Wednesday, May 26, 2010

[TRANS] 100525 XIAH Junsu Has Secretly Autographed CDs!

For XIAH junsu's single "XIAH" (to be released on 26th May), there is a surprise of 500 autographed CDs to thank those who have supporting him by buying the single. If you get one, you will be really lucky! Please enjoy it!

Note: The autograph will be in the booklet. This is a random gift, regardless of product version.

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[TRANS] 100515 CD&DL で-た June 2010 Issue – Junsu

This single includes songs from the cool R&B genre to songs which touched people’s hearts, reflecting the great and handsome charm of Xiah Junsu.
The singing becomes the soul in an album.
As a singer, Xiah Junsu has taken an important step from here.

Q: Xiah Junsu finally started as a solo artist. First of all, can you tell us how you’re feeling?
A: I feel very nervous and stressed out, but I’m also very happy. All in all, I’m having mixed feelings about it.

Q: Are you still feeling stressed?
A: Of course! Every time, I always think whether I’m capable of giving a good performance for everyone.

Q: So, what’s the theme of this solo project?
A: This single is entitled “XIAH,” the name which I use in Korea. As a singer, I hope that my music can reflect more of myself. I think “XIAH” can describe the theme for this solo.

Q: “XIAH” also shows a strong demonstration of Junsu’s personality. It’s a really good song.
A: What do you mean?
Q: (laughs) I think all the songs are nice.
A: Ah, that’s great! The CD is already on sale. Have you heard the songs yet?

Q: I heard the songs already so I’m recommending it to people around me.
A: You have to!

Q: I know. (laughs) “Intoxication” is produced by Junsu. In what kind of mood or situation were you in when you composed “Intoxication”?
A: Basically, “Intoxication” was produced while I was singing and dancing. I was thinking of the dance steps of the R&B genre at the same time, so I have to maintain a balance!

Q: So that means Junsu’s center of music is still R&B?
A: Yes. I already loved R&B while I was still staying in Seoul. Now, I’ve already performed many Jpop and intense dances, that’s why I would like to try R&B for my solo activity. Isn’t it great for everyone to see another style of Xiah Junsu’s performances?

Q: Yes, it is. What were your feelings during the recording?
A: Recording the important parts isn’t the same anymore. When recording as a group previously, we need to consider the synchronization. We need to harmonize with the members, not just finding the feel of our own parts.
When recording as a solo artiste, the climax of the song is decided by one person (myself). This is the most important thing. Whatever it is, it’s very difficulty. Music is very difficult.

Q: There are English and Japanese lyrics; are there meanings behind them?
A: I just want to let everyone have a taste of the different aspects of European music. I used English when I sang!

Q: The song totally reflects Junsu’s thinking!
A: Of course! I was given a lot of assistance, but luckily the production went on smoothly. I also learned a lot from it. It’s great.

Q: In “Intoxication,” the words ‘toxic’ and ‘addition’ jump at you. Did you have this kind of experience before?
A: I did not experience poisoning before. (laughs) But I’m into composing lately, which the staff often wants…

Q: Do they say “Please compose a melody” like this?
A: Yes, in a way. Of course, I’m eager to try too!

Q: Do you use a piano when composing songs?
A: A: Yes. But when it comes to composing songs in the dance genre, I use a Mac. I also use ‘Sound Module’ or metronome instruments too. There are times when I can finish composing a melody in five minutes!

Q: What’s that situation about?
A: For example, there’s always a “No matter how hardworking I am today, I still can’t finish it” kind of feeling, but I’ll still put in twelve hours of hard work into it until I feel that it’s time to sleep, or when I feel pain in my back. Even my butt hurts…

Q: Do you have times when you suddenly realize that it’s morning already?
A: A lot. Time flies. It feels like one hour is just one minute; it’s really an addiction. If I look in the mirror, my eyes are bloodshot. (laughs) I also forget to have meals.

Q: That’s really addiction!
A: Yes! (laugh) But I think it’s a positive kind of poison.

Q: “Intoxication” also has this ‘drunk’ feel to it. Junsu, do you drink soju or wine?
A: I don’t know how to drink, and I don’t feel like drinking either. I feel that soju and wine do not taste good, and it’s bad for the health too. I always see the staff and the other members feel very uncomfortable while working the next day after drinking the night before!

Q: Because of a hang-over!
A: I often think to myself, why do we drink in the first place if it’s very uncomfortable? (laughs) But I love the atmosphere when everyone gathers together for a drink! Though I seldom drink in celebration parties, I get drunk in the atmosphere. While drinking, my eyes get smaller. I’m like this.

