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SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon [DSP Media]

Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon is looking into signing with actor Kang Ji-wan’s agency S Plus Entertainment.

An official at S Plus told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Wednesday that they are reviewing whether to sign an exclusive contract with the singer which will support his activities in Korea, although emphasizing “nothing has been decided.”

The official also explained, “S Plus’ headquarters in Japan currently handles various affairs for Kim in Japan but that’s different from signing an exlusive contract.”

S Plus supports several ‘Hallyu,’ or Korean Waves stars in Japan including Song Seung-heon, Kang Ji-hwan and Lee Jun-ki, either managing their career in the country, creating their Japanese websites or promoting their businesses.

If Kim signs with S Plus, he will become the third member of the five-man band to leave DSP Media, the agency his contract ended with in early June.

The group’s leader Kim Hyung-joon was the first to find a new nest, signing with Bae Yong-joong’s agency KEYEAST soon after his previous contract ended and Park Jung-min just last week joined CNR Media, a firm set up jointly by major Taiwanese drama producer Comic-Ritz and Korea’s ROY MEDIA.

The boys have reassured fans SS501 will not disband despite going separate ways but the future of the band has been up in the air ever since.

Other members Heo Young-saeng and Kim Kyu-jong too have yet to make a decision.

SS501 has been one of the most popular bands in Korea and in several countries in Asia since forming in 2005.




Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun arrives at late actor Park Yong-ha’s wake service at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital in South Korea on June 30, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]

Korean singer Kim Hyung-jun of boy band SS501 broke down while hosting a live radio show over the recent death of actor Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide early Wednesday morning.

Early Thursday morning, Kim broke into tears while saying his opening message for latenight radio show “Kim Hyung-jun’s Music High,” which airs on SBS Power FM radio (107.7 Mhz) at 2 a.m.

“Today was an incredibly hard day. So suddenly, I had to send off someone who was like a real brother to me. I can’t believe it,” the singer said on the show. “He was so nice to me and I wasn’t very good to him. I am so sorry. I hope you are well, brother.”

Listeners of the radio show reportedly sent in text messages and online posts to console the singer and paid their condolences to the deceased.

Kim had paid a visit to Park’s wake service, held at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, two days ago.



Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [KEYEAST]

Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong, the leader of idol group SS501, has signed an exclusive contract with Bae Yong-joon’s agency, according to a press release by KEYEAST on Tuesday.

“We plan to provide more professional and concentrated support so that Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong can go beyond Asia and grow into a global entertainer,” Yang Geun-hwan, the president of KEYEAST, was quoted as saying.

KEYEAST also explained that they plan to support Kim’s overseas activities through its Japan affiliate DA (Digital Adventure) and carry out various promotions with DATV, a cable channel for Asian entertainment programs.

Rumors of Kim teaming up with Bae first surfaced last month when it was reported that Kim and Bae had a private meeting. Kim and his band SS501’s contract with agency DSP Media expired on June 8.

But at the time, DSP downplayed the rumor, saying it was only a personal meeting between Kim and Bae, a close friend and mentor figure to the young star.

Earlier this month, several media reports had claimed that Kim had indeed signed a management contract with KEYEAST. But an official at KEYEAST dismissed the reports as “groundless” and said that they had not signed with the singer.

DSP Media also released a statement on Tuesday, saying other band members have not yet decided on their future plans.

Kim Hyung-jun will continue working as a deejay on SBS’ radio show “Radio Music High” while Heo Young-saeng, Kim Kyu-jong and Park Jung-min will be taking a break and make a decision later on.

Kim, 23, is the leader of boy band SS501, one of the most successful K-pop acts in Asia since their debut in 2005. The singer has also done some acting work, most notably in the smash hit drama “Boys Over Flowers” last year alongside actors Lee Min-ho and Ku Hye-sun.

SS501, who released the album “Destination” last month, have been promoting their latest single “Love Ya.”



