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SS501

SS501 at My Style My MTV in 2008
(From left to right) Kim Hyung Jun, Heo Young Saeng, Park Jung Min, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyun Joong (leader)
Background information
Also known as Double-S 501
Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il (더블에스오공일)
Deo Beul E Seu Goma Rui Chi
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance, R&B
Years active 2005–present
Labels DSP Entertainment
(2005-2010)
Pony Canyon (Japan)
Warner Music Taiwan
Associated acts KARA (band), Rainbow
Website http://ss501.dspenter.com/
Members
Kim Hyun Joong
Heo Young Saeng
Kim Kyu Jong
Park Jung Min
Kim Hyung Jun

SS501 (pronounced as Double-S Five-Oh-One or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il, Hangul: 더블에스오공일) is a South Korean boy band formed under the management of DSP Media, formerly known as Daesung Entertainment and DSP Entertainment. The group debut in 2005 with five members: Kim Hyun Joong, Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min and Kim Hyung Jun.

The name of the band is a combination of letters and numbers that have special meaning. The first “S” stands for “Superstar”. The second “S” is an abbreviation for “Singer”. The combination of 5, 0, and 1 symbolizes “five members united as one forever”.[1] SS501’s official fan club name is Triple S (means SSS : Super Star Supporters).

As of June 2010, upon the expiration of group’s contract with DSP Media, all the members have subsequently moved to other management companies, to pursue solo careers, but Kim Hyun Joong, the leader, have stated that they have not disbanded.[2]

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[edit] Members

Name Date of birth Position
Romanized Hangul
Kim Hyun Joong 김현중 6 June 1986 (1986-06-06) (age 25) Leader, Main Dancer, Main Rapper, Vocalist
Heo Young Saeng 허영생 3 November 1986 (1986-11-03) (age 25) Prince, Main Vocalist (Tenor)
Kim Kyu Jong 김규종 24 February 1987 (1987-02-24) (age 24) Eternal Center, Lead Rapper, Vocalist (Baritone)
Park Jung Min 박정민 3 April 1987 (1987-04-03) (age 24) Sexy Charisma, Vocalist (Bass (voice type))
Kim Hyung Jun 김형준 3 August 1987 (1987-08-03) (age 24) Maknae, Lead Vocalist, Rapper

[edit] History

[edit] 2005-2006: Debut

SS501 debuted on June 8, 2005 with their first single “Kyeonggo” (Korean: “경고”, “Warning“); a second single, “Snow Prince”, was released in late 2005. The group was inactive in Korea for most of 2006, although they had a fan meeting in Japan in April of that year.[3] The reason was due to Heo Young Saeng’s throat condition, which required a surgery, thus resulting in a need for time to fully recover.[4] In mid-2006, they held their first successful concert, “Step Up Concert” in Osaka, Japan. In late 2006, they returned to Korea in order to promote their first full album, which was released on November 10 and was entitled S.T.01 Now. Singles from the album included “Unlock” and “Four Chance”. As well as promoting the album on various variety and music shows, they also filmed a show on MNet, which was called SOS. The group (excepting Heo Young Saeng, who was recovering from the sugery) also lent their voices for the 2006 animated movie Pi’s Story.[5]

[edit] 2007-2008: Japanese activities, Boys Over Flowers, and Sub-unit

Later in 2007, the group debuted in the Japanese market. A Japanese fan club was established with the name of “Triple S Japan”; it officially debuted on March 25, 2007, when SS501 had their first official meeting with the club. The group at this time released their Japanese single “Kokoro”, alongside multiple versions, including one with all members and five featuring each member individually. The single debuted at #5 on the Oricon chart,[6] and moved to #3 the next day. It was also chosen as an ending theme song for an anime entitled Blue Dragon. A full album was released later that year. SS501 also received the newcomer award in Japan; this was the first time for Korean artists to receive this award.

In 2008, SS501 returned to Korea with their single Deja Vu, which was released on March 8, 2008. The title track was the first song to be promoted, and they began their comeback on music channel M.Net’s M Countdown.[7] After success with their single “Deja Vu”, they began to promote their second single, “A Song Calling for You”. They performed their Goodbye Stage on Music Bank on June 6, 2008, to return to Japanese activities.

