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Details About U-KISS

U-KISS is a South Korean boy-band formed by NH Media in 2008. Their name is an acronym, standing for Ubiquitous Korean International Idol Super Star. The group’s current lineup is composed of Soohyun, Eli, Kiseop, Hoon and Jun.

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U-Profile

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U-KISS is known for their international popularity, especially in Latin America, where they have conducted various tours. They released their first full-length album, Only One, on February 3, 2010. In September 2011, U-KISS released their second full-length album, NEVERLAND. They made their formal debut in Japan in 2011 with the release of the single “Tick Tack”. Their second Japanese single was entitled “Forbidden Love”, while their first Japanese full-length album was A Shared Dream (2012). Since their debut, the group has released three full-length albums, twelve mini-albums/EPs, one special mini-album (created for their fans), and various singles. They have also released seven Japanese full-length albums, one Japanese compilation album, and five Japanese mini-albums/EPs. The group has also participated in various TV reality shows and films.

Past and Current Active Member History

U-KISS was first formed as a six-member boy-group in 2008. Kibum and Kevin were members of the boy band XING, but left the group in early 2007. The other four members were all individually selected by NH Media through auditions. U-KISS debuted in Japan on August 15, 2008, at the Power of Atamix 08. The group debuted in South Korea on August 28, 2008, with a release of their first mini-album, New Generation, (N-Generation) on September 3, 2008 and a live performance of their first song Not Young on Mnet. Even though they were newcomers in the industry, U-KISS was considered for a Japan-Korea collaborative project. A popular entertainment company, Yashimoto Group in Japan, invested 150 billion KRW to groom U-KISS as an internationally known group.

Member Profiles

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Ubiquitous Korean International Idol Super Stars. They are under NH Media (South Korea) and Avex Trax (Japan). Here are the five members and their profiles!

Name: Soohyun
Birth Name: Shin Soo Hyun (신수현)
Position: Main Vocalist, Leader
Birthday: March 11, 1989
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 181 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 69 kg (152 lbs)
Blood Type: A
Instruments: Piano
Instagram: @shinsoohyun89
Twitter: @shin_soohyun89

Stage Name: Kiseop
Birth Name: Lee Ki Seop (이기섭)
Position: Main Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
Birthday: January 17, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Height: 181 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 64 kg (141 lbs)
Blood Type: A
Instruments: Piano
Twitter: @KiSSeop91
Instagram: @ki_seop91
Youtube: KISHOWBANG

Stage Name: Eli
Korean Name: Kim Kyung Jae (김경재)
English Name: Ellison Kim
Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Birthday: March 13, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 68 kg (149 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Instagram: @eli_kim91

Birth Name: Yeo Hoon Min (여훈민)
Stage Name: Hoon
Birthday: August 16, 1991
Position: Lead Vocalist
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Blood Type: B
Twitter: @HooN91y
Instagram: @yhm1991

Stage Name: Jun
Real Name: Lee Jun Young (이준영)
Position: Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae
Birthday: January 22, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Height: 185 cm (6’1″)
Weight: 61 kg (134 lbs)
Blood Type: AB
Twitter: @jun97l
Instagram: @ukiss_jun97

Korean Name: Woo Sung Hyun
English Name: Kevin Woo (우성현)
Stage Name: Kevin
Birthday: November 25, 1991
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Face of the Group
Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 55 kg (121 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Instagram: @kevinwoo_official
Twitter: @Kevinwoo91
Youtube: Kevin Woo

Stage Name: AJ
Birth Name: Kim Jae Seop (김재섭)
Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Birthday: June 4, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 183 cm (6’0″)
Weight: 68 kg (149 lbs)
Blood Type: A
Instagram: @rlatldbs_
Twitter: iamrlatldbs

Stage Name: Dongho
Full Name: Shin Dong Ho (신동호)
Position: Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Face of The Group, Maknae
Birthday: June 29, 1994
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Height: 178 cm (5’10”)
Weight: 62 kg (136 lbs)
Blood Type: B
Twitter: @Dongho94

Stage Name: Kim Kibum (김기범)
Japanese Stage Name: Allen Kibum
Position: Vocalist
Birthday: December 29, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Height: 179 cm (5’10” 1/2)
Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Twitter: @90KKB
Instagram: @allen_kibum

Stage Name: Alexander or Xander
Real Name: Alexander Lee Eusebio
Position: Rapper, Vocalist
Birthday: July 29, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Height: 182 cm (6’0″)
Weight: 63 kg (138 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Instagram: @xander0729
Twitter: @alexander_0729

Current Active Members

If it talks about from debut until now, so this is the list of the current active member.

