Super Junior

슈퍼쥬니어

Super Junior( Korean :슈퍼주니어) is a South Korean boy band . Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment , the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak. Super Junior originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of leader Leeteuk , Heechul , Han Geng , 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.The group has released and contributed to over 20 records with varying degrees of success,and was the best-selling K-pop artist for three years in a row.Super Junior proved that they are the #1 K-pop artist in the Philippines. They earned 3 Gold record awards for Sorry Sorry, Bonamana, and Mr. Simple.They have been labelled as "Best Super Star in Asia" and "The King of Global Korean Wave".Over the years, they have been divided into smaller subgroups, 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.In addition to their commercial success, Super Junior has earned ten music awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards , thirteen from the Golden Disk Awards , and is the second singing group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards after JTL in 2003.In December 2009, Han Geng departed from the group after filing a lawsuit against their agency SM Entertainment .Han Geng 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.Heechul enlisted for his mandatory military service on September 1, 2011. Kangin was absent from the group for their fourth and fifth album promotions, but completed his service in April 2012, and will rejoin the group for their sixth album in mid/late 2012. As well as this, Kibum remains absent from the group while pursuing an acting career, however the remaining members consider the absent three to be part of the group regardless. This has left Super Junior with ten currently active members with the group: Leeteuk , Yesung , Shindong , Sungmin , Eunhyuk , Donghae , Siwon , Kangin , Ryeowook , and Kyuhyun .

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 Super Junior's Musical career

2000–2005: Formation and debut

In 2000, SM Entertainment held their first overseas casting auditions in Beijing , China and recruited Han Geng , who auditioned against three thousand applicants.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 and Ryeowook in 2004, who was recruited into the company after winning the 2004 Chin Chin Youth Festival singing competition. Shindong and Kyuhyun , the latter winning third place at the 2005 Chin Chin Youth Festival, were cast in 2005.

In early 2005, Lee Soo-man announced that he had been preparing for an all-boy project group of twelve members to debut at the end of the year. He called this singing group to be "The Gateway to Stardom of Asia,"as most of the members in this group were chosen for their experiences as actors, MCs , models, and radio hosts prior debut. Heechul and Kibum were already established actors at the time, and most of the other members had already made various kinds of appearances in television and media.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.

For a while the group was rumored to be calledO.V.E.R, the acronym for "Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm."[a]However, before the group settled with their current name, the company simply referred to them as super junior05, 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". Han Geng, 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.

The group officially debuted on SBS 's music programPopular 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 albumSuperJunior05 (Twins)on 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

In February 2006, Super Junior 05 began performances for " Miracle ", the second promotional single from their debut album. "Miracle" topped the music charts of Thailand , drawing interest from international markets.As promotions for "Miracle" ended, SM Entertainment began selecting new members for Super Junior's second generation, Super Junior 06. The company even prepared a list of chosen members that were to graduate from the group. However, the company abandoned the rotational concept after adding a thirteenth member, Kyuhyun, in 2006. The group then became known as just Super Junior, without the suffix "05".

After the addition of Kyuhyun, Super Junior released their single " U " for free download on May 25, 2006 on their official website. "U" exceeded 400,000 downloads within five hours of release and ultimately surpassed 1.7 million downloads, crashing the server.The physical single of "U" with a total of three tracks was released on June 6, eventually selling over 81,000 units in South Korea.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 .

In late 2006, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung formed the subgroup Super Junior-K.R.Y. , Super Junior's first sub-unit. They performed their first single "The One I Love", theme song to the Korean television dramaHyena, 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.

Super Junior's second official album was intended for a late 2006 release, but due to several accidental setbacks ,Don't Donwas not released until September 20, 2007.Don't Donsold over 60,000 units the first day of release and debuted at number one on the monthly chart of September 2007.AlthoughDon't Donreceived 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

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

Super Junior-M , Super Junior's Mandopop subgroup comprising members Han Geng, Siwon, Donghae, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Super Junior-M members Henry and Zhou Mi , was formed in April 2008.Although the creation of the subgroup initially created a strife between the group's fans and their management,[d]Super Junior-M went on to become Super Junior's most successful subgroup,selling out two concerts in Hong Kong ,topping weekly ratings with their appearance on Chinese variety programs,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-Happy , 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.

