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|Also known as||Double-S 501
Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il (더블에스오공일)
Deo Beul E Seu Goma Rui Chi
|Genres||K-pop, J-pop, dance, R&B|
|Years active||2005– 2010 (hiatus)|
Pony Canyon (Japan)
Warner Music Taiwan
|Associated acts||Kara, Rainbow, A-JAX|
SS501 (pronounced as Double-S Five-Oh-One or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il, Hangul: 더블에스오공일, Chinese: 雙五百強之一, Japanese: ダブルエスオゴンイル ) is a South Korean boy band formed under the management of DSP Media, formerly known as Daesung Entertainment and DSP Entertainment. The group debuted in June 8, 2005 with five members: Kim Hyun-joong, Heo Young-saeng, Kim Kyu-jong, Park Jung-min and Kim Hyung-jun, along with their debut mini-album entitled Warning.
In May 2010, SS501 released their last album before their contracts ended entitled Destination, produced by Steven Lee. One month later, in 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, has stated that they have not disbanded.
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", and the combination of 5, 0, and 1 symbolizes "five members united as one forever". SS501's official fan club name is Triple S which means "Super Star Supporters (SSS)". Their first studio album entitled ST 01 Now is a combination of "S" from SS501, "T" from Triple S, and "01 NOW" which, when combined altogether, means "SS501 and Triple S united as one from now until forever".
Before debuting with SS501, each members has had experiences in the entertainment world.
Kim Hyun-joong was initially about to debut in a five-member group, of which Han Yeon of B2Y (now disbanded) was to be the leader and Kim the youngest member. During 2001 and 2002, while working as a waiter in a family restaurant located at Jamsil-dong, Kim was introduced to a new set up management company CEO. While the group underwent training together, they were asked by their company to debut in China as a Hallyu project group, but they rejected the offer and disbanded. Kim proceeded to audition for DSP Media (formerly DSP Entertainment) and became a member and the leader of SS501.
Heo Young-saeng started as a trainee at SM Entertainment. He, then transferred companies and joined DSP Media, formerly known as DSP Entertainment, instead, and became a member and the main vocalist of SS501.
Park Jung-min was once became a commercial model for condoms. When he was 13 years old, he was scouted by an agency and was accepted by both DSP Media and S.M. Entertainment. At that time, S.M. Entertainment told him that they were preparing a new group, but that the group consisted of many members, which according to Park was probably Super Junior since he saw them rehearsing too. Park eventually chose DSP Media because he believed that he would debut faster through DSP.
SS501 officially debuted on June 8, 2005 along with their first mini-album, "Kyeonggo" (Korean: "경고", "Warning");. Their second mini album, Snow Prince was released in late 2005, five months after their debut. During this time, they also established their official fan club name, "Triple S", and fan club color, pearl green. The group earned popularity right away as they won many rookie awards after their debut.
The group was inactive in Korea for most of 2006, although they had their first fan meeting in Japan in April of that year. 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. 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 studio album, which was released on November 10 entitled S.T.01 Now. Singles from the album included "Unlock" and "Four Chance". Alongside promoting the album on various variety and music shows, they also filmed a show on MNet, which was called SS501 SOS. The group (excepting Heo Young Saeng, who was recovering from the surgery) also lent their voices for the 2006 animated movie Pi's Story.
2007–08: Breakthrough success, Japanese debut, Boys Over Flowers, and sub-unit
Later in 2007, the group debuted in the Japanese market to further spread their activities and challenge themselves outside Korea. A Japanese fan club was established with the name "Triple S Japan", which 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 the 5th spot on the Oricon chart, and moved to 3rd spot the next day. It was also chosen as an ending theme song for an anime entitled Blue Dragon.
SS501 appeared in the Japanese drama Hotelier as a cameo seen in episode seven. In May 2008, Kim Hyun-joong joined the cast of We Got Married along with Hwangbo in episode 9. The other members frequently appeared on the said show as well, while doing their Japanese activities and recording their upcoming second single. Later in September, SS501 released their second single in Japan entitled Distance. Finally in October 24, a month later, a full album was released with their self-titled album, SS501. SS501 also received the "Newcomer Award" by Japan Gold Disc Award in January 2008; this was the first time for Korean artists to receive this award.
SS501 returned to Korea with their single Deja Vu, which was released on March 13, 2008. The title track was the first song to be promoted, and they began their comeback on music channel M.Net's M Countdown. After their 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 in June 2008, to return to Japanese activities. Their third Japanese single was released on June 18, 2008 entitled Lucky Days.
