(pronounced as Double-S 501 or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il in Korean) is a South Korean boy band under management of Daesung Entertainment, also known as DSP Entertainment. The name of the band is a combination of the alphabet and numbers that have special meanings in them. The first “S” stands for “Super”. The second “S” is an abbreviation for "Star". The number 5, 0, and 1 means "five members united as one forever".[citation needed
SS501 debuted on June 8, 2005 with their first single "Kyeonggo" (Korean: "경고", "WARNING
"), with a second single "Snow Prince" released in late 2005. The group was inactive in Korea for most of 2006, although they had a fan meeting in Japan in April.[citation needed
] The reason was due to Heo Young Saeng's throat condition which required a surgery, thus resulting in a need for time to fully recover.[citation needed
]. In mid-2006, they held their first successful 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 and titled S.T.01 Now
. 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
. The group also lent their voices for the 2006 animated movie Pi's Story
Later in 2007, the group debuted in the Japanese market. A Japanese fan club has been established with the name of "Triple S Japan"; it officially debuted on March 25, 2007, when SS501 had their first official meeting with the group. The group released their Japanese single "Kokoro", alongside multiple versions, including one with all members and five others featuring the members individually. The single debuted at #5 on the Oricon chart, and move to #3 the next day. A full album was released later that year.
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 began 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 6, 2008, to return to Japanese activities.
On October 2, 2008, an official announcement confirmed that leader Kim Hyun Joong was part of the cast for the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango
, officially named Boys Over Flowers
. It was broadcast on KBS in the first half of 2009, with a total of 25 episodes and a few special episodes.
Kim Kyu Jong Profile[/b
Name : Kim Kyu Jong
Korean: 김규종, Chinese：金奎鐘
Position: high low vocal
Birthdate: 1987 Feb 24
Blood type: A type
Height : 181 cm
Education: All Beijing Normal University affiliated High School (graduate) Baiji University of the Arts Department of Music (studying in)
Family member: Parents, little sister
Hobbies: listening to music, reading, basketball
idols: Wu Shijing
ideal girl: someone like idols Wu Shijing, warm hearted
Motto: No regrets, I would like to challenge all!
Notes: Kim Kyu Jong, along with Park Jung Min, were DJs for SBS’s “Youngstreet” radio. He is a member of SS501 sub unit. He left the show God of Cookery Expedition for a month in May to prepare for his own solo single album and rejoin the team recently.
• He moved to Seoul from the countryside to fulfill his dream to be a singer.
• He used to be shy but became more outgoing recently after coming back from Japan.
• Whatever he is asked to do, he will do it passionately regardless of his shyness.
• One of his nicknames is Gorilla.
• Sleeps with a huge teddy bear as big as his size.
• Always the first person to wake up or early riser (from the TV show: Thanks For Waking Us Up show).
• Shared rooms with Hyun Joong when the group lived together.
• Seems very charming and kind.
• He is very close with his family.
• He speaks Japanese fluently.
• Used to be scared of dogs but overcame that fear through a tv show where they had to take care of an abandoned dog (from the TV show: Thanks for Raising Me).