Friday, November 11, 2011

[TRANS] 111107 “TVXQ vs JYJ, That Doesn’t Matter”… What Is K-Pop To European Fans?

“I’ve been a fan since they were active as TVXQ. It’s not important on whether I support TVXQ or JYJ. The fact that we know Korean singers and are addicted to their music, isn’t that what’s most important?

In front of the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany on the 6th at 4p.m. The ticket box was crowded with fans, waiting to watch JYJ perform. The person who stuck out was Swedish fan Jenna(25, student) with her blonde hair and heart-shaped placard. She was the blonde TVXQ fan we had seen at the SM Paris concert.

“I’ve been a fan of TVXQ since 2006. I once traveled to Nagoya in Japan for TVXQ. I wanted to go to the concert in Spain but because of financial issues, I decided to go to just one concert. I recently went to the SM concert in Paris and I can’t wait to see JYJ perform. I don’t feel the need to separate and choose between TVXQ and JYJ. Of course, I do want to see them stand on stage together as five when the opportunity arises.

European fans with their blonde hair, blue eyes and white skin. How did they come to follow every move of Korean singers? It all began with an interest in Japanese culture. With the Hallyu Boom in Japan raging, they were naturally introduced to Korean singers. And thus, they became ‘K-pop fanatics’, regardless of nationality or country. The Japanese otaku culture became the root of K-pop’s growth in Europe.

Michaela(21) from Sweden said, “I naturally became interested in K-pop because I was into the Japanese culture,” and “I searched online and found a community. I found that there were a lot of people in Sweden who had come across K-pop as I had. I found friends there and we all came to watch JYJ perform.”

Josethina(23) and Matilda from Greece were the same. Matilda, who we met outside the stand that sold JYJ goods before the concert, said, “It all began with Japan’s culture. While listening to Japanese music and watching Japanese dramas, I came across Korean singers,” and “I’ve known JYJ since they were active as TVXQ in Japan. I like their handsome features, that make them look like they’ve popped out of a comic book, and their great performances.

Then who is the most popular member in Europe? Truth be told, Yoochun, Jaejoong and Junsu all had equal levels of popularity. But most were split in two different directions according to their taste. Fans who preferred good looks that seemed to pop out of a comic book said that they were fans of Jaejoong. On the other hand, Europeans who focused more on vocal skills and melodious voices chose Junsu as their favorite member.

Ayaka(20, student), a Japanese student living in Europe, said, “I’ve been a fan of Junsu since they were active in Japan. I like all the members but Junsu’s my favorite,” and “He sings so well. I became a fan because of his live skills. I’m so happy to be able to actually hear him sing live in person.”

Janey(25) from France has been a fan of Jaejoong for a long time. Matilda said, “Jaejoong’s porcelain skin and big eyes are his charms. It feels like I’m staring at a character from a comic book when I look at him,” and “Even my friends, who don’t know that many Korean singers, say that Jaejoong’s handsome when they see his face.“

According to the European fans, K-pop isn’t all the rage yet. It’s not a culture that has spread to every region and every class of society. They say that it’s still in the early stages and is just beginning. So the future actions of K-pop singers who have their sights set on Europe are more important than ever. This goes for JYJ’s Berlin concert as well. Tackling Europe in steps and sharing a connection with the people. This is why the future concerts of K-pop stars in Europe will be meaningful.

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[TRANS] El Sol – Interview with Tohoshinki Part 3

Debuted for 8 years. Tohoshinki with their explosive popularity in Korea and the gradual reveal of their true abilities since the debut in Japan. Changmin used to be reserved in interviews but now he starts to express himself of his fight as an artiste, advancing towards this reliable direction.

Changmin: The dream from now on is still the same. Advancing one more step would be the Dome tour. Perhaps due to my difference in character with Yunho, I would not set such a high target from the start, but am the kind who would fulfill each target a step at a time. Since the debut in Japan, it started with Budokan, then arena tour and then Tokyo Dome. When asked about what is next after fulfilling these dreams… I guess it has to be the five major dome tour in Japan. This is a really huge target yet I really wish to attain it… unwilling to give it up. We are foreigners in Japan but after being in Japan for so long with all the individual targets fulfilled and happy for it, I start to think about working hard for the next step. Dome tour is one of it and if record sales reaches one million, I shall just commemoratively buy a Lamborghini to reward myself. (laughs) I used to not think too much in rewarding myself… probably just a good meal etc. Recently that I’ve matured, I starts to be interested in cars… or dreams such as a month’s holiday. I have always been a workaholic till now. Though there’s time for a rest, it’s pretty scary to see myself still saying ‘Let’s clear the work!’. (laughs)

On the other hand, Yunho who has been seeking performing inspirations in Spain, has to acquire his far-sighted views in order for Tohoshinki to reach higher grounds.

