Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) was born on June 6 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. He has one older brother. As a young boy, he worked extremely hard and did various jobs such as delivering newspapers, pizzas and chickens as well as serving food in restaurants. He dropped out of Hanyang Industrial High School to pursue a career in music after hearing the song "Ultramania" from the US rock band, Seo Taiji. This was the start of his rebellion
. He ran away from home to pursue his career but often faced difficulties soon afterwards as he had no money, food or shelter. A couple of months later, he returned home to concentrate on his studies but never lost sight of his dream.
In June 2005, Kim Hyun Joong debuted as the leader of the band, SS501 with their first single "Warning". Following their successful debut, they released their second song "Snow Prince" later on in the year. They were inactive in the next couple of years in Korea due to one of the member's throat condition but became active again following their success of their comeback single "Deja Vu". The band also tapped into the Japanese market under the name of "Triple S Japan" in 2007. They officially debuted on March 25, 2007, when SS501 will had first official meeting with the group. In Korea, their fan club members number around 41,700. Their first Japanese single "Kokoro" had multiple versions with one version of the band and the five other versions of the members singing individually.
In May 2008, Kim Hyun Joong joined the MBC reality programme, "We got Married" which is a variety shows that pairs up Korean celebrities to indicate what life would be like if they were really married. Hyun Joong's wife
, Hwang Bo was six years his senior and they achieved high popularity acting as a newly wed couple. They were known as the "Lettuce couple" and went to win MBC'S Best Couple Award in 2008. The couple made their official exit from We Got Married on December 14, 2008 due to scheduling conflicts presented by Boys Over Flowers.
In October 2008, Hyun Joong was cast in the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango as one of the famous members of F4. His portrayal of the calm and soft spoken F4 member, Yoon Ji-Hoo in Boys Before Flowers won him many fans across the world. The drama's popularity soared and had high audience ratings, peaking at 34.9 million in Korea alone.
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, him and his band mates of SS501 released an album titled 'Destination'(Produced by Steven Lee). Their title song 'Love Ya' was received well, rating high in record sales and online music stores. 'Love Ya' went on to top Music Bank (TV series)'s K-Chart for two weeks. Doing great for two weeks was all they could have though, they soon ended promotions, because of SS501's contract was ending. On June 19, 2010, he then appeared at a concert in the Philippines along side BEAST. On June 28, 2010, It was officially announced that Kim Hyun Joong officially left DSP Entertainment and signed a contract with Bae Yong Joon's KeyEast Entertainment company. Kim Hyun Joong is now the leading role of the drama 'Playful Kiss' AKA 'It Started With a Kiss' (Taiwanese version) / 'Itazura na Kiss'(Japanese version) as Baek Seung Jo, who has a stand-offish personality. He had said at the Playful Kiss press conference, that SS501 will never disband unless you stop buying their album, and that they will make new albums in the future.
Kim Hyun Joong was then invited to the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games as the representative of South Korea and he'll sing "Sunshine Again" with other 3 singers. On the 7th of November, Kim Hyun Joong was interviewed by CNN's Anna Coren due to his success in Playful Kiss. Playful Kiss Special Edition is a big hit on Youtube as it is the first Korean drama to air on YouTube. Its first episode garners 1 million views just in 5 days and it proves so popular that there is a record channel view of 6.3 million and 17.5 million total upload views, still fans from all over the world have not stop asking for more or a part 2 of Naughty Kiss. This has once again showed that Kim Hyun Joong is a global star. In the early of December 2010, Kim Hyun Joong went to Singapore and Malaysia to promote The Face Shop which he endorses. He received massive success in both countries, over 5000 people went to his fanmeetings.
Kim Hyun Joong released his very first solo debut mini album on the 8th of June, titled 'Break Down', which is the name of his title track, featuring Double K. Besides, Hyun Joong will have another music video for 'Please' which is one of the tracks in his album. The music video teaser for 'Please' has been released on Hyun Joong's official Youtube account on the 26th of May and it's set to be released through music sites on the 31st of May, while the music video on the 2nd of June. "Break Down" Album is produced by famous music producer Steven Lee (music producer), which is the composer for SS501 previous hits like Love Like This and Love Ya.
Kim Hyun Joong's album has achieved more than 100,000 copies sold on Hanteo Chart in 2 weeks. On the 16th of June 2011, he became the winner for the week on Mnet M! Countdown, making him the first SS501 member to win an award on any music shows. Kim Hyun Joong then clinched his second win on the 17th of June 2011 on KBS2's Music Bank (TV show).
See SS501 Discography
Breakdown - July 7, 2011
01. Intro (Let Me Go)
02. Break Down (feat. Double K)
03. 제발 (Please)
04. Kiss Kiss
05. Yes I Will
06. 제발 (Please) (Inst.)
2005 - Nonstop 5 (episode 208, MBC)
2005 - Can Love Be Refilled? (sitcom, KBS2)
2007 - Hotelier (episode 7, TV Asahi)
2008 - Spotlight (cameo, MBC)
2008 - We Got Married (MBC)
2009 - Boys Before Flowers (KBS2)
2010 - Mischievous Kiss a.k.a. Playful Kiss (MBC)
2009 - The 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Male) Boys Before Flowers
2008 - Best Couple Award on MBC's "We Got Married" with Hwang Bo
Swimming, fitness, basketball, football
Guitar, piano, dance
Hanyang Industrial High School and Kyonggi University