Shinhwa

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Shinhwa at KCON 2015
Background information
OriginSouth Korea
Genres
Years active1998–present
Labels
Associated acts Battle
Website Shinhwa Company
Members
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Sinhwa
McCune–Reischauer Sinhwa

Shinhwa (Hangul : 신화; Hanja : 神話) is a South Korean six-member boy band based in Seoul, composed of Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin, and Andy Lee. Launched by SM Entertainment on March 24, 1998, the group signed with Good Entertainment in 2004 before creating their Shinhwa Company to manage their career as a band. The band struggled initially with their first album before finding commercial success with their sophomore album T.O.P. (April 1999). When their contract with SM Entertainment expired in July 2003, all six members signed with Good Entertainment and assumed creative control with the release of Brand New (August 2004). That same year, members began to pursue individual careers.

Hangul Native alphabet of the Korean language

The Korean alphabet, known as Hangul, has been used to write the Korean language since its creation in the 15th century by King Sejong the Great. It may also be written as Hangeul following the standard Romanization.

Hanja Korean language characters of Chinese origin

Hanja is the Korean name for Chinese characters. More specifically, it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation. Hanja-mal or Hanja-eo refers to words that can be written with Hanja, and hanmun refers to Classical Chinese writing, although "Hanja" is sometimes used loosely to encompass these other concepts. Because Hanja never underwent major reform, they are almost entirely identical to traditional Chinese and kyūjitai characters, though the stroke orders for some characters are slightly different. For example, the characters and are written as 敎 and 硏. Only a small number of Hanja characters are modified or unique to Korean. By contrast, many of the Chinese characters currently in use in Japan and Mainland China have been simplified, and contain fewer strokes than the corresponding Hanja characters.

A boy band is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation, singing love songs marketed towards young women. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term something of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Many boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.

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After a four-year hiatus due to majority of the members completing their mandatory military service, the sextet established the Shinhwa Company to facilitate their group career. The release of their tenth album The Return (2012) made them the first Korean boy band to continue performing after the members' mandatory military services. Shinhwa is also the first K-pop idol group to lead a successful career after leaving its original agency, despite being embroiled in legal battles with SM Entertainment over the name "Shinhwa" for several years. Over the course of their twenty-year career, Shinhwa have released thirteen Korean studio albums, one Japanese album, and various compilation albums.

Conscription in South Korea has existed since 1957 and requires male citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 to perform in the army compulsory military service. Women are not required to perform military service, but may voluntarily enlist.

<i>The Return</i> (Shinhwa album) 2012 studio album by Shinhwa

The Return is the tenth studio album of South Korean boy band Shinhwa, in commemoration of their 14th anniversary. It was released on 23 March 2012 by Shinhwa Company and distributed by CJ E&M Music. The album and its associated concerts, 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return, marks their comeback to the music industry after a four-year hiatus, since their 10th anniversary concert and album Volume 9 in 2008, during which band members served individual mandatory military services.

Shinhwa discography discography of Shinhwa

The South Korean boy band Shinhwa has released fifteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, one box set, three EPs, thirty-four singles, and sixteen contributions to multi-artist compilations.

The group is the longest-running boy band in the history of K-pop [1] [2] [3] [4] and is often referred to as part of the "first generation" of K-pop, alongside H.O.T., S.E.S., g.o.d, Fin.K.L, among others. [5] [6] Their work and longevity have served as influences to future generations of K-pop idol groups, leading many to describe the band itself as "legendary". [7] [8]

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H.O.T. (band) South Korean boy band

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g.o.d South Korean boyband

Groove Over Dose, acronym g.o.d, is a five-member South Korean pop music group. Debuting in 1999, the group became one of the most popular boy bands of the early 2000s in South Korea. The members had gone on to solo careers in the entertainment industry after indefinitely discontinuing group activity in 2005 following the departure of a member. However, they regrouped as a quintet and made a comeback in July 2014. Although the group is largely known for their "story telling" lyrical style and signature blend of R&B and rap, their repertoire features a diverse array of genres ranging from hip hop to funk.