Super Junior's first Asia-wide concert tour, Super Show , started on February 22, 2008, in Seoul .[e]The group held a successful two-day fan meeting in Japan at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo , selling out 12,000 tickets in several days.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.

The group released their third studio albumSorry, Sorryon March 12, 2009.It was their first album to debut at number one on the Hanteo Charts, selling over 29,000 copies the first day.After only a month of release, the album became South Korea's best-selling album of 2009, and ultimately sold over 250,000 copies in South Korea.It became the best-selling K-pop album in Taiwan,Thailand, China, and the Philippines, in which the latter credited the album to be the first K-pop album to reach number one in music charts from the country.The album's title single " Sorry, Sorry " became an instant hit,collecting a total of ten number-one awards for ten consecutive weeks in Korea, and stayed as number one for a record-breaking 37 weeks in Taiwan's K-pop singles chart. "Sorry, Sorry" achieved national and international success, and has since been the group's best-selling single in South Korea.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

Despite their critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by legal turmoils and lineup changes during their concert tour. Though Kibum was shown in the ads and promotional videos for Super Show 2, he did not officially participate in the concert tour, and announced his temporary leave from the group to pursue his acting career. In October 2009, Kangin was charged with a DUI and hit-and-run after crashing into a parked taxi holding three passengers.In December 2009, Han Geng filed for contract termination from SM Entertainment, claiming that the provisions of his contract were unlawful, harsh, and against his rights.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 .

With only ten members left, Super Junior went off to release their fourth studio album,Bonamanain May 2010. Although the album did not fare well asSorry, Sorrycritically, it sold over 300,000 copies in South Korea, outsellingSorry, Sorry.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.

To promote the album, Super Junior embarked on their third Asia-wide tour Super Show 3 in 2010 and 2011,and had sold-out concerts for each stop.In February 2011, Super Junior released a 3D movie version of their tour,Super Show 3 3Din all CGV and Primus movie theaters.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 ten. 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.

Between Super Show 3 stops, the group took part in the SMTown Live '10 World Tour and toured in Los Angeles , Paris , Tokyo and New York along with other SM Entertainment-managed artists, performing outside of Asia for the first time.Super Junior's performances were well received by the media,and they were honored as Korea'sNational Pop Culture Iconfor their role in spreading the Hallyu Wave ( Korean Wave ), receiving the Minister of Culture Awards by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at the Pop Culture Art Awards. They were featured on CNN 'sTalk Asiaprogram, and talked about their popularity and strategy for advancing into the world music industry.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. Simple, world tour and sixth album

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)

Mr. Simpledebuted at number one on the South KoreanGaon Chart, selling 287,427 copies. The album stayed on the chart as number one for four weeks, and sold over 441,000 copies in South Korea by October 2011.It peaked at number three on theBillboard World Albums Chartand number 17 on Japan'sOricon Album's Chart. The album's title single " Mr. Simple " 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, the Super Show 4 in 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.

The group, with Super Junior-M members Zhou Mi and Henry , also recorded the song " Santa U Are The One " for the2011 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.

On January 13, Super Junior were crowned 'Album King' in Taiwan, after Super Junior’s 5th albumMr. Simpleand 4th albumBonamanaranked #1 and #2 on both album and music sections of the Korean Music Chart 2012. Significantly, Super Junior ranked #1 on the KKBOX chart for 64 consecutive weeks with their 4th album title song "Bonamana", marking the longest record in the history of KKBOX. They then reached #1 with the 5th album title song "Mr. Simple" for 46 consecutive weeks (as of 4th July 2012), effectively knocking themselves from the #1 spot. On 4th July, Super Junior's 6th album's title track "Sexy, Free & Single" reached #1 on the same chart. On February 22, Super Junior won Album Of The Year for the 3rd Quarter at the Gaon Chart Awards.[citation needed]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 SHOW4’ 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, ‘SUPER SHOW 4,’ Super Junior’s concert brand, gathered a total of 900,000 audiences.


