We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, but it still comes as a surprise to fans. It looks like Heechul and Eeteuk will on their way to military service sometime in 2012 as stated in at their press conference.
Here are news articles from two different sources that have been circulating with this topic in mind:
Leeteuk and Heechul were both born in 1983, and will turn 28-years-old this year. By law, the two are required to enlist by next year, as they will be 29 years old.
A representative of SM Entertainment said, “There isn’t anything decided regarding their enlistment, but because of their age, they will have to enlist sometime next year the latest.”
In effect, Super Junior’s fifth album will essentially be their final album until their discharge.
After hearing of the news, fans commented, “We feel more affection towards the album because it is their final album before their enlistment.”
– allkpop blog (view article here)
On August 4th, Super Junior held a press conference for their fifth album at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Nonhyun-dong, Seoul.
Hosted by Kim Sung Joo, the event brought in over 200 media outlets from Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and many other countries.
Because members Leeteuk and Heechul are now 28 year olds, the matter of mandatory enlistment for them is now looming over the group. All fit Korean males are required to serve 2 years in the army.
Leader Leeteuk began, “Because I have to enlist in the army, we will be promoting this album for as long as possible. I believe that the army is a duty that every Korean man must fulfill, so I will be enlisting when the time comes for me to do so.”
Leeteuk added, “Because of the army, we are planning not an Asian tour, but a world tour. I’m scared but not pressured by it. I want to come back with an album as soon as I am discharged from the army. I’ll make sure that there’s nothing to wait for so please wait for me.”
He continued, “The leaders of K-Pop, Super Junior, have finally made their comeback after a year and two months. We promise to promote as hard as ever.”
Shindong added, “I thought a lot about wanting to show everyone what we prepared as quickly as possible. Our music video will be released today, so please look forward to it.”
Sungmin said, “Everyone gave us so much love for our fourth album, so we will be going out to as many stages as possible to show everything we have.”
Eunhyuk continued, “There’s some pressure since we’re making a comeback amidst such intense attention, but the members all have a tight bond together so I’m looking forward to our promotions.”
When asked about their title track, “Mr. Simple“, Leeteuk replied, “It’s a track that emphasizes all the best parts about Super Junior. There are some who say it’s similar to ‘Sorry Sorry‘ and ‘Bonamana‘, but we’re sure that if you listen to it, you’ll come away with a different feel. There have been many unfortunate events going around lately, so we hope that everyone listens to our songs and receive positive energy.”
Shindong concluded with a smile, “We’ve prepared a lot of performances this time, even choreography that each of the members came up with on their own.”
-allkpop blog (view article here)
Super Junior’s new and fifth album, “Mr. Simple,” will be the group’s last album before leader Leeteuk enlists in the military for his two-year mandatory service.
This was revealed during the boy band’s press conference on August 4 in Seoul in connection with the release of the album.
At 28, Leeteuk is ready for military service. Last year, he said that he might enlist in the end of 2011 or early 2012.
He will be the second member of Super Junior to enlist. Last year, Kangin entered the military.
With the military service looming, Leeteuk said that they will be embarking on a world tour, aiming to do concerts not just in Asia but in South America and the US.
In the last three years, Super Junior has held their Asia tour, visiting countries like the Philippines and China.
Today, Super Junior will hold their first TV performance of the title track “Mr. Simple” on KBS “Music Bank” and fans are eagerly awaiting their comeback after more than one year.
During the press conference, Leeteuk said they felt pressured because of the new album.
“Top of the K-pop! Leader of Global Korean Wave! Super Junior came back with fifth album ‘Mr. Simple’ in approximately 1 year and 2 months. We felt pressure while preparing the fifth album but I believe those pressures will change to expectations by receiving love from our fans,” he said.
Sungmin said he appreciates all the support from fans from different countries.
“We know that a lot of fans from various countries are cheering for us. We sincerely appreciate for all the support,” he said.
Eunhyuk added, “I think we are making the comeback with great expectation from public so we are also very excited.”
Asked to describe “Mr. Simple”, Leeteuk said the song “expresses the best strength of Super Junior. Some people say that the song is similar to ‘SORRY, SORRY’ or ‘BONAMANA’ but if you listen to entire song, you will realize the difference and unique concept of ‘Mr. Simple’.”
The album contains 13 songs and Yesung said his favorite is “Memories” “because all members participated for this song.”
On the other hand, Donghae, who wrote “Y”, admitted that the lyrics were “about the love story which I personally experienced.”
Overall, Heechul described the new album as “very charming, like the good looks of our members.”
In the end, Super Junior thanked the fans for eagerly awaiting the release of “Mr. Simple”.
“We would like to thank all the people who waited for our album. There is a saying in Asia, ‘running horse never stops its horseshoe.’ Like the saying, we will never stop performing! We will present our stages for 24 hours, 365 days a year! We’ll do our best for the 5th album!”
– MBPC website (view article here)
Video & Photo of Article #1 & 2 credit: allkpop
Article #3 credit:Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. website