Max Changmin

심창민 / Shim Chang Min

Shim Chang-min(born February 18, 1988), also known by his stage nameMaxorMax Changmin( Korean : 최강창민;Choikang Changmin), is a South Korean singer, actor, and a member of the pop duo TVXQ . Born and raised in Seoul , South Korea, Changmin was scouted by an S.M. Entertainment talent agent when he was fourteen years old. He made his debut as TVXQ's youngest member in December 2003.Fluent in both Korean and Japanese, Changmin has achieved commercial success throughout Asia as a member of TVXQ. Known as "Asia's Stars" and the "Kings of K-Pop",TVXQ have released fifteen studio albums and performed on record-breaking concert tours; their sixth Japan-wide tour, the Time Tour , was the highest-grossing concert tour ever held by a foreign music act in Japan. TVXQ are the first non-Japanese music act to hold a concert in the Nissan Stadium , Japan's largest outdoor stadium. According to the Oricon , TVXQ records the most number-one singles for a foreign music act in Japan.They have since sold over 10 million albums there, making them one of Japan's best-selling foreign artists.

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 Max Changmin's Early life

After winning the Best Singer and Best Artist award at S.M.'s 6th Annual Youth Competition, Changmin signed with the company.

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 Max Changmin's Music career

2003–09: Debut and international success with TVXQ[edit]

Main article: TVXQ

On January 14, 2004, "Hug" was officially released, peaking at #4 on South Korea's monthly music charts. In October 2004, the group released their first studio albumTri-Angle, which was their first number-one record.

In late 2004, TVXQ signed with the Avex sub-label, Rhythm Zone . Under the name Tohoshinki, TVXQ debuted in Japan with their first Japanese single "Stay with Me Tonight" in April 2005, but it achieved lukewarm results on the Oricon Singles Chart , selling only 10,000 copies during its 5-week charting. After releasing their second Japanese single "Somebody to Love" in July 2005, TVXQ returned to South Korea to release their second studioRising Sunin September 2005. The album was a commercial success, debuting atop South Korea's monthly album chart and finished the year as the fourth best-selling Korean album of 2005.

TVXQ released their first Japanese studio albumHeart, Mind and Seoulin March 2006, but it struggled in Japan's charts, selling only 20,000 copies in the first month of release. However, TVXQ's third Korean album"O"-Jung.Ban.Hap., released in September 2006, was a financial success, selling over 458,000 copies and topped the year-end charts as South Korea's best-selling album of 2006.

, the group released their first number-one song in Japan, " Purple Line ". Their following singles " Beautiful You / Sennen Koi Uta " and " Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō? " also debuted at number one on the weekly Oricon , and TVXQ became the first foreign artist to achieve three consecutive number-one singles in Japan.

As of July 2012, the album has sold over 600,000 records.The album itself won Album of the Year at the 2008 Mnet KM Music Festival and the Disk Daesang at the 23rd Golden Disk Awards.

2009–10: TVXQ split and indefinite hiatus[edit]

In July 2009, members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu attempted to split with their agency S.M. Entertainment. TVXQ's activities in Korea immediately ceased after October 2009, but the band continued to release Japanese singles under Rhythm Zone until March 2010. The three members formally left TVXQ in April 2010 and formed their own band, JYJ . The trio and S.M. Entertainment then entered a lawsuit, a move that forced Changmin, and his remaining TVXQ bandmate Yunho, into an indefinite hiatus. During this time, Changmin considered retiring from music.

Their future still uncertain at the time, Changmin performed a solo, "Big Time", and joined Yunho to perform a new song, "Maximum." Their two-piece performances were warmly-received by fans, prompting Changmin and Yunho's decision to continue TVXQ as a duo.

2011–15: TVXQ's return as a duo[edit]

Keep Your Head Down, selling over 320,000 copies. Changmin helmed the lyrics for his solo track "Confession", which is featured in the album. Preparing for their return to Japan, Yunho and Changmin renewed their contracts with Avex, switching their record label from Rhythm Zone to Avex Trax .In September 2011, the duo released TVXQ's fifth Japanese albumTone, the band's first original album to release number one in Japan.Tonewent to become TVXQ's second best-selling studio album in Japan, selling over 330,000 copies and certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan . The duo embarked on their first Japan-wide tour, the Tone Tour , from January to April 2012, attracting 550,000 people and grossing US$74 million. Meanwhile, Changmin and Yunho starred in the SM documentaryI AM., a documentary film that chronicles TVXQ's and other S.M. artists milestone to be the first Asian artists to perform at Madison Square Garden . The film features Yunho and Changmin's journey to that point, including archival footage, reflection interviews, and rehearsals.