On 2 October 2008, leader Hyun Joong was casted as ‘Yoon Ji Hoo’ in the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango, officially named Boys Over Flowers. It was broadcast on KBS in the first half of 2009. On 4 October the group represented Korea to performed and picked up the The Best Asian Artist Award at the 5th Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.[8]

With Jung Min, who’s performing in the lead role of ‘Danny Park’ in musical Grease and Hyun Joong on Boys Over Flowers; the remaining three members formed ‘SS501 Project Group’ with Young Saeng as the leader. They released a project album named U R Man in November 2008, with a high tempo dance track “UR Man”. They also contributed to the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack with “내 머리가 나빠서” (Because I’m Stupid), and appeared in episode four of Boys Over Flowers in a cameo prformace of “U R Man”.

[edit] 2009: Mini albums and first Asian tour

SS501 released their official second Japanese album, All My Love , on May 13, 2009. A promotional tour was also held in Japan in support of the album. They later released the album Solo Collection, which consisted of the individual members’ songs. Following its release, the members dissolved into their solo activities.

In July 2009, they reunited to embark on their 1st Asia Tour Persona, with two concerts in Seoul. It was folloed by 15 concerts, in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia and Singapore.[9]

The group’s mini album Rebirth was released in two parts: in a limited and in a full edition. The former was released on the 20th of October[10][11], the latter on the 22nd. The limited special edition album included two posters and an 100-page photo diary. SS501 promoted the album with the single “Love Like This”; the song went on to win two Music Bank awards and an Inkigayo Mutizen in November. Promotional activities for the album ended on November 29, 2009.

In 2010, SS501 continued their 1st Asia Tour Persona concert in Thailand before holding their final encore concert, on 27 February, in Seoul to conclude the tour.[12] Although the release of their new mini album was planned to be on May 1, 2010 (a nod towards “501” in the group’s name), the date was pushed back in order to “add finishing touches”. They performed at the 2010 Dream Concert later that month. Due to the fact that Kim Hyun Joong was still recovering from a previous injury, they sang two ballads instead of the rumored comeback track. A day after their performance at the Dream Concert, one of their mini album tracks, “Let Me Be The One”, was leaked on the internet. Not long afterwards, the teaser for the comeback track was unveiled. The third mini album, “Destination”, was finally released on May 24, 2010. Their first win for their title track, “Love Ya”, was during their second week of promotion in Music Bank, on June 11, 2010. They also took first place the following week. On June 18, 2010, Daesung Entertainment announced that SS501 would end their “Love Ya” promotions due to contract expiry with DSP on June 7, 2010.

[edit] 2010: Leaving DSP Media

In June 2010, upon the expiration of the group’s contract with DSP Media, all the members then subsequently signed with other management companies. Kim Hyun Joong signed with KeyEast Entertainment in late June.[13] This was followed, in August, by Park Jung Min who joined CNr Media[14] and Kim Hyung Jun with S-Plus Entertainment.[15] Lastly in October Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong, both signed with B2M Entertainment.[16]

Although its members signed under different companies, SS501 as of 2011, has retained its name. All of the members’ new companies have stated that SS501’s activities are top priority in their contracts.[17] All members have also stated that the group has definitely not disbanded. Kim Hyun Joong explained in an interview that, at the time, there wasn’t a company that would accepted them as a whole, thus the group decided to take the chance to focus on their solo activities. On October 2010, Kim Hyung Jun announced that SS501 would be back in early 2011 with a new album.[18]

[edit] 2011: Solo artists

Kim Hyun Joong starred in the leading role of ‘Baek Seung Jo’ in Korean drama Playful Kiss, broadcasted on MBC in September 2010. He then released his debut solo album Break Down on 8 June 2011 and it exceeded 70,000 pre-ordered copies in 10 days.[19] In July 2011, he also held the first of his nationwide concert in Japan. The tour continued from November in seven cities across Japan.[20] Kim Hyun Joong then released his second mini album Lucky, in October. It debut at number 5 on Billboard‘s World Chart.[21]

Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong held a joint fanmeeting, Kim Kyu Jong & Heo Young Saeng Story In Seoul on 4 December which continued in Hong Kong, Japan and countries across Asia.[22][23] Heo Young Saeng was scheduled to launch his solo singing career on 28 April 2011, but had to postpone because he pulled the ligaments on his right hand during dance practice.[24] His debut solo mini album, Let It Go was releasd on 12 May 2011, which features Kim Kyu Jong and Hyuna of girl group 4minute.[25] In November and December, Heo Young Saeng will make his theatrical musical debut in The Three Musketeers.

