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Origin South Korea
Genres Pop
Years active 2008 (2008) - present
Labels NH Media
Shin Soo Hyun
Kim KiBum
Eli Kim
Lee Ki Seop
Kevin Woo
Shin Dong Ho

U-Kiss, (Korean: 유키스) an acronym for Ubiquitous Korean International Super Star, is a 7-member South Korean boy band under NH Media. They debuted in 2008 with their single entitled "어리지 않아" ("Not Young") The group is composed of 7 boys, two of whom were former members of group, Xing.





U-Kiss gained attention due to two former members of Xing (Kevin Woo and Kim Ki Bum) and popular South Korean boy band SS501's Kim Hyung Joon's brother being members of the group. Soohyun also drew attention to the group by being a former JYP trainee and Good Entertainment trainee.

2008-2009: Debut and new member

U-Kiss released its first mini album, New Generation, on September 3, 2008. The group debuted in Japan on the 15th of August at the Power of Atamix alongside SS501 & Paran. Later in the month, the group debuted on South Korean television, with a performance of "Not Young" on M! Countdown.

In January, three English speaking members of the group, Eli, Alexander & Kevin, joined Arirang's radio show Pops in Seoul hosting the 'All About You' segment alongside co-host Isak[citation needed]. The group made their comeback with their second mini album Bring it back 2 Old School on February. In April, Eli became the MC of MBC's show, Fusion.[citation needed]

Afterwards, the group commenced promotional activities in China on June, appearing on Hunan TV. In addition, they held various fan meetings in Thailand from October to November. After the announcement of seventh member, Lee Ki Seob, U-Kiss released their third mini album, "Conti Ukiss" on November 5. On the day of release, They performed their title song, "만만하니" ("Man Man Ha Ni") on M!Countdown.

2010: Only One

The group released their first studio album, Only One, on February 3, 2010. U Kiss started promotions on KBS's Music Bank with their lead single "Bingeul Bingeul" (Korean: 빙글빙글, lit "Round and Round") on February 5.[1]


Alexander (알렉산더)

  • Full Name: Alexander Lee Eusebio
  • Date of birth: July 29, 1988 (1988-07-29) (age 21)

Alexander speaks 7 different languages at varying degrees, which he has showcased on many occasions: Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese), Korean and English. He was born in Hong Kong and was raised in Macau.

Soo Hyun (수현)

  • Full Name: Shin Soo Hyun (신수현)
  • Date of birth: March 11, 1989 (1989-03-11) (age 21)

Soo Hyun was formerly a member of Good Entertainment and JYP Entertainment.

Kim Ki Bum (김기범)

  • Date of birth: December 29, 1990 (1990-12-29) (age 19)

He is the younger brother of SS501's Kim Hyung Joon, and a former member of Xing.

Lee Ki Seop (이기섭)

  • Date of birth: January 17, 1991 (1991-01-17) (age 19)

Lee Ki Seop joined the group in 2009. He is a former ulzzang, and has appeared on the second season of Uljjang Shidae.

Eli (일라이)

  • Korean Name: Kim Kyoung Jae (김경재)
  • Date of birth: March 13, 1991 (1991-03-13) (age 19)

Eli was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Washington DC at a young age. He also moved to Beijing at the age of 15 to study for 3 years, hence his fluency in both Mandarin & English. He learned Kung Fu and Taekwondo for 12 years.

Kevin (케빈)

  • Korean Name: Woo Sung Hyun (우성현)
  • Date of birth: November 25, 1991 (1991-11-25) (age 18)

Lived in San Francisco, Danville and is fluent in English. Along with Kibum, he is also a former member of Xing.

Dong Ho (동호)

  • Full name: Shin Dong Ho (신동호)
  • Date of birth: June 29, 1994 (1994-06-29) (age 15)

Spent most of his childhood in China, and is fluent in Mandarin.


Years When and Where Award
  • Best New Artist



New Generation (1st Debut Single Album)

  • Released: September 3, 2008
  • Format: CD
  • Tracks: 4
  1. Intro (Pump Pump)
  2. 어리지않아 - Not Young
  3. Give It To Me
  4. 어리지않아 - Not Young (MR)

Bring It Back To The Old School (2nd Single Album)

  • Released: February 3, 2009
  • Format: CD
  • Tracks: 4
  1. Intro (On Fire)
  2. 니가 좋아 - I Like You (Title)
  3. Talk To Me
  4. 니가 좋아 - I Like You (Instrumental)

Conti Ukiss (3rd Single Album)

  • Released: November 5, 2009
  • Format: CD
  • Tracks: 4
  1. Intro (Conti Ukiss)
  2. 만만하니 - Man Man Ha Ni
  3. O.K. (오케이)
  4. 만만하니 (MR)

U-KISS Only One Album (Full length album)

  • Released: February 03, 2010
  • Format: CD
  • Tracks: 14
  1. Intro
  2. Round and Round (Bingeul Bingeul)[빙글빙글]
  3. Without You
  4. What [뭐라고]
  5. Bang Bang Bang
  6. Dancing Floor
  7. Man Man Ha Ni [만만하니](Remix)
  8. OK (Remix)
  9. I Like You / 니가 좋아 (Remix)
  10. Talk To Me (Remix)
  11. Not Young [어리지않아](Remix)
  12. Give It To Me (Remix)
  13. Round and Round [빙글빙글- (Instrumental)
  14. What [뭐라고] (Instrumental)


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