Shinhwa 신화 Group Info

  Tag Category: Shinhwa

  Fanclub: Shinhwa Changjo

  Fan Color: Orange

  Debut:

  Active: 20 years 2 months

  Gender: Male

  of Members: 6

  Active

  Shinhwa Group Stats Chart
Stage Name Birth Name Position Birthday Age Height Star Sign C Y BT
Eric 에릭 Mun Junghyuk Leader 39 180 cm or 5'11" Aquarius Ram B
Minwoo 민우 Lee Minwoo Vocal, Dancer 38 174 cm or 5'8½" Leo Ram A
Dongwan 동완 Kim Dongwan Vocal 38 174 cm or 5'8½" Scorpio Ram O
Shin Hyesung 신혜성 Jung Pilkyo Vocal 38 179 cm or 5'10½" Sagittarius Ram A
Jun Jin 전진 Park Choongjae Dancer 37 182 cm or 5'11½" Leo Monkey B
Andy 앤디 Lee Sunho Rapper 37 175 cm or 5'9" Aquarius Monkey O
  About Shinhwa 신화  

Shinhwa 신화 is a six-member male idol group comprised of Eric Mun, Lee Minwoo, Kim Dongwan, Shin Hyesung, Jun Jin, and Andy Lee. Launched by SM Entertainment on March 24,1998, and now managed by Shinhwa Company, the group is the longest-running boy band in the history of Kpop and one of the pioneers of Kpop idol culture.

"Shinhwa" is the Korean word for myth or legend.

The group was one of the early successes of SM Entertainment along with H.O.T. and S.E.S. When their contract with SM Entertainment expired in July 2003, all six members signed with Good Entertainment as a group. Although Shinhwa was managed by Good Entertainment, the members also pursued individual solo careers as actors and singers under different agencies. Shinhwa went on a four-year hiatus in 2008 when the band members started to enlist for mandatory military service. In 2011, when most of the members had finished serving, they established Shinhwa Company to facilitate their group career alongside their individual careers. In March 2012, Shinhwa released their tenth album The Return and started a concert tour. They were the first Korean boy band to last after the members' mandatory military services.

Shinhwa was the first Kpop idol group to lead a successful career after leaving its original agency. After leaving SM Entertainment, the group fought a long legal battle that also involved Joon Media to win the trademark rights for the band name "Shinhwa." At the height of the battle in September 2014, the band had to rename Shinhwa Company, their new agency, to ShinCom Entertainment to avoid legal issues. In May 2015, after 12 years, Shinhwa finally won the lawsuit over Joon Media and named their agency Shinhwa Company again.

Pre-debut

SM Entertainment recruited Shin Hyesung through auditions in Los Angeles, California. The company grouped him with Andy Lee, who was not able to join the agency's previous boy band H.O.T. because of his parents' objections based on his young age. Not long after, Eric Mun joined the group upon returning to Korea after his years in high school in California. SM Entertainment scouts discovered Lee Minwoo at a student dance competition in which he won 1st place, and scouted Kim Dongwan on the street. Dongwan was initially interested in acting but joined the band after seeing a preview video of the existing members. Jun Jin was the final member to join after his high school friend, Kangta of H.O.T., recommended him to the agency. Before the release of their first album, Eric and Andy were introduced in 1997 as rappers in fellow SM-managed group S.E.S.'s song "I'm Your Girl."

Debut

The six-member group was named Shinhwa and had their first performance on March 24, 1998, singing "해결사" ("Resolver") on KM "Music Tank." Their debut album, which included "해결사" ("Resolver"), "으쌰! 으쌰!" ("Eusha! Eusha!"), and "천일유혼" ("Sharing Forever"), was released in May. "으쌰! 으쌰!" ("Eusha! Eusha!"), is a light-hearted track where they adopted a cute image to match the concept of the song, complete with outfits in white and blue colors. "천일유혼" ("Sharing Forever") charted well but was not as successful as the previous two. However, they were accused of being another copy of H.O.T. Their debut album 해결사 (Resolver) did not perform as well as expected and the band almost disbanded.

Shinhwa's second album, T.O.P., was released on April 19, 1999. It garnered considerable success with its title song. The album debuted at #4 and peaked at #3, selling 377,500 copies and charting for 24 weeks on the Korean monthly chart. With the release of T.O.P., Shinhwa began to move away from their "cute" image to an edgier concept.

