Super Junior

슈퍼쥬니어

Super Junior( Korean :슈퍼주니어;Syupeo Junieo) is a South Korean pop group. Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of S.M. Entertainment , the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak. Super Junior originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of leader Leeteuk , Heechul , Hankyung , Yesung , Kangin , Shindong , Sungmin , Eunhyuk , Donghae , Siwon , Ryeowook and Kibum . Kyuhyun joined the group in 2006.Super Junior launched into international recognition following the release of their best-selling single " Sorry, Sorry " in 2009, the title song of their most critically successful albumSorry, Sorry.Over the years, they have been divided into smaller groups, simultaneously targeting different music industries and audiences. Largely due to Super Junior's success as entertainers, other Korean entertainment managements began to train their music groups in other areas of entertainment, such as acting and hosting.The best-selling K-pop artist for three years in a row,Super Junior have earned thirteen music awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards , sixteen from the Golden Disk Awards , and are the second singing group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards after JTL in 2003.In 2012, they were nominated for "Best Asian Act" in MTV Europe Music Awards .In December 2009, Hankyung departed from the group after filing a lawsuit against their agency S.M. Entertainment.Hankyung subsequently won the lawsuit in December 2010,though his departure from Super Junior was not made official until September 27, 2011, when S.M. Entertainment finally released a statement to that effect.Kangin enlisted for his mandatory military service on July 5, 2010 and completed his service on April 16, 2012. Heechul enlisted for his mandatory military service on September 1, 2011 and completed his service on August 30, 2013. Leeteuk enlisted for his mandatory military service on October 30, 2012 and completed his military service on 29 July 2014.Yesung enlisted for his mandatory military service on May 6, 2013. As of 2014, Super Junior have ten active members: Leeteuk , Heechul , Kangin , Shindong , Sungmin , Eunhyuk , Siwon , Donghae , Ryeowook , and Kyuhyun .

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 Super Junior's Musical career

2000–2005: Formation and debut[edit]

That same year, Leeteuk , Yesung , and Eunhyuk were recruited after auditioning for the company's annual casting system in Seoul . Sungmin and Donghae became trainees after jointly winning first place in an SM-sponsored contest in 2001. In 2002, Heechul and Kangin were recruited along with Kibum , who was discovered in Los Angeles , California by a casting agent. Siwon became a trainee after being scouted in 2003. Shindong became a trainee in 2004. Ryeowook won the 2004 Chin Chin Youth Festival singing competition and became a trainee just two months before debut in 2005.Kyuhyun then joined the group in 2006, after winning third place in the 2005 Chin Chin Youth Festival.

Inspired by the rotational concept of Japan's girl group Morning Musume , Lee said that his new group would also experience line-up changes, with new members replacing selected members every year to keep the group constantly young and all-rounded. This concept was then newly introduced to the K-pop market.

oice forEachRhythm."[a]However, before the group settled with their current name, the company simply referred to them asjuniors, a representation of the members' young ages when they first became SM trainees.After the members' showcased their different talents to the company at a picnic, the company finalized their group name to Super Junior, and officially becameSuper Junior'05, the first generation of Super Junior.Super Junior 05 made their pre-debut performance on the Korean channel Mnet on September 11, 2005.[b]At the showcase, they performed various styles of hip-hop dancing , where they danced to B2K 's "Take It to the Floor". Hankyung, Eunhyuk, and Donghae also performed a separate dance together, dancing to Usher 's " Caught Up ." However, the performance did not air on television until May 16, 2006 as a segment in theSuper Junior Show, the group's first television documentary.

Popular Songon November 6, 2005, performing their first single " Twins (Knock Out) ". A digital single with "Twins (Knock Out)", "You Are the One", and three additional tracks were released online on November 8, followed by the release of their debut albumTwinson December 6, 2005. The album sold 28,536 copies in the first month of release and debuted at number three in the monthly chart of December 2005.[c]

2006–2007:U,Don't Don, and commercial success[edit]

Member Eunhyuk indirectly explains in a variety show that junior group SHINee could have been part of the group, but that was contemplated before Kyuhyun broke the rotational concept.

The single became one of Korea's most popular songs of the year, taking up number one spots for five consecutive weeks on two of Korea's top music programs.By the end of the year, Super Junior collected over seven awards in five of South Korea's top music award ceremonies, and was one of the three Best Newcomer winners at the 21st Golden Disk Awards .

