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For the solo artist of the same name, see Kim Jong Hyeon.

Jonghyun (종현) was a South Korean singer-songwriter under SM Entertainment. He was the main vocalist of the boy group SHINee and a member of the project ballad group S.M. THE BALLAD.

He made his solo debut on January 12, 2015 with his first mini-album Base while his final album Poet | Artist was released posthumously on January 23, 2018.



In 2005, Jonghyun was scouted by SM Entertainment after he performed in a song festival with his high school band, called ZION.[1] He later dropped out of high school in the tenth grade, transferring to Seoul Music Institute.[2]

2008: Debut with SHINee

He debuted as a member of SHINee on May 22, 2008 with the group's first mini album Replay.

2015: Solo debut with Base

On January 1, a mysterious video teaser of a triangle that expands into a square was released on the SMTOWN website.[3] It was then confirmed that Jonghyun will make his solo debut with the mini album Base on January 12 with teaser photos and a teaser video being released on January 2.[4] On January 3, it was announced that SMTOWN would be revealing a line up of artists that participated in the album, with Younha being revealed on the same day.[5] The next day, it was revealed that the singer-songwriter Wheesung participated in the lyric making of the album.[6] The title track of the mini album was announced to be "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)", which features the rapper Iron, on January 5 through a teaser video.[7] The song was described to be a medium tempo retro pop song influenced by neo soul and funk genres.[7] On January 6, it was announced that Jonghyun would be pre-releasing the song "Déjà-Boo", featuring Zion.T, on January 7.[8] The track list for the mini album was revealed the next day and featured a total of 7 songs, including the bonus track, along with the symbols "+???" indicating an additional song.[9] On the same day, the song "Déjà-Boo" was pre-released and took charge of the top spot on real time charts.[10] A highlight medley for the mini album was released on January 8 with the music video for "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" dropping the next day.[11][12] A performance video for "Déjà-Boo" was released on January 10, two days after his showcase stage.[13] The mini album was officially released on January 12 and swept number one on different music charts.[14] On January 14, a dance practice video for the song "Hallelujah" was released.[15]

Personal life

2013 car accident

On April 1, 2013, Jonghyun was involved in a car accident that left him with a broken nose.[16] Thus, he was absent from SHINee's live promotions and music video for the album Why So Serious? - The Misconceptions of Me.[17]


On October 26, 2010, SM Entertainment and Namoo Actors confirmed that Jonghyun and actress Shin Se Kyung were dating after being spotted on a date nearby the actress' home.[18] On June 20, 2011, it was announced the couple had broken up due to busy schedules.[19]


On December 18, 2017, Jonghyun was found unconscious in his rented apartment in Gangnam District, Seoul by police and rescue workers. Earlier that day, his older sister Sodam had contacted emergency responders, reported she believed he intended to commit suicide. He was brought to Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest. Despite emergency CPR treatment being performed, Jonghyun was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 6:23 PM.[20] At the request of Jonghyun's family, a post-mortem was not carried out and his death was declared a possible suicide.[21]


Studio albums

Special albums

Mini albums

Digital singles

  • "Monthly Live Connection Track 1" (2015)
  • "Monthly Live Connection Track 2" (2015)
  • "Monthly Live Connection Track 3" (2015)
  • "Inspiration" (2016)

Collaboration singles


  • "City Hunter OST Part.2" ("So Goodbye") (2011)
  • "The King's Dream OST Part.3" ("1 Out of 100") (2013)
  • "Mimi OST" ("Breath" with Taeyeon of Girls' Generation) (2014)
  • "Birth of a Beauty OST Part.1" ("She") (2014)
  • "Who Are You: School 2015 OST Part.6" ("Named" with Taemin) (2015)
  • "Oh My Venus OST Part.1" ("Only The Words I Love You") (2015)

Other releases

  • "Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man Part.5" ("Only the Words I Love You") (2015)

Producing and writing credits

Artist Song Album Type
SHINee "Juliette" Romeo Writing
SHINee "Up & Down" Lucifer Writing
"Shout Out"
SHINee "Alarm Clock" Sherlock Writing
SHINee "Spoiler" Dream Girl - The Misconceptions of You Writing
"Orgel" Why So Serious? - The Misconceptions of Me
"Dangerous (Medusa II)"
"Selene 6.23" The Misconceptions of Us
"Better Off"
"Symptoms" Everybody
IU "A Gloomy Clock" Modern Times Writing
Son Dam Bi "Red Candle" "Red Candle"
Taemin "Pretty Boy" Ace Writing
Himself "Déjà-Boo" Base Writing
"Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" Writing
"Love Belt" Writing
"Mono-Drama" Writing
"Beautiful Tonight" Writing
"Fortune Cookie"
EXO "Playboy" Exodus
Lim Kim "No More" Simple Mind
SHINee "Odd Eye" Odd
"View" Writing
"Chocolate" Married to the Music
Himself "End of a Day" Story Op.1 Writing
"U & I"
"Like You"
"Diphylleia Grayi"
"Happy Birthday"
"I'm Sorry"
"Maybe Tomorrow"
"It Must Be Autumn" "Monthly Live Connection Track 2"
"Aewol" "Monthly Live Connection Track 3"
Taemin "Already" Press It Writing
Lee Hi "Breathe" Seoulite
Himself "She Is" She is
"White T-Shirt" Writing
"Orbit" Writing
"Dress Up"
"Suit Up"
SHINee "Prism" 1 of 1 Composing
"Don't Stop Writing
Himself "Inspiration" "Inspiration" Writing
"Lonely" Story Op.2
"Just Chill"
"Love is So Nice"
"Blinking Game"
"Let Me Out"
"Our Season"
"Where Are You"
Himself "Shinin'" Poet / Artist Writing
"Only One You Need" Writing
"#Hashtag" Writing
"I'm So Curious"
"Before Our Spring"
Lee Hi "Breathe" (Japanese ver.) Lee Hi Japan Debut Album Composing


