U-KISS (Korean: 유키스 , Japanese: ユーキス) 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 consists of Soohyun, Kiseop, Eli, Kevin, Dongho, Hoon and AJ (the latter two joining the group in 2011). Their biggest hit was "Bingeul Bingeul" (2010) from their first full-length album Only One. In September of 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". The second single is entitled Forbidden Love while their first Japanese full-length album is dubbed as A Shared Dream (2012). Since their debut, the group has released three full-length albums, six extended plays and various singles. The group also participated in various TV reality shows and films.
2008: Pre-debut and Debut
U-KISS was first formed as a six member boy-group in 2008. Kim Kibum and Kevin Woo 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 are new comer in the industry, U-KISS was considered for Japan-Korea collaborative project. A popular entertainment company, Yoshimoto Group in Japan, invested 150 billion KRW to groom U-KISS as an internationally known group. The reason behind this is their quality as a group with multilingual members: Alexander can converse in seven languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and English; Eli is fluent in English, Korean and Mandarin; the maknae Dongho can talk in Korean and Mandarin; Kevin in English while Kibum can speak Japanese. 2009-10: Only One, variety shows and first major concert
U-KISS released their second mini-album Bring It Back 2 Old School on 2009 with its title song, "I Like You" which makes them popular in Thailand. The third mini-album titled ContiUkiss launched Lee Kiseop as the seventh member of the group. The title track Man Man Ha Ni was released following a change in their line-up. The fourth mini album Break Time was released on 2010, along with their title 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 series of mall show, wherein they sold more than 1,000 copies in one day which breaks the record of the highest sales in a launch, earning them a million pesos. Due to the said success, the group had their first major concert in the Philippines dubbed as U-KISS First Kiss Tour in Manila. Aside from their music career, U-KISS also starred in their own variety shows, All About U-KISS , ''UKISS Vampire'' and ''Chef Kiss'' while the members also appeared on other shows. Kevin Woo and Alexander Lee Eusebio joined Arirang's radio show Pops in Seoul hosting the 'All About You' segment and were also featured on Brave Brother's song, Finally.Kim Eli also became an emcee of MBC's show, Fusion. The new member Lee Kiseop appeared in a variety show known as Uljjang Shidae 2 (Pretty Boys and Girls Season 2) . Shin Dongho also made many appearances on shows, The Invincible Baseball Team, Idol Maknae Rebellion and My Black Mini Dress. Kibum along with Eli, also starred in the Thai drama Autumn's Destiny wherein their voices were dubbed due to the fact that they cannot speak Thai. 2011-present: Japanese career, Neverland, Tour and
NH Media announced that U-KISS was planning to debut in United States. The group recorded over 100 tracks to be sorted-out for their US album but it was cancelled due to member termination of contract. Alexander and KIbum left the band on 2011, and were replaced by former ''Paran'' member Kim Jae Seop ( AJ) and a former solo artist, Yeo Hoon Min(Hoon).The new U-KISS made their comeback on March 30 with 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 promotional singles Neverland and "Someday".U-KISS also released a documentary DVD entitled U-KISS Days in Japan that features their activities in the country.The said DVD debuted at #8 on the Daily Oricon Chart published in March 30, 2012. From June 8, 2011, the group stayed in Japan for 3 months to prepare for their official Japanese debut and signed under Avex Japan. A compilation album called First Kiss placed second on Oricon daily charts on the day of its release. They also released the Japanese version of Bran New Kiss on August 24, 2011. The group also released their first Japanese album Tick Tack.They also release their second Japanese album, Forbidden Love simultaneously with their first Japenese full-length album, A Shared Dream..The album peaked at No.6 and No.2 respectively..On 2012, Oricon published that U-KISS achieved high album sales in Japan along with other big artists like Girl's Generation and KARA.
Aside from their album releases, U-KISS also participated in various music shows and concerts/ They performed for Korea-Taiwan Friendship Concert held at the TICC Taiwan, Dream Concert at Seoul World Cup Stadium, K-POP Festival: Music Bank in Tokyo and Korean Music Wave 2011 in SingaporeU-KISS also performed in Macau for the Youth's Ambition Concert along with fellow K-Pop stars Kim Hyun Joong and B1A4. On 2012 they participated in the Music Bank concert held in Paris, France.The group also became the first K-Pop group to perform in Colombia in South America 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 as "U-KISS 1st Japan Live Tour 2012" in March that was held in Zepp Hall all over Japan. They performed in various cities like Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo. The tour kicked off on March 2, 2012 and ended on March 25, 2012. Japan popular site, Oricon published that the tour garnered a total of 16,900 fans in attendance. Due to this success, the concert will have an additional tour dates on July visiting a larger stadiums.
This year, U-KISS has been chosen as Number 1 Hallyu group to watch out in Japan , while Kevin was chosen as Luckiest Hallyu Star of 2012. Aside from album releases and concerts, Dongho and Hoon have also been cast in the new movie-for-TV series Holy Land/Holiday that deals with rebellion of high school students. The group was also chosen to sing the theme song for a Japanese anime, Stormy Night (Secret Friends).
On New Year's Eve, U-KISS uploaded a video on their official YouTube Channel and stated that they will have their comeback in Korea on April with a new mini-album wherein they recorded a total of 100 songs.They will have their comeback in South Korea with a release of their 6th mini-album, DoraDora on April 25, 2012.
Korean discography : Studio albums 2010: Only One 2011: Neverland Extended plays 2008: New Generation 2009: Bring It Back 2 Old School 2009: ContiUkiss 2010: Break Time 2011: Bran New Kiss 2012: DoraDora Japanese discography: Studio albums 2012: A Shared Dream Extended plays 2011: Bran New Kiss Singles 2011: Tick Tack 2012: Forbidden Love Videography Live albums
2011: U-KISS 1st Kiss Tour in Manila DVD(Philippines only) 2011: U-KISS First Kiss Live in Tokyo and Osaka DVD(Japan only) 2011: Seoul Train with U-KISS(Japan only) DVD Video
2012: U-KISS Days in Japan Volume 1
Filmography : Reality shows 2008: You Know U-KISS 2009: All About U-KISS 2009: U-KISS Vampire 2010: Chef Kiss Dramas
2010: Autumn Destiny (Thailand) 2011: Real School (Korea) 2011: I Am Legend (cameo)(Korea) 2012: Holy Land (Korea) 2012: The Strongest K-POP Survival (cameo) (Korea) Films
2011: Mr. Idol (cameo) Concerts 2010: U-KISS First Kiss Tour in Manila 2010: First Kiss Live 2012: U-KISS First Japan Nationwide Tour Source : Wikipedia