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Ace is the first EP by Shinee's Taemin under SM Entertainment, released on August 18, 2014.[3] Its promotional single was "Danger".

Ace
Taemin Ace EP.jpg
EP by Taemin
Released August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)
Genre
Length 20:31
Language Korean
Label
Taemin chronology
Ace
(2014)
Press It
(2016)
Singles from Ace
  1. "Danger"
    Released: August 18, 2014

Contents

Background and releaseEdit

On August 11, 2014, SM Entertainment announced Taemin would release an EP entitled Ace on August 18.[4] On August 13, a highlight medley video from the EP was uploaded to YouTube.[5] The official music video for the EP's first single, "Danger", came out on August 15.[6]

CompositionEdit

The song "Danger" was composed by Thomas Troelsen, who also wrote the theme song for the World Cup in Brazil. On radio show Blue Night Radio a listener asked Taemin, "I liked the shooting sound in your music program performances. Why isn't it included in the digital version [of the song]?" Taemin said, "It was added right before performing on a music program as effect sounds for performance. It's not included because it may damage the musical completion of the song." Another listener asked, "'Danger' has a Michael Jackson feel. Did you have it in mind while working on the song?". To this, Taemin replied,"The song was composed abroad and bought. It wasn't like our goal or role model but just happened so in the process. The company thought it would suit me well, and it's not a style I dislike."[7]

The song's choreography was created by Ian Eastwood. Shinee member Jonghyun also added that he heard from the managers that after seeing Taemin dance, "I heard he found it amazing for you to copy him so well."[7] Eastwood says of the song is "...like Michael Jackson" and pays homage to Jackson's unique dance moves and that Taemin seems to understand what Jackson's performance means.

Release and critical receptionEdit

Ace reached number 1 on the weekly[8] and monthly[9] Gaon Albums Charts, and number 2 on Billboard's World Albums Chart.[10] "Danger" reached number 5 on the Gaon Weekly Digital Chart.[11] At Korea's annual music awards, Ace won the High1/Mobile Popularity Award at the 24th Seoul Music Awards,[12] plus a Bonsang and Popularity Award at the 29th Golden Disk Award.[13]

Korean music publication Weiv described the track "Danger" as "[...] a song that showcases the bright sense of Thomas Troelsen good at using multiple tracks, stands out. Most of all, it is a rare song among recent SM songs which doesn't tire you after many replays."[14] IZE said "the young mysterious thief character with light moves but serious business came to life with Taemin's performance."[15]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from official artist page.[16]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Ace"Shim ChangminDaniel "Obi" Klein, Deez, Ylva Dimberg, Charli Taft3:58
2."괴도 (Danger)"Seo Ji-eum (Jam Factory)Thomas Troelsen, Remee S. Jackman3:11
3."Experience"Hong Ji-yooWinston Sela, Marcus Brosch3:13
4."Pretty Boy" (featuring Kai of EXO)Kim JonghyunCaesar & Loui, Ylva Dimberg3:43
5."거절할게 (Wicked)"KenzieKenzie, Mage, Teddy Riley, DOM, Lee Hyun-seung3:25
6."소나타 (Play Me)"Min Hyeon-jae (Jam Factory)Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, Mike Daley, Adonis Shropshire3:01
Total length:20:31

ChartsEdit

Country Chart Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart [8] 1
Gaon Monthly album chart [9] 1
Gaon Yearly album chart[17] 23
Taiwan G-Music Combo Chart 14
United States Billboard World Albums [10] 2
Billboard Heatseekers [18] 20

Sales and certificationsEdit

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales 92,213+ [19]
Oricon physical sales 5,105+

Awards and nominationsEdit

Annual music awardsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015 24th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Taemin Nominated
High1/Mobile Popularity Award Taemin Won
Hallyu Special Award Taemin Nominated
2015 29th Golden Disk Award Bonsang (Main Prize) Taemin Won
Inkisang (Popularity Award) Taemin Won
2014 4th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Album of the Year[20] Taemin Nominated

Music program awardsEdit

Song Program Date
"Danger" Music Bank (KBS) August 29, 2014
Show! Music Core (MBC) August 30, 2014

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide[21] August 18, 2014 Digital download S.M. Entertainment
South Korea[3] CD, Digital download S.M. Entertainment, KT Music
Taiwan[22] September 26, 2014 CD Avex Taiwan

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Genre according to iTunes". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Genre according to Taemin's official site". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "STARHOME > Notice". TAEMIN OFFICIAL WebSite. SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Taemin drops solo image teasers + album release date". Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ "TAEMIN 태민_The 1st Mini Album 'ACE'_Highlight Medley". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ "TAEMIN 태민_괴도 (Danger)_Music Video". Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b "[radio] Taemin at Jonghyun's Blue Night". jujutaem. August 22, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  8. ^ a b gaonchart.co.kr (2014-08-28). "2014년 35주차 Album Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart Monthly (8/2014)". Gaon. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "World Albums (September 6, 2014)". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  11. ^ "Gaon Weekly singles charts". August 18, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "엑소, 대상 등 3관왕 영예..2014년 최고의 별(종합)[서울가요대상]". Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Taemin leads votes at Discs". Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "[weekly weiv] 08.08 ~ 08.22". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  15. ^ "[IZE]". Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  16. ^ "STARHOME > Discography". Taemin Official WebSite. SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  17. ^ "2014년 총결산 ALBUM CHART". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Heatseekers Albums (September 6, 2014)". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  19. ^
  20. ^ "2014 Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards nominees". Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  21. ^ "iTunes – Music – The 1st Mini Album 'ACE' – EP by TAEMIN". iTunes Store. August 18, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  22. ^ "ACE by Taemin" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. September 26, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.