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TOP ASIAN PROMOTERS TO PRODUCE JAY PARK’S FAN MEET

Fan Meets in 8 Cities Confirmed for Late August and September with Kickoff in Seoul

July 6, 2010, International – Jay Park better known to his fans in Asia as Park Jaebeom will be working with Asia’s top music promoters to launch his solo fan meets tour in September. The fan meets kick off in Seoul on August 28th and go on to Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore throughout the month of September.

“We are very pleased to make this announcement,” said Tinzar Sherman, official management representative for Jay Park. “The fans have been so patient and supportive of Jay. He wants to take the opportunity during the fan meets to thank all the fans for their unwavering support, and is looking forward to making it a lot of fun.”

The idea of the fan meets has been in development since May when several top promoters approached Jay’s management about the possibility of doing fan meets for Jay in their own countries. There are discussions about expanding the tour to additional cities in Asia and North America.

Jay will be bringing his dance crew AOM to the various fan meet locations, where he will perform songs, choreograph special dance sequences and play games with the fans. Jay and AOM will also battle top local bboy crews in a friendly exchange to promote youth culture in each country.

“I am blessed to have such incredible fans. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go on the road and meet with you in so many great cities. I hope to make you proud,” said Jay Park.

Fan meet schedule will be posted on Jay Park’s official website http://www.jaypark.com/fanmeet.html and full details of each stop will be announced on the site by around the middle of July.

Media Inquiries:
Tinzar Sherman
info@jaypark.com
310-855-0033 ext. 702

Business Inquiries:
fanmeets@jaypark.com

source: jaypark.com

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[HALLYU] KIM HA-NEUL HEATS UP JAPAN FANMEET

Korean actress Kim Ha-neul performing at her fan meeting held in Tokyo, Japan on June 26, 2010. [J. One Plus Entertainment]

Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has successfully wrapped up her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan over the weekend, according to her agency J. One Plus Entertainment on Wednesday.

J. One Plus explained in a press release that the actress held a fan event titled “Kim Ha-neul’s Love Letter,” which was hosted by Yamaha A&R and held at Tokyo’s Ginza Yamaha Hall on June 26. Tickets for the event are said to have sold out in 15 minutes after going on sale on the Internet last month.

“Entertainment industry officials in Japan have completely fallen for Kim Ha-neul’s chameleon-like charms,” an official at J. One Plus was quoted as saying. “We believe she will be easily loved in the Japanese market and we will carefully look over all the offers we receive.”

The actress, who flew into Japan Haneda Airport last Friday, was mobbed by hundreds of fans who showed up at the airport and conducted exclusive interviews with seven local media outlets including Asahi TV.

The following day, before the fan meeting, Kim held a press conference which was attended by some 100 major media outlets.

During the fan meeting, Kim told the host she “was so nervous that [she] could not get any sleep” the previous night. She entertained fans with details about her family, her debut years and anecdotes from shooting “My Girlfriend Is An Agent,” “On Air,” and “Road No.1.”

She also performed two songs, “First Love” by Korean singer Lee So-ra and “Goodbye Day” by Japanese singer Yui, and handed out logo-imprinted umbrellas, hats and badges to fans as a gift.

Unlike most promotional events of male Hallyu stars which are usually attended by middle-aged women, Kim’s fan meeting attracted many women in their twenties and male fans as well.

Kim, 32, has enjoyed steady popularity in Korea since her debut in 1996. She has starred in numerous hit TV dramas and movies, including SBS TV series “On Air” last year and hit film “My Tutor Friend” in 2003 with fellow Hallyu star Kwon Sang-woo.

Her most recent comedy action pic “My Girlfriend is an Agent”, co-starring actor Kang Ji-hwan, placed her onto stardom throughout several countries in Asia including Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong.

She currently stars in MBC’s war drama “Road No.1” alongside actors So Ji-sub and Yoon Kye-sang.

Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul shakes hands with a fan at her fan meeting held in Tokyo, Japan on June 26, 2010. [J. One Plus Entertainment]

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[HALLYU] JANG GEUN-SUK HOLDS JAPAN FANMEET WITH PARK SHIN-HYE

Korean actors Jang Keun-suk (right) and Park Shin-hye at their Japan fan meeting on June 26, 2010. [Market Insight]

Korean actors Jang Keun-suk and Park Shin-hye, who starred in the hit TV series “Minamishineyo,” held a sold-out fan meeting in Japan over the weekend, according to the show’s PR manager Man Insight.

The two actors met with some 4,000 Japanese fans at the fan meeting, held at Tokyo’s C.C Lemon Hall on June 26, Man Insight said in a press release.