On October 4, the group represented Korea to perform at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, and received the The Best Asian Artist Award at the 5th Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange.
On October 2, 2008, Kim Hyun-joong was cast for his first lead-acting role as 'Yoon Ji-hoo' in the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango, officially named Boys Over Flowers, a role for which he won the "Best Actor Award" at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2009 and the "Popularity Award" at the 45th PaekSang Arts Awards. The series was broadcast on KBS during the first half of 2009. During this time, around early 2009, Park Jung Min was also cast for his musical debut in Grease as "Danny Park", where he received the award "Best New Musical Talent" by the Golden Ticket Awards. While both Kim and Park were busy with their schedules, the remaining three members formed 'SS501 Project Group' with Heo Young-saeng as the leader. They released a project album named U R Man in November 2008, with a high tempo dance track "U R Man", which the three remaining SS501 members promoted by themselves, with the exception of some special performances that included all five band members. The project group also performed "U R Man" in episode four of Boys Over Flowers, where they appeared for a cameo performance. Moreover, they contributed to the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack with "내 머리가 나빠서" (Because I'm Stupid) track, in which they received multiple awards such as "Song of the Month (February)", "Best OST Award", and "Best TV Drama Song of the Year" just to name a few.
2009-10: Mini albums, first Asian tour, leaving DSP Media
SS501 released their official second Japanese studio album, All My Love, on May 13, 2009. Although they were doing acappella performances during their past years before, it was their first time to record and include an acappella title track to their album, "All My Love". A promotional tour was held in Japan in support of the album.
On July 21, 2009, they released their sixth mini-album, Solo Collection, which consisted of the individual members' songs. It also includes a mini-drama starring by SS501, themselves, particularly Kim Hyun-joong and Park Jung-min. In August 2009, they embark on their 1st Asia Tour Persona, with two concerts in Seoul. It was followed by fifteen concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The group's seventh mini album Rebirth was released in two parts: in a limited and a full edition. The former was released on October 20, while the latter on October 22. SS501 promoted the album with the single "Love Like This", a track collaborated by Steven Lee, Sean Alexander, and Drew Ryan Scott. The single was also sang by Varsity Fanclub, Scott's group, in English lyrics with the same title single, which was released later in 2010.
On 21 November 2009, the group along with artists from SM Entertainment, Inwoo Production and Pledis Entertainment did not attend the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards. However, DSP stated that unlike the other agencies, they were not boycotting the event, but they were busy with preparations for their first Asian tour.
In 2010, SS501 continued their 1st Asia Tour Persona concert in Thailand before holding their final encore concert, on February 27, in Seoul to conclude the tour. Although the release of a new mini album was planned for May 1, 2010 (a nod towards "501" in the group's name, or as they call it "501" day), 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.
Their last mini album before the contract's expiration entitled Destination was released on May 24, 2010. The lead track, "Love Ya" was composed by Steven Lee, a song accompanied by an orchestra, and blended with a piano melody. Their first win for the lead track, "Love Ya", was on KBS's Music Bank, on June 11. On June 18, DSP announced that SS501 would end their "Love Ya" promotions due to the expiration of their contract on June 7, 2010, five years after since their debut.
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. This was followed, in August, by Park Jung-min who joined CNR Media and Kim Hyung-jun with S-Plus Entertainment. Lastly in October Heo Young-saeng and Kim Kyu-jong, both signed with B2M Entertainment.
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. 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. April 2012, Kim Hyung-jun said in his own Japan concert tour that he meet up with all the members and SS501's comeback have been decided.
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. In July 2011, he held his first nationwide concert in Japan, then continued the tour in November in seven cities across Japan. Kim Hyun Joong then released his second mini album Lucky, in October. It debuted at number 5 on Billboard's World Chart.
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. Heo Young-s-jaeng 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. His debut solo mini album, Let It Go was released on 12 May 2011, which features Kim Kyu-jong and Hyuna of girl group 4minute. In November and December, Heo made 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 and debuted as a solo artist in September 2011 with mini album Turn Me On. On 9 November 2011, Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu-jong, along with other Korean and Japanese artists, perform at the Seoul Tokyo Music Festival 2011 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan.
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. Park was cast in a musical Bonds Of Boys in Japan as an exchange student from 18 to 23 November 2011. He also expanded his experience in acting by being cast in the Japanese drama, Love Song in August. He was also cast in the Taiwanese drama, Fondant Garden, along with Kingone Wang, Jian Man Shu and Lia Lee.
In January 2011, according to Kim Hyung-jun's official Japanese homepage, he signed with Avex Entertainment for his Japanese activities. On 8 March 2011 Hyung Jun released his debut solo mini album My Girl 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".
