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Xiah
Birth name Kim Junsu
Also known as 시아준수, 細亞俊秀 (Xiah Junsu), ジュンス (Junsu)
Born December 15, 1986 (1986-12-15) (age 23), Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, actor, model, songwriter, dancer, composer
Years active 2003-present
Labels SM Entertainment, Rhythm Zone
Associated acts SM Town, TVXQ, Anyband
Birth name
Hangul 김준수
Hanja 金俊秀
Revised Romanization Gim Junsu
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chunsu

Kim Junsu (born December 15, 1986; registered on January 1, 1987[1] in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea) better known by his stage names, Xiah, Xiah Junsu (in South Korea) and Junsu (ジュンス ?) (in Japan). He is a Korean singer-songwriter, composer and occasional actor. He is a member of South Korean boy band TVXQ.

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History

Xiah was born and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He has an older fraternal twin brother named Junho. He was the first member to join TVXQ. Xiah auditioned for SM Entertainment with best friend Eunhyuk from Super Junior. Eunhyuk didn't make the audition that year but Xiah made it. Xiah joined SM Entertainment at the age of eleven after winning a televised audition judged by two members from H.O.T., Moon Hee Jun and Kangta. He debuted with the group, during a BoA and Britney Spears showcase.[2] He chose Xiah to be his stage name, explaining that the name was short for "Asia", as Asia is pronounced "ah-shee-ah" in Korean. "Xiah" would be an implication of his desire to become not only a star in Korea, but also a star recognized all throughout the continent.[2]

Musical career

In 2002, Xiah participated in the 6th Annual Starlight Casting System, which led him to be casted by SM Entertainment to take part in TVXQ.[3] He also participated in Samsung's Anycall project, Anyband. The group consisted of label-mate BoA, Tablo of Epik High, and jazz pianist Jin Bora. The group has only released one single, "AnyBand".[4][5][6] In 2006, he collaborated with label-mate Zhang Liyin, for her debut single "Timeless.[7] Xiah wrote and composed "Nae Gyeote Sumsiur Su Ittdamyeon (White Lie)" (네 곁에 숨쉴 수 있다면), which was included on TVXQ's third studio album, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap.. For the Trick project, he composed his solo "Rainy Night".[8] Xiah also wrote "Noeur.. Baraboda (Picture of You)" (노을..바라보다), which was featured in the group's fourth Korean album, Mirotic.[9] For the Tohoshinki 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code in Tokyo Dome, Xiah performed his self-composed song Xiahtic in Japanese.[10]

Acting career

Xiah has appeared on two televised shows with TVXQ, Banjun Theater and Vacation.He also made a guest appearance in Family Outing. [11][12]

References

  1. ^ Kim, Junsu. Interview. KM News. We Want to Know TVXQ!. KMTV South Korea. 2006-01-23. Retrieved on 2008-06-28.
  2. ^ a b (Korean) "TVXQ singers of the popular nuclear blast". 2004-05-13. http://m-talk.inews24.com/php/news_view_mtalk.php?g_menu=380600&g_serial=114236. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  3. ^ (Korean) "동방신기 (TVXQ)". MTV. http://www.mtv.co.kr/music/tvxq/index.php. Retrieved 2009-03-21.  
  4. ^ (Korean) "Xiah Junsu: "Even When First Meeting BoA 6 Years Ago, She Stood Out"". Donga Ilbo (DongA Ilbo Co.). November 7, 2007. http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?f=j__&n=200711070338&df=7. Retrieved 2009-01-08.  
  5. ^ (Korean) "BoA: "When First Meeting Tablo, He Asked To Take Pictures"". Donga Ilbo (DongA Ilbo Co.). November 7, 2007. http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?f=j__&n=200711070342&df=7. Retrieved 2009-01-08.  
  6. ^ (Korean) "Xiah Junsu-Tablo: "At First, We Didn't Believe We Were Cast for 'AnyBand'"". Donga Ilbo (DongA Ilbo Co.). November 7, 2007. http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?n=200711070353. Retrieved 2009-01-08.  
  7. ^ (Korean) "Zhang Liyin and Xiah, Their Duet". Newsen. 2006-09-09. http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=200609091814131002. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  8. ^ (Japanese) "If...!?/Rainy Night (JUNSU from TVXQ)". Yahoo! Music Japan. http://music.yahoo.co.jp/shop/c/10/rzcd45859. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  
  9. ^ (Korean) "TVXQ, official Korean website album info page". Iple. http://tvxq.iple.com/pages/ab/version03/albuminfo.sm. Retrieved 2009-03-09.  
  10. ^ "東方神起、韓国人グループ初の東京ドーム。5万人熱狂" (in Japanese). 2009-07-04. http://www.ntv.co.jp/zoomin/enta_news/news_166718.html?list=1&count=2. Retrieved 2009-07-04.  
  11. ^ (Korean) "Retro Dance Queen Bae Seul Ki 'TVXQ Woman'". Hankooki. 2006-03-03. http://sports.hankooki.com/lpage/entv/200603/sp2006030308025358390.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-26.  
  12. ^ (Korean) "TVXQ, Theater Actors". Star Money. 2006-07-04. http://star.moneytoday.co.kr/view/stview.php?type=1&no=2006070409244401535. Retrieved 2009-02-26.  







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