Shinhwa's third album, Only One, was released on May 27, 2000. It sold approximately 423,873 copies. It debuted at number one and was the band's first number one album. It contained three successful singles: "Only One," "All Your Dreams," and "First Love." The album spent approximately 24 weeks on the charts.

With the success of Only One, Shinhwa won three awards that year: the SBS Gayo "Popularity Award," the KMTV song "Bonsang Award," and the "Popular Singers Award." Their revised dancing style garnered them much popularity, as it took after the likes of popular American boy bands N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys. The group once again underwent a drastic change in appearance, taking on a distinctly goth image, with most of the members bleaching their hair. On January 13 and January 14 of that year, Shinhwa held one their first concerts ever, entitled First Mythology.

Shinhwa's fourth album, Hey, Come On!, was released on June 8, 2001, debuting at #3 with the lead single "Hey, Come On!" rapidly climbing up the music charts. The album's release coincided with the rise of the Hallyu wave, spreading the group's popularity overseas. The album was a strong seller with 430,706 copies sold. Shinhwa promoted the album with only one single. In yet another change in appearance, the members took on a cleaner look, moving completely away from the goth image of the previous album. Hey, Come On! charted for 28 weeks on the Korean monthly chart and was ranked #11 on the 2001 year-end chart.

While their album was a stronger seller, Shinhwa was associated with controversies at the time, like the absence of group member Andy and the alleged copying of Shinhwa's popular single "Hey, Come On!" by the Taiwanese boy band Energy.

On January 31, 2002, Shinhwa released a compilation album entitled My Choice. The album featured some of the members' favorite songs and some of their most popular tracks as well. In contrast to Hey, Come On!'s strong sales, My Choice met with moderate success. It debuted and peaked at #4 before it was dropped from the Korean monthly chart. When the yearly chart was released, My Choice ranked #31, selling a total of 183,098 copies.

A few months after the release of My Choice, Shinhwa released their fifth studio album, Perfect Man, on March 29, 2002. The album marked Andy's return. The album was accompanied by another change in the group's appearance as they moved away from their "clean" look into a more preppy style. Perfect Man debuted at #1 on the Korean monthly chart, becoming Shinhwa's second #1 album. The title track became popular among their fans, letting Shinhwa promote the album with a second single, "I Pray 4 U." The album was once again a strong seller, and was #14 on the year end chart "Top 100 Albums in 2002" with 362,639 copies. It charted for approximately 23 weeks.

On August 25, 2003, Shinhwa experienced one of its first international breakthroughs in Asia when Perfect Man was ranked #10 on the Singapore-Mandarin chart. With this recognition, they were chosen to be Korea's representative in the POP Asia 2002 ceremony in Japan and were later invited to be Korea's representative in Japan's Asia Dream concert (ABU award ceremony).

Towards the end of 2002, Shinhwa made history in the Korean music industry by becoming the longest-running Korean boy band with the release of its sixth album, Wedding, on December 6, 2002. They also became the second artist in South Korea to release two albums in a single year. Wedding debuted and peaked at #3 and sold 273,714 copies.

With the expiration of the group's contract, SM Entertainment offered them a second contract but did not include Dongwan. Other Shinhwa's members especially the leader, Eric, disagreed and signed with a new company, Good Entertainment. However, they had to go to court to retain the use of their name. Because the contract with Good Entertainment did not begin until 2004, the members pursued solo activities in 2003.

Shinhwa released a compilation album entitled Winter Story 2003-2004 on December 30, 2003, which sold over 100,000 copies. The lead single "Young Gunz" was often requested at radio stations. Because it was a success, Shinhwa began releasing Winter Story every winter afterwards.

Shinhwa had another live concert from April 18 to April 20, 2003, named The Everlasting Mythology. They also went on their Winter Story Tour, which traveled to six cities: Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Incheon, Daegu, and Gwangju. They went to Japan with a concert call Shinhwa First Live in Tokyo, where they held a Japanese fan meeting called Have Fun With Shinhwa on M.Net Tour.

The members of Shinhwa pursued solo activities in 2003. Minwoo went solo under the name "M," releasing his first album entitled Un-touch-able, while Hyesung collaborated with Kangta and Lee Jihoon for a project group called S. Jun Jin branched out into acting with the drama "Forbidden Love" alongside actress Kim Taehee. Andy and Jun Jin participated in a Korean sitcom "Nonstop 4" as well as "Banjun Drama." Eric began acting in dramas soon after acting in several CFs.

