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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.”



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.



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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Credit: (Chinese translation) LOVE小馬馬@NO.43Park + (English translation)

Popular group SS501 member Park Jung Min started his 1st actor role as ‘Flowerly Begger’.

In the newly broadcast MBC Every 1 ‘Human Theatre 2010’, as the main lead, Park Jung Min acted with his superb acting skill. He acted in the story as a person who won 2 million lottery, and from a rich man turning into a tramp.

‘Human Theatre 2010’ is a remake from the popular program ‘Human Theatre’ in the 90s. Although the basic structure of having a main actor who changed his life after making a choice remains unchanged, but following by the arrival of year 2010, more emphasis would be on topics which will gain more empathize from the public.

In the 1st broadcast in the 20th, Park Jung Min will turn into the Jung Min in the drama, acting as the lead actor who won the 1st prize lottery and holding on 2 billion won. Especially when met with the choice of whether wanting to hide the winning secretly and owning it alone, or telling people beside him and share the winning, and also suddenly turning into a begger. Jung Min has shown his exceptional acting in the rise and fall in these interlude.

‘Human Theatre 2010’ staff praised Park Jung Min acting saying: “In the last 5 days of filming, under the weather from the last few days which just have the heaviest snow storm in 103 years, the filming still have to be continued. Park Jung Min walked in the snow covering up till his knees, filming in much difficulties but he had never complained about it at all. Having such a passion and respect in his work, he won everybody’s praises.”

However, during the role changing, Park Jung Min actually has some anecdoct which caused everybody can’t laugh. Jung Min appeared in the tramp styling in his disheveled clothings, however his originally exceptional good outlook doesn’t even made looked like a tramp. This made the production team worried while filming the entire episode. After the filming, Park Jung Min received a new nickname ‘Flowery Begger’ from his working partners.

The looked of ‘Flowery boy’ Park Jung Min turning into ‘Flowery begger’ would be revealed in MBC Every1 ‘Human Theatre 2010’ on the 20th night, 12.10am.


Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 [Asia Economic Daily]

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.

Reporter : Lim Hye-seon
Editor : Lynn Kim
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