The fan event, held twice at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., was organized by major Japanese entertainment agency AVEX. Tickets for the two shows reportedly sold out in five minutes.

“‘Minamishineyo’ is very popular among young fans in Japan,” an executive at AVEX was quoted as saying. “It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say there hasn’t been a Hallyu drama that has caused this much craze in several years.”

The series, which was first introduced in Japan through Hallyu-exclusive cable channel KNTV, will air on Fuji TV as part of the “Hallyu Alpha Summer Festival” starting July 20.

Jang, 23, has appeared in several notable television dramas and films including “Beethoven Virus” (MBC, 2008) and “The Case of Itaewon Homicide” (2009).

He became a phenomenon in Korea and throughout Asia after starring in the hit TV series “Minamishineyo” (SBS, 2009), in which he portrayed an eccentric lead singer of idol group A.N.JELL.

Korean actors Jang Keun-suk (right) and Park Shin-hye performing at their Japan fan meeting on June 26, 2010. [Market Insight]

source: asiae.co.kr


[100625/KPOP] BEAST MEETS AND GREETS FANS IN SINGAPORE

Korean boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]

Korean pop idols BEAST, who are currently on their Asia tour, successfully wrapped up their fan events in Singapore this week, according to their agency Cube Entertainment on Friday.

Cube announced in a press release that the boys met with some 3,000 local fans at the fan meeting, held June 23 at Singapore’s IMM Shopping Mall, and high-fived each one of the fans.

The following day, they held a showcase at the MediaCorp broadcasting station where they held various performances for the first 1,000 fans.

Meanwhile, their second mini-album “Shock of the New Era” became a certified gold disk in the country.

BEAST, which stands for “Boys of the East Standing Tall,” debuted in October 2009 with the mini-album “Beast Is The B2ST”. They have released several hits including “Bad Girl,” “Shock” and “Easy.”

The group will continue on with their Asia tour, meeting with fans in Malaysia on June 26.

Korean boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]

source: asiae.co.kr


[100622/HALLYU] JANG GEUN-SUK ATTRACTS THOUSANDS OF HK FANS

Hallyu star Jang Keun-suk at the “2010 JANG KEUN SUK Asia Tour in Hong Kong” held in Hong Kong on June 20, 2010. [Tree J Company]

Korean actor Jang Keun-suk proved to be a major Hallyu force as he attracted thousands of fans to his Hong Kong fan meeting over the weekend, according to his agency Tree J. Company on Tuesday.

The actor, who has been visiting various Asian countries since March, met with some 2,000 fans at his fifth fan meeting titled “2010 JANG KEUN SUK Asia Tour in Hong Kong” on June 20, explained Tree J. in a press release.

News of Jang’s arrival on June 17 brought out swarms of fans and reporters to the Hong Kong International Airport, prompting the local police to escort the Korean star out to the car.

The actor attended a press conference on Friday, answering questions in English and Chinese and performing the song “What Should I Do” at the request of reporters, and met with some 2,000 screaming fans at an autograph signing session the following day.

The two-hour fan meeting, held Sunday at Hi Tec Star Hall in Kowloon, Hong Kong, opened with a deejaying session and featured a Q&A time with fans as well as a True/False quiz show.

“This may be hard to believe but I am deeply moved every time I meet fans from far away through fan meetings,” the actor was quoted as saying. “I was very surprised at the autograph signing because I didn’t think that many people would show up to see me for just a short time. I am very sorry that I can’t come more often, but I think I made fun memories during my Hong Kong visit.”

Jang, 23, has appeared in several notable television dramas and films including “Beethoven Virus” (MBC, 2008) and “The Case of Itaewon Homicide” (2009).

He became a phenomenon in Korea and throughout Asia after starring in the hit TV series “Minamishineyo” (SBS, 2009), in which he portrayed an eccentric lead singer of idol group A.N.JELL.

Jang will be taking part in the club festival “South Africa in LOUNGE H,” which he organized, at Seoul’s Walkerhill Hotel Gayageum Hall later tonight. He will be cheering on the 2010 World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Nigeria, which airs in Korea early tomorrow morning.

Korean actor Jang Keun-suk at the “2010 JANG KEUN SUK Asia Tour in Hong Kong” held in Hong Kong on June 20, 2010. [Tree J Company]

source: asiae.co.kr


[100621/KPOP] F.CUZ TO MEET JAPANESE FANS THIS SEPTEMBER

F.CUZ member Kan, Lee U, Yejun and Jinon [Can&J’s Entertainment]

Korean idols F.CUZ will be meeting with fans in Japan in September, according to press release from their agency Can&J’s Entertainment on Monday.

