Junsu‘s (XIA) solo album ‘Tarantallegra‘ is receiving an explosive reaction in Japan.
On May 18th, CJES Entertainment revealed, “XIA’s first solo album has taken the #1 spot on Japan’s Itunes. What is even more surprising it that he surpassed Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to receive the #1 spot, proving XIA’s massive popularity in Japan.”
Pre-orders for ‘Tarantallegra’ grabbed first place at Tower Records Japan as soon as the release date of Junsu’s album was announced earlier this month, and the album completely sold out on the day of its release. Junsu’s solo album also snagged the #1 spot for sales in Japan’s Rakuten and Amazon site.
A music official from Japan stated, “After the explosive amount of pre-order sales, the album is now becoming a scarcity. This is even more surprising because Junsu has not had any activities in Japan lately.”
A representative of CJES Entertainment said, “Japan’s response towards XIA’s first album is really hot. The Japanese public has been looking forward to Junsu’s music and performances, I think it is because of Junsu’s solid fan base in Japan. Another reason why this album is gaining so much popularity is because it’s compelling in that it attempts to be exceptional and sensational at the same time. It’s just a well-made album derived from Junsu’s own skill.”
In related news, ‘Tarantallegra’ is also running short in stock on Korean online sites, and gaining many favorable reviews.
Source: Newsen via Nate
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Filming has begun on the Kim Jae Joong and Song Ji Hyo movie The Jackal is Coming.
Song Ji Hyo kicked off the filming for the movie, in which she plays a mysterious female assassin.
After receiving extensive training for her role prior to the movie’s filming, Song Ji Hyo’s first scenes required her to flip off successfully from a 2 meter-high stack.
A movie production source said, “From the beginning of filming, Song Ji Hyo encouraged and delighted the staff and helped create a positive environment. Though she probably faced a lot of pressure filming such a dive as an actress, she gave her all into it and worked very hard.”
The Jackal is Coming revolves around a clumsy female assassin who gets assigned to kidnap and dispose of a popular singer. Song Ji Hyo plays the female assassin while JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong plays the popular singer.
It may be difficult for fans to imagine Super Junior without member Sungmin, but the idol group member revealed he was originally set to debut in a group with well-known best friends, Eunhyuk and JYJ member Kim Junsu.
Sungmin appeared on the May 17 broadcast of tvN talk show Taxi, alongside Girls′ Generation′s Jessica and f(x)′s Luna, where he opened up about the hardships he faced during his pre-debut days.
“Before Super Junior, to be honest, a few years before, I almost debuted first with another group,” revealed Sungmin. “With Junsu, Hyuk Jae (Eunhyuk) and I, the three of us were going to [debut], but Junsu went to TVXQ. The two of us were dropped.”
Sungmin, who was a senior in high school then, said of the rejection, “I was chasing my dreams, but it was taken away in a moment. That frustration was huge for me at that young age.”
He went on to admit, “After that, I stopped practicing altogether for a year. I even thought, ‘Should I quit?’”
However, Sungmin said he realized upon entering college that he was meant to return to singing and decided to pursue his dreams again.
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