Lee Tae-min (born (1993-07-18)July 18, 1993[2]), most often credited as Taemin, is a South Korean singer, dancer 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.[3]

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".[4] On February 23, 2016, Taemin launched his first studio album Press it, featuring the title track "Press Your Number".[5]

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

In 2008, Taemin was chosen as a member of Shinee. The group official debuted on May 25, 2008, in the program SBS's Inkigayo.[6]

On September 19, 2012, Taemin released his first OST, "U", for the drama To The Beautiful You.[7] 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.[8]

In June 2013 he featured in Super Junior-M's Henry solo song "Trap" alongside Super Junior's Kyuhyun.[9] 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.[10]

2014–present: Solo activities

On August 18, 2014 Taemin made his solo debut and released his first mini album "Ace" which contains six songs.[4] 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.[11]

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.[12] The song debuted at #36 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[14]

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.[5] 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."[15]

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 18th July. The album is set to release on July 27. The album includes 4 new songs and Press Your Number (Japanese version).[16]

Acting career

Taemin made his acting debut in 2009 in MBC's comedy "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun" as Junsu.[3] 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.[17]

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.[18] In the same year Taemin made three episode appearance on the drama Dating Agency: Cyrano as idol singer Ray/Yang Ho-yeol.[19] On February 3, 2015, he was confirmed for the cast of the first season of "Match Made in Heaven Returns".[20]

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.[21] He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to his groups activities.[22] He is currently majoring in Musical and Film at Myongji University.[23]




2012The OutbackJohnny (voice-actor)Korean version
I AM.HimselfDocumentary of SM Town.[24]
2013The MiracleKim TanShort film
2015SMTOWN The StageHimselfDocumentary of SM Town.[25]

Television Dramas

2009Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji HyunJunsu
2010Athena: Goddess of WarHimselfCameo; Ep.7
2011Moon Night '90Kim Sung Jae
High Kick! 3TaeminCameo; Ep.65
2012Salamander Guru and The ShadowsMaster of DisguiseCameo; Ep. 4,10
2013Dating Agency: CyranoRay/Yang Ho-YeolEp. 3-5

Television Show

2010Dream TeamHimselfDream Team Member
2012Immortal Song 2HimselfContestant
2013-2014We Got MarriedHimselfwith Son Na-eun
2015Match Made in Heaven ReturnsHimselfFirst Season Cast
2016Hit The StageHimselfContestant

Music video appearances

YearSong titleArtist
2012MaxstepYounique Unit
2013Geuleon Neo (Disturbance)BoA

Musical theatre

2014GoongPrince Lee ShinMain Role

Awards and nominations