Yunho: To me, Tohoshinki is my only home. During the solo activities last year, although I accumulated a lot of experiences, the moment I return to the stage of Tohoshinki I felt “This is what I live for.” It is such a significant presence. It is really exhausting on stage, but the stage is the proof of my life’s presence. Without Tohoshinki, there would not be any stage. This would be the same as though there’s no meaning for life. To me, Tohoshinki is everything and I want it to success. Bringing happiness to the world through this basis. If I was not able to complete it during this generation, I would take on this mission during the next generation. If were to continue like this, wouldn’t Tohoshinki’s presence be preserved? For this, I would want to be like Michael Jackson whom I respected, and dance even when I’m 40 or 50 years old. My target is to always have a challenging spirit. Since debut, the challenge of a cappella singing and dancing, which in turn became Tohoshinki’s ‘weapon’ (for success) but (I) cannot be satisfied with this and has to present new facets of Tohoshinki to everyone. After the challenge of solo activities and musical, (I) reflect all the newly learnt aspects on Tohoshinki. In this way, we are able to present our new style and in the meantime anticipating the next. I wish Tohoshinki would be as such. There’s a couple of new ideas right now. It can be troublesome if there are too many things wanting to be accomplished. (laughs)

They have a lot of words that they wanted to say in this pictorial book. Words for fans, that is. During the photo shooting in Spain at the sunflower field, the two of them did not tell each other of what their first impression was but they unanimously thought the same.

Yunho: Sunflower has been a flower that I like and I even impromptu composed a “Sunflower” song at the (sunflower) field. Feels good singing it. (laughs) At that point of time, I thought of fans. Sunflower has a flower language of “Awaiting at its original place” and to us, that’s fans. (T/N: Not sure if there’s mistranslation, but the flower language for Sunflower are commonly love and purity. Though I find one with ‘loyalty’. Or probably it is Yunho’s way of interpreting it.) This is what I believed, the energy that exploded together with the audience is the best. It meant to me that fans are the final member of Tohoshinki. On hiatus for a year and a half, I thought that it can’t be helped if fans became other artistes’ fans. (I) tried to think it as “that’s good in a way too”. Even if that happened, we would still want to apologize to the fans. However when our activities restarted, looking from the stage at the fans who have been waiting and believing in us… that joy experienced was unable to be expressed with words. I did thought of expressing my gratitude to fans but just a “thank you” is not enough, I want to relay it with my heart. Thus, whenever I’m on the stage singing and dancing, my exchange of glances (with audiences) and expressions were twice or thrice of usual vitality… feels that I’m exceeding my own limits every time. (laughs) I hoped this feeling of mine can be relayed to the audiences. Relaying the livening up of the atmosphere too when I’m in a bad shape. During the hiatus, I watched a lot of performances and learnt a lot. At that point as an onlooker, I indeed received the drive from the performers. Therefore it concreted my feeling that we should be like this on stage too. After doing this, then we’ll continue with the next. Advancing through such, repaying our debts of gratitudes. Fans’ expressions are our expressions. Fans are like (our) mirrors, thus enjoying the stage is important. I would like this to be said (by others): Tohoshinki and Tohoshinki’s fans enjoyed themselves. It is indeed tough during the hiatus, but it’s good that we return back to our grounds. When shall I sing “Sunflower” song to everyone!

Not sure when was it that a staff, who is close to the duo, came up with a metaphor, “Yunho is the sun and Changmin is the moon.” The sunflower topic by Changmin emphasized their characteristics.

