The evolution of SS501
In 2005, SS501 debuted with their first single "Warning", with which they saw the first glimpses of success, winning their first prize in a music program three months after debuting, with the song "Never Again".
Later, the second single "Snow Prince" was released to the market, this being his first hit in South Korea.
In 2006, the group was inactive for most of the year, due to the condition of Heo Young Saeng's throat, which even required delicate surgery and time to recover from it.
In mid 2006, they had their first "Step Up Concert" in Osaka, Japan.They then returned to Korea to promote their first studio album, "ST 01 Now".
Two singles followed, and later, new hits by the band, such as "Unlock" and "4 Chance".
In 2007, the group debuted in the Japanese market to further spread their activities and challenge themselves outside of Korea.The group released their Japanese single "Kokoro", which debuted at number five on the Oricon chart, and moved to third place the following day.
The same year, SS501 released their second single "Distance" in Japan. Finally a month later, her self-titled album SS501 was released.
In 2008, SS501 received the "Revelation Award" from the Japan Gold Disc Award;this being the first time that a Korean artist was awarded this award.
The group returned to Korea with their third single "Deja Vu".
After achieving great success with this single, the boys began promoting the second song on the single, "A song calling for you," the which was even more successful than the first, and then returned to its Japanese activities.
Their third Japanese single, "Lucky Days", before returning to Korea for a short period of time and releasing a mini album, titled "Find". Meanwhile, his fan club kept growing, going from 417,000 fans to more than 500,000 as time went on.
With two of the members focused on different personal projects, the album due to be released in mid-2008 was postponed to July next year. However, they could not remain inactive again, so there was a need to form a subgroup.
Thus, a mini album promoted mostly by Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyung Jun.Under the name "UR MAN". The subgroup with the three members participated in a cameo, in episode 4 of Boys Over Flowers presenting "UR Man".
they went on to promote a song that was a primary part of the Boys Over Flowers OST, "Because I'm Stupid", being a guaranteed success due to the good reception of the drama.Later, they participated again in the OST, this time, with the song "Making a Lover".
In 2009, they released their sixth mini-album, "Solo Collection", which consisted of individual songs from each of the members. The mini album also included a mini-drama starring SS501.
The group's seventh mini album, "Rebirth", was released in two parts: a limited edition and a full edition.
In 2010, before finalizing his contract with DSP, his latest mini album entitled "Destination" was released and whose title track, "Love Ya" was a resounding success, reaching number 1 on several charts in Korea and Japan.
In this last time of SS501 as a group they were considered The Boyband KPop of the moment place that BIGBANG would take in 2012.They are known as the group of which all their albums and main songs were a hit and reached the first place of sales, a legend within the world of KPOP
During the second half of 2010, when the group's contract with DSP Media expired, all members signed with different companies; They said that their retirement was only temporary and that they would be 5 members united as one forever.
After this concert, the last award they received as a group was the best song for "Love ya", being the final stop. Although various media claim that they parted ways, the members always encourage their fans by telling them that they are coming back.
Kim Hyun Joong explained in an interview that, at the time, there was no company that will accept them in full, so the group decided to take the opportunity to focus on their solo activities.
SS501 was recognized as one of those who started the Hallyu wave with TVXQ and being with Super Junior, 2PM and BIGBANG of the most popular Kpop groups in Japan.And although the group were no longer promoting together, in 2011 and 2012 they won the title of the most popular group
In 2016, Heo Young Saeng and Kim Hyung Jun's CI Entertainment agency released a teaser photo for the long-awaited comeback of the trio that debuted as a subunit in 2008 with the single U R Man.
SS301, sub-unit of SS501, is celebrating the group's eleventh anniversary of debut with the release of a new single and music video.
They released another mini album called "ETERNAL 01"