Shinhwa

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Shinhwa


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Background = group_or_band
Origin = flagicon|South KoreaSouth Korea
Genre = R&B
Pop
Hip hop
Years_active = 1998–present
Label = SM Entertainment
(1998-2003)
Good Entertainment
(2003-present)
URL = [http://www.goodenter.com Good Entertainment]
Current_members = Eric Mun
Lee Min Woo
Kim Dong Wan
Shin Hye Sung
Jun Jin
Andy Lee
Infobox Korean name
title=Korean name
hangul=신화
hanja=神話
rr=Shinhwa
mr=Shinhwa
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Shinhwa ( _ko. 신화) is a popular South Korean boy band and hip hop group. The group has six members (with 3 vocalists and 3 rappers), and debuted on March 24, 1998. It has enjoyed massive success alongside the likes of Sechs Kies, Baby Vox, Fin. K.L., H.O.T. and S.E.S., but while the other bands have since disbanded, Shinhwa continues to release albums with high sales. Shinhwa is the Korean word for myth or legend. [ [http://www.thebeststuffintheworld.com/stuff/shinhwa Shinhwa (The Best Looking Guys] "The Best Stuff In The World" Retrieve on May 22, 2007] cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa: Together Forever| date=| publisher= | url = http://shinhwa.groups.vox.com/| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-22 ] [ [http://entertainment.webshots.com/album/558505745pnuXoO Shinhwa 2gether4ever] "Entertainment Webshot" Retrieve on May 22, 2007] Notable for being the longest-running boy-band in South Korea, the group has released ten studio albums (nine Korean and one Japanese album), one Greatest hits album, four compilation albums, and four singles (three Korean and one Japanese single).

Initially formed under SM Entertainment, Shinhwa signed a new contract with a new record label, Good Entertainment, in July 2003. While still under Good Entertainment as "Shinhwa", each of the members (excluding member Shin Hye Sung) have all left the entertainment to start their own to concentrate on their solo activities, from acting to going solo. Aside from singing and performing as a group and individuals as well as acting, the members of Shinhwa are also mentors to the Korean boy band Battle.

Shinhwa is also well-known outside the Korean border and has one of the largest active fan clubs throughout Korea and Asia, suitably named "Shinhwa Changjo" (신화창조 literally meaning "mythical creation"). While known best in Asia, they have also performed in different countries of the world, including the United States, Australia, China, Taiwan, North Korea (though their performance was not well-receivedcite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa and Baby V.O.X. in DPRK| date= | publisher= | url =http://www.nkeconwatch.com/2006/11/26/shinhwa-in-dprk/| work= North Korea Economy Watch| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-15] ), Singapore, and Japan.

Group members

:"For more information on each of the members, please see their respective pages."

Shinhwa has six members:
# Eric Mun (Real name: Mun Jung-Hyuk, 문정혁, 文晸赫; 16 February 1979; leader & rapper)
# Lee Min Woo (이민우, 李玟雨; 28 July 1979; composer & vocalist & choreographer)
# Kim Dong Wan (김동완, 金烔完; 21 November 1979; vocalist)
# Shin Hye Sung (신혜성, 申彗星; Real name: Jung Pil-Kyo, 정필교, 鄭弼敎; 27 November 1979; vocalist)
# Jun Jin (전진, 前進; Real name: Park Choong-Jae, 박충재, 朴忠裁; 19 August 1980; rapper & sub-vocalist & choreographer)
# Andy Lee (Real name: Lee Sun-Ho, 이선호, 李先皓; 21 January 1981; youngest & rapper)

History

Beginnings and debut: 1998-1999

Towards the turn of the century, many pop bands at the time became popular, due to the success of boy band H.O.T. and girl band S.E.S., both of which were created by Lee Soo Man, producer and co-founder of SM Entertainment. To capitalize the success of the two, Lee wanted to create another band to match up to their standards. Thus, he began scouting for possible candidates.

The first member to be scouted was Shin Hye Sung after a stand-out audition in Los Angeles, California. Andy Lee was later chosen to join the group because he was once known to SM Entertainment as a candidate for H.O.T. Although his parents prohibited him from joining H.O.T because he was too young at the time, he did not abandon his dreams. Mun Eric joined not long after Andy, followed by Lee Min Woo, who was discovered by a SM scout when he won 1st place at a student dance competition. Kim Dong Wan was spotted by a scout on the street and was initially in acting, but joined after he saw a preview video of the existing members. Finally, Jun Jin made it as the final member through an audition backed by his high school friend, Kangta. Among the six, only two had had previous exposure to the media; Eric and Andy were introduced in 1997 as rappers to fellow SM group S.E.S.'s song "I'm Your Girl."

With the formation complete, the six-member group, named Shinhwa, debuted under SM Entertainment on March 24, 1998 with a performance of their first single "해결사" on KM Music Tank, with their first single. However, their debut was met with accusations that Shinhwa was just another copy of H.O.T.

