Name: Super Junior Debut: November 6, 2005 Debut Album: Super Junior 05Active Members: Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Kyuhyun Inactive Members: Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook Former Members: Hankyung, Kibum Super Junior is a male Kpop idol group formed under SM Entertainment. The group originally debuted in 2005 with 12 members: Leeteuk, Heechul, Hangeng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook and Kibum. When they were formed, Super Junior was initially intended to be a rotational group, having new members added and removed every year to keep up a fresh-faced and youthful appearance. The first iteration of Super Junior (originally dubbed Super Junior'05) debuted on November 6, 2005 with the single "Twins (Knock Out)," which sold moderately well. Super Junior followed their debut with the February 2006 release of "Miracle" which charted extremely well in Thailand. In 2006, Kyuhyun was added to the group just before SM decided to abandon the rotational concept for Super Junior. The group was thus cemented at 13 members and dropped the year-indicating suffix from their name. In May of 2006, Super Junior released a new single entitled "U" on their official website for free, which within 5 hours surpassed 400,000 downloads and eventually exceeded 1.7 million downloads, crashing the site. "U" went on to become one of the most popular songs of the year in Korea, earning Super Junior seven major year-end awards. In 2006 Super Junior debuted their first subunit, Super Junior-K.R.Y, composed of members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung. The following year Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Sungmin, Shindong, and Eunhyuk formed a trot unit (Super Junoir-T), debuting with a traditional style single entitled "Rokuko." Super Junior released their second album, Don't Don, as a full group in September of 2007. The release received mixed reviews, but went on to become the second highest selling album of the year. In 2008, Super Junior formed yet another subgroup, this time dubbed Super Junior-M. The group was intended to promote in China and sing in Mandarin, and was initially composed of original Super Junior members Hankyung, Siwon, Donghae, Kyuhyun, and Ryeowook, plus two completely new members, Henry and Zhou Mi. The addition of the two new group members was met with heavy opposition from fans. Many Super Junior fans silently boycotted the company, while thousands of others actively protested the addition of new members outside of the SM building. Some fans even went so far as to purchase stock in SM Entertainment in order to legally oppose the addition of the new members. Despite the initial controversy, Super Junior-M went on to become the most popular of Super Junior's subgroups, quickly gaining popularity in China and receiving multiple major awards there. Super Junior's major breakthrough came in 2009 with the release of their third studio album Sorry Sorry and their hit single of the same title. Within a month of its release, Sorry Sorry became the best-selling album of the year in Korea, and from there became the best-selling album of the year in Thailand, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. To this day "Sorry Sorry" remains Super Junior's most popular single of their career. The years immediately following "Sorry Sorry" saw some major shakeups for Super Junior. In 2009, Kibum announced he would be taking a hiatus from the group to focus on his acting career. In October of the same year, Kangin was charged with a DUI after drunkenly crashing his car into a taxi with three passengers riding in it. Following the incident, Kangin enlisted in the Korean military. Just two months later in December, Han Geng sued SM Entertainment for termination of his contract with the company, claiming that the provisions of his contract with SM were inhumane. He left the company and released a Chinese solo album, which went on to sell more than half a million copies. With just 10 members left, Super Junior returned with Bonamana in 2010. The album sold well and the group followed its release with a sold-out regional Asian tour. In 2011 Super Junior released Mr. Simple and embarked on a world tour following the release. In September of 2011, Heechul temporarily departed the group in order to fulfill his mandatory military service. In June 2012, SM announced that Kangin would be rejoining Super Junior beginning with the group's sixth album, Sexy, Free & Single. Later that year, Leeteuk enlisted in the Korean military, missing out on Super Junior's 2013 world tour. In 2014, Leeteuk and Heechul returned to the group having completed their mandatory military service, rejoining just in time for Super Junior's seventh album release, Mamacita. In 2015, the group came back with a special album entitled Devil to commemorate their 10th anniversary since debut. Later that year, SM Entertainment announced that they had arranged for a special management label -- Label SJ -- within SM specifically for the Super Junior members. The label is affiliated with SM, but is solely responsible for the management of the Super Junior members, the production of their albums, and all other group, unit, and individual activities. To this date, Super Junior is one of the best-selling groups in Kpop. Though many of the members are inactive due to Korea's mandatory military service policy, the remaining members continue to promote the group via individual MC, hosting, and television appearances.
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