U-Kiss 유키스 Group Info

  Tag Category: U-Kiss

  Fanclub: Kiss Me

  Fan Color: Pearl Fuchsia

  Debut:

  Active: 9 years 9 months

  Gender: Male

  of Members: 5

  Active

  U-Kiss Group Stats Chart
Stage Name Birth Name Position Birthday Age Height Star Sign C Y BT
Soohyun 수현 Shin Soohyun Leader, Vocal 29 181 cm or 5'11½" Pisces Snake A
Kiseop 기섭 Lee Kiseop Dancer, Visual 27 188 cm or 6'2" Capricorn Horse A
Eli 일라이 Kim Kyungjae Rapper 27 180 cm or 5'11" Pisces Ram O
Hoon Yeo Hoonmin Vocal 26 181 cm or 5'11½" Leo Ram B
Jun Lee Junyoung Rapper, Maknae 21 185 cm or 6'1" Aquarius Rat AB
  About U-Kiss 유키스  

U-Kiss 유키스 is a male idol group 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.  Their breakthrough hit was "Man Man Ha Ni" (2009) from their EP Conti UKISS. 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, eleven mini-albums/EPs, one special mini-album created for their fans, and various singles. They have also released five 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.

2008

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, 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.

2009–10

U-Kiss released their second mini-album Bring It Back 2 Old School in 2009 with the song "I Like You." The third mini-album, Conti UKISS, introduced Kiseop as the seventh member of the group. Their fourth mini-album, Break Time, was released in 2010, along with the track "Shut Up!"

The group's first full-length album, Only One, was released on February 3, 2010, spawning their highest chart-topping single in the Philippines, "Bingeul Bingeul." The album also topped Hanteo Charts, Hot Tracks, Syn-nara Records and Evan Records in just one day. U-Kiss then played in Malaysia, Mongolia, and Japan to promote the album. U-Kiss promoted the album in the Philippines through a series of mall shows, selling more than 1,000 copies in one day and breaking the record of the highest sales at launch, earning them a million pesos. Due to that success, they had their first major concert in the Philippines, the First Kiss Tour in Manila.

Aside from their music career, U-Kiss also starred in their own variety shows, "All About U-Kiss," "U-Kiss Vampire," and "Chef Kiss," while the members also appeared on other shows. Kevin and Xander joined Arirang's radio show "Pops in Seoul" hosting the "All about You" segment and were also featured on Brave Brothers' song, "Finally." Eli became an emcee of MBC's show, "Fusion." New member Kiseop appeared on the variety show "Uljjang Shidae 2." Dongho made many appearances on shows like "The Invincible Baseball Team," "Idol Maknae Rebellion," and "My Black Mini Dress." Kibum and Eli starred in the Thai drama "Autumn's Destiny," although since they couldn't speak Thai, their voices were dubbed..

2011–2012

Alexander and KIbum left the band in 2011, and were replaced by former Paran member AJ and a former solo artist, Hoon. The new U-Kiss released their fifth mini-album, Bran New Kiss, and a new ballad song, "0330." U-Kiss released their second full-length album, Neverland, in September with their singles "Neverland" and "Someday." A DVD, U-Kiss Days in Japan, debuted at 8 on Oricon's daily chart published on March 30, 2012. A compilation album called First Kiss placed second on Oricon's daily chart on the day of its release. They also released the Japanese version of Bran New Kiss on August 24, 2011. The group released their first Japanese album, Tick Tack, and their second Japanese album, Forbidden Love, simultaneously with their first Japanese full-length album, A Shared Dream.

In 2012, they participated in the "Music Bank" concert held in Paris, France. The group became the first Kpop group to perform in Colombia in line with the celebration of 2012's Los 40 Principales along with international star Shakira.

The group had their sold-out concert tour dubbed U-Kiss 1st Japan Live Tour 2012 in March that was held in Zepp Halls all over Japan. The tour lasted from March 2, 2012, to March 25, 2012. In the second week of June, two additional shows were sold out.

In 2012, U-Kiss has been chosen as the number 1 Hallyu group to watch out for in Japan, while Kevin was chosen as Luckiest Hallyu Star of 2012.

They released their 6th mini-album in South Korea, DoraDora, on April 25, 2012. In May 2012, DoraDora gained the first spot on Germany's German Asian Music Chart. The group also released their 7th mini-album, the special "for the fans" album, The Special to Kissme, on June 5. The second single "Te Amo" was released on June 1, 2012, on various music sites and immediately placed at 4 on Soribada. The group released their third Japanese single, "Dear My Friend," on July 5, 2012. It was used as a theme song for a Japanese anime, "Stormy Night (Secret Friends)."

U-Kiss performed along with SNSD and SHINee at the K-POP Nation Concert in Macao 2012. Member AJ was admitted to Columbia University in the USA in 2011. It was announced on July 29, 2012, at their Japanese Live Tour that AJ would take a break for 5 months and would no longer attend U-Kiss activities starting in August to concentrate on his studies. According to NH Media, AJ would return in early 2013. U-Kiss' comeback in September would only feature 6 members. Before AJ's temporary departure from the group, U-Kiss attended the A-Nation opening ceremony at the Tokyo National Stadium. On August 9, 2012, they were expected to represent Korea in the Asia Progress M, part of the A-Nation's activities, the biggest music festival in Japan. The group also performed on August 26, 2012, with Hamasaki Ayumi, M-Flo, and Big Bang at the Ajinomoto Stadium.

