I need a replay
Welcome to Replay, a one page tribute dedicated to the South Korean boyband, SHINee. After debuting in 2008 with their song 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay) (Older Girl, You're So Pretty (Replay)), SHINee has released hit after hit, arguably making them one of the more popular boybands from Korea. This site aims to show visitors why I like them as a group, be it for their music or their other activities. I hope you enjoy your stay!
The band and the boys
From left to right: Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho & Key
SHINee (샤이니) debuted on May 23rd, 2008 with their first single 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay). They are currently signed with record label S.M. Entertainment, which is the same label responsible among others for Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK/TVXQ), So Nyuh Shi Dae (SNSD) and Super Junior. During the SM Town concert in Los Angeles in 2010, Key explained the meaning of their name: "We actually made up the word SHINee, it means, instead of giving light, we receive light," where he referred to the fans as their source of light. The name itself was combined from the word "shine" and the suffix "-ee", which is added to the receiver of a verb (ie. a trainee). As for their music, I must admit that I am horrible with genres (for me, what's most important is that I like listening to the songs), so honestly I wouldn't really know what to classify their music as, although I've seen it classified as (a mix of) contemporary R&B, electro-pop and ballads.
Since 2008, SHINee has released two full albums, both of which have gotten a repackage album, adding three songs to each album, and three mini-albums. In June 2011, they also made their Japanese debut with a cover of their first single, naming it Replay -君は僕のeverything-. Their second Japanese single, another cover from one of their Korean songs, Juliette is said to be released in August 2011. The single will also include their first original Japanese song, titled Kiss Kiss Kiss.
SHINee is further known for their distinguishable fashion style, which consists of vibrant and colorful shirts, skinny jeans and high-top sneakers. The vibrant colored shirts in particular are mainly visible in their earlier music videos, as the boys took on a more mature look in 2009. However, on occasion they would bring back the colorful shirts for their live performances. For more on SHINee's looks, there is a short article written on allkpop where the writer takes a look at their fashion style since their debut days.For short profile statistics on each member, please click the following links:
The first SHINee song I heard was 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay), right around their debut, when I saw it on the Korean music program Pops in Seoul. At that time, I didn't listen to that many Korean songs, so while I liked the song and found it catchy, I only listened to it whenever it came by on TV. After that, they released more songs, such as 산소 같은 너 (Love Like Oxygen), 아.미.고 (A.Mi.Go), Juliette, Ring Ding Dong, LUCIFER and Hello, of which many, if not all, were featured on the aforementioned show. As I wasn't as interested in Korean music at the time, I did not follow SHINee's releases closely, though I did hear their songs every now and then. When Ring Ding Dong came out and I saw its music video, I didn't think much of the song (even though I did think it was pretty catchy) and the same thing happened when LUCIFER came out, but one thing was clear to me: during the period I had not kept myself up to date,
Because of SHINee's participation in the SM Town in Paris concert, I made myself listen to all the songs I hadn't heard before, which made me realize that, aside from their 'tougher' songs, they still also had songs that sounded upbeat, but that gave me the same happy feeling I had when I first heard Replay. After listening to their songs more and more, I grew to like their songs so much to the point that my playlist has only been playing SHINee songs for the past two months (June and July, 2011). As for the concert itself, it was an amazing experience seeing so many awesome artists, but SHINee's performances were definitely the highlight of the concert for me and they made me into a bigger fan than I was before.
If you've gotten curious about SHINee's music, I've provided a couple of my favorite songs in the music player on the right for you to try. If you're looking for more upbeat songs, I'd recommend LUCIFER, Ready or Not and Real. Songs that lift up my spirits are 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay), A-Yo, Hello and Stand By Me, while ballad-wise, I enjoy listening to 너 아니면 안되는 걸 (Romantic), 내가 사랑했던 이름 (The Name I Loved) and Life.
In contrast to Western musicians, Korean stars seem to do much more to promote themselves and their music. One of those ways are the many performances they give when releasing new songs or albums, by appearing on various music shows, such as Music Core and Music Bank. SHINee's performances generally include lots of synchronised dance moves, amazing live vocals and eye-catching outfits. But, as shown in this A-Yo performance, the boys can also be their adorable and dorky selves, while still giving a great show. It's also not every day that you see such an elaborate stage setup for a single performance.
Aside from regular performances, Korean artists sometimes also perform together with labelmates and at times, members from different bands are even put together to cover songs, including their dance moves. A good (and funny) example of the latter is this video of Boys' Generation performing Genie (Tell Me Your Wish). Key is also well-known for his ability to remember the dance moves of many girl group songs, as illustrated in this video. The last performance video I'd like to share is a dance battle one. Dance battles are originally between two or more groups who battle against each other to see who the better dancer is, but this video shows that you can have competition and collaboration in one show.
SHINee has also appeared on several variety shows and starred in their own reality shows. There is such an enormous amount of videos available on Youtube, that I can find new things every day, but I'm just going to pick out some of my favorites for this section. The first one is one of their own reality shows, called Hello Baby, where the members of SHINee act like dads and take care of 3-year-old Yoogeun (4 years in Korean). It's a show where you see just how caring and affectionate the boys can be, but at the same time they can also fool around and have a great time together. As of writing this, I haven't finished watching the show yet, but I would definitely recommend watching it if you're looking for something that's both heartwarming and entertaining.
As for variety shows, I've only seen a handful out of what's available, but if there's one thing I'm sure of, it's that watching SHINee on a show is always good for a laugh. Their appearance on Idol Army, hosted by 2PM and Boom, was one of my first experiences, and boy was it entertaining. It includes flirting, an Idol World Cup, love rolling, and even the birth of a new couple?! On the other hand, Maknae Rebellion shows that SHINee can be competitive, and that they have a huge love for food. Additionally, SHINee has also proved their popularity as they have even appeared on foreign shows, such as Taiwan's 100% Entertainment and Super King -- language is definitely not a barriere when it comes to enjoying music. In the latter show, the boys show a bit of their Chinese language skills, just check out this video.
Interesting (fun) facts
- Jonghyun has written the lyrics for Juliette and 욕 (Obsession) himself.
- Taemin grew up playing the piano on and off in his childhood, one of his favorite pieces to play is Yiruma's River Flows In You.
- Key is the most fashionable of the group.
- Onew and Minho have been hosts for the music program Music Core.
- SHINee is a fan from the anime and manga One Piece.
- SHINee fans call themselves Shawols, taken from the words "SHINee World".
- SHINee is the first Asian band to perform at the Abbey Road Studios.
- Their single Replay -君は僕のeverything- currently holds the highest sale records for a Korean group's debut single.
This website was made as a part of the One Page, One Month marathon at Amassment. I was hesitant to pick SHINee as a subject at first, as I wasn't sure how to organize the site, but I decided to go through with it because I wanted to share how amazing and versatile this band is.
I chose to name this site Replay, for two reasons: 1) it's the song that started it all and 2) I enjoy listening to their music a lot, and seeing them on shows is never boring, so I "replay" them a lot. The images that were used throughout this website and for the layout came from Last.fm and from Google searches. The videos were all found through Youtube. Last but not least, many thanks to Ren for hosting this site ♥
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