In June, 2012, SM Entertainment announced that Kangin will rejoin Super Junior for the group's sixth album,Sexy, Free & Singlewhich has been released online on July 1 and in store on July 4, 2012.

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 Super Junior's Members

Stage nameBirth nameSub-unitStatusTwitter/Weibo
RomanizedHangul/HanjaRomanizedHangul/Hanja
Leeteuk이특/利特Park Jung Soo박정수/朴正洙Super Junior-T

Super Junior-Happy

Active@special1004
Heechul희철/希澈Kim Hee Chul김희철/金希澈Super Junior-TInactive (Mandatory Military Service)@Heedicator (deactivated July 9, 2012)
Hankyung한경/韓庚Han Geng한경/韓庚Super Junior-MContract terminated@韩庚
Yesung예성/藝聲Kim Jong Woon김종운/金鐘雲Super Junior-K.R.Y

Super Junior-Happy

Active@shfly3424
Kangin강인/强仁Kim Young Woon김영운/金永雲Super Junior-T

Super Junior-Happy

Active@Himsenkangin
Shindong신동/神童Shin Dong Hee신동희/申東熙Super Junior-T

Super Junior-Happy

Active@ShinsFriends
Sungmin성민/晟敏Lee Sung Min이성민/李晟敏Super Junior-T

Super Junior-Happy

Super Junior-M (from 2011)

Active@imSMl
Eunhyuk은혁/銀赫Lee Hyuk Jae이혁재/李赫宰Super Junior-T

Super Junior-Happy

Super Junior-M (from 2011)

Active@AllRiseSilver
Donghae동해/東海Lee Dong Hae이동해/李東海Super Junior-MActive@donghae861015
Siwon시원/始源Choi Si Won최시원/崔始源Super Junior-MActive@siwon407
Ryeowook려욱/厲旭Kim Ryeo Wook김려욱/金厲旭Super Junior-K.R.Y

Super Junior-M

Active@ryeong9
Kibum기범/起範Kim Ki Bum김기범/金起範-Inactive@ikmubmik
Kyuhyun규현/圭賢Cho Kyu Hyun조규현/曺圭賢Super Junior-K.R.Y

Super Junior-M

SM The Ballad

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 Super Junior's Sub-group Members

Stage nameBirth nameSub-unitStatusTwitter/Weibo
RomanizedHangul/HanjaRomanizedHangul/Hanja
Zhou Mi주멱/周覓Zhou Mi주멱/周覓Super Junior-MActive@sjmzhoumi
Henry헨리Henry Lau헨리 라우/劉憲華Super Junior-MActive@henrylau89

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 Super Junior's Artistry

Musical style

They pursued bubblegum pop inSuperJunior05; ethereal and alternative rock inDon't Don; 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 fromSuperJunior05. 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]

Dance style

Prior to debut the group had a dance performance in hip hop-style, and they have occasionally joined B-boy battles and performances throughout their career.Most of their dances are inspired by street dancing styles, with a majority of their choreography containing hip hop dance moves such as popping, waving, floating, and liquid dancing. Han Geng and Sungmin, both trained in martial arts, often incorporate martial art-styled dances into their choreography.Being professionally trained in dancing prior to debut, Super Junior often choreograph their own dances. Shindong was the main choreographer for "U" and for a majority of the group's other dance performances in TV shows and concerts. Eunhyuk choreographed the dance for " Boom, Boom " and worked with the other members to create the dance choreography for "Don't Don" and "Marry U". From "Sorry, Sorry", Super Junior had made a breakout in dancing style by co-operated with famous choreographer Nick Bass who used to work with many world stars like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake .Since the departure of Han Geng, Kyuhyun has been promoted to the main dancing group of Super Junior, alongside Eunhyuk, Donghae, Sungmin and Shindong.