Shinhwa's first album with Good Entertainment was entitled Brand New. It debuted at #3 and peaked at #1 in November, selling 320,337 copies. Unlike their previous albums, Brand New had a different beat, transitioning from bubblegum pop to dance songs. The group heavily promoted Brand New with four singles: "Angel," "Oh!," "Crazy," and the title track. The album ranked #4 on the 2004 year-end chart.

On December 10, 2004, Shinhwa was awarded the Daesang for Best Artist of the Year for the first time at the Seoul Gayo Daesang Awards. Several weeks later, on December 29, Shinhwa was awarded their second Daesang at the 2004 SBS Gayo Daejun Awards, winning two of the possible 4 Daesangs in that year with Rain and Lee Sooyoung receiving the other two. In 2004, of all musical artists and groups, Shinhwa received the most awards, totaling thirteen or more, from various places: the Mnet KMTV Music Video Festival, Seoul Gayo Daesang, the Golden Disc Awards, and MBC, KBS, SBS Gayo Awards. The awards other than Best Artist of the Year included Best Male Artist, Best Dance Artist, and Overseas Choice Award.

After the success of Brand New they began touring. In August of that year, they held a Korea-China-Japan summer camp called Shinhwa Summer Story 2004. The camp was dedicated entirely to their non-Korean fans. Hundreds of non-Korean fans flew to Korea from all over Asia for the opportunity to spend a few days with the band. They also toured in Japan and held a concert, selling 13,000 tickets within a week.

In yet another change in appearance, Shinhwa's image matured from the preppy style of Perfect Man to a more sophisticated look. They began wearing black suits, which was rather uncommon among boy bands at that time. Although they'd previously dyed their hair in various colors (from purple to silver), in Brand New they stopped that completely, leaving their hair in either brown or black. They trimmed their hair to a neat style or cut it short, which was uncommon among boy bands because shaggy hair was in style.

Though they'd written lyrics for their music before, Shinhwa took more creative control over their music and began writing a majority of their lyrics. Eric wrote some rap lyrics for some of the songs while Minwoo took charge and began writing songs like "All of My," "Oh," and "U." He later went on to write the song "Superstar" for the group Jewelry, which became a hit. The other members also co-wrote various other songs.

Although Shinhwa was mostly on hiatus throughout 2005, they released two popular singles, "How Do I Say" and "Hey Dude!" and held the Tropical Summer Story Festival concert. For a majority of 2005, Shinhwa hosted a reality show called "Let's Coke Play Battle Shinhwa!" The show was almost identical to the American reality show "American Idol" where people audition and sing, hoping to become singers. To end the year, Shinhwa released their second Winter Story album, Winter Story 2004-2005, selling in excess of 102,345 copies.

On January 14, 2006, Shinhwa renewed their contract with Good Entertainment for another 3 years and on March 24 celebrated their 8th anniversary. They then released their eighth studio album, State of the Art, on May 11. The album debuted at #1 and sold approximately 215,641 copies domestically. Brand New and State of the Art became their first consecutive #1 albums. It was the third best-selling album in 2006, behind SG Wannabe's The 3rd Masterpiece and TVXQ's "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap.

On April 15, Shinhwa performed at "M! Countdown" in Japan at Tokyo's Budokan Hall, celebrating the founding of Mnet Japan. This was followed by the release of their first Japanese language album Inspiration #1, with the lead track "This Is the Sun in Our Hearts" released on June 14. The album released in Japan on August 16 and peaked at #4 on the Oricon Chart, selling in excess of 100,000 copies.

Then the group embarked on their first Asia tour with concerts in Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and other countries. It kicked off the Shinhwa 2006 Tour: State of the Art with two concerts at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena Seoul on May 13 and 14. They performed at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, and Osaka-jo Hall on September 24 and 26 as part of the 2006 Japan Tour Inspiration #1.

Hiatus

In 2007, Shinhwa went on hiatus again. They celebrated their 9th anniversary on March 24, 2007. With the group on hiatus, the members expanded their solo activities even further, including the members leaving Shinhwa's management company to start their own: M Rising (Minwoo), New Dream Entertainment (Andy), JF Story Entertainment (Jun Jin), H2 Entertainment (Dongwan), and Top Class Entertainment (Eric).

Dongwan released his first album, entitled Kim Dongwan Is, on July 5, 2007. Minwoo released his third album on July 10, 2007, and though he had intended to release his third album in the U.S., he released it in Korea instead. Hyesung released his second album on August 8, 2007. The three solo artists were successful and consider themselves friendly rivals.

