SUPER JUNIOR

Super Junior (Korean: 슈퍼주니어), often referred to as SJ or SuJu, is a boy band from Seoul, South Korea. They are currently the world's largest boy band, and are produced and managed by Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment.


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    Super Junior (Korean: 슈퍼주니어), often referred to as SJ or SuJu, is a boy band from Seoul, South Korea. They are currently the world's largest boy band, and are produced and managed by Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment. The group initially debuted with twelve members in November 2005, but since the addition of Kyuhyun in May 2006, they have become a super group of thirteen members. The members are Leeteuk (the leader), Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, Kibum, and Kyuhyun. The Chinese member, Han Geng, was chosen among three thousand applicants through auditions held in China by SM Entertainment in 2001.

    Although Super Junior has only recorded two studio albums as a group, they have released and contributed in over 15 different kinds of records since 2005. Their most successful album, Don't Don, was the second best-selling album of 2007 according to the Music Industry Association of Korea. In addition, the group has earned four music awards from the M.NET/KM Music Festival, another four from the Golden Disk Awards, and is the second group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the MTV Asia Awards after jtL in 2003.

    Musical history

    Pre-debut

    Since the late 1990s, Korean talent agency and record label SM Entertainment has been holding annual auditions to scout new talents that complemented the success of pop groups H.O.T, Shinhwa, and S.E.S, all of which were created by SM founder and producer Lee Soo Man in the mid 1990s. In 2001, the company held their first oversea casting auditions in Beijing, where they discovered Han Geng, who was chosen among three thousand applicants.Kibum was recruited in Los Angelos under the same casting system a year later. Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Eunhyuk, and Siwon were discovered under the company's annual auditions that were held in Seoul while Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Donghae, and Ryeowook were discovered through SM-sponsored contests and singing competitions.

    Not long after boy band TVXQ's debut in 2003, news about Lee's unprecedented plans of forming another boy band quickly spread on the Internet. In early 2005, SM Entertainment confirmed the news and announced that a all-boy project group of twelve members would debut near the end of the year, promoting this singing group to be "The Gateway to Stardom of Asia." For a while the group was known to be called O.V.E.R, the acronym for "Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm."Most members of the group had performing experiences as actors, MCs, models, or DJs prior debut. Heechul and Kibum made their first appearances in dramas and films; Leeteuk, Yesung, Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, and Siwon made cameo television appearances; Han Geng made his first media appearance as a model, and Heechul was also already an established DJ before debut.

    Before the group settled with their current name, SM Entertainment labeled them as simply Junior, a representation of the members' young ages when they first became SM trainees.However, after the members' showcased their different talents to the company during an SM-sponsored picnic, the company finalized their name to Super Junior. Soon the group became officially Super Junior 05, the first generation of Super Junior. Super Junior was therefore known as the infamous line-up group, a concept being very similar to Japan's girl group, Morning Musume. Intended to be a rotational group, there was to be new members replacing some of the old members each year, forming a new Super Junior generation every time. However, this concept was abandoned when a new member was added in May 2006.

    Super Junior 05 made their pre-debut appearance on the Korean channel, M.NET on September 11, 2005. At the showcase, they performed various styles of hip hop dancing. The group danced to B2K's "Take It To The Floor." Han Geng, Eunhyuk, and Donghae also performed a separate dance away from the group, dancing to Usher's "Caught Up." However, the performance did not air on television until May 16, 2006 as a segment in the Super Junior Show, the group's first television documentary.

    2005–2006: The Super Junior project

    Super Junior 05 made their debut television appearance on SBS's Popular Songs on November 6, 2005, performing their first single, "TWINS (Knock Out)." A digital single with "TWINS (Knock Out)", "You are the one", and three additional tracks were released online on November 8, 2005. A CD single was scheduled to be released in November but a more complete album, SuperJunior05 (TWINS), was released on December 5, 2005 instead. Their debut album sold 28,536 copies in the first month of release and debuted at #3 in the monthly chart of December 2005. In that same month, they released "Show Me Your Love," their collaboration single with TVXQ. "Show Me Your Love" became the best-selling record of December 2005, selling almost 50,000 copies in less than thirty days.

