TAEMIN: 3rd Full Album “Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1” 9/7 Release~!

TAEMIN: 3rd Full Album “Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1” 9/7 Release~!




Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1
Release Date: September 7, 2020


  1. Criminal [Title Track]
  2. 일식 (Black Rose) ft. Kid Milli
  3. Strangers
  4. 해몽 (Waiting For)
  5. Famous (Korean Ver.)
  6. Clockwork
  7. Just Me and You
  8. 네모 (Nemo)
  9. 2 KIDS [Pre-release Single]







▼ Now on iTunes~! ▼


★Help Taemin chart on Billboard by buying the album digitally on iTunes
& physically at SM Global Shop!★


Main Charts Taemin is eligible for: Billboard World Album Chart, Billboard 200, Heatseekers, etc.

To help Taemin chart on Billboard, the most important thing you can do is immediately buy the album on iTunes (and Google Play) on the first day of release – September 7th.

Once you have done that, be sure to share Taemin’s “Criminal” YouTube MV on social media, encouraging people to also buy the song/album, and stream the album on Apple Music, Spotify, & other official streaming services. We have only 4 days to get on Billboard charts for the first week before data collecting closes Thursday at midnight EST. Taemin’s highest iTunes chart position to date is “WANT” which charted at #7 on the main album chart. His highest Billboard position is for “WANT” with #5 on Heatseekers (just under Billboard 200). Our goal this time is to break him into Billboard 200~! Shawols FIGHTING!
If you would like to give albums to fans, the only way to do so and count on Billboard is through giftcards. If you would like to host a giftcard giveaway, tag @SHINeeUSAforums on Twitter~!

Billboard Social 50: Taemin does not have the social media accounts required to chart here. Instead, please tag/like/share @SHINee on Twitter, like/share SHINee official posts on Facebook, and go to SHINee’s Wikipedia page and stay on the page for at least 1 minute.




▼ Billboard Charting Retailers ▼



▼ Korean Charting Retailers ▼


★Purchases from SM Global Shop ship on Oct. 5th. These sales will count on Billboard – confirmed via SM Global Shop staff specifically for Taemin’s album!
★★The cheapest, most convenient place to pre-order from is Ktown4u thanks to fan sponsored 40% discounts.
★★★Purchases from the above “Korean Charting Retailers” will help Taemin chart on music shows & year end awards in Korea (determined by Hanteo & Gaon Charts).



▼ Album Versions



  • “Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1” – Suspect Ver.
    Photobook + CD + 1 Photocard (out of 2 – Suspect Ver.) + 1 Folded Poster (out of 3 – Suspect Ver.) + 1 “Evidence” (out of 3 – Suspect Ver.) + 1 Wall Poster Pre-Order Bonus (Suspect Ver.)
    ~$17.00 (20,000 KRW)
  • “Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1” – Innocent Ver.
    Photobook + CD + 1 Photocard (out of 2 – Innocent Ver.) + 1 Folded Poster (out of 3 – Innocent Ver.) + 1 “Evidence” (out of 3 – Innocent Ver.) + 1 Wall Poster Pre-Order Bonus (Innocent Ver.)
    ~$17.00 (20,000 KRW)




Originally set to release in March with an accompanying Korean concert, Taemin’s 3rd full length Korean album titled “Never Gonna Dance Again” is finally being released! On August 4th, 2020 at 6pm KST, the “Prologue” first single “2 KIDS” was released digitally worldwide. Taemin said many things about the concert which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his interview for Vogue (April 2020) Taemin said that he filmed a lyrical hip hop concert video presented as if he’s dancing alone in front of a full moon. “Although Teacher Lee Sooman also gives me advice, I feel like I’m the producer of my solo album.” (cr. ixakaixa).

Taemin said during “2 Kids on the Block” Vlive to think of “2 KIDS” as the trailer that comes out before the movie. The teasers designed as movie posters were an idea came that from Taemin himself. The prologue (“2 Kids”) he had considered releasing last but the story is meant to be told in this order. Act 1 has a dramatic performance – something you haven’t seen before. Even though he’s an idol, this isn’t something you’d see in an idol world. Act 2 will end everything strongly, best of the best, game over. With this album, Taemin said that he was very hands on – choosing the MV director personally, meeting with the MV director, stylists, etc. He said in an interview with W Korea that he wanted this album to be a turning point in his career and use it as a way to give himself a rebirth – showing not just the facade of “Taemin” but also the sincere human side as well. With this release, he said he wants to create a deep, saturated color. The title track “Criminal” was originally written by Lauren Aquilina, a 25-year-old British singer-songwriter. “Criminal” is described as a synth wave genre song with an overwhelming suspense rhythm & newtro (new-retro) sound. The lyrics conceptualize using the fatal charm of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ along with Taemin’s sensual vocals and gives the feeling as if you are watching a movie.

The MV was produced by VM Project Architecture (“Press Your Number”, “Drip Drop”), directed by Jo Beomjin (“Press Your Number”, “Drip Drop”), art directed by Ok Shin (“2 KIDS”), and the content/visual director was Lee Sangmin. The choreography for “Criminal” was done by Kasper (“Crazy 4 U”, “One by One” Off-Sick ver) & Koharu Sugawara (“Sayonara Hitori”, “Flame of Love”, “MOVE”, “WANT”) according to Teen Vogue.
“Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1” debuted on US iTunes as the #1 album on the All Genre chart, SHINee’s first #1 on US iTunes and highest to date. “Criminal” also peaked at #56 on the All Genre song chart. The album also ranked #1 in 31 other countries on iTunes including Japan, Canada, & Mexico. Domestically, “Criminal” topped 3 Korean charts (Bugs, Genie, & VIBE).


“Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1” 3rd Full Album Release Date …. 9/7 Digital & Physical~!




MV + Promotion Playlist


★ Criminal Fanchant: Korean | Romanized




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