Kim Hyun-joong

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Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏn-chung

Kim Hyun-joong (Hangul: 김현중; Hanja: 金賢重) was born on 6 June 1986. He is a South Korean entertainer and the leader of boyband SS501 in which he is the main rapper and face of the group. Kim is well known for his role as Yoon Ji-hoo in the 2009 Korean drama Boys Over Flowers, winning Best Actor Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2009, and Popularity Award at the 45th PaekSang Arts Awards. He is also known for playing in the late 2010 Korean drama Playful Kiss, as Baek Seung-jo. He is a style icon in Korea, winning several icon awards.

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Biography

Early life

Kim dropped out of school when he decided to become a singer. During his school days, he played bass guitar in a band. During the years 2001 and 2002 when he was 14–15, while working as a waiter in a family restaurant, located at Jamsil-dong, he was introduced to a new set up management company CEO. Initially he was to debut in a 5 member group. Han Yeon of B2Y (now disbanded) was to be the Leader and Kim the maknae (youngest member). While the group underwent training together, they were asked by their company to debut in China as a Hallyu project group, but the group rejected the offer and disbanded. Kim proceeded to audition for DSP Media (formerly DSP Entertainment) and became a member and leader of SS501. Kim returned to school and graduated in 2006 after debuting as a member of SS501. In 2011, he enrolled in Chungwoon University to study stage production management.[1] In February 2012, He enrolled into 공주영상대학교 Kongju Communication Arts (KCAU) to study applied music.[2]

2005: Debut

On 8 June 2005, Kim made his entertainment debut as the leader of SS501. The group earned popularity as they won many rookie awards. The group appeared on the 2006 show, Thank You For Waking Me Up where he was proven to be a heavy sleeper, and the MNet show Idol World in 2007, in which SS501 did various activities in Japan.

In May 2008, Kim joined the cast of We Got Married in episode nine. Known as the "Lettuce Couple", he and Hwang Bo went on to win MBC's Best Couple Award. The couple made their official exit from the show in episode 38, on 14 December 2008, due to scheduling conflicts with Boys Over Flowers.

2009: Acting and H1N1

Whilst in Japan in 2008, Kim was cast as Yoon Ji-hoo in the Korean drama Boys Over Flowers. A role for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2009 and the Popularity Award at the 45th PaekSang Arts Awards.

In 2009, SS501 released the album SS501 Collection, in which they each sang a solo song, along with being featured in a mini drama music video. Their Asia Concert Tour began in mid-August 2009 in Seoul at the Olympic Park. They continued their tour in Shanghai, Taipei, and Bangkok before returning to Seoul for a closing encore concert. They staged two concerts for the encore closure on 27 February and 28 February 2010 respectively.

In September 2009, during promotions in Yokohama, Japan for Boys Over Flowers, Kim was diagnosed with H1N1. He was treated in a Toyko hospital and was discharged on 15 September 2009.[3] While recovering from H1N1, he could not attend the Seoul International Drama Awards; to accept the award on his behalf, his band mates of SS501: Heo Young-saeng, Kim Kyu-jong, and Kim Hyung-jun were present for the award show.

He has also been the spokesperson for cosmetics brand, Tony Moly, an established company with numerous branches across Korea and Asia, including Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has since ended his contract with Tony Moly at the end of September 2010, and he had been chosen to be the Spokesperson for The Face Shop.

2010: SS501 comeback, leaving DSP Media and 2010 Asian Games

In April 2010, he appeared opposite Jung Ryeo-won in the music video for Korean singer Gummy's new song "As A Man" (남자라서).

In June 2010, SS501 released an album titled Destination, produced by Steven Lee. Their title song "Love Ya" was well received, rating high in record sales and online music stores, and it went on to top Music Bank's K-Chart. However, they ended promotions after two weeks, because SS501's contract with DSP Media ended.

On 19 June 2010, he appeared at a concert in the Philippines along side BEAST.

