Following stellar comebacks from Girls' Generation, Super Junior-M, and BoA, SHINee will be the next SM Entertainment act to return to the charts this year. The boy band will release their third studio album, Dream Girl, on February 19th. It's their first Korean release since last March's Sherlock EP, and their first full-length effort since 2010's Hello. Teaser images have been trickling in through the band's official Facebook page over the past few days, but as we learned from SHINee's shirtless Sherlock teasers, they probably can't be relied on to tell us anything accurate about the sound or concept of Dream Girl.
Even though we have absolutely no idea what the stylish fivesome has in store for us, we're still totally freaking out (in a good way) about their return. As far as boy band comebacks in K-pop go, SHINee rank close to the top in terms of overall awesomeness for a tonne of reasons, and we've got five of them right here.
When it comes to SHINee's musical evolution over the years, the band just keeps getting better and better. They started off doing R&B-flavored bubblegum like "Replay" and "Juliette," cranked things up about ten notches with the bulletproof pop of "Ring Ding Dong" and "Lucifer," and most recently, got experimental on their bonkers Diplo-meets-Motown two-songs-in-one smash hit "Sherlock (Clue + Note)." If "Dream Girl" is anything like the latter (or Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy!") then we're in for another slice of crazy K-pop perfection.
Listen: "Sherlock (Clue + Note)."
SHINee have built up a well-deserved reputation as K-pop fashionistas. They're always on trend, ahead of trend, or just doing something completely left of center -- like mixing hip street fashion with Native American garb for Sherlock. Sometimes the best thing about a SHINee comeback isn't the new music or cool choreography, but getting to see what the members are wearing.
SM Entertainment artists are among some of the best performers in pop music today. TVXQ are the undisputed kings of the stage, but SHINee aren't too far behind. We thought that they couldn't get any better than the "Lucifer" live performances, but the group really took things to a whole new level with "Sherlock," choreographed by Michael Jackson move-maker, Tony Testa. Will they be able to outdo themselves once again with "Dream Girl?"
SHINee's maknae, Taemin, did something very shocking recently: he became a man. The 19-year-old, who is best known for his long hair, feminine features, and androgynous concepts, finally got the chance to enter into manhood in BoA's "Disturbance" music video. We wanna see if Tae-man will keep his masculine new image for "Dream Girl," or if SM Entertainment will force him to go back to looking like a pretty lady again.
Watch: Taemin in "Disturbance."
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