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Key (Korean: 키; Japanese: キー) is a South Korean singer, actor, fashion designer and MC under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group SHINee.

He made his solo debut on November 6, 2018 with the digital single "Forever Yours".


2008: Debut with SHINee[]

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

2014: Debut with Toheart[]

On March 3, 2014, Key debuted as one-half of the duo Toheart, alongside INFINITE's Woohyun, with the release of their first mini album.

2018: Solo debut with "Forever Yours", Face, Hologram[]

Key made his solo debut on November 6, 2018 with his first digital single "Forever Yours", which was later featured on his first studio album Face.[1]

On October 30, it was announced that Key would be releasing his first digital single, "Forever Yours", on November 6.[2]

On December 5, it was announced that Key would be making his Japan solo debut with his first mini album Hologram on December 21.[3]

2019: I Wanna Be, "Cold"[]

On February 8, 2019, teaser video were posted which revealed that Key would be releasing his second digital single, "Cold", on February 14.[4]

On February 25, it was announced that Key would be releasing his first repackage album, I Wanna Be, on March 4. It's the sixth release of STATION season 3.[5]

2021: "Hate That...", Bad Love[]

On August 24, 2021, teaser photos revealed that he would be releasing his third digital single, "Hate That...", on August 30. It's stated as the pre-release single for his upcoming album. On August 25, Taeyeon was said to be a feature artist on the single.[6]

On September 6, it was announced through a teaser photo that Key would be releasing his first mini album, Bad Love, on September 27.[7]

2022: Gasoline[]

On August 9, 2022, it was revealed that he would be releasing his second full length album, Gasoline, on August 30.[8]

2023: Killer, Boys Planet, Good & Great[]

On January 25, 2023, a logo clip was posted which announced that he would be releasing his second repackaged album, Gasoline, on February 13.[9]

On March 23, Mnet revealed that Key was selected as the fifth star master for their competition show, Boys Planet. [10]

On July 18, it was announced that Key will be joining the cast for TVING's variety show, Crime Scene Returns. It is set to be released in the first half of 2024.[11]

On August 17, Sports Chosun reported that Key will be having a comeback in September.[12]

On August 21, it was announced that Key will be releasing his second mini album, Good & Great, on September 11.[13]

2024: "Tongue Tied", upcoming releases[]

On May 8, 2024, SM Entertainment announced that Key will be releasing a mini album and a Japanese single in the third quarter of the year.[14]

On May 28, it was announced through SHINee's Japanese website that Key will be releasing his first Japanese single "Tongue Tied" on August 7.[15] Through the first series of teasers, the single was revealed to be released digitally on June 26.[16]

Personal life[]

Military service[]

On March 4, 2019, he enlisted in the military as a member of the military band.[17][18] He was officially discharged on October 7, 2020.[19]



Studio albums[]

Mini albums[]

Digital singles[]



  • "History of a Salaryman OST Part.2" ("Bravo" with Leeteuk (SUPER JUNIOR)) (2012)
  • "Magic Adventures - The Crystal of Dark OST" ("Key of Secret") (2016)
  • "Cool – 38 Task Force OST Part.2" (with Doyoung) (2016)


Mini albums[]


Producing and writing credits[]

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[20]
Artist Song Album Type
SHINee (Key & Minho feat. Luna of f(x)) "Get Down" 2009, Year of Us Writing
SHINee "Get It" Hello Writing
SHINee "Don't Stop" 1 of 1 Writing
"Don't Let Me Go"
SHINee "Good Evening" 'The Story of Light' EP.1 Writing
"You & I"
"Our Page" 'The Story of Light' EP.3
"Sunny Side" "Sunny Side"
"Good Evening (Japanese ver.)"
Key (feat. VINXEN) "I Will Fight" Face
Key "Easy To Love"
"The Duty of Love"
"This Life"
Key (feat. Hanhae) "Cold" Writing
Key "Saturday Night" Bad Love Writing
"Eighteen (End Of My World)"
Key "Gasoline" Gasoline Writing
"G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time)"
"I Can't Sleep"
Key "Mirror, Mirror" Good & Great Writing