    After "TWINS (Knock Out)" and "Show Me Your Love" promotions were finished, Super Junior 05 promoted their second single from their debut album "Miracle," in February 2006. "Miracle" was the group's first single to peak #1 in different music charts of South Korea as well as international charts from overseas countries, such as Thailand.It was their last single to be promoted from SuperJunior05 (TWINS).

    As promotions for "Miracle" came to an end, SM Entertainment began preparations for Super Junior's second line-up project Super Junior 06, the next Super Junior generation. The company even had a list of chosen members that were to graduate from the group, leaving space for new members to join. However, after the mysterious addition of a thirteenth member in May 2006, the company abandoned the line-up project and the group became known as just Super Junior, without the suffix "05".

    2006–2007: "U" and breakthrough success

    On May 23, 2006, SM Entertainment revealed the thirteenth member Kyuhyun, who was discovered through a singing competition in 2005. The newly polished Super Junior released their single "U" online for free download on May 25, 2006 in their official website. "U" had over 400 thousand downloads within five hours of release and it ultimately exceeded 1.7 million downloads, crashing the server. The CD single "U" with a total of three tracks was officially released on June 6, 2006, eventually selling over 81,000 units by 2007, selling more than their first album.During this time, an official fanclub was created for the group, E.L.F., an alphabetism derived from the phrase "Ever-lasting Friends." Super Junior's official color became pearl sapphire blue.

    The title song "U" yielded number-one spots for five consecutive weeks on two of Korea's top music programs for the first time in the group's career. The song was crowned as SBS Popular Songs Mutizen Song on the second week of release, being the first award for the group since debut. The song then stayed as Mutizen Song for three consecutive weeks on the same program, also simultaneously grabbing two top awards from M.NET's M!Countdown for two weeks. Before promotions for "U" ended, "Dancing Out" was released on July 20, 2006, the group's first single for SMTown's annual summer album. The single grabbed two awards as soon as it was released. "U" gained critical success, and Super Junior collected over seven awards in five of South Korea's top music award ceremonies as 2006 came to a close, winning Best New Group and popularity awards.

    As 2007 approached, the group began to branch out to different splinter groups. Super Junior-K.R.Y, the first subgroup of Super Junior that debuted on November 5, 2006, began to give separate performances away from the group to promote their new songs in the latter months of 2006. In February arrived a second subgroup, Super Junior-T. In March, several members of Super Junior participated in an original soundtrack for the first time, singing the opening and ending themes "Success" and "H.I.T" for the Korean miniseries, H.I.T. On April 19, 2007, four members of Super Junior, Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Kyuhyun, were injured in a car accident that deeply affected the group's schedules and progress throughout the year. Being the most injured, Kyuhyun was not discharged from the hospital until four months later, therefore unable to participate in the group's second single for SMTown, "Full of Happiness" (행복) that was released in July. Nonetheless, the cover from former boy band H.O.T accelerated quickly in singles charts in both South Korea and Thailand and soon became a number-one hit in Thailand's international charts a month later.

    Heechul's fracture of the femur from a car accident on August 10, 2006 and the April 19 car accident prevented the group's second official album, Don't Don from being released until September 20, 2007. The delayed progress of their second album created more promotion, and within the first three days of release, offline album sales for Don't Don passed the 11,000 unit mark, debuting as #1 in all available offline charts, and was in close competition with Lee Soo Young's Set It Down and Wheesung's eternal essence of music that were released earlier in September. It finished the September monthly album sales as number one, surpassing both Lee and Wheesung. 60,000 units were shipped by the first week of release and additional copies were printed. After three months of release, Don't Don sold 164,058 copies, making it Super Junior's best-selling album. It was also the second best-selling album of 2007, falling 26,940 copies short of SG Wannabe's The Sentimental Chord.

