Are you new to SHINee? New to Kpop? We’re here to help~! ^^ If you’re just starting out, introduce yourself to SHINee with our Beginner Guide~!
An Advanced Shawol Guide: K-Pop Basics
SHINee’s Official Fanclub. All Korean artists manage fanclubs differently. SHINee’s Korean fanclub registration has only been opened once in 2009 leading up to their 1 year anniversary and it has not been opened again since then. So as of right now you cannot become a member of their official Korean fanclub. They also have a Daum Fancafe that as of writing (2017) does not seem to be updated much. It’s run by fans, not officially by SM. The reason for this is that all of the schedule information and board updates can be found on SHINee’s SMTown Homepage. Whereas other k-pop artists still use their Daum fancafes. You can however become a member of their Official Japanese Fanclub, SHINee World-J. To become a member, SHINee World-J requires a Japanese address, contact info, etc. Benefits include fanclub only merch, SEEK Magazine, & pre-ticketing for shows in Japan. (Update: Referencing the previous link for joining SWJ, as of 2017 you don’t need a Ticketbo account to sign up for SWJ but you do need it if you want to purchase SWJ only merch/albums. Reference these guides as well: Ticketing & SWJ Sign Up)
Taken from “SHINee World” as pronounced in Korean “Sha-ee-nee Wol-deu”. A Shawol is a SHINee fan.
Throw out everything you associate with the phrase “comeback”. In Korea, it means an artist is “coming back/out” with new music – regardless of how long it has been since their last album.
Your favorite member in a group.
Taken from OTP (One True Pair = the perfect couple). Used to refer to SHINee as all 5 members – usually for comparison purposes when talking about solo or unit (more than 1 member, less than all 5) activities.
What Korean labels do to steal your money – I mean… – When an album is repackaged a few months after release to include more songs than the original release. This also includes a new title song and an additional promotional period. (See the “repackage” drop down menu on Wikipedia album pages for song details)
Generally, SHINee releases singles throughout the year (digitally & physical CD) and then those singles are combined into a full album release later in the year with additional songs. Ex: Boys Meet U [single] + 321 [single] + Lucky Star [single] = I’m Your Boy [album]. These albums sometimes come with photocards, sometimes don’t depending on the version & press release. Most Japanese albums release in multiple versions (A & B, regular, deluxe, etc.). Regular versions are CD only, Deluxe usually includes a behind the scenes DVD & MVs. These albums are not available digitally in the US (except their first single “Kimi wa boku no Everything [Replay]“). If you would like a digital copy, you can purchase a Melon pass (JP albums aren’t released immediately on Melon) or create a Japanese iTunes account & buy a gift card.
Most SHINee albums (excluding the oldest albums) come with a random photocard of the members. These are considered collectibles (depending on album age/availability) and often traded among fans like baseball cards. Note: Not all Japanese versions come with a photocard. Please read the album’s release notes from SHINee’s JP label/ your seller.
After a Korean album is released, artists go on music shows, do interviews (magazine/radio), & have variety show appearances (talk shows, game shows, etc.) to promote the album.
Artists perform on daily music shows during promotions (2-4 weeks) that are usually pre-recorded early in the day and aired in the late afternoon. Fans attend these by waiting in line very early in the day at the recording studio (line organized by fan staff). Most music shows have an award system. Points are calculated by different criteria depending on the show (online votes, live votes, album sales, etc). The artist that wins first place each week gets a trophy.
There are multiple music charts that contribute to wins on Korean music shows – both physical and digital. The main charts you need to know are Gaon/Hanteo & Instiz iChart. You can read our full guide here~! The guide includes also Japanese & US music chart info!
Chants that fans shout in unison during title songs. Fanchants are posted on SHINee’s official Korean homepage notice board before the first music show recording of a new song. Chants typically include things like: members’ full names (Ex: Lee Jinki, not Onew), I love you (saranghae), the group name SHINee, and chorus call & responses (“Are you Married to the Music?” “We’re Married to the Music!”).
Tend to include much of the same in regards to tv appearances, radio shows, etc. Music shows however do not give out awards.
SHINee World Concerts
In the past, SHINee concerts were held after promotions concluded. However, with the past few tours, SHINee has kicked off their new Korean album promotions with the tour first in Seoul allowing fans to experience the music before the general public. The tour then goes around to other countries after the Korean promotions end and generally last a year.
Lightsticks & Fandom Symbols
A major part of the k-pop concert experience is having your own official lightstick. All SHINee lightsticks are a specific aqua color, the fan color. This color is used everywhere on fan merch along with a “diamond” symbol which is associated with SHINee. Fact: SHINee’s Japanese lightsticks are cooler than the Korean ones.
All of this gets more complicated than these simplified explanations, but hopefully this provides a good overview. ^^; If you have more questions, please feel free to ask and we’ll cover it in a later Part II of the series~!