SHINee’s Taemin to part ways with SM Entertainment after 16 years


K-pop boy band SHINee’s Taemin is reportedly set to conclude his exclusive contract with SM Entertainment after more than a decade.

The news, reported by k-entertainment news outlet AllKpop, announced on Tuesday, March 5 that Taemin will end his contract with SM Entertainment by the end of March.

“As Taemin’s exclusive contract comes to an end, he is poised to embark on a new chapter in his career as a singer under a different agency. However, it is expected that SHINee will continue to collaborate with SM Entertainment for their group activities,” AllKpop stated in the report.

The boy group recently expanded its “SHINee World VI: Perfect Illumination” tour with two new dates in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The tour, which began in June 2023 in Seoul, coinciding with the release of their eighth studio album “Hard”, has seen successful performances in Japan. The newly added shows in Singapore and Hong Kong are set to take place in March 2024, marking SHINee’s return to the island city after a decade.

Meanwhile, BLACKPINK’s Lisa was recently spotted attending SHINee’s Singapore tour as seen in one of the group’s concert photos.

In 2014, Taemin embarked on a solo career, releasing solo hits including “Move,” “Want,” and “Guilty.”

Taemin is known for his charismatic stage presence and exceptional talent, contributing to SHINee’s chart-topping hits such as “Replay,” “Ring Ding Dong,” and “Lucifer”.

Patricia Dela Roca
Patricia Dela Roca
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