History

1998–2001: Formation, commercial struggles, and mainstream breakthrough

With the already established acts of H.O.T. and S.E.S., SM Entertainment sought to release another group to capitalize on the two formers' successes. Composed of members Mun Eric, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Jun Jin, Shin Hye-Sung, and Lee Andy, the group was named Shinhwa, the Korean word for myth or legend, [9] [6] and made their debut with Resolver on May 9, 1998. The album was supported by three singles: the titled track, "Eusha! Eusha!" (Hangul: "으쌰! 으쌰!"), and "Sharing Forever" (Hangul: "천일유혼"). Resolver's chart performance was lackluster, however, and Shinhwa was accused of lacking originality and duplicating label mate H.O.T.'s sound. [10] The group also became embroiled in controversies when the 1998 Sokcho submarine incident occurred, and "Eusha! Eusha!, which was about a fun trip at the beach, was used as a reminder of the event. [10] Although Shinhwa won Best New Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, [11] Resolver underperformed commercially, and the sextet almost disbanded. [12]

Eric Mun South Korean singer and actor

Eric Mun is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member and leader of the South Korean boy band Shinhwa. He is also well known for several dramas such as Phoenix (2004), Super Rookie (2005) and Another Oh Hae-young (2016). He was with Top Class Entertainment from 2007 to December 2013. In 2014, Mun and his manager of 10 years, Lee Jong-hyun, set up a new management agency, E&J Entertainment, for his individual activities. Mun is also the CEO of Shinhwa Company, the home agency of his group, with Lee Min-woo as co-CEO since 2011, and with the remaining members—Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin and Andy Lee—as shareholders.

Lee Min-woo South Korean singer

Lee Min-woo, also known mononymously credited as M as a solo artist, is a South Korean entertainer, known as a member of the South Korean boy band Shinhwa. Lee was the first Shinhwa member to debut as a solo artist in 2003, and has since released three studio albums.

Kim Dong-wan South Korean singer and actor

Kim Dong-wan is a South Korean entertainer, known as a member of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. He has been acting since 2002, with roles in television dramas such as A Farewell to Sorrow and Children of Heaven. He has said that given the opportunity he would prefer a career in acting rather than as a singer, However, since the release of his debut album, he has stated that now he prefers singing more. From Shinhwa, Kim is the fourth member to go solo, following Lee Min-woo, Shin Hye-sung, and Jun Jin.


Shinhwa's found mainstream success with their next few albums. Their sophomore album, T.O.P. (April 1999), was met with positive reviews for its title song and the group's edgier concept. [10] A second single, "Yo", was promoted but did not fare as well. The album debuted at No. 4 and peaked at No. 3, selling 377,500 copies and charting for 24 weeks on the Korean monthly chart. [13] The group received the Best Music Video from a New Male Pop Group award from the Mnet Asian Music Awards. [10]

Mnet Asian Music Awards award

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Only One (May 2000) became their first to debut at the top of the chart. [14] Buoyed by three singles, "Only One", "All Your Dreams", and "First Love", it sold over 423,000 copies, [15] and Shinhwa won three awards that year: the SBS Gayo Popularity Award, the KMTV song Bonsang Award, and the Popular Singers Award. [16] That January, Shinhwa held their first concert, First Mythology. Shinhwa's fourth album, Hey, Come On! , was released on June 8, 2001, debuting at No. 3 [17] and was promoted with two singles: "Hey, Come On!" and "Wild Eyes", the latter of which spawned various dance covers due to its choreography incorporating the use of chairs. [16] The album was a commercial success, selling over 430,700 copies [18] and ranked No. 11 on the 2001 year-end chart. [19] Shinhwa was also associated with several controversies at the time, including scrutiny over the absence of member Andy and the alleged copying of Shinhwa's popular single, "Hey, Come On!" by Taiwanese boy band, Energy. [16]

<i>Only One</i> (Shinhwa album) 2000 studio album by Shinhwa

Only One is the third album by South Korean boyband Shinhwa, released on May 27, 2000. The album was delayed three months to give SM Entertainment's new group at the time, Fly to the Sky a chance to debut. The album's title song was released as the album's lead single, with "All Your Dreams", "First Love", and "Wedding March " being subsequent singles. Only One sold 423,873 copies and reached number one on the Recording Industry Association Korea music chart.

