Super Junior

Super Junior

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Super Junior

Img_capt = Super Junior at "Super Show" in Seoul, South Korea on February 24, 2008.
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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Seoul, Republic of Korea
Genre = K-pop, Mandopop, dance, hip hop, R&B, trot
Alias = SJ, SuJu
Years_active = 2005–present
Label = SM Entertainment
Avex Asia (ROC)
Rhythm Zone (JPN)
Associated_acts = SMTown
Super Junior-K.R.Y
Super Junior-T
Super Junior-M
Super Junior-Happy
Current_members = Leeteuk
Han Geng
URL = []

Super Junior (슈퍼주니어; often stylized SUPERJUNIOR), sometimes referred to as SJ or SuJu (슈주), is a thirteen-member boy band from Seoul, South Korea. They are managed by producer Lee Soo Man and is currently the largest group under SM Entertainment. The members are Leeteuk (the leader), Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook, Kibum, and Kyuhyun. The Chinese member, Han Geng, was chosen among the 3,000 applicants through auditions held in China by SM Entertainment in 2001.cite news | author= | title=Super Junior's Chinese member, Han Geng | date= | work=Daum | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-09 | languages=Korean] The group initially debuted with twelve members on November 6, 2005, but since the addition of Kyuhyun in May 23, 2006, they have become a thirteen-member group.cite news | author= | title=Super Junior adds new member, transformed into 13-person super group | date=2006-05-24 | work=Sina News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-12-14 | language=Chinese]

Super Junior has released two studio albums and one CD single since 2005. Their most successful album, "Don't Don", was the second best-selling album of 2007, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea.cite news | author= | title=Album Sales of 2007 | date= | work=Recording Industry Association of Korea | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-01-15 | language=Korean] In addition, the group has earned four music awards from the M.NET/KM Music Festival, another four from the Golden Disk Awards, and is the second group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the MTV Asia Awards after JTL.cite web|work=MTV Asia|url=|title=2008 MTV Asia Awards Honors The Best From The East And West|date=2008-08-02|accessdate=2008-08-03]

Musical history


Since 2000, Korean talent agency and record label SM Entertainment has been holding annual auditions to scout new talents that complemented the success of boy bands H.O.T and Shinhwa as well as the girl group S.E.S, all of which were created by SM founder and producer Lee Soo Man in the late 1990s. In 2001, the company held their first oversea casting auditions in Beijing, where they discovered Han Geng, who was chosen among 3,000 applicants. Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Eunhyuk, Siwon, and Kibum were discovered under the company's annual auditions that were held in Seoul while Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Donghae, and Ryeowook were discovered through SM-sponsored contests and singing competitions. [] ]

Not long after boy band TVXQ's debut in 2003, news about Lee's unprecedented plans of forming another boy band quickly spread over the Internet. In early 2005, SM Entertainment confirmed the news and announced that a twelve-member all-male singing group would debut near the end of the year, promoting the project group to be "The Gateway to Stardom of Asia."cite news | author=Mimi | title=Super Junior fans, "Do not increase members | date=2007-10-24 | work=Yonhap News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate 2007-10-24 | language=Korean] For a while the group was known to be called O.V.E.R, the acronym for "Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm."cite news | author=minky | title="O.V.E.R" group--SJ's Previous Life | date=2007-12-05 | work=Baidu Bar | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-12-05 | language=Chinese] ref_label|A|a|none Before the group settled with their current name, the company labled them as simply Junior, a representation of the members' young ages when they first joined SM Entertainment. However, after the members' showcased their different talents to the company during an SM-sponsored picnic, their company finalized their name to Super Junior. Soon the group became officially Super Junior 05, the first generation of Super Junior. Super Junior had been known for their infamous line-up, a concept being very similar to Japan's girl group, Morning Musume. Intended to be a rotational group, there was to be new members replacing some of the old members each year, forming a new Super Junior generation every time. However, this concept was abandoned when a new member was added in May 2006. Most members of Super Junior 05 have been actors, MCs, models, or DJs prior debut. Heechul and Kibum made their debuts in dramas and films; [ Sharp #2 Official Website] (in Korean)] cite news | author= | title= Suju's Kim Kibum returns to acting after sixteen months | date=2008-04-19 | work=Paran | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-26 | language=Korean] Leeteuk, Yesung, Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, and Siwon made cameo television appearances; Han Geng made his first media appearance as a model, and Heechul was also already an established DJ before debut.Usher's "Caught Up." However, the performance did not air on television until May 16, 2006 as a segment in the "Super Junior Show", the group's first television documentary.

2005–2006: The Super Junior project

Super Junior 05 made their debut television appearance on SBS's "Popular Songs" on November 6, 2005, performing their first single, "TWINS (Knock Out)." A digital single with "TWINS (Knock Out)", "You are the one", and three additional tracks were released online on November 8, 2005. A CD single was scheduled to be released in November but a more complete album, "SuperJunior05 (TWINS)", was released on December 5, 2005 instead. Their debut album sold 28,536 copies in the first month of release and debuted at #3 in the monthly chart of December 2005.cite news | author= | title=Album Sales of December 2005 | date= | work=Recording Industry Association of Korea | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-10-16 | language=Korean] ref_label|C|c|none In that same month, their collaborated single with TVXQ, "Show Me Your Love," was released. "Show Me Your Love" became the best-selling record of December 2005, selling almost 50,000 copies.

