Taemin, born Lee Tae-min on July 18, 1993, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Taemin’s music career began in 2008 after he debuted as a SHINEE group member. Today, he’s one of South Korea’s finest musical exports. His talents, boyish good looks, and personality are a few of the reasons we’re celebrating his birthday today!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Lee Tae-min


Taemin, Tae

Birth date:

July 18, 1993



Zodiac Sign:



5' 8"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$12 million

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Taemin is a South-Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer that has captured everyone’s hearts with his charm, talents, and personality. Taemin was born Lee Tae-min on July 18, 1993. His birthplace is Dobong, Seoul, where he grew up. He is of Korean descent and his star sign is Cancer. Taemin loathed going to school, and when he was a junior, at 13, he convinced his mother to let him audition for SM Entertainment. Taemin passed the auditions and began training with SM Entertainment. However, he still had to complete Chungdam High School. Taemin transferred to Hanlim Multi Art School and graduated in 2021 before enrolling at Myongji University to major in music and film.

Taemin was chosen as a SHINEE member at 14. He trained with the group for a few years with Kai, who eventually joined EXO, and several others. The group’s official debut was in May 2008 on the music program “Inkigayo.” Taemin’s acting debut followed suit, and in 2009, he premiered his acting skills as Junsu on “Tae Hee, Hee Kyo, Ji Hyun.” In September 2012, he released his first single, ‘U,’ for the movie “To The Beautiful You.” In August 2014, Taemin made his debut as a solo artist with his first E.P., “Ace,” which peaked at number one on the Gaon Album Chart in South Korea. By February 2016, his first studio album, “Press It,” was released. In the same year, Taemin made his Japanese debut with the E.P. “Sayonara Hitori” and went on the dance program “Hit the Stage.” He went on his first solo concert in July 2017 in Tokyo before starring in the Japanese drama “Final Life: Even If You Disappear Tomorrow.” Taemin sang the soundtrack for the film.

In 2018, the South-Korean singer went on his first Japanese concert tour and sold out in 16 cities. In the same year, he released his first Japanese album and overall third studio album, “Taemin.” He released several more records before enlisting in the military in May 2021. However, by January 2022, Taemin transitioned to a military service public service worker due to his heightened cases of depression and panic. As a famous singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer, Taemin shares his success with his family and friends.

Career timeline

His Debut

Taemin debuts as an official SHINEE member on the show “Inkigayo.”

His Acting Debut

Taemin makes his acting debut in “Tae Hee, Hee Kyo, Ji Hyun.”

His Solo Career

Taemin debuts as a solo artist with his E.P., “Ace.”

His Debut Solo Album

Taemin releases his debut studio album, “Press It.”

His Second Solo Album is Released

Taemin releases “Move.”

He Joins SuperM

Taemin joins this SM Entertainment supergroup.

Why We Love Taemin

  1. He’s worked hard from a young age

    Taemin has worked hard since he was a teenager. His dedication and commitment have certainly paid off.

  2. He’s donated to charity campaigns

    Taemin contributes to multiple campaigns. He was part of the UNICEF X Louis Vuitton Make a Promise campaign, where 40% of proceeds were donated to children in need.

  3. He has many talents

    Taemin is a triple threat. He is multi-talented and excels in every skill he applies himself to.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He is catholic

    Taemin was raised in a Catholic household and still practices his faith.

  2. Bruno Mars co-produced his album

    Taemin’s debut solo album was co-produced by Mars.

  3. He’s always losing things

    Taemin has a high tendency to lose his things.

  4. He is multilingual

    Taemin can speak Japanese, Korean, and a little English.

  5. He loves horror movies

    Taemin loves watching horror movies but is afraid of bugs.

Taemin FAQs

How long was Taemin in the military?

Taemin’s mandatory military service lasted 18 months.

Does Taemin have a tattoo?

Yes, he has one on his waist.

How many years did Taemin train at SM Entertainment?

He trained for three years.

Taemin’s birthday dates

2024July 18Thursday
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2027July 18Sunday
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