All About SS501

(From Left to Right) Park Jung Min, Kim Hyung Jun, Kim Hyun Joong, Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong

Background Information

Also known as Double-S 501 / Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il (더블에스오공일) / Deo Beul E Seu Goma Rui Chi
Origin: South Korea
Genres: K-pop, dance, R&B
Years active: 2005–present
  • DSP Entertainment (2005-2010)
  • Pony Canyon (Japan)
  • Warner Music Taiwan
Associated acts: KARA (band), Rainbow

SS501 (pronounced as Double-S Five-Oh-One or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il, Hangul: 더블에스오공일) is a South Korean boy band formed under the management of DSP Media, formerly known as Daesung Entertainment and DSP Entertainment. The group debut in 2005 with five members: Kim Hyun Joong, Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min and Kim Hyung Jun.

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's official fan club name is Triple S (means SSS : Super Star Supporters).

As of June 2010, upon the expiration of group's contract with DSP Media, all the members have subsequently moved to other management companies, to pursue solo careers, but Kim Hyun Joong, the leader, has stated that they have not disbanded.


2005-2006: Debut

SS501 debuted on June 8, 2005 with their first single "Kyeonggo" (Korean: "경고", "Warning"); a second single, "Snow Prince", was released in late 2005. The group was inactive in Korea for most of 2006, although they had a fan meeting in Japan in April of that year. 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. 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 was entitled S.T.01 Now. Singles from the album included "Unlock" and "Four Chance". Alongside promoting the album on various variety and music shows, they also filmed a show on MNet, which was called SOS. The group (excepting Heo Young Saeng, who was recovering from the sugery) also lent their voices for the 2006 animated movie Pi's Story.

2007-2008: Japanese activities, Boys Over Flowers, and Sub-unit

Later in 2007, the group debuted in the Japanese market. A Japanese fan club was established with the name "Triple S Japan"; it officially debuted on March 25, 2007, when SS501 had their first official meeting with the club. The group at this time released their Japanese single "Kokoro", alongside multiple versions, including one with all members and five featuring each member individually. The single debuted at #5 on the Oricon chart, and moved to #3 the next day. It was also chosen as an ending theme song for an anime entitled Blue Dragon. A full album was released later that year. SS501 also received the newcomer award in Japan; this was the first time for Korean artists to receive this award.

In 2008, SS501 returned to Korea with their single Deja Vu, which was 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.

2009: Mini albums and first Asian tour

SS501 released their official second Japanese album, All My Love, on May 13, 2009. A promotional tour was also held in Japan in support of the album. They later released the album Solo Collection, which consisted of the individual members' songs. Following its release, the members dissolved into their solo activities.

In July 2009, they reunited to embark on their 1st Asia Tour Persona, with two concerts in Seoul. It was followed by 15 concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The group's mini album Rebirth was released in two parts: in a limited and a full edition. The former was released on October 20, the latter on the 22nd. The limited special edition album included two posters and an 100-page photo diary. SS501 promoted the album with the single "Love Like This"; the song went on to win two Music Bank awards and an Inkigayo Mutizen in November. Promotional activities for the album ended on November 29, 2009.

In 2010, SS501 continued their 1st Asia Tour Persona concert in Thailand before holding their final encore concert, on February 27, in Seoul to conclude the tour. Although the release of a new mini album was planned for May 1, 2010 (a nod towards "501" in the group's name), the date was pushed back in order to "add finishing touches". They performed at the 2010 Dream Concert later that month. Due to the fact that Kim Hyun Joong was still recovering from a previous injury, they sang two ballads instead of the rumored comeback track. A day after their performance at the Dream Concert, one of their mini album tracks, "Let Me Be The One", was leaked on the internet. Not long afterwards, the teaser for the comeback track was unveiled. The third mini album, "Destination", was finally 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.
On October 2, 2008, leader Hyun Joong was casted as 'Yoon Ji Hoo' in the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango, officially named Boys Over Flowers. It was broadcast on KBS in the first half of 2009. On October 4 the group represented Korea to performed and picked up the The Best Asian Artist Award at the 5th Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

2010: Leaving DSP Media

In June 2010, upon the expiration of the group's contract with DSP Media, all the members then subsequently signed with other management companies. Kim Hyun Joong signed with KeyEast Entertainment in late June. This was followed, in August, by Park Jung Min who joined CNR Media and Kim Hyung Jun with S-Plus Entertainment. Lastly in October Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong, both signed with B2M Entertainment.