    Super Junior performed their first performance for the album on September 21, 2007, promoting the first single "Don't Don" at KBS's Music Bank. It was their first performance in which the group performed together as thirteen after a whole year. The single rose quickly in music charts a week after release, winning its first recognition, the SBS Popular Songs Mutizen Song, on October 21, 2007 and later on M.NET's M!Countdown, sharing the #1 song of the week along with "Everyday" by V.O.S in November. Super Junior quickly moved to their second single, "Marry U", in November. However, that single did not meet the achievements that "Don't Don" had set.

    Supported by the release of Don't Don, Super Junior was nominated in seven separate categories at the 2007 M.NET/KM Music Festival that was held on November 17, 2007. Super Junior won three of those categories including Netizen Choice Award and Mobile Popularity, being the biggest winner of the night. The group also won Best Artist of the Year (Daesang), termed by many as the highest recognition of the ceremony. Super Junior collected two more awards on December 14, 2007 at the 2007 Golden Disk Awards, an awards ceremony based on record sales success. Although defeated by SG Wannabe in winning the Daesang, Super Junior won a Bonsang and the TPL Anycall Popularity Award, which were reported as expected wins for the group by the media after the success of Don't Don.

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    2008: Overseas expansion

    On October 2, 2007, SM Entertainment officially announced a third Super Junior sub-unit, Super Junior-M, a subgroup designated for the Chinese market. The announcement of the new sub-unit created a controversy between the fans and the management as fans did not support the management to add new members to the subgroup.Since almost half of the group had pursued their goals to China, a fourth Super Junior sub-unit was created that same year to prevent the group from disappearing in the Korean music industry. With five members from Super Junior-T but excluding Heechul and adding Yesung to the group, they formed the subgroup, Super Junior-Happy.Super Junior-Happy released an EP, Cooking? Cooking!, at June 5th 2008, and the promotions ended at September 7th 2008,which lasted for four months.In November 2008, Super Junior-T returned, this time having their comeback as a singing group in Japan,called SuperJunior-TxMoeyan This group added two girls from Japan called Moeyan which is a famous comedy group in Japan.

    Super Junior's first major tour, Super Show, commenced on February 22, 2008 in Seoul. The tour covered nine different cities, including Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing.

    On August 2, 2008, Super Junior expanded their routes to Genting Highlands, Malaysia, being one of the top guest performers at the MTV Asia Awards 2008 along with other international performing artists such as OneRepublic and the Jabbawockeez.They are the third SM artist to win Favorite Artist Korea at the MTV Asia Awards after Kangta and BoA, and the second musical group to win the award after JTL in 2003.

    Third album comeback

    In July 2008, Super Junior announced that all subgroup activities would be on hiatus at the end of the year in order to prepare for their third studio album. In November 2008 Kyuhyun wrote in his fancafe stating that he was preparing for the third album "bit by bit" and the fans in Korea will be seeing more of the group in the upcoming year.SM Entertainment then announced that the album will be due for the middle of March 2009 at the earliest. Kang-in also stated in an interview for their Super Show Tour that the album will be in a style that will make the audience see a different side of Super Junior. He further commented that while their second album did well in 2007, activities promoting the album were lacking due to different subgroup advances. Super Junior will concentrate in promotions for the upcoming album, deeming the album to be even more successful than Don't Don.

    Overseas promotion

    Since Super Junior's debut in South Korea, the group endeavored to share an equal share of influence across Asia. The group has paid many visits to countries outside of their homeland to promote their music, especially to China and Thailand.