  1. Soohyun (수현) (inactive due to military service)
  2. Kiseop (기섭)
  3. Eli (일라이)
  4. Hoon (훈)
  5. Jun ( 준 )

Past Members

  1. Alexander (알렉산더)
  2. Kibum (기범)
  3. AJ (에이제이)
  4. Kevin (케빈)
  5. Dongho (동호)

More Active in Japan than Korea

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In just one year the group released a DVD titled ‘U-KISS Days in Japan,’ which debuted at No. 8 on the Daily Oricon Chart. Their next accomplishment was the album ‘First Kiss,’ which placed second on Oricon daily charts on the day of its release. They also released the Japanese version of ‘Brand New Kiss’ and continued topping the charts at 2nd place with ‘A Shared Dream.’ Their second chart-topper, ‘Stay Gold’, saw more success than their current release ‘Stalker’, as it earned them a 2nd place spot on the Oricon Charts in 2015. Alongside their chart-topping history, the boys make waves throughout Japan with a multitude of fan meetings, showcases, and tours.

Discography

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Korean Albums Japanese Albums
  • Only One (2010)
  • Neverland (2011)
  • Collage (2013)
  • A Shared Dream (2012)
  • Inside øf Me (2013)
  • Memories (2014)
  • Action (2015)
  • One Shot One Kill (2016)
  • U-KISS Solo & Unit ALBUM (2017)
  • Link (2018)
  • Glory (2018)

Filmography

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Reality Shows
  • 2009: You Know U-KISS
  • 2009: All About U-KISS
  • 2010: U-KISS Vampire
  • 2010: Chef KISS
  • 2013: U-KISSme?
  • 2013: Kanzume!! TV Magazine Show
  • 2014: U-KISS no Teatarishidai
  • 2014: Go U-KISS!

Concert Tour List

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U Kiss has successfully held concerts in several countries, one of them in Japan remembers that U Kiss is a Korean idol group who do better in Japan. Here is the list of their live concerts.

Japan Concert
  • U-KISS First Kiss Live in Tokyo & Osaka (2010)
  • U-KISS Japan Live Tour “A Shared Dream” (2012)
  • U-KISS Japan Live In Budokan (2012)
  • U-KISS Japan Live Tour “Inside Of Me” (2013)
  • U-KISS Japan Live Tour “Memories” (2014)
  • U-KISS Japan -Returns in Budokan- (2014)
  • U-KISS Japan Live Tour “Action” (2015)
  • U-KISS Japan Live Tour “One Shot” (2016)
  • U-KISS Japan Best Live Tour -5th Anniversary Special- (2016)
  • U-KISS Special Live -Love IN Kissme- (2018)
  • U-KISS Japan Live Tour -Burn the Summer- (2018)

Award Achievements

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Year Category Recipient Result
2018
  • 5th Asia Song Festival
Rookie Award in Asia Won
2011
  • [V] CHINESE TOP Awards Concert
Most Potential Overseas Idol Group Won
  • 11th Asia Song Festival
Most Influential Artist in Asia Won
  • 2011 SBS MTV Korea Best of The Best
Best Male Music Video Won
  • 19th Korean Cultural Entertainment Award
Best Male Idol Group Won
  • 12th Korean Video Daejun’s Award
Most Photogenic of the Year Won
  • 2011 European K-Pop Awards
So-Loved Special Award Won
  • GoKPOP Music Awards
Best Use of Social media (Kevin Woo) Won
  • GoKPOP Music Awards
Most want-to-be Boyfriend (Kevin Woo) Won

Latest Update

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On March 21, U-KISS’s Kiseop enlisted in the military. Prior to his enlistment, Kiseop took to Instagram and revealed his new haircut along with a handwritten letter to fans. In the caption, he wrote, “For a moment, goodbye.”

Kiseop was declared to serve as a public service worker, due to the worsening condition of his pre-existing herniated disk. He will enlist and receive basic military training at the Nonsan Army Training Center, after which he will be assigned to a position as a public service worker.

He is the third U-KISS member to enlist, following Soohyun and Hoon. Soohyun enlisted as an active-duty soldier on December 28, 2017, and Hoon enlisted on March 18, 2019. The two remaining U-KISS members, Eli and Jun, will continue with individual promotions.

Let’s be patient waiting for U Kiss until they are comeback with the full member formation!