South Korean singer, dancer, and actor Lee Taemin (also known simply as Taemin) is a hip-hop and R&B-influenced performer best known as a member of the K-pop boy band Shinee. Following multiple chart-topping releases with the group, he made his solo debut in 2014 with the Ace EP. His first full-length, Press It, also topped the charts, and he continued juggling solo pursuits with his Shinee responsibilities into the late 2010s with a pair of number ones: Shinee's The Story of Light and his own Want.
Born in Seoul in 1993, Taemin first came to the public's attention after joining Shinee in 2008. Along with touring and recording with the group, Taemin has acted in several television shows and voiced the character of Johnny the Koala in the 2011 animated feature film The Outback. In 2014, Taemin released his debut solo EP, Ace, featuring the single "Danger." Film and television work followed before the eventual arrival of his first full-length, 2016's Press It. Featuring songwriting by Bruno Mars ("Press Your Number") and Shinee bandmate Jonghyun ("Already"), the album topped the Korean charts upon its release. That same year, he unveiled his first foray into the Japanese market with Sayonara Hitori (Solitary Goodbye). A Korean version of the EP was also released in his home country, spawning the hit single "Goodbye." In 2017, Taemin released his sophomore long-player Move and a late-year repackaging titled Moving. The following year, he issued his Japanese-language debut, Taemin, which peaked at number two. Months later, he returned to his native Korean for his second EP, Want. ~ Matt Collar & Neil Z. Yeung