Kim Hyun Joong/About
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It was June 23, 2005, when Kim Hyun Joong officially debuted as the leader of the boy band SS501. Expectations were already high during that time, no doubt in no small part after the release of their first single titled "Warning" on June 8. It started to gain a lot of recognition over the following weeks; the song was an great success, cementing SS501 as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry and turning Kim Hyun Joong into one of its most recognizable figures.
At the same time he was enjoying success as the leader of the boy band SS501, Kim Hyung Joong returned to high school and graduated in 2006. He then enrolled in Kyonggi University to obtain a college degree, but had to drop out because of work commitments. In 2011, he enrolled in Chungwoon University to study stage production management. A year later, in 2012, he decided to study applied music in Kongju Communication Arts (KCAU).
In May 2008, he made his television debut in the reality variety show We Got Married alongside fellow singer Hwang Bo (황보); both singers were very popular with audiences. Kim Hyun Joong then starred in KBS2 drama Boys Over Flowers, a show based on a very popular Japanese manga of the same name. The drama was highly successful in South Korea and other Asian countries as well. Kim won a few important acting accolades for his work in the drama series, although he received unfavorable criticism for the flatness of his performance.
Following his huge success in Boys Over Flowers, he followed it up with another South Korean adaptation of the very popular Japenese manga Itazura no Kiss, in MBC 2010's Mischievous Kiss. The romantic comedy series flopped in South Korea, but it received a huge cult following in several Asian countries and became a huge success worldwide. Viewers were captivated by his excellent chemistry with co-star [[Jung So Min], but once again his portrayal of Baek Seung Jo was perceived as being one note and completely flat by critics.
On June 8, 2011, he made his debut as a solo singer with the music EP titled "Break Down". The title track received heavy airplay and it was a chart-topper. A few months later, on October 11, he released a second music EP, titled "Lucky." Both EP's were huge successes; he went on a tour in Japan after having a successful concert there.
On December 12, 2012, Kim Hyun Joong released an Japanese full-length album titled "Unlimited". The album was quite successful in Japan, and its singles, the Japanese versions of previous hit songs "Break Down" and "Lucky Guy", topped the Oricon charts. He went on a very highly successful Japanese tour titled "Unlimited" that took him to several cities in Japan.
Kim Hyun Joong kept releasing EP's and full-length albums in the following years, and was promoting himself as a singer. In several concert tours, he even managed to perform alongside several other Korean artists in Brazil for the 2013 FEEL KOREA event; it was his first time performing in a South American country. He also returned to the small screen in the hit variety show Barefooted Friends. He then decided for his third leading role in a drama, a tougher and brash part in KBS2 2014's Inspiring Generation.
On February 11, 2015, he released his second full-length Japanese album titled "Imademo"; it reached the number two on the Oricon Daily charts and managed to stay in there over the course of several days. Kim Hyun Joong then enlisted in the army on May 2015, to fulfill South Korea's mandatory military service. He was later discharged from military service in February 2017, after serving almost two years.
In July 2017, he released a Japanese musical album sung entirely in Japanese titled "re:wind"; it reached number one on the Oricon charts and he did a series of concerts in several Japanese cities to promote the album. A few months later, in November, he released an EP titled "Haze", his first Korean album after being out of the spotlight for a few years.
Currently, Kim Hyun Joong has been confirmed to appear in the drama That Time When Time Stops (시간이 멈추는 그 때) in October 2018.