Archive for April 10, 2011

110405 Exclusive Interview – JYJ Bangkok Concert: Part 2 Director Kim Jaejoong

Male idol group JYJ started their world tour at their first stop – Bangkok – with two concerts held on April 2nd and 3rd.

This world tour is a part of the promotion for the album “The Beginning” that was released on October 3rd of last year. JYJ sets Thailand as their first stop, then Taiwan on the 23rd, and they will be at Beijing on May 7th. Ending their overseas tour with four North American cities and returning to Korea to hold their last two concerts at Busan on June 11th and 12th. Thus finishing their 8-month long promotion for their first worldwide album “The Beginning.”

The most intriguing thing in this world tour is Kim Jaejoong’s role as the stage director. Using this ‘creative challenge’ to repay the fans, he not only controls the stage, lighting, and audio – he even adds his personal touch on costumes, showing Director Kim’s responsible side. In response to this, Jaejoong replies, “To be honest, it is really tiring. During the set up process, there were a lot of problem with timing and other situational issues. These were very mind boggling and required help from other crew members. It was also because it was the first time so it was even more fatiguing.”

Lastly, Jaejoong claims, “Even if it will be more tiring in the future due to problems JYJ may face later on – I’m fine with that.” Showing a rare mature side of Kim Jaejoong.

Source: [korea star daily]
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110405 Exclusive Interview – JYJ Bangkok Concert: Kim Junsu Thanks Members’ Encouragement

Male idol group JYJ started their world tour at their first stop – Bangkok – with two concerts held on April 2nd and 3rd.

In the press conference held before the concert, Junsu revealed his thoughts on working under the name of ‘JYJ.’ The three members of JYJ left TVXQ due to the lawsuit with their former agency SM Entertainment, and then subsequently announced their comeback and released their first worldwide album “The Beginning” on October 3rd of last year. With the help of famous rappers Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins, “The Beginning” caused a preorder craze before the album even hit the stores – creating a record of 520,000 preorders and being sold out of both online and actual record stores. Furthermore, JYJ was listed as fifth on the Billboard’s 2010 Top 10 Favourite Albums – creating a stir in the music scene.

Regarding this, Junsu said, “Being listed in the Billboard’s Reader Polls, even before the album was officially released, was a very memorable achievement. We were proud of that.” He then continued calmly, “Mm, the only negative thing about entering the polls was that aside from us, no one else knew about it. There were also fans that only knew that our songs were being composed by famous singers. There were also people that thought we were just doing nothing during our break.” This revealed the pain that Junsu felt during that period of time.

“With this album, however, we are confident with its quality. The only thing lacking is that we can’t perform it on Korean stage. I feel that this is a major obstacle for us and we are becoming stronger because of it.” Junsu reveals. Lastly, Junsu doesn’t forget to convey his gratitude towards the other two members during the hard times, “To be able to complete this world tour was also due to the members’ support and encouragement. After meeting them, I feel that I am so lucky, because I can rely on them and they can rely on me. It is also due to this that no matter what problems we face, they are meaningful. Thank you very much.”

Source: [korea star daily]
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110407 Lotte Duty Free Shop Signs New Line Of Top Models

Choi Ji Woo, Song Seung Hoon, represented as “first generation of Korean drama” followed by 2PM, Kim Hyon Joong, who are second generation idols have also been picked up by Enter-tour-ment marketing as new models in order for their expansion. As models for the leading brands and companies in Korea, while most brands hold 2-3 models, Lotte Duty Free will have 9 teams in total, with a total of 16 large scale models, which is an exceptional feat by itself.

The head of marketing for Lotte Duty Free Shop, Kim Ju Nam stated that, “Thereason for this mammoth sized modeling group is not simply just for our sales. Lotte’s star marketing methods put their emphasis on the creation of new content. Our aim is to expand the tourism industry in Korea through this enter”tour”marketing which is a combining of the tourism industry and the entertainment industry.

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This time, this mammoth sized group of models will be appearing on ads singing the the Lotte Duty Free CM song called “So I’m Loving You”. Each model sang this song differently with their own characteristics, and after filming each of these models, they were all combined into one film (CM). Meanwhile, Seoul Jamsil Lotte World and Sogondong Lotte Town are to schedules to be renewed in time for these new models.

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110408 JYJ Concert Sold Over 7000 Tickets Fans Willing To Do Anything For Their Beloved Idol

The Korean idol group JYJ, who suddenly announced news of holding a concert at the end of the month in Taipei Arena, started ticket sales at 12 noon of April 8th. According to the concert organizer, Broker Brothers Herald, over 7000 tickets were sold by the evening of the 8th. Though the news of JYJ’s concert in Taiwan was sudden, Taiwanese fans still created a ticket surge.

The news of the April 23rd Taiwan concert was released on April Fools that created major headaches for JYJ fans – issues like having the most expensive tickets ever sold in Taiwan, the most expensive ticket being TWD$5000 (roughly US$173) and how to line up for mosh pit that didn’t have any seat arrangements. There were also fans that started lining up two days before the official ticket sale date – their dedication to their idols can be clearly seen through this act.

JYJ’s “JYJ World Tour 2011 ASIA” Taipei Stop will be be held at the Taipei Arena on the night of April 23rd. Details and inquiries can be directed to the concert organizer Broker Brothers Herald or the g-music iTicket system.

Source: [Yahoo! Taiwan]
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