SS501 debuted in 2005 under DSP Media, the same year as SM Entertainment’s mega-group, Super Junior. The male group, made up Park Jung Min, Kim Hyung Joon, Kim Hyun Joong, Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong, displays a range of pop music styles marked with complex Kpop dance moves. The members chose SS501 as their name as an expression of their unity: Super Star Five United As One. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.
IFANS: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a scholarly research project that examines global fan attitudes and activities through surveys, collection of information on online communities and analysis of websites. Crystal S. Anderson, PhD (Elon University) is the Principal Investigator of the studies and Curator of the iFans project site.
As you know, KPK is dedicated to collecting information about Hallyu-era K-pop. To that end, we are in the process of creating enhanced profiles of Kpop artists and groups, with even more information!
KPOPIANA is a collaborative digital humanities project that aims to collect and organize information about Korean popular music of the Hallyu era (1992-present). It is built on the Omeka platform, which” is web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions.” This allows us to present information in a more interactive kind of way.
Members of KPK are in the process of migrating profiles from WordPress to Omeka, as well as creating new profiles in Omeka. Check out some of your favorite profiles:
AND, one new profile:
Don’t worry! You will always be able to find links for old and new profiles here on the KPK blog, or you can navigate straight to KPOPIANA as we migrate more profiles, so you never have to worry about where to find your K-pop info! We’ll be rolling out new enhanced profiles over the next few months, so stay tuned!
Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Elon University Kpop is subject to a lot of criticism. A LOT. The most repeated charge against Kpop is that it is manufactured. But is that really true? Usually when critics level this charge, they make sweeping generalizations about the whole … Continue reading The Unsung And The Unsaid In Kpop
Originally published on High Yellow on March 20, 2011, Written by Nabi
I have so much love for this episode! It’s packed full of treats and SO much happens. A lot happens in every episode, but I guess that’s what you get when you have episodes that are over an hour long.
Let’s talk about Frick and Frack first: THEY ARE SO THUGLIFE. I love that they ‘tried’ to protect Jan Di (via her friend, who I also loved because she didn’t fall for Frick’s overwhelmingly cute smile!) and then they went about trying to find who was reallyresponsible for the scandal pictures! I know that this was more for Jun Pyo’s sake, but still. At first I was confused as to why Frick was suddenly playing the saxophone and Frack was dancing with the ladies, but then when the scene flashed to a back alley where the club owner (?) was getting beat up, it all made sense – why dirty their hands punching him themselves? They’ll provide the distraction while their minions take care of the dirty work. This was a really great episode for them because they got some more face time!
SS501…I completely forgot that they were supposed to make a cameo in this series, and I’m so glad it was THIS episode! Of course it’d be Baby Joon who would point to Jan Di out of the crowd. I’m kind of sad that Jung Min couldn’t be a part of it (what was he doing at this time? I know it was something…) but I’m glad our other three boys were able to showcase ‘UR Man’ and look so darn good while doing it!
Jun Pyo: I love him. Is there really anything else I need to say about him? Well, yes, because I love talking about him. I felt SO BAD for him when he waited the entire time out in the cold for her, and I really felt sad for him when he came to school, looking great with straight hair (although the man may be the only Korean idol I’ve seen so far who can pull of really curly hair) and a nice school uniform, all dolled up for her, and then he sees the photos and jumps to conclusions – who wouldn’t? – and is just so angry and insulted. Can we also talk about how he went Edo Japan on us with the random demonstration of swordpractice? I’m thinking this episode may have been trying to appeal to a lot of different people: the Green Peas (for SS501), girls who love Edo period anything, and those who want the more musical side to come through (for Frick and Frack). He ended up throwing stuff again. Which I loved. Is that bad? He also looked. so. fine. Just about everything looked amazing on him. Oh no…am I turning into one of the F4′s fangirls?! But I don’t want to wear super short skirts and white knee highs and high heels!!!!
Jun Pyo: there were also a few moments that I did NOT love about him this episode. Mostly one recurring one – why do you always have to grab for the girls’ throats when you want to talk to them? ‘Cornering’ Jan Di against a car is one thing, at least that’ssexy, but grabbing at her tie to make her tell you the truth? Throwing her Fake Friend to the ground after grabbing HER throat? Do not like. This second part I don’t like mostly because he did have a lot of reasons to be upset with her, and he’s not one to hold himself back, but I think it could have hurt her a lot more if he had just straight up ignored her.
