Posted At: Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:45 AM
Posted To: 5.koreamusica
Subject: WBW: Shinhwa – “Perfect Man”
It’s that time again when we take a look back at some of our favorite old school K-pop jams with this column called Way Back Wednesday. Today’s edition features a group that really needs no introduction. They’re enjoying a career which has spanned fifteen years making them the longest running group in K-pop. They’ve released ten studio albums, have produced multiple #1 hits, and are still loved by fans both young and old. Of course, I’m talking about the boys men from Shinhwa.
Shinhwa debuted in 1998 under SM Entertainment as a follow up group to the successful H.O.T. But they were quickly able to forge their own path and have become the model of consistency and success for all idol groups as they’re still going strong today. Of their many hits, one of the biggest was the single “Perfect Man” from their fifth album of the same name released in 2002. The song stayed at the top spot for three weeks that spring and for me was my go-to song that summer when I visited Korea during the World Cup in 2002. The ‘Perfect Man’ album went on to sell 362,639 copies which was good enough to place 14th in Korea for 2002.
The men of Shinhwa are still doing their thing after starting their very own Shinhwa Company which represents the group a whole and creating their cable TV show ‘Shinhwa Broadcast‘. Let’s hope that there’s another fifteen years left in the guys for the sake of all of their fans.
As an extra treat, here’s a version they performed recently on an episode of Yoon Do Hyun’s ‘Must‘ program along with another hit single from the same album, “I Pray 4 U“.