Archive for April 14, 2011

JYJ members show off their close friendship

On April 14th, JYJ shared some hilarious ’set-up’ photos of themselves goofing around together.

Through his Twitter, Jaejoong wrote, “We’re just too close to each other, it’s a problem!”

The accompanying photo shows Jaejoong giving fans a peek at the ‘brawl’ going on between Junsu and Yoochun. In another related tweet, Jaejoong shared a photo of himself and Yoochun smiling brightly while writing, “So happy!”

Fans commented, “You guys are just too close, huh, “Puhahaha, so funny”, “It’s lovely seeing you guys like this”, “Please don’t fight keke”, and “Yoochun in the back… I didn’t think that was Park Yoochun!”

Source: Reviewstar
Credit: Allkpop

JYJ Kim Junsu, who has been Reborn as a Box-Office Star

Is it that the bitter hardship has instead given him the opportunity to train. He has been reborn from an idol star into the icon of the world of musical.

“It is because of the fans who have always loved me and supported me. Please know that I am always remembering this thankful heart. I want to show you  myself who is trying his best.”

Kim Junsu (24), who has transformed from Xiah Junsu of TVXQ to a musical actor, had grown up a lot in just a year. I met him in a café in Kangnam, Seoul, on the 11th.

“After I finished the second musical ‘Tears of Heaven,’ I gained a confidence in musicals. At first I was worried whether I could do well because it was an original musical, and also I hesitated because the training duration was also short. But I worked up the courage to go into it. Above all, I really loved the songs of the composer Frank Wildhorn.”

He said: “It was a valuable experience because I was able to stand on the same stage as the internationally-renowned musical actor Brad Little and to learn a lot (fro him). He laughed brightly: “Because the market for musicals is smaller in scale than other popular culture industries such as the movie industry, and it is an honor if it could do well by my giving it a positive effect.”

It was he who had left TVXQ with Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun last year after undergoing a conflict with the agency S.M. Entertainment on contracts. He conquered those hardships and pains by challenging himself with the Musical ‘Mozart’ last February. Following that, on February of this year he stood towering as a blue chip (T/N: In the US, the word “blue chip” is used to describe a stock with a stellar reputation). In particular, the performance in which he appeared as the male lead Jun sold out within 2-5 minutes of the tickets opening for sale. It also made topic of various conversations by having the tickets be traded at 3,000 USD online and the like.

This is a win-after-win that is enough to make one feel the words “turn evils into blessings.” The recently-released live performance recording “Kim Junsu Musical Concert—Levay with Friends”  amazingly sold 40,000 copies within 2 weeks of release. Further, group JYJ, which Kim Junsu formed with the former TVXQ members Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun, also sold out their first concert of the World Tour held in Bangkok, Thailand, on the 2nd and 3rd. Kim Junsu has many occasions to celebrate—he was also chosen as #1 in a recent survey to score singing ability of domestic idol group and members by 10 active vocal trainers.

“To be honest, I did not know that I’d come to love musicals like this. I don’t like dramas or movies but I find musicals to be so fun that I go to see them whenever I have time. Whenever I watch them I feel respectful and I feel pride at the fact that I am doing these musicals. I plan to keep on being a singer and a musical actor in the future as well.”

Kim Junsu said: “As a singer, it is fine if I express myself through singing. However, in a musical, that you must sing with the sensibilities of the role that you’ve taken on is difficult but also is electrifyingly attractive.” He, who is currently attending his fourth year at Myungjee University as a Musical major, pledged: “I will try my best in order to act to the extent that I will not suffer by comparison to real musical actors and not because of my popularity as a singer.”

It is the evaluation of the musical industry that even though many male idol stars have jumped into the musical field having their popularity on their backs but it is rare to have a success case that is due to abilities like that of Kim Junsu. It is that Kim Junsu has high probabilities to progress into a star who does not pale against Cho Seungwoo because he has excellent abilities in singing and dominating the stage as a musical actor. The popular Broadway actor Brad Little said “Kim Junsu has the ability to act naturally and communicate with the audience on stage” and the composer Frank Wildhorn also did not spare his praises, saying “if opportunity allows I would like to get him to stand on a stage in Broadway.”

