Shinhwa has been formed in 1998, we are now in 2013 and they are still together doing music, living from their passion. Shinhwa means Myth/legend, and they are definitely on their way to become a legend, not only because they stayed together for already 15 years, but also because they are the best example of what should be a boys band! Unified, talented and enjoying the stage no matter what. They are the best role models for Korean rookie boys band! A lot of them look up to them and would like to last as long as them or be as close as they are to each other. Shinhwa is one of the first Korean boys band, they are the pioneer of this movement. We could say that in America, they have the Backstreet Boys but in Korea, they have Shinhwa! How amazing would it be to see those two almost legendary bands perform together?
Some would say that they are already legends, other would say they are not yet! Well we think they are on the way to become legends such as Mickael Jackson or Madonna.
With their 15 year career, they got a lot of experiences, they evolved through the years, improving and adapting themselves. Even after 15 years, you can see that they are still reinventing themselves. This is being a real artist! Maybe, they should be called Kings of K-pop?
They have a huge history, together or individually. They just did so much in 15 years that we cannot really summarize their career in a few lines! Even though they had 4 years of hiatus for their military service, when they came back, their fans were still there waiting for them to return, what they brilliantly did in 2012. Shinhwa, it’s an amazing voice harmony, but also individual talents. They shine together but also individually. When they are together, they all share the spotlights without putting one aside, they are close and you can see their friendship in the way they act with each other. It’s not something you can see everyday and it’s really beautiful. Even though, they have solo careers aside Shinhwa, they are still first of all a member of Shinhwa. That makes them the best Korean boys band we know!
Shinhwa, it’s 6 talented members. The leader is Eric, he is also the main rapper. He has a really sweet voice, it makes his rap very sensual and original, he is impressive and shows what a good leader should be. He is leading Shinhwa perfectly through the years. Now he is also one of the CEO of Shinhwa Company, the company they founded to keep on their activities as a band when they did their big return in 2012. He clearly has a lot of charisma and a glance that kills every woman’s heart! The other CEO of Shinhwa Company is Minwoo, he is also the main dancer and the lead vocalist. He has a very nice voice and also a nice body, we must say! He is able to charm the audience, with his charming attitude and his beautiful eyes. We can add that he is very funny and always very active. Dongwan, the vocalist, can play very well with his wonderful voice while singing, able to make a high note without effort. He is a bit more discreet than the others but we cannot miss his presence. The main vocalist, Hyesung, is clearly one of the best singers of Korea. His voice must be coming from heaven. His singing ability is amazing. It’s a pleasure to listen to him, because every time he opens his mouth, it’s like a piece of heaven! He is also very handsome and has a beautiful smile. But just with his voice, he is melting a woman’s heart for sure. He is also very funny and full of charm. Next we have Junjin who is the lead rapper, vocalist and lead dancer, well clearly multi-talented. With his charisma, he shines a lot on stage! His rap is really good, it’s more mischievous and strong than Eric’s rap. He seems to be really smart and kind behind his severe look. The last one is the maknae Andy, he is the third rapper, but also a business man and producer like Eric and Minwoo. He is funny and seems very kind hearted. He also has charisma and his way to rap is smooth. He very often has the English rap parts and we can say his English is good. Those 6 members make a brilliant mix and a wonderful band, no wonder why they are called Shinhwa!
Of course, they did a lot of releases through those 15 years. We will try to resume it as short as possible. They directly released a full length album in may 1998 for their debut called Resolver, under SM Entertainment, with their very famous first single Eusha Eusha. Coming back in April 1999 with another full length album called T.O.P., their second album has been a real success without making a lot of efforts for promotion and that’s why they decided to work on their third album instead of promoting much. Their third album has been released in May 2000, Only one, which is the title of their album but also of the single, has been a success as soon as it has been released. Their fourth album „Hey, come on!“ has received the same success. It was released in June 2001. It was the first year that Korean pop started to spread overseas. In 2002, they released two albums, one in March called „Perfect man“ with the famous song of the same title. The second was released in December and was called „Wedding“. Then, they decided to quit SM Entertainment, to sign with the label Good Entertainment where they released their 7th album „Brand new“ in August 2004. In May 2006, they released another full length album „State of the Art“ which include two famous songs „Once in a lifetime“ and „Throw my fist“. Two years later, they celebrated their 10th anniversary with the release of the album „Volume 9“. After that, they went on hiatus for 4 years, it was time for them to do their military service. In the meantime, they did solo activities and developed themselves individually. In 2012, it was time for their big return, the album they released was actually called „The return“, their come back was highly expected and they did it successfully with their single „Venus“. This year 2013, they came back again, showing that they are still there after 15 years. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, they released their 11th album „The classic“ and they are actually holding their Shinhwa grand tour: the classic, making concerts in different Asian countries. They will conclude this grand tour with two final shows in Seoul in August 2013.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, they didn’t come further than Asia yet. Will they come to visit Europe or the USA someday soon? Well, we really hope so, having a concert hold by Shinhwa in Europe would be amazing and it would certainly be a big event. We really hope they are thinking about coming to see their fans in other countries besides Asia. All we can do in the meantime, it’s showing that we love them as well in Europe and in the USA, so don’t forget to send them your love and support, so they can feel they are wanted here too. All for Shinhwa!
Text by Virginia Clinberghe