Key Shinee


Kim Ki-bum(born September 23, 1991), better known by his stage nameKey, is a South Korean singer, actor, fashion designer and television presenter. Born and raised in Daegu, South Korea, he later travelled to Seoul after a successful audition at the S.M. National Tour Audition Casting. In 2008, Key debuted as a member of South Korean boy group Shinee , who later went on to become one of the best-selling artists in Korea. Key is widely recognised as a singer, but he has also ventured into different careers, notably as an actor and fashion designer.As a singer, he has done many collaborations with various artists, and debuted in the sub-unit Toheart with Woohyun of Infinite . Key has also contributed in writing songs that have been released in Shinee's and Toheart's albums. As an actor, he was cast in multiple musicals, such asBonnie & Clyde(2013),Zorro(2014), andChess(2015). He has since widened his field as an actor by taking part in several television drama roles, likeDrinking Solo(2016) andThe Guardians(2017).In 2015, Key progressed to becoming a fashion designer and took part in numerous projects. For instance, he collaborated with Bridge Shop House to design Shinee concert outfits, and worked with model Irene and the brand Charm's to design fashion apparel. Due to the success of his works, Key was later appointed as fashion director of the group. In 2016, he became a model for the American fashion brand Jill Stuart .

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 Key Shinee's Life and career

1991–2011: Early life and career beginningsedit

In 2006, he joined SM Entertainment after a successful audition at theSM National Tour Audition Casting.One year later, he appeared as a background dancer in the film Super Junior ,Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.

on May 22, debuting at #10 and reaching the #8 position on the charts.The first television presentation of the group occurred on May 25, 2008, on the program SBS'sInkigayo.

)" on TRAX 's mini album "Trax Mini Album Volume 1",and in Girls' Generation 's song "Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)" ( Korean :"화성인 바이러스 (Boys & Girls)") for their second studio album,Oh!.In 2011, Key collaborated with Leeteuk of Super Junior on a song called "Bravo" for the dramaHistory of a Salaryman. He also took part in EXO 's song " Two Moons " on their debut mini albumMAMAand BoA 's song " One Dream " as the theme song for SBS " K-pop Star " with label-mate Henry of Super Junior-M .

2012–15: Toheart and theatrical debutedit

Key and Dana at the Bonnie & Clyde Press Conference in 2013

. The production started on December 14, 2012, and continued until February 9, 2013, at the Opera House in the Seongnam Arts Center .Key also made a cameo appearance in SBS Sitcom " Salamander Guru and The Shadows ".

Not long after, on October 22, he was cast in another Korean adaptation of the broadway musical " The Three Musketeers " as D'Artagnan.

Toheart at the 2014 Hong Kong Dome Festival.

Jeff Benjamin fromBillboardpraised the duo's vocals, and also the choreography and on-screen charisma.In the same year, Key was cast as the lead role for the musicalZorro, sharing the role with singer Wheesung and Beast 's Yoseob . "Zorro" ran from August 27 till October 26 at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul.Key also participated in the MBC variety showWe Got Married Global Edition. He was partnered with Alissa Yagi , a Japanese model.

which was also performed with Japanese subtitles at Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama in 2016.Key starred in his first play as Byeong Gu in "Save the Green Planet!", based on the 2003 film of the same name.Key also had his own web show entitled "Key's Know How" produced by Mnet.

2016–present: Acting rolesedit

Even though this was Key's first time acting in a network, his acting was well received by the production team,stating: "Key is someone who works hard. He prepared a lot beforehand and as an actor, he comprehensively analysed his character role. He is receiving many praise and love from the staff. Despite having no experience in dramas at the time of his audition, his acting gave off a very fresh vibe. Furthermore, his acting and his enunciation were good and so we decided to cast him."

and received positive reviews for his acting skills.He subsequently received the Best New Actor Award for his role in the drama at the 2017 Grimae Awards .

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 Key Shinee's Personal life

His thesis is titled "The Influence of Styling Education on Appearance Satisfaction and Self-Esteem of Korean Adolescents".

