Kim Hyun Joong
Korean actor and singer
Kim Hyun-Joong (Korean: 김현중; Hanja: 金賢重; born 6 June 1986) is a South Korean actor, singer, and songwriter. He was a member of the boy band SS501 and played roles in the Korean dramas Boys Over Flowers, and Playful Kiss.
After debuting with SS501 in 2005, Kim released his first Korean solo album, Break Down, in 2011, and his first Japanese solo album, Unlimited, in 2012. Due to his commercial success, Kim is considered one of South Korea’s biggest Hallyu stars of the early 2010s.
Kim made his debut as a member of SS501 on 23 June 2005, with the group’s first EP, Warning, released by DSP Media. Their second EP, Snow Prince was released in late 2005, five months after their debut. The group quickly gained popularity, winning multiple new artist awards in 2005 and 2006. The following year, in 2007, SS501 debuted in Japan with the single “Kokoro,” which reached number five on the Oricon charts. In January 2008, the group received a Newcomer Award at the Japan Gold Disc Award ceremony, making them one of only a few South Korean artists to win this award.
In 2008, Kim joined the cast of the reality-variety show We Got Married, where he was paired with singer Hwangbo. Dubbed the “Lettuce Couple,” the pair was popular among viewers and won the Best Couple Award at the 2008 MBC Entertainment Awards. They left the show at the end of 2008 to focus on other projects.
Main article: SS501
2008–2010: Boys Over Flowers, cosmetic spokesman, and Playful Kiss
In 2008, Kim was cast in his first lead-acting role in the Korean drama Boys Over Flowers. The show was extremely popular in South Korea and other Asian countries, and Kim won the Most Popular Actor Award at the 2009 Seoul International Drama Awards and the Most Popular Actor for Television Award at the 2009 Baeksang Arts Awards.
Kim and his Boys Over Flowers costars also sparked a trend among South Korean men who copied their “flower boy” style. Tony Moly, a cosmetics brand for which Kim had been a spokesmodel since 2006, saw a 30 percent sales increase in 2009, which the company attributed to the popularity of the show. Kim’s contract with Tony Moly ended in 2010, and he became the spokesmodel for another cosmetics brand, The Face Shop, later that year.
Following the success of Boys Over Flowers, Kim played his second lead role in a drama, in 2010’s Playful Kiss, a Korean adaptation of the Japanese shōjo manga, Itazura Na Kiss. The show flopped on South Korean television, but was an international hit on foreign television and online streaming platforms, helping solidify Kim’s popularity as a Hallyu star.
At the end of 2010, Kim was chosen to represent South Korea at the opening of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, where he performed the anthem “Sunshine Again” with singers from Chinese-speaking countries.
2011: Solo debut, chart success, and first Japanese tour
Kim released his solo debut, the EP Break Down, on 7 June 2011. More than 70,000 pre-ordered copies of the album were sold in just 10 days. The EP was the ninth best-selling album of 2011 on South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart, and was certified platinum in Taiwan. Later that year, Kim released his second album Lucky. The EP debuted at number five on Billboard‘s World Chart, and was the 10th best-selling album of the year in South Korea with over 100,000 copies sold.
Following up on the success of a concert he performed in Japan in June, Kim signed a deal with Universal Music Japan in November. Shortly after that, he went on a tour of Japan, performing in seven cities.
2015–2016: Japanese activities and military enlistment
Kim released his second Japanese studio album, Imademo, on 11 February 2015. The album entered the Oricon daily charts at number two and remained at that spot for 10 days.
Kim enlisted in the army for South Korea’s mandatory military service in May 2015. After completing five weeks of basic training at Gyeonggi-do 30th Recruit Training Squadron he was stationed as a border patrol in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. While he was in the military, The Best of Kim Hyun Joong, a Japanese greatest hits album celebrating his 10 years in the music industry, was released. It entered the Oricon daily charts at number one. Kim was discharged from military service in February 2017 after serving for 21 months.
2017–present: Comeback and tours
In July 2017, Kim released his first album since leaving the military, the Japanese single album, re:wind. The album reached the number one spot on the Oricon album chart. Following its release, Kim went on Innercore 16-city Japanese tour. In November, he released the EP Haze, his first Korean album in three years.
Kim Hyun Joong’s 2018 World Tour ‘HAZE’ commenced on 2 December 2017. He performed in Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, South America, Japan, Thailand and Macau, and the tour concluded in 2018. “Kim Hyun Joong Spent Meaningful Reunion With 40,000 Fans Via His “Haze” World Tour”. HELLOKPOP.
On 6 June 2018, he released Take My Hand, the first Album released from his record Label Henecia Music. On 26 September of the same year, he then released an album entitled Wait For Me. Starting on 27 September and concluding on 5 November, Kim held his Take My Hand Japan Tour.
In 2018, it was confirmed he would be making his small-screen comeback in the fantasy drama When Time Stopped. The drama ran from 24 October to 29 November 2018.
In November 2018 Kim released a single, ‘Just For My Love’, as the sixth part of the Original Soundtrack for his drama When Time Stopped.
On 4 February 2019, he released a new album entitled ‘NEW WAY’ “Kim Hyun Joong To Return With New Album In February”. Soompi. 29 January 2019. with the title track ‘WHY’.