Despite these criticisms, the group's first single was a major hit, and gained significant ground on numerous Korean music charts.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shin Hwa's History| date= | publisher= | url =http://www.kpopmusic.com/history/shinhwa.shtml| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-15] Their second single, "으샤으샤" ("Eusha Eusha"), a more light-hearted single than their first, was among the top 10 positions on various charts, and Shinhwa adopted a "cute" image to match the concept of the song, even having a complete outfit of white and blue colors. Shinhwa's third single, "Chun Il Yoo Hon" also charted well for the band, but was not as successful as the previous two. However, the road to stardom for the band was hard to achieve. When they first started to perform "Eusha, Eusha", which was about taking a fun trip to the beach, a tragic water accident had occurred making it hard for people enjoy this song, thus many use it only as a reminder of the accident.Fact|date=June 2008

Shinhwa's second album, "T.O.P.", was released on April 19, 1999. It garnered considerable success with its title song. The album debuted at #4 and peaked at #3, selling 377,500 copies and charting for 24 weeks on the Korean monthly chart.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of August| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_199908.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] With the release of "T.O.P", Shinhwa began to move away from their "cute" image to an edgier image concept. Riding on the success of their second album, the group received the "1998's Best Music Video from a new male pop group" award from M.Net, their first major music award.

Breakthrough Success: 2000-2001

Shinhwa's third album, "Only One", was released on May 27, 2000. The album was as successful as Shinhwa's previous two albums, selling approximately 423,873 copies.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of October 2000| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200010.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] It debuted at #1 and was the band's first #1 album. The album contained three successful singles: "Only One", "All Your Dreams", and "First Love". The album spent approximately 24 weeks on the charts.

With the success of "Only One", Shinhwa won three awards that year: the SBS Gayo "Popularity Award", the KMTV song "Bonsang Award", and the "Popular Singers Award". Their revised dancing style also garnered them much popularity, as it took after the likes of popular American boy bands N'Sync and Backstreet Boys. The group once again underwent a drastic change in appearance, taking on a distinctly gothic image, with most of the members bleaching their hair. On January 13 and January 14 of that year, Shinhwa also held one their first concerts ever, entitled "First Mythology".

Shinhwa's fourth album, Hey, Come On!, was released on June 8, 2001, debuting at #3 with the lead single "Hey, Come On!" rapidly climbing up the music charts. The album's release coincided with the rise of the Korean Wave, spreading the group's popularity overseas. The album was a strong seller and managed to sell 430,706 copies.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of January 2002| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200201.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] Though a success, Shinhwa promoted the album with only one single. In yet another change in appearance, the members took on a cleaner look, moving completely away from the goth image in the previous album. "Hey, Come On!" charted for 28 weeks on the Korean monthly chart. and ranked #11 on the 2001 year-end chart.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 2001 Yearly Chart| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2002_2h.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean]

While their album was a stronger seller, Shinhwa was associated with major controversies at the time, giving the group a heavy publicity with the absence of group member Andy and the alleged copying of Shinhwa's popular single, "Hey, Come On!" by Taiwanese boy band, Energy.

On January 31, 2002, Shinhwa released a compilation album entitled, "My Choice". The album featured some of the members' favorite songs and some of their most popular tracks as well. In contrast to "Hey, Come On!"'s strong sales, "My Choice" was met with moderate success, selling more than 171,368 copiescite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of January 2001| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200201.htm| work= Recording Industry Association of Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] and debuting (as well as peaking) at #4 before it was dropped from the Korean monthly Chart. However, when the yearly chart was released, "My Choice" ranked #31, selling a total of 183,098 copies.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 2002 Yearly Chart| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2002_2h.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-25 | language = Korean]

Making history and leaving SM Entertainment: 2002-2003

A few months after the release of "My Choice", Shinhwa released their fifth studio album, "Perfect Man", on March 29, 2002. The album also marked the return of member Andy Lee. The album was accompanied with another change in the group's appearance as they moved away from their "clean" look into a more preppy style by sporting trendy clothing and styles. "Perfect Man" debuted at #1 on the Korean monthly chart, becoming Shinhwa's second #1 album. The title track became popular among their fans, letting Shinhwa promote the album with a second single, "I Pray 4 U". The album was once again a strong seller, selling 355,333 copiescite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of August 2002| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200208.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] and was #14 on the year end chart "Top 100 Albums in 2002" where the album sales was 362,639 copies.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 2002 Monthly Chart| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2002_2h.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-25 | language = Korean] It charted for approximately 23 weeks.

On August 25, 2003, Shinhwa experienced one of its first international breakthroughs in Asia when "Perfect Man" was ranked #10 on the Singapore-Mandarin chart. With this recognition, they were chosen to be Korea's representative in the "POP Asia 2002" ceremony in Japan and were later invited to be Korea's representative in Japan's Asia Dream concert (ABU award ceremony).

