Meet Super Junior, K-pop's biggest boy band

By Korea Times, KF and CJ E&M

Posted at Sep 08 2012 10:36 AM | Updated as of Sep 08 2012 06:36 PM

SEOUL, South Korea - Super Junior is known for hits such as “Sorry Sorry” and “It’s You.”

Formed by SM Entertainment in 2005 the K-pop boy band debuted with 13 members — Lee Tuek, 29, Ye Sung, 28, Kang In, 27, Shin Dong, 26, Sung Min, 26, Eun Hyuk, 26, Dong Hae, 25, Si Won, 25, Ryeo Wook, 25, Kyu Hyun, 24, Hee Chul, 29, Ki Bum, 25 and Han Geung, 28,

Currently the group consists of 10 members. Hee Chul has been serving his military duty since last September. Ki Bum is on a temporary leave to focus on his acting career. He had appeared in tvN’s drama “I Love Italy” with actress Park Ye-jin.

Other changes of the group members included Kyu Hyun joining in 2006 and Chinese member Han Geung, 28, officially leaving as of September 2011.

Each member is truly passionate about music and has taken a variety of training programs including dance and emcee classes to improve themselves and pursue other career opportunities. Lee Tuek and Shin Dong have emceed a number of television shows — Lee for MBC’s “Jewelry House” and tvN’s “5,000 Questions” while Shin took the microphone for Mnet “The Beatles Code Season 2”and MBC’s “Show Champion.”

They made a successful debut in December 2005 with the studio album “Super Junior 05.” Since their first release, the boys have endeavored to become a leading group by setting trends and constantly trying new things. Last year the boy band topped various music charts in Korea and overseas with their 5th album “Mr. Simple.” The most recent studio album titled “Sexy, Free & Single,” released in July, attracted much public and media attention for their soulful house music.

The idol group has also proved popular in many Asian countries including Japan, Taiwan, China and the Philippines. Super Junior-M, a subgroup branched off from Super Junior, made a debut in April 2008 with the release of the studio album “Me.” A modified version of the album was released in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan in May 2008. Since the debut, the group has swept numerous awards including “Asia’s Most Popular New Group” at the Music King Awards in 2008, “Most Popular Group” at the China Music Festival in 2010 and Popular Group” at the Taiwan HITO Music Awards in 2012.

Other accolades include the grand prize at music awards such as the 24th Golden Disk Awards in 2009 and the 21st Seoul Music Awards this year. A world tour “Super Show 4” in cities worldwide — including Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Singapore, Macau, Bangkok, Paris, Shanghai, Jakarta and Tokyo — began last November for six months.

Super Junior will perform in Jakarta on Sept. 22 as part of the “SM Town Live World Tour.”