Super Junior-T

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Super Junior-T
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website superjunior-t.smtown.com
Members Leeteuk
Heechul
Kangin
Shindong
Sungmin
Eunhyuk

Super Junior-Trot (Korean: 슈퍼주니어-트로트), officially known as Super Junior-T (Korean: 슈퍼주니어-티) is the second official sub-group of South Korean boy band Super Junior. They are the first idol group known for capitalizing trot music, the oldest form of Korean pop music. Super Junior-T formed in 2007 and contains six Super Junior members, the leader Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, and Eunhyuk.[1]

Super Junior-T released their debut CD single on 23 February 2007 the short span of their career before they were announced to be on hiatus in 2008. The single "Rokuko" was Korea's sixteenth best-selling record and the number one best-selling single of 2007, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea.[2] In November 2008, the subgroup returned with a debut in the Japanese music industry, releasing the Japanese version of "Rokuko."

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Noticing the dying trend of trot music, Lee Soo Man decided to revive the style by producing an idol band that capitalizes this genre. Three months before Super Junior-T's official debut, they performed "Don't Go Away" at the M.NET/KM Music Festival on November 25, 2006 with Super Junior's Donghae.

2007: Commercial success[edit]

In early February, SM Entertainment made the official announcement of a second Super Junior subgroup, Super Junior-T. The group released their debut single "Rokuko" on February 23, 2007 and on February 25, 2007, they officially debuted on SBS's Popular Songs, performing "Rokuko" and "First Express" with famous trot singer Bang Shilyi. The debut was also marked as Heechul's comeback performance after his injury from a car accident that occurred in August 2006.

"Rokuko" topped music charts three days after release.[3] Two months later, the single topped Thailand-based music stations and remained in the same position for several weeks.[4] By the end of 2007, the single sold almost 46,000 copies and was Korea's best-selling single of the year.

Two months later, Leeteuk, Shindong, and Eunhyuk were injured in a car accident, and all of Super Junior-T's schedules were completely canceled for two months.[5] However, pre-recorded performances, such as the group's parody Palace T, continued to air on television and their single continued to top music charts.[6] Schedules resumed in June, but only lasted a month.

2008: Performance tours and Japan[edit]

On April 29, 2008, it was announced that Super Junior-T would make a comeback later in the year with their second single.[7] However, a fourth Super Junior sub-unit, Super Junior-Happy, debuted instead, putting Super Junior-T in partial hiatus. Nonetheless, Super Junior-T remained partially active throughout the year as they still appear as a group in Super Junior's concert tour, Super Show and other similar functions. Despite the debut of Super Junior-Happy, a future full-length album is still in the works and is expected to arrive in the future.[8] Super Junior-T's latest appearance before the debut of Super Junior-Happy was on May 17, 2008, performing as the opening act at the 6th Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California.

On November 5, 2008, Super Junior-T re-released "Rokuko", now titled "ROCK&GO", in Japan. Presenting this project to the Japanese comedy duo Moeyan, who are skilled in combining comedy with song and dance, Super Junior-T hopes that the duo will help them localize the single into Japanese. The collaboration was the duo's official debut as singers and Super Junior-T's entrance in the Japanese market.[9] The single debuted at #19 on the Oricon Daily Charts[10] and jumped to #2 three days later.[11] Super Junior-T and Moeyan held two mini concerts on the same release date as the single in the C.C. Lemon Hall at Tokyo to promote the record.

2015: "Love at First Sight"[edit]

In 2015, Super Junior returned with special album Devil on July 16 to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary.[12] The album has a total of 10 tracks including the Track "Love at First Sight". The track is partly classified by Super Junior-T and Kang Junwoo writing lyrics and composing for it.

The group made their comeback performance on the Korean music show M! Countdown with the song "Love at First Sight" on July 16, 2015.[13]

Image[edit]

Super Junior-T is well known for their parodies, such as the short miniseries Palace T, a parody of the popular Korean drama, Princess Hours which aired on the channel M.NET, as a part of Idol World.[6]

Due to Super Junior-T's active participance in trot music and their comedic appearances, the group gained outstanding attention from the older audience despite their well-known young idol images that was created for them in the main group Super Junior.[14] Members of Super Junior-T explained that they wanted to change their idol appearance[14] and hope that they would gain different fans from their new trot image.

Discography[edit]

Super Junior-T discography
Music videos 2
Singles 2

Singles[edit]

# Year Information Chart positions Sales[15]
MIAK
(South Korea)
Oricon Charts
(Japan)
1st 2007 Rokuko (로꾸거!!!)
  • Released: February 23, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: CD, DVD
1
46,000+
(South Korea)
2nd 2008 ROCK&GO (with Moeyan)
14
11,443+
(Oricon Chart)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Videography[edit]

Year Track Album Released
2007 "Rokuko" Korean single February 22
2008 "Rock & Go" (ft. Moeyan) Japanese single November 5

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2007 OotCha aSsa Guests SBS On 07.03.04
Idol World MC Mnet EP 06-13
Star King Guests SBS EP 09,12,13,17
Open Concert KBS2 On 18 March [16]
1000 Song Challenge Guests (HC,SM,EH) SBS On 18 March, 20 May = (2 EP) [17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
Bugs Music Awards
2010 Trot "Knock Knock Knock" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Yong-sung "Young trot music stars bridge generation gap" Korea Herald. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03
  2. ^ "Music Industry Association of Korea". MIAK (in Korean). p. 1. Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Super Junior-T's new single tops music charts within three days". Sina (in Chinese). 2007-03-01. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Super Junior-T dominates Thailand". Sina (in Chinese). 2007-05-16. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  5. ^ "SM Ent cancels all of SJ-T's schedules; give the members a good rest". Sina (in Chinese). 2008-04-29. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Super Junior-T plays with "Palace T"; arrival of the tomboy queen". MOP (in Chinese). 2007-05-17. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  7. ^ "Male comebacks: MC Mong, Epik High, SG Wannabe". YTNStar (in Korean). 2008-04-29. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  8. ^ Lee Hye Rin (2008-06-25). "SuJu-Happy: "Singing is the happiest thing."". Asia Economy (in Korean). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Comedy join forces, a Korean and Japanese collaboration". Sanspo (in Japanese). 2008-09-25. p. 1. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Oricon Daily Charts". Oricon (in Japanese). 2008-11-05. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  11. ^ "Oricon Daily Charts". Oricon (in Korean). 2008-11-08. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  12. ^ "Super Junior: Intimacy among members key to longevity". kpopherald. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ Super Junior 슈퍼주니어_Comeback Stage '첫눈에 반했습니다 (Love at First Sight)'_KBS MUSIC BANK_2015.07.17 SMTOWN on YouTube
  14. ^ a b "Super Junior-T "competing with trot, wants to change idol image"". Sina (in Chinese). 2007-03-12. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  15. ^ "2007 K-pop Chart" Music Industry Association of Korea. Retrieved 15 January 2008. Archived May 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.(in Korean)
  16. ^ Chutcha (First Express) - Super Junior T on youtube 070318
  17. ^ 1000 Songs Ch@llenge suju T (HC,SM,EH) on youtube 070513

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