Shinhwa band

신화, 神話

Shinhwa( Hangul : 신화; Hanja : 神話) is a South Korean six-member boy band based in Seoul, composed of Eric Mun , Lee Min-woo , Kim Dong-wan , Shin Hye-sung , Jun Jin , and Andy Lee . Launched by SM Entertainment on 24 March 1998 and now managed by Shinhwa Company , the group is the longest-running boy band in the history of K-popand one of the pioneers of the K-pop idol culture.Shinhwa is the Korean word for myth or legend .The group was one of the early successes of SM Entertainment along with H.O.T. and S.E.S. . When the contract with SM Entertainment expired in July 2003, all six members signed with Good Entertainment as a group. Although the group Shinhwa was managed by Good Entertainment, the members also pursued individual solo careers as actors and singers under different agencies. Shinhwa went on a four-year hiatus in 2008, when the band members (except Hyesung ) started to enlist for mandatory military service . In 2011, when most of the members finished their servies, they established Shinhwa Company to facilitate their group career alongside their individual careers. In March 2012, Shinhwa released their tenth albumThe Returnand started a concert tour to become the first Korean boy band to last after the members' mandatory military services.Shinhwa is also the first K-pop idol to lead a successful career after leaving its original agency. Ever since Shinhwa left SM Entertainment , the group had fought a long legal battle that also involved Joon Media to win the trademark rights for the band name "Shinhwa." At the height of the battle in September 2014, the band had to rename the agency Shinhwa Company as ShinCom Entertainmentto avoid legal issues. In May 2015, after 12 years of long battle, Shinhwa finally won the lawsuit over Joon Media and re-renamed their agency as Shinhwa Company.

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