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Background information
Native name 김재중
Birth name Kim Jae-joong
Also known as Hero Jaejoong
Jejung (ジェジュン?)
Born (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 28)
Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B, Rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor, model
Years active 2003-present
Labels C-JeS Entertainment
Warner Music
S.M. Entertainment (2003–09)
Rhythm Zone (Japan; 2004–10)
Associated acts JYJ, TVXQ
Kim Jae-joong
Hangul 김재중
Revised Romanization Gim Jae-jung
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chaejung

Kim Jae-joong (Hangul: 김재중; hanja: 金在中; born January 26, 1986), known mononymously as Jaejoong, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and director. He is best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJ, and was one of the original members of boy band TVXQ. Kim also went by the stage names, Hero Jaejoong (Hangul: 영웅재중; hanja: 英雄在中; "Youngwoong Jaejoong") and Jejung (ジェジュン?).

Kim has branched out to act in dramas including Sunao ni Narenakute, Protect the Boss, and most recently Dr. Jin, and in films such as Heaven's Postman and Jackal is Coming. He was also the Executive Director for JYJ's 2011 Worldwide Tour and the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.

In January 2013 he released his first EP, titled I, followed by a full length album, WWW in October the same year.

Early life

Kim was born Han Jae-jun in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. His real birthday, as revealed by his biological mother, was on 4 February, instead of 26 January. At a young age, he was given up for adoption by his birth mother to the Kim family, and his name was changed to Kim Jae-joong.[1]

When Kim was fifteen, he moved to Seoul by himself in order to take part in the auditions held by SM Entertainment. Life in Seoul was financially difficult and he took various odd jobs to pay for rent, food, and training fees, he even appeared as an extra in movies.[2] In an interview he admitted he used to be tone-deaf in primary school and was frequently ridiculed for his dream of becoming a singer. He practiced singing on his own.[3]


Kim Jaejoong (second from right) with TVXQ in Paris in 2007


Main article: TVXQ

In 2001, at fifteen years old, Kim auditioned for S.M. Entertainment and was accepted into the agency. From 2003 to 2010, he was the lead vocalist of South Korean boy band TVXQ. After TVXQ went on hiatus in early 2010, he and two other fellow band members Yoochun and Junsu formed a new three member group, initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.


Main article: JYJ

In 2009 Kim, Junsu and Yoochun, started a lawsuit against their agency, S.M. Entertainment, and separated from TVXQ, soon founding their own band, JYJ.[4] Their debut Japanese language EP The..., released in September 2010, and their first concert DVD from Tokyo Dome Thanksgiving Live in Dome both reached No. 1 on the Japanese Oricon album and DVD charts.[5] The group's global, English language debut album, The Beginning, was released in October 2010, featuring Kanye West. During the making of the album Kim did not speak fluent English.[6]

In January 2011 they released a Korean EP, Their Rooms "Our Story", with three of Kim's own compositions, "Pierrot" (삐에로), "Nine" and "I.D.S.".[7] In April he toured Asia and North America with JYJ,[8] and later South America and Europe. He was also stage director of the Asian leg of the tour.[9] In September the band released a studio album called In Heaven, which sold 350,000 copies[10] and ranked first on the Gaon charts.[11] He composed two new songs for the album, "In Heaven" and "Get Out", the latter was a collaboration with Yoochun.[12][13] He composed "In Heaven" in memory of his good friend, Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide.[14]

Solo singing projects

Kim Jaejoong in 2011

Apart from TVXQ and JYJ, Kim has worked on solo activities as a singer. He sang, "Insa" (인사 lit. Greeting), for the soundtrack of A Millionaire's First Love.[15] Kim collaborated with label-mates The Grace for the Japanese version of their song "Just for One Day", which was featured on their fifth Japanese single and their debut album, Graceful 4.[16][17]

Kim also sang the solo track "Maze" for the fifth and final single of the Trick Project, "Keyword/Maze".[18] Jaejoong wrote and composed "Wasurenaide" (忘れないで lit. Don't Forget?) which was included on Tohoshinki's twenty-fifth single "Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide."[19][20] The song was also on their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code, along with the songs "9095" and "9096" which were also composed by Kim. The song, "忘れないで" was used in television advertisement for cosmetics in Japan.[21]

