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Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

If you keep with research on K-pop, you may be aware of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom project.  The surveys that make up the qualitative studies seek to understand how the fandoms differ from one another and their relationship to the groups they support. K-pop fans know that the fandoms are unique. Because they have detailed knowledge of the groups they support, they provide a unique perspective on the appeal of their respective groups. Too often, commentators make assumptions about K-pop fans, while the iFans studies goes to the source: the fans.

As the chart above shows, fans of 2NE1 and BigBang have participated the most in the surveys, while fans of Shinhwa and Aziatix have participated the least.   Other groups with high participation rates include SHINee and TVXQ, while other groups with low participation rates include Epik High and f(x).

These participation rates are interesting, because groups like Super Junior and Girls’ Generation have very active global fandoms, yet those numbers are not reflected in participation rates.  Rates may not reflect all fans, just fans who are likely to take (and complete) a survey.  Participation rates may be affected by the activity of the groups.

The iFans Case Studies survey is still active, and now, individuals can take the survey for multiple or  individual groups.

Now that a good deal of data has been collected, look for new research reports on what K-pop fans say about their favorite groups!


IFANS: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a scholarly research project that examines global fan attitudes and activities through surveys, collection of information on online communities and analysis of websites.  Crystal S. Anderson, PhD (Elon University) is the Principal Investigator of the studies and Curator of the iFans project site.

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As you know, KPK is dedicated to collecting information about Hallyu-era K-pop. To that end, we are in the process of creating enhanced profiles of Kpop artists and groups, with even more information!

KPOPIANA is a collaborative digital humanities project that aims to collect and organize information about Korean popular music of the Hallyu era (1992-present).  It is built on the Omeka platform, which” is web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions.”  This allows us to present information in a more interactive kind of way.

Members of KPK are in the process of migrating profiles from WordPress to Omeka, as well as creating new profiles in Omeka.  Check out some of your favorite profiles:

2NE1: Music for Anyone

2PM: They’re Your Men

B2UTY and the BEAST

Boyfriend: Can They Be Yours?


Epik High: Epic Music

f(x): The Perfect Formula

SHINee: It’s Another World

SS501: Five Men United As One

AND, one new profile:


Don’t worry! You will always be able to find links for old and new profiles here on the KPK blog, or you can navigate straight to KPOPIANA as we migrate more profiles, so you never have to worry about where to find your K-pop info!  We’ll be rolling out new enhanced profiles over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

Kpop is subject to a lot of criticism.  A LOT. The most repeated charge against Kpop is that it is manufactured.  But is that really true?  Usually when critics level this charge, they make sweeping generalizations about the whole landscape of pop.  In doing so, they perpetuate stereotypes about the lack of originality in Asian popular culture.

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All right, time to talk about Rain and Sun Jung‘s treatment of the Almighty Godfather of Modern Kpop. I will try my best to point out both the good and the bad in this chapter, but unfortunately there is a lot more of the bad than the good. Let’s begin.

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Originally published on High Yellow February 9, 2011, Written by Nabi

SUCH a good episode! I noticed that they played SHINee’s musical contribution to the soundtrack a lot during this one (which I thoroughly approve of!), so much so that I may have to go and get it. “Whether I’m making you smile…”

Alright, let’s get to business. There’s a LOT in this episode that I liked, and believe it or not I think that this was a very “good” episode for Jun Pyo! Here’s why: the first thing that needs to be addressed is the issue of whether or not he told the “Locker Room Punks” to rape Jan Di, because that’s definitely what they were going for. To me, and my interpretation of his reprimand to them, he did NOT tell them to rape her specifically, but he absolutely wanted them to scare her very, very badly. Um, so since I’ve called them the Locker Room Punks….which locker room are they in, exactly? If it’s a women’s locker room, then what the heck is Ji Hoo doing in there? If it’s a men’s locker room, what’s Jan Di doing there? And I definitely don’t think that “co-ed” locker rooms exist in this high school (or any high school, for that matter).

Second thing to address is Jan Di’s Super Totally Awesome Roundhouse Kick TO THE FACE! Yes, I LOVED this part, both because it’s a definite wake-up call to Jun Pyo but it also means that Jan Di has some fire in her blood! I love that she PHYSICALLY fought back this time! Of course, this is in the beginning stages with the whole discourse of Jun Pyo thinking that, since women say the opposite of what they mean, she is totally in love with him. What that means, in Jun Pyo-speak, is that he’s finally realized that he likes her in some way, shape, or form, but since he can’t consciously realize this he’s letting his “affections” out in other ways. Like kidnapping her and dressing her up. Honestly, that’d really freak me out, too, as soon as I was awake from my chloroform-sleep I’d be running, fancy house be damned!