No photo The K-Pop mania is here to stay
DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) Updated June 09, 2010 12:00 AM

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Kim Hyun Joong (below) and Beast will perform in a concert titled K-Pop Meets P-Pop: Kim Hyun Joong and Beast Live in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 8 p.m.
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Korean Wave, or Hallyu, is definitely taking the country like storm. Pinoys have inarguably dipped their toes in the K-Pop pool. It’s amazing to see and hear how hardcore fans know every word, every line of their songs and every step of the dance. Some even upload their parodies on YouTube.

If that’s not enough, try watching a K-Pop concert where Pinoys totally dig the Korean concert culture. It’s not unusual to see the venue illuminated by a sea of people holding their glow sticks, light boards and banners, united in frenzied cheering of their fan chants. There seems to be no strangers among the crowd who wait long hours — some even sleep outside the venue the night before the concert — as they are drawn into familiar conversations with one another about their favorite Korean idols.

How far will a fan go to show love and support for his favorite stars? Is it enough to join a fan club, collect memorabilia, magazines and posters, to buy CDs, attend concerts, spend cellphone loads to vote in various music charts, study the Korean language and watch Korean shows and dramas? Some even spend thousands of pesos to go abroad just to watch a concert and visit places featured in a Korean series.

K-Pop mania is definitely here to stay. I asked fans why Pinoys love K-Pop despite the language barrier. Some of their answers: “I can’t totally explain it. It’s something you don’t understand but you can feel it. There’s something in the music that grows inside you. It’s a different high! It’s addicting,” enthuses Danielle. “They’re so good! They put so much effort in making cool music videos. The music is very nice to listen to and Korean idols look cute and very fashionable. Just love K-Pop,” says Glenda. Roxanne adds, “Even if we don’t understand the lyrics, I still love their music because the melody and beats are catchy.” “It’s a new generation of music that’s easy to listen,” answers Doodle. Jasmine says, “K-Pop songs have nice melody and the MTVs are great.”

The K-Pop fever in the Philippines is expected to again reach a feverish 38°C as Korea’s hottest idol Kim Hyun Joong and Beast come to Manila for the concert K-Pop Meets P-Pop: Kim Hyun Joong and Beast Live in Manila at Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 8 p.m.

Kim Hyun Joong is famous in the Philippines as Yoon Ji Hoo, F4’s calm, charismatic gentleman in the hit Korean drama series Boys Over Flowers. Beast is one of the most prominent Korean boy groups.

Kim Hyun Joong is the leader of SS501 which debuted in Korea in 2005. Their songs such as Snow Prince, Fighter, Déjà Vu, A Song Calling For You and Love Like This received so much love and support from their fans in Korea and abroad. Filipinos love to sing their songs Because I’m Stupid and Making A Lover which are included in the OST (original soundtrack) of Boys Over Flowers. Their song Love Like This is steadily climbing its way to the top of the MYX Chart. It placed eighth on the MYX Hit Chart (May 23 to 29) and seventh on the MYX International Top 20 (May 22 to 28). SS501 recently released their highly-anticipated new album, Destination.

He is an accomplished artist with several awards like the 45th PaekSang Arts Awards Male Popularity Award for Television on KBS2’s Boys Over Flowers, Best Actor for Seoul’s International Drama Awards, Most Popular Icon for Style Icon Awards 2009; Yahoo Asia Buzz Award, Korean Top Buzz Artist; Yahoo Asia Buzz Award, Taiwan Top Buzz Korean Artist; and Yahoo Asia Buzz Award, Asia Top Buzz Male Artist.

Rising Korean idol group Beast is composed of Doo Joon, Hyun Seung, Jun Hyung, Yo Seob, Gi Kwang and Dong Woon. Doo Joon is the leader, vocalist and rapper; Hyun Seung is the vocalist, lead dancer; Jun Hyung is the main rapper, vocalist; Yo Seob is the main vocalist), Gi Kwang is the lead vocalist, main dancer, and Dong Woon is the vocalist. BEAST means Boys of the East Standing Tall. Its albums include Beast Is The B2ST and Shock Of The New Era. The group‘s popular songs are Bad Girl, Mystery, Shock and Special.