On 28 June 2010, it was announced that Kim had officially left DSP Media and joined Bae Yong-joon's KeyEast Entertainment company.[4] Although Kim has left DSP Media he stated that SS501's activities will be top priority in their contracts[5] and definitely has not disbanded. Kim explained in an interview that, at the time, there wasn't a company that would accepted them as a whole, thus the group decided to take the chance to focus on their solo activities.

Kim played the lead role in the drama Playful Kiss, a Korean adaptation of Japanese shōjo manga Itazura na Kiss as Baek Seung-jo, an all round perfect genius with an IQ of 200, with co star Jung So Min as Oh Hani. On 7 November, Kim was interviewed by CNN's Anna Coren due to his success in Playful Kiss. Kim was invited to perform at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou as the representative of South Korea to sing "Sunshine Again" with other 4 other singers from Chinese-speaking countries.[6] In early December 2010, Kim went to Singapore and Malaysia to promote The Face Shop.

2011: Solo artist, Style Icon Award and Japan debut

In May, Kim named his official solo fanclub 'Henecia', which is a combination of 'H' and the Latin term 'benecia', which means 'blessed'.[7]

On 8 June 2011, Kim released his first solo debut mini album, Break Down. It was produced by Steven Lee, who composed SS501's hits, "Love Like This" and "Love Ya". The title track "Break Down", featuring Double K., is a high energy dance track, with a R&B heavy "Please", as the second lead track. The album exceeded 70,000 pre-ordered copies in just 10 days.[8] It peaked at number one on Gaon Weekly Album Chart for the week starting 5 June 2011[9] and was the best-selling album for June on Gaon Monthly Album Chart with 100,433 copies sold. It also toped the Oricon chart in Japan in the International Imported Album category for the first week of July.[10] The album's title track "Break Down" was the first place winner for two consecutive weeks on Mnet's M! Countdown music show, for 16 and 23 June 2011; and also won for two consecutive weeks on KBS's Music Bank.[11] Break Down is certified platinum in Taiwan and Kim was presented with a platinum record by Warner Music Taiwan CEO Chen Ze Shan in a press conference held in Taiwan.[12]

Kim was also the first Korean to appear on Taiwanese TV show The Person. In July 2011, he also held the first of his nationwide concerts in Japan. The tour continued from November in seven cities across Japan: Sapporo, Sendai, Hiroshima, Yokohama, Nagoya, Tokyo and Fukuoka.[13]

On 11 October 2011, Kim released his second mini album Lucky. It debuted at number 5 on Billboard's World Chart.[14] It topped the Gaon Chart again for the third week of October 2011 and was the highest selling album on the Hanteo Album Sales Chart for the month of October 2011. On 25 October 2011, Kim released a digital single together with Seohyun entitled "The Magic of Yellow Ribbon", which is the theme song for a commercial for The Face Shop. On 28 October, he, along with Ha Ji Won, acted as MC at the 2011 K-Pop Super Concert held at Gwangalli Beach in Busan, which was broadcast on SBS on 6 November.[15]

In November 2011, Kim won the 2011 KIA Soul People’s Choice "Style Icon Award" for the third consecutive year.[16] On 9 November, Kim announced at a press conference for his Japan Tour that he had signed a deal with Universal Music Japan for his Japan-based music activities.[17] Kim successfully completed his Japan Tour that started on 9 November, attracting over 30,000 fans. Kim won the Best Male Solo Artist at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards that was held in Singapore.

On 15 December 2011, Kim released his digital album Marry You/Marry Me. The digital album consists of 4 songs, namely "Marry Me, Marry You, Marry Me" (instrumental) and "Marry You" (instrumental). The music videos for "Marry Me and Marry You" were both released on his official YouTube account on 15 December 2011.