Seoul Broadcasting System South Korean television and radio network

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<i>Hey, Come On!</i> 2001 studio album by Shinhwa

Hey, Come On! was Shinhwa's fourth album and it debuted at #3. As with the past albums, Hey, Come On! was well received by the fans and the title track climbed up the chart rapidly. The album's release coincided with the rise of the Korean Wave, spreading the group's popularity overseas. Hey, Come On! spent approximately 28 weeks on the MIAK Chart before it dropped.

2002–2003: Making history, change in management, and solo activities

Their first compilation album, My Choice (January 2002), featured some of the members' favorite songs and some of their most popular tracks. In contrast to Hey, Come On!'s strong sales, My Choice was met with moderate success, selling more than 171,300 copies while debuting and peaking at No. 4 before it dropped from the Korean monthly Chart. [18] On the Year-End Chart, My Choice ranked No. 31, selling a total of 183,000 copies. [20] A few months after the release of My Choice, Shinhwa released their fifth studio album, Perfect Man , on March 29, 2002. The album marked the return of member Andy. Perfect Man debuted atop the Korean monthly chart, becoming Shinhwa's second chart-topping album. Along with the title track, the group promoted with the album with the second single "I Pray 4 U". Final sales were over 355,000 copies [21] and the album was ranked No. 14 on the year end Top 100 Albums in 2002 Chart, with over 362,00 copies sold. [20]

Shinhwa made history in the Korean music industry by becoming the longest-running Korean boy band with the release of its sixth album, Wedding (December 2002). [22] The album debuted and peaked at No. 3 and sold over 273,700 copies. [23] Wedding also marked the expiration of their contract with SM Entertainment, who offered all the members except Dongwan a second contract. [16] The group collectively chose to sign with Good Entertainment, resulting in a court battle to retain the use of their name, which they won. [16] Because the contract with Good Entertainment would not begin until 2004, members 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 participated in a Korean sitcom Nonstop 4 as well as Banjun Drama. Eric began acting in dramas soon after acting in several CFs.

The members regrouped and released the compilation album Winter Story 2003-2004 on December 30, 2003, which sold over 100,000 copies. [24] They held their second concert The Everlasting Mythology from April 18 to April 20, 2003 and also embarked on the Winter Story Tour, traveling to six cities: Seoul, Pusan, Daejeon, Incheon, Daegu, and Kwangju. They later traveled to Japan for the Shinhwa First Live in Tokyo, holding a Japanese fan meeting called Have Fun With Shinhwa On M.Net Tour.

2004–2006: Creative control, commercial success, and first Asia Tour

Shinhwa's first album with Good Entertainment, Brand New (August 2004), debuted at No. 3 on the monthly Korean chart, peaking at t No.1 in November and selling over 320,000 copies. [25] [26] The album saw increased creative control by the members, with Eric and Min-woo contributing to its production and Jun Jin with the choreography, leading to more dance songs being included in the final release instead of their usual pop music. [16] The album was promoted with four singles: "Angel", "Oh!", "Crazy", and title track, [16] and ranked No. 4 on the 2004 year-end chart. [27] It won several accolades for the group, including 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 four 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.

After the success of Brand New, Shinhwa embarked on a tour, holding 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. Although, Shinhwa was mostly on hiatus throughout 2005, they released two popular singles, "How Do I Say" and "Hey Dude!" and held the Tropical Summer Story Festival concert. For a majority of 2005, Shinhwa hosted a reality show called Let's Coke Play Battle Shinhwa!, a competition to find the next Shinhwa, with the winning group debuting as the short-lived boy band Battle under Good Entertainment. To end the year, Shinhwa released Winter Story 2004-2005, which sold over 102,300 copies. [28]

