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.”
| The K-Pop mania is here to stay
DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) Updated June 09, 2010 12:00 AM
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.
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!
Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 recently attended former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan’s 80th birthday party, according to his agency DSP Media on Tuesday.
“Before attending a birthday party for [DSP agency CEO] Mr. Lee Ho-yeon, Kim stopped by the reception for former president Chun Doo-hwan with Mr. Lee,” an official at DSP Media was quoted as saying.
The official explained that Kim was scheduled to attend Lee’s dinner party with his bandmates but when Lee received a call from Chun’s party, the two briefly dropped by the event together. The agency stressed that “it had just happened” and asked that “there be no misunderstandings.”
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 Koo Hye-sun.
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Leader of boy band SS501 Kim Hyun-joong has turned down the offer to appear in the new season of SBS variety show “Family Outing”, according to his agency DSP Media on Thursday.
An official at DSP told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that although Kim did receive the offer, he had “decided not to take on the show due to his conflicting work schedules and other issues.”
Producers of “Family” have reportedly asked other idol group members — including Yoona (of Girls’ Generation), Daesung (Big Bang) and Taecyeon (2PM) — to be regulars on the new season. However, their agencies have all replied that “nothing has been decided”.
“Family Outing” was one of the most popular variety shows in Korea since its premiere in June 2008. With many Korean celebrities regularly appearing on the show, “Family” had recorded viewership ratings of over 30 percent.
However, the “reality-based” variety show sparked controversy last year when one of the scripts was leaked on the Internet. Fans became outraged when they found that the show was pre-scripted and ratings for the show had been declining ever since.
The entire cast from the first season of “Family”, including the show’s host Yoo Jae-seok and singer Lee Hyori, are set to leave the show after shooting the final episode next week.
With the second season scheduled to air around late February or early March, members of the new cast is expected to be confirmed later this month.
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SS501 leader Kim HyunJoong has gained recognition as Hallyu star throughout Southeast Asia.
In ‘2009 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards’ held on 14-Dec in HongKong, he received his solo awards such as Asia Best Male Star award, Taiwan Netizen Choice Best Korean Star award, Korea Netizen Choice Best Male Star award, etc. Recently, he attended a variety show by Japan Fuji TV to be broadcasted as a New Year’s Special.
Out of the well-known Hallyu Stars in Japan, Kim HyunJoong is the only one who got invited by Fuji TV. Japan programs usually invites their own local artistes so it is exceptional that they invited an artiste from another country, i.e Kim HyunJoong. This also shows that Kim HyunJoong’s popularity in Japan is significant.
Not only that, in a recent survey done by Japan’s Hallyu Magazine shows Kim HyunJoong getting first place in drama actor and Hallyu star of next generation sections. Defeating stars who entered into the Japan scene earlier than Kim HyunJoong, such as Lee ByungHun, Ryu ShiWon, Kim Bum, Lee MinHo, etc. making the victory even more meaningful.
Kim HyunJoong’s popularity continues to spread to other Asia countries. He received invitations from Asia countries such as China, HongKong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, etc, furthermore ‘Boys Over Flowers’ had been exported to over 10 Asia countries, leading the Hallyu wave. In the new year, SS501 will visit Thailand as part of their Asia Tour stop in January. (it’s Feb, not Jan…)
Even though Kim HyunJoong acted in romantic scenes with his unique sensitive acting which captured many females’ heart, he displays powerful masculine attractiveness and quintessence metro-sexual in SS501 performances.
Kim HyunJoong also generated the first syndrome this year in Korea with ‘Boys Over Flowers’, receiving the name of ‘Nation’s Sunbae’ and recognition rises rapidly, constantly involved in various fashion shows, dinner shows as well as large-scale and small-scale events.
As the new Asia’s Hallyu leader, there is a lot of attention on Kim HyunJoong to suppress Yon-sama.
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SS501 Kim HyunJoong talked about his experience of seeing a ghost.
Kim HyunJoong appeared for SBS ‘Strong Heart’ to be broadcasted on 15-Dec, and revealed ‘This is a real incident that happened in SS501’s dorm. It was bothersome having to see ghost and hear voices frequently.”
Kim HyunJoong said “One day, I heard a voice of an unknown person in the dorm. After which, some beyond explanation strange incidents continued to happen in our dorm, then one night, I finally saw the wordless song which shouldn’t be seen” (sorry, I’m not sure what he meant here, so maybe I’ve translated it wrongly…)
Kim HyunJoong added that he was very scared at that time and without knowing it himself, he behaved (?) hysterically which surprised the other members.
‘Strong Heart’ continues its part 2 from 8-Dec with SS501 Park JungMin, Kim HyungJoon, Cultwo, Ji SangRyul, Shoo, Yang MiRa, Yang EunJi, Jazz pianist Jin BoRa, etc. broadcasted together with ‘Christmas Special’ with Psy, Kim JangHoon, SNSD TaeYeon, Eun JiWon, Shin BongSun, Heo LeeJae, Won KiJoon, magician Lee EunKyul, appearing in it.
Although you and I have parted, it must be just that our destinies didn’t meet…
I hope you’ll meet someone nice…
Since you’re really a good person, no matter who you’re with.
Since you were too good for me… I hope a love that’s worthy of you will find you…
I hope you’ll always be happy.
Do you know? You are beautiful when you smile.
I may occasionally cry because I miss you. But… I hope you’ll always smile.
I hope you’ll always be happy.
*Lyrics from a certain Korean song featured in “Star Variety: We Got Married Ep. 37” where Hwang Bo and Kim Hyun Joong bid their last farewell note in the sand at the beach. (Romantic? and yet sad..)