U-Kiss had the last leg of their Japan Tour in Budokan in front of an audience of 10,000, their biggest to date. Meanwhile, the group released their fourth Japanese single, "One of You," on September 5, 2012. In its first week, it peaked at 1 at the weekly chart of Tower Records. On September 20, the group released their 7th mini album, Stop Girl, and planned to actively promote it in 10 countries including Thailand, Philippines, the USA, and China.

U-Kiss attended Arirang TV's celebration event for their milestone of reaching over 100 million clients. At the event, U-Kiss was awarded the Special Hallyu Achievement Award from the minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

U-Kiss released their fifth Japanese single, "Distance," on December 12, 2012.

2013–2014

U-Kiss participated in the Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert in Manila, Philippines, on January 19, 2013. Alone was released on February 13, 2013, and was used as the theme song for Japanese broadcasting channel NHK's drama "Bookstore Worker Michiru’s Personal Story." U-Kiss released their third full-length album, Collage, featuring AJ, on March 7, while the lead single "Standing Still," composed by Ryan Jhun, was released on March 6. The group also performed at the Formula 1 event held at the Petronas Tower in Malaysia on March 22, 2013, sharing the stage with Kpop group 2NE1 and American artists Backstreet Boys and Demi Lovato.

A sub-unit, uBEAT, debuted at the end of April, composed of Eli and AJ with Kevin featuring on the title track as the main vocalist. Avex Trax announced that U-Kiss would release their second full-length Japanese album, Inside of Me, on July 24, 2013.

In October 2013, it was announced that Dongho was to leave the group due to health and personal issues. They toured America and made media appearances.

On May 15, 2014, via U-Kiss' official website, NH Media announced new member Jun to the public. Also mentioned was the extension of AJ's hiatus as he continued his studies at Columbia University.

2015

U-Kiss appeared on "M Countdown" on January 22 to promote their tenth mini-album, Always, which was released the next day. Their 4th Japanese album, Action, was released on March 18. It charted second on the Daily Oricon Chart the first day and topped the chart on the second day of the release. It also ranked at 4 on the Weekly Oricon Chart with 20,297 copies sold.

U-Kiss released their 11th Japanese single, "Stay Gold," on September 9, 2015. It charted second on the Daily Oricon Chart and third on the Weekly Oricon Chart with a total reported sales of 44,418.

On December 4 of 2015, Eli announced via Instagram that he had been married since June 5, 2014, and that his wife was expecting a child. On December 6, 2015, NH Media released a statement which said that Eli's marriage wouldn't affect his promotions with U-Kiss and that he would continue filming his Chinese drama as well.

On December 23, 2015, U-Kiss renewed Japanese promotions with the release of their first special Christmas mini-album, The Christmas Album.

2016

On February 23, 2016, U-Kiss released their 12th Japanese single "Kissing to Feel," followed by the release of their fifth Japanese album One Shot One Kill on March 23. The video for "One Shot One Kill" was released on March 9.

In late May 2016, U-Kiss announced that their 11th Korean mini-album would be released on June 7. On May 27, they revealed the title, Stalker.

Philanthropy

On June 7, 2011, along with other Kpop groups like 2NE1, MBLAQ, 4minute, FT Island, and B2ST, U-Kiss held a special show dubbed as Seoul-Osaka Music of Hearts to raise funds to help the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake. On June 18, 2012, U-Kiss became the first Kpop idols to hold a fan meeting in Cambodia. That fan meeting, called the Share the Love Charity Concert, had the members visit a nearby school where they interacted with the students and passed out baseball bats and other baseball equipment for the children. The show was a part of a benefit project sponsored by famous Cambodian people and was even attended by the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen.

On February 1, 2013, Soohyun and Kevin hosted a charity event for Jakarta after heavy flooding there. Soohyun and Kevin auctioned off 2 CDs which they interacted with to raise the value, along with their own clothing. The 2 albums brought in Rp3.500.000 (roughly $350). The 2 members also held a press conference explaining why their showcase would be postponed until April. They visited Pluit where they held the charity session and interacted with kids affected by the flooding.

Former Members

  • Alexander 알렉산더, born Alexander Lee Eusebio 알렉산더 이 유세비오 on July 29, 1988 - Contract terminated by agency in 2011.
  • Kibum 기범, born Kim Kibum 김기범 on December 29, 1990 - Contract terminated by agency in 2011.
  • Dongho 동호, born Shin Dongho 신동호 on June 29, 1994 - Left the group due to health and personal issues in October of 2013.
  • AJ 에이제이, born Kim Jaeseop 김재섭 on June 4, 1991 - Contract ended on August 29.
  • Kevin 케빈, born Woo Sunghyun 우성현 on November 25, 1991 - Contract ended on March 2, 2017.

Trivia

  • Kiseop, Eli, and Hoon were all born in 1991.
  • Soohyun and Eli were both born in March.  They’re both Pisces.
  • Kiseop and Jun were both born in January.
  • The height difference between the tallest member, Kiseop (188 cm or 6'2"), and the shortest member, Eli (180 cm or 5'11"), is 8 cm.
  • Soohyun and Kiseop share the blood type A.
  • Soohyun and Hoon are both from Gyeonggi-do.

Fandom Color

  Pearl Fuchsia


 

 

 

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