    Thailand

    Super Junior made their first overseas performance in Thailand on March 9, 2006 at the Pattaya International Music Festival. In effect of the appearance, their single with TVXQ, "Show Me Your Love," moved up to #8 on Thailand's Channel Music Chart. Soon afterwards, "Miracle" debuted as #1 in the charts on March 21, 2006. "Miracle" was the second song produced by SM Entertainment that topped overseas music charts in Thailand of Channel V after TVXQ's "Rising Sun." The song stayed as #1 for four consecutive weeks.[13] The group's second single for SMTown, "Full of Happiness" (행복) debuted as #18 on Thailand's International Channel Music Chart on the week of July 29, 2007. The single jumped to #8 the week after, and on the third week the single advanced to #1. Aside the International Channel Music Chart, which it was #1 for six consecutive weeks, it also made it to #1 on the POP Channel International Chart and the MTV International Chart in Thailand. It has been staying strong as the #1 position on these three charts.On February 7,2009 Super Junior and the rest of the SM will come to Thailand for their first SMTOWN Live '08 concert in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Since 2007, Siwon has been the endorser for 12 Plus Powder, and has been periodically filming commercials in Thailand. Kibum and Donghae were also included in these commercials with Siwon, but for different products. Coming soon in this fall, Kyuhyun will also be in a 12 Plus commercial with Siwon and Toey. In the fall of 2008, Super Junior did a Yamaha Fino commercial with a Thailand popular artist called Golf Mike. Yesung and Kibum were not included in these commercials due to their schedules. Super Junior was also appointed as the goodwill ambassadors for the 2008 Korea and Thailand 50th Anniversary, honoring the good relationship Korea has held with Thailand for the past fifty years.

    The group held their first concert in Bangkok on July 12, 2008 in the Impact Arena as part of the second stop of the group's first Asia tour. Once sales for the tickets started, the tickets were sold out quickly and the group performed in a full house.

    Mainland China

    In April 2006, Super Junior's Chinese member Han Geng, visited China for the first time since his debut to promote the group. Since then, he and the rest of Super Junior continuously visited China. On June 12, 2006 Super Junior made their debut performance as a group in China performing "U" and "Miracle". After filming the Chinese film A Battle of Wits in 2006, Siwon made frequent visits to China to promote the film. Along with the rest of the cast of the film, he toured four cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. On August 8, 2007, Han Geng and Siwon traveled to Changsha to participate in a variety show, being one of the first K-pop idols to appear on Chinese variety shows.

    The group released a Mandarin version of "U" on June 15, 2007 and various sources have stated that the group will release a Chinese language album.[50] However instead of the entire group, a subgroup was created for the market instead. On April 8, 2008, Super Junior-M, a subgroup that is specifically designed for the Chinese music industry, debuted with their first music video, "U". The subgroup's debut album, Me, was released in different regions of Mainland China starting April 23, 2008. The Korean version of the album which has three bonus Korean tracks, was released in South Korea on April 30, 2008. Me was released throughout the rest of Asia on May 2, 2008. The album debuted as #1 in all major album charts in China.

    Taiwan

    Super Junior's first visit to Taiwan was on June 16, 2007 as guest performers and presenters for the Golden Melody Awards. They presented the Best Vocal Group and Best Performance Album awards. They also performed the songs "U" and "Miracle" at the awards ceremony.

    Super Junior's visit to Taiwan helped increase the sales figures of Don't Don which was released in Taiwan on October 19, 2007. It is the highest ranked Korean album on the G-music Combo Billboard Chart, surpassing the albums of TVXQ and Shinhwa. Super Junior's album also ranked above Taiwanese boy band K One, whose album debuted at #6.[52][53] The album peaked at #1 in Taiwan's Five Music J-pop/K-pop Chart and the G-music J-pop Chart in Taiwan within the first week of release.

    Super Junior visited Taiwan a second time on January 5, 2008 for Taiwan's "Music in Harmony" concert as a beginning step to have a closer approach to the Chinese market. They performed in the concert along with Taiwan's Show Luo and Energy. Korea's Baby Vox Re.V and PARAN were also invited to perform. Popularity won Super Junior to have over 500 fans welcoming them at Taiwan's airport. Super Junior-M's first Chinese-language album, Me, was released on May 2, 2008 in Taiwan, and it debuted on the charts as #2, with only Sodagreen's new release above theirs.

