee would be releasing a repackaged album, which will include a new song, at the end of October. A few whispers circulated that the 5-member group is beginning to shoot a music video with the new song. Minho is said to be the main character of the music video.
Onew (온유 or 温流) (The Leader) Birth name: Lee Jinki (이진기) Birth date: December 14, 1989 (age 18) Position: Leader, Vocal
Jonghyun (종현 or 鐘鉉) (Bling Bling) Birth name: Kim Jonghyun (김종현) Birth date: April 8, 1990 (age 18) Position: Lead Vocal
Key (키) (The Almighty Key) Birth name: Kim Kibum (김기범) Birth date: September 23, 1991 (age 17) Position: Vocal, Rap
Minho (민호 or 珉豪) (Flaming Charisma) Birth name: Choi Minho (최민호) Birth date: December 9, 1991 (age 16) Position: Rap, Sub-Vocal
Taemin (태민 or 泰民) (The Youngest) Birth name: Lee Taemin (이태민) Birth date: July 18, 1993 (age 15) Position: Sub-Vocal, Rap