Super Junior-M

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Super Junior-M
Super Junior at press conference of Super Junior M Breakdown in Bangkok.JPG
Left to right: Ryeowook, Henry, Donghae, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Zhou Mi, Siwon. Not pictured: Sungmin.
Background information
Also known as
  • SJ-M
  • SJM
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website superjunior-m.smtown.com
Members
Past members Han Geng

Super Junior-M, often referred to as SJ-M, is a Mandopop boy band formed in 2008 by South Korea's S.M. Entertainment. The band is the first international music group in the Chinese music industry to have members of both Chinese and Korean descent.[1]

Super Junior-M is the third and most successful subgroup branched off from the Korean band Super Junior. The group originally consisted of leader Han Geng, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, and two additional members appearing exclusively to the subgroup, Zhou Mi and Henry.[1] In December 2009, Han Geng filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment and left the group, resulting in the group's temporary disbandment.[2] Han Geng was later replaced by Super Junior members Eunhyuk and Sungmin, which coincided with the release of the group's second EP Perfection in February 2011. After Han Geng's leave, the group considers Sungmin as the new "leader",[3] as he is the oldest member of the team.[4] However, S.M. Entertainment has not released any statements about electing a new group leader.

History[edit]

Name origin[edit]

Before the official name of the subgroup was released, they were known by "Super Junior China". On April 3, 2008, SM Entertainment announced their official name to be Super Junior-M, with "M" representing the word "Mandarin".[5] The "M" can also represent a list of other aspects, such as the first letter of their debut album Me, and also "mi" (Chinese: ), the pinyin for "charismatic" and "fan", the latter meaning referring to their desire to connect closer with fans.[5]

2007: Formation and controversies[edit]

In October 2007, SM Entertainment announced that a new Super Junior subgroup would debut in China in 2008. Super Junior's original member Han Geng, and a new member Henry Lau, who performed the violin solo of Super Junior's "Don't Don," were announced to be the first two of seven members representing the subgroup.[6] Some of Super Junior's official fanclub, E.L.F, signed online petitions and held protests to express their dissatisfaction and opposition of adding a fourteenth member to the group, fearing that a new member would mean one of the original lineup would get 'replaced'.[7] Many fans boycotted Super Junior's products and held silent protests in front of SM Entertainment's main building in Seoul, holding signs of the "Only 13" slogan.[8][9]

Over one thousand fans appeared in front of the SM Entertainment building on E.L.F's third protest on November 3, 2007.[10] Instead of a silent protest, the fans sang various Super Junior songs and shouted "thirteen."[11] Fans purchased 58,206 stocks of SM Entertainment, holding 0.3% of the company's entire stock.[12] They released a statement through the media, stating that they would obtain all chances to prevent SM Entertainment from adding new members and to keep Super Junior as only thirteen.[12] SM Entertainment later announced that they would not add the new subgroup members to the main group.

2008–2009: Debut and commercial success[edit]

From April 4 to April 7, 2008 the seven members of Super Junior-M were individually announced to the Chinese media in a chain of short trailer clips. The first member, Han Geng, was announced to be the subgroup leader on April 4.[13] On April 5, Siwon and Donghae were revealed to be the second and third members.[14] On April 6, Kyuhyun was announced to be the fourth Super Junior-M member, following the new member, Henry, as the fifth.[15] Ryeowook and another new member, Zhou Mi, were announced to be the final two members on April 7.[16] A trailer of all seven members was released on the group's debut day, April 8. Super Junior-M's trailer clips exceeded 1.4 million views in less than four days.[17]

Super Junior-M debuted in Beijing on April 8, 2008 at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards, simultaneously with the release of their first music video, "U" on Sohu.com.[17] They released their debut album Me in selected provinces of China starting April 23, 2008. A Korean version of the album with three bonus Korean-language tracks was released in South Korea on April 30, 2008. A modified version of the album was released in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan on May 2, 2008.[18] Though a majority of the tracks in the album were Mandarin remakes of Super Junior's previous Korean hits, reviews were generally positive. Hong Kong Cantopop singer, Hins Cheung, critiqued the album favorably, saying that the album contains "international-level music" and that the group is "vocally-talented".[19]

A month after their debut, Super Junior-M won their first award, Asia's Most Popular New Group, at the 5th annual Music King Awards in Macau on May 25.[20] They took home another three awards that year. On December 27 and 28, Super Junior-M held their first concert, the Super Junior-M Show, in Hong Kong.[21]

Following their debut performance in April 2008, the group made a few successful guest appearances in many chains of entertainment variety shows to promote their album. They appeared in an episode of the second season of TVB and HunanTV's collaboration show, Strictly Come Dancing, which made the show's ratings increase to 5.01%, ranking it the third most watched show ever in all of China.[22] Super Junior-M's appearance in the talk show Behind Story (Chinese: 背後的故事) also increased ratings. The show had the highest ratings during their time slot, with a strong 4.05%.[23] Separated into several weekly episodes, the group's appearance in their first episode on the challenging game show Bravely Going Forward (Chinese: 勇往直前) in early August gave the show the highest ratings during that time slot as well.[24] In August 2008, Han was cast in the idol television drama Stage of Youth, a mini-drama dedicated to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Han portrayed Xia Lei, a youth who aspires to be a famous dancer. Other members of Super Junior-M gave cameo appearances in the final episode.[25]

In September 2009, Super Junior-M released their mini album, the EP Super Girl. The album garnered them a nomination for Best Vocal Group at the 21st Golden Melody Awards.[26] The EP's title single "Super Girl" is Super Junior-M's most critically successful song to date, winning numerous accolades for its composition and performances.