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 Super Junior's Tours and concerts

Main tours
  • 2008–09: The 1st ASIA TOUR, Super Show
  • 2009–10: The 2nd ASIA TOUR, Super Show 2
  • 2010–11: The 3rd ASIA TOUR, Super Show 3
  • 2011–12: The WORLD TOUR, Super Show 4
Subgroup tours
  • 2010–11: Super Junior K.R.Y The 1st Concert
Affiliated tours
  • 2007: SMTown Live '07 Summer Concert
  • 2008–09: SMTown Live '08
  • 2010–11: SMTown Live '10 World Tour
  • 2012–13: SMTown Live '12 World Tour

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 Super Junior's Discography

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Television

Prior to Super Junior's debut, several of the members made brief appearances in television dramas. In 2000, Leeteuk appears as anextrain the television dramaAll About Eveas a moviegoer. Kangin was an extra in the 2002 dramaThe Secret Lovers. Siwon made a brief appearance in the 2004 dramaPrecious Family, and Kibum portrayed the teenage Han Jung-woo inApril Kissthat same year. In early 2005, Heechul became theMCfor music programsPopular SongsandMusic Banks. He simultaneously co-hostedYoungstreet Radio Showwith ex-M.I.L.K.member Park Heebon; however, Heechul took over the radio show in 2010, which was then renamed toKim Heechul's Youngstreet Radio. That same year, Heechul made his first television drama appearance in the idol dramaSharp 2, which had Kibum starring as the main character. FollowingSharp 2, Heechul appeared inLoveholicas a young junior chef. Siwon portrayed the teenage Kang Bong-man inEighteen, Twenty-Nineand Sungmin made his first television appearance as the teenage Kang Dong-shin inSisters of the Sea.

After Super Junior's November 2005 debut, Kibum and Heechul starred in the sixth season of thesitcomNonstop, which also featured members Han Geng and Eunhyuk making a briefcameo appearance. On November 11, Leeteuk, Kangin, and Shindong made their MC debut on Mnet's music programM! Countdown. The group's first two television documentaries, theSuper Junior ShowandPrincess Diariesaired right after their debut. From March to May 2006, Super Junior starred in the horror mockumentaryMystery 6, which featured Donghae as the central character. The group's first reality television series,Super Junior Full House, aired from May to August 2006. Their other reality television series,Super Adonis Campaired right after, although it was filmed beforeSuper Junior Full House.Super Adonis Campstarred seven members of Super Junior (Leeteuk, Han Geng, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, and Donghae) who were forced to live in a boot camp environment.

In August 2006, Super Junior starred inSuper Junior Mini-Drama, a 5-episode television program featuring the Super Junior members acting in separate half-hour mini-dramas, which was written and produced by them.

To promote their second album, Super Junior starred in the weekly educational television showExplorers of the Human Bodyafter the release ofDon't Donin 2007. The members answered curious questions about the human body by doing humorous demonstrations and experiments with their own bodies.Although the show was the highest-rated program of the Sunday reality line-up at the time, the program ended after thirteen episodes. Due to the popularity of the program, the producers planned to write in another season, but had difficulty in accommodating filming time with Super Junior's packed schedules.

In March 2011, Siwon and Donghae were cast as the two male leads in the Taiwanese television dramaSkip Beat!, a live-action adaptation of themanga of the same name.Super Junior-M performed the opening theme "S.O.L.O." while Donghae wrote and performed the ending theme "This Is Love" (Chinese: 這是愛).

In September 2011, Leeteuk began starring in MBC'sWe Got Married, partnered with actressKang Sora.

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 Super Junior's Endorsements

In October 2011, Super Junior and labelmates f(x) were chosen as the new endorsement models for LG Electronics , and will be endorsing a wide range of LG products for an entire year.

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 Super Junior's Philanthropy

Super Junior were appointed as the goodwill ambassadors for the 2008 Korea and Thailand 50th Anniversary, honoring the good relationship Korea has held with Thailand for the past fifty years.On February 20, 2010, Super Junior were named as Taiwan’s tourism ambassadors. Super Junior are also spokesmodels for the "Donate Blood" (2007–present) campaign at the Republic of Korea National Red Cross and were appointed as goodwill ambassadors for World Blood Donor Day. On March 3, 2011, Super Junior were appointed by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Korea as the 2011 Honorary Korean Food Ambassadors to promote Korean cuisine all over the world. On June 17, 2011, Super Junior were chosen to be the ambassadors ofSeoul Summer Sale 2011.They have since been appointed to the same position for Seoul Summer Sale 2012. On July 24, 2011, Super Junior were appointed as ambassadors for Korean tourism and LG Korea. Because of their popularity, they have been chosen as endorsers for Lotte Duty Free, and Donghae and Siwon are endorsers of the famous Filipino clothing line Bench. Kyuhyun is an endorser of Masita.