    Japan

    From July 8 to July 9, 2008, Super Junior made their first official appearance as a group in Japan, holding their first Japan fanmeeting in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo as a celebration for the grand opening of their official Japanese Homepage that was opened on April 1, 2008. 12,000 tickets to the fanmeeting were all sold out. Although Super Junior has never held activities in Japan, the decision for the group to appear in the renowned Nippon Budokan was rare and became an interesting event to notice.[58] The group released a compiled Japan single the following day, entitled "U/TWINS", which includes the Japanese version of "U" in the limited release, to complement the event. The single peaked at #4 on Japan's Oricon Daily Chart in its first day of release, and dropped down to only four places in its second. The single broke a new record for being the first Korean single to have made within top 10 on Japan's Oricon Weekly Chart.

    On November 5, 2008, Super Junior-T released their first Japanese single, "ROCK&GO" in Japan, with the support and featuring of Japanese comemdy duo, Moeyan. The collaboration was the duo's official debut as singers and Super Junior-T's entrance in the Japanese market.[35] The single debuted at #19 on the Oricon Daily Charts and jumped to #2 three days later.

    Notable events

    April 19 car accident

    On April 19, 2007 at 12:20 am KST, Super Junior and two of the group's managers became victims of a car accident. The driver lost control of the vehicle and the van flipped over on its right side, colliding with the sidewalk.

    Kyuhyun, who was sitting behind the driver's seat when the accident occurred, was severely injured with a fractured hip, pneumothorax from broken ribs, and deep scratches and bruises.Leeteuk had severe facial scratches, and had to receive stitches. He had a successful operation removing the glass shards on his back, and received a total of 170 stitches on both his back and face.

    Shindong and Eunhyuk, the least injured with only a few cuts, scratches, and bruises, were both discharged on April 23, 2007. Leeteuk and Kyuhyun recovered faster than expected,and Leeteuk was discharged from the hospital on April 30, 2007. Kyuhyun was discharged two months later on July 5, 2007.

    Artistry

    As a whole group, Super Junior has released two studio albums and one single, including contributions of songs in the soundtracks of H.I.T and Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. They are often praised for their vocal harmonization and unison, with the support of having different vocal ranges from each member. Some members are credited for their vocal belting techniques, notably Yesung. Leeteuk, Heechul, Han Geng, Sungmin, Donghae, and Ryeowook sing within the stretch of a high baritone range to the tenor range, while Kang-in, and Siwon sing in a lower baritone range. Shindong's, Kibum's, and Kyuhyun's vocals lie in the bass range. Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Kibum are also the known rappers of the group due to their rhythmic vocals and quick tongue. Heechul and Donghae consistently rap as the supporting vocals.

    The majority of their music falls into the category of mainstream Korean pop. Songs of this genre are usually a mixture of other genres such as urban contemporary, dance pop, and rap, which all can be heard in their 2006 comeback single, "U". Super Junior is also notable for their light-hearted, bubblegum pop songs, including "Miracle" and "Sapphire Blue." With the release of Super Junior's second album, the group has showed a slight change in music style. The album's first single, "Don't Don," is Super Junior's first SMP project, and the group has since been releasing other similar titles. The song includes a balanced infusion of rock, R&B, and rap, along with other musical elements like the electric guitar, bass, and different percussion instruments. Classical instruments are also woven into their music, such as the violin in "Don't Don" and the African djemba and Indian tabla in "A Man In Love." They have also released songs that are solely focused on rap and hip hop. An example is "One Love", a song that Eunhyuk wrote for their first concert.

    Super Junior has covered quite a few song in their albums. Their debut single, "TWINS (Knock Out)" is a cover of Triple Eight's "Knockout," which was released in 2003. While the musical style is mostly maintained as the original, "TWINS (Knock Out)" touches closer to rap rock, with quicker rap and more emphasis on the bass instruments. In most covers, the original titles are kept. Examples include Cape's "L.O.V.E" and Exile's "Believe." However, most of them are re-arranged with different accompaniments, such as H.O.T's "Full of Happiness."

