SS501 (pronounced as Double-S Five-Oh-One or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il (더블에스오공일) in Korean) is a popular South Korean boy band formed under the management of Daesung Entertainment, also known as DSP Entertainment. All the members of the group have subsequently left DSP Entertainment to different management companies, but they still intend to stay together as SS501. The name of the band is a combination of letters and numbers that have special meaning. The first “S” stands for “Superstar”. The second “S” is an abbreviation for “Singer”. The combination of 5, 0, and 1 symbolizes “five members united as one forever”.
SS501 debuted on June 8, 2005 with their first single “Kyeonggo” (“경고”, “Warning”), with a second single “Snow Prince” released in late 2005. The group was inactive in Korea for most of 2006, The reason was due to Heo Young Saeng’s throat condition which required a surgery.
In late 2006, they promoted their first full album, which was released on November 10 and titled S.T.01 Now.
Later in 2007, the group debuted in the Japanese market. A full album was released later that year.
In 2008, SS501 returned to Korea with their single Deja Vu released on March 8, 2008. On October 2, 2008, an official announcement confirmed that leader Kim Hyun Joong was part of the cast for 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.
With both Park Jung Min (Danny Park on the musical Grease) and Kim Hyun Joong on solo activities, the next SS501 album was pushed back to July 2009. As such, the other three members formed a subunit and released a project album named U R Man in November 2008.
SS501 released their official second Japanese album All My Love on May 13, 2009. They later released the album Solo Collection, consisting of the individual members’ songs. Following its release, the members dissolved into their solo activities. They later reunite to embark on their first Asia tour,.
The group’s mini album Rebirth was released in two part: a limited and a full edition.
The third mini album, “Destination”, was released on May 24, 2010. Their first win for their title track “Love Ya” was during their second week of promotion in Music Bank, on June 11, 2010. They also took first place the following week. On June 18, 2010, Daesung Entertainment announced that SS501 would end their “Love Ya” promotions due to contract expiry with DSP on June 7, 2010.
The members are working on their solo endeavors for the time being. Kim Hyun Joong wrapped up filming the drama Playful Kiss.
Park Jung Min’s comeback solo album ‘Not Alone’ was originally supposed to be released back in November 2010, but due to North Korea attacking South Korea, CNR Media pushed back the date to January 20, 2011 to allow Park Jung Min to add more songs to the album. Park Jung Min was also involved in a musical ‘Bonds Of Boys’ in Japan.
Kim Hyung Jun was in musical ‘Cafe-In’ in Korea from 24 November 2010 – 23 January 2011 as two characters: Ji Min and Jeong Min. His solo album ‘Girl’ was released on 8 March 2011.
Heo Young Saeng has released his solo album ‘Let It Go’ on 12 May 2011.
Kim Hyun Joong’s solo album ‘Break Down’ is set to be released on the 8 June 2011.
Kim HyunJoong (born June 6, 1986) is a South Korean actor and singer. He is the leader of popular boyband SS501.
He gained widespread popularity beyond Asia for his role as Yoon Ji Hoo in the 2009 hit drama series Boys Over Flowers and is now known worldwide as the perfect Baek Seung Jo in the hit series drama Mischievous/Playful Kiss.
Debuting as the leader of SS501 in 2005. They also appeared in “Thank You For Waking Me Up” where he was proven to be a heavy sleeper,”Thank You For Raising Me Up” in 2006 and MNet’s “Idol World” in 2007, which showed SS501 doing various missions in Japan.
He joined the cast of MBC variety reality show We Got Married on May 11, 2008, with Hwang Bo.
In April 2010, he appeared opposite Jung Ryeo Won in the music video for Korean Singer Gummy’s song As A Man (남자라서).
Kim Hyun Joong was then invited to the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games as the representative of South Korea and he sang “Sunshine Again” with other 3 singers.
Hyun Joong released his very first solo debut mini album on the 8th of June, titled ‘Break Down’.
Heo YoungSaeng was born on November 3, 1986. His position in the group is the main high vocal.
His past experiences include DJ for SBS’s “Youngstreet” Radio (from June to August 2006), MC Mnet Countdown.
He can play the piano.
On May 12, 2011, he had released his first mini album, “Let It Go”, along with the official music video.
Also, he appeared on a popular variety show named “Running Man in May 2011.
Kim KyuJong was born on February 24, 1987. His position in the group is high low vocal.
His past experiences include Mnet “Drama – Break”, DJ for SBS’s “Youngstreet” Radio, MC Mnet Countdown. He can do magic tricks.
He also appeared in: Manwon Happiness, Shopping King, Seti (online drama), God of Cookery Expedition and Happy Together alongside Hyunjoong.
Park JungMin (born April 3, 1987) is a member of the South Korean group SS501. He is the low vocal of the group.
He has hosted radio program Youngstreet with Kim Kyu Jong and Heo Young Saeng.
He was the main character in a program TV called Human Theater 2010 as himself, Park Jung Min. He also had a TV show entitled What a Women Wants.
Park Jung Min has worked in the musical Grease as lead role of ‘Danny Park’ for which he won the “Golden Ticket Award” for Best Musical New Talent.
CNR Media was originally supposed to release Park Jung Min’s first solo album, ‘Not Alone’, on 25 November 2010. Due to North Korea attacking South Korea, the album was postponed until 20 January 2011.
Kim HyungJoon (born August 3, 1987), is a Korean pop singer, actor, and disc jockey. He is the youngest member of the Korean boy-band SS501. His younger brother Ki Bum is a former member of boy group U-KISS.
Hyung Jun started in his first Theater, in a Romantic comedy musical ‘Caffeine’, where he plays a barrister. He then was featured in Kan Mi Youn “Paparazzi” MV. He then signed with AVEX Entertainment for his solo album release in Japan. He released his first solo single ‘Girl’ on March 7, 2011. He then released his second single ‘Oh Ah’ on March 9, 2011.
He was a host of the MBC Every1’s 오밤중의 아이들 (Midnight Idols).