Eric finished his drama, "Que Sera, Sera." Andy starred in the musical Music In My Heart (Season 3).

In the midst of their solo activities, Shinhwa was said to be working on their ninth album. It was originally set to be released on October 2007, with tours from October to December; however, due to each of the members having hectic schedules, the album release date was pushed into March 2008. They released their compilation album Winter Story 2007 on December 6, 2007, which debuted at #1 on the Korean monthly chart.

Shortly after the release of Winter Story 2007, Shinhwa staged their Asia Concert with a two-day performance on December 8 and 9 in Saitama, Japan, followed by a concert in Shanghai. The concert's theme was "Forever Shinhwa" to commemorate Shinhwa's 9 years of activities and to announce the beginning of their 10th year together.

Celebrating their anniversary, Shinhwa staged a 10th anniversary concert and released Volume 9. Because the concert was the last one before the members left for the army, all 22,000 seats were sold out.

After their 10th anniversary and the release of their 9th album, the members continued to work on their solo careers. Dongwan released his 2nd solo studio album. Jun Jin released his 1st solo studio album and joined "Infinity Challenge" as the 7th member. Minwoo released his 3rd solo studio album. Hyesung also released his own 3rd solo studio album. Hyesung then released part two of his 3rd album in January 2009. Eric starred in a drama, "Strongest Chil Woo." Dongwan then released a single album and Jun Jin released a mini-album. Minwoo released another mini-album in the summer of 2009 and Andy continued with his career as a musical actor and released his 2nd studio album.

Mandatory military service

In October 2008, Eric enlisted for mandatory military service, with Dongwan enlisting in November at an army training camp in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do. Both served non-active duty as public service workers after undergoing four weeks of basic training. Jun Jin enlisted on October 22, 2009, at the Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do for four weeks of basic training and continued as a public service worker. On January 11, 2010, Andy enlisted for mandatory military service and was the only member to serve 21 months of active duty. Minwoo was the last of the members to enlist, serving in February 2010. He also served non-active duty after undergoing four weeks of basic training. Hyesung is exempt from military service due to serious and recurring injuries in his knee sustained during a concert in 2001.

On October 30, 2010, Eric was discharged from military service. Dongwan was discharged on December 17 after serving 24 months as an administrative worker at the Seodaemun-gu District Office. Andy was discharged from active duty on October 31, 2011, from the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Jun Jin was discharged on November 14, 2011, after working at the Gangnam Management Corporation, managing the culture center’s fitness club and parking lot. This was followed by Minwoo's discharge on March 2, 2012, after serving as a public service officer in Seoul Station.

The Return

On July 1, 2011, Shinhwa became the first K-pop group to own their own entertainment company, when they established Shinhwa Company, a joint venture agency for the members to perform as a group. It is helmed by Eric and Minwoo as co-CEOs, with the remaining members as shareholders. The company manages the group as a whole, while members' individual activities are managed by their respective agencies.

Open World Entertainment's CEO, Seok-Woo Jang, holder of the rights to the name of Shinhwa, granted permission to use the name as long as the members perform together as a group. Open World held the rights to Shinhwa's overseas concerts with Shinhwa Company and overseas licensing of the group's albums. The heads of Top Class Entertainment and Liveworks Company are directors of Shinhwa Company, with the former in charge of promotion and management in general, and the latter providing support regarding albums, concerts and promotions.

A press conference to launch Shinhwa's comeback was held on March 5, 2012, at CGV Cinema in Cheongdam-dong, which was streamed live by Mnet Media. The group released their tenth studio album, The Return, on March 23, 2012, with pop-electro lead track "Venus" (music by Andrew Jackson and lyrics by Minwoo). The music video is directed by Kim Kwangsuk with a modern vampire theme and high intensity choreography. This was followed by their comeback concerts 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour in Seoul: The Return at Olympic Gymnastics Arena on March 24 and 25, 2012, marking their 14th anniversary. The Asian tour continued onto Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore from the end of April and concluded in Beijing in July, with 10 shows in eight cities and five countries.

As part of their comeback, the group are hosted their first exclusive variety program, "Shinhwa Broadcast," which aired on cable channel JTBC. The producers held a public shoot and press conference on March 15 to showcase the program, which premiered on Saturday, March 17, 2012. They were also featured in a photo spread and interview in the May issue of Cosmopolitan Korea, with the photos shot at the Gucci flagship store in Seoul.