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 Key Shinee's Other ventures


Key has stated that he enjoys to try something new to look different from others and that instead of being constrained by fashion, he cares more about the attitude towards fashion.

cameras,applications,and more. In 2017, Key along with model Irene and fashion brand Charm's worked together to design new apparels which were sold in March.


In 2016, Key along with groupmate Taemin and other artists from S.M. Entertainment took part in the "Make a Promise" campaign organised by UNICEF and Louis Vuitton , whereby 40% of the proceeds were donated through UNICEF to the children in need.

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 Key Shinee's Discography

Soundtrack albums

School OZ – Hologram Musical OST
Track listing
  1. "One Day One Chance"
    (MaxXLunaXSuhoX Key XXiuminX Jo Eun)
  2. "One Fine Day"
    (Max X Luna X Suho XSeulgiX Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  3. "Mama"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  4. "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  5. "Intro-Destination"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  6. "Atlantis Princess"
  7. "Pretty Girl"
    (Luna X Seulgi)
  8. "Evil"
    (Seulgi X Kim Jae Hwa)
  9. "Mr. Simple / I Got A Boy"
    (LeeteukX Luna X Suho X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  10. "Twinkle"
    (Max X Key)
  11. "Evil (Reprise)"
    (Seulgi X Kim Jae Hwa)
  12. "Sherlock (Clue + Note)"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  13. "One Day One Chance (OST Ver.)"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  14. "One Dream"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  15. "One Day One Chance (Reprise)"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  16. "Hope"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)
  17. "Growl / Mirotic"
    (Max X Luna X Suho X Seulgi X Key X Xiumin X Jo Eun)

As featured artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
Gaon Chart
(TRAXfeat. Key)
2010 Trax Mini Album Volume 1
"Boys & Girls"
(Girls' Generationfeat. Key)
25 Oh!
"Barbie Girl"
(Jessica Jungfeat. Key)
1st Asia Tour "Into The New World"
"One Dream"
(BoAfeat.Henry Lauand Key)
2012 34 51 Only One
"Two Moons"
(EXOfeat. Key)
14 Mama
"Hold On"
(Axodus feat. Key)
2015*Non-album single
" If You're Over Me (Remix) "
(Years & Yearsfeat. Key)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.

Soundtrack appearances

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
2011 History of a Salaryman OST

2016 TV Animation Magic Adventure-The Crystal of Dark OST

281 Squad 38OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

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 Key Shinee's Filmography


2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Backup dancer Cameo
2012 I AM.HimselfDocumentary ofSM Town
2015 SMTOWN The Stage
2016 Seoul Fashion Documentary; collaboration betweenJTBCand CeCi
2018 Hit-An-Run Task Force Dong-soo

Television series

2011 Moon Night '90 Lee Hyun-do Mnet Deuxepisode
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Himself SBS Cameo
2016 Drinking Solo Kim Ki-bum tvN Supporting role
2017 The Guardians Gong Kyung-soo MBC Main role

Variety shows

2010 Raising IdolCast Member Comedy TV withDonghofromU-KISSandThunderfromMBLAQ
2014 7 Hungry HouseguestsMBC Ethiopia Episode
Stargazing withKang Ho-dong
We Got Married Global Edition Himself withArisa Yagi
2015 Make An Order Co-Host Olive TV withJun Hyun-moo
Key's Knowhow Himself Mnet broadcast onMnet's Official YouTube Channel
My Little Television Cast Member MBC broadcast on Lifestyle & Pet
2015–17 M Countdown Host Mnet
2018 Amazing Saturday Cast Member tvN
Breakers Host Mnet


2012 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr.Korean Ver.
2013 Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Chestnut Barrow
2013–14 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
2014 Zorro Zorro
2015 School Oz David Hologram Musical
2015 Chess Anatoly SergievskyKorean Ver.
2015–16 In the Heights Usnavi
2016–17 Save the Green Planet! Byeong Gu

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 Key Shinee's Awards

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
2017 Grimae Awards Best New Actor The GuardiansWon

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 Key Shinee's See also

  • List of awards and nominations received by Shinee
  • List of awards and nominations received by Toheart

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 Key Shinee's References

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