Super Junior T
Super Junior T (슈퍼주니어 T, also known as Super Junior Trot) is the second official sub-unit of Korean Pop boygroup Super Junior, established in February 2007. They are one of the few new generation singers known to have been capitalizing trot music, the oldest form of Korean pop music. Their debut single "Rokkugo!!!" was Korea's sixteenth best-selling record and the number one best-selling single of 2007, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea.
Super Junior T's music style is a distinctive style of trot, an old-fashioned style of Korean pop music. Their revised style of the genre includes modernized K-Pop melodies and also fast rap, notably performed by Shindong, Eunhyuk, and sometimes Heechul. Super Junior T's goal is to evade the fading genre in Korea's current music industry and to introduce the young audience to a traditional style of music, hoping to increase awareness of older trot musicians and bring hopeful comebacks of trot to mainstream music. Super Junior T is also a proof that they can accommodate many different musical genres.
Noticing the dying trend of trot music, Lee Soo Man (Super Junior producer), decided to revive the style by producing an idol band that capitalizes this genre. Three months before Super Junior T's official debut, they performed "Na Gatheun Gon Obnun Gongayo" at the M.NET/KM Music Festival on November 25, 2006 with Super Junior's Donghae.
In early February, SM Entertainment made the official announcement of a second Super Junior subgroup, Super Junior T. The group released their debut single "Rokkugo!!!" on February and they officially debuted on SBS's Inkigayo, performing "Rokkugo!!!" and "Chotcha" with famous trot singer Bang Shil Yi. The debut was also marked as Hee Chul comeback performance after his injury from a car accident that occurred in August 2006.
"Rokkugo!!!" topped music charts three days after release. Two months later, the single topped Thailand-based music stations and remained in the same position for several weeks. By the end of 2007, the single sold almost 46,000 copies and was Korea's best-selling single of the year.
Two months later, Leeteuk, Shindong, and Eunhyuk were injured in a car accident, and all of Super Junior T's schedules were completely canceled for two months. However, pre-recorded performances, such as the group's parody of the Korean dorama Goong, Palace T, continued to air on television and their single continued to top music charts. Schedules resumed in June, but only lasted a month.
On April 29, it was announced that Super Junior T would make a comeback later in the year with their second single. However, a fourth Super Junior sub-unit, Super Junior Happy, debuted instead, putting Super Junior T in partial hiatus. Nonetheless, Super Junior T remained partially active throughout the year as they still appeared as a group in Super Junior's concert tour,Super Show and other similar functions.
On November 15, Super Junior T released "ROCK&GO" in Japan, a Japanese version of their Korean debut single "Rokkugo!!!". It featured Japanese comedy duo Moeyan, who are skilled in combining comedy with song and dance. The single was the duo's official debut as singers and Super Junior-T's first step into the Japanese market. The collaboration was a project supervised by the Nippon Broadcasting System radio show "Ginga ni Hoeru! Uchuu G-Men TAKUYA".
- [2007.02.23] Rokkugo!!! (로꾸거!!!)