Kim Kyu Jong made his musical debut in Goong: Musical, playing the lead role of Crown Prince Lee Shin, in Kyoto, Japan from 11 June to 1 July[26] and debut as a solo artist in September 2011 with mini album Turn Me On.[27] On 9 November 2011, Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong along with other Korean and Japanese artists, preform at the Seoul Tokyo Music Festival 2011 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan.[28]

Park Jung Min‘s comeback solo album, Not Alone, was originally planned to be released on 25 November 2010, but was pushed back to 20 January 2011.[29] Park Jung Min was casted in a musical ‘Bonds Of Boys’ in Japan as an exchange student from November 18 to 23 November 2011. He also expanded his experience in acting by being cast in a Japanese drama, ‘Love Song in August’. He was also cast in a Taiwanese drama, ‘Fondant Garden’, along with Kingone Wang and Shara Lin.

In January 2011, according to Kim Hyung Jun‘s official Japanese homepage, he signed with Avex Entertainment for his Japanese activites.[30] On 8 March 2011 Kim Hyung Jun released his debut solo mini album My Girl[31] with music videos for the two lead tracks “oH! aH!” and “Girl”. Where Park Jung Min visited Kim Hyung Jun during the music video shoot for “Girl”.[32]

[edit] Artistry

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Although most of their music is composed by various people, the members of SS501 have also contributed to their albums. Kim Hyung Jun and his brother, Kim Ki Bum, formerly of U-KISS, composed, under the name “H&B”, the songs: “Want It”, “The One”, “I AM”, “Hey G”. Kim Hyung Jun also wrote the lyrics of the song “Obsess” in their Rebirth album. Heo Young Saeng composed his solo song “Is It Love?” and wrote the lyrics of “Until Forever”, one of the tracks in SS501’s album Destination. Park Jung Min composed the song “Kiss” which is sung by Rainbow, he performed the song at their Persona concert. He also wrote the lyrics of Not Alone and contributed to all the other songs from his album. He wrote lyrics in Japanese and sang the song ‘Your Colour’ himself for his new mobile drama for LISMO Channel in Japan, ‘Love Song In August’.

[edit] Discography

Further information: SS501 discography

[edit] Korean

Mini albums
  • SS501 – June 2005
  • Snow Prince – December 2005
  • Deja Vu – March 2008
  • Find – July 2008
  • Special Album – U R Man – SS501 Project Group – November 2008
  • Solo Collection – July 2009
  • Rebirth – October 2009
  • Destination – May 2010
Studio album
  • SS501 S.T 01 Now – November 2006

[edit] Japanese

Singles
  • Kokoro – August 2007
  • Distance~君とのキョリ – September 2007
  • Lucky Days – June 2008
Albums
  • SS501 – October 2007
  • Singles – May 2008
  • U R Man (Japan Ver. Edition) – March 2009
  • All My Love – May 2009

[edit] Concerts and showcase

  • Step Up in Seoul, South Korea (2006)
  • Step Up in Busan, South Korea (2006)
  • Step Up in Daegu, South Korea (2006)
  • Concert in Osaka, Japan (2006)
  • Concert in Seoul, South Korea (2006)
  • 4th Annual Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California, USA (2006)
  • Concert in Tokyo, Japan (2007)
  • Concert in Shanghai, China (2008)
  • Concert in Tokyo, Japan (2008)
  • Concert in Osaka, Japan (2008)
  • SS501 Showcase with Triple SOlympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul (15 November 2008)
  • Victory Concert in Los Angeles, California, USA (2009)
  • 7th Annual Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California, USA (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Seoul, South Korea – two concerts (July, 2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Tokyo, Japan (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Taipei, Taiwan (2009),[33]
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Shanghai, China (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Hong Kong, China (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Bangkok, Thailand (2010)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona Encore in Seoul, South Korea (27 February 2010 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena)[34]

[edit] Filmography

[edit] Radio

  • 2006-2007: SS501’s Youngstreet – Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min & Heo Young Saeng
  • 2010: Music High – Kim Hyung Jun

[edit] TV programmes

SS501 has had various reality shows and documentaries based on their personal and Idol lives.