After "Show Me Your Love" promotions were completed, Super Junior 05 promoted their second single from their debut album, "Miracle," in February 2006. "Miracle" was the group's first single to peak at #1 on different music charts of South Korea as well as international charts from overseas countries, such as Thailand.cite news | author= | title="Miracle" tops Thai music charts | date= | work=KBS News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-09-27 | language=English] It was their last single to be promoted from "SuperJunior05 (TWINS)".

As promotions for "Miracle" slowly came to an end, SM Entertainment decided to begin Super Junior's line-up project by replacing some of the original members with new ones. After Super Junior 05, Super Junior 06, the second generation, would debut, and the label had begun to take actions to announce the new members. However, after the addition of a thirteenth member, the company abandoned the line-up project and the group became known as just Super Junior, without the suffix "05". [cite news | author= | title=Kyuhyun Yahoo Search | date = | work=Yahoo!Korea | pages = | url= | accessdate=2007-12-15 | language=Korean]

2006–2007: "U" and breakthrough success

On May 23, 2006, SM Entertainment revealed a new member Kyuhyun, who was discovered through a singing competition in 2005, as the thirteenth and youngest member. The new thirteen-member group released their new single, "U" online for free download on May 25, 2006 in Super Junior's official website. "U" had over 400 thousand downloads within five hours of release and it ultimately exceeded 1.7 million downloads, crashing the server. [cite news | author= | title= Super Junior《U》releases online, crashes server | date=2006-05-26 | work=Sina News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-12-15 | language=Chinese] [ [ Super Junior AVEX Discography] ] The CD single "U" with a total of three tracks was officially released on June 6, 2006, eventually selling over 81,000 units by 2007, more than their first album.cite news | author= | title=Album Sales of May 2007 | date= | work=Recording Industry Association of Korea | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-10-16 | language=Korean] During this time, an official fanclub was created for the group, E.L.F., an alphabetism derived from the phrase "Ever-lasting Friends." Super Junior's official color became pearl sapphire blue.ref_label|D|d|none

The title song "U" yielded number-one spots for five consecutive weeks on two of Korea's top music programs for the first time in the group's career. The song was crowned as SBS "Popular Songs" Mutizen Song on the second week of release, being the first award for the group since debut.cite news | author= | title=Super Junior wins first award on SBS's Popular Songs | date=2006-06-27 | work=Sina | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-26 | language=Chinese] The song then stayed as Mutizen Song for three consecutive weeks on the same program, also simultaneously grabbing two top awards from M.NET's "M!Countdown" for two weeks. Before promotions for "U" ended, "Dancing Out" was released on July 20, 2006 as part of SMTown's annual summer album, grabbing two awards as soon as it was released.cite web | author= | title=Super Junior releases new single, "Dancing Out" | date=2006-07-25 | work=CRI Online | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-26 | language=Chinese] "U" gained critical success, and Super Junior collected over seven awards in five of South Korea's top music award ceremonies as 2006 came to a close, winning Best New Group and popularity awards.

As 2007 approached, the group began to branch out to different splinter groups. Super Junior-K.R.Y, the first subgroup of Super Junior that debuted on November 5, 2006, began to give separate performances away from the group to promote their new songs in the latter months of 2006.cite news | author= | title=Three members from Super Junior establish new group | date=2006-10-27 | work=Daily VC | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008=08-26 | language=Chinese] In February arrived a second subgroup, Super Junior-T.cite news | author= | title=Super Junior forms six-member trot group | date=2007-02-12 | work=Sina | pages=1 | url= | language=Chinese] In March, several members of Super Junior participated in an original soundtrack for the first time, singing the opening and ending themes "Success" and "H.I.T" for the Korean miniseries, "H.I.T". On April 19, 2007, four members of Super Junior, Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Kyuhyun, were injured in a car accident that deeply affected the group's schedules and progress throughout the year. Being the most injured, Kyuhyun was not discharged from the hospital until four months later, therefore unable to participate in the group's single for SMTown, "Full of Happiness" (행복) that was released in July. Nonetheless, the cover from the former boy band H.O.T accelerated quickly in singles charts in both South Korea and Thailand and soon became a number-one hit in Thailand's international charts a month later.cite news | author= | title=Super Junior dominates Thailand charts | date=2007-09-04 | work=Newsen | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-09-04 | language=Korean] cite news | author= | title=Super Junior enters Thailand, wins high popularity | date=2007-09-07 | work=Tom | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-09-09 | language=Chinese]

2007: "Don't Don"

Heechul's fracture of the femur from a car accident on August 10, 2006 and the April 19 car accident prevented the group's second official album, "Don't Don" from being released until September 20, 2007. [cite news | author= | title=Kim Heechul receives surgery on the 10th, SJ's new album release new year | date=2006-10-10 | work=Sina News | pages-1 | url= | accessdate=2007-08-12 | language=Chinese] [cite news | author= | title=Super Junior's second album "Don't Don" releases September 20 | date=2007-09-14 | work=Newsen | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-09-14 | language=Korean] The group performed their first performance for the album on September 21, 2007, promoting the first single "Don't Don" at KBS's "Music Bank". It was their first performance in which the group performed together as thirteen after a whole year. [cite news | author= | title=Super Junior's Kyuhyun, comeback after five months from car accident | date=2007-09-18 | work=Bestiz | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-09-18 | language=Korean] . The single rose quickly in music charts a week after release, winning its first recognition, the SBS "Popular Songs" Mutizen Song, on October 21, 2007 [cite news | author= | title=Super Junior wins Mutizen Song after one month of release | date=2007-10-21 | work=Sina News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-10-21 | language=Chinese] and later on M.NET's "M!Countdown", sharing the #1 song of the week along with "Everyday" by V.O.S in November.cite news | author= | title=SuJu, V.O.S tear together | date=2007-11-01 | work=Newsen | pages=1 | url= | accessdate | 2007-11-2 | language=Korean] The group quickly moved to their second single, "Marry U", in November. However, that single did not meet the achievements that "Don't Don" had set.