Q: (laughs) The ballad song “Kanashimi no Yukue” is also included in the CD. It’s a great song. Junsu’s voice really blends well into it.
A: Thank you. There’s always a positive point in a dance song or a ballad song. There are different parts to take note of. We need to pay attention to the rhythm and to the beat when dancing, whereas we need to put in emotion when it comes to a ballad. For R&B, we need these two, so I really like it.

Q: “Kanashimi no Yukue” describes the fragile part of men. Does Junsu have any particular favorite parts in the lyrics?
A:Yes. I like this part: 幸せは 终わるより かわる方が ぼくにはさみしい (End of happiness, in return for my endless grief).

Q: Because of resonance?
A: Yes, but this is only my opinion. Different people have their own different perceptions. Often, there are many reasons that result to an “end.” For example, when someone passes away or someone goes to a far place – aren’t these things which we can’t do anything about?

Q: Yes!
A: But once there is a change of heart, the results will be different. I have to admit, this is rather sad. So ‘ending’ it would be much better.

Q: Ah… The meaning is deep.
A: Yes! The song has a very deep meaning.

Q: It’s very great to interpret the feelings of the song.
A: It’s great. This time around, I exerted a lot of effort for this song – not pretending, just wanting to sing out my true feelings. My voice will tremble in some parts, but this might as well deliver the true feelings to everyone.

Q: Instead of the right tone, you still preferred the strong mood for the song.
A: Yes! I hope to simplify the song as much as possible. That’s why I only used the piano and an orchestra, not putting any rhythm into the song.

Q: This single fully reflects Junsu’s personality as a singer which is very intimate. Is this effect that you want?
A: I’m glad that I’m able to present the results that I want to everyone. It makes me very happy. Of course, I’m also very thankful towards the staff.

Q: You’re very modest.
A: No, no, I’m only telling the truth. I feel very blessed. I hope to deliver Xiah Junsu’s music to everyone.

Q: You’re no longer telling jokes (oyaji gags)?
A: No, but I still make them when requested. (laughs) It’s just that my mindset is on singing onstage. Recently, I don’t have many chances to do that, so I’m looking forward to it. I wish to meet the fans too.

Q: We shall wait and see! Lastly, as a soloist, can you tell us your vision for the future?
A: I’ve already mentioned it. It does not relate to me personally or to the group. I just want to sing, sing a song that transcends the sands of time. I wish to be thought of as a singer who “seriously likes music.”

source: CD&DL で-た June 2010 Issue + XIAHKING + baiduTVXQ
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[TRANS] 100521 Yunho from Magazine “The Television” Vol 20

I would like to challenge simple things in front of me, and would like to improve myself!

Yunho played the reading role for the first time for the drama “No Limit ~Heading To The Ground~” broadcasted in Korea last autumn. He passionately played the role of Cha Bong Gun, who was a soccer player famous throughout the world.

‘Bong Gun, who believes in himself and overcome barriers, was a crossover with the previous myself, who was practicing hard to achieve my dream “to sing and dance on stage”. Immediately after I read the scripts, I wanted to play the role. I think I was able to advance forward playing the role of Bung Gun. Days have passed after the filming was completed, but Bong Gun still lives in my heart. I would be delighted if the character of Bong Gun would remain in the hearts of those who have watched the drama.’

Under the pressure of his first reading role, Yunho recalls that he was supported by the costars, staffs, and moreover, the supports from the fans.
‘Fans prepared food for us at the location place, and participated as the audience in the soccer stadium. The staffs said “You have nice and good fans”, and I was very proud. The fans who believe in me resemble my own self.’

Showing his conscientious acting throughout the drama, we can feel the possibility of the actor Yunho. Which are you more interested in, singing or acting?
‘My friends asked me “Which will you go on with?” I think that both are the same when it comes to expressing yourself. Singers also act in the range of 3 minutes. So, I do not want to focus on only just one method, but I would like to make a new challenge in various fields.’

Yunho is famous not only in Japan and Korea but throughout Asia. But he is not content with his position, he says with sincerity, ‘I want to do my best more and more. I am feeling the true meanings of ”Gift, like genius, only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.” I would like to challenge simple things in front of me with passion, and would do my best to improve myself, so everyone, please support me!’

source: The Television Vol 20 & Heroko
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[TRANS] 100525 SungKyunKwan To Film At The Korean Folk Village

This Week’s Filming Guide

Saturday 2010-05-27

KBS SungKyunKwan Scandal

Time: 09:00~18:30
Location: Yangban House, and the roads around it etc.

The area around the filming location may be closed off due to the real-time recording taking place.
We ask for your understanding of the situation.

The schedule may change depending on the situation of the drama team.