, on the KBS music programMusic Bankon November 5, 2006.In February 2007, Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Sungmin, Shindong and Eunhyuk formed Super Junior-T , a trot -singing group. They released their first single " Rokuko " on February 23, 2007, and made a debut performance onPopular Songstwo days later.

received mixed reviews from critics, the album went to sell more than 160,000 copies by the end of the year, becoming the second best-selling record of 2007.[c]Super Junior received seven nominations at the 2007 Mnet/KM Music Festival, winning three of them which included Artist of the Year, termed by many as the highest recognition of the ceremony.Super Junior collected two more recognitions at the 22nd Golden Disk Awards, including a Disk Bonsang award (Record of the Year).

2008–2009:Sorry, Sorryand career breakthrough[edit]

Super Junior performing at SMTown Live '08 in Bangkok , Thailand

and was the idol group with the most endorsement contracts in China.They won numerous awards at Chinese music festivals, and achieved critical acclaim after the release of their single " Super Girl " from their second recordSuper Girl, which garnered them a nomination for Best Vocal Group at the 21st Golden Melody Awards . A fourth Super Junior subgroup was created soon after Super Junior-M's debut. With five members from Super Junior-T and Yesung, they formed the subgroup Super Junior-H , releasing their first extended play (EP)Cooking? Cooking!on June 5, 2008. In November 2008, Super Junior-T made a debut in Japan, collaborating with Japanese comedy duo Moeyan.Their single " ROCK&GO ", the Japanese-language version of "Rokuko", debuted at number 19 on the Oricon Daily Chartsand ascended to number 2 three days later.

The group released a compiled single "U/Twins", which includes the Japanese version of "U" in the limited release version, to complement the event. The single peaked at number four on Japan's Oricon Daily Chart on its first day of release, and dropped down four places on its second. The single broke a new record for being the first Korean single to have made within top 10 on Japan's Oricon Weekly Chart.

Sorry, Sorrywon several accolades at the 24th Golden Disk Awards, including the Disk Daesang (Record of the Year).

After the success ofSorry, Sorry, Super Junior commenced their second Asia-wide concert tour Super Show 2 , on July 17, 2009 in Seoul.

2010–2011:Bonamana, lineup changes, and international recognition[edit]

He parted with the group and released his solo albumGeng Xinin July 2010, which sold over 510,000 copies. That same month, Kangin announced his hiatus to fulfill his two-year mandatory military service .

in May 2010. Although the album did not fare well asSorry, Sorrycritically, it sold over 300,000 copies in South Korea, outsellingSorry, Sorry. "Bonamana" was originally made by moves from Michael Jackson's MV's choreographed together.The album remained at the top of Taiwan's Korean-Japanese Music Charts for 61 weeks, breaking their own previous record of the said chart.

The movie debuted at number six on the box office charts and went off to become the best-selling 3D movie in Korea.After touring in Japan, they released theSuper Junior Japan 'Super Show 3' Opening Commemorative Albumin February 2011, which debuted at number two on Japan's Tower Records online sales charts. The DVD version ofSuper Junior Japan Limited Special Edition – Super Show 3also debuted at number two, while the CD version debuted at number 10. The album also remained at number three spot on the Oricon Daily Chart for two consecutive days and number six on the Oricon Weekly Chart. Following their commercial success in Japan, the group released a Japanese version ofBonamana's self-titled single in June 2011, which debuted at number two on the Oricon Daily Singles chart, selling over 59,000 copies the first week of release,however, SM did not see the release as their official Japanese debut and has stated that their debut in Japan will occur at a later time.

The group has achieved recognition beyond Asia, reaching notability in Europe, North America, and South America. Peru’s Top 30 ranking ofThe Sexiest Men in the Worldincluded all of the members on the listThey gave exclusive interviews to Slovenian and Iranian magazines,and were selected by Brazilian Hallyu fans to be the number-one Korean artist they want to visit Brazil.Both Mexico's TV Azteca and the United Kingdom's BBC acknowledged Super Junior to be the leading icon of the Hallyu effect.