Within the first three days of release, offline album sales for "Don't Don" passed the 11,000 unit mark, debuting as #1 in all available offline charts, and was in close competition with Lee Soo Young's "Set It Down" and Wheesung's "eternal essence of music WHEESUNG 5" that were released earlier in September. It finished the September monthly album sales as number one, surpassing both Lee Soo Young and Wheesung. 60,000 units were shipped by the first week of release and additional copies were printed. [cite news | author= | title=New albums of September | date=2007-09-28 | work=Chosun News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-09-28 | language=Korean] After three months of release, "Don't Don" sold 164,058 copies, making it Super Junior's best-selling album. It was also the second best-selling album of 2007, falling 26,940 copies short of SG Wannabe's "The Sentimental Chord".cite news | author= | title=Super Junior, SG Wananbe first and second place in 2007 album sales | date=2007-12-12 | work=Moneytoday | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-12-12 | language=Korean] ref_label|C|c|none

Supported by the release of "Don't Don", Super Junior was nominated in seven separate categories at the 2007 M.NET/KM Music Festival that was held on November 17, 2007. Super Junior won three of those categories including Netizen Choice Award and Mobile Popularity, being the biggest winner of the night. The group also won Best Artist of the Year (Daesang), termed by many as the highest recognition of the ceremony. [cite news | author= | title="Artist of the Year" Super Junior wins three awards | date=2007-11-17 | work=Moneytoday | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-11-17 | language=Korean] Super Junior collected two more awards on December 14, 2007 at the 2007 Golden Disk Awards, an awards ceremony based on record sales success.cite news | author= | title=SG Wannabe wins daesang at Korea's Golden Disk Award, idol group Super Junior wins most awards | date=2007-12-14 | work=Sina News | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2007-12-14 | language=Chinese] Although defeated by SG Wannabe in winning the Daesang, Super Junior won a Bonsang and the TPL Anycall Popularity Award, which were reported as expected wins for the group by the media after the success of "Don't Don".

2008: Overseas expansion

On October 2, 2007, SM Entertainment officially announced a third Super Junior sub-unit, Super Junior-M, a subgroup designated for the Chinese market.cite web||url=|title=Super Junior debuts today, Han Geng as group leader|date=2008-04-08|accessdate=2008-04-08] cite web||url=|title=SuJu to tour nine Asian countries|date=2006-02-26|accessdate=2008-02-26] The announcement of the new sub-unit created a controversy between the fans and the management as fans did not support the management to add new members to the subgroup.ref_label|E|e|none A fourth Super Junior sub-unit was created that same year as well to prevent the group from fading away in the Korean music industry since half of the group have pursued their goals to China. With five members from Super Junior-T and Yesung, they formed the subgroup, Super Junior-Happy.

Super Junior's first major tour, The 1st ASIA TOUR - "Super Show, commenced on February 22 to February 24 in Seoul.cite web||url=|title=Super Junior tries hard|date=2007-10-23|accessdate=2007-10-28|language=Korean] cite web||url=|title=Super Junior's first tour begins in Seoul|date=2008-01-10|accessdate=2008-01-10|language=Korean] [cite web||url=|title=One extra show added to Super Junior's first concert|date=2008-02-05|accessdate=2008-02-05|language=Korean] ref_label|F|f|none The tour will cover nine different cities, including Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.cite web||url=|title=Video: Super Junior has high popularity, will release their Chinese album|date=2008-02-28|accessdate=2008-02-28|language=Chinese]

On August 2, 2008, Super Junior expanded their routes to Genting Highlands, Malaysia, being one of the top guest performers at the MTV Asia Awards 2008 along with other international performing artists such as OneRepublic and the Jabbawockeez.cite web|work=MTV Asia|url=|title=Rocking Hot Performers Revealed for 2008 MTV Asia Awards|date=2008=07-07|accessdate=2008-07-12] They are the third SM artist to win Favorite Artist Korea at the MTV Asia Awards after Kangta and BoA.

uper Junior's third album comeback

In July 2008, the group announced that Super Junior will end subgroup activities at the end of the year and will come together to prepare for their third studio album, which is slated to release in 2009.cite web|work=Xici|url=|title=Super Junior to release third album in 2009|date=2008-07-19|accessdate=2008-08-21|language=Chinese]

Overseas promotion

Since Super Junior's debut in South Korea, the group endeavored to share an equal share of influence across Asia. The group has paid many visits to countries outside of their homeland to promote their music, especially to China and Thailand.


