If everything’s still on schedule, factoring in the natural disasters and subsequent fallout, SHINee is on track to debut in June (instead of previously slated March). Right now, their tracks are in the middle of being mastered.
I’ve been hearing some rumors of a Japanese Replay. Not cool. New music, please. And what about the fact that all five members studied Chinese before debuting? Where are these Chinese skills now?! Why ignore the one billion people market like so?!
Speaking of which, $125 million in combined earnings from JYP, SM, and YG for 2010 is kind of paltry.. I first thought they had gotten the number wrong, because Britney Spears, just one artist, had gross concert box office receipts of over $130 million in 2010, and makes around $64 million a year total. Therefore, I would think that SM with SNSD, Super Junior, DBSK, BoA–all artists fanatically popular in Asia–would at least match one Britney Spears.
UPDATE: new hairstyles
Jonghyun does not look too different (this was a picture from his surprise birthday party), so I don’t think it’ll be his final hairstyle. However, Onew and Minho have gone back to a somewhat Juliette look. People are saying that it doesn’t suit Minho, but actually, I like Minho as younger. He is always the bastion of SHINee manliness, so I think it’s refreshing, rather than a regression.
Taemin. They gave him a Jonghyun. YES FINALLY NO MORE UGLY MUSHROOM. Now he automatically looks more manly, which I am excited about. As I’ve said in so many fangirl rants, I get frustrated that SHINee always milks such a waifish image. I will have to hold judgment on Key.
I am sort of skeptical that Onew and Minho have their final hairstyles, because generally, SM is very secretive about this. Leading up to Lucifer, all of them were wearing baseball caps, and you can see the Key and Taemin pictures here are very, very blurry.
Apparently the rumored concept is of all the members as different artists– Taemin: dancer, Key: fashion designer, Onew: painter, Jonghyun: singer, Minho: athlete. They all make sense except for Onew. Why is Onew a painter? Er. If anyone’s shown an inclination to that, it would be Key with his art exhibition. Second question, why do they have to be artists? Can’t Onew be that nerd valedictorian in school? Considering how dorky Onew’s personality is already, and Japanese culture, I don’t think it would that much of a leap.. I for one, would probably fangirl Onew even harder.
Rejoice! Taemin may have finally graduated from mushroom/androgynous hair!