Fake Friend: I will say that at least in the TV series she made more sense. In the manga, she’s almost bipolar – at school she’s ridiculously sweet and ‘naive’ (like a unicorn threw up a rainbow kind of sweet), but at the club, which by the way is supposed to be one of those ‘practically a stripper club but anyone can come on stage and shake their stuff’ kind of clubs, she’s overly sexualizing herself while being a complete flirt to the guys and a venomous snake to the girls. At least in the series they toned that down a little bit, and I think future episodes should reveal more things about her. I did believe her when she was asking Jun Pyo “Why is Jan Di okay but not me?”, but we’ll get to that in later episodes.
I tend to like those self-searching questions, ‘Am I really that loathsome?’ and ‘Why is she okay but not me?’ mostly because they are such honest and realistic questions. It’s as if I’ve stumbled onto some recorded diary entry of these characters, and these questions make them suddenly very human. I mean, these are questions that any person who has had a crush can relate to, but they were said so realistically (yep! I’m claiming that they were NOT melodramatic, which is usually the case for TV shows) that for a second I almost feel like they’re real people, too. You know, not just amazingly attractive models who are acting these specific roles in a staged television series.
Jan Di: Believe it or not, although most of the time I really, REALLY do not like her, in this episode she redeemed herself (to me) because of her interactions with, you guessed it, Jun Pyo. They actually have a real tete-a-tete going on in this episode! I love that she took care of him while he was sick and they were stranded in the cable car (?), maybe this time their interactions are more significant though because she wasn’t drunk and could actually call him ‘stupid’ or ‘punk’ back!
Fun Observation (although there’s a lot more in this episode to unpack, I need to leave something for my unni to write about!): Just how did they set the bicycle on fire sofast?!
Hello. My name is Michelle, and my Ultimate Bias is Kim Kyu Jong of SS501.
Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time to fill you in on why he doesn’t have his own, special profile on the site.
We were deciding today what to do about Kpop idol groups who have members that debut as solo artists – where do we put them? What counts as debuting as a solo artist? How do we tell you about their stuff? SS501 is a perfect example because 4 out of 5 members have debuted as solo artists: Park Jung Min, Kim Hyung Joon, Heo Young Saeng, and Kim Hyun Joong. Kim Kyu Jong has not debuted as a solo artist, although he has decided to be in the Japan production of the musical Goong.
So, as CeeFu was putting up information for Heo Young Saeng, I began to pout: everyone’s going to get a profile except Kyu Jong! But there is a method behind this madness: we are giving individual profiles to members of idol groups who have 1. released a solo album AND 2. done promotional work for their album. So, people who have only released digital singles and who have not done promotional work will not get their own page.
It’s okay, heartLANDers, don’t cry! There’s good news! We WILL be putting up important individual work under “(group) Fan Facts” which will include such information as digital singles released, K Drama appearances, roles in musicals, and more. So, to see stuff that Kyu Jong has done, just go to “SS501 Fan Facts.”
Okay, I feel better now. I had to make sure that all the Pretties knew we weren’t neglecting Kyu Jong!
|Name||Park Jung Min
|Debut||January 24, 2011|
|Origin of Fan Name||N/A|
Click to Return to Top
Click to jump to a section:
|Name||Kim Hyung Jun
|Debut||March 8, 2011|
|Label||S-Plus Entertainment (2010-present)|
|Fan Name||JUNUS (Korea)JUNAWAY(Japan)|
|Origin of Fan Name||JUNUS=Jun + UsJUNAWAY (presumably, Jun away from Korean)|
Click to Return to Top
Released: May 8, 2011
1. Angel (featuring E-Tribe)
2. Oh! Ah!
4. 다른 여자 말고 너 (Feat. Dok2)
6. Oh! Ah! (Instrumental)
7. Girl (Instrumental)
Released: July 27, 2011
1. 眠れない夜 (Long Night)
3. 眠れない夜 (Long Night) (Instrumental)
4. 雨にうたれて (Instrumental)
Click to jump to a section:
|Name||Heo Young Saeng|
|Debut||May 12, 2011|
|Label||B2M Entertainment (2010-present)|
|Origin of Fan Name||Young Saeng’s Eternal Supporters|
Let It Go
Click to Return to Top
|Let It Go
Released: May 12 2011
Label: B2M Entertainment
1. Out The Club (featuring Taewan)
2. Let It Go (Featuring Hyuna)
3. Rainy Heart (featuring Kim Kyu Jong)
4. I’m Broken
5. Let It Go (Instrumental)