SHINee is back with the release of their seventh studio album, Don’t Call Me. With the new release, Onew, Minho, Key, and Taemin seek to satiate unwavering and casual fans with a fresh perspective since The Story of Light: Epilogue released in 2018. Expanding on the group’s prolific thirteen-year trajectory, SHINee’s highly awaited musical project arrives with a nine-track collection depicting love in its pure form and betrayal and pain, as expressed on the title track “Don’t Call Me.”
Since their 2008 debut EP, Replay, SHINee continues to perfect their narrative and reinvent their sonic landscape. To enrich the new offering, the seasoned K-pop act collaborated with renowned domestic and foreign producers, musicians, and songwriters that include hitmakers Yoo Young Jin, KENZIE, Dem Jointz, Moonshine, Million Market rapper Coogie, Higher Music rapper Woodie Gochild, and talented artist Dvwn. The strategic collaboration resulted in highlighting the group’s vocal talents in varying genres, from R&B, dance-pop, and hip-hop to layers of ’80s jazz, and rhythmic reggae. The new album landed on Apple Music’s “The A-List K-pop” playlist, has positioned itself at No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart, and took a spot on Spotify’s “K-Pop Daebak” playlist.
The new album marks the group’s first comeback in over two years since going on hiatus due to the mandatory military enlistment of three of the members, whom are now discharged. “I was so happy to get together and prepare with the other members after such a long time,” Onew said during a press conference. “After spending time apart in our separate fields we were able to create synergy as SHINee again.”
“We worked hard and did our best to prepare for this, and we’re satisfied that we gave it everything we had,” the group said. “We want to receive five stars for musicality. We want to hear people say, ‘They’ve still got it and they want to do a good job.’”
Following the album release, SHINee will star in the new variety show SHINee Inc. Tailored by the group, the show will give fans a glimpse at never-before-seen footage, memories shared across their thirteen-year career, and a special performance of their newly released tracks. SHINee Inc. will debut on tvN on February 24.
Stream and download Don’t Call Me on your favorite music streaming platform here and watch the music video for “Don’t Call Me” below.