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|Birth name||Kim Junsu, 김준수, 金俊秀|
|Also known as||시아준수, 細亞俊秀 (Xiah Junsu), ジュンス (Junsu)|
|Born||15 December 1986 (age 24)
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
|Genres||Korean Pop, J-Pop, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer, actor, model, songwriter, dancer, composer|
|Associated acts||TVXQ, JYJ, FC MEN|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Junsu|
Kim Junsu (Korean: 김준수, Japanese: ジュンス; born December 15, 1986; registered on January 1, 1987 inGyeonggi-do, South Korea), also known by his stage names Xiah (pronounced “shee-ah”) or Xiah Junsu, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, composer and occasional actor. Best known as a member of South Korean boy band TVXQ and JYJ, he has branched out to act in musicals.
Xiah was born and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He has an older fraternal twin brother named Junho, known as Zuno. 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.
He was the first member to join TVXQ. Xiah auditioned for S&M Entertainment with friend from grade school,Eunhyuk, who became part of 13 member group, Super Junior. Xiah joined S&M Entertainment at the age of eleven. His first contract with the company began February 12, 2000. In 2002 he appeared on a television show called “2002 Survival Audition” with Eunhyuk, which was judged by two members from H.O.T., Moon Hee Jun and Kangta. Kangta praised him highly, saying that he had potential as a lead vocalist. Xiah debuted as part of TVXQ, during a BoA and Britney Spearsshowcase on 26 December 2003. He chose Xiah to be his stage name, explaining that the name was short for “Asia” (taking out the “a” in “Asia”). “Xiah” would be an implication of his desire to become not only a star in Korea, but also a star recognized all throughout the Asia.
Xiah has appeared on two televised shows with TVXQ, Banjun Theater and Vacation. He also made a guest appearance in Family Outing. In 2011 he made a cameo appearance in the drama Scent of a Woman.
2010: JYJ and solo
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“. In 2006, he collaborated with label-mate Zhang Liyin, for her debut single “Timeless“. Xiah wrote and composed “Nae Gyeote Sumsuil 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“. Xiah also wrote “Noeur.. Baraboda (Picture of You)” (노을..바라보다), which was featured in the group’s fourth Korean album, Mirotic. For theTohoshinki 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code in Tokyo Dome, Xiah performed his self-composed song Xiahtic in Japanese. In January 2010, Xiah started his stage musical career as the lead actor in the South Korean run of Mozart!.
After it was revealed that TVXQ would go on an indefinite hiatus in Japan, it was announced that Xiah would make a solo debut. He will release a double A-side single on May 26, 2010. A song that Xiah recorded titled “Kanashimi no Yukue” (悲しみのゆくえ The Whereabouts of Sadness?) will be used as the theme song for the Japanese drama 5nen Atono Love Letter (５年後のラブレター Go-nen Atono Rabu Retā?, A Love Letter, 5 Years From Now). In May 2010, there was also a teaser released, showing Xiah’s self-composed song called “Intoxication”. (Refer Xiah (EP)).
In October 2010, on a span of 4 days, Xiah was set to collaborate with Sylvester Levay on a musical concert called ‘Kim Junsu Musical Concert, Levay with Friends’. It was held at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. The tickets to the first day of this concert was sold out in 20 minutes.
Xiah finished his “Tears of Heaven” musical, which debuted in early February. Xiah plays Jun, a Korean soldier during the Vietnam war who fell in love with a Vietnamese singer. Tickets for the shows performed by him were sold out within 5 minutes.