Changmin: Sunflower blooms while facing the sun. Then, it grows while receiving the nutrients from sun… I think we are akin to sunflowers. The theory is the same as towards fans, but at times it’s the other way round. Probably, fans and our positions are interchangeable. But one point to be emphasized, if we are the sun, we do not want to be that critical presence as alike to sunflower. I admit that we exists due to the support by fans. However artistes in fans’ lives are not real-life partners. Through the stage and works, we reply fans’ anticipation but we did not bear the responsibility of fans’ lives and future. We made you sad and in low spirits. This is agonizing for us. “Therefore, we can only sing with all our might.” Although we can only do this and just like sunflower recovering spirits and receiving nutrients upon seeing the sun, treating us as a nutrient boost and then continued to work hard. I hope to see you all like this. Me, as well as Yunho and every fans… everyone has their one and only lifetime. There are a lot of interactions between human beings and attachments (to each other) resulted might be beautiful but such attachments, to forcefully support each other for few years… I don’t want to create such a environment. The relationship between me and Yunho are the same. Forcefully with “It should be like this”, I don’t wish it to become such a relationship. Why did I say this? Tough materials are vulnerable to impact. On the contrary, things like rubber such a soft material is flexible and would not be spoilt easily. This will be best for the relationships that I cherished.

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[TRANS] El Sol – Interview with Tohoshinki Part 2

As Changmin was accepting the interview, his hand was circling the props used for the photo shoot when it came a halt at a small beach photo. Then, he smiled and starts to talk.

Changmin: Recently, I’m troubled. After we became a duo, the pressure from the surroundings towards our relationship is huge! (laughs) Of course our relationship has been good since we debuted for 8 years. Since the day we’ve met, we have been in close interactions for the past 10 years and we are able to know what the other party is thinking just by seeing his expressions. The photo shooting for this (pictorial album) is as always, “Here, shall we take an intimate shot?”, “Stand close to each other.” In fact, that is how our good relationship are ‘displayed’, isn’t it awkward? Especially when my personality is not like that. But our good relationship are being displayed in this way, fans would be happy too thus it’s good. We are not in such a superficial relationship. On the contrary, it seems intentional if were to show everyone deliberately. That’s not our usual selves. It’s because we are living together thus isn’t it weird if we did all these (T/N: intimate photo shoot poses) in our daily lives? However during the photo shooting of this pictorial book, I experienced the sense of liberation in traveling and was able to laugh to my heart’s content at the beach. I accidentally discovered an expression of Yunho which I don’t know. It was interesting.

When asked what expression was that, Changmin replied “The shower scene” and burst out laughing. Speaking of Yunho, he was always being labeled with “passionate man”. Was there an other side of him to this?

Changmin: I used to tell Yunho, “Isn’t it better to lift some burden off your shoulders?” But I know it’s useless (to tell him that). (laughs) He really has always been too serious. But this is how Yunho is and I acknowledged this. Friendship is not built as you like it. It’s the sharing of time and experiences, and the further understanding it. As for me, I have two sides to my personality. Saying it myself, I’m impatient and shy. I will neither trust the other party easily without any in-depth interactions nor pour my heart out to him/her. Staff said, “Kind of aloof way of cherishing own time and space, very troublesome and very stubborn. Indeed a typical B blood type.” (laughs) Right now I am moving forward on the same route as Yunho and our values are the same, though other aspects are totally different. Indeed in the past towards Yunho’s words or actions, I would always be saying, “Ah! Why was it like this?”, “I don’t understand (him).” But, since when did I start thinking about giving way (to him) at times like this? (laughs) Yunho is the same towards me too. Whenever I was outspoken with my personality, he would initiate to give way to me. We have this well-balanced mutual agreement. Thus I am in a good mood.

The same question about relationship changes was posed to Yunho again.