    Heechul, Shindong, and Eunhyuk are credited for their rap lyrics in their co-single with TVXQ, "Show Me Your Love". Eunhyuk is also the main contributor for the rap lyrics in the group's single, "U". After the release of their second album, Don't Don, more members began to contribute in writing. Leeteuk, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, and Donghae wrote the lyrics to the pop track, "I am," a song talking about the ordinary man in a celebrity's life.Eunhyuk remains as one of the main writers for most of Super Junior's rap lyrics in the second album.

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    Dance style

    Super Junior has done performances centered heavily around their choreography. The group's pre-debut appearance was a hip hop dance performance and they have also joined B-boy battles and performances throughout their career.

    Their dance styles are widely termed as street dancing, with a majority of their dance choreography containing hip hop dance moves such as popping, waving, sliding, and liquid dancing. Most of their songs usually contain a music bridge where two to six members from the group do a dance performance. Han Geng, Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Donghae are reportedly the most skilled dancers of the group, where the four of them are usually seen leading group dances and also performing solos. Dances in a form of martial arts are widely used in their dance routines as both Han Geng and Sungmin are professionally trained in that area. Some of the members also participated in creating their dance choreography, such as Shindong who was the main choreographer for "U" and for most of the group's other dance sequences. The members were also responsible for the dance choreography of their comeback single, "Don't Don."

    Image

    Super Junior frequently changes their image with each musical release. Super Junior's debut image softly leaned towards a rock appearance to complement the single, "Twins (Knock Out)." During their promotion of "Miracle," many of the members displayed a youthful and cute image with their lighter hair color and funny dance style. The group soon transitioned to a more mature, preppy style with "U", where the members changed their hair to a darker color and wore darker, more flamboyant outfits.

    With the release of Don't Don, the group surprised the media with an edgy transformation. Some members bleached their hair, wore dark makeup, and had temporary tattoos . Kang-in had a hairstyle that was a buzz cut with scratched designs, Sungmin's hair was bleached blond and half shaved, while Heechul, Han Geng, and Kyuhyun sported with bright-colored hairstyles, which were all inspired by punk fashion, as well as modifications of hip hop fashion.Their outfits were also thinner. However the group's image was quickly changed back to a more classic image as promotions began for their ballad single, "Marry U."

    Criticism

    Super Junior has been criticized in the past for lip-synching and lack of vocal skills, specifically for shaky pitch and heavy breathing,[79][80] The criticisms worsened in July 2006 when they lipsynched on Show! Music Core of MBC, a show that guarantees all live performances. Though fans have defended them saying that Heechul was ill, their critics do not accept this explanation. They argue that since the band contains thirteen members, one ill singer should not necessitate lipsynching by the entire group. Despite this, they have still remained popular through their large fan base and their album sales have been strong. Pushing back the criticism, Super Junior's second album comeback performance, "Don't Don," was a live performance instead of lipsynched.Out of the thirty-some songs that were performed at the group's first live concert tour Super Show, only six songs were lipsynched, acclaiming positive reviews for the concert.[83] Some members have also been performing a cappella versions of their songs.

    Subgroups

    Since debut, SM Entertainment has created four subgroups for Super Junior. The intentions of the subgroups were part of SM's strategy to not limit Super Junior's activities,and the goal was to show that the group could accommodate different musical genres. However, this strategy was later challenged by critics, as it has influenced an overwhelming amount of music groups to create official and unofficial subgroups alike. SM announced that Super Junior will form more subgroups in the future, and possible focuses of these subgroups include a variety of genres such as rock and hip hop.Previous Super Junior subgroups will also make comebacks in the industry along with appearances of new subgroups.