Towards the end of 2002, Shinhwa made history in the Korean music industry by becoming the longest running Korean boy band in existence with the release of its sixth album, "Wedding," on December 6, 2002. [ [http://star-ecentral.com/news/story.asp?file=/2005/11/13/tvnradio/12564186&sec=tvnradio Together Forever] "The Star Online eCentrak - Malaysia Entertainment". Retrieve on May 22, 2007] They also became the second artist in South Korea to release two albums in a single year; Sechs Kies being the first to do so. "Wedding" debuted and peaked at #3 and sold 273,714 copiescite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of March 2003| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200303.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] .

With the news that Shinhwa almost broke the record for being the longest running boy band and that their contract with SM Entertainment would end the next year, fans worried that the group might disband. SM Entertainment quickly offered Shinhwa a second contract and though it was rumored that they would sign it, the group rejected it. With the rejection, Shinhwa was offered contracts from various entertainment groups and finally signed with a new company, Good Entertainment.

The movement from one company to another while still using the name "Shinhwa" sparked some controversy over copyright issues. However, after going to court, Shinhwa won the case, thus moving completely from SM Entertainment to Good Entertainment. Because the contract they signed with Good Entertainment would not begin until 2004, Shinhwa members pursued solo activities in 2003.

Shinhwa released a compilation album entitled "Winter Story 2003-2004" on December 30, 2003, which sold over 100,000 copies. [ [http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=7248 Shinhwa's "Winter Story" Encore] Retrieve on May 22, 2007] The lead single "Young Gunz" was often requested at radio stations. Because it was a success, Shinhwa began releasing "Winter Story" every winter afterwards.

Shinhwa had another live concert from April 18 to April 20, 2003 named "The Everlasting Mythology". They also went on their "Winter Story Tour", which traveled to a total of six cities: Seoul, Pusan, Daejeon, Incheon, Daegu, and Kwangju as well as going to Japan with a concert call "SHINHWA First Live in Tokyo", where they also held a Japanese fan meeting called "Have Fun With Shinhwa On M.Net Tour."

The members of Shinhwa pursued solo activities in 2003. Min Woo went solo under the name "M," releasing his first album entitled "Un-touch-able", while Hye Sung collaborated with Kangta and Lee Ji Hoon for a project group S. Jun Jin branched out into acting with the drama "Forbidden Love" alongside actress Kim Tae Hee. Andy and Jun Jin also participated in a Korean sitcom named Nonstop 4 as well as Banjun dramas. Eric also began acting in dramas soon after acting in several CFs.

Good Entertainment and continuous success: 2004-2005

Shinhwa's first album with Good Entertainment was entitled "Brand New". It debuted at #3 and peaked at #1 in November, selling 320,337 copies.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of August 2004| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200408.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of November 2004| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200411.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean] Unlike their previous albums, "Brand New" had a different beat, transitioning from bubblegum pop to dance songs. The group heavily promoted "Brand New" with four singles: "Angel", "Oh!", "Crazy", and the title track. The album was ranked #4 on the 2004 year-end chart.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 2004 Yearly Chart| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2004.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean]

On December 10, 2004, Shinhwa was awarded the Daesang for "Best Artist of The Year" for the first time at the Seoul Gayo Daesang Awards. Several weeks later, on December 29, Shinhwa was awarded their second Daesang at the 2004 SBS Gayo Daejun Awards, winning two of the possible 4 Daesang in that year with Rain and Lee Soo Young receiving the other two. In 2004, of all musical artists and groups, Shinhwa received the most awards, totaling thirteen or more, from various places: the m.net KMTV Music Video Festival, Seoul Gayo Daesang, Golden Disc Awards and MBC, KBS,SBS Gayo Awards. The awards other than "Best Artist of the Year" included "Best Male Artist", "Best Dance Artist", and "Overseas Choice Award".

Shinhwa went on hiatus after the success of "Brand New" and began touring. In August of that year, they held a Korea-China-Japan summer camp called Shinhwa Summer Story 2004. The camp was dedicated entirely for their non-Korean fans. Hundreds of non-Korean fans flew to Korea from all over Asia for the opportunity to spend a few days with the band. They also toured in Japan and held a concert, selling 13,000 tickets within a week.

In yet another change in appearance, Shinhwa's image matured from the preppy style in "Perfect Man" to a more sophisticated look. They began wearing black suits, which was rather uncommon among boy bands at that time. Although they previously dyed their hair in various colors (from purple to silver), in "Brand New" they stopped completely, leaving their hair in either brown or black. They also trimmed their hair to a neat style or cut it short, which was uncommon among boy bands because "shaggy hair" was in style.

Though they have written lyrics for their music before, Shinhwa took more creative control over their music and began writing a majority of their lyrics. Eric wrote some rap lyrics for some of the songs while Minwoo Lee took charge and began writing full lyrics. Some songs that he had wrote are: "All of My", "Oh", and "U". He later went on to write the song "Superstar" for the group Jewelry, which became a hit. The other members also co-wrote various other songs.

