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Kim Ki-bum (김기범), better known by his stage name Key, is a South Korean singer, rapper, dancer, actor, radio host and promotional model. He is the lead dancer, lead rapper and sub-vocalist of SHINee.


Key was born on September 23rd, 1991 in Daegu, South Korea.

After rumors of a solo debut a prologue was released, on SMTOWN's official Youtube page, naming the new group Toheart. The music video for Toheart's featured track, Delicious, was released March 10, 2014.

In 2018, SM Emtertainment announced Key would make his solo debut. The digital single, Forever Yours, featuring Soyou, was relesed on November 2018.


After serving in the army as a member of the military band, Key officially enlisted on March 3, 2020. He was placed in the Ministry of Defense's Service Support Corps. He was officially discharged on October 7, 2020, and given the rank of Sergeant.



Mini Albums

Repackage Albums

Digital Singles


Mini Albums

  • Hologram (2018)



Year Title Role Note
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys (꽃미남 연쇄 테러사건) Backup dancer (cameo)
2012 I AM. Himself SM documentary film
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Himself
2016 Seoul Fashion
2018 Hit-And-Run Task Force Dong-soo


Year Title Channel Role Note
2011 Moon Night '90 Mnet as Lee Hyun-do
2012 Salamander Guru and the Shadows (도롱뇽도사와 그림자 조작단) SBS as himself (cameo)
2016 Drinking Solo (혼술남녀) tvN as Kim Ki-bum
2017 The Guardians (파수꾼) MBC as Gong Kyung-soo

TV Shows

Year Title Channel Role Note
2010 Raising Idol Comedy TV Cast Member
2014 7 Hungry Houseguests MBC
We Got Married: Global Edition Himself
2015 Make An Order Olive TV Co-Host
Key's Knowhow Mnet Himself
My Little Television (마이 리틀 텔레비전) MBC Cast Member
2015-2017 M! Countdown Mnet Host
2018 Amazing Saturday tvN Cast Member
Breakers Mnet Host
Cheongdam Key-chen KakaoTV


Year Title Role Note
2012 Catch Me If You Can as Frank Abagnale, Jr.
2013 Bonnie and Clyde as Clyde Chestnut Barrow
2013-2014 The Three Musketeers as D'Artagnan
2014 Zorro as Zorro
2015 School Oz as David Hologram musical
Chess as Anatoly Sergievsky
2015-2016 In the Heights as Usnavi
2016 Save the Green Planet! (지구를 지켜라!) as Byeong Gu


To view the Key gallery, click here.


  • Due to his stage name, his fans are called 'Lockets'.
    • However, because of his Instagram bio, they also call themselves "Lil' Freaks".
  • Having been on an exchange program to America, Key can speak comparatively good English.
  • He is known as the most sociable member of SHINee, usually possessing contacts of those other members who are not that close with.
  • He is the founder of the '91 line, where idols who were born on the year 1991 regularly meet up. However, Minho is not a regular member, for Key has once said that when he was by himself, he was Key, cool and suave, but when he is with another member, that member steals the spotlight, and he becomes "Just Kibum".
  • He is the member which wishes to get married the most, often bursting out into a song of "I wanna get married~!".
  • He has a photographic memory when it comes to dances, immediately memorising a dance after only seeing it a few times.
  • He is a great imitator.
  • He has a naggy personality, and is therefore known as the "umma" (mother) of the group.
  • He is close friends with Nicole (former member of KARA), Jinwoon (2AM), Mir (MBLAQ), Jaejin (FT Island), Dongwoon (BEAST), and Seohyun (Girls' Generation). He is also close with Eunji (Apink) and Soyou (SISTAR).
  • He owns two poodles, Comme des and Garçons.