    Super Junior-K.R.Y

    Super Junior-K.R.Y, established in November 2006, is a trio formed by Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung. The company discovered that these three members developed a particular persona and subsequent fan-base that was separate from the rest of the group, and how they also had similar musical qualities. They therefore grouped these three members together to perform particular songs to target a more mature audience. Being amongst the most vocally powerful members of the group, Super Junior-K.R.Y are credited to singing mournful, R&B-style ballads, a style that has proven very popular in recent years although stagnation in the style's development is causing it to lose its once fresh evocative power.

    Super Junior-K.R.Y's first official performance was on November 5, 2006 on KBS's Music Bank, performing "The one I love." They have participated in the original soundtrack of the tvN drama Hyena with a total of three tracks, including the main theme. The trio also contributed tracks in two additional original soundtracks, one track in both the soundtracks of Snow Flower and Billy Jean Look at Me. Unlike Super Junior's other sub-units, Super Junior-K.R.Y has not officially released a single or album, and only participated in collaboration albums and original soundtracks. However, a comeback album is expected from K.R.Y in the future.

    Film and television career

    Debut

    Prior to the group's debut, the members had individually appeared in television dramas, with Leeteuk being the first member of the group to act; he made a very brief cameo appearance as a moviegoer in All About Eve in 2000. Heechul, Siwon, and Kibum are still frequent television actors after Super Junior's debut in 2005, especially Kibum, who starred in four long television dramas after Super Junior's debut.

    Siwon was among the first of Super Junior to have participated in silver-screen productions, appearing in the Hong Kong historical action drama film, A Battle of Wits as the supporting role of Prince Liang in 2006. In 2007, Heechul, Kang-in, and Shindong lent their voices to the three chipmunks in the Korean release of Alvin and the Chipmunks.[88] In 2008, Kang-in had a major role in the Korean-language film, Pure Manhwa (tentative title).

    As a group, Super Junior starred in Super Junior's Mini-Drama, a television program hosted by the group that was released in late 2006. The group wrote, produced, and acted in the separate mini dramas. The subject matters of the dramas were chosen from the top three choices from viewers.The also participated in comedic reality shows such as Super Junior Show (2005-2006), Super Junior Full House (2006), Super Adonis Camp (2006), and other similar shows. In contrast, the group released a horror documentary, Mystery 6 in early 2006 that tells a story of a ghost. The members also starred in various music videos of artists under SM Entertainment. The most notable performance was in Zhang Liyin's debut music drama video, "Timeless" (2006), featuring Han Geng and Siwon.

    Masters and jockeys

    Few days prior to debut, Heechul became the co-DJ with Park Heebon for SBS's Youngstreet Radio Show. He had been the DJ for five more months until busy schedules required him to leave the show when he became an MC for SBS's Popular Songs and KM'S Show Music Tank. Leeteuk, Kang-in, and Shindong made their debut appearance as MCs for M.NET's M!Countdown five days after Super Junior's music debut. The three members remained together as the hosts throughout the year until Kang-in was replaced by Eunhyuk due to his busy schedule for hosting MBC's radio program Good Friend Radio and music show Show! Music Core. Leeteuk and Eunhyuk also host their own radio show, KBS's Super Junior Kiss the Radio, and usually invites singers to discuss their musical career. Sungmin was a DJ with Sunny of Girls' Generation for Reckless Radio before the program ended in July 31, 2008. Shindong is also a regular DJ for MBC's Stop the Boring Time Radio.

    On November 11, 2007, the premiere of Explorers of the Human Body aired on SBS. The show introduced the thirteen members of Super Junior as regular guests for the program. Kyuhyun, who was recovering from a car accident during the first half of the show's filming, joined the show in the later episodes. The show aimed to answer questions about the human body with a total of thirteen episodes. Super Junior members experiment with their own bodies to verify answers. The first season ended with thirteen episodes on February 3, 2008. A second season is considered.

    Attack on the Pin-Up Boys

    Eleven members, excluding Kyuhyun and LeeTeuk, appeared in the group's debut film Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. The first film released by SM Pictures, it premiered on July 26, 2007 in Korea. "Wonder Boy", performed by Super Junior, is used as the theme song of the film.Although the film was promoted as a typical high school comedy, the movie gained positive reviews from critics[citation needed], praising that the movie had a well-oriented plot unlike most idol films. However, ticket sales remained low in the premiere month despite it's unexpected success in the sales the first week.