At first, I was unsure about the “bee attack” that followed Jan Di leaving his house, but I think I have it figured out: I think that little scene is showing what his actions and speech are like after he’s been embarrassed – he both hides his embarrassment behind arrogance and takes it out on the people around him who have “embarrassed” him. I think this is supposed to explain his more violent tendencies, and it’s echoed by Min (I can’t remember the rest of her name!!) at the end of this episode when she says it’s also because he’s lonely. Moving on, another moment of his that I loved was just before the bee attack, when he’s upset and throwing the clothes and shoes on the ground. As Almighty Key has shown us in SHINee’s Hello Baby, bribing people for love with gifts does. not. work. But Jun Pyo is SO UPSET that it didn’t work, that he decides to take his anger out on Jan Di’s shoes. It’s such a beautiful, awkward love moment – you show that shirt who’s boss! The last moment that really caught me for him was his attempt to comfort Jan Di after she gets smacked in the face with the volleyball. Really, I loved that entire scene, but specifically when he says “Don’t cry, it doesn’t suit you.” He LIKES her fiery attitude! He wants her to keep being feisty and spirited! Then she says “I would rather die in blood than be indebted to you” and the look on his face just about killed me. That’s really all I could hear in my thoughts during that moment: “Awwww, BUT LOOK AT THAT FACE! Jan Di, why are you so mean?!” I know why she’s so “mean” at this point, but, as you can tell, Jun Pyo is my man in this show.

Which brings us to Ji Hoo. Of course Ji Hoo would ride around on a cool motorbike and give Jan Di his HUMONGOUS sports shoes to wear, which she would then thoroughly scrub down. Of course. Um, remember back in episode 1 how I was saying that I couldn’t forget what Ji Hoo is like in the manga? I would like to quote, since it happens in this episode, emphasis added: “THEN HE RETREATED INTO AUTISM.” Yes, Ji Hoo is autistic. Or, since he’s so high functioning, has Asperger’s Sydrome. Which I think he still exhibits. Which is why he drives me CRAZY. But apparently he went even deeper into a more extreme autism when his parents died, and somehow Min was able to pull him out of it. Which I don’t think works, because autism definitely is NOT temporary, but then again who’s really taking the time to look into the medical details of Ji Hoo’s past? “She’s his first love, girlfriend, and mother.” Weird.

The last thing I’ll put on here is my Random Question/Observation of the Day: Why……..why is there a mirror directly beneath the showerhead while Jun Pyo is taking a shower after Rugby Practice (a.k.a. Anger Releasing Time)? It’s so weird, I think that’s the third time I’ve seen some show have a mirror in the shower, underneath the showerhead. Is this common in East Asia? Note that I’m totally not mad that it showed him showering. I can appreciate that.

Okay CeeFu, how’s that for my first official post?

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L to R: Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho, Key. Credit: KOOL Magazine December 2010.
Name SHINee (pronounced “shiny”)
Meaning of Name “shine”, meaning ‘light’ + “ee”, a suffix meaning “receive”= to receive the light/spotlight
  • Onew (Lee Jinki, leader)
  • Jonghyun (Kim Jonghyun, “Bling Bling”)
  • Key (Kim Kibum, “Almighty Key”)
  • Minho (Choi Minho, “Flaming Charisma”)
  • Taemin (Lee Taemin, maknae)
Debut May 25, 2008
Status Active
Label SM Entertainment (2008-present)
Fan Name
  • Shawol
Origin of Fan Name
  • “Shawol” is the shortened form of the official name given to the fans by SHINee, based off the romanized hangeul for “SHINee World”: “sha-i-ni” + “wol-deu”
Fan Club Website(s)
  • unavailable
Related Websites

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Couple Names:

  • 2Min (Taemin + Minho)
  • JongHo (Jonghyun + Minho)
  • JongKey (Jonghyun + Key)
  • JongTae (Jonghyun + Taemin)
  • MinKey (Minho + Key)
  • OnHo (Onew + Minho)
  • OnHyun (Onew + Jonghyun)
  • OnKey (Onew + Key)
  • OnKen (Onew + Chicken)
  • OnTae (Onew + Taemin)
  • TaeKey (Taemin + Key)

Official Fan Color: Pearlized Sky Blue


Onew Sangtae – this term was created by the other members of SHINee to describe his most unique character trait: “It is when Onew does something or says something on PURPOSE with an intention to make people laugh. E.G. Body gags, weird eye movements, weird body movements, weird sounds, sudden out-of-context words. However, most of the time, it ends up making the situation awkward.” (from Click here to watch several clips of classic Onew Sangtae!