Yunho: Thinking upon it now, Changmin might have endured a lot in the past as the youngest. Actually, during our debut, I interacted the least with Changmin. As a leader I need to prepare a lot of other stuffs. I have to be stricter to myself, compared to now. Compared with the members, I have to take charge of the whole situation, I have to lead the whole group into working hard, that is. The time spent one-to-one with Changmin was not much. I am cheerful and enthusiastic but Changmin is careful and cautious. Whenever I see him like this, I would be thinking, “Is he alright?” Previously we were like older and younger brothers, then slowly becoming friends and now its as though we are (same-level) close friends. In the past, whenever I find him weird, I would ask, “What happened?” Now I don’t have to say anything and I would understand, “Since it’s Changmin, he would be fine”, trust like this and 100% dependable. It felt as though I gained an older brother. Especially after we became a duo, we often engaged in talks. The parts where we don’t understand in the past, it was fully understood now. Understanding each other very well because our personalities are completely 180 degrees different. To attain the balance between such total difference is not easy and it was not due to any coincidences, it was slowly formed through the time spent together. Me? I love to joke around but in actual, I’m the loneliest. Because of loneliness, I love to be in groups and in bustle. Changmin knew this side of me and the way we are mutual understanding and complementing each other now, it’s really is a treasure. From my previous position, I was the aggressive leader. Embarking on this road with Changmin, I have some free time and lifted off burden in goodwill. As expected, I am a human being, it’s exhausting to always be working hard. (laughs) Perfecting myself, judge objectively and to remember to meticulously observe the surroundings… It’s not that our relationship changes, it’s just my evolvement towards being a man who possessed more than just passion.

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[FANCAM] 111111 HoMin - Sydney International Airport Part 2

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[VIDEO]111111 JYJ Fans in Berlin

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[TRANS] 111107 “The Ability To Survive On Their Own, We Caught A Peek Of That Possibility”… JYJ And The Hope That Was Found In Germany

Three members walked onto a dark stage. The concert venue was filled with the hum of people talking before it was suddenly swamped by the screams of female fans. Stable vocal skills and extravagant performances. You could properly feel the popularity of K-pop that had spread to Europe.

The ’2011 JYJ World Tour’ concert was held at the TEMPODROM in Berlin, Germany on the 6th of November. This day’s performance was the final destination of JYJ’s world tour that spanned over thirteen cities in the three continents of Asia, North America and Europe in locations such as Taiwan, Thailand, New Jersey, Vancouver and Spain.

This was the first time that any Korean singer had held a solo concert on German soil. The 2,800 fans who had gathered for the concert from all over Europe were seen milling about around the concert venue four hours before the concert even began. They showcased their passion for JYJ with Korean placards, fans and glowsticks.

JYJ were more energetic than ever as well. They dominated the stage as they ran around it non-stop. Waving their arms from left to right, they poured their passion out for their fans to see. Showcasing live skills that didn’t falter, even with intense dance moves, JYJ’s varied repertoire from drama OSTs to solo performances lit up that night in ‘Germany’.

◆”An impressive beginning, letting the world know who JYJ are”

The concert began with a video of JYJ’s new song ‘In Heaven’. JYJ, who walked on stage amidst the screams and shouts of their fans, kicked off the concert with a rendition of ‘Empty’, a dance track from their English album. After the enthusiastic first performance, the members gave their first greeting as they said, “We’re happy to be meeting with our Berlin fans.”

The exciting stage continued with JYJ rotating between their English and Korean albums as they sang ‘Ayyy Girl’, ‘Pierrot’ and ‘Be My Girl’. Even with quiet an intense set of dance moves, the members’ stable harmony and high notes stood out. The three members of JYJ were in harmony.

The solo performances were repertoires that left one with quiet an impression. Yoochun performed and was followed by Jaejoong and Junsu. The three members captivated the hearts of their female fans with Yoochun pulling of a heated rendition of ‘I LOVE YOU’ with female dancers, Jaejoong singing ‘I’ll Protect You’ and Junsu singing ‘You are so beautiful’.

◆”Their hit songs lead synchronized chants from European fans”

The excitement in the atmosphere kept growing as time went by. When ‘Found You’, a OST piece from the drama ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’, began playing, the fans’ screams reached their peak. Though it was an unfamiliar song in Korean, we got the opportunity to see the fans in the crowd sing along in synchronized chants (called ‘떼창 or ‘Ddae Chang’) with perfect pronunciations.

This song was followed by ‘Be the One’, ‘Fallen Leaves’ and ‘Mission’. The members were seen drawing out a response from the crowd as they passionately ran around the stage and made eye contact with their fans. However, we were slightly disappointed by the problem in the sound system during ‘Fallen Leaves’, which meant that we couldn’t hear Yoochun’s voice.

Last of all, JYJ sang ‘In Heaven’, the title song of their first Korean album, and let their fans know that the concert had come to an end. To this, fans shouted “I love you”, and “Don’t go” in Korean. JYJ catered to their fans’ wants by performing an encore piece, looking as though they were promising that there would be a ‘next time’.

