Taemin makes his long-awaited solo comeback with Guilty

After a hiatus of more than two years, Taemin, the multi-talented member of SHINee, has finally spilt the beans on his upcoming solo mini-album, Guilty. The last time fans got a taste of Taemin’s solo work was in May 2021 with the mini-album Advice.

The Teasers and Artwork

Teaser artwork for Taemin upcoming comeback mini-album Guilty

Scheduled for release on October 30 at 6 p.m. KST, the mini-album has already generated a buzz, especially with the teaser artwork that features a mysterious piece of white clothing lying next to a person’s legs and shoes.

Life After Military Service

Taemin has actively engaged with SHINee since completing his mandatory military service. The group recently celebrated their 15th anniversary with the release of their latest album, Hard.

Upcoming Documentary and Fan Meeting

SHINee’s milestone will also be commemorated with a documentary, My SHINee World, set to premiere in November. Taemin has also hinted at more music from SHINee, making 2023 a year to look forward to for fans.

Other Members’ Activities

In addition to Taemin’s solo project, other SHINee members have also been making waves. Key has released two comebacks, Killer and Good & Great, while Onew debuted his first Korean-language album, Circle.

Taemin is a name that transcends the K-pop idol label, earning recognition for his diverse talents in both music and acting. He has become a trendsetter and an inspiration for many. Here’s a comprehensive look at his journey from being a SHINee member to establishing a successful solo career.

SHINee and Early Career

Born Lee Tae-min on July 18, 1993, Taemin first captured hearts when he debuted with the boy band SHINEE at the young age of 14. The group made its official debut on May 25, 2008, on the music program Inkigayo.

Not only is Taemin a singer, but he also displayed his acting skills early in his career. In 2009, he took on his first role as Junsu in the MBC comedy Tae-Hee, Hye-Kyo, Ji-Hyun. He even lent his voice to the main character in the Korean version of the animated film Koala Kid in 2012.

The Ace Up His Sleeve

In 2014, Taemin ventured into a solo career with his first EP, Ace. The album topped the South Korean Gaon Album Chart, and its lead single Danger reached number five on the Gaon Digital Chart.

His first full-length album, Press It, released in 2016, also charted at number one, solidifying his reputation as a solo artist. Taemin’s music often explores themes of love, lust, and self-discovery, setting him apart from his work with SHINee.

Japanese Debut

Taemin didn’t limit himself to the Korean music scene. In July 2016, he made his Japanese solo debut with the EP Sayonara Hitori. The album included four new songs and a Japanese version of Press Your Number. Taemin’s Japanese projects have received high praise, broadening his international fan base even more.

Critical Acclaim

Taemin's Never Gonna Dance Again albim

Over the years, Taemin has released multiple albums that have received critical acclaim. His 2020 album Never Gonna Dance Again was hailed as one of the best K-pop releases of the year.

The album was released in two parts and was led by singles Criminal and Idea, both of which were widely recognized by critics for their innovation and artistry.

The Actor and The Mentor

Apart from music, Taemin has also showcased his acting skills in various dramas and movies. He even served as a mentor on the reality show The Unit, proving his versatility.

His acting roles include appearances in dramas like Dating Agency: Cyrano and movies like Final Life: Even If You Disappear Tomorrow, showcasing his range as an actor.

A Heart of Gold

Taemin is not just about glitz and glamour; he has also participated in philanthropic activities. He was part of the “Make a Promise” campaign by UNICEF and Louis Vuitton, where 40% of the proceeds were donated to children in need. Taemin’s commitment to giving back to the community sets him apart as an artist with a heart.

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