The five member male idol group SS501 has scored successes in both music and drama.
The title song of the group’s mini album released by only three of the members–Heo Young-seang, Kim Hyeong-jun, Kim Gyu-jong–and entitled “U R Man” has ranked as the top “Mutizen Song” in a SBS TV music program, while ranking number one for two weeks on the cable Mnet channel program “M! Countdown.”
Member Kim Hyeon-jung, who is currently not a member of the band due to his acting career, is also climbing in popularity as the sensational hit KBS 2TV drama “Boys over Flower” has topped 20% in viewer ratings.
SS501 is particulary happy about the music-drama synergy effect.
The group appeared as themselves singing U R Man in a dance club scene in the drama’s 4th episode. A featured song in the drama they sang is also soaring in portal rankings (2nd on Cyworld Music and 3rd on Mnet.com).
Kim Hyeong-jun says the three members were worried going alone without the other two (Park Jeong-min currently appears in the musical “Grease”) but that he’s pleased with the rave response. He also noted that the trio is the first “unit group” to top the rankings in a Korean TV music program.
Kim Hyeon-jung said that he’s sparing time to watch the drama. He said the character “Jihu” is similar to Hyeon-jung’s real personality so that he is very proud of his performance.
SS501, in its current three-member format, will release a new album next month including new songs and remixes of songs from the mini album. (KBS News)