Japanese idol band KAT-TUN will be making their first appearance in Korea on MNet’s “M Countdown” on July 1.
“This is a band that brought over 680,000 fans to their concert in Japan last year,” MNet Media, the group’s representative in Korea said.
“The show will provide the perfect chance for Korean fans to see one of Japan’s representative bands in action.”
The band will have its first concert in Korea on Aug. 6 and 7. The show sold out in just 20 minutes after tickets went on sale on June 23.
Japanese idol group KAT-TUN will be visiting Korea for their first-ever concert in the country in August, according to their Korean licenser Mnet Media on Friday.
A press release from Mnet said that the six-member boy band will hold their two-day concert at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on August 6 and 7, as one of the stops on their Asia Tour titled “KAT-TUN World Big Tour.”
They are scheduled to take the stages of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and several countries throughout the Asia region.
A representative from Mnet stated, “Local fans are showing great interest in the group performing in the country and they will be able to experience high quality music from KAT-TUN.”
KAT-TUN, composed of members Kazuya Kamenashi, Jin Akanishi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamura, made their debut in 2006 with their first single album “Real Face.”
They are considered to be one of the most popular boy bands in Japan and have appeared in various Japanese variety shows, dramas and commercials.
Japanese idols KAT-TUN have revealed in a monthly magazine that they want to meet Korean actress Han Hyo-joo.
According to an interview the group conducted with Japanese magazine TVnavi, the members talked about their upcoming Asia tour beginning this month in Thailand, Korea and Taiwan, as well as mentioning their interest in Han.
“We are looking forward to seeing a lot of pretty women in Korea. We heard somewhere that we are quite popular in the country,” Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru were quoted saying.
Tatsuya Ueda went on to say, “To be honest, I have someone who I would like to meet when I go to Korea. I want to meet the female lead from the drama “Shining Inheritance. She is so pretty.”
“Since she is familiar with the culture in Japan she knows who KAT-TUN is. She is also interested in the band and wants to thank them for their interest,” a representative from Han’s agency BH Entertainment stated in response.
KAT-TUN, who made their debut in March 2006, have recorded numerous hit songs in the country including “Real Face,” “Signal” and recently “Going!”
Actress Han has appeared in several movies and dramas including “Spring Waltz” and “Iljimae” since making her debut in 2004 through MBC sitcom “Nonstop 5.” She then shot to superstardom after starring in “Shining Inheritance” last year which recorded ratings of over 47 percent.
She is currently starring in the historical epic “Dong Yi – Jewel in the Crown.”
VAMPS charted at #2 with their latest single, just slightly ahead of Ketsumeishi. The fictional anime band Girls Dead Monster ranked #4. The rest of the top ten included other new releases from FUNKY MONKEY BABYS (#6), Choshinsung (#9), and Erina Mano (#10).
On the album charts, Hideaki Tokunaga’s “VOCALIST 4” kept its #1 spot for a fourth straight week with an additional 37,000 in sales. At #2 was Suga Shikao, who now has his 13th consecutive top-ten album. This sets a new record for “consecutive top-ten albums starting with an artist’s first album,” surpassing Yutaka Ozaki, who achieved 12 of them before his sudden death.
Mariko Takahashi (#5) and Tiara (#10) also charted on the top ten with their new albums.
Source: Oricon = TOKYOGRAPH.COM
Here’s the MV of their single “Going!”:
KAT-TUN’s tour is scheduled to run from May to August. Most of the concerts will be in Japan, but a few of them will be held overseas. They will perform in Bangkok on July 31, in Seoul on August 6-7, and in Taipei on August 27-28. Other sources say that a Hawaii concert is also being considered.
However, Akanishi is expected to leave for Los Angeles in May to prepare for three concerts on June 19-20. These will be the first solo performances in the U.S. by a Johnny’s artist.
This is not the first time that Akanishi has been to Los Angeles. From 2006 to 2007, he took a break from show business and spent half a year there to study English.
After a solo performance in February, Akanishi received an offer from American cable channel UTB, which focuses on Japanese programs. At the time, KAT-TUN’s Asia tour had already been finalized, but after discussions with the other members and agency president Johnny Kitagawa, it was decided that the tour would go on without Akanishi. He agreed to three concerts on June 19-20 at the Club Nokia venue at the L.A. Live complex. It is said that he will perform the shows entirely in English.