Can&J’s announced in a press release that the boys are scheduled to hold a fan meeting at the 1,500-seat Laforet Museum Roppongi in Tokyo on September 4. The group was originally scheduled to carry out promotional activities in the country in early August.

Just last weekend, they held their first-ever meet and greet in Taiwan which was attended by about 2,000 fans.

The boy band will also be visiting Singapore in late July and Thailand in September.

F.CUZ is composed of Kan, Yejun, Jinon and LeeU, who made their debut in early January with their digital single album “Jiggy” featuring their title track of the same name.

source: asiae.co.kr


[100621/HALLYU] LEE MIN-HO SPENDS THE WEEKEND WITH ASIAN FANS

Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]

Hallyu star Lee Min-ho celebrated his upcoming birthday with his fans over the weekend, hosting a fan meeting for some 4,500 fans who turned up from Korea, Japan and China to see the actor.

The actor entertained his local and foreign guests in various ways at the event titled “2010 The Special Day with Minoz” held at Seoul’s Kyung Hee University on June 20.

The fan meeting started with a showing of video message sent in by the fans, followed by a musical performance by Korean pop group See Ya, who performed their hits “His Voice” and “My Heart Is Heavy With Emotions,” which was featured on the soundtrack for Lee’s TV series “Personal Taste.”

Lee too displayed his vocal chops, singing the song “Falling Slowly” from the Irish indie hit film “Once” (2006) which he had been practicing for the fan meeting.

“While I was rehearsing the song, I realized that singing isn’t for everyone,” said the actor. “I am not talented enough [to release an album] but I would like to take part in a soundtrack if the opportunity came by.”

He added that he is a fan of the film “Once” and thinks “Falling Slowly” suits his voice.

Lee also carried on a friendly conversation with comedian Yoon Hyung-bin, who served as the emcee for the fan meeting.

The event featured several musical guests including boy band 2AM, female singer Younha and Taiwanese entertainer Joseph Cheng, who is considered the “Rain of Taiwan.” Lee and Cheng exchanged gifts and promised to maintain their friendship in the future.

Below is a Q&A session held with Lee Min-ho.

Q: It takes about two days to shoot a fashion spread or commercial. What do you afterwards?
▶ Lee: Zone out.

Q: Any changes after removing the metal pin?
▶ Lee: A little discomfort but nothing too inconvenient in everyday life.

Q: You have a puppy named “Choco” – does it like your mom or you?
▶ Lee: It likes my sister.

Q: How do you choose your acting projects? And what kind of roles do you want to play?
▶ Lee: I want to play all kinds of professions. No rule about how I choose my acting work. Just when I find the character attractive.

Q: What do people in other countries call you?
▶ Lee: I have one name but everyone says it differently. People from Thailand elongate the “Min.”

Q: Any other dream you want to achieve besides acting?
▶ Lee: Soccer player. My childhood dream was to become a professional soccer player.

Q: What do you do on your days off from work?
▶ Lee: I sleep, play, eat, sing and work out. I learn a lot of things so the day goes by very fast.

Q: When you are busy shooting, how do you make time?
▶ Lee: I can’t.

Q: Your most memorable character?
▶ Lee: Mino-me. (My character doll)

Q: How do you break the ice with the staff members when you start shooting a new film or drama?
▶ Lee: I try to talk to them a lot. I had met Son Ye-jin for the second time on the day we shot the poster [for TV series “Personal Taste”]. We had to act like we were close friends for the poster concept and I got so into the acting that I called Son Ye-jin, “Dork.” There was an immediate silence.

Q: What do you wear when you go to sleep?
▶ Lee: I tend to walk around in my underwear when I’m home.

source: asiae.co.kr


SUPER JUNIOR CONQUERS SINGAPORE

By Liaw Lee Sun, channelnewsasia.com | Posted: 07 June 2010 1625 hrs

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Yesung delivers a ballad solo

SINGAPORE : Some 1,600 lucky fans of the hugely popular Korean boyband Super Junior (SuJu) got to meet their favourite idols at a private music showcase at the Marina Bay Sands convention centre in Singapore on Sunday.

Lines were snaking in the early morning hours as fans – predominantly female – came armed with giant posters and banners, while others donned SuJu-themed T-shirts in show of support.

Now, you might think this showcase is a girl’s thing, but guys, it was totally fun.

The K-pop group – short of members Kangin, Kyuhyun and Kibum – had no trouble wowing fans with their stylish choreographed-based songs.

Sporting a mod look in their all-black outfits, the nine SuJu members opened the show with the titular track of their latest album “Bonamana”, a punchy dance number infused with bouncy African rhythms and club house beats.

