Was on May 25th, 2008 SM entertainmentExperimental five-piece boy band Shinee debuted. While their first MV and EP were released on the 22nd, the date of their first live performance of "Replay" marks the anniversary of a group known to be one of the best live performers in K-Pop.
So it makes perfect sense to celebrate this incredible milestone by looking back on Shinee's live performances over the years. As promised in last year's Shinee anniversary contribution, this list only includes performances of the contemporary R&B hit and the K-pop classic "Replay".
The rookie era
Shine's debut stage was received very positively thanks to her impressive live vocals, impeccable dancing and of course the catchy song. The special effects and dancers have little effect if you already have the ingredients you need for great live performance in these five guys.
Shinees debut EP came with a second version of "Replay", known as the "Boom Track" version. At that time, almost all idol groups advertised a single song in music shows for more than three weeks, so the new beat and built-in dance break were perfect to avoid staleness. Even the wardrobe got an update like TaemineGlittering hoodie! If you are wondering what the other members look like in similar clothes, you should look around at this stage.
Shinee are known for their ability to work seamlessly, even if something goes wrong on stage, they are often so adept at covering it up that you hardly notice it (remember this "Dream Girl" level?) . This is a quality that the group has maintained since its debut – a necessary one considering the microphone is being passed on key and Taemin must do to house the latter's dance solo.
In this phase, however, Taemin misses Key's handback, which then ends the song while double fisting microphones. It looks ridiculous, but after a moment of panic, both Key and Taemin are unaffected by the mistake. This is by no means the most amazing mix-up of live performances, but it's always interesting to see how artists deal with it when things don't go according to plan.
When Shinee debuted in Japan in 2011, she released Japanese versions of the hits "Juliette" and "Lucifer", but there was no question that her first Japanese single would be a remake of "Replay". Despite all the changes made – Taemin opens the song and has more lines, the shift from block colors to patterns, the relaxed yet polished behavior that only comes with experience – musically, "Replay" is still the test of time.
Now respected seniors in K-Pop (even if they don't always behave that way), it makes sense that younger K-Pop groups want to emulate Shinee. Among the many shinee covers available today, “Replay” is fantastic to present a softer picture that still shows a group's technical skills. As tempting as it is to only fill this post with Shinee, it is only fitting that the legacy of "Replay" is also celebrated through the lens of its impact on the future of K-Pop.
Astro is a perfect example of a group that follows this soft aesthetic that Shinee still largely follows. SM always viewed Shinee as an experimental group that crossed the boundaries of boy band concepts both musically and sartorial. The colorful outfits and skinny jeans from Shinee not only triggered a trend, but also paved the way for softer aesthetics in newer men's groups. You can see it in the bright colors of this stage while Astro is leaning against the boys next door.
TXTMeanwhile, bring back memories of Shine's own debut stage with the blue color story. While hitting the movements a little harder than necessary, the group as a whole manages to align themselves with Shinee as a skillful performer … not to mention the interest of Shawols like me who didn't really pay as much attention to the group.
While the two previous performances play the flower boy look that Shinee made himself, this performance from Produce 101 Season 2 is a personal favorite for how she plays the boldness of the lyrics. Shinee is sweet and serious with "Replay", which is heartbreaking. So it makes sense that Group 1 with her pink outfits and cute smile won this competition. Group 2 here, however, really captures the determination to win Noona and her approach to choreography as a sextet.
Do you also hear the crowd singing along? As if you need further proof of what a timeless classic “replay” is.
The solo (the solo)
Although all members have released solo music (I don't care if Minho has only one song, it still counts!), and three of them give solo concerts, solo versions of "Replay" are sparse. It's sentimentally beautiful that "Replay" is a song that only exists when Shinee are together; But it is just as sentimental when Taemin goes from “barely audible” in “Replay” to a live performance of the entire song live.
When he made his solo debut, it was clear that Taemin felt he was proving something and that the performance was causing hunger. It would be fascinating to see Taemin no perform “Replay” solo again after “Sayonara Hitori” and “Move” and see how different it would be.
One of the side effects of a trial group like Shinee is that it isn't as ubiquitous as its peers. I still remember that people were so confused when they won their only Daesang in 2013 melon Music awards. While Shinee has definitely benefited from a Big 3 agency debut and has been fairly well advertised over the years, the group hasn't aggressively pushed the way their labelmates are DBSK (especially pre-split) and Exo were.
In this Happy Together appearance promoting the history of light, A new and Minho discuss how they rarely appear in Noraebang charts despite the success of their songs ("Ring Ding Dong" was actually banned in the year it was released to prevent it from being in the minds of older students who sitting on the suneung). The two Shinee members cannot leave the show until someone sings one of their singles. You will be the last remaining guests when two male guests finally choose Replay.
Minho's jubilation is only surpassed by Onew rushing into the room and giving everything to end the song. We're not going to see the whole performance and I feel like at least part of it was written … but it's my list, damn it, so I'm counting this as a new solo.
The Trips Down Memory Lane
Changing a beloved classic is always a risk, especially one that has endured like Replay over the years. Just take a look at the boom track version, which now sounds pretty dated. For Shinee World Concert IV, however, begins with a beautifully slimmed-down intro that lets the vocals shine before the entire instrumental begins. The members relax in the song after performing more demanding routines and effortlessly sliding in and out of the movements. "Replay" has never been so chilled.
In celebration of Shine's career and success in Japan, her The Best 2018 ~ From Now On ~ tour unexpectedly became an example of the group's commitment, courage and perseverance JonghyunPasses away. Starting with deep arches, Shinee uses the performance to show her thanks to her fans who return the feeling with a really special fan event.
As bittersweet as the moment is, I cannot help but point out that the members do not seem to stand still despite the renunciation of the famous choreography – especially Minho. That is the power of "Replay".
With each passing year, Shinee's right to remember her early days grew. Although it's an earlier performance than the others in this section, it feels right to conclude with the most nostalgic live performance of "Replay" from Shinee World Concert IV, which contrasts the 2008 Shinee with the 2015 Shinee. Gone is the nervous energy and excitement, replaced by casual confidence and hard-won love while enjoying the moment with your fans.
Reader, what are your favorite performances of Shine's "Replay"? What are you looking forward to when Shinee starts her 13th year in the industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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