On September 30, 2009, Kim and bandmate Yoochun released a self-composed single "Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter." The A-side track, Colors (Melody and Harmony), was used as the image song for Hello Kitty's thirty-fifth year anniversary. Jaejoong and Yoochun also participated in "m-flo TRIBUTE -maison de m-flo" singing "Been So Long."[22]

Kim sang "Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Heaven's Postman in which he starred as the male lead. He also sang "Found You" and "For you It’s Separation, For me It’s Waiting" for the soundtrack of the television drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, "I'll Protect You" for the soundtrack of the television drama Protect the Boss, and "Living Like A Dream" for the soundtrack of the television Drama Dr. Jin.

Kim Jaejoong in 2013

On January 17, 2013, Kim released his first solo mini-album titled I/MINE. The rock-themed album debuted at the top of both the Hanteo and Gaon weekly charts in Korea and broke previous pre-order records in Japan.[23][24][25] It also topped the iTunes overall chart in Japan, as well as the iTunes rock charts in nine countries.[26][27] On 26 and 27 January, Kim held two days of special concerts at the KINTEX Ilsan to celebrate the launch of the album, as well as his birthday.[28] The 16,000 tickets to the concert were sold in record time.[29]

His first full length solo album WWW is scheduled for release on 29 October 2013. A duet with Lee Sang-gon of Noel was pre-released on the 15th of October.[30]

Composing and songwriting

Role Song Language Album(s)
Composer; Lyricist 사랑아 울지마 (Saranga Uljima; Don't Cry My Lover) Korean Mirotic – The 4th Album by TVXQ
Co-composer Kiss したまま、さよなら (Kiss Shita Mama Sayonara; As We Kissed, Goodbye) Japanese T – The 3rd Album by TVXQ
Composer; Lyricist 忘れないで (Wasurenaide; Don’t Forget) Japanese The Secret Code – The 4th Album by TVXQ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments 9095 Japanese The Secret Code – The 4th Album by TVXQ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments 9096 Japanese The Secret Code – The 4th Album by TVXQ
Co-composer; Co-arranger Colors~Melody and Harmony~ Japanese Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter by JEJUNG & YUCHUN from TVXQ
Co-composer; Co-arranger; Programming Shelter Japanese Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter by JEJUNG & YUCHUN from TVXQ
Composer Still in Love English The Beginning by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger Nine Korean Their Rooms "Our Story" (우리 이야기 "Our Story") by JYJ, In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger Pierrot Korean Their Rooms "Our Story" (우리 이야기 "Our Story") by JYJ, In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist I.D.S. Korean Their Rooms "Our Story" (우리 이야기 "Our Story") by JYJ, In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist 지켜줄게 (Jikyeojulge; I'll Protect You) Korean Protect the Boss OST
Lyricist Boy’s Letter Korean In Heaven by JYJ
Co-composer; Co-arranger; Co-lyricist Get Out Korean In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist; Co-arranger In Heaven Korean In Heaven by JYJ
Composer; Lyricist No Gain Korean Tarantallegra by Junsu
Lyricist 살아도 꿈인 것처럼 (Sal-ado Kkum-in Geoscheoleom; Living Like A Dream) Korean Dr. Jin OST
Composer; Lyricist Until the Sun Rises Korean Until the Sun Rises by Baek Seung Heon
Composer; Lyricist Stay Korean Jackal is Coming OST
Co-composer; Co-lyricist Kiss B Korean Jackal is Coming OST, Y by Jaejoong
Composer; Lyricist 나만의 위로 (Namanoe Wiro; Healing for Myself/My Only Comfort) Korean Jackal is Coming OST, I/MINE by Jaejoong
Lyricist One Kiss Korean I/MINE by Jaejoong
Lyricist Mine Korean I/MINE by Jaejoong
Lyricist; Composer All Alone Korean I/MINE by Jaejoong
Co-composer; Co-lyricist Only Love Korean Y by Jaejoong
Lyricist; Composer On My Mind Korean New Born by M.Pire(엠파이어)
Lyricist 빛 (Light/Brighter) Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist Don't Walk Away Korean WWW by Jaejoong Ft Yong Jun-hyung of B2ST
Lyricist Just Another Girl Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist Butterfly Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist; Composer Rotten Love Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist Let The Rhythm Flow Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist; Composer; Arranger 그랬지 (It is/I said I am sorry) Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist; Composer 9+1# Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Co-Lyricist Modem Beat Korean WWW by Jaejoong
Lyricist; Composer Paradise Korean WWW by Jaejoong