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[TRANS] 100526 BAYLINE Go! Go!’s Blog

XIAH junsu’s Entrance!

Today 5/26, we invited XIAH junsu who is releasing his single “XIAH” as a solo artist today!

Today’s theme is “The Moment That Gets You Intoxicated”

JunSu’s talking you the moment that gets him intoxicated…

“I get intoxicated when I wet my hair and look at myself in the mirror…” ♪

source: BAYLINE Go! Go!’s Blog
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[INFO] AKB48 breaks their own record, XIAH Junsu 2nd place on day One

AKB48's previous single Sakura no Shiori sold 317,828 copies in its first week and became the highest-selling first week for a female single since Utada Hikaru's "COLORS" in 2003.

AKB48 has sold 354,403 copies of their latest single Ponytail to Chouchou in just one day. Ponytail to Chouchou also has become the highest first day sales of the 2010 oricon year so far passing the 232k Arashi sold with their single Troublemaker.

Other new entrees on the chart include Xiah Junsu's single which sold an impressive 118,510 copies. Doujin artist Lia took the third spot and Arashi's "Monster" is currently in fourth. Hello!projects newest group s/mileage rounds out the top 5.

*1  354,403 AKB48
*2 118,510 XIAH junsu
*3 *15,621 Lia/多田葵
*4 嵐
*5  スマイレージ
*7 サーターアンダギー
*8 氷川きよし
*9  やくしまるえつこ
10 西野カナ

*1 6,145 くるり
*2 5,618 安全地帯
*3  4,519 ブンブンサテライツ
*4 松田聖子
*5 放課後ティータイム
*6  GReeeeN
*8 ザ・ローリング・ストーンズ
*9  徳永英明
10  ジャック・ジョンソン

source: juweel @ aramatheydidnt & Oricon
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Holy shit the gap! AKB48 on roll now, they even beat Arashi record. There are some exceptional promotion for AKB48 single though but let's just say they are definitely in the middle of their peak. And Junsu as solo still sold a lot.

[TRANS] 100526 Kim Junsu Entered The Japanese Solo Stage – Singing 2 songs Which Blew The Audience Away

Sohu South Korea Entertainment News – Beijing Time: 24 May 2010; Afternoon

According to South Korean media reports, a member of popular Korean group TVXQ, Kim Junsu performed for the first time on his own, and received the warm and enthusiastic support from the Japanese fans.

On the 26th of this month, he (Kim Junsu) will release his Japanese album “XIAH” and he also participated in the “Girls Award 2010” at Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, the first time performing on stage since debuting solo.

“Girls Award 2010” lasted for about 6 hours, and Kim Junsu’s performance was the finale singing his album’s title track “Intoxication” and “XIAHTIC”, which was included in TVXQ’s 29th single “BREAK OUT!” for the more than 12,000 fanatical fans who were present.

“Girls Award 2010” used “new fusion” as its theme, the fashion show and the concert combined together, and in addition to Kim Junsu, many other well-known models and singers also attended the event.

Source: Korea Sohu
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[VIDEO] 100522 Heechul mentions Cassiopeia and TVXQ at Dream Concert

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[VIDEO] XIAH Junsu Intoxication PV - Official Avex YouTube

For some mysterious reason, it's not the complete music video.
I guess they thought the hotness at the end of the whole music video would burn our eyes out. (It nearly did mine!)

[TRANS] 100525 Yunho : “I Won’t Force Myself To Do Something I’m Not Willing To”

With opportunity, luck and confidence accompanying [me], I would like to challenge all sorts of things.”

DBSK’s leader, Yunho, challenged the role of the main lead in the youthful romantic comedy [No Limit~ Heading To The Ground~] for his acting debut. As an artiste, he states his reason behind challenging this work.

When I saw the script, my thinking was that even if it’s going to be very tough, I will still very much want to act out this character. I felt the main lead’s character was very similar to mine; no matter what obstacles he may face, he still believed in himself and would work hard to overcome the obstacles.

The character that he is portraying is Cha Bong Gun, a passionate soccer player, someone who would go all out to reach his goal.

Bong Gun, who was initially very rash and wild, later meets a lot of people, and with their support, he starts to change and in the process of it, mature. While I was portraying his character, I also felt that I had grown along with him. When the filming ended, even up still today, the character of Bong Gun is still alive within me.

He also spoke about how if there were to be anymore good productions from here on, he would continue the path of being an actor.

If I were to suddenly say “I like acting more!”, it would probably be a lie (laughs). But, I do feel a different type of attraction [to acting] as compared to music, so as an actor, I would want to improve myself further. My goal would be to be like Johnny Depp. To be able to act out different types of characters and possess different images, and be loved by everyone, be it a man or woman, young or old, is really no mean feat.