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 Super Junior's Controversies

Expansion to China

After the subgroups Super Junior-K.R.Y. and Super Junior-T, on October 2, 2007, S.M. Entertainment announced the birth of another Super Junior sub-unit project that would begin activities in China starting 2008. Zhou Mi and S.M. Entertainment's new Chinese-Canadian trainee Henry Lau , who was also featured in the music video of "Don't Don", were also members of the subgroup.

The announcement brought in a huge wave of dissatisfaction and opposition from fans of Super Junior after the announcement of two new members. Initially, fans were planning to boycott the company's products, however, most fans agreed on a silent protest instead. Thousands of fans from Super Junior's official fanclub E.L.F. silently sat in front of the SM building and held signs that supported the group to have only thirteen members.

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

A time-slot dispute occurred between S.M. Entertainment and MBC when SM insisted to have Kangin stay on SBS'sExplorers of the Human Bodyinstead of MBC'sSunday 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

On December 21, 2009, Han Geng filed for contract termination with S.M. Entertainment , label company of the group. The following day, Han Geng's lawyer stated the claimed reasons behind the action: provisions were in S.M. Entertainment's favour, unlawful 13-year contract length, unfair sum of money to end the contract, not allowed to request to revise his contract, forced to do things that were not in his contract, forced to do things against his will, fined if he disobeyed the company, missed or even late for any events, and uneven profit distribution. Along with this, it was disclosed that because of S.M. Entertainment's refusal to give him a day off in over two years, he had developed gastritis and kidney disease .

Han Geng's current manager, Sun Le, also submitted a statement to the court of South Korea citing S.M. Entertainment's violation of Han Geng's rights.Sun Le's statement contended that: Han Geng was forced to wear a mask due to company's ill handling of the visa issue, company purposely discriminated against Han Geng and his family, company refused to cooperate or listen to any of Han Geng's suggestions, company purposely turned down individual activities for Han Geng (including Ariel Lin 's "Fireflies" music video, which later starred Siwon and Donghae) and that the company treated Han Geng's potential endorsers poorly.

On December 21, 2010, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of Han Geng. The court stated, “All three contracts – from the January 2003 contract, the altered contract from February 2007, and the affiliated contract from December 2007 – do not exist.” A representative of S.M. Entertainment stated that that they would file an immediate appeal to reverse the decision.

On September 27, 2011, Han Geng's departure from Super Junior was made official when legal representatives of both Han Geng and S.M. Entertainment eventually released a statement stating, "Han Geng and S.M. Entertainment have amicably settled on a mutual agreement, and the lawsuit was able to come to a close after Han Geng submitted his 'Notice of Withdrawal of Appeal'."

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 Super Junior's Footnotes

  • a.^OVER, without the periods, is also the title of track 7 in SuperJunior05 (Twins).
  • b.^All members of the group were present at the showcase with the exception of Ryeowook and Kyuhyun because they were not members of Super Junior at that time. However, one month before Super Junior's official debut, Ryeowook replaced ex-pre-debut member Junyoung and became the group's official member. Kyuhyun did not join the group until six months later, with the release of " U ."
  • c.^All sales numbers taken from the Music Industry Association of Korea. Last known 2007 sales numbers here. .
  • d.^Sapphire blue, Super Junior's fanclub color, is also the name of the second track from Super Junior's second album , "소원이 있나요 (Sapphire Blue)."
  • e.^Both Yesung and Ryeowook took part in "Tie Clam Shells" (조개껍질 묶어), the only a cappella track in the 2007 SUMMER SMTOWN - FRAGILE album.
  • f.^Leeteuk, however, is one of the five rappers in Super Junior's recent music, " 돈 돈! (Don't Don) ".
  • g.^Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Ryeowook have been giving a cappella performances of their second 2007 single, " Marry U ", as seen in Super Junior's second album DVD and Super Junior's Kiss the Radio.

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