Prior to his debut as a singer, Kim worked as an extra, playing a soldier in film Taegeukgi. Along with the other members of TVXQ, he acted in television programmes, Banjun Theater and Vacation.[31][32]

In November 2009 Kim co-starred with Han Hyo-joo in a joint Korean-Japanese telecinema Heaven's Postman, as Shin Jaejun, a young man who delivers letters written by the living to the dead and helps lingering ghosts settle their earthly affairs.[33] This was followed by Fuji TV's Japanese television drama Sunao ni Narenakute in September 2010. Where he portrayed a "doctor", who moved from Korea to Japan with his younger sister, working for a medical equipment manufacturer.[34]

In August 2011, he starred in his first television series in South Korea, with Choi Kang-hee and Ji Sung in Korean drama Protect the Boss. He played the role of seemingly perfect Director Cha Mu-won, nicknamed "Prince of the Financial World" for his business acumen, who becomes frustrated and fight against the constraints in his life.[35] He was also in Ayumi Hamasaki's music video for her 2010 song "Blossom".

In May 2012, he starred in his second South Korean television series, Dr. Jin, with Song Seung-heon. He played the role of Kim Kyung Tak, a high-ranking officer of the police force of Joseon Dynasty, who is an illegitimate son of the Joseon era's Prime Minister and his concubine. His character was entangled in a love triangle with his childhood friend, Hong Young-rae, and the drama's main protagonist, Dr. Jin.[36]

Kim starred in a teaser video along with actress Kim Ji-won, for debut song for Baek Seung-heon.[37] He also wrote the lyrics for the song "Until the Sun Rises", which was released on 7 November.[38] However neither he nor Kim Ji-won were featured in the official full length music video.[39][40]

In November 2012, Kim in his big screen debut in dark comedy feature film Jackal is Coming, portrayed Choi Hyun, a Hallyu star who is kidnapped by the assassin Bong Min-jung, played by labelmate Song Ji-hyo.[41][42]


Kim served as Executive Director for the Asian leg of JYJ's 2011 Worldwide Tour.[9] He also participated in the directing team for the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.[43]

Personal life


In September 2005, while rehearsing the dance steps for "Rising Sun", Kim ruptured his cartilage in his knee and was admitted to a hospital in Seoul.[44] He underwent surgery on the same day to repair the tissue.[45]


On April 7, 2006 at 1:20 AM, Kim was pulled over in his father's friend's BMW by a police officer on his way home from the Renaissance Hotels. He was ordered to take a breath test and his level of alcohol was revealed to be 0.071%. After spending 20 minutes at the police station, he was released. Due to violating traffic laws, Kim was temporarily suspended from all TVXQ activities and had his license taken away for 100 days.[46]

Custody battle

On November 21, 2006, a man with the surname Han filed a lawsuit against Kim's guardians. Han claimed he was Kim's biological father, and thus wanted parental rights.[47]

Han cited the reason for the lawsuit against Kim's legal guardians as "for not going through the proper procedures before registering [Jaejoong] in [the legal guardians'] custody."[48] The first hearing was to be held in Kim's hometown, Gongju, on November 29, 2006, but on November 22 Han dropped the charges against Kim's legal guardians.[49]

In reaction to the matter, Kim uploaded a journal entry on his official fan club website, and said that he was informed of the existence of separate biological parents by his mother two or three years ago, and it had been quite a shock to him. With his current mother's support, his biological mother has been able to keep in touch with him, and to meet occasionally, but whereabouts of his father had been unknown.[50]

He expressed his will to live by the name of Kim Jae-joong, not by his birth name Han Jae-jun (한재준).[50]



Year Album details Peak positions Sales Notes
2013 I (EP)
  • Released: 17 January 2013
  • Re-released (Y): 26 February 2013
  • Label: C-JeS Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
1 8
  • KOR: 210,024 (Original + Repackaged)
  • JPN: 31,753
  • All 140,000+ initial copies of I were sold out within the first two weeks.[53][54]
  • All 50,000 initial copies of Y were sold out within the first day.[55]
  • Release date: 29 October 2013[30]
  • Label: C-JeS Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
  • KOR: 182,940(original +repackage)
  • Jap:18,828