Although, Shinhwa was mostly on hiatus throughout 2005, they released two popular singles, "How Do I Say" and "Hey Dude!". They also held the "Tropical Summer Story Festival" concert. For a majority of 2005, Shinhwa hosted a reality show called "Let's Coke Play Battle Shinhwa!". The show was almost identical to the American reality show, American Idol where people audition and sing, hoping to become singers. (see "Notable Achievements" below.) To end the year, Shinhwa released their second "Winter Story" album, "Winter Story 2004-2005", selling in excess of 102,345 copies.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Album Sales For The Month Of March 2005 | date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_200503.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-10-12 | language = Korean]

Returning to the K-pop scene after hiatus: 2006

On January 14, 2006, Shinhwa renewed their contract with Good Entertainment for another 3 years and on March 24, 2006, they celebrated their 8th anniversary, making them the longest running boy band in Korea.

On May 11, 2006, Shinhwa returned to the K-pop scene, with the release of their eighth album, "State of the Art", which debuted at #1. "Brand New" and "State Of The Art" became Shinhwa's first consecutive #1 albums in a row. Heavily promoted, the album sold approximately 215,641 copies domestically, [ [http://www.miak.or.kr/navigator.php?contents=html&usemode=list&DB=117 2006.9월 - 가요음반 판매량] Retrieve on May 22, 2007] with their lead single "Once in a Lifetime" being #1 on the Hottracks Sales Chart, followed by SG Wannabe's "3RD MASTERPIECE". Their second single, "Throw My Fist" debuted at #1 with Zhang Liyin's "Timeless" at #2. "State Of The Art" became the third best selling album for the year of 2006, behind SG Wannabe's 3RD MASTERPIECE and TVXQ's "O"-Jung. Ban.Hap. ("O"-正.反.合.)".cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 2006 Yearly Chart| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2006.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2007-11-21 | language = Korean]

After "State of the Art", Shinhwa began working on their first Japanese album and single. To prepare for their Japanese album release, Shinhwa held a press conference in Japan on April 14, 2006 and performed at MNET's anniversary celebration in Japan on April 15, 2006. The press conference came as a result of Shinhwa's effort to break into the Japanese market, with the release of their first Japanese language single "This is the Sun in Our Hearts" on June 14, 2006, which debuted at #9 on the Oricon Chart, and their first official album, "Inspiration #1", in Japan on August 16, 2006, which debuted at #4. Both sold in excess of 100,000 copies each. Shinhwa also had their first Asia tour that lasted 5 months. The tour started with their first concert on May 13, 2006 at the Olympic Park, Seoul, and reached Shanghai, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, as well as others locations for a total of 9 cities throughout Asia. Shinhwa also did concerts at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, and Osaka-jo Hall on September 24 and 26th as the part of their Asian Tour.

Their concert in Shanghai was successful; all tickets were sold out. When Shinhwa landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, almost 1,500 fans were waiting for them, causing a traffic jam around the airport and setting a record in China for having the most fans greet them in the airport. The members had to be escorted one by one out of the airport with personal bodyguards, including 40 policemen and 10 other personal bodyguards. At the concert, a sea of orange and balloons filled the concert. To underline Shinhwa's Shanghai concert as a success, the Chinese media stated that Shinhwa was "hotter than Bi or Lee Junki", two Korean celebrities who are very successful throughout Asia.

Going on hiatus, solo activities, and reaching 10 years: 2007-present

In 2007, Shinhwa went on hiatus again. They also celebrated their 9th anniversary on March 24, 2007. With Shinhwa on hiatus, the members expanded their solo activities even further, including the members leaving Shinhwa's management company to start their own: M Rising (Min Woo), New Dream Entertainment (Andy), JF Story Entertainment (Jun Jin), [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 20070819| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.jfstoryent.com/ | work= JF Story Entertainment| pages = | accessdate = 2007-08-19 | language = Korean] H2 Entertainment (Dong Wan), and Top Class Entertainment (Eric). Dong Wan also released his first album entitled "Kim Dongwan is" on July 5, 2007. Min Woo released his third album on July 10, 2007cite news | first= Cathy Rose A | last= Garcia | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa Members Go Solo This Summer| date=2006-06-21 | publisher= | url = http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2007/06/201_5426.html | work= The Korea Times| pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-21] and though he had intended to release his third album in the U.S., [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Singer M to Advance to US| date=| publisher= | url = http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1454135_11858.html | work= KBS GLOBAL| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-05 ] he released it in Korea instead. Hye Sung released his second album on August 8, 2007.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shin HS Returns with 2nd Overseas Concert| date= | publisher= | url =http://english.kbs.co.kr/mcontents/entertainment/1464517_11692.html| work= KBS Global| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-14] The three solo artists were successful and consider themselves friendly rivals.

The other members manage to have pursued their own solo activities as well. Eric finished his drama "Que Sera, Sera" and although he is currently the only member in Shinhwa who hasn't pursued a solo singing career, reports have mentioned that this is a possibility in the near future.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Dong Wan: "Eric might release a solo album soon too" | date= | publisher= | url = http://shinwashi.blogspot.com/| work =| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-27 ] Jun Jin, who released his first single the previous year, finished promoting it and was supposedly preparing for his first album, with the help of Min Woo, which would be released around September.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Jun Jin who receive Min Woo's help officially prepare for his solo single | date=| publisher= | url = http://shinwashi.blogspot.com/| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-05 ] However, he did not release an album or single from him. Andy starred in the musical, "Music In My Heart (Season 3)."