With all that high-power dancing and shuffling around the triangular stage, you would not have guessed that these guys had just touched down at Changi Airport barely six hours prior to the showcase.

Following the opener, SuJu member Yesung impressed with a ballad solo “It Has To Be You”, while members of sub-group Super Junior-T roused the crowd again with the trot-inspired “Rokkugo”.

Apart from the song and dance, June baby Ryeowook also celebrated his birthday in advance with fans, who showered him with a cake topped with a piano figurine, and a Korean birthday song. Touched by the gesture, the soft-spoken 22-year-old wished for a concert in Singapore for the fans in return.

After the birthday interlude, the mirthful mood amongst members persisted as they teased the frenzied crowd with a playful number “Pajama Party”. The always gallant Siwon grasped a camcorder onstage – in the midst of the song – to help a crew capture his mates and himself in action.

But no SuJu repertoire can be complete without “Sorry Sorry” – the song that almost single-handedly propelled them to super-stardom and cemented the group’s iconic status across Asia. Driving the crowd crazy with the infectious melody and finely honed dance moves, SuJu members closed the 40-minute showcase on a climatic note.

It seems fans weren’t the only ones charmed by the group. Host Belinda Lee proclaimed herself a SuJu fan at the gig, after confessing flushingly that she too has fallen under the spell of charismatic leader Lee Teuk.

Aside from singing, members including Heechul, Siwon and Shindong have also established firm footholds in the acting and hosting arenas. And they are game to do more.

“We are not afraid or scared to do anything on variety shows. We’ve done too much actually… including outrageous things such as cross-dressing,” said Lee Teuk during a press conference earlier.

The good-humoured group mused out loud that they are toying with the idea of splashing their mates with water while they are asleep and film their reactions for variety show.

All in all, SuJu put out a fantastic showcase – albeit a short one – with outstanding showmanship. And they sound as good as they look. Even for fans who had paid highly inflated prices for the tickets on eBay, it was worth it. – CNA

source: ChannelNewsAsia.com


[100527/HALLYU] LEE MIN-HO FANMEET ON JUNE 20

Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]

Korean actor Lee Min-ho will hold a fan meeting on June 20, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment on Thursday.

Starhaus announced through a press release that the actor will meet with his fans at the event titled “2010, The Special Day with Minoz” at the Grand Peace Palace located in Kyung Hee University in June.

The event will be attended by some 4,500 fans from both Korea and overseas to celebrate Lee’s birthday on June 22 and the second anniversary of his fan club.

Lee had raised anticipation for the upcoming fan meeting after leaving a message on his official site on the last day his latest drama “Personal Taste” aired: “Thank you for everything that you have done and I hope we can spend a great time at my fan meeting.”

Tickets for his 2,500-seat fan meeting last year sold out in just one minute of going on sale. Korean celebrities Kim Su-ro, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Ki-bang, K.Will, Park Bo-young and idol group T-Max had made special guest appearances.

Tickets for Lee’s upcoming fan meeting will be available at online reservation site Auction today at 5 p.m.

Lee, 22, rose to fame in Korea and throughout Asia starring in last year’s hit KBS series “Boys Over Flowers.”

In “Personal Taste,” which ended its run last Thursday, he played a man pretending to be gay to live with a female roommate, alongside Korean actress Son Ye-jin.

Picture of upcoming Lee Min-hoo’s fan meeting “2010, the Special day with Minoz” [Starhaus Entertainment]

cre: asiae.co.kr


[HALLYU] CHOI JI WOO TO HOLD AUTOGRAPH SESSION THIS WEEK IN SEOUL

Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]

Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be holding an autograph session in Seoul on Friday, according to cosmetics brand Shiseido on Tuesday.

The actress will be meeting fans and signing autographs at a fan event, to be held at Seoul’s Lotte Department Store on March 26.

The event, sponsored by Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido which Choi endorses, will celebrate the launch of “Jiwoo Serum”, a new product named after the actress.”I am excited to meet fans for the first time in a long time,” the actress was quoted as saying. “I hope this will be an opportunity to express my gratitude to them before I get to meet them through good work this year.”

Choi, 34, first garnered attention when she appeared in popular television series “First Love” (KBS, 1996) alongside top Korean actor Bae Yong-joon. She re-united with Bae six years later in the smash hit drama “Winter Sonata” (KBS, 2002), which turned the two actors into household names throughout Asia.

She has starred in numerous dramas and films to date including “Stairway to Heaven” (SBS, 2003) with Kwon Sang-woo and Kim Tae-hee and reality-based film “Actresses”, in which she and five other Korean actresses appeared as themselves last year.

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