Korean pop sensation Girls’ Generation will hold their first-ever showcase in Japan next week, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced in a press release that the girls will be performing in front of their local fans at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan on August 25.
The showcase was originally scheduled to take place on one date but has been extended by two more performances, expecting to gather a total 20,000 fans to their first official event in the country.
Attendees for the showcase will be purchasers of the group’s DVD titled “‘少女時代到 ～日記念盤～New Beginning of Girls’ Generation,” which was released in the country on August 11, to celebrate their debut into the Japanese music industry.
The DVD placed at No. 3 on the prestigious Oricon’s weekly DVD chart and fourth place on the overall chart, making them the first Korean girl group to have their first DVD to rank in the top 5 slots.
Meanwhile, the girls will release “Genie” as their first Japanese single, which will be produced in both Japanese and Korean, on September 8 while the teaser video will be unveiled on the official Universal Music Japan YouTube channel tomorrow.
Girls’ Generation, who began their music career in 2007, have numerous No. 1 hit songs under their belts including, “Girls’ Generation,” “Gee,” “Genie” and “Run Devil Run.”
Last year, they performed in several countries in Asia such as China, Shanghai and Thailand for their “1st ASIA TOUR CONCERT – Into the New World.”
The girls are also preparing for the “SMTOWN LIVE ’10 WORLD TOUR” which will kick off in Seoul on August 21 with other SM artists.
< SMTOWN LIVE ‘10 >
▷ 공동제작 : S.M. ENTERTAINMENT
▷ 후 원 : ㈜ G마켓
▷ 일 시 : 2010년 8월 21일 (일) PM 05:00
▷ 장 소 : 잠실 올림픽 주 경기장
▷출 연 진 : BoA,강타,유노윤호,최강창민,Super Junior, 소녀시대, SHINee, F(x),TRAX, 장리인Special Guests
▷ 티 켓 : A FIELD / B FIELD / C FIELD
※ 전 좌석은 지정좌석입니다.
1) FANMEETING PM 04:00
KangTa, Super Junior, SHINee , Girls’ Generation
SMTOWN LIVE ‘10 프로그램리스트
1)‘POWER SPECIAL 2010’ Special Guests
2) Over The Rainbow – Victoria, Luna
3) 못된 사랑 – TRAX
4) 토요일？- Jang Ri In
5) 내가 사랑했던 이름 – Onew, JongHyun
6) Ring Ding Dong – SHINee
7) 그 해 여름 – KangTa
8) 어느날 가슴이 말했다 – KangTa
9) 우리… – KangTa
10) 미인아 – Super Junior
11) Super Girl – Super Junior
12) No other – Super Junior
*** 영상 *** TIME-OUT
13) ‘볼륨배틀’ – KangTa, Luna, YeSung, JongHyun, TaeYeon, Jang Ri In
14） ‘댄스배틀’ – BoA, YunHo, Yuri, EunHyuk, HyoYeon, TaeMin
15) BATTLE SPECIAL -KangTa, Luna, YeSung, JongHyun, TaeYeon, Jang Ri In, BoA, YunHo, Yuri, EunHyuk, HyoYeon, TaeMin
16) Eat you up – BoA
17) Energetic – BoA
18) No Dance No Life + BOOM! LOL- BoA
19) MUSIC FOR U *** 온라인 투표 ***
BoA, KangTa, UKnow Yunho,Choi Kang ChangMin, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), TRAX, Jang Ri In
*** 이미지 방송 ***
20) 가슴이 차가운 남자 – TRAX
21) Moving On – Jang Ri In
22) JoJo –SHINee
23) Sorry – f(x)
24) In My Dream – Super Junior
25) 별별별 Star Star Star– 소녀시대
*** 소개 이미지（소녀시대） ***
26) Oh! – Girls’ Generation
27) 소원을 말해봐 Tell me Your Wish (Genie) – Girls’ Generation
28) Gee – Girls’ Generation
29) 다시 만난 세계 Into the New World – Girls’ Generation
30) Run Devil Run – Girls’ Generation
*** 소개 이미지（YunHo, ChangMin） ***
31) Crazy Life – YunHo
32) Wild Soul – ChangMin
33) 단순한 – YunHo, ChangMin
34) 댄스SHOW*** 모던 댄스/재즈 댄스 – YunHo, ChangMin
35) 믿어요 – YunHo, ChangMin
*** 소개 이미지 （슈퍼주니어, 샤이니, 에프엑스）***
36) U – Super Junior
37) It’s You – Super Junior
38) 원더보이 – Super Junior
39) Marry Me – Super Junior
40) Y.O.U – SHINee
41) 니가 맘에 들어 – SHINee
42) 산소같은 너 – SHINee
43) 줄리엣 – SHINee
44) 1 년 后 – Jessica , Onew
45) TOXIC – Girls’ Generation
46) Nu ABO – F(x)
47) LaChaTa – F(x)
48) Mr. Boogie – F(x)
49) Chocolate Love – F(x)
50) Love Me – Jang Ri In
51) 연인이여 – Jang Ri In
52) Cold Rain – TRAX
53) One Night – TRAX
54) 나 속인거 아니지? –Typhoon
55) Guitar – JungMo
*** 소개 이미지(SMTOWN) ***
56) Yesterday – KangTa, BoA
57) Summer vacation
58) Dreams Come ture
59) 여름이 좋아 I Love The Summer
60) ENDING SHOW
Source: SM Ent.