In the midst of their solo activities, Shinhwa was said to be working on their ninth album. Originally set to be released on October 2007 with tours from October to December, their ninth album was then push back to being released in December.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa Members to Release Solo Albums| date= | publisher= | url =http://www.popularasians.com/content/view/62/91/| work= Popular Asians| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-14] cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Korea: Shinhwa Members to Release Solo Albums| date= | publisher= | url =http://www.asianbite.com/default.asp?Display=917| work= Asianbite| pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-14] However, due to each of the members having hectic schedules, the album release date was pushed into March 2008.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa will not release 9th album this year! | date=| publisher= | url = http://shinwashi.blogspot.com/2007/07/shinhwa-will-not-release-9th-album-this.html| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-22 ] While Shinhwa was not expected to release an album in 2007, they released their compilation album "Winter Story 2007-2008" on December 6, 2007,cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa, Single album release & Special activities | date=| publisher= | url = http://shinwashi.blogspot.com/2007/12/shinhwa-single-album-release-special.html| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-12-07 ] cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa Finally Returns As One | date=| publisher= | url = http://www.ampedasia.com/forums/shinhwa-finally-returns-as-one-t-7760.html| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-12-07 ] which debuted at #1 on the Korean monthly chart.

Shortly after the release of "Winter Story 2007-2008", Shinhwa staged their Asia Concert with a two-day performance on the 8th and 9th of December in Saitama, Japan followed by a concert in Shanghai. For the concert, Shinhwa sang three songs that would be featured in their 9th album.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa Holding Large Overseas Concert| date=| publisher= | url = http://goodvibe.wordpress.com/2007/08/20/shinhwa-holding-large-overseas-concert/| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-07-05 ] The concert's theme was "Forever Shinhwa" to commemorate Shinhwa's 9 years of activities and to announce the beginning of their 10th year together.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa organized Korea-China-Japan concert for 10th year annverisary | date=| publisher= | url = http://www.shinhwa.biz/forums/showthread.php?t=2187| work= Shinhwa Biz| pages = | accessdate = 2007-09-09 ]

Despite members Eric, Dong Wan, and Min Woo enlisting for the military soon in 2008cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= "Shinhwa Holds 10th Anniversary Concert | date=| publisher= | url = http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/entertainment/enter_chart_detail.htm?No=7118| work= Shinhwa Biz| pages = | accessdate = 2008-04-02 ] (Jun Jin will enlist in 2009, Andy in 2010, Hye Sung is exempted from military service due to serious injuries on his knee from a concert in 2001), Shinhwa raised awareness throughout South Korea and among their fans when they reached their 10th anniversary on March 24, 2008. In addition to reaching 10 years, many boy bands look up to the members of Shinhwa as their idols, including Big Bang.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 빅뱅, “우리의 롤모델은 신화”| date= 2008-01-01 | publisher= | url =http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&sid2=&oid=022&aid=0000266407&iid=| work= Naver| pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-19 | language = Korean] Celebrating their anniversary, Shinhwa staged a 10th anniversary concert and released their 9th album.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Shinhwa Members Celebrate 10th Anniversary of their Debut| date= 2008-03-20 | publisher= | url = http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1514240_11858.html | work= KBS GLOBAL| pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-22 ] cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Shinhwa to Hold 10th Anniversary Concert in Seoul This March | date= 2008-02-18 | publisher= | url = http://www.asianbite.com/default.asp?Display=1397| work= Asianbite| pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-22 ] cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Shinhwa Holds 10th Anniversary Concert| date= 2008-02-15 | publisher= | url = http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/entertainment/enter_chart_detail.htm?No=7118| work= KBS WORLD| pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-22 ] Because the concert was the last concert before the members left for the army, all 22,000 seats available for the concert were sold out.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Shinhwa's 10th Anniversary Concerts Sold Out| date= | publisher= | url = http://www.asianpopcorn.com/default.asp?display=2342| work= AsianPopcorn| pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-22 ]

Notable achievements

Throughout its existence, Shinhwa has achieved many successes and has been awarded many honors. One of their first notable achievement was when they made history in the Korean music industry when they released their sixth album, "Wedding" on December 6, 2002, becoming the longest running Korean boy band in existence. Shinhwa is still holding the record as they have not yet disbanded. In addition to becoming the longest running boy band in South Korea, Shinhwa also holds the record for the only boy band to stay together for a decade and not lose members along the way nor add another one in (Member Andy's departure does not necessarily count as he came back into the group). Just as well, Shinhwa is also the only group to ever has all its member branch out to do solo activities with the group still together.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= WE ARE SHINHWA| date=| publisher= | url = http://community.livejournal.com/shinhwa_daily/155235.html| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-22 ] Shinhwa has sold an excess of 50 million records worldwide, an incredible feat for an Asian group and one of the highest album sales in Asia.

