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SHINee's Onew joins new agency, unveils fresh profile pictures

SHINee's Onew is preparing for the next phase of his career with a fresh agency !

On April 3, the newly founded agency, GRIFFIN Entertainment , made public the signing of an exclusive contract with Onew . They expressed their delight “We are happy to be together with Onew on his new start. GRIFFIN Entertainment will not spare any effort so that we can become the artist’s sanctuary.”

GRIFFIN Entertainment recently revealed Onew as their inaugural artist, unveiling new profile pictures alongside the announcement. The agency takes its name “from the legendary guardian of priceless relics” and is “dedicated to safeguarding and nurturing our artists.” GRIFFIN Entertainment aims “We strive to provide a sanctuary where artists can thrive and let their distinct gifts and talents illuminate the world.”

Onew posted his new profile photos on Instagram, adding the caption, “It was a long wait, wasn’t it? Thank you!”

In March, reports surfaced indicating the conclusion of Onew's exclusive contract with SM Entertainment. Responding to these reports, SM Entertainment stated that SHINee would continue their group activities under the company's banner, while the members would pursue individual contract opportunities. Then, on April 1st, Big Planet Made announced the signing of an exclusive contract with Taemin, another member of SHINee.

About SHINee's Onew
Lee Jin-ki, known professionally as Onew, is a multifaceted South Korean artist, excelling as a singer, songwriter, actor, and host. He was born in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, and his talent was first recognized at the 2006 SM Academy Casting. Shortly after his audition, he inked a contract with SM Entertainment, marking the beginning of his remarkable journey. Onew debuted as the lead vocalist and leader of the immensely popular boy group Shinee in May 2008, establishing themselves as one of South Korea's top-selling acts.

In addition to his group endeavors, Onew has left his mark as a solo artist, contributing to various TV series soundtracks and collaborating with diverse musicians. His solo debut EP, "Voice," was launched on December 5, 2018, just days before his military conscription on December 10, 2018. Notably, the EP reached the second position on South Korea's Circle Album Chart. Following this success, Onew released his second EP, "Dice," on April 11, 2022, which peaked at number three on the Circle Album Chart. Venturing into the Japanese music scene, he debuted with his first studio album, "Life Goes On," on July 6, 2022. Back in Korea, he unveiled his inaugural Korean studio album, "Circle," on March 6, 2023, achieving a peak position of third on the Circle Album Chart. Furthermore, Onew has showcased his songwriting prowess, contributing to compositions both for himself and Shinee.