Reality shows


  • INSPIRED (2017)

Awards and nominations

Year Recipient Award Won
Gaon Char Music Awards
2019 Jonghyun - Poet | Artist Album of the Year - 1st Quarter Nominated
Golden Disc Awards
2016 Disk Bonsang Jonghyun - Base Won[22]
Digital Bonsang Jonghyun - "Déjà-Boo" Nominated[23]
2017 Disk Bonsang Jonghyun - She is Nominated[24]
2019 Disc Bonsang Jonghyun - Poet | Artist Won[25]
Disc Daesang Nominated[26]
Jonghyun Popularity Award Nominated[27]
MBC Entertainment Awards
2015 Jonghyun Excellence Award - Radio Won[28]
Melon Music Awards
2015 Jonghyun - "Déjà-Boo" Best Dance - Male Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2015 Jonghyun Artist of the Year Nominated[29]
Best Male Artist Nominated[29]
Soompi Awards
2019 Jonghyun Hallyu Special Award Won[30]


  • His song "Moon" from his first studio album She is was sent to the moon in 2020 through the Project Mora, a "moon museum" by storing the information inside a capsule.[31]
  • In 2020, Instagram made updates to its application and brought the function of memorializing accounts of those who passed away, so the account become a place full of good memories from the time when they were alive, and so that the account do not get deleted due to inactivity. Jonghyun's account was one of those memorialized.[32]


Main article: Jonghyun/Gallery


  1. Jazz People: 음악 욕심이 많은 뇌섹남 샤이니 종현
  2. Allkpop: Jonghyun clears up misunderstandings related to dropping out of high school
  3. Soompi: SM Entertainment Unveils Brand New Mysterious Teaser
  4. Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun Drops Video and Photo Teasers for Solo Debut "Base"
  5. Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun Collaborates with Younha for New Solo Album "Base'
  6. Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun to Make Solo Debut with "Base" at Showcase, Collaborates with Wheesung for Album
  7. 7.0 7.1 Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun Reveals Intense Teaser Video for Title Track "Crazy" Featuring Rapper Iron
  8. Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun to Pre-Release "Déjà-Boo" Featuring Zion.T on January 7
  9. Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun Releases "BASE" Tracklist ahead of Solo Debut
  10. Soompi: SHINee Jonghyun's Pre-Release Track "Déjà-Boo" Tops Music Charts Upon Release
  11. Soompi: SHINee's Jonghyun Drops Highlight Medley Video ahead of "BASE" Debut
  12. SHINee's Jonghyun Releases Music Video for "Crazy" Feat. Iron
  13. Jonghyun Releases Performance Music Video for "Deja-Boo" Feat. Zion T
  14. Allkpop: Jonghyun's Solo Debut Mini 'BASE' Sweeps Charts + Choose Your Favorite Track!
  15. Allkpop: SHINee's Jonghyun Dances to 'Hallelujah' in Practice Video + 2nd Event Announcement
  16. Soompi: SHINee’s Jonghyun Got Into a Car Accident, Receiving Treatment at Hospital
  17. Billboard: SHINee Ask 'Why So Serious?' Without Member Jonghyun
  18. Soompi: SHINee’s Jonghyun And Shin Se Kyung Are Dating
  19. Soompi: SHINee Jong Hyun and Shin Se Kyung Part Ways
  20. Aju News: 샤이니 종현,레지던스서 숨진채 발견.."방 안에는 연기가 가득 " (종합)
  21. News 1: 경찰, 故샤이니 종현 부검 안해..."스스로 목숨 끊은 듯"
  22. Soompi: Winners of the 30th Golden Disc Awards, Day Two
  23. Soompi: EXO, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SEVENTEEN and More Nominated for the 30th Golden Disk Awards
  24. SBS Popasia: The 31st Golden Disk Awards nominations are revealed
  25. Soompi: Winners Of The 33rd Golden Disc Awards Day 2
  26. Soompi: 33rd Golden Disc Awards Announces Nominees
  27. Soompi: 33rd Golden Disc Awards Opens Voting For Popularity Award
  28. Koreaboo: Winners and performances from the “2015 MBC Entertainment Awards”
  29. 29.0 29.1 Soompi: 2015 MAMA Nominees Announced
  30. Billboard: BTS, GOT7 & Other K-Pop Acts Win Big at Soompi Awards
  31. Allkpop: Project Mora Announces that Jonghyun's Song 'Moon' Will Be Sent to the Moon
  32. @jonghyun.948 on Instagram

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