Music videos

  • "Mine" (from I, 2013)
  • "Just Another Girl" (from WWW, 2013)

Soundtrack contributions


Television series

Year Title Role Network Episodes Language(s)
2005 Banjun Theater Hero Jaejoong SBS 5 Korean, Japanese
2006 Vacation Hero Jaejoong Korean
2010 Sunao ni Narenakute Doctor Fuji TV 11 Japanese, Korean
2011 Protect the Boss Cha Mu-won SBS 18 Korean, Japanese, English
2012 Time Slip Dr. Jin[36] Kim Kyung-tak MBC 22 Korean
2014 Triangle (2014 TV series) Jang Dong-chul / Heo Young-dal MBC 26 Korean


Year Title Role
2004 Taegeukgi Extra
2010 Heaven's Postman Shin Jae Joon / Yuu
2012 Jackal is Coming Choi Hyun


Year Title Network Note
2013 The Zoo is Alive 2 MBC Animal documentary

Music video appearances

Year Song Artist
2009 "Call Me" Taegoon
2010 "Blossom" Ayumi Hamasaki
2012 "Until the Sun Rises"
(Movie Version)
Baek Seung-heon

Concerts and Tours

1st Asia Tour - Your, My & Mine

The tour was originally planned as a mini concert and fanmeeting in South Korea only, but as the response was explosive, C-JeS decided to embark on an official Asia Tour. The final stop was a 3-day event labeled Grand Finale Live Concert Fanmeeting in Japan.

Date City Country Venue Audience
January 26, 2013 Gyeonggi South Korea KINTEX Ilsan 8,000
January 27, 2013 8,000
February 17, 2013 Bangkok Thailand BITEC Hall 5,000
March 17, 2013 Shanghai China Shanghai Gymnasium 5,000
March 24, 2013 Hong Kong HKCEC Hall 4,000
April 6, 2013 Nanjing Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 4,000
April 13, 2013 Taipei Taiwan Taiwan University Gymnasium 4,000
June 24–26, 2013 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Arena 45,000

1st Solo Album Asia Tour - WWW

Date City Country Venue Audience
November 2, 2013 Seoul South Korea Coex Hall D 7,000
November 3, 2013 7,000
November 15, 2013 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Stadium 30,000
November 16, 2013 30,000
November 23, 2013 Taipei Taiwan Taiwan University Gymnasium 4,000
December 7, 2013 Nanjing China Wutaishan Stadium 7,000
December 8, 2013 3,000
December 17, 2013 Osaka Japan Osaka-jō Hall 11,000
December 18, 2013 11,000
January 4th, 2014 Busan South Korea Busan Exhibition and Convention Center 4,000
January 22nd, 2014 Nagoya Japan Nippon Gaishi Hall 9,000
January 23rd, 2014 9,000
January 25th, 2014 Seoul South Korea Coex Hall D 8,000
January 26th, 2014 8,000


Drama Awards

Year Awards Category Work Result
2010 14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Supporting Actor for Spring Season[57] Sunao ni Narenakute Won
Oricon Spring Drama Award Spring Drama Most Interesting Actor[58] Won
2011 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[59] Protect the Boss Won
2012 MBC Drama Awards Best New Male Actor[60] Dr. Jin Won

Music Awards

Year Awards Category Work Result
2013 Seoul International Drama Awards Best Hallyu Drama OST Award[61] "살아도 꿈인 것처럼"
(Living Like A Dream) - Dr. Jin OST

Other Awards

Year Awards Category Result
2001 2nd Annual SM Best Competition Best Appearance[58] Won
2010 27th Best Jeanist Award Best Male Jeanist[62] 3rd Place
2nd Philippine Kpop Convention Hottest Male Artist[63] Won
2011 28th Best Jeanist Award Best Male Jeanist 2nd Place
Shorty Awards Best Celebrity on Twitter[64] Won
3rd Philippine Kpop Convention Hottest Male Artist[65] Won
2012 29th Best Jeanist Award Best Male Jeanist 2nd Place
4th Philippine Kpop Convention Hottest Male Artist[66] Won


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