2010–2011: Lawsuit, lineup changes and Perfection[edit]

In December 2009, Han filed for contract termination from SM Entertainment, claiming that the provisions of his contract were unlawful, harsh, and against his rights.[27] Super Junior-M immediately canceled all of their future activities and performances in China and Taiwan. They returned to Korea to begin preparing for Super Junior's fourth studio album. Han, however, stayed in China and signed under a new management, releasing his debut solo album Geng Xin in July 2010.[28] Although Super Junior-M remained largely inactive for most of 2010, they won several accolades for their song "Super Girl" at China's 2010 MusicRadio TOP Awards, including Most Popular Group, Golden Melody Award (Top 15), and Best Composition.

In December 2010, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of Han. However, SM Entertainment announced that they will file an immediate appeal to reverse the decision. In September 2011, Han and SM Entertainment officially came to a mutual agreement regarding Han's contract, closing the case. Although Han will not continue his exclusive contract with SM Entertainment,[29] the agency has yet to release an official statement regarding his status in Super Junior and Super Junior-M.

In February 2011, Super Junior-M resumed their activities with two new members from the main group, Eunhyuk and Sungmin, with the release of EP Perfection. It debuted at number 2 on Taiwan's G-music chart,[30] and stayed on the chart for four weeks.[31] The repackaged version of the album was released on April 29, debuted at number 2, and stayed on the chart for 10 weeks.[31]

2013–present: Break Down and Swing[edit]

In 2012 the group resumed their activities in China when they performed on 2 October, along with Kim Jang-hoon and EXO-M in a special concert to mark the 20th anniversary of South Korea and China's diplomatic ties hosted by Shanghai Media Group.[32] This was followed by official from SM Entertainment confirming that the group are in the planning stages of their comeback with a new album.[33] On January 7, 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down, along with the music video for the lead single of the same name. A press conference took place in Beijing on January 7 and promoted the album in China.[34] They promoted the album in South Korean mutizens for a week as well different Fan Meetings in Asia.

After one year and three months since their second album 'Break Down', Super Junior-M released their third EP album, Swing[35] in China on March 21. Previously on March 18, 2014 Super Junior-M had unveiled the teaser image for the EP. A press conference was held on March 22 in Beijing, which was broadcast live online and viewed by over a million people. The album was later released on Korean music sites, such as MelOn, genie, Naver music and more, on March 31. They held their first comeback stage on China's CCTV's 'Global Chinese Music List' and continued in Korea, performing on music programs for 2 weeks.[36] The title song, Swing, is a pop dance song that mixes in both R&B and electro sounds. The album contains six Chinese songs, produced by hit makers Yoo Han Jin, hitchhiker and Henry’s team of composers, NoizeBank, as well as the Korean version of Swing.[36] The music video for Swing debuted on Chinese video sites Youku, Weibo, and iQIYI on March 23, before being released on YouTube on March 24.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
Southeast Explosive Music Chart Awards
2008 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
China Tencent Stars Magnificent Ceremony
2008 Mainland's Best Group Super Junior-M Won
Music King Awards
2008 Asia's Most Popular New Group Super Junior-M Won
CCTV-MTV Music Awards
2008 Mainland's Best Group Super Junior-M Won
CCTV 2008 Chinese Entertainment Awards
2008 Mainland's Best Album Me Won
Mainland's Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
China Digital Music Awards
2009 Most Downloaded Overseas Singer Super Girl Won
21st Golden Melody Awards
2010[37] Best Vocal Group Super Junior-M Nominated
China Music Festival
2010 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
Golden Melody Award (Album Award) Super Girl Won
Composer Award Super Girl (Yoo Young Jin) Won
China MusicRadio Top Awards
2010 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
Global Chinese Golden Chart Awards
2011 Most Popular Group of The Year Super Junior-M Won
Best Male Group Super Junior-M Won
Singapore Hit Awards
2011 Best Male Group Super Junior-M Won
Singapore's e-Awards
2012 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
2013 UFM 100.3 Most Popular Song S.O.L.O Won
2014 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
Taiwan HITO Music Awards
2012 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
2013 Best Drama OST S.O.L.O Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
2012 Taiwan's Top Searched Artist Super Junior-M Won
Baidu Music Awards
2013 Best Group Award Super Junior-M Won
IFPI (Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award)
2013[38] Best Sales Releases (Japanese and Korean) Break Down Won
14th Top Chinese Award
2014 Most Popular Group Super Junior-M Won
Best MV Breakdown Won
2nd YinYuenTai V-Chart Award
2014 Album of The Year Breakdown Won
Kugou Music Awards
2014 Most Influential Group of the Year Super Junior-M Won

Music Awards[edit]

Music Awards
Album Songs SBSMTV THE SHOW MBC Show Champion Mnet M Countdown KBS Music Bank MBC Show Music Core SBS Inkigayo CCTV 全球中文音乐榜上榜
2008
Me Me - - - - - - -
Me U - - - - - - -
2009
Super Girl Super Girl - - - - - - -
2011年
Perfection Perfection - - - - - - -
2013年
Break Down Break Down - - - 20 - - -
2014年
Swing Swing - 9 8 12 10 12 (1)
No.1 Songs
SBSMTV THE SHOW MBC Show Champion Mnet M Countdown KBS Music Bank MBC Show Music Core SBS Inkigayo CCTV 全球中文音乐榜上榜
0 0 0 0 0 0 2

(1) 2 Consecutive wins

-{*}- Still On Chart

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