In July 2004, they were selected to represent Korea in the MTV Buzz Asia Awards along with Namie Amuro for Japan and F4 for Taiwan. They were also selected to sing at the finale. Shinhwa was also the most searched artist in the Yahoo! Singapore search engine for an entire week in 2004, becoming the first Korean artist to do so, on their first visit to Singapore in October 2004.

The group was also the face of Swiss watch brand Radoin Asia for a January 2005 campaign.

In March 2005, along with their management team, [http://www.goodenter.com Good Entertainment] , music channel, MNET and Coca-Cola, the group hosted a reality TV show, called "Let's Cokeplay Battle Shinhwa." The show, which set out to search for a new Shinhwa (new legend group), lasted 8 months long and attracted over 1,800 applicants throughout Korea to audition. The final show took place on November 4, 2005 at Olympic Park, Seoul, where Shinhwa members chose the 6 final members of the new Shinhwa from the 12 finalists. The 6 male winners (making the group now known as Battle), along with 2 other female finalists (as solos) immediately underwent training and debuted in 2006 under [http://www.goodenter.com Good Entertainment] . Big Bang's Seungri was also found in this event.

A star was named after Shinhwa in 2005. In order to commemorate its launching, USC Korea, the official Korean partner USC (Universal Star Council), an American website that provides services for registering names for stars in the sky, offered a star to be named after them. The star is among the Aries constellation. Ironically, it matched the debut date of Shinhwa which falls on March 24, 1998. The star "Shinhwa" is the brightest among the more than 2 thousand stars with Korean names that can be seen with the naked eye. The star is best seen in November.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= A real star named after Shinhwa| date=2005-09-26| publisher= | url = http://aheeyah.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1134| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-09-22 ]

In 2006, Shinhwa was chosen as best Korean singer overseas, according to a poll held by Arirang International Broadcasting. A vote was issued on the internet, allowing only foreigners to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won 60% of the vote, beating Kang Ta, who came in second with 20.3 percent followed by TVXQ with 17.3 percent. Super Junior took fourth place followed by Bada, Se7en, BoA, SG Wannabe, Buzz, and Baek Ji-young, with all of them winning less than 1 percent of the votes. [ [http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1429019_11858.html Shinhwa Chosen Best Korean Singer Overseas] "KBS GLOBAL" Retrieve on May 22, 2007] Shinhwa won the award again in 2007 for their song "Pretty", beating TVXQ by a close percentage of 50.76% to 48.55%. The other candidates, Super Junior, Se7en, Rain, Big Bang, BoA, SS501, Paran and Jang Nara, all received once again less than one percent of the votes.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Overseas Viewer Award| date=| publisher= | url = http://www.arirang.co.kr/event/2007MKMF/vote.asp| work= | pages = | accessdate = 2007-11-17 ]

Styles

Musical Style

Shinhwa has changed musical styles many times throughout their existence, beginning with typical bubblegum pop songs (as seen with their song "Eusha, Eusha") like other pop singers at the time. They also did regular pop songs as well, with the release of their 4th album "Hey, Come On!". Shinhwa would continued to release pop music (although they have done alternative rock as well) until their contract with SM Entertainment ran up. It would be in the release of their 7th album, "Brand New" that Shinhwa would transition into dance songs. With the release of their 8th album, "State Of The Art", Shinhwa can still be seen having dance songs as well as, though their hit song, "Once In A Lifetime" shows a more slow pop style. Because they have change many musical styles over the years, Shinhwa have created a variation of popular music for their fans and general K-pop listeners, though throughout the years, they have as well created their own distinct style of music.

While Shinhwa is known best as artists who do dance songs, the members have branch out to do various styles. Min Woo's first album show him as an R&B singer, though his #1 hit song, "Just One Night" is more of a jazz genre. His later albums would be R&B/dance vein of his previous albums. Hye Sung have branch out to do ballads song, as ballads are becoming popular throughout South Korea. Jun Jin and Dong Wan had also followed within his footsteps, doing ballad songs.

Dance Style

Shinhwa is often hailed as one of the best dance groups in South Korea, winning many dance awards such as "M.net/KM music video festival "Best Dance Music Video" and "Best Music Video For The Dance Section Awards". Their dances are often filled with heavy choreography, with a few free style moves once in a while (often from Min Woo). They also feature break dancers in the background of many of their performances as well as female dancers dancing with and around them. Shinhwa's own members Min Woo and Jun Jin also break dance and often teach it to their fans. Shinhwa's unique style of dancing is credited to member Min Woo, who is their main choreographer (although they do have another choreographer as well). Min Woo was discovered by an SM Entertainment scout while he was in a dance group, which can explain why he has choreographed some of Shinhwa's most technically challenging dances. Jun Jin, another member who is skilled in dancing as well assists Min Woo. Their dance moves has been describe as "evil," "complicated," and "difficult-to-follow" with few people being able to copy their dance moves.