2012: Drama, fan meeting tour

On January 26, 2012, Kim released his first Japanese single (Kiss Kiss & Lucky Guy) (Japanese version). The singer who has focused mostly on his album promotions after his drama ‘Playful Kiss‘ which came to an end in 2010 has recently been confirmed for a role in ‘City Conquest‘. Playful Kiss was a hit in Korea and was even shown in China recently due to its success. Kim Hyun Joong is going to be the main lead for the upcoming drama, "Conquest for City" which is also known as "City Conquest". Kim will be playing the role as a wild man (Baek Mir), a strong individual who experienced and went through many kinds of hardships and difficulties and lived through a harsh life, growing up without parents, but a man who becomes infinitely weak when it comes to love. ‘City Conquest’ is a drama that’s been adapted from the original comic by author Shin Hyung Bin. This new project brings together humanism and action, and it tells the story of main character Baek Mir who grew up resentful towards his father who left his mother and himself. He takes revenge against the evils of society which drove his family into destruction.

In related news, Kim held his ‘Kim Hyun Joong Fan Meeting Tour 2012 during May to July , making stops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and Thailand.

Kim announced that he would be releasing his second Japanese single album, "HEAT," on July 4. The album will feature two songs, "HEAT" and "Let's Party".[18]

On August 4, 2012, Kim Hyun-joong won the "Best Asian Artist Award" at the 2012 Asia Song Festival held at the Pop Festival Stage of The Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea.[19]

Discography

Albums / singles

YearTitleDetailsTracklistingFurther Information
2008고맙다 (Thank You)[20]
  • Format: Digital Single
  • Language: Korean
also on SS501 mini album Find, We Got Married Theme Song
2011Break Down[21][22]
  • Release Date (Normal Edition): June 9, 2011
  • Release Date (Limited Edition): July 6, 2011
  • Format: Mini Album (Vol.1)
  • Language: Korean
Lucky[23][24]
  • Release Date (Normal Edition): October 12, 2011
  • Release Date (Limited Edition): November 16, 2011
  • Format: Mini Album (Vol.2)
  • Language: Korean
Marry Me / Marry You[20]
  • Release Date: December 15, 2011
  • Format: Digital Single
  • Language: Korean
2012Kiss Kiss / Lucky Guy[25][26][27]
  • Release Date: January 25, 2012
  • Format: Single
  • Language: Japanese
HEAT[28][29][30][31][32]
  • Release Date: July 4, 2012
  • Format: Single
  • Language: Japanese

Soundtrack contribution

YearSong(s)OST
2009내 머리가 나빠서 (Because I'm Stupid) (Acoustic Ver.)Boys Over Flowers Luxury Edition[33] (KBS2)
행복이란 (A Thing Called Happiness)F4 Special Edition[34] (Boys Over Flowers) (KBS2)
2010One More TimePlayful Kiss[35] (MBC)
2012그대도 나와 같다면 (If You're Like Me)The Marriage Plot (tvN)

Solo SS501 songs

YearSongDetails
2007Rize Up
  • Album: Kokoro Ltd. Ed. A (Hyun Joong Ver.)[36]
  • Language: Japanese
2009제발 잘해줘 (Please Be Nice To Me)
  • Album: Solo Collection[37]
  • Language: Korean

Music video

YearSongAlbumOfficial MV On YouTube
2011제발 (Please)Break DownKIM HYUN JOONG on YouTube
Break DownKIM HYUN JOONG on YouTube
Kiss KissKIM HYUN JOONG on YouTube
Lucky GuyLuckyKIM HYUN JOONG on YouTube
Marry MeMarry Me / Marry YouKIM HYUN JOONG on YouTube
Marry YouKIM HYUN JOONG on YouTube
2012Kiss Kiss (Japanese Ver.)Kiss Kiss / Lucky GuyUNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN on YouTube1
Lucky Guy (Japanese Ver.)UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN on YouTube1
HeatHEATUNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN on YouTube1
Let's Party

Notes:

^1 — Teaser or Short Version only

DVD

YearTitleDetailsTracklisting
2009Good-Bye Yoon Ji Hoo[38]
  • Release Date: December 18, 2009
  • Version: Japanese Ver.
  • Event: Fan Meeting in Seoul (March 31, 2009)
2010Special Fan Meeting[39]
  • Release Date: February 12, 2010
  • Version: Korean Ver.
  • Event: Fan Meeting in Seoul (March 31, 2009)
Ready, Action!: Kim Hyun Joong in Spain[40][41]
  • Release Date Collector's DVD (Japanese Ver.): September 3, 2010
  • Release Date Korean Ver.: October 29, 2010
1st Premium DVD & Photo Book "The First Love Story"[42]
  • Release Date: October 29, 2010
1st Premium DVD "The First Love Story" Making DVD[43]
  • Release Date: December 24, 2010
2011Fan Meeting Event[44]
  • Release Date: January 21, 2011
  • Event: Fan Meeting at JCB Hall Tokyo (October 11, 2010)
1st Premium DVD "The First Love Story"[45]
  • Release Date: January 28, 2011
2012First Impact[46][47][48][49]
  • Release Date (Normal & Limited Edition): May 16, 2012
  • Event: First Tour 2011 in Japan (November 20, 2011), Japan Major Debut Premium Live 2012 (February 5, 2012)

Filmography

Film

YearTitleHangulRole
2006Shark Bait / Pi's Story파이 스토리Voice (Korea Version)

Television series

YearTitleHangulRoleNetworkGenre
2005Nonstop 5논스톱 5Guest Ep.208MBCSitcom
Can Love Be Refilled?사랑도 리필이 되나요WilliamKBS2Sitcom
2007HotelierホテリアーCameo Ep.7 (with SS501)TV AsahiDrama
2008Spotlight스포트라이트Cameo (with SS501)MBCDrama
2009Boys Over Flowers꽃보다 남자Yoon Ji-hooKBS2Drama
2010Playful Kiss장난스런 키스Baek Seung-joMBCDrama
2011Dream High드림하이Cameo Ep.1KBS2Drama
2012City Conquest도시정벌Baek MirDrama

Variety show

YearTitleHangulEpisodesNetwork
2005-7X-Man / New X-ManX맨 / New X맨SBS
2006Golden Fishery황금어장Ep. dated 2006-12-06MBC
2008We Got Married우리 결혼했어요Ep.9-38 of season 1 (with Hwangbo)MBC
2009Haptic Mission7 Eps. (with F4 and Son Dam Bi)Samsung Anycall promotion
Family Outing패밀리가 떴다Ep.64-65SBS
2009-11Happy Together 3해피투게더KBS
2011Running Man런닝맨Ep.46-47SBS
Strong Heart강심장Ep.81-83SBS

Documentary

Music video appearances

Endorsement

Award

YearsAwards
2008
  • MBC Entertainment Award: Best Couple Award on MBC's We Got Married with Hwang Bo
  • MBC Entertainment Award: Best Brand of The Year Special Award on MBC's We Got Married with other WGM Cast
2009
  • 45th PaekSang Arts Awards Male Popularity Award for Television on KBS2's Boys Over Flowers[50]
  • Best Actor for Seoul's International Drama Awards[51]
  • Most Popular Icon for Style Icon Awards 2009
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Award: Koreans Top Buzz Male Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Award: Taiwan's Top Buzz Korean Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Award: Asia Top Buzz Male Artist
2010
  • Mnet 20's Choice Award: Most Influential Star
  • 2010 Sky Perfect TV Awards – Best Dresser Award
  • 2010 Style Icon Awards – Popularity Award
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Award: Hong Kong's Top Buzz Korean Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Award: Taiwan's Top Buzz Korean Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Award: The Best Search Asia Buzz Award 2010
  • MBC Drama Award – Male Popularity Award Playful Kiss
2011
  • 2011 Best CF Model given by MTN (Bloomberg TV)
  • 2011 Style Icon Awards – People's Choice Award[16]
  • 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best Male Solo Artist[52]
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards: Hong Kong's Top Buzz Solo Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards: Taiwan's Top Buzz Solo Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards: Korea's Top Buzz Solo Artist
  • Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards: Asia Top Buzz Solo Artist
2012

Music Programs

These are a collection of Kim Hyun-joong's wins on Korea's televised music shows. [[[Music Bank (TV series)|Music Bank]] is aired on KBS.

Music Bank

YearDateSong[54]
2011June 17"Break Down"
June 17
October 21"Lucky Guy"

References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Taeyang
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best Male Solo Artist
2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent