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Kim Jae-joong
Kim Jaejoong at the Golden Disc Awards, 2017.jpg
Kim Jae-joong at the 2017 Golden Disc Awards
Han Jae-joon

(1986-01-26) January 26, 1986 (age 34)
Other names
  • Hero
  • Jejung
EducationKyung Hee Cyber University
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
  • director
Musical career
Years active2003–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jae-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Chaejung
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Kim Jae-joong (Korean김재중; Hanja金在中; born January 26, 1986), also 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 was also known by the stage names Hero Jaejoong (in South Korea), Jejung (ジェジュン) (in Japan), and 英雄在中 (영웅재중) (in China).

Born in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do as Han Jae-joon (한재준; 韩在俊) , he was adopted into the Kim family at a young age. As a teenager, he moved to Seoul to audition for SM Entertainment. From 2003 to 2010, he was the lead vocalist of South Korean boy band TVXQ. Later, he sued SM Entertainment along with Park Yoo-chun and Kim Jun-su and together they separated from TVXQ to form JYJ. As a solo artist, he has released two Korean studio albums, WWW and No.X, both reaching number one on the Gaon Music Chart. In Japan, his two studio albums Flawless Love and Love Covers both peaked at number one on the Oricon Albums Chart. He has tour extensively in South Korea and Japan.

Kim has branched out to act in TV dramas including Sunao ni Narenakute, Protect the Boss, Dr. Jin, Triangle, SPY and most recently Manhole; 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.

Early life

Kim was born Han Jae-joon (한재준; 韩在俊) in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. His real birthday, as revealed by his biological mother, was on February 4, instead of January 26. At a young age, he was given up for adoption by his biological 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; and 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, but managed to overcome it through practicing alone.[3]

Kim attended Gongju Jungdong Elementary School (중동초등학교), Kongju National University Middle School (공주대학교 사범대학 부설중학교), Kongju Information High School (공주정보고등학교) and then dropped out in 2001. He enrolled Hanam High School (하남고등학교) in 2005[4] and Kyung Hee Cyber University (경희사이버대학교), majoring in Digital Media Engineering.[5]

Music career


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 trio boy group, initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.


In 2009 Kim, Junsu and Yoochun, started a lawsuit against their agency, SM Entertainment, and separated from TVXQ, soon founding their own band, JYJ.[6] Their debut Japanese language EP The... was 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. The group's English language debut album, The Beginning was released in October 2010, featuring Kanye West.

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.". In April he toured Asia and North America with JYJ, and later South America and Europe. He was also stage director of the Asian leg of the tour.[7] In September the band released a studio album called In Heaven, which sold 350,000 copies and ranked first on the Gaon charts. He composed two new songs for the album, "In Heaven" and "Get Out".[8][9] Kim composed "In Heaven" in memory of his good friend, Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide.[10]

Solo career

Kim Jaejoong in 2011

Soundtracks and collaborations

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.[11] 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.[12][13]

Kim also sang the solo track "Maze" for the fifth and final single of the Trick Project, "Keyword/Maze".[14] 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."[15][16] 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 an television advertisement for cosmetics in Japan.[17]

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 anniversary. Jaejoong and Yoochun also participated in m-flo's album m-flo TRIBUTE -maison de m-flo, singing the track "Been So Long".[18]

Kim sang "Love" for the soundtrack of the film 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 Protect the Boss, and "Living Like A Dream" for Dr. Jin.[19] "Living Like a Dream" was awarded the Best Hallyu Drama OST at the Seoul International Drama Awards.[20]

Kim Jaejoong in 2013

Solo album releases

On January 17, 2013, Kim released his first solo EP titled I/MINE, a rock-themed album which Kim penned all the lyrics to.[21][22] The album debuted at the top of both the Hanteo and Gaon weekly charts in Korea.[23] It was also met with resounding success throughout Asia, topping Taiwan’s Five Music’s Korean and Japanese music chart, Japan’s Shinseido weekly chart[24] and Yin Yue Tai’s V chart for K-pop.[25] It also topped the iTunes rock charts in nine countries.[26][27] Additionally, the pre-released single "One Kiss" and lead single "Mine" topped both domestic charts and foreign charts, including a German Asian music chart.[28][29]

On January 26 and 27, Kim held two days of special concerts at the KINTEX Ilsan to celebrate the launch of the album, as well as his birthday.[30] Kim then released a repackaged version of his album, titled Y which consists of contains two additional tracks: “Only Love” and “Kiss B” .[31] The album was met with success and sold 50,000 copies upon release.[32]

His first full-length solo album, WWW was released on October 29, 2013.[33] A single titled "Sunny Day" was released ahead of the album and topped the iTunes EP chart in Japan.[34] A repackaged version of the album, WWW: Remove Makeup was subsequently released in January 2014 and included the title track "Heaven", a pop ballad with label-mate Gummy.[35] To promote his first album, Kim embarked on his first Asia tour which traveled to regional countries like Japan, Taiwan and China.[36][37]

His second solo album, No.X was released on February 12, 2016.[38] It topped iTunes charts of 39 countries around the world upon its release, and was named the most popular K-pop album in China for 2016.[39]

On January 14, 2020, Kim released the EP Love Ballad, along with its lead single "Tender Love".[40] Following the EP's release, the cities and dates for his Asia Tour 2020 was announced.[41]

Acting career

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.[42][43]

In November 2009, Kim co-starred with Han Hyo-joo in the joint Korean-Japanese telecinema Heaven's Postman as a young man who delivers letters written by the living to the dead and helps lingering ghosts settle their earthly affairs.[44] This was followed by a leading role in Fuji TV's Japanese television drama Sunao ni Narenakute in September 2010.[45] In August 2011, he starred in his first South Korean television series, Protect the Boss with Choi Kang-hee and Ji Sung. He played the role of seemingly a perfect director known for his business acumen, who becomes frustrated and fight against the constraints in his life.[46]

In May 2012, he starred in historical fusion drama Dr. Jin with Song Seung-heon. He played the role of 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.[47][48] This was his first time acting in a sageuk, and he was praised for his performance.[49] The same year, Kim made his big screen debut in the action comedy film Jackal is Coming playing a Hallyu star who is kidnapped by an assassin (played by labelmate Song Ji-hyo).[50] His comical acting in the film drew positive reception from fans.[51]

In May 2014, Kim starred in MBC's drama Triangle as a man who grows up to become a lowlife gangster.[52] His performance won the “Top Excellence Award, Actor” at the 7th Korea Drama Awards in October the same year.[53] In January 2015, Kim starred in KBS2's thriller SPY as a genius analyst working for South Korea's National Intelligence Service.[54] The drama is based on the Israeli drama The Gordin Cell, modified to depict North/South Korean relations.[55][56] In 2017, Kim was cast in KBS2's time-slip drama Manhole, as a man who travels back and forth through time to stop a wedding from taking place.[57]

Directing career

Kim served as Executive Director for the Asian leg of JYJ's 2011 Worldwide Tour.[7] He also participated in the directing team for the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.[58][59]

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.[60] He underwent surgery on the same day to repair the tissue.[61]

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.[62]

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."[63] 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.[64]

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.[65]

He expressed his will to live by the name of Kim Jae-joong, not by his birth name Han Jae-jun (한재준).[65]

Military service

Kim returning from his military service

Kim enlisted in the army on March 31, 2015, the first five weeks spent for his mandatory basic training at the 1st Infantry Division (Republic of Korea) recruit training center in Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi province.[66] He later ended up as the top recruit among the 244 in his batch, earning the Excellence Award during the graduation ceremony. He was under the 55th Infantry Division in Cheoin-gu, Yongin to serve as an active-duty soldier for 21 months and was also a member of the military band.[67] He was discharged on December 30, 2016.[68]

April Fools' Day controversy

On April 1, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, Kim posted on his Instagram account claiming that he has tested positive for COVID-19.[69] Kim later posted an apology on his Instagram that the diagnosis was not true, which drew outrage from fans.[70] He further explained his reasoning for the initial post was to raise awareness of the dangers of the virus, noting he personally knows individuals who have been infected and his father recently underwent lung cancer surgery.[71]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US World
WWW 1 4
  • Released: February 12, 2016
  • Label: C-JeS Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 8 3
Flawless Love
  • Released: April 10, 2019
  • Label: First JB Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
Love Covers
  • Released: September 25, 2019
  • Label: First JB Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US World
  • Released: January 13, 2013
  • Repackage Album: Y, released on February 26, 2013
  • Label: C-JeS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, Digital
1 8 2
Ayo / Love Song
(Singing Love)
  • Released: January 17, 2020
  • Label: C-JeS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital
1 9


List of singles, showing year released, with selected chart positions, sales, certifications and album name
Title Year Peak positions Sales Certifications Album

"Mine" 2013 8 I
"Sign" / "Your Love" 2018 2 2 Non-album singles
"Defiance" 3 48
"Brava!! Brava!! Brava!!" / "Ray of Light" 2020 1

Music videos

Personal videos

Year Song Artist
2013 Mine[92] Kim Jae-joong
Just Another Girl[93] Kim Jae-joong
2016 Love You More Kim Jae-joong


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

Soundtrack contributions

Year Song Album
2006 인사 (Greetings) A Millionaire's First Love OST
2009 사랑아(Love) Heaven's Postman OST
2010 To You It's Goodbye, To Me It's Waiting Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST
2011 "지켜줄게" (I'll Protect You) Protect the Boss OST
2012 살아도 꿈인 것처럼" (Living Like A Dream) Dr. Jin OST[19]
Stay Jackal is Coming OST[94]
2014 싫어도 (But I) Triangle OST[95]
우연 (Coincidence)

Composing and songwriting

Role Song Language Album(s)
Composer; Lyricist 사랑아 울지마 (Sarang-a 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
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger; All instruments 9096
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
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
Composer; Lyricist I.D.S.
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
Composer; Lyricist; Co-arranger In Heaven
Composer; Lyricist No Gain Korean Tarantallegra by Junsu
Lyricist 살아도 꿈인 것처럼 (Sarado Kkum-in Geotcheoreom; Living Like A Dream) Korean Dr. Jin OST
Composer; Lyricist Until the Sun Rises[96] Korean Until the Sun Rises by Baek Seung Heon
Composer; Lyricist Stay[94] Korean Jackal is Coming OST
Co-composer; Co-lyricist Kiss B Jackal is Coming OST, Y by Kim Jae-joong
Composer; Lyricist 나만의 위로 (Naman-eui Wiro; Healing for Myself/My Only Comfort) Jackal is Coming OST, I/MINE by Kim Jae-joong
Lyricist One Kiss Korean I/MINE by Kim Jae-joong
Lyricist Mine
Composer; Lyricist All Alone
Co-composer; Co-lyricist Only Love Korean Y by Kim Jae-joong
Composer; Lyricist On My Mind Korean New Born by M.Pire (엠파이어)
Lyricist 빛 (Bit; Light/Brighter) Korean WWW by Kim Jae-joong
Lyricist Don't Walk Away
Lyricist Just Another Girl
Lyricist Butterfly
Composer; Lyricist Rotten Love
Lyricist Let The Rhythm Flow
Composer; Lyricist; Arranger 그랬지 (Geuraettji; It is/I said I am sorry)
Composer; Lyricist 9+1#
Co-Lyricist Modem Beat
Composer; Lyricist Paradise
Lyricist 싫어도 (Sirheodo; But I)[95] Korean Triangle OST
Lyricist 우연 (Uyeon; Coincidence)
Lyricist Let Me See Korean Just Us by JYJ
Lyricist Babo Boy
Lyricist Dear J
Lyricist Let Me See
Lyricist Good Morning Night Korean No.X by Kim Jae-joong
Lyricist Love You To Death
Co-composer; Lyricist Good Luck
Co-composer; Lyricist 원망해요 (Wonmanghaeyo; Blame)
Lyricist Breathing
Lyricist All That Glitters
Lyricist 다시 만나지만 다시 만나겠지만 (Dashi Mannajiman Dashi Mannagettjiman; Meeting Again, Will Meet Again, but ... )
Lyricist 그거 알아? (Geugeo Ara?; You Know What?)
Lyricist Run Away



Year Title Role
2004 Taegeukgi Extra
2009 Heaven's Postman Shin Jae-joon
2012 Jackal is Coming Choi Hyun

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2010 Sunao ni Narenakute Park Seon-su/Doctor Fuji TV
2011 Protect the Boss Cha Mu-won SBS
2012 Dr. Jin Kim Kyung-tak MBC
2014 Triangle Jang Dong-chul/Heo Young-dal
2015 SPY Kim Seon-woo KBS2
2017 Manhole Bong Pil