“To be honest, I am a longtime fan of Hankyoreh (T/N: this newspaper). The first time that my name was published with my name on the line, was it 5th grade or 6th grade, was with Hankyoreh. SuJu (Super Junioer)’s Eunhyuk and I performed as the youngest dance group in Korea called SRD (Song, Rap Dance) and Hankyoreh reported and wrote an article for us. It is the first article in my life that was published with my name on the line so I still have it.”

Kim Junsu let out a pregnant remark and grinned. “Hankyoreh, please always spare your strength for justice.”

Source: Hankyoreh
Translation credit: JYJ3

Hong Seokcheon Expresses that He Wishes to Meet JYJ’s Kim Jaeoong on Public Music Programs


Hong Seokcheon revealed his affection for JYJ’s Jaejoong.

Hong Seokcheon left a message on his twitter on the afternoon of April 14th, saying: “It is something pleasant to meet Hero Jaejoong in a coffee shop. On top of that, Jaejoong greeting me with delight, saying “Hyung, you’ve been well, right?” is something even more pleasant than this pleasant weather of spring.”

Continuing, he sent his wishes: “Such a kindhearted and pleasant friend. I wish that I can meet him quickly, on a music program on public TV.”

JYJ has appeared in a variety of programs such as News, Drama, and Culture. However, they have essentially been unable to appear in programs produced by variety stations such as music ranking programs.

At this, the fans have pointed out that JYJ are active in musical and drama but nonetheless not appearing in music programs and have decided that they are being limited in activities, and started advertising on their own on busses and subway stations and other places in order to send their support to them.

Hong Seokcheon is a Korean actor who has been largely prevented from appearing on public TV after coming out as a homosexual (source: DailySports).

Source: Newsen
Translation Credit: JYJ3

110413 POWERHOUSE reveals full list of JYJ North American Tour stops + Dates

Earlier today, POWERHOUSE revealed two of JYJ’s concert stops to the delight of fans. The concert stops that were announced were Los Angeles, California, and Newark, New Jersey.

POWERHOUSE has now announced the remaining North American tour dates for JYJ. The stops have been revealed to be Vancouver, Canada; Newark, New Jersey; Los Angeles, California; San Jose, California. This is in addition to the Los Angeles and Newark stops.

Their press release is as follows:

2011 JYJ WORLD TOUR
ASIA’S LEADING BAND LAUNCHES ITS FIRST CONCERT TOUR IN THE U.S. & CANADA
AEG LIVE and POWERHOUSE are proud to present the 2011 JYJ WORLD TOUR in 4 major cities in the U.S and Canada.

This concert is a part of JYJ’s world tour project produced by C-Jes Entertainment and will be their first concert tour in the U.S. and Canada. Their tour is drawing huge attention around the globe, bringing in more than 20,000 fans to the recent concert in Bangkok, Thailand.

It is the first time that AEG LIVE, one of the largest concert promoters in the world, is hosting a major concert tour for an Asian artist in partnership with Powerhouse.

JYJ was formed in 2010 as a three-member band featuring JAEJOONG, YOOCHUN and JUNSU. JYJ released their global debut album ‘The Beginning’ in October 2010 and reached number 1 on the Japanese Oricon Chart in a sweeping pace.

JYJ’s concert tour will create an unimaginable experience and compelling atmosphere that fans from all over the world and of all ages can enjoy. Their fans will finally get a chance to witness JYJ’s grandeur debut in the U.S and Canada.

Official ticket sales will begin at NOON (PST) on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the designated online and offline outlets. Vancouver will have a separate on-sale date and time, which will be announced shortly.

Ticket prices are $180, $150, $120, $90, $70, and $40. Seating charts will be available for viewing soon. All details related to ticket purchasing will be announced following this release.

Tickets will go on sale for the concerts on April 16th at 10:00AM PST.

Tour Dates:

Vancouver, Canada
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Friday, May 20th @ 8PM

Newark, New Jersey
Presedential Center
Sunday, May 22nd @ 8PM

Los Angeles, California
Nokia Theatre Live
Friday, May 27th @ 8PM

San Jose, California
The Event Centre Arena
Friday, June 3rd @ 8PM

Source: Powerhouselive@twitter
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