After renewing their contract with Good Entertainment for another 3 years, the group's State of the Art was released on May 11, 2006. The album debuted atop the chart and sold over 215,600 copies domestically. [29] Brand New and State Of The Art became their first consecutive No. 1 albums, with the latter becoming the third best selling album in 2006, behind SG Wannabe's The 3rd Masterpiece and TVXQ's "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. . [30] Following a performance at Tokyo's Budokan Hall to celebrate the founding of Mnet Japan, [31] their Japanese language album Inspiration #1 and the lead single, "This is the Sun in Our Hearts" released on June 14, 2006. The album released in Japan on August 16 peaked at No. 4 on Oricon Chart, selling in excess of 100,000 copies each. Shinhwa later embarked on their first Asia tour, Shinhwa 2006 Tour: State of the Art, kicking off with two concerts at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul and visiting Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and other countries. [32] They also performed at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, and Osaka-jo Hall on September 24 and 26, as part of the 2006 Japan Tour Inspiration#1.

2007–2012: Solo activities, 10th anniversary, and mandatory military service

In 2007, members expanded their solo activities even further while Shinhwa was on hiatus, with each members starting their own company – M Rising (Min-woo), New Dream Entertainment (Andy), [33] JF Story Entertainment (Jun Jin), [34] H2 Entertainment (Dong-wan), and Top Class Entertainment (Eric) – to manage their solo careers. Dong-wan also released his first album entitled Kim Dongwan is on July 5, 2007. [33] Min-woo released his third album on July 10, 2007 [35] and though he had intended to release his third album in the U.S., [36] he released it in Korea instead. Hye-sung released his second album on August 8, 2007. [37]

Although their ninth album was set to be released on October 2007, [33] it was ultimately delayed and they released Winter Story 2007 on December 6, 2007, [38] which debuted at No. 3 [39] and sold 24,500 copies. [40] Shortly after the release of Winter Story 2007, Shinhwa staged their Asia Concert with a two-day performance on the 8th and 9 December in Saitama, Japan followed by a concert in Shanghai. Celebrating their anniversary, Shinhwa staged a 10th anniversary concert and released their ninth studio album Volume 9 . [41] 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. [42]

After their 10th anniversary and the release of their 9th album, the members continued to work on their individual activities until their mandatory military service, with Eric enlisting in October 2008 and Dong-wan in November at Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do [43] Both served non-active duty, e.g. they were public service workers, after undergoing four weeks of basic training. Jun Jin enlisted on October 22, 2009 at the Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do Province for four weeks of basic training and continued as a public service worker. [44] On January 11, 2010, Andy enlisted for mandatory military service and was the only member to serve 21 months of active duty. [45] Min-woo was the last of the members to enlist in February 2010. He also served non-active duty after undergoing four weeks of basic training. Hye-sung was exempt from military service due to serious and recurring injuries in his knee sustained during a concert in 2001.

On 30 October 2010, Eric was discharged from military service. [46] Dong-wan was discharged on December 17 after serving 24 months as an administrative worker at the Seodaemun-gu District Office. [47] Andy was discharged from active duty on October 31, 2011 from the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. [48] Jun Jin was discharged on 14 November 2011, [49] after working at the Gangnam Management Corporation, managing the culture center's fitness club and parking lot. [50] This was followed by Min-woo on March 2, 2012, after serving as a public service officer in Seoul Station. [51]

2012–2017: Shinhwa Company and touring

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Shinhwa in 2012

After their contract with Good Entertainment expired, Shinhwa created their own company to manage their activities as a group, with Eric and Min-woo as co-CEOs and the remaining members as shareholders. Members' individual activities continue to be manage by their respective agencies. [52] [53] A press conference to launch Shinhwa's comeback was held on March 5, 2012 at CGV cinema in Cheongdam-dong, which was streamed live by Mnet Media. [54] [55] [56] [57] The group released their tenth studio album The Return on March 23, 2012. To promote the album, Shinhwa embarked on the 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour in Seoul: The Return, which kicked off at Olympic Gymnastics Arena on 24 and 25 March 2012, [58] [59] and continued with shows in Japan, China, Taiwan and Singapore. [60] [61] They also hosted their first exclusive variety program, Shinhwa Broadcast , which aired on cable channel JTBC. [62] The producers held a public shoot and press conference to showcase the program. [63]

The following year, Shinhwa resumed their music activities as a group with the release of their 11th studio album and 15th anniversary concert in March, [64] [65] in addition to the 2013 Shinhwa 15th Anniversary Concert: The Legend Continues at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in March. [66] [67] [68] On the same day information on ticketing and a teaser video were released. [69] [70] The 25,000 tickets were sold out within five minutes of going on sale, by over 300,000 people who tried to buy the tickets. [71] [72] Their eleventh album The Classic was released on May 16, 2013, [73] followed by an Asian concert tour, 2013 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Classic in support of the album.