Year Title Role Network
2013 The Zoo is Alive 2 Narrator[97] MBC

Concerts and Tours

  • Solo Fan meeting[98]
Date City Country Venue Audience
December 10, 2011 Shanghai China Shanghai Changning Gymnastic Center 6,500
February 5, 2012 Ankara[99] Turkey Ankara University 800
May 23, 2012 Taipei[100] Taiwan ATT BOX 3,500
October 20, 2012 Nanjing China Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 6,000
October 20, 2012 Bangkok[101] Thailand Bitec Hall 6,000
November 3, 2012 Jakarta[102] Indonesia Mata Elang International Stadium 7,000
November 9, 2012 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center 3,500
  • 1st Asia Tour – Your,My&Mine mini concert&Fan meeting
Date City Country Venue Audience
January 26, 2013 Gyeonggi[103] South Korea KINTEX Ilsan 10,000
January 27, 2013 10,000
February 17, 2013 Bangkok[104] Thailand BITEC Hall 8,000
March 17, 2013 Shanghai[105] China Shanghai Gymnasium 8,000
March 24, 2013 Hong Kong HKCEC Hall 6,000
April 6, 2013 Nanjing[106] Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 5,000
April 13, 2013 Taipei[107] Taiwan Taiwan University Gymnasium 6,000
  • 2013 Grand Finale Live Concert and Fanmeeting in Japan[108][109]
Date City Country Venue Audience
June 24, 2013 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Arena 15,000
June 25, 2013 15,000
June 26, 2013 15,000
  • 1st Solo Album Asia Tour – WWW[36]
Date City Country Venue Audience
November 2, 2013 Seoul South Korea Coex Hall D 10,000
November 3, 2013 10,000
November 15, 2013 Yokohama[37] Japan Yokohama Stadium 35,000
November 16, 2013 35,000
November 23, 2013 Taipei Taiwan Taiwan University Gymnasium 6,000
December 7, 2013 Nanjing China Wutaishan Stadium 8,000
December 8, 2013 6,000
December 17, 2013 Osaka[110] Japan Osaka-jō Hall 15,000
December 18, 2013 15,000
January 4, 2014 Busan South Korea Busan Exhibition and Convention Center 6,000
January 22, 2014 Nagoya[111] Japan Nippon Gaishi Hall 10,000
January 23, 2014 10,000
January 25, 2014 Seoul[112] South Korea Korea University Tiger Dome 5,000
January 26, 2014 5,000
  • 2015 Kim Jae Joong J-Party
Date City Country Venue Audience
January 21, 2015 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Arena 12,500
January 22, 2015 12,500
January 26, 2015 Seoul South Korea Jamsil Indoor Stadium 6,000
  • 2015 Kim Jae Joong Concert in Seoul[113]
Date City Country Venue Audience
March 28, 2015 Seoul South Korea Korea University Tiger Dome
March 29, 2015
  • 2016 Kim Jaejoong 2nd Album Hologram Real Live Concert[114][115]

  • 2017 Kim Jaejoong Asia Tour ′The REBIRTH of J′[116]
Date City Country Venue Audience
January 21, 2017 Seoul South Korea Korea University Hwajung Gymnasium
January 22, 2017
February ?, 2017 Yokohama Japan
February 22, 2017 Nagoya[117]
February 23, 2017
March 11, 2017 Hong Kong[118] China AsiaWorld-Expo
March 18, 2017 Thailand[119] Bangkok
March 25, 2017 Macao China

Awards and nominations

Film & Television

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2010 14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Supporting Actor for Spring Season[120] Sunao ni Narenakute Won
2011 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[121] Protect the Boss Won
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Dr. Jin Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor[122] Won
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor[53] Triangle Won
MBC Drama Awards Best Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated


Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2013 Seoul International Drama Awards Best Hallyu Drama OST Award[20] Living Like A Dream
Dr. Jin OST
2017 2017 Yin Yue Tai V-Chart Awards Best Male Artist[123] N/A Won


Year Awards Category Result
2001 2nd Annual SM Best Competition Best Appearance[124] Won
2010 27th Best Jeanist Award Best Male Jeanist[125] 3rd Place
2011 28th Best Jeanist Award Best Male Jeanist 2nd Place
Shorty Awards Best Celebrity on Twitter[126] Won
2012 29th Best Jeanist Award Best Male Jeanist[127] 2nd Place


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