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title="Miracle" (2006)
description=From "SuperJunior05 (TWINS)" (2005). Being one of Super Junior's first #1 songs, this bubblegum pop-inspired track stayed strong in music charts for many weeks. It was also one of the first songs produced by SM Entertainment to reach #1 in overseas Thai music charts.|
multi-listen endsample box endSuper Junior made their first overseas performance in Thailand on March 9, 2006 at the "Pattaya International Music Festival".citeweb|url=|title=Korea's idol group Super Junior makes debut performance in Thailand|work=Sina|date=2006-03-09|accessdate=2007-08-05|language=Korean] In effect of the appearance, their single with TVXQ, "Show Me Your Love," moved up to #8 on [Channel V#Channel .5BV.5D Thailand|Thailand's Channel [V] Music Chart] . Soon afterwards, "Miracle" debuted as #1 in the charts on March 21, 2006. "Miracle" was the second song produced by SM Entertainment that topped overseas music charts in Thailand of Channel V after TVXQ's "Rising Sun." The song stayed as #1 for four consecutive weeks. The group's second single for SMTown, "Full of Happiness" (행복) debuted as #18 on Thailand's "International Channel [V] Music Chart" on the week of July 29, 2007. The single jumped to #8 the week after, and on the third week the single advanced to #1. [citeweb|url=|title=Channel V Chart, Thailand|work=Channel V|date=2007-08-12|accessdate=2007-08-12] Aside the "International Channel [V] " Music Chart, which it was #1 for six consecutive weeks, it also made it to #1 on the "POP Channel" International Chart and the MTV International Chart in Thailand. It has been staying strong as the #1 position on these three charts. In November 29, 2008 Super Junior and the rest of the SM will come to Thailand for their first SMTOWN Live '08 concert in Bangkok, Thailand.

Since 2007, Siwon was chosen to be the endorser for "12 Plus Powder", and has been periodically filming commercials in Thailand. They also did a Yamaha Fino commerical with a Thailand popular artist called Golf and Mike. Yesang and Kibum was not included in these commerical. Super Junior were also appointed as goodwill ambassadors for the 2008 Korea and Thailand 50th Anniversary, honoring the good relationship Korea has with Thailand in the past fifty years.citeweb|url=|title=Super Junior appointed Goodwill Ambassadors for the 50th anniversary of Korea and Thailand|work=Newsva|date=2008-04-29|accessdate=2008-04-29|language=Korean]

The group held their first concert in Bangkok on July 12, 2008 in the Impact Arena as part of the second stop of the group's first Asia tour. Once sales released the tickets were sold out quickly and the group performed in a full house.

Mainland China

In April 2006, Super Junior's Chinese member Han Geng, visited China for the first time since his debut to promote the group. Since then, he and the rest of Super Junior continuously visited China. On June 12, 2006 Super Junior made their debut performance as a group in China performing "U" and "Miracle". After filming the Chinese film "A Battle of Wits" in 2006, Siwon made frequent visits to China to promote the film. Along with the rest of the cast of the film, he toured four cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.zh icon [ "A Battle of Wits" a success] November 30, 2006. Retrieved December 15, 2007.] On August 8, 2007, Han Geng and Siwon traveled to Changsha to participate in a variety show, being one of the first K-pop idols to appear on Chinese variety shows. [zh icon [ SJ's Han Geng, Choi Siwon arrives to Changsha, Han Geng wears ring on ring finger] August 9, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2007.] multi-listen item
title="U" (2007)
description=From "U (Taiwan special edition)" (2007). This is Super Junior's first Chinese song, a starting point for the group's future focus in the Chinese market.
The group released a Mandarin version of "U" on June 15, 2007 and various sources have stated that the group will release a Chinese language album. [zh icon [ Super Junior's Chinese album not confirmed] December 12, 2006. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] However instead of the entire group, a subgroup was created for the market instead. On April 8, 2008, Super Junior-M, a subgroup that is specifically designed for the Chinese music industry, debuted with their first music video, "U". The subgroup's debut album, "Me", was released in different regions of Mainland China starting April 23, 2008. The Korean version of the album which has three bonus Korean tracks, was released in South Korea on April 30, 2008. "Me" was released throughout the rest of Asia on May 2, 2008. The album debuted as #1 in all major album charts in China.


Super Junior's first visit to Taiwan was on June 16, 2007 as guest performers and presenters for the Golden Melody Awards. They presented the "Best Vocal Group" and "Best Performance Album" awards. [zh icon [ Super Junior presents Best Vocal Group award] June 16, 2006. Retrieved August 5, 2007.] . They also performed the songs "U" and "Miracle" at the awards ceremony.

Super Junior's visit to Taiwan helped increase the sales figures of "Don't Don" which was released in Taiwan on October 19, 2007. It is the highest ranked Korean album on the G-music Combo Billboard Chart, surpassing the albums of TVXQ and Shinhwa. Super Junior's album also ranked above Taiwanese boy band K One, whose album debuted at #6.ko icon [ Super Junior's "Don't Don" dominates Taiwan's music charts] October 29, 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2007.] ko icon [ Super Junior new album "The Second Hit" peaks at Taiwan's music charts] November 2, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2007.] The album peaked at #1 in Taiwan's Five Music J-pop/K-pop Chart and the G-music J-pop Chart in Taiwan within the first week of release.zh icon [ G-Music J-pop Chart] Retrieved January 20, 2008.] zh icon [ Five Music J-pop/K-pop Chart] Retrieved October 25, 2007.]

Super Junior visited Taiwan a second time on January 5, 2008 for Taiwan's "Music in Harmony" concert as a beginning step to have a closer approach to the Chinese market. They performed in the concert along with Taiwan's Show Luo and Energy. Korea's Baby Vox Re.V and PARAN were also invited to perform. Popularity won Super Junior to have over 500 fans welcoming them at Taiwan's airport. [ko icon [ SuJu's Siwon performs in Taiwan with leg injury] January 6, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2008.] Super Junior-M's first Chinese-language album, "Me", was released on May 2, 2008 in Taiwan, and it debuted on the charts as #2, with only Sodagreen's new release above theirs.zh icon [ G-Music New Product] ]


