In just over a month, SHINee member Key will begin his military service.
On Friday, SM Entertainment confirmed that SHINee member Key had received a notifying him of his acceptance into the military band. As a result, the exact date of his enlistment has been decided. “It is true that Key finally got accepted into the military band. He plans to join the army on March 4,” said a company representative.
Notably, once he enlists, Key will be the second member from the group to being his military service following leader Onew. This past December, the singer entered the army after leaving an album as a gift for fans. After Key, Minho will likely begin his service before the second half of the year.
SM Entertainment confirmed that Key and Minho from SHINee will enlist this year.
On Thursday, a representative from SM Entertainment stated that both Key and Minho are planning to join the military during the first half of the year. Further, according to officials, Key applied for a position in the military band and is currently awaiting a response.
Notably, they will be the next members from the group to enlist after leader Onew began service last year. With enlistment looming ever near, the members have focused on solo activities.
Key, in particular, has grown a bit as an artist by releasing his first full-length solo album Face last November. Moreover, he also held a solo concert and made an appearance in the movie Hit-and-Run Squad. Likewise, Minho recently finished filmed for the movie The Battle of Jansari.
Additionally, starting in South Korea on February 16, a series of fan meetings will be held in Tokyo, Bangkok, and Taipei ending in early March ahead of their enlistment.
Now, many are paying attention to how they will spend their time leading up to the beginning of their military service. Moreover, many fans want to know what Taemin, the youngest member of the group will place to do after the rest of the members have enlisted.
SHINee Onew leaves a sweet, heartfelt handwritten message to fans before enlisting in the military!
On December 10, SHINee’s Onew left a handwritten note to fans via the group’s official website prior to his military enlistment. Along with the note, the singer also revealed a video of him getting a new buzzcut.
The following is the translated letter from Onew:
“How have you been guys?”
“I’ve gotten some time to rest for a while. I’ve always had some regret, and will continue to have some regret. But try to think of this time as a time for me to prepare for a better self.”
“Also, being healthy is the most important of all. I sincerely hope that you guys stay healthy and happy.”
“I will continue to sing, so something reminds you of me from time to time, please listen to my voice. I will write again once I’m back.”
“I’m forever grateful for your love. Let’s meet again!”
Meanwhile, Onew announced his military enlistment on November 9. At the time, SM had reported, “respecting the singer’s wish to enlist quietly, we have decided to not reveal the location or the time.”
SHINee Onew has proved his global popularity with his first solo album VOICE.
Once Onew’s first mini album VOICE on December 5, it topped iTunes album chart in 23 countries. A few of the countries included Russia, Peru, Vietnam, and Japan, demonstrating fans’ high level of interest. Additionally, VOICE has seven songs including the title song “Blue,” “Illusion,” and “Shine on You.”
SHINee member Onew is set to release his first solo mini album, VOICE, through various music sites next month.
On Thursday SM Entertainment released a teaser photo for SHINee Onew’s first solo mini album VOICE. According to the poster, they will release the record next week on December 5 at 6 p.m. At the same time, fans can also stream songs on several different sites including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and MelOn.
Moreover, in total there will be a total of seven songs with “Blue” being the title track. Reportedly, the song is a combination of old pop and jazz, with an R&B feel.
The album is a gift that Onew wants to give to fans before he begins his military service on December 10.
Onew becomes the first SHINee member to enlist in the military!
On November 9, SM Entertainment announced that SHINee’s leader Onew will be enlisting in the military as an active soldier on December 10. Respecting the singer’s wish to enlist quietly, the agency has decided to not reveal the date, time, or the location.
Furthermore, there won’t be an additional event to send off the singer. Born in 1989, Onew is the first member of SHINee to enlist.
Meanwhile, SHINee made their debut in 2008 and recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with their 6th studio album in May. The album contained triple titles, “Good Evening,” “I Want You,” and “Our Page,” which all separately topped various global music charts.
SHINee’s Key was voted as SM Halloween party’s best dressed celebrity.
On November 1st (KST), SM Entertainment released photos of SM Town Halloween party. SM’s artists including SM Entertainment artists, people in SM C&C, Key East, and Million Market gathered to enjoy the party.
The party’s best dressed man was selected as SHINee’s member Key. Key wore a costume of Lord Voldemort, a character from Harry Potter series. Because of his schedule conflict, Key had created a panel of himself wearing the costume and makeup. As a prize, he has received a free trip to Maldiv. Another SHINee member Onew dressed as Jim Carrey from the movie The Mask (1994), and won 3rd place. His prize was a free flight ticket to Hokkaido, Japan.
Other than these winners, many other celebrities wore costumes. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon dressed up as the doll in the movie Annabelle (2014), and Yuri dressed up as a Minion.
On the latest episode of MBC’s “Radio Star,” SHINee covered various topics, including why they continued with their Japanese tour after Jonghyun’s death.
On May 30 episode of MBC’s “Radio Star,” SHINee talked about why they continued with their Japanese Dome Tour in February, just over two months after Jonghyun’s tragic end.
“We wondered whether to perform or not,” Key revealed on the show. There were many things they had to consider, but in the end, they decided to keep not cancel the tour for Jonghyun and the fans who had bought their tickets months in advance. “We wished to hold a concert where we could send Jonghyun to a good place,” Key explained.
However, the decision was not well received by everyone. After the group made the announcement, Key revealed that he was shocked by some of the malicious comments that people wrote. Besides the comments, he was also troubled by some of the articles written about the tour.
According to Key, there was an article that said they were using their sadness as pop singers. However it was meant to be perceived, the Key said that he doesn’t want to hear that they are using their grief as a marketing tool.
On the contrary, SHINee has always wanted do things for the sake others Key explained. But when the group made this decision, it was one they made for themselves, “something for us,” he said.
“We have been together (as five members) for so long, but I wondered what the result would be,” Key revealed. He thought that if they “fail to overcome this, I felt like I was going to be separated from the members and I didn’t want that. So I thought we have to overcome this.”
Lastly, Minho said that “We can’t be all right, but especially we’re on stage or singing, we’re not just four people. The thought of being together gives us strength and energy. I think we can have a joyful time together.”
AOA member Seolhyun explained about the recent controversy where she “unfollowed” a number of celebrities on social network service, Instagram.
On May 20, Seolhyun “unfollowed” a multiple celebrities, including IU, Yoo Ah-In, Yoo Byung-Jae, and SHINee Onew. In addition, she started following f(x)’s Luna. As a result, netizens speculated that the singer was making a point about feminism.
The speculations arose because some of the celebrities Seolhyun unfollowed were involved with anti-feminism controversy. Previously, Yoo Byung-Jae was recently criticized for mocking feminism during his stand-up comedy show, and actor Yoo Ah-In with his “Zucchini” controversy. On the other hand, Seolhyun’s new follower, f(x) Luna recently posted a post about her support for feminism.
On May 28, Seolhyun addressed this issue during AOA‘s comeback showcase. She said, “I always thought I was following too many people. I just happened to unfollow the people I didn’t really have direct connections with, but I immediately stopped after hearing it was causing some problems. Afterwards, I can’t touch it because I’m afraid it will make more issues.”
However, the singer did comment on her growing interest on the social issue that is feminism. Seolhyun said, “I have lots of interest on the social issues and try to listen to lots of people’s opinions. Naturally, I gained lots of interest regarding the feminist movement and feminism itself.”
Meanwhile, AOA came back as a 6-member group with their 5th mini album ‘Bingle Bangle.’