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Birth name Shim Changmin
Also known as 최강창민, 最强昌珉 (Choikang Changmin), チャンミン (Changmin)
Born February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18) (age 22)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, actor, model, songwriter, dancer, composer
Years active 2003-present
Labels SM Entertainment, Rhythm Zone
Associated acts TVXQ, SM Town
Birth name
Hangul 심창민
Hanja 沈昌珉
Revised Romanization Sim Changmin
McCune–Reischauer Sim Ch'angmin

Shim Changmin (심창민, 沈昌珉; born February 18, 1988)[1] also known as Max (internationally), Choikang Changmin (최강창민, 最强昌珉) in South Korea and Changmin (チャンミン) (in Japan) is a Korean singer, songwriter and occasional actor best known as one-fifth of South Korean musical group TVXQ. He is managed under music labels SM Entertainment in South Korea and Rhythm Zone in Japan.



Max was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has two younger sisters, Shim Sooyeon and Shim Gi-yeon. He joined SM Entertainment by winning the best singer and best artist award in SM Entertainment's 6th Annual Youth Competition, a talent search conducted annually by the talent agency.[2] He debuted with TVXQ in 2003 performing the group's debut song "Hug" on SBS network's BoA and Britney Spears showcase special.[3]

Musical career

Apart from his contribution in musical activities with TVXQ, Max has also participated in solo projects. In 2007, he wrote the lyrics to the track "Evergreen" which was composed by fellow band member Micky and included in SM Town's compilation album 2007 Winter SMTown - Only Love.[4][5] In 2008, he wrote the Korean lyrics to "Love In The Ice" for the group's 4th Korean album Mirotic.[6] In the same year, Max also sang his Japanese solo track "Wild Soul" for TVXQ's 17th Japanese single of the TRICK project, Two Hearts/Wild Soul.[7]

Acting career

In 2006, Max starred with TVXQ in the miniseries Vacation which had a special premiere and screening at the main auditorium of Yonsei University.[8] He appeared in the episode "Beautiful Life" alongside Xiah.[9] They also participated in a number of episodes of Banjun Drama, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network.[10][11] He was also the first choice in the drama Snow Flower, but was replaced by Kim Ki Bum due to the hectic schedule of the TVXQ members. In 2009, Max was cast in the drama series "Paradise Ranch".[12]

Personal life



Max graduated from Gaepo High School in 2006. Accordingly, he was accepted into Seoul's Kyung Hee University.[13] As of 2009, he is enrolled as a student of Kyung Hee University majoring in postmodern music.[14]

Volunteer Work

In January 2008, Max volunteered with his father in the cleanup of the beaches in Taean, South Korea following the nation's worst oil spill in history. His trip to Taean was intended to be done in secrecy during a short break from his activities with TVXQ during the new year and was only made known to the media and public when another volunteer posted his sighting on a fan site. The incident was later confirmed by TVXQ's agent.[15]


  1. ^ (Korean) "동방신기(東方神起, TVXQ)". MTV. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ (Korean) "SBS Person Profile - Choikang Changmin". SBS. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  3. ^ (Korean) "TVXQ, "Can't Believe It Has Been 3 Years Since Our Debut"". mydaily News. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ (Korean) "2007 Winter SMTown Only Love Album Introduce". S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  5. ^ (Korean) "'07 Winter SMTown - TVXQ to Participate in Composition". DongA Ilbo Co. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  6. ^ (Korean) "4th Album Info - Mirotic". S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. ^ (Japanese) "Tohoshinki Discography - Two Hearts/WILD SOUL (CHANGMIN from 東方神起)". Avex Group. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. ^ (Korean) "2000 Fans Invited to TVXQ's Vacation Screening". mydaily News. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  9. ^ (Korean) "Vacation Official Website". S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  10. ^ (Korean) "All About Dong Bang Shin Ki Season 2 DVD Releases in 12 Days". DongA Ilbo Co. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  11. ^ (Korean) "TVXQ Banjun Theatre Dangerous Love". SBS. 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  12. ^ "Boy band members move from stage to the screen". Joongang Daily. 2009-07-30. Retrieved August 03, 2009. 
  13. ^ (Korean) "Choikang Changmin, Kim Hyung Jun and Moon Geun Young All Graduate High School in a Row". CBS. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  14. ^ (Korean) "Jo Kwon and Nam Gyuri Attend Orientation". Newsen. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  15. ^ (Korean) "Choikang Changmin Found Secretly Working at Taean". Newsis News Agency. 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 

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