Although its members signed under different companies, SS501 as of 2011, has retained its name. All of the members' new companies have stated that SS501's activities are top priority in their contracts. All members have also stated that the group has definitely not disbanded. Kim Hyun Joong explained in an interview that, at the time, there wasn't a company that would accepted them as a whole, thus the group decided to take the chance to focus on their solo activities. On October 2010, Kim Hyung Jun announced that SS501 would be back in early 2011 with a new album.
With Jung Min, who's performing in the lead role of 'Danny Park' in musical Grease and Hyun Joong on Boys Over Flowers; the remaining three members formed 'SS501 Project Group' with Young Saeng as the leader. They released a project album named U R Man in November 2008, with a high tempo dance track "U R Man". They also contributed to the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack with "내 머리가 나빠서" (Because I'm Stupid), and appeared in episode four of Boys Over Flowers in a cameo performance of "U R Man".

2011: Solo artists

Kim Hyun Joong starred in the leading role of 'Baek Seung Jo' in Korean drama Playful Kiss, broadcasted on MBC in September 2010. He then released his debut solo album Break Down on June 8, 2011 and it exceeded 70,000 pre-ordered copies in 10 days. In July 2011, he held his first nationwide concert in Japan, then continued the tour in November in seven cities across Japan. Kim Hyun Joong then released his second mini album Lucky, in October. It debuted at number 5 on Billboard's World Chart.

Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong held a joint fanmeeting, Kim Kyu Jong & Heo Young Saeng Story In Seoul on December 4 which continued in Hong Kong, Japan and countries across Asia. Heo Young Saeng was scheduled to launch his solo singing career on April 28, 2011, but had to postpone because he pulled the ligaments on his right hand during dance practice. His debut solo mini album, Let It Go was released on May 12, 2011, which features Kim Kyu Jong and Hyuna of girl group 4minute. In November and December, Heo Young Saeng will make his theatrical musical debut in The Three Musketeers.

Kim Kyu Jong made his musical debut in Goong: Musical, playing the lead role of Crown Prince Lee Shin, in Kyoto, Japan from June 11 to July 1 and debuted as a solo artist in September 2011 with mini album Turn Me On. On November 9, 2011, Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong, along with other Korean and Japanese artists, perform at the Seoul Tokyo Music Festival 2011at Saitama Super Arena, Japan.

Park Jung Min's comeback solo album, Not Alone, was originally planned to be released on November 25, 2010, but was pushed back to January 20, 2011. Park Jung Min was casted in a musical Bonds Of Boys in Japan as an exchange student from November 18 to 23, 2011. He also expanded his experience in acting by being cast in the Japanese drama, Love Song in August. He was also cast in the Taiwanese drama, Fondant Garden, along with Kingone Wang and Shara Lin.

In January 2011, according to Kim Hyung Jun's official Japanese homepage, he signed with Avex Entertainment for his Japanese activities. On March 8, 2011 Kim Hyung Jun released his debut solo mini album My Girl with music videos for the two lead tracks "oH! aH!" and "Girl". Where Park Jung Min visited Kim Hyung Jun during the music video shoot for "Girl".


Although most of their music is composed by various people, the members of SS501 have also contributed to their albums. Kim Hyung Jun and his brother, Kim Ki Bum, formerly of U-KISS, composed, under the name "H&B", the songs: "Want It", "The One", "I AM", and "Hey G". Kim Hyung Jun also wrote the lyrics of the song "Obsess" in their Rebirth album. Heo Young Saeng composed his solo song "Is It Love?" and wrote the lyrics of "Until Forever", one of the tracks in SS501's album Destination. Park Jung Min composed the song "Kiss" which is sung by Rainbow, he performed the song at their Persona concert. He also wrote the lyrics of Not Alone and contributed to all the other songs from his album. He wrote lyrics in Japanese and sang the song "Your Colour" himself for his new mobile drama for LISMO Channel in Japan, Love Song In August.



Mini albums

Released: June 25, 2005
Label: DSP Entertainment
Tracks: 6
Sales: 30,000
  • 경고 (Warning)
  • Passion
  • Never Again
  • Take U High
  • Everything
  • Everything (Instrumental)
Snow Prince
Released: December 10, 2005
Label: DSP Entertainment
Tracks: 5
  • 하얀사람 (3:21)
  • My Girl (4:17)
  • Snow Prince (3:24)
  • In Your Smile (3:34)
  • Fighter (3:33)
Deja Vu
Released: March 11, 2008
Label: DSP Entertainment
Tracks: 3
  • Deja Vu (3:32)
  • A Song Calling for You (3:41)
  • Destiny (3:12)

화성남자, 금성여자 (Men from Mars, Women from Venus)
Released: April 29, 2009
Label:Yedang Entertainment Company
Tracks: 3