2011–2012:Mr. Simpleand the world tour,Super Show 4[edit]

Super Junior members at LG Optimus Super Junior Fan meeting at Chateau de Chine in Kaohsiung , Taiwan in November 2011. (L-R: Leeteuk, Ryeowook, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Yesung, Shindong)

won first place on the first day of the group's comeback performance on the music showM!Countdown.In September 2011, Heechul left temporarily for military service . Super Junior began their first world tour, theSuper Show 4in November 2011.The group's second Japanese single, a Japanese version of "Mr. Simple", was released December 7, 2011 in Japan,however this was still not recognized by SM as their official Japanese promotional debut.

2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Giftalbum, released on December 13, 2011. In addition, Donghae and Eunhyuk released their collaboration digital single " Oppa, Oppa " on December 16and performed the single onMusic Bankthat same day.

On January 11, Super Junior participated at the 26th Golden Disk Awards which was held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan. The group ended up bringing home four awards: Popularity Award, MSN Japan Award, Disk Bonsang and the grand prize Disk Daesang. This was followed by further successes at the Seoul Music Awards on January 19, at which they were awarded the Disk Bonsang and Disk Daesang.

and 4th albumBonamanaranked 1st and 2nd on both album and music sections of the Korean Music Chart 2012. Significantly, Super Junior ranked 1 on the KKBOX K-Pop chart for 64 consecutive weeks with their 4th album title song "Bonamana", marking the longest record in the history of KKBOX K-Pop chart. They then reached 1 with the 5th album title song "Mr. Simple" for 46 consecutive weeks (as of 4 July 2012), effectively knocking themselves from the 1 spot. On February 22, Super Junior won Album Of The Year for the 3rd Quarter at the Gaon Chart Awardsand on March 13, Super Junior won Favorite K-pop Video for "Mr.Simple" at the MYX Music Awards.[citation needed]

Also, Super Junior successfully completed their world tour Super Show 4 in 10 cities worldwide including Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Singapore, Macao, Bangkok, Paris, Shanghai, Jakarta and Tokyo for 6 months starting in November. Combined with their three Asia tours and Super Show 4, Super Junior’s concert brand gathered a total of 900,000 audiences.

2012–2013:Sexy, Free & Singleand the world tour,Super Show 5[edit]

Sexy, Free & Singlewhich was released online on July 1 and in stores on July 4, 2012.SM released the MV forSexy, Free & Singleon July 3. The Version B of album was released on July 16, having only a different cover. On August 7, Super Junior released the repackage album forSexy, Free & SinglecalledSPY, including four new songs " SPY ", "Outsider", "Only U" composed by Leeteuk and "Haru" composed by Donghae. The MV was released on August 13.

Sexy, Free & Singlealso debuted at 1st on "Hanteo Chart" with more than 200,000 copies sold in one month become the first group to do so far this year.Super Junior rank 1st place on Hanteo's "Top 5 K-Pop Artists" 2012 winningHanteo"Singer Award" and also rank 1st place inHanteo"Album Award" 2012 also winning this award.

The Japanese version of this song, which was released on August 22, has sold over 118,902 units making the single gold certified.

On November 30, Super Junior attended the Mnet Asian Music Awards where they won three awards, "Album of the Year", "Best Global Group - Male" and "Best Line Award", being the second year in row that Super Junior wins "Album of the Year".TheirSuper Show 43D movie was awarded with "Work of Art Award" at theInternational 3D Festivalbeing the only singer together with Glam winning an award.On January 15 Super Junior won "Disk Daesang" at 27th Golden Disk Awards , being the 3rd "Disk Daesang" that Super Junior has won, and the second in a row (winning in 2011 for "Mr Simple").

Super Junior announced their world tour in February 2013. "The World Tour, Super Show 5 " began in March starting with Seoul. The group will then go to China, Japan, South America, and Europe.

2014-present:Mamacitaand the world tour,Super Show 6[edit]

Mamacitawhich was released online on August 29 and in stores on September 1.Super Junior began their world tour, Super Show 6 in September 2014.

