Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Group JYJ's member Xia Junsu has recently released his solo album under the name of XIA, and expressed his thoughts, "Even though it is a pressure to stand on stage alone, I feel proud of it".

XIA held a press conference to commemorate the release of his first full album in Seoul Sogong-dong's Lotte Hotel at 11:30am on the 16th.

With regards to solo activities, XIA expressed "It has been 8 years since I began doing activities under the name of Xiah. Although doing all this alone places a burden on me, on the other hand I am proud that I am able to express the kind of music that I wanted to do, to my hearts content. I'm nervous and excited about it."

Furthermore, he introduced his title song 'Tarantallegra' saying, "I still have difficulty pronouncing it even now. This term refers to a spell word, akin to Abracadabra. It is said to be a spell that makes one dance vigorously. As soon as I heard this word, I thought "This is the one". It's something that gives off a different feeling from existing popular music. I felt that as a singer with 8 years of experience, I should avoid mainstream sounds."

In addition, with regards to the overall feel of the album, he expressed, "The greatest merit of this album is the variety of genres it includes. Besides traditional Korean lyrical ballads, I also collaborated with various other artists. Gaeko, Flowsik and Bizzy's participation also had the effect of bringing out a new side of my musicality."

With regards to his scheduled concerts on the coming 19th and 20th, XIA expressed, "Although I have done concerts on my own before in the past, because I have never tried leading the show for two whole hours on my own, it is hard to make a pre-mature statement about it. I'm worried about whether I can even lead the concert itself well. With regards to that point, I'm working hard in various aspects now."

On this day, all of XIA's 12 songs including the songs 'Tarantallegra' and 'I Don't Like Love' that had been revealed beforehand had begun sales online and offline. The title song 'Tarantallegra' is a song that is accompanied by an unprecedented music video with unique choreography and visuals.

XIA also said that this album includes many genres that he was trying for the first time, like hands-up electronic, medium tempo, R&B hip hop ballad, standard slow ballads etc. It is further completed with the participation of Dynamic Duo's Gaeko and rappers Flowsik and Bizzy.

A representative of C-JeS revealed, "From today, you will be able to see XIA's newly released full 1st album through online and offline channels. At the current state, the pre-orders for the album have crossed 100,000 copies."

Meanwhile, following the release of his album, XIA will begin his Asia Tour in 7 different cities starting with a two day concert on the 19th and 20th in the Jamsil Indoor Gymnastics Stadium.

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Jaejoong: @sukwon7123 Even though it's belate, happy birthday~!

Jaejoong: @1215thexiahtic Hyung finally received the album!

Junsu: Our friends M.E.N. went to South Soma City and sent me this picture, but I felt really sad after seeing the picture. In future I think FC Men should continue to show our support.

Junsu: Tarantallegra!!

Jeri:@1215thexiahtic jerrrrrrrriii ;)
Junsu: @slaughteration Kikikikikikikiki!!!!!!jeri~~~~Now set me on fire!ㅋ

Junsu: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~!!!!

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JYJ member Kim Junsu, who made a comeback as a solo singer, dripped with confidence. He stood in front of the press with his dream of singing music that’s different from the others as a singer of eight years, and he was bold.

His first solo album Tarantallegra, which was released on May 15, contained 12 songs full of the musical life he had led for eight years.

Kim Junsu met with the press on May 16 before his official promotions, and said, “I was pressured with having to step off on the right foot because I would be releasing the first solo album out of JYJ. In the past, I settled myself into the music and concepts that had already been developed, but this time I was happy to do everything myself from the start.”

“80 percent of the songs in my album went through me,” he said. “I felt the pressure, but I tried to go for diversity by including the styles and genres that I always wanted to sing solo. I believe that’s what differentiates the album from the ones in the past, and that’s also the main point of the album. I hope you pay attention to that.”

As such, Kim Junsu’s first solo album contained a pure mix of the expertise from his eight year career. He added, “I felt the pressure, but I was sad to see the uniform music that exists. I wanted to let people listen to something different.”

His album is actually receiving reviews that it’s completely ‘different’ from the music that Kim Junsu originally showed off, and the music that the public expected from him.

Kim Junsu said he was satisfied by such evaluations.

“I’m happiest when the fans and public talk about what I aimed for. A lot of people said that I’m much different because I’ve been a singer for eight years, and I was so happy. I believe I’ve scored a success if I set such an image. All of my concerns were blown away with that one evaluation.”

He did, however, seem burdened by the fact that he was releasing the first solo album out of JYJ, and that he wasn’t able to appear on music shows like other singers. As if to overcome, he continued to emphasize that he invested a lot into the music video for the first single cut and the album itself.