  • M!Pick by M.Net – Documenting pre-debut and three months after debut
  • Thank You for Waking Us Up – hosted by Park Kyung Lim
  • Thank You for Raising Me Up – Documenting SS501 raising Daengee, an abandoned dog
  • SS501 KM Idol World – SS501 splits off into teams to complete challenges and missions with the people
  • SS501 The Mission by MNet Japan – SS501 go on missions not only to learn Japanese, but to capture the heart of Japanese fans
  • SS501 in USA – SS501 travels to California and Nevada for a photo shoot
  • SS501 Japan Making the Band
  • SS501 in Osaka – SS501 performing in Japan
  • SS501 SOS by M.Net – SS501 helping people with serious problems as they unravel the mystery and investigate behind every story
  • SS501 Stalker by M.Net – SS501 has a stalker on their hands that seem to know their every move
  • Wonderful Day – SS501 spends a day out in the park playing games and having fun
  • Infinite Challenge – A sports competition that puts SS501 against the MC’s of the show
  • Reds Go Together – Documenting SS501 during the World Cup
  • Learn Korean with SS501! – A program behind the scenes SS501’s book in Japan that taught the teachings of the Korean language
  • Heroine 6
  • Hanbok – A show where participants go against one another in a series of challenges
  • SS501 Romance Sky – SS501 are airline attendants for a day
  • SBS Chocolate – A talk show
  • SS501 Champagne – A talk show
  • SS501 Super Viking – SS501 (except Park Jung Min) competed in a physical challenge across an obstacle course
  • SS501 Real Story I AmArirang tribute to the SS501 story
  • School of Rock – SS501 visiting and performing in schools
  • Star Golden Bell – A variety show where different idols/stars come and answer questions through a series of games
  • Strong Heart – Idols/stars come and share their heartfelt stories
  • Let’s Go to School with SS501
  • SS501 Sunny Side
  • Quiz! Sixth Sense – A show where participants are split into teams and endure games of questions and answers
  • Intimate Note 2 – A variety show along with their juniors, Kara (band)
  • SS501 Big Mama – SS501 goes through a pregnancy training to find out how hard it is to be a pregnant mother
  • Golden Fishery
  • Happy Together
  • You Can Fly – SS501 goes to a school and goes to a mission to wake two lucky kids up and have challenges against other students.

[edit] Music Programs

These are a collection of SS501 first place wins on Korea’s televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korea cable channel Mnet and Music Bank on KBS.

[edit] Music Bank

Year Date Song
2009 November 13 Love Like This
November 20
2010 June 11 Love Ya
June 18

[edit] Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2007 January 7 4 Chance
January 28
February 4
2008 April 20 Deja Vu
2009 January 11 U R Man
November 22 Love Like This

[edit] M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2005 September 15 Never Again
2006 January 5 Snow Prince
January 19
2007 January 18 4 Chance
February 1
2009 January 8 U R Man
January 15

[edit] Awards

Years Awards
2005
  • 2005 M.net KM Music Festival: Best New Male Group Award
  • 2005 SBS Gayo Awards: Best New Artist
  • 2005 MBC Music Festival: Best New Artist
  • 2005 KBS Music Award: Best New Artist
2006
2007
2008
2009

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SS501 Member Profile

Name : Kim Hyun Joong
Nickname : Leader, 4D Shillang
Birthdate : June 6th, 1986 (23 years)
Star Sign : Gemini
Physique : 180cm, 68kg
Blood Type : B
Education : Graduated from Hanyang Industrial High School, Kyonggi University
Hobbies : Swimming, weight training, basketball, soccer
Talents : Playing the guitar, piano, dancing, acting
Motto : Life is one shotRandom Facts
• The oldest member and the leader of SS501
• 4th-dimensional (weird or crazy, living in his own world)
• He is a heavy sleeper
• He is a spontaneous person
• Doesn’t like to speak English because of his weird pronunciation
• Is a charismatic leader and brother to the members
• Was given the nickname Kim DogCow because of his cow-like eyes and puppy-like face
• He wants to treat his girlfriend like a guy friend (walking with an arm around her shoulders, and calls her “Hey”)
• He is not a scaredy cat
• Is close friends with DBSK’s JaeJoong and Yoochun


