SS501 (pronounced as Double-S 501) is a South Korean boyband under management of Daesung Entertainment, also known as DSP Entertainment. SS501 stands for Superstar and unison of its 5 members until eternity (symbolized by the 0) as 1. They debuted in 2005 with their first single "경고" (Warning), with a second single "Snow Prince" released in late 2005. The group was inactive in Korea for most of 2006, although they have had a fan meeting in Japan in April. The hiatus was due to Heo Young Saeng's throat condition which required surgery, thus resulting in a need for time to fully recover.. Around July - September 2006, they held their first concert, "Step Up Concert" in Osaka, Japan. In late 2006, they returned to Korea in order to promote their first full album, which was released on November 10. Singles from the album included "Unlock" and "Four Chance". As well as promoting the album on various variety and music shows, they also filmed a show on MNet called SOS. On their 600th day (January 28, 2007), they won the Mutizen award from SBS Inki Gayo for their song "Four Chance". As of 2007 they are planning to release an album in Japan (presumably in Japanese) sometime in the future, and eventual releases may include a Thai version.
A Japanese fanclub is currently being established with the name of "Triple S Japan"; it will officially debut on March 25, 2007, when SS501 will have its first official meeting with the group. In Korea, their fan club members number around 417,000.
Recently the boys are in Japan with their new Japanese single "Kokoro" There are six types, each member recorded a solo and as well with the group. The single debuted 5th on the Oricon Chart. Currently, now the members are working hard on their Japanese Album, which the date is set to be Sept 19 for the release.
In 2008, SS501 returned to Korea with their single Deja Vu released on March 8, 2008. The title track was the first song to be promoted, and they started their comeback on music channel M.Net's M Countdown. After success with their single "Deja Vu", they began to promote their second single, "A Song Calling For You". They performed their Goodbye Stage on Music Bank on June 6th, 2008, to return to Japanese activities.
SS501 member Kim Hyun Joong was cast as the F4 member Hanazawa Rui in the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango, which is scheduled to be broadcast via KBS 2TV in the first half of 2009 with a total of 24 episodes. According to an official from Group Eight, the production house in charge of the drama, Kim Hyun Joong was selected to play Rui because he was deemed suited for the character. The decision was based on his performance in the MBC program “We Got Married” where Kim Hyun Joong is being coupled with singer Hwangbo.
On October 2, 2008, an official announcement confirmed Hyun Joong as part of the cast for Hana Yori Dango.
Due to two of the members' busy schedules, Jungmin performing in a musical and Hyun Joong filming a drama, SS501's album, originally due for release in late 2008, was to be pushed back to April 2009. Instead, a subgroup Triple-S is formed with the remaining members and a mini album UR Man released on November 25, 2008.
Kim Hyun Joong (Korean: 김현중; Hanja: 金賢重; Japanese: キム･ヒョンジュン)
Birthday: June 6, 1986 (1986-06-06) (age 22)
Position: Leader, Middle-low vocal
Past experience: MC Show Music Core, MC SBS Inki Gayo, MC Mnet Countdown.
Notes: Kim Hyun Joong had been a host of MBC's music show Show! Music Core, debuting on November 11, 2006, joining Brian from Fly to the Sky. He left the show in order to make the group's first debut in Japan, at the beginning of 2007. They released 2 albums in Japan, and they are returning to Korea in February, after a concert in China.
Heo Young Saeng (Korean: 허영생; Hanja: 許永生; Japanese: ホ･ヨンセン)
Birthday: November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03) (age 21)
Position: lead vocal (High vocal)
Past experience: DJ for SBS's "Youngstreet" Radio (from June to August 2006), MC Mnet Countdown.
Notes: Heo Young Saeng was a former trainee under SM Entertainment, he left to join DSP Entertainment. He is close to many TVXQ and Super Junior members, notably Hero JaeJoong, Yehsung, and Choi Siwon.
Kim Kyu Jong (Korean: 김규종; Hanja: 金圭鐘; Japanese: キム･ギュジョン)
Birthday: February 24, 1987 (1987-02-24) (age 21)
Position: Middle vocal
Past experience: Mnet "Drama - Break", DJ for SBS's "Youngstreet" Radio, MC Mnet Countdown.
Notes: Kim Kyu Jong, along with Park Jung Min, were DJs for SBS's "Youngstreet" radio.
Park Jung Min (Korean: 박정민 Hanja: 朴政珉; Japanese: パク・ジョンミン)
Birthday: April 3, 1987 (1987-04-03) (age 21)
Position: Low vocal
Past experience: MTV Fresh VJ (from March to November 2003), DJ for SBS's "Youngstreet" Radio, MC of a Korean TV Show (MBC): 74434, MC SBS Inki Gayo, MC Mnet Countdown.
Notes: Jung Min is the new MC of a Korean TV Show (MBC) entitled !느낌표: 위대한 유산 74434. This show explores the Korean heritage and its lost treasures. He was also a DJ for "Youngstreet" along with fellow group member Kim Kyu Jong.
Kim Hyung Jun (Korean: 김형준 Hanja: 金亨俊; Japanese: キム・ヒョンジュン)
Birthday: August 3, 1987 (1987-08-03) (age 21)
Position: Middle-high vocal
Past experience: Oak Joo Hyun's (Fin.K.L) Music Video - Catch, MC Mnet Hello Chat (2006), MC Mnet ALBRARY (2008), MC Mnet Countdown.
Notes: Kim Hyung Jun's brother Kim Ki Bum (Marumir/마루미르) was in the new group Xing he then left in 2007, now he is in a new boyband named U-Kiss. His brother has often been confused with Kim Ki Bum of Super Junior.
[2006.11.14] S.T 01 NOW #15
[2008.07.28] Mini Album - Find #8
[2008.11.21] Mini Album - U R Man #6
[2005.06.25] SS501 #6
[2005.12.10] Snow Prince 35
[2008.03.11] Deja vu #3
[2007.10.24] SS501 #20
[2008.05.21] Singles #10
[2007.08.01] Kokoro #10
[2007.09.19] Distance ~ Kimi to no Kyori (君とのキョリ) #9
[2008.06.18] Lucky Days #6
[2006.12.04] SS501 1st CONCERT "STEP UP"
[2007.03.28] SS501 1st Concert in OSAKA
[2007.04.29] The 1st Story of SS501
[2007.08.29] LIVE IN JAPAN 2007
[2007.10.26] Non Stop - SS501 x Minu
[2008.01.23] Heart to Heart
[2008.02.20] The 1st Story of SS501 (Japanese Version)
[2008.XX.XX] 1st Maxi Single in Japan Special DVD
[2008.XX.XX] 1st Album in Japan Special DVD
[2008.07.16] Music Clip Vol.1 DVD