K-Pop Meets P-Pop: Kim Hyun Joong and Beast Live In Manila is produced by Underwood Plan in partnership with GMA-7. The concert is for the benefit of Abiertas House of Friendship — for the benefit of young mothers. Official Music Channel is MYX. Media partners are The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin, PBO, Viva Cinema, Magic 89.9, 90.7 Love Radio, 91.5 Energy FM, 97.1 Barangay LS FM, 101.1 Yes FM and 103.5 Max FM. Special thanks to MCA Music, Inc. Philippines.

Ticket prices are P7,840 (Patron A), P6,720 (Patron B), P4,480 (Lower Box), P3,360 (Upper A), P1,680 (Upper B) and P784 (General Admission). For details, call Ticketnet at 911-5555, Viva Concerts at 687-7236 and 633-3808 and Abiertas House of Friendship at 724-3969.

To Kim Hyun Joong and the Beast members, Saranghae!



Scene from SS501’s music video “Love Ya” [DSP Media]

Korean idols SS501 have released the full version of their music video on various portal sites starting yesterday, according to their agency DSP Media on Tuesday.

The music video for their title track “Love Ya,” from their new album “DESTINATION, featured the boys wearing black suits while performing on an antique stage surrounded by a string orchestra.

“DESTINATION,” which became available for online preordering on May 24, had topped record distributor’s Yes24’s daily chart in just a day while “Love Ya” reached No. 1 on numerous real-time online music charts.

The special version of the album, containing ‘before & after’ photographs of the boys looking natural versus wearing European suits, went on sale last Friday while the regular version showing them sporting white and black clothes will be released on Thursday.

To thank their fans, the five-man band held an autograph session in Busan and Taegu last weekend.

SS501 made their debut with the single “Warning” in 2005, releasing numerous albums as a group and pursuing individual careers in acting and appearing in variety shows.

They are currently gearing up for comeback performance on KBS’ televised music program “Music Bank” on May 4 and the following day on MBC’s “Music Central.”


Here’s the MV:

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SS501 members from left to right: Kim Hyung-jun, Park Jung-min, Kim Kyu-jong, Kim Hyun-joong and Heo Young-saeng [DSP Media]

Korean idol group SS501’s upcoming album will be available for online preordering starting May 24, according to their agency DSP Media on Thursday.

DSP explained in a press release that fans who preorder the new album titled “DESTINATION” will receive the special preorder version containing ‘before & after’ concept photographs of the boys looking natural versus them wearing European style suits.

The regular version, due out a week later, will feature a sadomasochism ‘good & evil’ concept with the boys sporting both clean-cut images by wearing white while showing strength by wearing black.

They once again collaborated with famed Korean-American music producer Steven Lee, who worked on the title track “Love Ya” on the group’s previous album “REBIRTH,” which topped various music charts late last year.

SS501 made their debut with the single “Warning” in 2005, releasing numerous albums as a group and pursuing individual careers in acting and appearing in variety shows.

The quintet is currently in preparations to give a performance at the “Dream Concert” on May 22 and are scheduled to give a comeback performance on KBS’ “Music Bank” on June 4.



Korean idol group SS501 [DSP Entertainment]

Korean idol group SS501 is gearing up for a comeback with their upcoming new album “DESTINATION” due out May 31, according to their agency DSP Entertainment on Tuesday.

DSP explained in a press release that some of the most talented musicians in Korea, Europe and the U.S., including prominent Korean-American music producer Steven Lee, collaborated to create the new album.

Lee, who had written and arranged all the tracks in the group’s previous album “REBIRTH,” also composed the title track, named “Love Ya,” in the new album.

All the songs in “DESTINATION” have been arranged to piano accompaniments while incorporating a minimum of electronic sounds that are prevalent in current K-pop music.

Some of the songs included in the record are R&B tune “Let Me Be The One” and a dance number called “Crazy 4 U,” which was performed by the band during their “PERSONA Asia Tour” but left out on the previous album. Fans are said to have requested that SS501 include this particular track on the new album.