Their 16th anniversary concert, Here, was held on March 22–23, 2014 at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, which sold out its 27,000 seats and crashed the website server. [74] Due to a gambling scandal, however, Andy was absent from the shows, [75] making a surprise appearance during the last show to apologize to the audience. [76] In 2015, Shinhwa announced it would be appearing on Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)'s 800th Inkigayo episode, including the return of Andy from his extended hiatus. [77] This was followed by the release of their album in over three years, We (February 2015). [78] The LDN Noise-produced [79] lead-single "Sniper" rose to the top of five real-time music charts, Bugs, genie, Olleh Music, Mnet, and Cyworld, [80] and the music video for the single reached over a million YouTube views within two weeks of the song's release. [81] Shinhwa also won the show champion for the song "Sniper" on March 11, 2015. [82] Their thirteenth album, Unchanging, was released on January 1, [83] and picked at No. 3 on the World Albums Chart. [9]

2018–present: 20th anniversary

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Shinhwa performing at KCON JEJU 2015

In commemoration of their 20th anniversary, Shinhwa released a re-recorded darker version of their song "All Your Dreams" from the album Only One, in addition to filming a new music video. [9] They also kicked off a fan meeting party from March 24-25 to signal the start of their 20th anniversary project, All Your 2018 [84] [85] and performed for KBS Music Bank's twentieth anniversary alongside other artists. [86]

On August 28, they released their album, Heart, with the title track "Kiss Me Like That" and promoted on music shows for three consecutive weeks. Their 20th anniversary concert, Heart Tour in Seoul, which will take place October 6-7, sold out within 5 minutes and crashed the website's servers upon ticket release.

Legacy

Shinhwa is the longest-running Korean boy band in existence, [1] [2] [3] [4] and is often listed as one of the legendary "first generation" K-pop idol groups including H.O.T., S.E.S., Sechs Kies, Fin.K.L, and g.o.d. [5] [6] Although the word shinhwa means myth or legend, the group themselves have been described as a "legendary" K-pop idol group for their longevity, [7] [8] and their constant change in image and rebranding have been credited for their continued success. [87]

When they debuted, the trend at the time was for male idol group members to remain "mysterious" and "dark", a concept the group utilized when promoting their early materials. They rebranded themselves when the "flower boy" concept, which describes "young males with pretty faces and 'unpretentious cuteness'", became popular; they have continue to adjust their images as they age, incorporating suits and polished haircuts into their looks later on. [87] Shinhwa's intense dance moves have also become one of their staples, with their song "Wild Eyes" spawning various dance covers due to its choreography incorporating the use of chairs [16] and the choreography for "Venus" being described as "high intensity". [88] Shinhwa were also credited for pioneering vogue dancing in Korea. [87] With the rise of competition from the "second generation" of idol groups in South Korea, Shinhwa began to make a foray into Asia in 2005, embarking on tours and fan meetings. [87] They were voted as the Best Korean Singer Overseas twice in poll held by Arirang International Broadcasting. The poll allowed only foreigners to vote, with Shinhwa's songs "Once in a Lifetime" in 2006 and "Pretty" in 2007 topping the polls. [89] [90]

Shinhwa's popularity have also led to the creation of the official fan club, Shinhwa Changjo. [91] The color orange has been associated with Shinhwa Changjo ever since its establishment in 1998, and is used in both Shinhwa's official and unofficial merchandise, including light-sticks, balloons, raincoats, and various kinds of apparels and accessories. These orange-colored cheering tools are used in each member's individual promotion activities as well. [92] [93] [94] Similar to the band, Shinhwa Changjo is the longest running Korean fan club, [87] and upon the release of their 12th album in February 2015, Shinhwa opened the recruitment for the 10th wave of its official fanclub. [95]

