Super Junior

Super Junior

Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) is a 13 member South Korean boy group established in 2005 by S.M. Entertainment.  Super Junior originally started with twelve members before debut, but added one more in 2006.  The boy group debuted with members: Leeteuk, Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, and Kibum; Kyuhyun was the 13th member.  Super Junior also has sub-groups where the members are organized in a different manner to perform different types of music: Super Junior-Happy, Super Junior-M, Super Junior-T, and Super Junior-K.R.Y. They are among the most commercially successful K-pop artists and have won many awards.

Super Junior Members

  • Leeteuk
  • Heechul
  • Han Geng
  • Yesung
  • Kangin
  • Shindong
  • Sungmin
  • Eunhyuk
  • Donghae
  • Siwon
  • Ryeowook
  • Kibum
  • Kyuhyun

Super Junior Discography

Korean Discography

Studio Albums:

  • 2005: SuperJunior05 (TWINS)
  • 2007: Don’t Don
  • 2009: Sorry, Sorry
  • 2010: Bonamana
  • 2011: Mr. Simple

Live Albums:

  • 2008: Super Show – Super Junior The 1st Asia Tour Concert Album
  • 2009: Super Show 2 – Super Junior The 2nd Asia Tour Concert Album
  • 2011: Super Show 3 – Super Junior The 3rd Asia Tour Concert Album

Singles:

  • 2005: Show Me Your Love
  • 2006: U

Japanese Discography

Japanese Singles:

  • 2011: 美人 (Bonamana)
  • 2011: Mr. Simple
  • 2012: Opera

Super Junior History

Pre-Debut

Han Geng was the first one to join the group after SM Entertainment held an audition in Beijing, China in 2000.  Later that year, SM Entertainment held another audition in Seoul and recruited Leeteuk, Yesung, and Eunhyuk.  In 2001, Sungmin and Donghae joined after jointly winning first place in contest sponsored by SM Entertainment.  In 2002, Heechul, Kangin, and Kibum were discovered in Los Angeles, California by a casting agent.  Siwon was discovered by a scout and joined in 2003.  Ryeowook was recruited after winning the 2004 Chin Chin Youth Festival Singing Competition in 2004.  Shindong and Kyuhyun joined in 2005 after winning third place at the 2005 Chin Chin Youth Festival.

Lee Soo-man, the producer of SM Entertainment, envisioned an all-boy group of twelve members with new members annually replacing selected members to keep the group young.  They were rumored to be named O.V.E.R. standing for “Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm”.  But before the group stuck with the name, S.M. Entertainment would always called them Junior and eventually made the group name, Super Junior.  They officially became Super Junior 05 which was the first generation of Super Junior.

Debut

On September 11, 2005, Super Junior 05 made their pre-debut on Mnet where they showed off their dancing abilities.  They made their official debut on SBS’s “Popular Song” on November 6, 2005 where they performed their first single, “Twins (Knock Out)”.  Their debut album, SuperJunior05 (Twins), released on December 6, 2005 selling 28,536 copies in the first month.

After Super Junior 05 started performing “Miracle”, their second single from their debut album, S.M. Entertainment began to pick members that would graduate from the group and select new members for the group, Super Junior 06.  However, they decided to not go through with this plan after adding Kyuhyun, their thirteenth member, in 2006.  Thus, the group then became just Super Junior.  Soon after, Super Junior released a new single “U” for free on their official website.  It became one of the most popular songs of the year and surpassed 1.7 million downloads.  By the end of the year, Super Junior won numerous awards including Best Newcomer.

In October 2006, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung formed Super Junior-K.R.Y., their first sub-unit.  They performed their first single “The One I Love” which became the theme song to Hyena, a Korean television drama on Music Bank.  In February 2007, Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Sungmin, and Eunhyuk formed Super Junior-T, a trot-singing group.  On February 23, 2007, they released their first single, “Rokuko”, and debuted on “Popular Songs”.

Breakthrough

Super Junior’s second album, “Don’t Don”, was scheduled to be released in late 2006, but due to setbacks, it was postponed until September 20, 2007.  ”Don’t Don” received mixed reviews, but it still sold over 160,000 copies, becoming the second best-selling record of 2007.  They won three awards at the 2007 Mnet/KM Music Festival including the coveted “Artist of the Year” award.

In April 2008, Super Junior started a Mandopop sub-unit, “Super Junior-M”.  It consisted of members Han Geng, Siwon, Donghae, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Super Junior-M members Henry and Zhou Mi.  Initially there was a bit of a controversy over the creation of the subgroup, but Super Junior-M became the most successful subgroup.  They sold out two concerts in Hong Kong, topped the weekly charts on Chinese music programs, and received the most endorsements in China.  Soon after Super Junior-M’s debut, another subgroup was created, Super Junior-Happy.  It is made up of Super Junior-T plus Yesung.  They released their first EP, “Cooking? Cooking!” on June 5, 2008 and debuted in Japan in November 2008.

Commercial Success

In March 12, 2008, Super Junior released their third full album, “Sorry, Sorry” to massive success.  It became South Korea’s best-selling album of 2009 just after a month of being released.  The title track, “Sorry, Sorry” was #1 for ten consecutive weeks in South Korea.  It also won Best Record of the Year at the 24th Golden Disk Awards.