On May 23, 2006, SM Entertainment revealed the thirteenth member Kyuhyun, who was discovered through a singing competition in 2005.
They released their single “U” online for free download on May 25, 2006 in their official website.
“U” had over 400,000 downloads within five hours of release and it ultimately exceeded 1.7 million downloads, crashing the server.
The physical single of “U” with a total of three tracks was released on June 6, 2006, eventually selling over 81,000 units.
The single became one of Korea’s most popular songs of the year, holding #1 spots for 5 consecutive weeks on 2 of Korea’s top music programs.
Super Junior collected over seven awards in five of South Korea’s top music award ceremonies, winning the title as Best New Group of 2006.
Super Junior’s second official album was intended for a late 2006 release, but due to a number of accidents, Don’t Don was not released until Sept 20, 2007.
Within the first 3 days of release, offline album sales for Don’t Don passed 11,000 unit mark, debuting as #1 in all offline charts.
It finished the September monthly album sales as #1. 60,000 units were shipped by the first week of release & additional copies were printed.
Don’t Don sold more than 160,000 copies by the end of the year, becoming the second best-selling record of 2007. The album also found success in Taiwan.
Super Junior’s Don’t Don broke the record for being the highest ranked Korean album on the G-music Combo Billboard Chart, surpassing TVXQ and Shinhwa.
Due to this, Super Junior was nominated in seven separate categories at the 2007 Mnet Music Festival that was held on November 17, 2007. They won three of those categories including “Netizen Choice Award” and “Mobile Popularity”, being the biggest winner of the night.
The group also won “Best Artist of the Year” (Daesang), termed by many as the highest recognition of the ceremony.
Super Junior collected two more awards on December 14, 2007 at the 2007 Golden Disk Awards. Super Junior won a “Bonsang” and the “TPL Anycall Popularity Award”, which were reported as expected wins for the group by the media.
Super Junior’s first major tour, Super Show, commenced on February 22, 2008 in Seoul. The tour covered three countries and had shows in six different cities, including Bangkok, Shanghai and Beijing.
From July 8 to July 9, 2008, SJ held their first fan meeting in Japan. As a celebration for the grand opening of their official Japanese Homepage, which was launched on April 1, 2008. 12,000 tickets to the fanmeeting were all sold out in several days.
The group released a compiled Japan single the following day, entitled “U/TWINS”, which includes the Japanese version of “U” in the limited.
The single broke a new record for being the first Korean single to have made within top 10 on Japan’s Oricon Weekly Chart.
On August 2, 2008, Super Junior was one of the top guest performers at the MTV Asia Awards 2008 along with artists as OneRepublic and Jabbawockeez.
Super Junior is the third SM artist to win Favorite Artist Korea at the MTV Asia Awards.
Super Junior’s third album, Sorry, Sorry, was released on March 12, 2009 with acclaimed reviews.
In less than a week after preorders were announced, over 150,000 copies were pre-ordered.
Sorry,Sorry was their 1st album to debut at #1 on Hanteo Charts, and it sold over 29,000 copies the first day, defeating record of 25,000.
Two weeks later, “Sorry, Sorry” became the number one song of the week on the same program (Music Bank). During the group’s performance on music program Popular Songs on March 15, ratings went up to as high as 14%, the highest in recent years.
March to May, “Sorry Sorry” collected a total of ten #1 awards with consecutive wins in Korea, becoming a national and international success.
After only a month of release, the album (Sorry, Sorry) became South Korea’s best-selling album of 2009.
It was a critically and commercially successful hit in other Asian countries having Super Junior become the only overseas representative for the 2nd time at Taiwan’s annual Golden Melody Awards.
“Sorry, Sorry” was also #1 for a record-breaking 37 weeks in Taiwan.
Sorry, Sorry was a best-selling Korean-language album in Taiwan, Thailand, China, and the Philippines, in which the album was listed to be the first K-pop album to reach #1 in music charts from the country.
Super Junior won 3 awards in the 1st MAMA Overseas Viewers Award, Mobile Popularity Award and CGV Popularity Award despite not attending.
Super Junior’s Sorry, Sorry won Daesang at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards.
On December 21st, 2009, Hangeng filed a lawsuit against SME to terminate his contract as he felt that the 13-year contract was unlawful, overly restrictive and unfair.
Super Junior held their second Asia Tour Super Show 2 start in Seoul on July 17, 2009, and ended in Manila, Philippines on April 10, 2010.
On May 6, 2010, the teaser for their fourth studio album, Bonamana, was released through SM Entertainment’s YouTube page.
Their fourth album had also broken a personal record for the group by having over 200,000 pre-orders.
On May 17, 2010, music video for the song, “Victory Korea”, which was used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Super Junior’s World Cup song ‘Victory Korea’ set to cheer the S.Korean team in the top 16 garners interests overseas.
A poll was done on American site ESPN for Best World Cup Songs. From 11 songs, “Victory Korea” by Super Junior was voted #1 with over 90% of the poll.
Super Show 3 began on August 14 and 15, 2010 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul.
On November 22nd 2010, Super Junior have been honoured as National Pop Culture Icon & received Minister of Culture Awards by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at Pop Culture Art Awards for their strong role in heating up the Korean Wave.
May 29th 2011, Bonamana remained Top #1 in Taiwan’s Music Charts for 55 weeks (more than a year) breaking their own previous record of the chart.
Super Junior was awarded the Best Selling Album for two consecutive years at the 2010 Gaon Chart Awards, surpassing their labelmate SNSD.
On September 27, 2011, Hangeng’s departure from Super Junior was made official.
Overall, the artists with the most awards won in a single category is Super Junior with 7 Popularity Awards and 3 Disk Daesang at the Golden Disk Awards. (Super Junior have won the grand award 3 times non consecutively)
The current holder who has won the most awards at the Golden Disk Awards is Super Junior with 16 awards.
The current artist with the most awards won at Seoul Music Awards is Super Junior ( and SNSD) with 11 awards.
The current holders who have won the most awards at Mnet Asian Music Awards are Super Junior at #2 with 13 awards, 3 of them being grand awards.
Super Junior was selected as the group with the best introduction on KBS Enetertainment Relay broadcasted on the 14th.
Heo EunAh, President for Korea’s Association of Image Consultants International mentioned “During introduction, action speak louder than words, When you use the palm it helps 84% of the time, the back of the hand 52% and fingers 28%” and “therefore Super Junior’s ‘We are Super Junior’ is the best introduction.”
Professor Heo EunAh said: “there’s an effect of letting one remember by arousing one’s curiosity” and “there is rhythm so you won’t get tired of listening and you feel like you want to listen to it again” says it all.
“Lets make another history. We won’t stop but run! Super Junior is good at everything except for one thing - breaking up. We’ll show you new looks and efforts at all times. Please keep your eyes on us. Let’s be forever.” — Leeteuk (Super Junior)
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