In September 2012, TVXQ released their sixth Korean albumCatch Me. Throughout most of 2013, TVXQ stayed in Japan to embark on their Japan-wide tour, the Time Tour to promote their sixth Japanese albumTime. One of the highest-grossing tours of the year, the Time Tour broke numerous attendance records, having mobilized over 850,000 live audiences and being credited as the largest and highest-grossing concert tour ever held by a foreign act in Japan. In addition to those achievements, the duo are also known for being the first foreign act to headline a concert at Japan's largest outdoor stadium, the Nissan Stadium , the last stop of the tour. The tour ultimatelly grossed US$93 million from 18 shows. At the same time, TVXQ embarked on their Catch Me World Tour to promote their Korean releases.

TVXQ celebrated their tenth debut anniversary with a two-day residency called "Time Slip" at the Korea International Exhibition Center , which was part of the SMTOWN Week music festival. On January 6, 2014, the duo released TVXQ's seventh Korean albumTense. The album's repackaged versionSpellboundincludes "November With Love", a solo track performed and co-written by Yunho. A month after the release ofSpellbound, TVXQ released their seventh Japanese albumTreeand embarked on their seventh Japan-wide tour to promote the album. In December 2014, TVXQ released their eighth Japanese albumWithand toured Japan the following year with the With Tour , the duo's second concert tour to perform in all five of Japan's concert domes. At the same time, TVXQ embarked on their tenth anniversary tour,Tistory: Special Live Tour, for their Korean releases. At the final stop of their With tour in April 2015, the duo announced that they would be taking a two-year hiatus to fulfill their mandatory military service for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces .

2015–present: Second hiatus, "Rise as One" andClose to You[edit]

Close to You. Among the seven tracks, "Rock with U" and "Gold Dust" were songs Changmin performed at TVXQ music events. The mini album's lead single is "Into the Water", a ballad. Bundled with a DVD that includes a music video and behind-the-scenes footage,Close to Youwas a limited release. It was only made available for purchase to members of TVXQ's Japanese fanclub,Bigeast.The album will be released on November 18, 2015.

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 Max Changmin's Television and acting career

They also participated in a number of episodes ofBanjun Drama, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network.He was also the first choice in the drama Snow Flower , but was replaced by Kim Ki Bum due his hectic TVXQ schedule.

In 2010, Changmin guest-starred inAthena: Goddess of Warfor four episodes—starting from episode 16, as NIS explosives specialist Choi Taehyun.

opposite Lee Yeon-hee .He also dubbed his own voice for the Japanese release ofParadise Ranch.

In 2012, Changmin, along with bandmate Yunho, starred in the SM documentaryI AM.The film chronicles TVXQ's and other SM artists milestone to be the first Asian artists to perform at Madison Square Garden and Changmin and Yunho's journey to that point, including archival footage, reflection interviews, and rehearsals.

Fly With the Gold.

On January 4, 2013 it was revealed by KBS that the title had changed from its working title "I Like You, Night of Meeting" toMoonlight Prince.The first episode aired on January 22, 2013 and ended its eight episode run on March 12, 2013.

On March 27, 2013 it was announced that Changmin had been selected as one of the MC's for the program.It premiered on April 9, 2013 and debuted number one in its timeslot, beating SBS'sHwasin – Controller of the Heart.


Changmin, along with U-Know Yunho, had appeared in Running Man as guests.

In 2015 he acted in the periodic drama Scholar Who Walks The Night as Crown Prince Lee Yoon.

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 Max Changmin's Artistry

the Korean version of " Love in the Ice " (Mirotic),"Confession" (Keep Your Head Down), and "I Swear" (Catch Me). He also co-wrote the lyrics of "Sleepless Night", a track in SHINee 's third albumChapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me.

and his solo song "Heaven's Day" inSpellbound, TVXQ's repackage album forTense. He has also written lyrics for other artists such as "Ace", the title track of Taemin ( SHINee )'s 1st solo album,Ace,as well as "My Thoughts, Your Memories", a track on Kyuhyun ( Super Junior )'s 1st solo album,At Gwanghwamun.