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Korean idols BEAST, who are currently on tour in Asia, kicked off their activities in Japan by attending a dance festival yesterday, according to their agency Cube Entertainment on Friday.
Cube announced in a press release that the group took part in the dance festival titled “Precious Land” along with other dancers from Korea, America and Japan on invitation from the fest’s organizers. Popular Korean dance team Prepix was also invited to the event.
BEAST took to the stage to perform their songs “Shock” and “Special,” presented with new arrangements and choreography.
Meanwhile, their Japanese fans threw BEAST’s leader Du-jun a surprise birthday party for his upcoming birthday on July 4.
The “Precious Land,” held for the first time this year, brings together the best dancers and choreographers from around the world.
BEAST recently visited several other countries in Asia including the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia while on a tour aimed at expanding their singing careers overseas.
They made their debut in October 2009 with their mini-album “Beast Is The B2ST” and have several hit songs including “Bad Girl,” “Shock” and “Easy.”
The artists of major talenthouse SM Entertainment will go on a world tour starting mid-August, SM announced on Friday.
SM explained through a press release that their singers, including Kangta, BoA, U-know Yunho, Max Changmin, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), TRAX, will take off on the “SMTOWN LIVE ’10 WORLD TOUR” which kicks off at the Olympic Park in Seoul on August 21.
The tour will then take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 4 and the Hongkou Gymnasium in Shanghai on September 11. The dates for Tokyo and other cities in Asia have yet to be announced.
SM, founded by former singer Lee Soo-man in 1995, is in charge of discovering and training numerous top K-pop artists including Fly To The Sky, H.O.T, TVXQ and Girls’ Generation.
SM also manages the careers many songwriters, music producers, comedians and actors including Ara, Choi Jung-yoon and Lee Yeon-hee.
Tickets for the Seoul performance will be available starting July 15 on online shopping website Gmarket (http://www.gmarket.co.kr) and sold to fan club members two days in advance.
C.N. Blue, a four-member idol band, sold out for their July 31 concert, their first solo performance, in just one minute.
“When the pre-sale ticket page opened online on June 28 at 8 p.m., the server immediately slowed down and the show eventually sold out,” the band’s management company, FNC Music, said Tuesday. “We’re still receiving ticket requests.”
The single “Love” from the group’s second mini album “Blue Love,” released last month, was No. 1 on June 10’s “M Countdown,” a music program on MNet. It was also No. 1 on SBS’s “Popular Song” countdown show that aired June 20.
The concert will be held at the 2,000-seat AX-Korea concert hall in Gwangjang-dong.
R&B superstar Usher will have his first concert here on Saturday.
At the concert, the singer, who released his sixth studio album “Raymond v. Raymond” in March, will perform his latest hits, including “OMG,” which topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in May, and previous hits such as “U Remind Me,” “Yeah” and “Love in This Club.”
To date, Usher has garnered five Grammy Awards and sold over 45 million records worldwide.
Unlike other world-renowned pop stars who often include Seoul among a handful of Asian cities on their tours, Usher has chosen Seoul as the sole destination in this region.