Hyungwhore – a term netizens came up with to describe Minho’s tendency to befriend hyungs (“older brother to a male” in Korean) in many of the other idol groups. The hyung Minho spends the most time with is Changmin from TVXQ! Click here to watch a video of SHINee backstage at one of TVXQ!’s concerts on their 3rd Asia Tour – Minho is very happy to be hanging out with his hyungs Yunho and Changmin!

Look at how happy Minho is while Changmin hugs him! Credit: MTVK.


  • Dubu (Onew)
  • Bling Bling, JJong (Jonghyun)
  • Almighty (Key)
  • Flaming Charisma (Minho)
  • Handy Boy, Taeminnie (Taemin)

Individual Fan Names:

  • Onew – M.V.P’s (from Onew’s line in “Noona Neomu Yeppo (Reply)”: “Noona, you’re my M.V.P.”)
  • Jonghyun – Blingers (from Jonghyun’s nickname)
  • Key – Lockets (a clever play on words, keys open lockets)
  • Minho – Flamers (from Minho’s nickname)
  • Taemin – Taemints (from around the same time of “Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay)” – he carried candies to give to SHINee’s noona fans, so Taemin + Mint candies = Taemints)

Individual Projects:


  • Musicals: Hey Bro!! The Brothers Were Brave (as Onjoobong, 2010); Rock of Ages (Drew, 2010)
  • Duets: “Vanilla Love” with Lee Hyun Ji from Banana Girl (2008); “Il Nyeon Hu (One Year Later) with Jessica from SNSD (2009)
  • MC: MBC Park Kyung Lim’s “Byulbam Radio” (2008-2009); KBS-2TV Variety Show “Ya Haeng Sung (Night Star)” (2010); MBC Music Core (2010-present)
  • Lyrics: “Your Name” (Lucifer, 2010)


  • Also a member of the group SM the Ballad
  • Did a duet with Chinese artist Zhan Li Yin on her album I Will, “Wrongly Given Love” (March 12, 2008)
  • Lyrics: “Juliette” (Romeo, 2009); “욕 (慾) Obsession”, “Up & Down” (Lucifer, 2010)
  • Singles: “So Goodbye” (City Hunter OST part 2, June 2, 2011)
  • TV: Immortal Song 2 (2011-present)


  • Appeared in Super Junior’s Attack of the Pin-Up Boys (2007)
  • Co-host of ComedyTV’s Raising Idols (2010)


  • Modeling: Ha Sang Baek’s “Seoul Collection” (2008 [before debuting in SHINee],2009); Pret-a-Porter Busan Fashion Show (May 2008); Lee Sang Bong’s Fashion Show at Dream Forest Festival (2009); has also modeled for Andre Kim
  • TV: KBS special drama Pianist (as Oh Ji Ro, 2010); KBS Dream Team 2 (2011-present)
  • MC: MBC Music Core (2010-present)


  • TV: MBC “TaeHee HyeGyo JiHyun!” (as Junsu, 2009); KBS Dream Team 2 (2011-present)



  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards : Rookie of the Month (May)
  • MNET 20′s Choice Awards : Hot New Star
  • Asia Song Festival : Best New Artist
  • Style Icon Awards : New Icon Award
  • 15th Korea Entertainment Arts Awards : Best Newcomer
  • 10th Mnet Asian Music Awards : Best Male Rookie
  • 23rd Golden Disk Awards : YEPP Newcomer Album


  • 18th Seoul Music Awards: Best Newcomer
  • 24th Golden Disk Awards: YEPP Popularity Award


  • 19th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • 2nd Singapore Entertainment Awards: New Generation Artist
  • 25th Golden Disk Awards: Popularity Award & Disk Bonsang (Lucifer)


  • 20th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award & Popularity Award
  • 6th Asian Model Festival Award: Popular Singer Award

Television Appearances

SHINee’s YunHaNam by M.Net: 12 Episodes

SHINee’s Hello Baby by KBS: 13 Episodes

SHINee Photoshoot in New Zealand [listed on YouTube as "pb dvd"]: 1 Episode

Night Market: 1 Episode

School of Rock  - Daejin Horror Special by M.Net: 1 Episode

Flower Boys Generation MBC: 1 Episode

SHINee Virus – Beethoven Virus Parody: 1 Episode

MNet SHINee mini-drama: 1 Episode

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Lucifer – Japanese Dance Ver. B

Lucifer – Japanese Dance Ver. A

Lucifer – Japanese Ver.

Juliette – Japanese Ver.

Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay) – Japanese Ver.



Ring Ding Dong

Juliette – Dance Ver.



