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Taemin's last concert before military service draws 90,000 viewers

SHINee's Taemin performs during his first solo online concert, Sunday. Courtesy of SM Entertainment
SHINee's Taemin performs during his first solo online concert, Sunday. Courtesy of SM Entertainment

By Dong Sun-hwa

Taemin of K-pop boy band SHINee has proven his popularity as a soloist, garnering nearly 90,000 viewers for his last online concert before the beginning of his mandatory military service.

According to Taemin's management company SM Entertainment Monday, "Beyond Live ― Taemin : N.G.D.A" drew viewers from 119 countries such as the United States and Saudi Arabia, Sunday. "N.G.D.A" is the initials of "Never Gonna Dance Again" ― the title of his third full-length album released last year.

At the concert, the 27-year-old rocked the stage with 21 songs with different vibes, including "Danger" (2014), "Goodbye" (2016), "Move" (2017) and "Advice," the lead track off his upcoming solo album set to hit shelves May 18.

With the aid of new technologies, Taemin elevated his performance to the next level, handing out a memorable gift to his fans before he joins a military band later this month.

Taemin performs an online concert. Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Taemin performs an online concert. Courtesy of SM Entertainment

"I was looking forward to holding this concert," the singer said during the event. "I am truly thankful to you … I will be back on stage after becoming a better person."

Taemin's gig came only a month after SHINee played its first-ever online concert in April, which drew 130,000 viewers in 120 countries. For the show, the group performed 18 cross-genre songs including its smash-hit "Sherlock" (2012).

Taemin, debuted as part of SHINee in 2008 and went solo in 2014. He is also a member of SuperM, which consists of seven members from SM's existing boy bands EXO, NCT and SHINee. SuperM also held an online concert in April 2020, attracting 75,000 viewers worldwide.

Taemin is set to enlist May 31, but the time and location of his enlistment will not be disclosed to the public.


Dong Sun-hwa sunhwadong@koreatimes.co.kr


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