2012: Dramas and military service
Kim Hyun-joong was offered the main lead role for the drama "Conquest for the City/City Conquest". Previously, Kim Hyun-joong has acted as a soft, gentle person however, this time round there will be 180 degrees change. He will be playing a wild, tough, rough man who grew up with no parents. He also released three Japanese albums entitled KISS KISS / Lucky Guy, HEAT,and unlimited where he wins several awards. He also holds several concerts in South East Asia.
Heo joined the cast of KBS2 sitcom I Need a Fairy in episode 23. His character is a famous singer who is one of the female character's, Cha Na-ra, first love. He had left her in order to pursue his career as a professional singer, but returned to Cha Na-ra after coming to fame. His role's name is the same as Heo's real name, but also goes by a nickname, Kaki. He also released his second mini-album entitled Solo and his first Japanese album entitled Over joyed in May and September respectively.
Kim Kyu-jong portrayed Nicky in Saving Madame Go Bong Shil alongside f(x) member Luna. He has been praised by the media for his improvised acting skills. He also released his second mini album entitled Meet Me Again before his enlistment on July.
Park Jung-min acted in the Taiwanese drama Fondant Garden, also showing good acting. He then debuted as Romeo under Victor Music after his lawsuit against CNR Media. He releases Japanese albums Give Me Your Heart and Tonight's The Night in September and October respectively. In November, he comes back to Korea for his 3rd mini-album Beautiful. In December, he released Japanese album, Midnight Theatre and holds a concert in Tokyo Dome city hall.
Kim Hyung-jun starred in his first drama, Glowing She/Sunshine Girl, playing a leading role named Kang Min, a cool successful singer. The drama aired from 7 January to 17 March. He was once again offered to play a main character in I Love You/Late Blossom. He also released his second mini-album entitled Escape and holds concerts in South-East Asia including Japan and Malaysia. He is also active in several award shows and music festivals.
In June 2012, B2M Entertainment announced that Kim Kyu-jong would start doing his mandatory military service in July, making him the first member to enlist. On June 3, Kim held a farewell fan meeting entitled Thank U ThanKYU with Triple S at Yonsei University in Sinchon-dong, Seoul, which the other SS501 members also attended. This marked Kim's last official activity before his enlistment and the first time in over two years that the five members of SS501 had gathered. On July 2, his agency announced that Kim would report to the recruit training center of the 35th division in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on July 23 for four weeks of basic training. They further explained that Kim had originally been exempted, because he is a hepatitis type B carrier. Since then, however, the law has been reformed, making him eligible to serve non-active duty as a public service worker.
|Kim Hyun-Joong||김현중||金賢重||6 June 1986|
|Heo Young-Saeng||허영생||許永生||3 November 1986|
|Kim Kyu-Jong||김규종||金奎鐘||24 February 1987|
|Park Jung-Min||박정민||朴政珉||3 April 1987|
|Kim Hyung-Jun||김형준||金亨俊||3 August 1987|
- Official Fanclub Color: Pearl Light Green
- Official Fanclub Name: Triple S (SSS - Super Star Supporters)
- Also Known As: Green Peas
- Date of Establishment: December 18, 2005
- As of May 2013, Triple S is still on the Top 5 list according to Daum Fancafe in spite of the group's hiatus.
Although most of their music is composed by various people, the members of SS501 have also contributed to their albums. Five of them wrote the lyrics for "Green Peas" from Rebirth Album dedicated especially to their fans. 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" from U R Man Album and "Hey G" from Solo Collection Album. 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?" from Solo Collection Album 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 from Gossip Girl Album, where 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 entitled Love Song In August.
- 2006–2007: SS501's Youngstreet –-- Kim Kyu-jong, Park Jung-min and Heo Young-saeng
- 2009–present: Music High –-- Kim Hyung-jun
- 2008: PHOTO501 --- photo book
- 2009: Endless Melody --- photo book
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 S – Olympic 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),
- 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)
- SS501 Special Concert in Saitama Super Arena (25 April 2010)
- SS501 Newton X-Concert in Seoul, South Korea (13 June 2010)
For individual awards, see here:
|2005||15 September||"Never Again"|
|2006||5 January||"Snow Prince"|
|2007||18 January||"4 Chance"|
|2009||8 January||"U R Man"|
|2009||13 November||"Love Like This"|
|2010||11 June||"Love Ya"|
|2007||7 January||"4 Chance"|
|2008||20 April||"Deja Vu"|
|2009||11 January||"U R Man"|
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