  • 화성남자, 금성여자 (Mars Men, Venus Women Hyung Jun ft. MiSo)

Digital singles

널 부르는 노래 (remix)
Released: April 18, 2008
Tracks: 2
  • 널 부르는 노래 (remix)
  • 널 부르는 노래 (instrumental)

You’re My Heaven
Released: June 27, 2008
Tracks: 2

  • 넌 나의 천국(You Are My Heaven”)
  • 넌 나의 천국(instrumental)

Thank You (Kim Hyun Joong)
Released: July 4, 2008
Tracks: 2
  • 고맙다
  • 고맙다 (instrumental)

그 남자의 책 198쪽 (Theme Single)
Released: October 7, 2008
Tracks: 3
  • 바라보며 (Original ver.)
  • 바라보며 (Violin ver.)
  • 바라보며 (Guitar ver.)

U R Man (Remix Edition)
Released: January 9, 2009
Tracks: 2
  • U R Man (Remix)
  • The One (Remix)

Lonely Girl (“Bad Girl Diary” OST)
Released: February 19, 2009
Tracks: 1
  • Lonely Girl

Anycall Haptic Mission 2
Released: May 20, 2009
Tracks: 1
  • Play

We Can Fly
Released: June 12, 2009
Tracks: 1
  • We Can Fly

Volume 1 - S.T 01 Now
Released: November 10, 2006
Label: DSP Entertainment
Tracks: 15
  • Existence
  • 4Chance
  • Unlock
  • Again
  • Stand By Me
  • Sky
  • Coward
  • Man
  • Hana
  • Confession (Clumsy Proposal)
  • Bye Bye
  • Radio Star
  • Wings of the World
  • Warning (Remix Ver.)
  • Unlock (Heavy Edition Feat. 김세황) (Hidden Track)

A Surgeon Bong Dal Hee O.S.T. (SBS TV Series)
Released: February 13, 2007
Tracks: #12
  • 어린 날의 기억
  • 지울 수 없는 사랑

쿵야쿵야 (KBS Animation)
Released: April 24, 2007
Label: Maninemedia
Tracks: #19
  • Fly Away
  • Fly Away (Go Go Remix)

Mini Album 

Released: July 28, 2008
Label: DSP Entertainment
Sales: 18,825
Tracks: #8
  • 너와 숨쉬다
  • 넌나의천국
  • Find
  • 고맙다 (Thank You) (vocal 현중 Kim Hyun Joong)
  • 넌나의천국-inst.
  • Find: Inst.
  • 사랑해X5
  • 고맙다 (Thank You) acoustic version

 U R Man
Released: November 21, 2008
Label: Mnet Media
Tracks: #6
  • Want It
  • U R Man
  • The One
  • 사랑인거죠
  • Never Let You Go
  • I Am

Boys Over Flowers O.S.T. (KBS TV Series)
Released: January 8, 2009
Label: Planet 905
Tracks: #3

  • 내 머리가 나빠서 (Because I’m Stupid)
  • 애인만들기 (Making a Lover)
  • Sometime (OST for F4 Special Edition)

Released: July 8, 2009
Label: DSP Entertainment
Tracks: #6

  • 제발 잘해줘 (Please, Be Nice to Me) [김현중; Kim Hyun Joong Solo]
  • 이름없는 기억 (Nameless Memory) [허영생; Heo Young Saeng Solo]
  • Wuss Up [김규종; Kim Kyu Jong Solo]
  • 하면은 안돼 (If You Can Not) [박정민; Park Jung Min Solo]
  • Hey G [김형준; Kim HyungJun Solo]
  • 비겁하지 않겠어 (I Won’t Be a Coward) [Previously released inU R Man (Japan Ver. Edition)]

친구 - 우리들의 전설 OST (Friend, Our Legend OST) [MBC TV Drama]
Released: July 16, 2009
Tracks: #1
  • 눈물을 지워가 (Wipe your Tears) [허영생; Heo Young Saeng Solo]

Released: October 22, 2009
Label: MNet Media
Sales: 100,201
Tracks: 5
  • Love Like This (네게로) (23.10.2009)
  • Wasteland
  • Love Like This (네게로)
  • 하루만 (Only One Day)
  • Obsess (중독…) - Lyrics by Kim Hyung Jun
  • 완.두.콩. (Green Peas)

Released: May 27, 2010
Label: Mnet media
Tracks: 6
  • Love Ya (31.6.2010), 
  • Let Me Be the One (그게 나라고..)(6.7.2010)
  • Let Me Be The One (그게 나라고..)
  • Love Ya
  • Crazy 4 U
  • Until Forever (영원토록) - Lyrics by Heo Young Saeng
  • Let Me Be the One (그게 나라고..) Acoustic Ver.
  • Love Ya (Instrumental)

