Super Junior (Korean: 슈퍼주니어; Syupeo Junieo) is a popular South Korean idol group. Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment, the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak. Super Junior originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of leader Leeteuk, Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kibum. Kyuhyun joined the group in 2006.
Known as the “Kings of the Hallyu Wave”, Super Junior launched into international recognition following the release of their best-selling single “Sorry, Sorry” in 2009, the title song of their most critically successful album Sorry, Sorry and was the best-selling K-pop artist for three years in a row.
Over the years, they have been divided into smaller subgroups, simultaneously targeting different music industries and audiences. Largely due to Super Junior’s success as entertainers, other Korean entertainment managements began to train their music groups in other areas of entertainment, such as acting and hosting. In addition to their commercial success, Super Junior has earned fourteen music awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards, sixteen from the Golden Disk Awards, and is the second singing group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards after JTL in 2003. In 2012 they were nominated for “Best Asian Act” in MTV Europe Music Awards showing one more time their popularity around world.
In December 2009, Hankyung departed from the group after filing a lawsuit against their agency SM Entertainment.Hankyung subsequently won the lawsuit in December 2010,though his departure from Super Junior was not made official until September 27, 2011, when S.M. Entertainment finally released a statement to that effect.Heechul enlisted for his mandatory military service on September 1, 2011. Kangin was absent from the group for their fourth and fifth album promotions, but completed his service in April 2012, and rejoined the group for their sixth album in mid 2012, however, the absent three members are considered as part of the group regardless. Leeteuk enlisted for his mandatory military service on October 30, 2012. As of 2012, Super Junior has nine active members: Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun.
Current active members
Current inactive members
Super Junior-M members
Tours and concerts
- Main Tours
- The 1st ASIA TOUR, Super Show (2008-2009)
- The 2nd ASIA TOUR, Super Show 2 (2009-2010)
- The 3rd ASIA TOUR, Super Show 3 (2010-2011)
- The WORLD TOUR, Super Show 4 (2011-2012)
- The WORLD TOUR, Super Show 5 (2013-TBA)
- Subgroup tours
- Super Junior K.R.Y The 1st Concert (2010-2011)
- Super Junior K.R.Y Special Winter Concert (2012-2013)
- Affiliated tours
- SMTown Live ’07 Summer Concert (2007)
- SMTown Live ’08 (2008-2009)
- SMTown Live ’10 World Tour (2010-2011)
- SMTown Live ’12 World Tour (2012-2013)
They pursued bubblegum pop in SuperJunior05; ethereal and alternative rock in Don’t Don; pop and contemporary R&B in Sorry, Sorry and Bonamana; and electropop and synthpop in Mr. Simple. The group has also covered few songs in their albums. Their debut single “Twins (Knock Out)” is a cover of Triple Eight‘s “Knockout,” which was released in 2003. In most of their covers, the original titles are kept, such as Cape’s “L.O.V.E” and Exile’s “Believe”, both tracks from SuperJunior05. Super Junior works closely with Yoo Young-jin, who has produced and arranged most of the group’s title singles since debut. Yoo’s also known for creating the renowned SMP style, a genre that includes a balanced infusion of rock, R&B, and rap, empowered by the sounds of electric guitar, bass, and other different percussion instruments. Super Junior prominently featured this SMP style in Don’t Don. The group are also acclaimed for their vocal harmonization and unison as each member contributes a different range in their choruses, and often incorporate different types of vocal belting into their songs.
Super Junior-H, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-T
Since debut, four Super Junior subgroups were formed. With the exception of Kibum, all of the members were put in at least one subgroup. The intentions of the subgroups were part of SM Entertainment’s strategy to not limit Super Junior’s activities while certain members focus on their individual careers.Furthermore, the goal of subgroup formations was to show that Super Junior could accommodate and perform different musical genres. This strategy was later challenged by critics, as it has influenced an overwhelming amount of music groups to create official and unofficial subgroups alike.
Established in November 2006, is the first Super Junior subgroup and consists of Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung.
The trio’s first official performance was on November 5, 2006, on KBS’s Music Bank, performing “The One I Love”, theme song to the Korean television drama Hyena. Aside from the theme, they contributed to two more tracks in the original soundtrack of Hyena. The trio also performed in two additional original soundtracks, one track in both the soundtracks of Snow Flower and Billy Jean Look at Me. Unlike Super Junior’s other sub-units, Super Junior-K.R.Y has not officially released an original single or album (but will release an album soon in 2012), and only participated in collaboration albums and original soundtracks.
Super Junior-K.R.Y held their first mini concert tour in Japan in August 2010. They held two more concerts in Kobe in November 2010 and another two concerts in December 2010 in Fukuoka. Over 22,000 attended the tour.
In November 2012 the trio held a concert in Yokohama, Japan (during their special winter tour) in which they announced they’re going to release an original Japanese single titled ” Promise You” on 23 January 2013. A teaser for the music video was shown during the concert and officially released through YouTube a few days later.
Super Junior-Donghae & Eunhyuk
Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk released a digital single, “떴다 오빠(Oppa has Risen)“.The 2011 single “Oppa, Oppa” reached 2nd place on Oricon‘s daily single and weekly charts, and #1 on Tower Records‘ single chart (2 April – 8 April).
Super Junior were appointed as the goodwill ambassadors for the 2008 Korea and Thailand 50th Anniversary, honoring the good relationship Korea has held with Thailand for the past fifty years.On February 20, 2010, Super Junior were named as Taiwan’s tourism ambassadors. Super Junior are also spokesmodels for the “Donate Blood” (2007–present) campaign at the Republic of Korea National Red Cross and were appointed as goodwill ambassadors for World Blood Donor Day. On March 3, 2011, Super Junior were appointed by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Korea as the 2011 Honorary Korean Food Ambassadors to promote Korean cuisine all over the world. On June 17, 2011, Super Junior were chosen to be the ambassadors of Seoul Summer Sale 2011.They have since been appointed to the same position for Seoul Summer Sale 2012. On July 24, 2011, Super Junior were appointed as ambassadors for Korean tourism and LG Korea. Because of their popularity, they have been chosen as endorsers for Lotte Duty Free, and Donghae and Siwon are endorsers of the famous Filipino clothing line Bench. Kyuhyun is an endorser of Masita. On September 4, 2012, Super Junior is appointed as honorary ambassadors for the Gangnam District of Seoul.