In January 2013, it was announced that the group was to resume their music activities as a group with the release of their 11th studio album and 15th anniversary concert in March. On January 30, further information was announced, detailing their comeback with two concerts titled 2013 Shinhwa 15th Anniversary Concert: The Legend Continues held on March 16 and 17 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena, and the release of their 11th studio album in May. On the same day, information on ticketing and a teaser video were released. Tickets went on sale on February 13 at 10 pm, and the 25,000 tickets for the two concerts were sold out within five minutes of going on sale.

The Classic was released on May 16. This was followed by an Asian concert tour, 2013 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Classic in support of the album. The lead track for the album is "This Love," with the MV featuring Japanese actress Fujii Mina. After three weeks of music program appearances, the track collected eight first place wins, including the Triple Crown on "M! Countdown," two each from "Show Champion" and "Music Core," and one from "Music Bank."

On February 13, 2014, the group announced that they would hold their 16th anniversary concert on March 22–23, 2014, at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium. The concert was titled Here, referring to their very first concert in 2001 which had been held at the same venue. Due to a gambling scandal that happened in November 2013, Andy was absent from the shows. However, on March 23, 2014, which was the second and last show, he made a surprise appearance and apologized to the audience. At the end of the show, Minwoo announced that the group would release a new album in October 2014. For the concert set, they sold out 27,000 seats and the ticketing website server crashed.

In January 2015, Shinhwa announced it would be appearing on Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)'s 800th "Inkigayo" episode, including the return of Andy from his extended hiatus. This appearance marked the first time Shinhwa was returning to "Inkigayo" since promotions eight years earlier. The group also announced it would be releasing its 12th full-length album on February 26, 2015, titled We.

Upon the release of We, the track "Sniper" produced by LDN Noise rose to the top of five real-time music charts (Bugs, genie, Olleh Music, Mnet, and Cyworld), and the music video for the single reached over a million YouTube views within two weeks of the song's release. Shinhwa also won "Show Champion" for "Sniper" on March 11, 2015.

In October 2016, Shinhwa announced their comeback plans for their 13th album, titled Unchanging, stating that the album would be released in two parts, with the first part in November and the second part in January. They scheduled domestic concerts from December 17-18 at the Kintex Exhibition Center in Ilsan. Their broadcast promotion activities began after the album's part two release. On October 22, Shinhwa digitally released an early surprise song titled "She Said."

At 12:00 am October 29, Part I of Unchanging was officially released, titled Orange. The music video for the album's title track was featured in the second Shinhwa V Live broadcast and later released on YouTube. "Orange" is dedicated to Shinhwa Changjo. The title of the album and its title track acknowledges Shinhwa's official fandom color. Prior to the official release of Orange, Shinhwa revealed a limited edition of the mini-album which was available to pre-order. The limited edition included an optional limited poster, which was only available during the pre-order period.

Legacy

Throughout its existence, Shinhwa has achieved many successes and has been awarded many honors. One of their first notable achievements was when they made history in the Korean music industry when they released their sixth album, Wedding, on December 6, 2002, becoming the longest-running Korean boy band in existence. Shinhwa still holds the record as they have not yet disbanded. In addition to becoming the longest-running boy band in South Korea, Shinhwa holds the record for being the only boy band to stay together for a decade and not lose members along the way nor add another one in (Andy's departure does not necessarily count as he came back into the group). Shinhwa is one of the few groups to ever have all its members branch out to do solo activities with the group still together. Shinhwa has sold an excess of 5 million records worldwide, an incredible feat for an Asian group and one of the highest album sales in Asia.

In July 2004, they were selected to represent Korea in the MTV Buzz Asia Awards along with Namie Amuro for Japan and F4 for Taiwan. They were selected to sing at the finale. Shinhwa was also the most searched artist in the Yahoo! Singapore search engine for an entire week in 2004, becoming the first Korean artist to be so, on their first visit to Singapore in October 2004.

The group was the face of Swiss watch brand Radoin Asia for a January 2005 campaign.

In March 2005, along with their management team, Good Entertainment, the music channel MNET, and Coca-Cola, the group hosted a reality TV show called "Let's Cokeplay Battle Shinhwa." The show, which set out to search for a new Shinhwa (new legend group), lasted 8 months long and attracted over 1,800 applicants throughout Korea. The final show took place on November 4, 2005, at Olympic Park, Seoul, where Shinhwa members chose the 6 final members of the new Shinhwa from the 12 finalists. The 6 male winners immediately underwent training and debuted as Battle in 2006 under Good Entertainment. Two other female finalists were selected as well, G.NA and Jun Hyosung, who were to debut as members of Five Girls under Good Entertainment. They later debuted from different labels as a soloist from Cube Entertainment and as a member of Secret from TS Entertainment, respectively.

