Kim Kibum (artistic name: Key; Hangul: 키; born September 23, 1991 in Daegu, South Korea) is a singer, dancer, rapper, TV host, radio DJ, and member of the South Korean idol group, SHINee.
Key was discovered at the "2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting". Prior to his debut, he appeared in Super Junior's Wonder Boy music video as an extra dancer, and made his debut with SHINee in 2008 with the song "Noona Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)" ("누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)". With the group, he has released two albums, two re-releases, three mini-albums, and eleven singles in both Korean and Japanese.
On November 18, 2010, Key took his college entrance exam. At that point he had already graduated from high school, and was taking the exam a year late as he had been unable to take it the previous year.
Key is also known for his multilingual talents. Since he spent six weeks on an exchange in America, out of his fellow band members, Key has the strongest fluency abilities in English. As well he is excelling the best at Japanese, as SHINee prepares for their Japanese debut.
Key featured in label-mate Xiah's solo performance of "Xiahtic" in TVXQ's concert, 2009: The 3rd Asia Tour Mirotic, in Seoul. In 2010 Key was featured in the song "치유 (Healing)" on TRAX's mini album "Trax Mini Album Volume 1". Later, it was also announced that Key would have a small part in Girls' Generation's song "Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)" (Korean: "화성인 바이러스 (Boys & Girls)") on their second studio album Oh!.
Key has also appeared on television shows such as Idol Maknae Rebellion as a guest star alongside his Shinee group mates Taemin, Jonghyun and Onew in several episodes. Together with other idol group members: Dongho from U-KISS, Shorry J from Mighty Mouth, Jinwoon from 2AM, Yunhwa from T-Max, Seunghyun from F.T. Island and in the later part, Mir from MBLAQ. Key was part of the cast of the show Raising Idol, also known as Keydol by his fans.
Key featured in Girls' Generation's first live album The 1st Asia Tour: Into The New World Album in the song "Barbie Girl" with Jessica Jung.
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