Things You Didn’t Know About U-KISS And Why Some Members Left

One of the most common problems attached to being a member of a band remains the issue of members leaving the group. Sometimes, this leads to the demise of the band while the few which survive struggle to retain their stance in the world of fame. With the South Korean boy band – U-Kiss, there was always the chance of the band members leaving and causing the band to seize to exist; however, though U-KISS has experienced the former problem, they have however managed to elude the latter. And even though a vast number of its members have left the band, its current members are standing strong and just can not stop impressing its fans with the good music they are known for.

Things You Didn’t Know About U-KISS

What the Band Name U-Kiss Stands For

Just like majority of South Korean bands, U-KISS was formed by the record label in which they are signed to. NH Media formed the South Korean boy band in 2008. The band’s name is an acronym which stands for “Ubiquitous Korean International Idol Super Star”. Members of the band were selected through an audition process.

Who Are U-Kiss Past Members And Why They Left

All former U-KISS members left the band after the expiration of their contracts. Some who were offered new contracts rejected it to focus on their individual music career. But in the case of Dongho, he not only chose not to renew his contracts but he also left the music industry completely so he could focus more on his family and projects outside the entertainment industry. U-Kiss former members include:

Alexander Lee

Alexander Lee

Alexander Lee started with the band when it was created in 2008 but he left the group three years later. He has since been active as a solo performer as well as an actor. Speaking further about his whereabouts, the young artist revealed that he also works as a radio DJ. He also appeared on MBC’s “South Korean Foreigners” which invites foreigners in Korea for a quiz session.

Kim Kibum

u-kiss

Known in Japan as Allen Kibum, he started his music career in 2006 with the band, XING. Two years later, he joined U-Kiss. However, he left the band on February 23, 2011 shortly after, he established ‘HnB Company’ with his older brother, Kim Hyung Jun.

Dongho

U-Kiss

Best known as the Face of the group, the Rapper, Vocalist and Lead Dancer joined the band in 2008 after passing through the audition by NH Media. Dongho did not just leave U-KISS, he retired from singing entirely to become a DJ with the name “DJ Rushin’ Justin”.

AJ

AJ

Rapper and singer, Kim Jae Seop, better known as AJ, joined the band in 2011 after the departure of Alexander and Kibum. He first left the band in 2012 and on August 29, 2016, his contract with NH Media ended, officially ending his run with the band.

Kevin

Kevin

Kevin is an American-born South Korean singer, TV host and actor. He joined the band in 2008 and after 9 years with U-KISS, he left the band and is presently thriving as a solo artist.

Kiseop

U-Kiss

Lee Ki Seop joined U-KISS in the fall of 2009, during the promotion of the group’s “Man Man Ha Ni”. Kiseop is one of two ex-band members of U-KISS who departed the band recently. As of 2019, he is said to have been enlisted as a public service worker.

Eli

Eli

Eli is a South Korean-American rapper, singer and actor. He joined the band at its formation in 2008. Eli departed U-KISS in 2019, at the same time Kiseop did as well.

Meet the U-Kiss Current Members

Soohyun

U-Kiss

Soohyun is the leader of U-KISS and also its main vocalist. He was born on March 11, 1989, in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Soohyun is currently serving on mandatory military service in his home country.

Hoon

Hoon

Yeo Hoon-min, popularly known by his stage name Hoon, he was born on August 16, 1991, in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He did not start with the band when it was created in 2008 but instead joined in February 2011 after Alexander and Kibum departed the group. He began singing in 2009 as a solo artist. He has also ventured into acting and presently, he attends Dongguk University where he majors in theatre and film.

Jun

U-Kiss

Jun is the youngest of all the past and present band members of U-KISS. He was born on January 22, 1997, in South Korea. He began singing professionally  in 2014 and joined U-KISS on May 15, 2014.

See Also: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lovelyz

Discography

U-KISS has dropped 11 studio albums, 7 live albums, 2 compilation albums, 5 video albums, 30 music videos, 17 Eps and 35 singles so far. After its formation, the band made its debut in Japan when the members performed at a live performance at Power of Atamix 08 on August 15, 2008. The band’s debut in South Korea came on August 28, 2008, when they performed Not Young on Mnet.

 U-KISS in Reality Shows

In 2009, the band started appearing in two reality TV shows, You Know U-KISS and All About U-KISS. The following year,  they starred in U-KISS Vampire and Chef Kiss. The U-kiss members also became popular in 2013 when they starred in Kanzume!! TV Magazine Show and U-KISSme?.

2014 was no different for the famous group as they made another two reality show appearances, in Go U-KISS and U-KISS no Teatarishidai. The current U-KISS members are known for starring  in U-KISS no MassisoU – another South Korean widely watched reality show.

Recent

Sam Raimi Net Worth: How Much Is The Filmmaker Worth In 2019?

Samuel M. Raimi is a multi-talented filmmaker well known for creating the Evil Dead series that generated a cult following, he is also known...

Why Did CocoSori Disband and What are the Former Members Doing Now?

For a few years, the not so popular k-pop; J-pop duo CocoSori, created by MOL Entertainment, thrilled their fans with heartfelt music and stirred...

Sofia Coppola Net Worth And How Much She Made From Her Movies

If there was really anyone that fits the bill of Hollywood royalty, then Sofia Coppola wouldn't be too far off the mark. She is...

Kris Wolf – 5 Interesting Facts To Know About The Wrestler

Born in America but made in Japan, Kris Hernandez better known by her ring name Kris Wolf is a larger than life personality, an...

Where are The ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Cast Now and How Old are They? 

Shahs of Sunset is a documentary reality TV show which focused on the lifestyle of a group of wealthy Iranian-Americans living in Beverly Hills. When...

Recommended

Philip Mckeon Bio, Is He Married, Who is The Wife, Is He Gay? 

Like little stars, they dazzle on our screens and take our breath away with their undisputable talents. They are no other than child stars....

Why Did Amy Carlson Leave Blue Bloods, What Is She Doing Now?

Amy Carlson is a free-spirited adventurer and every member of her family shares the same trait. The actress who has been on popular television...

Is David Bromstad Married or in a Gay Relationship?

America’s top designer, David Bromstad is known for his charm, smiles, handsome looks and attractive body physique. It is never in doubt that many...

Pat Sajak Wife, Daughter, Family, Married, Kids, Bio, Net Worth, Salary

To many people, nothing paints a better picture of how influential Pat Sajak is than the recent case of a man who killed his elderly...

Is Sean Van Der Wilt Gay? Who Is The Boyfriend, Here Are Facts You Must Know 

Sean Van Der Wilt is an American actor, singer and a dancer who is popularly known for his dynamic energy on stage. He has worked...

Get the Latest Gist, Profiles and Trends Straight To Your in your inbox

Related Stories