    Throughout the remaining of the year, the film failed to attract more than 102,600 viewers and was proven to be a big loss for SM Pictures.However, both versions of the film's DVD became a best-selling record and were sold-out in both Korea and oversea markets, which is more than enough to make up for the production loss of 8.5 billion won.

    Influence and impact

    Super Junior is credited as literally the biggest boy band in the world and the largest group SM Entertainment has ever created.When Super Junior was formed, successful boy band acts such as TVXQ and Shinhwa were already in fame, and many doubted Super Junior would reach the same notability in the industry because of the overwhelming amount of members.I-13, a thirteen-member girl group that debuted on the same day as Super Junior, received very little commercial success, and later disbanded.

    During the course of Super Junior's career, a fair amount of similar musical groups were formed, in hope to reach the same success. SM Entertainment created another group, the nine-member Girls' Generation,[98] and marketed them as the female version of Super Junior. JYP Entertainment also recruited thirteen boys to be in a boy band, which were all revealed in the show, Hot Blood Men. However, not all thirteen debuted, and the members were split into two smaller splinter groups, each debuting at different times: Four members in 2AM and seven members in 2PM.Together, the two groups form the eleven-member boy band, One Day. Ast'1, a boy band under DSP Entertainment, released a promotional video in March 2008. In the short preview the boy band expressed that they would "Knock Down Super Junior", which resulted in a lot of criticism lashed into the group. However, they clarified that they had no means to create conflict, and explained the reason why they want to defeat Super Junior is because they see Super Junior as their answer of success.

    Controversies

    Cyber attack

    Leeteuk was panned for falsely stating that Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na refused his cyworld invitation during an episode of School of Rock. After the show aired, the figure skater publicly clarified that she has never refused such an invitation. Ultimately, Leeteuk issued an official apology for the incident. A panel held in August 2007 concluded that the show was responsible for verifying the story.[103] And later on Kim Yu-Na clarified that she did decline his invitation.

    Super Junior China

    After the subgroups Super Junior-K.R.Y. and Super Junior-T, on October 2, 2007, SM Entertainment announced the birth of another Super Junior sub-unit project that would begin activities in China starting 2008. Along with Han Geng, SM Entertainment's new Chinese trainee Henry Lau, who was also featured in the music video of "Don't Don", was said to be one of the core members for the subgroup.

    The announcement brought in a huge wave of dissatisfaction and opposition from fans of Super Junior after the announcement of a new member. Initially fans were planning to boycott the company's products, however, most fans agreed on a silent protest instead. Thousands of fans from Super Junior's official fanclub E.L.F. silently sat in front of the SM building and held signs that supported the group to have only thirteen members.

    After more rumors regarding adding an extra Chinese member to the subgroup, the fans decided to gain a legal representation as part of SM Entertainment's stockholders. As of March 20, 2008, Super Junior fans purchased 58,206 stocks of SM Entertainment, holding 0.3% of the company's entire stock. They released a statement that they will obtain all chances to prevent SM Entertainment from adding new members and to keep Super Junior as only thirteen.

    MBC vs. SM

    A time-slot dispute occurred between SM Entertainment and MBC when SM insisted to have Kang-in stay on SBS's Explorers of the Human Body instead of MBC's Sunday Night Dong-An Club (동안클럽) where Kang-in has been a regular host. MBC temporarily banned the rest of Super Junior from appearing in any future performances and shows hosted by MBC.Kang-in also lost his MC jobs to T.O.P of Big Bang for the music show, Show! Music Core and also two more variety shows, which both soon canceled after Kang-in left. MBC demanded an apology from SM Entertainment in order for Super Junior to appear on shows hosted by the channel again. However, MBC concluded that Super Junior's ban was never official, but just a decision for shows' producers to decide.

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