Akanishi is expected to remain in Los Angeles until October. He will be involved in promotional activities and is considering additional U.S. concerts.
Source: Sankei Sports + tokyograph.com
BANDAGE opening in Taiwan and Korea. Negotiations going on for other countries,
Translated by arama_translate
Akanishi’s “BANDAGE” advancing globally!
Akanishi Jin (25) of the popular group “KAT-TUN”‘s first movie “BANDAGE” will be distributed in Korea and Taiwan starting the 16th. The distributor, Toho, is “under negotions with (other) countries”, so it seems like the rock band vocals of Akanishi’s will be heard all over the world. As of today in Japan, it’s been released on 214 screens across the country, and box office revunue is expected to start at 20 billion yen. In Tokyo, Akanishi and the others had a greeting where they celebrated the movie’s opening and global advancement.
There is some great news with the premiere of the movie. It’s been decided that the movie “BANDAGE”, starring Akanishi, will be distributed in Taiwan and Korea. Furthermore, it seems that other countries are voluntarily negotiating a release.
For Akanishi, who hasn’t had any overseas performances with KAT-TUN, will this time step into foreign markets with his group activities.
Acting in this film is of course, the rock band LANDS, who last November came out with the single “BANDAGE”, and this month on the 13th came out with an album “Olympos”, were a big hit. It seems that the two faces of drama and music will be recognized worldwide.
With such good news, Akanishi, at the main screening building in Tokyo, Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills, appeared with Kitano Kii, Anne and others. They celebrated the premiere and global advancement with the fans.
The movie is about Natsu (whom Akanishi plays), a leader of the rock band LANDS that’s having some conflicts, and the growing up that comes with adolescence. Appropriate of a movie about a rock band, the shooting was the same production as when the artist Yazawa Eikichi sang “Tomaranai Ha~Ha”, where the fans threw their towels.
With 500 towels thrown up all at once, the theater completely changed into a concert hall. Furthermore, 1 towel managed to hang off of Akanishi’s head. Akanishi wore the towel jokingly. Different from the shameless attitude of the group, his expression was very loose.
He responded admirably with, “I’m filled with gratitude to everyone. Since we’ve been shooting since the year before last, it’s like, it’s finally open”.
KAT-TUN member Tanaka Koki went to see the solo concert held by NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa (a.k.a. Yama-P). He also looked back at some memorable incidents.
Tanaka “A while ago I went to see Yama-P’s concert! He looked brilliant. We used to go to the same high school, where we enjoyed doing stupid things and getting scolded by the teachers. I slept over at Yama-P’s house and then inviting Yama-P to my home. Although we were performing as Johnny’s members I naturally felt that we were closer as classmates.
After we costarred in the drama series ‘白虎隊 / Byakkotai’, I started to consider him as a ‘colleague’ as well. When we were filming ‘白虎隊 / Byakkotai’, above anything else I didn’t want to ‘lose’ to him.
Now we’ve grown up, and I saw the person I had done stupid things together and had worked together unflinchingly perform at a big concert. It felt kind of funny, but it made me think that I have to do my best to perform just as hard as Yama-P.
Since I’ve been talking about ‘Akira,’ I should talk about ‘Shuji’ as well! [‘Shuji to Akira’ was an artist duo formed by Yamashita and KAT-TUN member Kamenashi; Yamashita was called ‘Akira’, while Kamenashi became ‘Shuji’.] Two days after my birthday, Kame-chan [Kamenashi] and I went out to eat dinner together to celebrate! I requested that we eat ‘shabu-shabu’♪ [‘Shabu-shabu; しゃぶしゃぶ’ is a type of Japanese dish similar to the Chinese dish ‘hot pot’.]
We talked about a lot of things…about our future, our careers and trivial things too. Don’t worry Kame-chan, I’m 24 years old. I’m an adult now. I’ll work hard and move forward one step at a time so I can go head to head with everybody!
I don’t know what we’d be doing several years from now…let’s just do our best. Let’s do our utmost, and overcome any obstacles that get in our way…and a few years from now we should again go and eat shabu-shabu and have fun!
‘Akira’ and ‘Shuji’ have given me strength. They made me feel I should continue to work hard! From this month I’m planning to take dance lessons. I like dancing so I’m looking forward to it!!”
Since they’re so close together, they are able to become good influences for each other. As they continue to compete with each other, their relationships will last for years to come!