British Newspaper "The Independent" Features SHINee


Earlier this month the members of SHINee attended the “The 6th London Korean Film Festival.” The special appearance might have been back on November 3, but it wasn’t the last British Shawol’s have heard from the quintet. As in the wake of their successful concert a well-known British newspaper, “The Independent,” featured the fellas in a special article. The piece was titled, “K-Pop Craze: The K-Factor.”

In the article, “The Independent” recapped SHINee’s stellar autumn, from their ability to jam-pack the Tokyo Dome back in September to aiding their fellow SM Family members in selling out New York’s Madison Square Garden in October. The group’s popularity continues to spread worldwide. The boys even caused Odeon’s website to crash as the influx of traffic to the site was so massive within just a minute of the tickets being available for purchase. The damage caused by eager fans left the site incapacitated for a total of five hours.

Also within the article was an interview with the members. Taemin responded to a question about how he got his start in the industry: “All of us went through the casting and audition process with SM Entertainment. Most commonly people who begin the process are young teenagers. I on the other hand auditioned while I was in elementary school.”

Along with the in-depth look at the SHINee boys, the article discussed Hallyu (Korean Wave), expressing theories about the recent appeal of Korean culture, “The K-Pop style may be a crucial part of the movement. British fans have significant interest in their looks and style.” Additionally it looked at how the movement is spreading throughout the globe, “Most fans stumbled onto a K-Pop video, and it is easily accessible thanks to portals such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and the bands’ own website to find even more content.”

Coming up next for the group is their first full Japanese release appropriately titled, “The First.” Their latest Japanese album will be released on December 7.