SHINee (Korean: 샤이니) is a five-member boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS Popular Songs with the single, "누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)". The group consists of members Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. SHINee's official fan colour is pearlescent sky blue and their official fan club name is 'SHINee World' entitled after their first studio album and a song from the very album as well.
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 on 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. Their choreographer has also worked with the likes of famous artists such as Beyonce and Britney Spears.
2008: Debut and Beginning Success
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, and Kangin's Chin Chin Radio, where they performed a few of their songs. They have also made many appearances on various television shows, including Star King, Star Golden Bell and Mnet School of Rock.
SHINee received the "Rookie of the Month" award on Cyworld 9 days after their debut and won the "Hot New Star" award at MNet 20's Choice Award 2008.
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 "Asia's Best Newcomer" award at the 5th Asia Song Festival.
SHINee's first reality show, SHINee's YunHaNam (hosted by Mnet), had its first episode broadcasted on August 8, 2008. Each episode is loosely based on the five boys' meeting and date(s) with an older woman (also known as a 'noona'). At the end of each (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 16, 2008.
At the Asia Song Festival, SHINee member Key informed fans that SHINee would be releasing a repackaged album, which will include the new songs, "아.미.고" [Amigo], [Forever or Never], and a remix of "사.계.한" [Love Should Go On] from their Mini Album, on the 30th of October. A few whispers circulated that the 5-member group has been shooting a music video with the new song "Amigo." Minho is said to be the main lead of the music video.
The first promotion for SHINee's new song was held on SBS Inkigayo on October 26, 2008. It is a dance hip-hop song with heavy choreography, similar to that of their song from their first album, "The SHINee World." On October 30 2008 SHINee won the New Icon award.
SHINee released their third official music video for their new song, 아.미.고 (Ah.Mi.Go)[The title is a shortened version of "If you love a beauty, you shall suffer."], on November 3rd, 2008.
On November 15, 2008 SHINee was nominated as Best Male Rookie and won defeating U-Kiss, 2PM, 2AM and Mighty Mouth at the 10th annual Mnet KM Music Festival.