A star was named after Shinhwa in 2005. The star is in the constellation Aries. Coincidentally, it matched the debut date of Shinhwa which falls on March 24, 1998. The star Shinhwa is the brightest among the more than 2 thousand stars with Korean names that can be seen with the naked eye. The star is best seen in November.

In 2006, Shinhwa was chosen as the best Korean singer overseas, according to a poll held by Arirang International Broadcasting. A vote was issued on the internet, allowing only foreigners to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3% followed by TVXQ with 17.3%. Shinhwa won the award again in 2007 for their song "Pretty," beating TVXQ by a close percentage of 50.76% to 48.55%.

Musical style

Shinhwa has changed musical styles many times throughout their existence, beginning with typical bubblegum pop songs ("Eusha, Eusha") like other pop singers at the time. They released pop music (Hey, Come On!) and some alternative rock until their contract with SM Entertainment ran out. With the release of their 7th album, Brand New, Shinhwa transitioned into dance songs. With the release of their 8th album, State of the Art, Shinhwa can still be seen having dance songs as well, though their hit song, "Once in a Lifetime," shows a more slow pop style.

While Shinhwa is known best for dance songs, the members have branched out into various styles. Minwoo's first album shows him as an R&B singer, though his #1 hit song, "Just One Night," is more of a jazz genre. Hyesung has branched out to do ballads.

Dance style

Shinhwa is often hailed as one of the best dance groups in South Korea, winning many dance awards such as the Mnet/KM music video festival Best Dance Music Video and Best Music Video for the Dance Section Awards. Their dances are often filled with heavy choreography, with a few freestyle moves once in a while (often from Minwoo). They feature break dancers in the background of many of their performances as well as female dancers dancing with and around them. Shinhwa's own members Minwoo and Jun Jin also break dance and often teach it to their fans. Shinhwa's unique style of dancing is credited to Minwoo, their main choreographer. Minwoo was discovered by an SM Entertainment scout while he was in a dance group, which can explain why he has choreographed some of Shinhwa's most technically challenging dances. Jun Jin, another member who is skilled in dancing as well, assists Min-woo. Their dance moves have been described as "evil," "complicated," and "difficult-to-follow," with few people being able to copy their dance moves.

Style

Like most popular bands, Shinhwa has changed their appearances various times. In their early days, Shinhwa was marketed as a typical boy band with cute looks and matching outfits. They later transitioned this "cute" concept into a darker tone with the release of their second and third albums, bleaching their hair and wearing dark make-up. Their outfits matched their appearances, being either shiny or dark. With the release of their fourth album, Shinhwa changed from the goth style of before into a much more simple and cleaner look. Their fifth album would change them into a more preppy style. When they released their seventh album, Shinhwa began to change their appearance once again, wearing black suits and looking significantly more sophisticated than most boy bands at the time. They stopped dyeing their hair and wearing heavy make-up. Shinhwa's eighth album continued their sophisticated look, with the group wearing black suits for most of their performances. Shinhwa adopted a "vampire" concept mixed with an aristocratically Greek-gods look for their 10th album, The Return.

Fanclub

The name of Shinhwa's official fanclub is Shinhwa Changjo, which means "to create a myth." Orange has been used as the official color of Shinhwa Changjo ever since its establishment in 1998. It is used in Shinhwa's official and unofficial merchandise, including cheering tools such as light sticks, balloons, raincoats, and various kinds of apparels and accessories. These orange-colored cheering tools are used in each member's individual promotion activities as well.

Trivia

  • Eric, Minwoo, Dongwan, and Hyesung were all born in the Chinese Year of the Ram.
  • Dongwan and Hyesung were born only 6 days apart in November of the same year.
  • Eric and Andy are both under the zodiac sign Aquarius.
  • Minwoo and Jun Jin are both Leos.
  • Minwoo and Dongwan are the shortest members at 174 cm or 5'8½".
  • Jun Jin is the tallest member at 182 cm or 5'11½".
  • Eric and Jun Jin share the blood type B.
  • Minwoo and Hyesung are both blood type A
  • Dongwan and Andy share the blood type O.

Fandom Color

  Orange