You seem to be interested in Japanese television dramas.

Aren’t those romance dramas that are emotionally-evoking very popular in Japan (laughs)? That’s why I want to try to act out a character that is very emotional. If I could work with Takako Matsu, that would be good. I have watched both “Love Generation” and “Hero”. I was really attracted to the parts where it was intellectual yet sexy at the same time.

Speaking of soccer, you seem to be anticipating the World Cup, which will start on 11 June.

I like it when everyone is passionately cheering while watching the match. I am definitely very passionate about it~ (laughs) I even went over to Germany four years ago to watch the match live. I like Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In Japan, I like Hidetoshi Nakata, who has already retired. I hope both the Japan and Korea teams will do their best.

As your fans, they would probably be watching out for your every move…

I am quite cautious, so I won’t force myself to do something that I’m not willing to. However, with opportunity, luck and confidence accompanying [me], I would like to challenge all sorts of things If I were to do anything next time, please look forward to it (laughs).

source: UKnowBar + baiduTVXQ
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[TRANS] 100525 XIAH Junsu Shooting Report

In April, when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom,
there was a shooting for the cover of Xiah Junsu’s solo single in the studio in Tokyo.

It’s been a while since we met him, but he got sunburned and became more manly.When the shooting started, he strike the poses and we thought “he is a real charisma!”

He greatly shortened the schedule time of the shooting of the cover!
The concept, music production and clothes etc…everything was produced by Junsu!

He always does his best, but this time he especially put his effort!!!
He gave us some ideas with staffs during the shooting.
Please look forward for Junsu

Bigeast Staff

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[PHOTO+TRANS] 100525 Junsu - Tohomobile

Charisma mode!

XIAH junsu finished shooting of “Happy Music”!
XIAH junsu sealed in his angel mode and opened up his charisma mode!

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[TRANS] 100525 Is Tohoshinki Japan’s Top Star?

In the beginning of May, the reporter who was on a two-month plus vacation did a research on Korean idols while vacationing in Japan. Even though there was only a week’s duration, the reporter still did his/her best to carry out interviews. Fortunately, there were two Korean idol groups who travelled in and out of Japan during that period. Hence, it was a good opportunity to interview Japan’s audio-visual workers and visit their studio at the same time. Also, the reporter got to hear about the interesting happenings that took place in the operations of special concerts in Japan. Most importantly, the reporter was able to see for him/herself how Korean idols are perceived when they fly in and out of Japan for promotional activities. Even though it had been a while since the vacation had ended, the impressions and memories were still etched deep within his/her mind. Perhaps a lot of fans would like to know where the Korean idols stand in Japan, and that is what we are going to report to everyone now.

Arashi? Tohoshinki?

One of the burning questions on every Korean fan’s mind is: what is THSK’s actual status in Japan and are they included in the league of “TOP Star”, just like how they are in Korea? In reference to this question, we consulted one of Japan’s musicians, and his answer was not what we had expected. He revealed a “why-do-you-ask-such-a-weird-question” expression before replying, “We have never compared Arashi and Tohoshinki. These two groups are Japan’s TOP Star, and they are incomparable because of the differences in their style.”

Japan’s entertainment market is definitely different from Korea’s. If the style or the market development is different, it will be unreasonable to compare or compete. Compared to Korea, where major entertainment companies would always compete against each other, most of Japan’s entertainment companies develop their own market by improving on and enriching their personal style and field [of expertise]. Similarly, when asked about Kara and 4Minute, who were recently introduced into Japan, the reply was that “both groups had their distinctive characteristics and thus were not perceived to be rivals”. They also expressed that they were unable to understand Korea’s concept of putting up idol groups against each other for competition and for comparative analysis. Thereafter, they confidently affirmed that THSK’s standing in Japan were that of TOP Star, similar to Arashi’s (the ranking is not important).

It is very easy to fully appreciate the popularity of THSK. Their albums are always the ones on display in Japan’s famous music and video stores, and it is very easy to spot THSK fans who are always there to look for their albums.

A Korean staff from the entertainment world, who often flies in and out of Japan, gave THSK a very high standard of evaluation, then added that if it was not for THSK, current Korean idol groups will never be able to officially enter the Japanese market as easily as they do now. Korea’s entertainment market and sector started developing slightly later, especially in the idol market targeted towards youths, who are extremely sensitive to the current trends. Therefore, for Korean idols to be able to reach such a high standard of evaluation as they do now, much of the contribution belongs to THSK and the huge impact that they have made.

Source: XIAHKing + baiduTVXQ
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