Name : Heo Young Saeng
Nickname : Shy Prince
Birthdate : November 3rd, 1986 (23 years)
Star Sign : Scorpio
Physique : 178cm, 63kg
Blood Type : O
Education : Graduated from Hyundai High School
Hobbies : Computer games, basketball, listening to musicTalent : Playing the pianoMotto : Don’t look behind after doing your best.Random Facts
• Is extremely shy and quiet on camera
• Loves to take his own photos
• Very conscious about his look, especially his hair
• Has the softest and highest voice in SS501
•He is said to be an expert on love despite his claim of not being ableto understand women. According to other members, he seems to have theanswer to everything when it comes to love
• Was a trainee of SM Entertainment before leaving the company and debuted under DSP Entertainment
• Seems to be more popular among children under 10 years old
• Likes to do impersonations
• Was given the nickname Otter because he looks like one


Name : Kim Kyu Jong
Nickname : Gorilla
Birthdate : February 24th, 1987 (22 years)
Star Sign : Pisces
Physique : 181cm, 65kg
Blood Type : A
Education : Department of Popular Music, Baekje Arts CollgeHobbies : Listening to music, basketball, readingTalent : Performing magicMotto : Challenge and don’t have regrets.Random Facts
• He moved to Seoul from the countryside to fulfill his dream to be a singer
• He used to be shy but became more outgoing recently after coming back from Japan
• Whatever he is asked to do, he will do it passionately regardless of his shyness
• One of his nicknames is Gorilla
• Always the first person to wake up (from the Thanks For Waking Us Up show)
• Seems very charming and kind
• He is very close with his family
• He speaks Japanese fluently
• Used to be scared of dogs but overcame that fear through a tv show where they had to take care of an abandoned dog


Name : Park Jung Min
Nickname : Horse, Sexy Charisma
Birthdate : April 3rd, 1987 (22 years)
Star Sign : Aries
Physique : 181cm, 67kg
Blood Type : O
Education : High school affiliated to Dankook UniversityHobby : Writing lyrics
Talents : Tap dancing, rock climbingMotto : Be always grateful.Random Facts
• Self proclaimed Sexy Charisma of SS501
• Said to be a walking pharmacy because he always have all kinds of health products with him
• Is given the nickname Horse because of his resemblance of a horse
• A carrot maniac. He eats lots of carrot and even makes carrot juice. He even have a rubber carrot toy
• He loves mirror because he loves himself too much
• He hits people who try to wake him up from his sleep
• He is popular among middle-aged women because of his friendly personality
• Most of the members’ nicknames were given by him including his own
• Speaks fluent Japanese and was a regular guest in a Japanese show
• Debuted his acting career through Grease musical as Danny Zuko



Name : Kim Hyung Joon
Nickname : Baby
Birthdate : August 3rd, 1987 (22 years)
Star Sign : Leo
Physique : 181cm, 66kg
Blood Type : O
Education : High school affiliated to Dankook UniversityHobbies : Computer games, weight training, listening to musicTalents : Swimming, dancingMotto : Walk and walk.Random Facts
• The baby of SS501, in terms of age and character
• The most immature according to all the members
• He has a very fair skin. In an interview he said that he had to put on lots of make up to darken his skin
• Lived in Melbourne, Australia for 2 years
• Is the bully victim of SS501, especially by Jung Min
• He likes to blurt out random English words in conversations
• He is obedient. He does whatever the members ask him to do
• Often quarrels with Jung Min. They are like Tom & Jerry
• Is called Turtle because of his neck and posture
• Likes BoA and always mentions her whenever being asked about which celebrity he likes
• His younger brother is also a singer. He was in the group Xing but now a member of U-KISS. They look very much alike

Sumber dari : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS501, http://ss501fans.blogspot.com/2009/06/ss501-member-profile.html, and http://mycolorisland.wordpress.com/tag/ss501/



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