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 Max Changmin's Personal life

majoring in postmodern music . In 2011, he pursued a second degree in Film and Arts at Konkuk University. He went on to pursue a masters degree at Inha University. He also has an interest in becoming a professional photographer, and is a student of photographer Kim Young-joon.

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Military service[edit]

He was drafted into the Republic of Korea Armed Forces as a conscripted policeman on November 19, 2015.He will be discharged from service on August 18, 2017.

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 Max Changmin's Discography

Main article:TVXQ discography
TitleAlbum detailsTracklisting
Close To You

Solo discography[]

YearSongOriginating albumNotes
2008"Wild Soul" Two Hearts/Wild Soul
2010"Big Time"N/A Performed atSM Town Live '10 World Tour
2011"고백 (Confession)" Keep Your Head Down
2012"눈물 같은 사람 (A Person Like Tears)" Jeon Woo-chi Original Soundtrack
2013"Rock With U"N/A Performed atTime: Live Tour 2013
"Gold Dust" Performed atThe Mission IItour
2014"Breath" (Japanese version) SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath duet withKrystaloff(x)
"Heaven's Day" Spellbound
"슬픔 속에 그댈 지워야만 해 (Because I Love You) – Acoustic version" Mimi Original Soundtrack
"Over"N/A Performed atTree: Live Tour 2014
"사랑한다 그 말을 못해서 (Because I couldn't say the words "I Love You")" The Night Watchman's Journal Original Soundtrack

Lyric credits[]

YearSongArtist(s)Originating albumNotes
2007"Evergreen"TVXQ 2007 Winter SMTown – Only Love
2008"Love In the Ice" Mirotic Korean version of "Love In the Ice"
2009"12시 34분 (Nothing Better)" 2009 Summer SMTown – We are Shining
2011"고백 (Confession)" Max Changmin Keep Your Head Down Also recorded in the original soundtrack forParadise Ranch
2012"I Swear" TVXQ Catch Me
2013"떠나지 못해 (Sleepless Night)" Shinee Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me
2014"Rise..." TVXQ Tense
"Heaven's Day" Max Changmin Spellbound
"기억을 따라서 (Everlasting)" TVXQ Live World Tour: Catch Me in Seoul Korean version of "Toki o Tomete"
"Ace" Taemin Ace
" 나의 생각, 너의 기억 (My Thoughts, Your Memories)" Kyuhyun At Gwanghwamun

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 Max Changmin's Filmography


Dating on Earth 2009 Changmin Direct-to-video
I AM.2012 Himself Documentary film
Fly with the Gold Momo Japanese film debut
Japanese Academy Award for Newcomer of the Year
Japan Film Critics Awardfor Best New Artist
Nominated—Hochi Film Award for Newcomer Award
SMTOWN The Stage 2015 Himself Documentary film

Television dramas[]

Banjun Theater 2005 Max Changmin Main role (7 episodes)
Vacation 2006 Max Changmin Theatrical drama
Episode: "Beautiful Life"
Athena: Goddess of War 2010 Choi Tae-hyun Recurring role (4 episodes)
Paradise Ranch 2011 Han Dong-joo Main role (16 episodes)
Welcome to the Show 2011 Himself Cameo (Episode 1)
Saki 2013 Cafe customer Cameo (Episode 11)
Mimi 2014 Han Min-woo Main role (4 episodes)
Scholar Who Walks the Night 2015 Crown Prince Lee Yoon Main role (19 episodes)


Hologram Musical: School Oz 2015 Oscar Main role

Variety shows[]

Running Man 2011 Himself in Jae-Suk team 27
Running Man 2012 Himself in Offence Team 115
Moonlight Prince 2013 Himself Variety show (8 episodes)
Nominated—KBS Entertainment Award for Best Newcomer
Cool Kiz On The Block 2013–14 Himself Variety show (42 episodes)
KBS Entertainment Award for Best Entertainer
Fluttering India 2015 Himself Variety show (2 episodes)

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 Max Changmin's Selected awards

See also: List of awards and nominations received by TVXQ
2012 Hochi Film Awards Best New Artist Fly with the GoldNominated
2013 Japan Academy Awards Newcomer of the Year Fly with the GoldWon
2013 Japan Film Critics Awards Best New Artist Fly with the GoldWon
2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer (Variety) Cool Kiz On The BlockWon
2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer Moonlight PrinceNominated

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