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 Super Junior's Members

Current members[edit]

Stage nameFull nameStatus
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
Leeteuk 이특 Park Jung-su 박정수 Active
Heechul 희철 Kim Hee-chul 김희철 Active
Yesung 예성 Kim Jong-woon 김종운 Inactive due to military service
Kangin 강인 Kim Young-woon 김영운 Active
Shindong 신동 Shin Dong-hee 신동희 Active
Sungmin 성민 Lee Sung-min 이성민 Active
Eunhyuk 은혁 Lee Hyuk-jae 이혁재 Active
Donghae 동해 Lee Dong-hae 이동해 Active
Siwon 시원 Choi Si-won 최시원 Active
Ryeowook 려욱 Kim Ryeo-wook 김려욱 Active
Kibum 기범 Kim Ki-bum 김기범 Inactive (pursued acting career)
Kyuhyun 규현 Cho Kyu-hyun 조규현 Active

Super Junior-M members[edit]

Stage nameFull nameStatus
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHanja/English
Zhou Mi 조미 Zhou Mi 周覓 Active
Henry 헨리 Liu Xian Hua 刘宪华 Active

Former members[edit]

Stage nameFull nameStatus
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHanja
Hankyung 한경 Han Geng 韩庚 Inactive (filed for contract termination)

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 Super Junior's Discography

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 Super Junior's Tours and concerts

Main tours
  • The 1st Asia Tour - "Super Show"(2008-2009)
  • The 2nd Asia Tour - "Super Show 2"(2009-2010)
  • The 3rd Asia Tour - "Super Show 3"(2010-2011)
  • Super Junior World Tour - "Super Show 4"(2011-2012)
  • Super Junior World Tour - "Super Show 5"(2013-2014)
  • Super Junior World Tour - "Super Show 6"(2014)
Subgroup tours
  • Super Junior K.R.Y. The 1st Concert(2010-2011)
  • Super Junior K.R.Y. Special Winter Concert(2012-2013)
  • Super Junior D&E The 1st Japan Tour (2014)
Affiliated tours
  • SMTown Live '07 Summer Concert(2007)
  • SMTown Live '08(2008-2009)
  • SMTown Live '10 World Tour(2010-2011)
  • SMTown Live World Tour III(2012-2013)
  • SM Town Week(2013)
  • SMTown Live World Tour IV(2014–present)

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 Super Junior's Musical style

; pop and contemporary R&B inSorry, SorryandBonamana; and electropop and synthpop inMr. Simple. The group has also covered few songs in their albums. Their debut single "Twins (Knock Out)" is a cover of Triple Eight 's "Knockout," which was released in 2003. In most of their covers, the original titles are kept, such as Cape's "L.O.V.E" and Exile's "Believe", both tracks fromTwins. Super Junior works closely with Yoo Young-jin , who has produced and arranged most of the group's title singles since debut. Yoo's also known for creating the renowned SMP style, a genre that includes a balanced infusion of rock, R&B, and rap, empowered by the sounds of electric guitar , bass, and other different percussion instruments .Super Junior prominently featured this SMP style inDon't Don.The group are also acclaimed for their vocal harmonization and unison as each member contributes a different range in their choruses, and often incorporate different types of vocal belting into their songs.[f]

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 Super Junior's Subgroups

  • Super Junior-K.R.Y.
  • Super Junior-T
  • Super Junior-M
  • Super Junior-H
  • Donghae & Eunhyuk

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 Super Junior's Philanthropy

On September 4, 2012, Super Junior are appointed as honorary ambassadors for the Gangnam District of Seoul.

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 Super Junior's Controversies

Expansion to China

After more rumors regarding adding another member to the subgroup, the fans decided to gain a legal representation as part of S.M. Entertainment's stockholders. As of March 20, 2008, Super Junior fans purchased 58,206 stocks of S.M. Entertainment, holding 0.3% of the company's entire stock.They released a statement that they will obtain all chances to prevent S.M. Entertainment from adding new members and to keep Super Junior as only thirteen.

Conflict with MBC

Sunday Night Dong-An Club(동안클럽) where Kangin has been a regular host. MBC temporarily banned the rest of Super Junior from appearing in any future performances and shows hosted by MBC.Kangin also lost his MC jobs to T.O.P. of Big Bang for the music show,Show! Music Coreand also two more variety shows, which both soon canceled after Kangin left due to low ratings.MBC demanded an apology from S.M. Entertainment in order for Super Junior to appear on shows hosted by the channel again. However, MBC concluded that Super Junior's ban was never official, but just a decision for shows' producers to decide.

Han Geng's lawsuit and departure from group

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 Super Junior's Filmography

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