Monday, 28 May 2012

Shinhwa's Profile

Shinhwa's Profile


Shinhwa (Hangul: 신화, Hanja: 神話) is a South Korean boy band that debuted on 24 March 1998 with six members: Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin and Andy Lee. It has enjoyed success alongside Sechs Kies, g.o.d., Fly to the Sky, Turbo, Fin. K.L., H.O.T. and S.E.S.. Shinhwa is the Korean word for myth or legend.[1][2][3]
Shinhwa was initially formed under SM Entertainment; however, it moved to Good Entertainment in July 2003, upon the expiration of their contract. Whilst under Good Entertainment as Shinhwa, each of the members pursued their own solo careers under individual companies. The group also mentored Korean boy band Battle. In 2011, members of the group formed Shinhwa Company to continue to perform together. They made their comeback to the music industry in March 2012, after a four year hiatus, during which the band members served individual mandatory military services, with the release of their tenth album The Return and concert tour.

~ Member Profile ~

Stage Name: Eric
Birth Name: Mun Jung Hyuk
Birthday: February 16, 1979
Position: Leader, Main Rapper
Blood Type: B
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Respected Musician: Puff Daddy

Stage Name: Minwoo
Birth Name: Lee Min Woo
Birthday: July 28, 1979
Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
Blood Type: A
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Respected Musician: Usher

Stage Name: Dongwan
Birth Name: Kim Dong Wan
Birthday: November 21, 1979
Position: Vocalist
Blood Type: O
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Respected Musician: Kurt Cobain, Yoo Young Jin

Stage Name: Hyesung
Birth Name: Jung Pil Gyo
Birthday: November 27, 1979
Position: Main Vocalist
Blood Type: A
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Respected Musician: Baby Face

Stage Name: Junjin
Birth Name: Park Choong Jae
Birthday: August 19, 1980
Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Blood Type: B
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Respected Musician: Yoo Young Jin

Stage Name: Andy
Birth Name: Lee Sun Ho
Birthday: January 21, 1981
Position: Rapper
Blood Type: O
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Respected Musician: Yoo Young Jin, Boyz  II Men


Korean albums

Korean singles

Japanese album

Japanese single

Compilation albums (Winter Stories)

Best album

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 albums

Year Title Chart positions
1998 Resolver
1999 T.O.P. 3
2000 Only One 1
2001 Hey, Come On! 3
2002 Perfect Man 1
2002 Wedding 3
2004 Brand New 1
2006 State of the Art 1
2008 Volume 9 1
2012 The Return 1

Japanese studio album

Year Title Chart positions
2006 Inspiration #1 4

Tours and concerts

  • First Live Concert: The First Mythology (2001)
  • Second Live Concert: The Everlasting Mythology (18–20 April 2003)
  • Winter Story Tour 2003-04 (31 December 2003 to 14 February 2004)
  • Winter Story Tour 2004-05: Shinhwa Live in Seoul (December 2004)
  • Shinhwa - 2005 Japan Tour - Osaka (21 January) and Tokyo International Forum (23 January)
  • Tropical Summer Story Festival (June 2005)
  • Shinhwa 2006 Asia Tour: State of the Art - Seoul (13–14 May), Shanghai (8 July), Busan (15 July), Bangkok (19 August), Singapore (10 September), Tokyo (24 September) and Osaka (26 September)
  • 2006 Japan Tour Inspiration#1 in Tokyo - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo (September 2006)
  • Shinhwa Must Go On: 10th Anniversary Live in Seoul - Olympic Gymnastics Arena (29 and 30 March 2008)
  • 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return (2012)



"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. As it was later noted, Jeff Vincent and Peter Rafelson who wrote Hey, Come On! had sold the song to Energy, therefore, it was legal. Even so, 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. Lee Soo Man, the head of SM Entertainment, only wanted to sign on Hye-sung and Minwoo, but due to his offer, they both rejected. The two wanted to stick with the group as Shinhwa and not go solo. 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."


Years Awards
  • SBS Gayo Award: Popularity award
  • KMTV Song Award: Bonsang award
  • KMTV Song Award: Popular Singers award

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