Image

Like most popular bands, Shinhwa has change their appearances various times. In their early days, Shinhwa were generally marketed as a typical boy band with cute looks and matching outfits (as seen with their performances and music videos). They later transitioned this "cute" image concept into a more darker tone with the release of their second and third albums, bleaching their hair and wearing dark make up. Their outfits also matched their appearances, being either shiny or dark. With the release of their fourth album, Shinhwa would change from the gothic style of before into a much more simple and cleaner look. Their fifth album would change them into a more preppy style. With the style, Shinhwa would began to sport mondern trend clothing and styles. Shinhwa would continue this preppy style into their sixth album, though it was obvious that they were beginning to mature their looks. When they released their seventh album, Shinhwa began to change their appearance once again, wearing black suits and looking significantly more sophisticated than most boy bands at the time. They also stopped with the dyeing hair and heavy make up, as well as leaving their hair shaggy and long. Shinhwa's eighth album continued their sophisticated look, with the group wearing black suits for most of their performances. For their 9th album, Shinhwa's new look was displayed in their MV "Run", in which they describe it to be "Mexican Mafia".

Discography

Korean Albums

* Volume 1: Resolver (May 5, 1998)
* Volume 2: T.O.P. (April 4, 1999)
* Volume 3: Only One (May 27, 2000)
* Volume 4: Hey, Come On! (July 28, 2001)
* Volume 5: Perfect Man (March 29, 2002)
* Volume 6: Wedding (December 6, 2002)
* Volume 7: Brand New (August 27, 2004)
* Volume 8: State of the Art (May 11, 2006)
* Volume 9: Volume 9 (April 3, 2008)

Korean Singles

*1st: How Do I Say (August 8, 2004)
*2nd: Hey, Dude (April 4, 2005)
*3rd: Summer Story Tropical 2005 (August 10, 2005)

Japanese Album

*Volume 1: Inspiration #1 (August 16, 2006)

Japanese Single

*1st: Bokura no Kokoro ni wa Taiyō ga Aru" (June 14 2006)

Compilation Albums (Winter Stories)

* 1st: Winter Story 2003-2004 (December 30, 2003)
* 2nd: Winter Story 2004-2005 (December 20, 2004)
* 3rd: Winter Story 2006-2007 (January 25, 2007)
* 4th: Winter Story 2007-2008 (December 06, 2007)

Best Album

*1st: My Choice (January 31, 2002)

Albums Chart

The chart positions are based on data from Music Industry Association Korea. Unlike the Oricon Chart and the Billboard Chart, the charts are released monthly, not weekly.

Korean Studio Album

Japanese Studio Album

Awards

Controversy

"Hey Come On!"

In July 2002, Taiwanese boy band Energy covered Shinhwa's song, "Hey, Come On!" causing tensions between the fans of Shinhwa and Energy. This led to a misunderstanding as when Shinhwa was performing "Hey, Come On!" in Singapore in 2004, they got booed on stage because some of Energy's fans thought Shinhwa was the one covering Energy's song "Come On" which was actually the cover song. As it was later noted, the person who wrote "Hey, Come On!" had sold the song to Energy, therefore, it was legal. Even so, the many fans of Shinhwa were angry over that fact. The Taiwanese group 5566 also covered Shinhwa's "Dark", a song included in Shinhwa's 4th album.

Leaving SM Entertainment

In 2003 SM Entertainment's 5-year contract with Shinhwa ended, thus allowing the band to either sign another contract or switch label. Although Lee Soo Man had wanted to sign them under his label again, the band rejected the offer and switched over to the fairly new management at the time, Good Entertainment. The movement sparked controversy when Lee denied their permission to use the name Shinhwa with the different company. However, after the argument was taken to court, Shinhwa won, allowing them to still use the name "Shinhwa."

Solo activities

After moving from SM and signing with Good! Entertainment in 2003, the group members took time to do solo activities. Despite rumors, they did not break up. Min Woo also once stated in an article that the group would never disband, no matter what. It is said that once the members have served their mandatory army service, they will release another album.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Shinhwa Members Go Solo For Now| date= | publisher= | url =http://www.asiandb.com/news/news.pfm?code=korea&mode=view&num=302| work= Asian DB| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-22]