Japanese Version


Kokoro (Regular Edition)
Released: August 1, 2007
Tracks: 6

  • Kokoro
  • Be a Star
  • Alice
  • Kokoro (instrumental)
  • Be a Star (instrumental)
  • Alice (instrumental)

Kokoro (Limited Edition)
Released: August 1, 2007
Tracks: 12

  • Kokoro
  • Be a Star
  • Alice
  • Kokoro (Instrumental)
  • Be a Star (Instrumental)
  • Alice (Instrumental)
  • Rize Up (Hyun Joong)
  • Rize Up (Instrumental)
  • Hajimete Miru Sora Datta (Young Saeng)
  • Hikari (Kyu Jong)
  • Here (Jung Min)
  • Sayonara ga Dekinai (HyungJun)

Released: September 19, 2007
Tracks: 4
  • Distance ~ 君とのキョリ
  • Gleaming Star
  • Distance~君とのキョリ (Instrumental)
  • Gleaming Star (Instrumental)

Lucky Days
Released: June 18, 2008
Tracks: 6
  • Lucky Days
  • Summer Blue
  • 君を歌う歌
  • Lucky Days (instrumental)
  • Summer Blue (instrumental)
  • 君を歌う歌 (instrumental)Albums

Released: October 10, 2007
Tracks: 11
  • Live!
  • Distance: 君とのキョリ
  • 4Chance (Watch Game)
  • ホンとに好きだった
  • No Exit Days
  • Again
  • Boundless
  • Butterfly
  • Always and Forever
  • サンセット
  • Kokoro


May 21, 2008
Tracks: 10
  • 警告
  • Passion
  • Never Again
  • Take U High
  • Everything
  • 白い人
  • My Girl
  • Snow Prince
  • In Your Smile
  • Fighter

U R Man (Japan Ver. Edition)
Released: March, 2009
Tracks: 10
  • Begeophaji Anhkesseo (“비겁하지 않겠어” “I Won’t Be a Coward”)
  • Sometime
  • Want It
  • U R Man
  • The One
  • Sarangingeojyo (“사랑인거죠”, “It’s Love”)
  • Never Let You Go
  • I Am
  • U R Man (Remix)
  • The One (Remix)

All My Love
Released: May 13, 2009
Sales: 9,553
Tracks: 13
  • メッセージ
  • Mermaid…
  • I Want You
  • Lucky days
  • Get Along
  • Promise to Promise
  • Believe in Love
  • Let’s Break Away
  • Time of Destiny
  • Lovers
  • 浅い夢の果て
  • トラベラーグライダー
  • All My Love


  • 1st Concert DVD – Step Up — Released: December 4, 2006 [Korean Version]
  • 1st Concert in Osaka — Released: March 28, 2007 [Japanese Version]
  • The 1st Story of SS501 - Released: April 19, 2007 [Korean Version]
  • Live in Japan 2007 - Released: August 29, 2007 [Japanese Version]
  • Let’s Learn Korean with SS501 - Released: November 3, 2007 [Japanese Version]
  • Documentary of Heart to Heart — Released: December 24, 2007 [Japanese Version]
  • Special Event Tour Heart to Heart — Released: February 6, 2008 [Japanese Version]
  • The 1st Story of SS501 - Released: February 20, 2008 [Japanese Version]
  • 1st Maxi Single in Japan Special DVD — Released: 2008 [Japanese Version]
  • 1st Album in Japan Special DVD — Released: 2008 [Japanese Version]
  • Music Clip Vol.1 DVD — Released: July 16, 2008 [Japanese Version]
  • 2008 Japan Tour DVD — Released: September 17, 2008 [Japanese Version]
  • The Mission DVD — Released: May 13, 2009 [Japanese Version]
  • UR Man Showcase With Triple S DVD — Released: July 24, 2009 [Japanese Version]
  • 5 Men in 5 Years in 2005~2009 MBC DVD Collection — Released: November 2009
  • SS501 1st Asia Tour - Persona In Seoul DVD — Released: March 2010
  • SS501 1st Asia Tour - Persona In Seoul Encore DVD — Released: August 2010