From July 8 to July 9, 2008, Super Junior made their first official appearance as a group in Japan, holding their first Japan fanmeeting in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo as a celebration for the grand opening of their official [ Japanese Homepage] that was opened on April 1, 2008.cite web|url=|title=SuJu to hold fanmeeting in Japan's Nippon Budokan||date=2008-04-01|accessdate=2008-04-02|language=Korean] 12,000 tickets to the fanmeeting were all sold out. Although Super Junior has never held activities in Japan, the decision for the group to appear in the renowned Nippon Budokan was rare and became an interesting event to notice. The group released a compiled Japan single the following day, entitled "U/TWINS", which includes the Japanese version of "U" in the limited release, to complement the event. The single peaked at #4 on Japan's Oricon Daily Chart in its first day of release, and dropped down to only four places in its second. The single broke a new record for being the first Korean single to have made within top 10 on Japan's Oricon Weekly Chart.cite web|url=|title=Super Junior breaks new record|work=My Daily|date=2008-07-22|accessdate=2008-07-25|language=Korean]

Notable events

April 19 car accident

On April 19, 2007 at 12:20 am (KST),zh icon [ Super Junior in a car accident, Kyuhyun most injurted] April 19, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] Super Junior and two of the group's managers became victims of a car accident. The driver lost control of the vehicle and the van flipped over on its right side, colliding with the sidewalk. [zh icon [ Four Super Junior members victims of dangerous car accident] April 20, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.]

Kyuhyun, who was sitting behind the driver's seat when the accident occurred, was severely injured with a fractured hip, pneumothorax from broken ribs, and deep scratches and bruises. [zh icon [ Super Junior's new car accident update] April 20, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] Leeteuk had severe facial scratchs, and had to receive stitches. He had a successful operation removing the glass shards on his back, and received a total of 170 stitches on both his back and face. [ko icon [ SuJu's Leeteuk in critical condition, over 170 stitches] April 24, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] [zh icon [ Super Junior car accident, Leeteuk has over 170 stitches on face] April 27, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.]

Shindong and Eunhyuk, the least injured with only a few cuts, scratches, and bruises, were both discharged on April 23, 2007. [zh icon [ SJ's Kyuhyun passed dangerous period, injuries from other members not confirmed] April 20, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] Leeteuk and Kyuhyun recovered faster than expected, [zh icon [ Super Junior's explosive popularity] July 19, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] and Leeteuk was discharged from the hospital on April 30, 2007. [zh icon [ SJ's Leeteuk returns to work after car accident] May 23, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] Kyuhyun was discharged two months later on July 5, 2007.

Musical style

As a whole group, Super Junior has released two studio albums and one single, including contributions of songs in the soundtracks of "H.I.T" and "Attack on the Pin-Up Boys". The majority of their music falls into the category of mainstream K-pop. Songs of this genre are usually a mixture of other genres such as urban contemporary, dance pop, and rap, which all can be heard in their 2006 comeback single, "U". Super Junior is also notable for their light-hearted, bubblegum pop songs, including "Miracle" and "Sapphire Blue." With the release of Super Junior's second album, the group has showed a slight change in music style. The album's first single, "Don't Don," is Super Junior's first SMP project, and the group has since been releasing other similar titles. [ko icon [ Super Junior releases album on September 20, comeback after one year four months] September 14, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2008.] The song includes an infusion of rock, R&B, and rap, along with other musical elements like the electric guitar, bass, and different percussion instruments. Classicial instruments are also woven into their music, such as the violin in "Don't Don" and the African djemba and Indian tabla in "A Man In Love." [zh icon [] November 1, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2007.] They have also released songs that are solely focused on rap and hip hop. An example is "One Love", a song that Eunhyuk wrote for their first concert.

Super Junior has covered quite a few song in their albums. Their debut single, "TWINS (Knock Out)" is a cover of Triple Eight's "Knockout," which was released in 2003. While the musical style is mostly maintained as the original, "TWINS (Knock Out)" touches closer to rap rock, with quicker rap and more emphasis on the bass instruments. In most covers, the original titles are kept. Examples include Cape's "L.O.V.E" and Exile's "Believe." However, most of them are re-arranged with different accompaniments, such as H.O.T's "Full of Happiness." (행복)multi-listen item
title="Don't Don" (2007)
description=From "Don't Don" (2007). This song is Super Junior's introduction of the SMP genre, a balanced infusion of rock, R&B, and rap. Repeated guitar riffs, urban style drum patterns, and an electric violin solo is added as a bridge of the song to create a heavier musical essence to the track.|format=Ogg

Heechul, Shindong, and Eunhyuk are credited for their rap lyrics in their co-single with TVXQ, "Show Me Your Love". Eunhyuk is also the main contributor for the rap lyrics in the group's single, "U". After the release of their second album, "Don't Don", more members began to contribute in writing. Leeteuk, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, and Donghae wrote the lyrics to the pop track, "I am," a song talking about the ordinary man in a celebrity's life. Eunhyuk remains as one of the main writers for most of Super Junior's rap lyrics in the second album.


Super Junior frequently changes their image with each musical release. Super Junior's debut image softly leaned towards a rock appearance to complement the single, "Twins (Knock Out)." During their promotion of "Miracle," many of the members displayed a youthful and cute image with their lighter hair color and funny dance style. The group soon transitioned to a more mature, preppy style with "U", where the members changed their hair to a darker color and wore darker, more flamboyant outfits.

With the release of "Don't Don", the group surprised the media with an edgy transformation. [zh icon [ Super Junior release new album, promotes image transformation] September 20, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2008.] Some members bleached their hair, wore dark makeup, and had temporary tattoos . Kang-in had a hairstyle that was a buzz cut with scratched designs, Sungmin's hair was bleached blonde and halfly shaved, while Heechul, Han Geng, and Kyuhyun sported with bright-colored hairstyles, which were all inspired by punk fashion, as well as modifications of hip hop fashion. [ko icon [ SuJu's Kangin shaves head, arouses discussion] September 6, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2008.] Their outfits were also thinner. However the group's image was quickly changed back to a more classic image as promotions began for their ballad single, "Marry U."