The members of Shinhwa, except Hye Sung, have acted in various TV series and movies (although all have appeared on numerous variety shows, both separately and as a group).
* Jun Jin acted in KBS drama Forbidden Love, SBS Drama "Let's go to the Beach", as well as appearing in several "Banjun" dramas (반전드라마) and "FC Shootdori".
* Andy has acted in the MBC sitcom "Nonstop IV", SBS drama "Lovers in Prague", as well as appearing on some "Banjun" dramas as well. He was also the MC for a music program called SBS Inkigayo (인기가요). He acts in a musical "Music In My Heart (Season 3)" on September 7,2007, a type of project that none of the Shinhwa members have tried to pursue yet. His role is main character, Jang Jae-hyuk. He also is in an MBC reality show called We Got Married where he is a couple with singer Solbi.
* Dong Wan played the main character in the film "Spin Kick" (돌려차기), and has appeared in various television dramas such as "Beating Heart", "Magic Power Alcohol" and "Goodbye Sadness"(슬픔이여 안녕). He was also featured as a thug-with-a-heart-of-gold in a music video for Korean R&B group SG Wannabe. In 2007, he acted as Yoon Suk-ju(윤석주) in the television drama "Person I Love'(사랑하는 사람아).
*Eric played one of the main characters in the highly successful and acclaimed drama "The Phoenix"(불새) and was awarded the "MBC Best New Actor" Award in 2004 in recognition of his performance. Other dramas performances include a supporting role in "I'm Running" (also known as "Breathless", released in 2003) and the lead in "New Employee", also known as "Super Rookie" in 2005). Eric was again awarded the "MBC Best Actor" Award 2005 in recognition of his performance in the latter. His first film role was that of a killer in "A Bittersweet Life", followed by the release of his first feature movie, "June's Diary" (released in December 2005), in which he is playing a detective. His TV drama "Wolf" (늑대) (co-starring Uhm Tae Woong and Han Ji-min) aired for only 3 episodes. Production was halted when Eric sustained serious injuries from a stunt gone wrong. He then filmed the drama SBS's "Korea Secret Agency", a drama about secret agents with actors Han Ji-Min, Yoon Ji-Min, and Shin Seung-Woo. Eric then starred in the MBC drama, "Que Sera, Sera" in 2007, which was not as successful as his previous works. Eric also stars as a lead in the historical drama "Strongest ChilWoo" in 2008.
* Min Woo starred in the MBC sitcom "Nonstop 5" and released the movie "원탁의천사" (Holy Daddy aka Wontak's Angel), co-starring entertainer Ha-Ha.

Many of the members have released solo albums as well.
* Min Woo has released three full albums, starting off with "Un-Touch-Able" in 2003 where he also encounter major controversy due to his single "Just One Night"'s music video. In early 2005, he released the single "If You..." and later in the year, he released his follow-up album "IInd Winds", where sales were exceedingly well, selling over 120,000 copies. His third album "Explore" was released in mid 2007, which sold a poor 41,007 copies, due to an illegal leak of the album a few days before the album's official release date.cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= 2007 Year End Chart| date= | publisher= | url =http://www.miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2007_2.htm| work= Recording Industry Association Korea| pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-27] However, his albums were successful enough to warrant a solo concert, in which he performed in Japan. [ [http://www.shinhwa-indonesia.com/Minwoo.php Profile on Lee Min Woo] Retrieve on May 22, 2007]
* Hye Sung has collaborated with his close friends Kangta and Lee Ji Hoon, forming a project group named S. The vocal-oriented trio released a project album of ballads, "Fr.in.Cl". He also released a solo album "오월지련" (Love of May) in May 2005. The album had strong pre-orders (having the #1 spot on HMV Japan's chart [ [http://soompi.com/?q=weekly.rankings.070203 Weekly Music Chart] "Soompi" Retrieve on May 22, 2007] and sales continued to be strong in Korea, where the album placed 5th on the year-end charts for album sales. [ [http://miak.or.kr/stat/kpop_2005.htm Album Sales For The Year of 2005] "The 2005 Miak Year End Chart" Retrieved on May 22, 2007] Hye Sung released his second album on August 82007 which sold over 50,000 copies in its first week (30,000 copies on its first day).
* Jun Jin released a solo single titled "사랑이 오지 않아요" (Love Doesn't Come) on November 18, 2006, selling 44,724 copies.
* Dong Wan released his first solo album on July 5, 2007. His album features a duet with Shin Hye Sung, and songs featuring the rapping skills of Eric and Andy. Min Woo wrote the song 'My Love' for Dong Wan's album as well.

Trivia

*Shinhwa made a cameo appearance in comic film Emergency Act 19.

ee also

*K-pop
*Contemporary culture of South Korea
*Korean music
*List of Korean musicians

References

External links

* [http://www.goodenter.com/ Good Entertainment] - Shinhwa's Official Site.
* [http://www.open-world.co.kr/ Open-world Entertainment]
* [http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/enter/music_artists_detail.htm?No=10048 KBS World Radio biography]
* [http://www.rukorean.com/terms/shinhwa Entertainment News from RUKorean]
* [http://www.november21.co.kr/ November 21] - Dong Wan's Official Personal Blog
* [http://www.munchonghyok.com Mun Chong Hyok] - Eric's Official Site
* [http://www.mrising.co.kr/ M Rising Entertainment] - Min Woo's Official Site
* [http://www.jfstoryent.com/ JF Story Entertainment] - Jun Jin's official site.
* [http://www.ndenter.co.kr/ ND Entertainment] - Andy's Official Site.
* [http://www.h2ent.com/ H2 Entertainment] - Dong Wan's Official Site.
* [http://goodenter.com/shinhwa_Hye Sung/official/ Good Entertainment - Hye Sung's site] - Hye Sung's Official site.
* [http://kpoptv.net/shinhwa.htm KpopTV ShinHwa] - video clip


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