Love Like Oxygen

Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay)

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Haru (X-Mas)(Released: November 5, 2010)

  1. Haru(X-Mas) – with Oh Joon Sung
Hello (Lucifer Repackage)(Released: September 30, 2010)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. Lucifer
  2. Hello
  3. One
  4. Get It
  5. Up & Down
  6. Electric Heart
  7. A-Yo
  8. 욕 (慾)(Obsession)
  9. 화살 (Quasimodo)
  10. 악(Shout Out)
  11. Wowowow
  12. Your Name
  13. Life
  14. Ready or Not
  15. Love Pain
  16. 사.계.후(Love Still Goes On)
Lucifer(Released: July 19, 2010)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. Up & Down
  2. Lucifer
  3. Electric Heart
  4. A-Yo
  5. 욕 (慾)(Obsession)
  6. 화살 (Quasimodo)
  7. 악(Shout Out)
  8. Wowowow
  9. Your Name
  10. Life
  11. Ready or Not
  12. Love Pain
  13. 사.계.후(Love Still Goes On)
Prosecutor Princess (OST)(Released: April 14, 2010)

  1. Fly High
2009 Year Of Us (Label: SM Entertainment)(Released: October 19, 2009)

  1. Y.O.U. (Year Of Us)
  2. Ring Ding Dong
  3. Jojo
  4. Get Down [Key and Minho Rap Battle]
  5. SHINee Girl
  6. 내가 사랑했던 이름 (The Name I Loved, feat. Kim Yeon Woo)
Dream (OST)(Released: August 13, 2009)

  1. Countdown
Nana’s BB Song (CF)(Released: July 16, 2009)

  1. Nana’s BB Song
Romeo(Released: May 25, 2009)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. Talk to You
  2. Juliette
  3. Hit Me Baby
  4. Señorita
  5. Please Don’t Go
  6. Romeo + Juliette
Anycall Bodyguard(Released: April 3, 2009)

  1. 보디가드 (Bodyguard)
Boys Over Flowers (OST)(Released: January 22, 2009)

  1. Stand By Me
Blue Pink Song(Released: January 6, 2009)

  1. Blue Pink Line Song
Amigo (The SHINee World Repackage)(Released: October 24, 2008)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. 아.미.고. (Amigo)
  2. Forever or Never
  3. 산소 같은 너 (Love Like Oxygen)
  4. 사.계.한(Love Should Go On, feat. DJ Oneshot)
  5. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)
  6. 너 아니면 안되는 걸
  7. 사랑의 길 (Love’s Way)
  8. 그녀가 헤어졌다 (One for Me)
  9. 화장을 하고 (Graze)
  10. 마지막 선물 (Last Gift – In My Room, Prelude)
  11. 내 곁에만 있어 (Best Place)
  12. 혜야 (Y Si Fuera Ella)
  13. 눈을 감아보면(Four Seasons)
  14. In My Room – Unplugged Remix
The SHINee World(Released: August 28, 2008)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. The SHINee World (doo-bop)
  2. 사랑의 길 (Love’s Way)
  3. 산소 같은 너 (Love Like Oxygen)
  4. 너 아니면 안되는 걸 (ROMANTIC)
  5. 그녀가 헤어졌다 (One for Me)
  6. 화장을 하고 (Graze)
  7. 마지막 선물 (Last Gift – In My Room, Prelude)
  8. 내 곁에만 있어 (Best Place)
  9. 혜야 (Y Si Fuera Ella)
  10. 눈을 감아보면(Four Seasons)
  11. In My Room – Unplugged Remix
  12. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)
Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)(Released: August 25, 2008)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. 산소 같은 너(Love Like Oxygen)
  2. 사랑의 길 (Love’s Way)

Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay)(Released: May 22, 2008)(Label: SM Entertainment)

  1. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)[Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay)]
  2. In My Room
  3. Real
  4. 사.계.한 (Love Should Go On)
  5. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay, Boom Track)

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   SHINee – The First (December 8, 2011) (EMMI Japan)

  1. Lucifer
  2. Amigo
  3. Juliette
  4. Better
  5. To Your Heart
  6. Always Love
  7. Replay
  8. Start
  9. Love Like Oxygen
  10. Hello
  11. The SHINee World
  12. Seesaw
  13. Stranger (Bonus Track)
  Juliette – Japanese Version(Released: August 6, 2011 [MV release date])

  1. Juliette – Japanese Version
  Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay) – Japanese Ver.(Released: May 26, 2011 [MV release date])

  1. Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay) – Japanese Ver.

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Showing someone affection in a touchy feely way. Examples: Hugging, hand holding, Bbobbo, etc…

SHINee's Jonghyun is infamous for his skinship. credit: TheBling

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