Dance style

Super Junior has done performances centered heavily around their choreography. The group's pre-debut appearance was a hip hop dance performance and they have also joined B-boy battles and performances throughout their career. [ko icon [ [Super Junior at B-boy challenge] December 2, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2008.]

Their dance styles are widely termed as street dancing, with a majority of their dance choreography containing hip hop dance moves such as popping, waving, sliding, and liquid dancing. Most of their songs usually contain a music bridge where two to six members from the group do a dance performance. Han Geng, Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Donghae are reportedly the most skilled dancers of the group, where the four of them are usually seen leading group dances and also performing solos.zh icon [ Super Junior becomes guests, close contact with netizen friends] June 19, 2006. Retrieved January 6, 2008.] Dances in a form of martial arts are widely used in their dance routines as both Han Geng and Sungmin are professionally trained in that area. [ko icon [ Super Junior's Hankyung a traditional Chinese dancer] ] Some of the members also participated in creating their dance choreography, such as Shindong who was the main choreographer for "U" and for most of the group's other dance sequences. The members were also responsible for the dance choreography of their comeback single, "Don't Don."

Ability and criticism

Despite being a large thirteen member boy band with the members having a variety of different vocal ranges, Super Junior are often praised for their vocal harmonization and unison. [zh icon Sina [] September 2007] Some members are credited for their vocal belting techniques, notably Yesung.ref_label|G|g|none [zh icon [ "Super Junior's voice" Hu Roe wins last "Golden Disk"] July 27, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] Leeteuk, Heechul, Han Geng, Sungmin, Donghae, and Ryeowook sing within the stretch of a high baritone range to the tenor range, while Kang-in, and Siwon sing in a lower baritone range. Shindong's, Kibum's, and Kyuhyun's vocals lie in the bass range. Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Kibum are also the known rappers of the group due to their rhythmical vocals and quick tongue. Heechul and Donghae consistently rap as the supporting vocals.ref_label|Hf|h|none

Super Junior has been criticized in the past for lip-synching and lack of vocal skills, specifically for shaky pitch and heavy breathing, [ko icon [ Humiliating live, Super Junior and Ahyoomee] July, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2007.] [ko icon [ Super Junior live controversy still remaines] July, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2007.] The criticisms worsened in July 2006 when they lipsynched on "Show! Music Core" of MBC, a show that guarantees all live performances. Though fans have defended them saying that Heechul was ill, their critics do not accept this explanation. They argue that since the band contains thirteen members, one ill singer should not necessitate lipsynching by the entire group. [ko icon [ Super Junior lipsync in a 100% live music stage] July 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2007.] Despite this, they have still remained popular through their large fan base and their album sales have been strong. Pushing back the criticism, Super Junior's second album comeback performance, "Don't Don," was a live performance instead of lipsyched. [zh icon [ Super Junior makes dance stage comeback with Chinese newbie] September 21, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2008.] Out of the thirty-some songs that were performed at the group's first live concert tour Super Show, only six songs were lipsynched, acclaiming positive reviews for the concert. [ko icon [ Super Junior pulls impressive live performances] February 24, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2008.] Some members have also been performing a cappella versions of their songs.ref_label|I|i|none



* 2005: "SuperJunior05 (TWINS)"
* 2007: "Don't Don"


* 2006: "U"
* 2008: "U/TWINS"

Extended plays

*2007: ""U" Taiwan EP edition"


*2007: 2007 SMTOWN Summer Concert
*2008: Super Show Tour
*2008: SMTOWN Live '08


Since debut, SM Entertainment has created four subgroups for Super Junior. The intentions of the subgroups were part of SM Entertainment's strategy to not limit Super Junior's activities; [zh icon [ Three members of Super Junior form new group] October 27, 2006. Retrieved August 12, 2007.] the goal of this strategy was to show that Super Junior could accommodate different genres. Possible focuses of subgroups in the near future include a variety of genres such as rock and hip hop.cite news | author=Lee Hye Rin | title=SuJu-Happy: "Singing is the happiest thing."| date=2008-06-25 | work=Asia Economy | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-06-27 | language=Korean] As of now, none of Super Junior's previous subgroups have made comebacks in the industry (as Super Junior-Happy has thoroughly taken over the expected comeback of Super Junior-T in 2008). However, neither of the subgroups are permanently inactive and a future comeback is expected for all subgroups.

uper Junior-K.R.Y

Super Junior-K.R.Y, established in November 2006, is a trio formed by Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung. The company discovered that these three members developed a particular persona and subsequent fan-base that was separate from the rest of the group, and how they also had similar musical qualities. They therefore grouped these three members together to perform particular songs to target a more mature audience. Being amongst the most vocally powerful members of the group, Super Junior-K.R.Y are credited to singing mournful, R&B-style ballads, a style that has proven very popular in recent years although stagnation in the style's development is causing it to lose its once fresh evocative power.

Super Junior-K.R.Y's first official performance was on November 5, 2006 on KBS's "Music Bank", performing "The one I love." [en icon [ Super Junior - K.R.Y. Formed] November 5, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2007.] They have participated in the original soundtrack of the tvN drama "Hyena" with a total of three tracks, including the main theme. The trio also contributed tracks 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 a single or album, and only participated in collaboration albums and original soundtracks. However, a comeback album is expected from K.R.Y in the future.