“It’s my first solo album in eight years. I feel great that I was able to release an album after learning a lot of different things. I don’t know when I’ll be releasing my second album, but I want to knock on more doors with music that’s different and in my own color.”

Kim Junsu will hold an exclusive concert not as JYJ, but as himself from May 19-20 in Seoul. He will then embark on a tour through six cities overseas.

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JYJ’s Kim Junsu said the reason he′s going by Xia for his first solo album is because of the simple fact that Xia is his name.

The statement came at the press roundtable for his first album Xia-Tarantallegra held in Seoul on May 16.

Kim Junsu said, “[Kim] Jae Joong hyung (big brother) and I thought up the name ‘Xia’. Jae Joong and [Park] Yoo Chun hyung didn’t like their old names very much, but I did. I am JYJ’s Junsu, but the name that fits my identity as a solo best is ‘Xia’. I used it with the thought that everything is contained in that one word.”

He added, “I use my real name when I’m in musicals, but it wasn’t because I wanted to hide ‘Xia’; it was just that it was awkward to use Xia and not my real name in musicals. The members act in dramas too, and they just use their real names because they thought it would be funny to use their other names. No one has ever objected to being called by those names.”

“Overseas fans use Xia and Junsu and more to call me,” he said. “They call me by many names, such as Xia Junsu, Kim Junsu, Junsu or Xia. Since I’m Xia, I just thought naturally that I should release [the album] as Xia.”

Kim Junsu finished, “I’ve never even changed my signature since my debut. I still use Xia. I never thought much of using the name Xia, so much that the question asking me why I’m using Xia is new to me.”

Kim Junsu (Xia) released his first solo album on May 15, and will hold an exclusive concert from May 19-20.

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The official poster for MBC‘s upcoming drama ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin‘ has been released!

‘Dr. Jin’, featuring Lee Bum Soo, Song Seung Hun, Kim Jaejoong, Park Min Young, and Lee So Yeon, is a period drama that tells the story of a top modern day physician who returns to the Joseon era to practice medicine.

Song Seung Hun will play the role of a doctor, Jin Hyuk, for the first time since his debut, while Lee Bum Soo will take on the part of friend Lee Ha Eung. Kim Kyung Tak is played by Kim Jaejoong. ’Dr. Jin’ is Jaejoong’s first attempt in a period drama. Despite being well-known as an idol, people are commenting that he looks quite good in the historical costume. The two female protagonists are Park Min Young, who plays Hong Young Rae, and Lee So Yeon, who plays the character of Chun Hong.

A representative from ‘Dr. Jin’ stated, “[All the actors] play roles that fit them perfectly and each other, which will become the driving force of the richness of the drama of ‘Dr. Jin’.” He went on, “In order to make a project that will stay in the memories of viewers as having a fun, warm impression, the entire staff and all the actors are in the midst of trying our best. Please have continued interest in ‘Dr. Jin’, which is planned to have its first broadcast on the 26th.”

The original idea behind ‘Dr. Jin’ comes from the 10-year-old Japanese serial comic by Murakami Motoka. The first broadcast will be on MBC at 9:55pm on May 26 KST.

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Jaejoong: The up-do is so tight... It feels like my forehead is being pulled in as well

hrisio: Wow, Junsu's video over million views in 24h! Just wanna say JYJ fans are one big army!
Junsu: @hrisio Thank you~^^good night!!!

Junho: ♪ Everyone!! Isn’t my little sister beautiful! (^O^☆♪ RT @1215thexiahtic: Thank you everyone~Always ^^

Junho: Cannot!!! I can’t give her to anyone!! (Maybe) after looking at a strict screening I’ll decide!! ( ̄^ ̄)ゞ RT @xtrtlgr: @JUNO_Japan @1215thexiahtic Can you introduce me to your little sister? Hyung!!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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JYJ‘s Junsu is garnering a lot attention for his small waist size in the music video for “Tarantallegra“.

On May 13th, the music video for Junsu’s first solo album’s title song “Tarantallegra” was released. It featured a dark theme to match the mood of the song as Junsu successfully captured the audience with his masculinity and charisma.

An agency official said, “A music video with remarkably high quality was created. There are many dynamic scenes that complement Kim Junsu’s talents. I am confident this is the best music video released this half of the year. There was enough confidence in the music video to release it 24 hours before the release of the album.”

What’s becoming a hot topic is Junsu’s waist line in the music video. The singer danced wearing an open jacket without a shirt on, revealing his slim waist. Netizens are commenting that his “ant-like” waist looks like it could be grabbed with just two hands and that they feel sorry for his female back dancers.

Meanwhile, Junsu will be holding his first solo concert for his first solo album ‘Tarantallegra’ at Seoul’s Jamsil Student Gynasium on May 19th and May 20th. The singer is reported to have had a hand in creating 8 of the 12 tracks in the album.

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