Concerts and showcase

  • Step Up in Seoul, South Korea (2006)
  • Step Up in Busan, South Korea (2006)
  • Step Up in Daegu, South Korea (2006)
  • Concert in Osaka, Japan (2006)
  • Concert in Seoul, South Korea (2006)
  • 4th Annual Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California, USA (2006)
  • Concert in Tokyo, Japan (2007)
  • Concert in Shanghai, China (2008)
  • Concert in Tokyo, Japan (2008)
  • Concert in Osaka, Japan (2008)
  • SS501 Showcase with Triple S - Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul (15 November 2008)
  • Victory Concert in Los Angeles, California, USA (2009)
  • 7th Annual Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California, USA (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Seoul, South Korea - two concerts (July, 2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Tokyo, Japan (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Taipei, Taiwan (2009),
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Shanghai, China (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Hong Kong, China (2009)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona in Bangkok, Thailand (2010)
  • 1st Asia Tour Persona Encore in Seoul, South Korea (27 February 2010 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena)


  • 2006-2007: SS501's Youngstreet - Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min & Heo Young Saeng
  • 2010: Music High - Kim Hyung Jun

TV programmes

  • SS501 has had various reality shows and documentaries based on their personal and Idol lives.

  • M!Pick by M.Net - Documenting pre-debut and three months after debut
  • Thank You for Waking Us Up - hosted by Park Kyung Lim
  • Thank You for Raising Me Up - Documenting SS501 raising Daengee, an abandoned dog
  • SS501 KM Idol World - SS501 splits off into teams to complete challenges and missions with the people
  • SS501 The Mission by MNet Japan - SS501 go on missions not only to learn Japanese, but to capture the heart of Japanese fans
  • SS501 in USA - SS501 travels to California and Nevada for a photo shoot
  • SS501 Japan Making the Band
  • SS501 in Osaka - SS501 performing in Japan
  • SS501 SOS by M.Net - SS501 helping people with serious problems as they unravel the mystery and investigate behind every story
  • SS501 Stalker by M.Net - SS501 has a stalker on their hands that seem to know their every move
  • Wonderful Day - SS501 spends a day out in the park playing games and having fun
  • Infinite Challenge - A sports competition that puts SS501 against the MC's of the show
  • Reds Go Together - Documenting SS501 during the World Cup
  • Learn Korean with SS501! - A program behind the scenes SS501's book in Japan that taught the teachings of the Korean language
  • Heroine 6
  • Hanbok - A show where participants go against one another in a series of challenges
  • SS501 Romantic Sky - SS501 are airline attendants for a day
  • SBS Chocolate - A talk show
  • SS501 Champagne - A talk show
  • SS501 Super Viking - SS501 (except Park Jung Min) competed in a physical challenge across an obstacle course
  • SS501 Real Story I Am - Arirang tribute to the SS501 story
  • School of Rock - SS501 visiting and performing in schools
  • Star Golden Bell - A variety show where different idols/stars come and answer questions through a series of games
  • Strong Heart - Idols/stars come and share their heartfelt stories
  • Let's Go to School with SS501
  • SS501 Sunny Side
  • Quiz! Sixth Sense - A show where participants are split into teams and endure games of questions and answers
  • Intimate Note 2 - A variety show along with their juniors, Kara (band)
  • SS501 Big Mama - SS501 goes through a pregnancy training to find out how hard it is to be a pregnant mother
  • Golden Fishery
  • Happy Together
  • You Can Fly - SS501 goes to a school and goes to a mission to wake two lucky kids up and have challenges against other students.


  • 2005 KM Music Festival: Best New Male Group Award
  • 2005 SBS Gayo Awards: Best New Artist
  • 2005 MBC Music Festival: Best New Artist
  • 2005 KBS Music Award: Best New Artist


  • 2006 KM Music Festival:Best Dance Group Award
  • 2006 SBS Gayo Awards: Netizen Popularity Award
  • 21st Golden Disk Award: Newcomer Award
  • 21st Golden Disk Award: Disk Bonsang
  • 21st Golden Disk Award: Popularity award
  • 16th Seoul Music Award: Newcomer Award
  • 16th Seoul Music Award: Popularity Award


  • 22nd Golden Disk Award: Disk Bonsang
  • 9th KM Music Festival: Mobile Popularity Award (Snow Prince)


  • 17th Seoul Music Award: Popularity Award
  • 22nd Japan Gold Disc Award:Best 10 New Artist
  • 5th Asia Song Festival: The Best Asian Artist Award

  • 18th Seoul Music Awards: Hallyu Award
  • 18th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Song of the Month (February) (Because I'm Stupid)
  • 2009 Asian Yahoo Buzz Award: Top Buzz International Group
  • 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards: Mobile Popularity Award (Because I'm Stupid)
  • 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards: Overseas Viewer's award (Because I'm Stupid)
  • 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best OST Award (Because I'm Stupid)
  • 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards: CGV Popularity Award (Because I'm Stupid)