Shim Chang-min, known by his stage name, Max Chang-min, is a South Korean singer, actor, and a member of the pop duo TVXQ. He debuted as a singer and member of TVXQ in December, 2003, under SM Entertainment. He was youngest among what was then the other four members of the group, and had been training since he was fourteen. When he was fourteen years old, a talent scout from S.M. Entertainment spotted Changmin while he was singing and playing badminton at the same time during gym class. The scout suggested him to audition for S.M., but Changmin had no interest in becoming a singer. However his mother, wanting a chance to meet BoA, urged Changmin to attend the casting auditions, anyway. After he passed the audition and won the Best Singer and Best Artist award at S.M.’s 6th Annual Youth Best Contest, Changmin signed with the company.
Changmin is known for his high tenor register, particularly his screams and high notes. He is also active as a lyricist, and has written for several of the band’s songs, including 2007’s “Evergreen” (Only Love), the Korean version of “Love in the Ice” (Mirotic), “Confession” (Keep Your Head Down), and “I Swear” (Catch Me). Changmin’s voice is one of the most noticeable and unique ones in K-pop according to fans and non-fans, and he stands out for his uniqueness in tone.
Changmin’s voice sits quite high in range, but he isn’t anything more than simply a light lyric tenor. His true tone is still a manly tone, however, due to the lack of chest in his mix voice, he’s been able to teach himself to sing in a much higher range than many other male K-pop vocalists, setting him apart. His voice has a piercing, bright, and light quality to it. He is one of the few male K-pop vocalists who is able to stay in such a high range constantly without great signs of fatigue over the the years.
The last time he released a song was last year, with the release of TVXQ’s new album, called New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love. The music video for the album was released on March 28, 2018, and brings in swing-inspired instrumentals to TVXQ’s sound. On December 26 of the same year, the group released an extend play record, called New Chapter #2: The Truth of Love, which is the sequel to their previous album. It is a special commemorative album for the duo, as they celebrated the momentous milestone of their 15th anniversary.
Kim Yong-sun, who’s known by her stage name, Solar, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actress. Before she debuted as a singer, she originally hoped to become a flight attendant or tour guide in South Korea, but those plans changed when she was discovered by the South Korean entertainment company RBW, and she attended Modern K Music Academy University.
She is well-known as the leader and main vocalist of the South Korean girl-group, MAMAMOO. The group is usually in high-demand for concerts and events due to their amazing live performances. Solar, who is a soprano, is the best vocalist of the group and is able to belt out high notes at will. MAMAMOO’s unique blend of jazz, soul, and R&B show off her talent in various ways proving she can handle just about any song given to her.
Solar released her extended play, Solar Sensitivity Part.6, on April 24, 2018. The EP consists of 11 tracks:
바람이 불어오는 곳 (Where The Wind Rises)
눈물이 주룩주룩 (Nada Sou Sou)
한동안 뜸했었지 (It’s been a long time)
별 바람 꽃 태양 (Star Wind Flower Sun) (Solo Ver.)
바보처럼 살았군요 (Lived Like A Fool) (only LP)
그리움만 쌓이네 (Only Longing Grows) (only LP)
꿈에 (In My Dreams) (only LP)
행복을 주는 사람 (A Person Who Gives Happiness) (Intro) (only LP)
행복을 주는 사람 (A Person Who Gives Happiness) (only LP)
외로운 사람들 (Alone People) (only LP)
가을 편지 (Autumn Letter) (only LP)
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