Concert participation[]



  • Attack on the Pin-Up Boys (2007) - cameo
  • I Am (2012)
  • SMTown: The Stage (2015)
  • Seoul Fashion (2016)
  • Hit-and-Run Squad (2019)

Television dramas[]

  • Moon Night '90 (Mnet, 2011) - cameo
  • Salamander Guru and The Shadows (SBS, 2012) - cameo
  • Drinking Solo (tvN, 2016)
  • The Guardians (MBC, 2017)

Reality shows[]

  • Key's Knowhow (Mnet's Official YouTube Channel, 2015)
  • Key-log (Naver TV, 2018)
  • I Live Alone (MBC, 2021)
  • Boys Planet (Mnet, 2023) - Star Master

Variety shows[]

  • Crime Scene Returns (TVING, 2023)[11]

Music shows[]


On February 11, 2022, Espoir announced that they have selected Key as their new ambassador.[22]

  • Espoir (2022)


  • He has two small dogs, one brown and one grey, named Comme Des and Garçons, after the Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garçons. The dogs have their own Instagram account.[23]
  • He's a huge fan of singer BoA ​​(who is also his senior and labelmate).[24]
  • He is fluent in English: he studied abroad for a while in Australia (2003) and in the USA (2004) and because of this he is considered one of the best English speakers in SM Entertainment.[25]


Main article: Key/Gallery


  1. Update: SHINee’s Key Reveals Stunning New Teaser For 1st Solo Album
  2. @SHINee on Twitter (October 30, 2018)
  3. @shinetter on Twitter (December 5, 2018)
  4. Soompi: Update: SHINee’s Key Finds Love In New Video Teaser Of SM STATION Track “Cold”
  5. Soompi: Update: SHINee’s Key Embraces Retro Vibe In New Teasers For “I Wanna Be”
  6. Soompi: Watch: SHINee’s Key Expresses An Emotional Breakup In MV For “Hate That…” Featuring Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
  7. Soompi: Watch: SHINee’s Key Is Caught In A “BAD LOVE” In Avant-Garde Solo Comeback MV
  8. Soompi: Watch: SHINee’s Key Explodes With Charisma In Bewitching Comeback MV For “Gasoline”
  9. Soompi: Watch: SHINee’s Key Puts On A Thrilling Performance In “Killer” Comeback MV
  10. Soompi: SHINee’s Key To Be 5th Star Master On “Boys Planet”
  11. 11.0 11.1 (KR) Naver: 안유진·주현영·키, '크라임씬 리턴즈' 출연 확정
  12. (KR) Daum: 샤이니 키, 9월 가요계 출격…솔로도 '만능열쇠'
  13. @SHINee on Twitter (August 21, 2023)
  14. Soompi: SM Entertainment Announces Comeback Plans For 2nd And 3rd Quarter Of 2024
  15. KEY 約6年ぶりとなる日本オリジナル作品であり初のシングル『Tongue Tied』が8月7日(水)に発売決定!※5月30日商品詳細一部修正
  16. @shinetter on Twitter (June 13, 2024)
  17. Soompi: SHINee’s Key Officially Sets Military Enlistment Date
  18. Soompi: SHINee’s Key Greets Fans With A Smile As He Enlists In The Military
  19. Soompi: SHINee's Key, VIXX's N, and 2AM's Jeong Jinwoon Discharged From Military Service Today
  20. KOMCA: Searching Works (search W1052000 under Writers & Publishers)
  21. [...]"Begin Again: KPOP Edition"ㅡa live concert w/ NCT DREAM, KEY, WEi, & ALICE. CDM Ent. Twitter (2022-05-13). Retrieved on 2022-05-13.
  22. @espoir_story on Twitter (February 11, 2022)
  23. Soompi: SHINee’s Key Opens Instagram Account For His Beloved Dogs
  24. Soompi: SHINee’s Key Proves Himself to Be a BoA Fanboy
  25. Koreaboo: SHINee’s Key Impresses Fans Once Again With His Fluent English

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