◆”Europe’s fans cried and laughed for two hours”

The support from fans was passionate. The stage continued on for approximately two hours and the crowd was lit up by glowsticks of red, the color of JYJ. The group was also met with a flood of camera flashes. The fans, who filled almost all the seats from the first to the third floor, continued to show their support for the entire duration of the concert, long though it was, and showed just how excited they were.

Though these were unfamiliar Korean singers, the way the fans showed their support was the same as in Korea. They chanted the members’ names in between verses of songs and sometimes sang along in synchronized chants. Though they had different nationalities, faces and skin colors, their way of cheering for their favorite stars was no different from that of Korean fans. The shouts and screams sounded louder because it was a small-scale venue.

They had their own way of enjoying themselves. During exciting dance performances, they danced along with JYJ. When a ballad was being sung, they waved their hands from left to right and got lost in their emotions. When JYJ jumped, so did their fans and when JYJ danced, so did their fans. It was a time to enjoy the free atmosphere and the Europeans’ passionate concert culture.

◆”Early morning tent pitchers show their enthusiasm at night too”

Approximately 2,800 fans gathered for the concert. Dispatch checked and saw that around 2,00 seats were empty in the 3,000-seat concert venue. A representative of C-JeS Entertainment who we met in Berlin explained, “2,800 fans attended the concert. 120 of those tickets were VIP tickets that were distributed.

But the fans’ enthusiasm could be felt, even the day before the concert. Some fans came and stood in line from the night of the 5th. Josethine(23), a female college student, stated, “You have to take this ticket and exchange it for a seat number on the day of the concert. You can’t help but wait in line from the night before to get a good seat.

A hundred or so fans gathered at ‘Potsdam Square’, a famous tourist spot in Berlin, to practice on their fan chants. 21-year-old Michaela said, “We came here to practice the cheering moves and chants of Korean fans,” and “Though Korean is difficult, I kept practicing and now it flows from lips so easily.”

◆”JYJ, a chance to confirm their chances of surviving on their own”

Through their Berlin concert, JYJ became the first Korean singers to hold a solo concert in Berlin. More than 70% of the fans who attended the concert were not Asian with most being fans who had come from all over Europe. The rest were Japanese, Thai and Taiwanese fans, as well as some Koreans who are currently residing in Germany.

The people who drew our attention the most were the disabled persons who attended the concert in wheelchairs. It was great to see them enjoying the music, regardless of their ailing bodies. Also, there were many families who came together, with children holding on to their parents’ hands. It was a moment to witness K-pop’s growing influence.

The response for the concert can be determined by the sales made on MD products. More JYJ related goods, such as t-shirts or necklaces, were sold after the concert than before it. Most fans left saying, ‘I feel satisfied with the concert’ while many of them were seen waiting in front of JYJ’s car. They looked like they didn’t want to accept that the concert had ended.

JYJ’s Berlin concert was more about ‘hope’ than ‘size’. Though it was a small-scale concert with only 3,000 seats available, there was more passion and enthusiasm there than anywhere else. It was also a moment that proved that JYJ could survive on their own as they received support from their fans, regardless of race, skin color or age.

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[VIDEO] Junsu - The Asia Jewelry Awards 2011

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[PHOTO] Tohoshinki Limited Edition Stamps

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[INFO] Kim Junsu will be Attending the 17th Korea Musical Awards

14 November, Monday, 5:20pm, Olympic Hall
Broadcast live by SBS

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[INFO] Japan Twitter Trends for October 2011!


[Celebrity Ranking] – [Previous Month]

1. AKB48 – #1

2. Tohoshinki (TVXQ) – #2

3. Jaejoong – #7

4. Steve Jobs – NEW

5. Yunho – #3

6. Changmin – #4

7. Jang Geun Suk – N/A

8. KARA – N/A

9. Momoiro Clover Z – #15

10. Perfume – #9

11. Maeda Atsuko (AKB48) – #11

12. Yoochun – N/A

13. L’Arc~en~Ciel – #14

14. Junsu – N/A

15. SHINee – #16


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[VIDEO] 111111 Jaejoong Interview on YTN

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[FANCAM] 111111 HoMin - Sydney International Airport

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[PHOTOS] 111111 HoMin - Sydney International Airport

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