Their work have inspired newer generations of artists, including 2PM, [96] Big Bang, [97] Dreamcatcher, [98] EXID, [99] MAP6, [100] and Seventeen, [101] many who strive to one day last as long as the sextet. [102] Kangta, a former member of H.O.T., have also praised the group for choosing to switch labels when SM Entertainment offered contracts to all but one member instead of splitting up, a rare action among idol groups. [103] [104]

Discography

Tours and concerts

Awards

Endorsements

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. 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. Lee Soo Man, the head of SM Entertainment, offered contract renewals to all but Dongwan. Choosing to sign with a new agency instead, the choice sparked controversies when Lee denied their permission to use the name Shinhwa with the different company. At the height of the battle in September 2014, the band had to rename the agency Shinhwa Company as ShinCom Entertainment [108] to avoid legal issues. In May 2015, after 12 years of legal battles, Shinhwa finally won the lawsuit over Joon Media and re-renamed their agency as Shinhwa Company. Open World Entertainment CEO, Seok-Woo Jang, holder of the rights to the name of Shinhwa, granted permission to use the name as long as they perform together as a group. Open World held the rights to Shinhwa's overseas concerts with Shinhwa Company, and overseas licensing of the group's albums. The heads of Top Class Entertainment and Liveworks Company, are directors of Shinhwa Company, with the former in charge of promotion and management in general, and the latter provides support regarding albums, concerts and promotions. [109]

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Volume 9, also known as 10th Anniversary album, is the ninth studio album of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. It was released on 3 April 2008 by Good Entertainment, marking the group's 10th anniversary. It was first released as a First Press Limited Edition, with 50,000 copies, each with a hologram serial number and a 120-page photobook. The regular edition was released a week later. A 20,000 copies repackaged White Edition was released on 3 July 2008, which included new track, "Destiny of Love" (흔적) and a music video which feature footage from their Shinhwa Must Go On: 10th Anniversary Live concert held on 29 and 30 March 2008 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul.

Infinite (band) South Korean pop boy band

Infinite is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group is composed of six members: Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Originally a seven-piece group, Infinite debuted in 2010 with their mini album First Invasion. Their first full album, Over the Top, was released in July 2011. Their mini-album New Challenge, released in March 2013, sold over 160,000 copies in South Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. Their second full album, Season 2, was released in May 2014.

Grand Tour: The Return concert tour by Shinhwa

2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return is the Asia-wide live concert tour of South Korean boy band Shinhwa to support their tenth studio album, The Return, which was released on 23 March 2012. The album and tour marks Shinhwa's comeback to the music industry after a four-year hiatus, since their 10th anniversary concert held in 2008, during which band members served individual mandatory military services.

<i>The Classic</i> (Shinhwa album) 2013 studio album by Shinhwa

The Classic is the eleventh studio album of South Korean boy band Shinhwa, in commemoration of their 15th anniversary. It was released on 16 May 2013 by Shinhwa Company and distributed by CJ E&M Music. The group conducted an Asian concert tour, 2013 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Classic in support of the album, with the first show in Hong Kong on 8 June 2013.

Grand Tour: The Classic concert tour by Shinhwa

2013 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Classic was the Asia-wide live concert tour of South Korean boy band Shinhwa in support of their eleventh studio album, The Classic, which was released on 16 May 2013.

Shinhwa videography videography of Shinhwa


This is a list of videography by South Korean six-member boy band Shinhwa. Formed in 1998 under SM Entertainment, it consists of Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin and Andy Lee. They moved to Good Entertainment in July 2003, upon the expiration of their contract. In 2011, after a four-year hiatus, during which they served individual mandatory military services, they formed the Shinhwa Company to continue to perform together. This list the official music videos released by SM Entertainment, Good Entertainment and Shinhwa Company.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rain
Gayo Daejun Award for Daesang (=Best Prize)
2004
Succeeded by
Kim Jong Kook
Preceded by
Lee Hyori
15th Seoul Music Awards - Daesang (=Best Prize) Award
2004
Succeeded by
TVXQ