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Film and television career


Prior to the group's debut, the members had individually appeared in television dramas, with Leeteuk being the first member of the group to act; he made a very brief cameo appearance as a moviegoer in "All About Eve" in 2000. Heechul, Siwon, and Kibum are still frequent television actors after Super Junior's debut in 2005, especially Kibum, who starred in four long television dramas after Super Junior's debut.

Siwon was among the first of Super Junior to have participated in silver-screen productions, appearing in the Hong Kong historical action drama film, "A Battle of Wits" as the supporting role of Prince Liang in 2006. In 2007, Heechul, Kang-in, and Shindong lent their voices to the three chipmunks in the Korean release of "Alvin and the Chipmunks". [ko icon [ Super Junior imitates squirrel movements] December 12, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2008.] In 2008, Kang-in had a major role in the Korean-language film, "Pure Manhwa" (tentative title). [ko icon [ Chae Jung An, Kang-in Roles Confirmed] March 18, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2008.]

As a group, Super Junior starred in "Super Junior's Mini-Drama", a television program hosted by the group that was released in late 2006. The group wrote, produced, and acted in the separate mini dramas. The subject matters of the dramas were chosen from the top three choices from viewers. [ko icon [ Super Junior's self-directing dramas] July 26, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2007.] [ko icon [ Super Junior makes own drama] July 26, 2006. Retrieved may 5, 2007.] The also participated in comedic reality shows such as "Super Junior Show" (2005-2006), "Super Junior Full House" (2006), "Super Adonis Camp" (2006), and other similar shows. In contrast, the group released a horror documentary, "Mystery 6" in early 2006 that tells a story of a ghost. The members also starred in various music videos of artists under SM Entertainment. The most notable performance was in Zhang Liyin's debut music drama video, "Timeless" (2006), featuring Han Geng and Siwon.

Masters and jockeys

Few days prior to debut, Heechul became the co-DJ with Park Heebon for SBS's "Youngstreet Radio Show". He had been the DJ for five more months until busy schedules required him to leave the show when he became an MC for SBS's "Popular Songs" and KM'S "Show Music Tank". Leeteuk, Kang-in, and Shindong made their debut appearance as MCs for M.NET's "M!Countdown" five days after Super Junior's music debut. The three members remained together as the hosts throughout the year until Kang-in was replaced by Eunhyuk due to his busy schedule for hosting MBC's radio program "Good Friend Radio" and music show "Show! Music Core". Leeteuk and Eunhyuk also host their own radio show, KBS's "Super Junior Kiss the Radio", and usually invites singers to discuss their musical career. Sungmin was a DJ with Sunny of Girls' Generation for "Reckless Radio" before the program ended in July 31, 2008. Shindong is also a regular DJ for MBC's "Stop the Boring Time Radio".

On November 11, 2007, the premiere of "Explorers of the Human Body" aired on SBS. The show introduced the thirteen members of Super Junior as regular guests for the program. Kyuhyun, who was recovering from a car accident during the first half of the show's filming, joined the show in the later episodes. [ko icon [ Good Sunday] Retrieved November 17, 2007.] The show aimed to answer questions about the human body with a total of thirteen episodes. Super Junior members experiment with their own bodies to verify answers. The first season ended with thirteen episodes on February 3, 2008. A second season is considered. [ko icon [ Explorers of the Human Body Ends] February 11, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2008.]

"Attack on the Pin-Up Boys

Twelve members, excluding Kyuhyun, appeared in the group's debut film "Attack on the Pin-Up Boys". The first film released by SM Pictures, it premiered on July 26, 2007 in Korea.ko icon [ "Attack on the Pin-Up Boys" SM's first film project] July 23, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2007.] "Wonder Boy", performed by Super Junior, is used as the theme song of the film. Although the film was promoted as a typical high school comedy, the movie gained positive reviews from critics, praising that the movie had a well-oriented plot unlike most idol films. However, ticket sales remained low in the premiere month despite it's unexpected success in the sales the first week. [ko icon [ "Attack on the Pin-Up Boys" #1 tickets of the week] July 27, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2007.]

Throughout the remaining of the year, the film failed to attract more than 102,600 viewers and was proven to be a big loss for SM Pictures.ko icon [ "DVD of Super Junior's film, "... Pin-Up Boys" saves box office loss] March 12, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2008.] However, both versions of the film's DVD became a best-selling record and were sold-out in both Korea and oversea markets, which is more than enough to make up for the production loss of 8.5 billion won.

Influence and impact

Super Junior is credited as literally the biggest boy band in the world and the largest group SM Entertainment has ever created.cite web | author= | title=Jared Leto presents Super Junior | date=2008-08-02 | work=MAA | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-27] When Super Junior was formed, successful boy band acts such as TVXQ and Shinhwa were already in fame, and many doubted Super Junior would reach the same notability in the industry because of the overwhelming amount of members.cite web | author= | title=The 2nd Generation - Super Junior | date=2007-09-11 | work=Sina | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-27 | language=Chinese] I-13, a thirteen-member girl group that debuted on the same day as Super Junior, received very little commercial success, and later disbanded.

