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The first full-length album of Korean idol group 2PM will be released in the Philippines by Sony Music Philippines on Jan. 30.

The album, “01:59 PM,” was launched in Korea last November when 2PM made their comeback in the K-pop scene. It contains 13 tracks including the carrier single “Heartbeat,” which became a chart-topper in Korea and won numerous awards in music shows, and “Tired of Waiting” and “Gimme the Light.”

JYP Entertainment also included in the album the hit songs “Again & Again” and “I Hate You,” which were part of 2PM’s “Time for Change” album, which was released 2009.

For the Philippine version of the album, Sony Music included three 2PM music videos: “Heartbeat,” “Again & Again,” and “10 Points Out Of 10 Points.”

“Heartbeat” made it to number ten on the “Myx Daily Top 10” last Jan. 20 after premiering on the Myx Music Channel last Jan. 17.

Filipino fans of 2PM will hold the “Day of the Beasts” event in Makati on Jan. 30 to celebrate the launch of the album in the country and the birthdays of 2PM members Junsu, Junho, and Chansung.

The “01:59 PM” album became controversial in Korea even before it was launched. The album was recorded without Park Jaebum, leader of 2PM and a Korean-American, who left the boy band last September after getting embroiled in controversy for his “anti-Korea” posts on his MySpace account.

“Korea is gay. I hate Koreans. I wanna come back (to the US),” wrote Jaebum on his MySpace account during his training days under JYP Entertainment in Korea between 2005 and 2007, before he debuted as member of 2PM.

Jaebum publicly apologized for the posts, but this didn’t appease many Korean netizens. On Sept. 8, just days after the controversy broke out, Jaebum quit 2PM and left for the U.S.

With Jaebum out of the group, the remaining six members of 2PM—Junsu, Wooyoung, Junho, Nichkhun, Chansung, and Taecyeon—were left to do the first full-length album.

Despite the controversy, 2PM won numerous awards last year, a testimony to their immense popularity. These included Best Male Group and Artist of the Year in the Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Disk Bonsang Award in the Golden Disk Awards, and Song of the Year for “Again & Again” in the KBS Gayo Daejun.

Manila Bulletin


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