Hyundai Card, the concert organizer and the country’s leading credit card issuer, says Usher’s Asian tour had to be canceled. When he was about to give up his concert in Seoul as well, he was persuaded to change his mind based on the list of top artists who have hit Seoul stages in recent years, Hyundai Card said.
The concert is the 10th in the card issuer’s Super Concert series. Previous participants in the series include Craig David, Beyonce, Billy Joel and, most recently, Andrea Bocelli.
The concert is set to take place at 7 p.m. on July 3 at the Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park in southeastern Seoul. Tickets range from 80,000 won ($68) to 146,000 won, and Hyundai Card subscribers are eligible for a 20 percent discount.
By Seo Ji-eun [email@example.com]
Korean boy band ZE:A has returned to Korea after successfully holding their concerts in Japan, according to their agency Star Empire Entertainment on Tuesday.
A press release from Star Empire announced that the group visited Japan last Wednesday for their shows in Yokohama (June 4) and Osaka (June 6) with about 3,000 fans in attendance per show.
“We were really anxious about the concerts in Japan because it was their first concert ever and worried if the seats were going to be filled. We had many other concerns but was relieved after seeing more fans than we expected,” explained a representative from Star Empire.
The rep added that there had been more concerns regarding the Osaka concert because it overlapped with the TVXQ concert held the same day.
The nine-member group made their debut last January with their mini-album “Nativity” featuring their title track “Mazeltov.” They released a follow-up record in April titled “Leap for Detonation.”
They will continue on their Asia tour until September in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Boy band 2PM member Junsu, who has been unable to join the rest of his group for the Wonder Girls tour in North America due to an injured knee, has recovered in time to take part in a series of shows on the west coast of the continent.
Junsu left a comment on his official Twitter site (http://twitter.com/Jun2daKAY) on Saturday, saying that he was going to make it to the concerts in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Francisco to be held June 11, 12 and 13 (U.S. time), respectively.
He had stayed back in Korea to recover from a damaged knee cartilage in his right leg which had kept him from joining 2PM in their opening acts for the Wonder Girls 27-stop tour which kicked off in Washington D.C. on June 4.
An official at his agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) also confirmed the news, explaining that the 22-year-old singer had recently taken off his cast and had shown strong interest in taking part of the current Wonder Girls tour.
“We are still cautious of his condition though so we will continue to check how he does…… But he will take the stage for some of the shows as long as he shows no other ailments,” the official added.
After the six-member group returns to Korea over the weekend, they will start preparing for their solo concerts in Seoul (on July 31 and August 1) and Busan (on August 7 and 8).
2PM, consisted of other members Taecyeon, Nichkhun, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung, is discovered and managed by major talenthouse JYPE.
Most recently they returned to the music scene with their third single album “Don’t Stop Can’t Stop” and topped several online and offline music charts with their title track “Without U.”
Korean pop groups T-ara and Choshinsung have successfully wrapped up their joint concert in Japan, according to a press release by their agency Core Contents Media on Friday.
The concert, held June 3 at Yokohama Britz Hall, was sponsored by local restaurant chain Skylark as part of promoting their new Korean menu. The two groups have been advertising the food chain since last March.
T-ara and Choshinsung performed a total of nine songs at the concert, in front of some 1,000 fans who came to see the show.
However, T-ara member Ham Eun-jung was unable to take part in the concert due to her shooting schedule for SBS TV series “Coffee House.”
T-ara, who debuted in July 2009 with the single “Lie” and “Wanna Play,” is composed of Eunjung, Hyomin, Jiyeon, Boram, Soyeon and Qri.
They released their first studio album “Absolute First Album” in December 2009, which produced two hit singles “BoPeepBoPeep” and “I Go Crazy Because Of You.”
Choshinsung is also a six-member group consisting of members Jung Yunhak, Kim Sungje, Yoon Sungmo, Kim Kwangsu, Song Jihyuk and Park Geonil.
After making their debut in Korea in October 2007 with the album “The Beautiful Stardust,” they went on to release a mini-album in Korea plus two studio albums and seven singles in Japan. Their fourth single in Japan, titled “Last Kiss,” peaked at No. 4 on the Oricon music chart.
Both groups gained popularity as their collaboration projects “TTL (Time to Love)” and “TTL Listen 2” became smash hits, dominating various K-pop music charts last year.