During the course of Super Junior's career, a fair amount of similar musical groups were formed, in hope to reach the same success. SM Entertainment created another group, the nine-member Girls' Generation,cite news | author= | title=Girls' Generatin unofficial debut: "Female Super Junior"| date=2007-07-19 | work=Newsen | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-27 | language=Korean] and marketed them as the female version of Super Junior. JYP Entertainment also recruited thirteen boys to be in a boy band, which were all revealed in the show, "Hot Blood Men". However, not all thirteen debuted, and the members were split into two smaller splinter groups, each debuting at different times: Four members in 2AM and seven members in 2PM.cite news | author= | title=JYP's 13 rookies receives attention before debut | date=2008-01-29 | work=Sina | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-27 | language=Chinese] Together, the two groups form the eleven-member boy band, One Day. Ast'1, a boy band under DSP Entertainment, released a promotional video in March 2008. In the short preview the boy band expressed that they would "Knock Down Super Junior",cite news | author= | title=DSP's new group announces war: Knock Down Super Junior | date=2008-03-26 | work=Sina | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-27 | language=Chinese] which resulted in a lot of criticism lashed into the group. However, they clarified that they had no means to create conflict, and explained the reason why they want to defeat Super Junior is because they see Super Junior as their answer of success.cite news | author=Xin Yu | title=Korea's AST'1 wishes well for China's earthquake victims | date=2008-05-23 | work=KZZJ023 | pages=1 | url= | accessdate=2008-08-27 | language=Chinese]


Cyber attack

Leeteuk was panned for falsely stating that Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na refused his cyworld invitation during an episode of "School of Rock". After the show aired, the figure skater publicly clarified that she has never refused such an invitation. Ultimately, Leeteuk issued an official apology for the incident.en icon [ Fans of Super Junior Attack Again] July 31, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2007.] A panel held in August 2007 concluded that the show was responsible for verifying the story. [ko icon [ Leeteuk's broadcast lie results] August 9, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2007.]

uper Junior China

After the subgroups Super Junior-K.R.Y. and Super Junior-T, on October 2, 2007, SM Entertainment announced the birth of another Super Junior sub-unit project that would begin activities in China starting 2008. Along with Han Geng, SM Entertainment's new Chinese trainee Henry Lau, who was also featured in the music video of "Don't Don", was said to be one of the core members for the subgroup.ko icon [ Super Junior China to start activities in China next year] Retrieved November 17, 2007.]

The announcement brought in a huge wave of dissatisfaction and opposition from fans of Super Junior after the announcement of a new member. Initially fans were planning to boycott the company's products, however, most fans agreed on a silent protest instead. Thousands of fans from Super Junior's official fanclub E.L.F. silently sat in front of the SM building and held signs that supported the group to have only thirteen members. [ko icon Bestiz. [ My name is Fan] October 21, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2007.]

After more rumors regarding adding an extra Chinese member to the subgroup, the fans decided to gain a legal representation as part of SM Entertainment's stockholders. As of March 20, 2008, Super Junior fans purchased 58,206 stocks of SM Entertainment, holding 0.3% of the company's entire stock.ko icon [ Super Junior fan club purchases 58,000 of SM's share] March 21, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008.] They released a statement that they will obtain all chances to prevent SM Entertainment from adding new members and to keep Super Junior as only thirteen.

MBC vs. SM

A time-slot dispute occurred between SM Entertainment and MBC when SM insisted to have Kang-in stay on SBS's "Explorers of the Human Body" instead of MBC's "Sunday Night Dong-An Club" (동안클럽) where Kang-in has been a regular host. MBC temporarily banned the rest of Super Junior from appearing in any future performances and shows hosted by MBC.ko icon [ SuJu kicked out of MBC programs, another emotional fight between SM and MBC] November 19, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2007.] Kang-in also lost his MC jobs to T.O.P of Big Bang for the music show, "Show! Music Core" and also two more variety shows, which both soon canceled after Kang-in left.ko icon [ Kangin leaves MBC Show! Music Core] November 19, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2007.] MBC demanded an apology from SM Entertainment in order for Super Junior to appear on shows hosted by the channel again. However, MBC concluded that Super Junior's ban was never official, but just a decision for shows' producers to decide. [ko icon [ MBC plans for Kangin] November 28, 2007. Retrieved November 28, 2007.]



* a.note_label|A|a|none OVER, without the periods, is also the title of track 7 in "SuperJunior05 (TWINS)".
* b.note_label|B|b|none All members of the group were present at the showcase with the exception of Ryeowook and Kyuhyun because they were not members of Super Junior at that time. However, one month before Super Junior's official debut, Ryeowook replaced ex-pre-debut member Junyoung and became the group's official member. Kyuhyun did not join the group until six months later, with the release of "U."
* c.note_label|C|c|none All sales numbers taken from the Music Industry Association of Korea. Last known 2007 sales numbers [ here.] .
* d.note_label|D|d|none Sapphire blue, Super Junior's fanclub color, is also the name of the second track from Super Junior's second album, "소원이 있나요 (Sapphire Blue)."
* e.note_label|E|e|none See Super Junior China.
* f.note_label|F|f|none See Super Show Tour.
* g.note_label|G|g|none Both Yesung and Ryeowook took part in "Tie Clam Shells" (조개껍질 묶어), the only a cappella track in the 2007 SUMMER SMTOWN - FRAGILE album.
* h.note_label|H|h|none Leeteuk, however, is one of the five rappers in Super Junior's recent music, "돈 돈! (Don't Don)".
* i.note_label|I|i|none Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Ryeowook has been giving a cappella performances of their second 2007 single, "Marry U", as seen in Super Junior's second album DVD and Super Junior's Kiss the Radio.


External links

* [ SM Entertainment Official Site]
* [ Super Junior Official Site]
* [ Super Junior Official Avex Site] zh icon
* [ Super Junior Official Japanese Site] jp icon
* [ KBS Super Junior Kiss The Radio Official Site] ko icon
* [ HATO, Forum Official Latin American and Spanish of Super Junior] (Spanish)

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