Today marks the release of Kim Jaejoong’s first Japanese solo album ‘Flawless Love’.
It seems long overdue given the popularity of the idol group member and soloist. Jaejoong started his career in SM’s TVXQ, before being one of the three members to depart SM Entertainment. Jaejoong then formed JYJ with Xia Junsu and the other former TVXQ member.
Since parting ways with TVXQ, Jaejoong has become one of the most successful and wealthiest idols in the industry – despite challenges that faced him when promoting thanks to his former agency.
‘Flawless Love’ replicates his Korean musical journey, covering a variety of genres; from catchy pop to raw rock-inspired music.
Kim Jaejoong in TVXQ
From 2003 to 2010 Jaejoong was a lead vocalist in TVXQ, under the stage name Hero – the group continues as a duo (Yunho and Changmin).
Kim Jaejoong in JYJ
As a part of JYJ, the trio’s debut gained them number 1s on both the Japanese Oricon album and DVD charts. Jaejoong has composed a number of tracks for JYJ, including ‘In Heaven’ in memory of actor, singer and friend, Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide. He was also the Executive Director for their 2011 Worldwide Tour and the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.
The group have not worked together or appeared together since 2015, and their future as a trio seems uncertain given controversies surrounding the third member.
Just Another Girl
It is well known Jaejoong grew up in an adoptive family, with eight elder sisters. He has a close relationship with his sister and his nieces and nephews.
Alongside acting, and work on soundtracks, Jaejoong properly ventured into solo music and production in 2013 with his first solo EP ‘I/MINE‘. The rock album was completely penned by Jaejoong, topped the Hanteo and Gaon charts, Taiwanese and Japanese charts, iTunes rock charts in nine countries – and Asian music charts in Europe!
With some of the current ‘hottest’ idols set to head off to Military Service, you can be safe in the knowledge Jaejoong with stick around given he was discharged from the 55th Infantry in December of 2016. He has a vast back catalogue to explore, though, sadly, he doesn’t have the array of variety performances most idols do to get lost in on YouTube.