Lee Tae-min (born ), 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.July 18, 1993
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". On February 23, 2016, Taemin launched his first studio album Press it, featuring the title track "Press Your Number".
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.
2008–2013: Career beginnings
On September 19, 2012, Taemin released his first OST, "U", for the drama To The Beautiful You. 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.
In June 2013 he featured in Super Junior-M's Henry solo song "Trap" alongside Super Junior's Kyuhyun. 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.
2014–present: Solo activities
On August 18, 2014 Taemin made his solo debut and released his first mini album "Ace" which contains six songs. 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.
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. 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."
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).
Taemin made his acting debut in 2009 in MBC's comedy "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun" as Junsu. 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.
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. In the same year Taemin made three episode appearance on the drama Dating Agency: Cyrano as idol singer Ray/Yang Ho-yeol. On February 3, 2015, he was confirmed for the cast of the first season of "Match Made in Heaven Returns".
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. He graduated in February 2012, but was unable to make it to the ceremony due to his groups activities. He is currently majoring in Musical and Film at Myongji University.
- Press It (2016)
|2012||The Outback||Johnny (voice-actor)||Korean version|
|I AM.||Himself||Documentary of SM Town.|
|2013||The Miracle||Kim Tan||Short film|
|2015||SMTOWN The Stage||Himself||Documentary of SM Town.|
|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|
|2010||Dream Team||Himself||Dream Team Member|
|2012||Immortal Song 2||Himself||Contestant|
|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
|2013||Geuleon Neo (Disturbance)||BoA|
|2014||Goong||Prince Lee Shin||Main Role|