SS501, who debuted in 2005 with single “Warning,” made a successful comeback to the music scene last October, topping various music charts with their second mini-album “Rebirth”.

They kicked off their “1st Asia Tour Persona” in Seoul last August and went on to perform in Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The five member group are scheduled to give a comeback performance on KBS’ “Music Bank” on June 4.



From left, boy band SS501 members Park Jung-min, Kim Hyung-joon, Kim Hyun-joong, Heo Young-saeng and Kim Kyu-jong pose during a press conference held ahead of giving an encore performance of their Asia tour “PERSONA” at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on February 27, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Korean idol group SS501 have announced that they will be releasing a new album in May.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday — prior to their “PERSONA” encore concert at Seoul’s Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium — the five members spoke about their plans to “meet fans with a fantastic album”.

“We have to discuss with our agency about the new album but we are thinking about releasing it on May 1, which is ‘501 Day’,” the group’s leader Kim Hyun-joong was quoted as saying.

Kim added that the he does not yet know whether the album will be a full-length second album or a mini-album.

When asked about the difference between their encore concert and Asian tour, the boy band answered that they are trying to “deliver the encore concert with more ease and show more maturity and know-how.”

The group also explained that they had “learned a lot about performing on stage” from touring in Asia and that their future goal is to “hold Asian tours every year and communicate with fans.”

The quintet performed a total of 26 songs — including all the tracks from their latest album “Rebirth” — at the concert which attracted over 10,000 fans from Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan during its weekend run.

SS501 debuted in 2005 with single “Warning” and have been active in Korea and Japan, releasing numerous albums both as a group and also pursuing individual careers in acting and appearing on variety shows.

The group made a successful comeback to the music scene last October, topping various music charts with their second mini-album “Rebirth”.

They kicked off their “1st Asia Tour Persona” in Seoul last August and went on to perform in Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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In the coming Feb 27 & 28 , top group SS501 will hold their Encore concert in Seoul Olympic Park.

The group started their Asia Tour since Aug 2009 and been touring overseas and visited places like Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei, and Hong Kong. They will end their overseas concert by throwing a concert in Bangkok – Thailand on Feb 13,2010.

As for their upcoming Encore concert, an online ticketing site Interpark opened the 1st Day SS501 Persona Encore Concert ticket reservation yesterday (Jan 27,2010) from 7:00 pm local time. And according to Interpark staff, “The site visitor concurrently reached up until 50.000 people and this has made Interpark server down, yet, we recovered the site hurriedly and continue the ticket sales”. It is also reported that the soonest it’s opened Interpark has sold the whole 15.000 seat for the 1st day concert.

The Encore concert will be held at the Olympic Park – Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul in 2 days schedule : Feb 27 (7:00 pm) and Feb 28 (5:00 pm). DSP Media also stated that the fans will enjoy more interesting shows as the concert will be different from last year’s concert.

Meanwhile, SS501 2nd day Encore concert ticket reservation will be open via Interpark site as well.

SOURCE: artsnews + interpark
CREDIT: kbites


Concert poster for K-pop idol group SS501 [DSP Media]

Korean idol group SS501 is set to give a concert in Seoul next month, according to their agency DSP Media on Monday.

The boy band will be performing at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on February 27 and 28, as an encore gig of their Asian tour “PERSONA”.

“It is an encore performance but we will edit the repertoire so that it will be like a brand new show,” the agency was quoted as saying.

The concert will also feature individual performances by the five members as in their previous concerts. Last year, the group’s leader Kim Hyun-joong earned the nickname “rip-joong” after he ripped off a sleeve during a dance routine in his individual performance. Another member Park Jung-min has sung the theme to the film “Comrades: Almost a Love Story” and a hit song by Leslie Cheung at concerts in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

SS501 debuted in 2005 with single “Warning” and have been active in Korea and Japan, releasing numerous albums both as a group and also pursuing individual careers such as acting and appearing in variety shows.

The group made a successful comeback to the music scene last October, topping various music charts with their second mini-album “REBIRTH”.

Reporter : Kang Seung-hun
Editor : Lynn Kim
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