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Thursday, December 07, 2006
Shinhwa Chosen Best Korean Singer Overseas
Foreign internet users have selected the six-man group Shinhwa as the best
Korean singer of the year, according to Arirang International Broadcasting on
Wednesday. The group’s song “Once in a Lifetime” received 60 percent of the
votes cast by foreign internet users.
Shinhwa beat last year’s winner,
Kang Ta, who came in second with 20.3 percent followed by TVXQ with 17.3
percent. Super Junior took fourth place followed by Bada, Se7en, BoA, SG
Wannabe, Buzz, and Paek Ji-young, with all of them winning less than 1 percent
of the votes.
Only foreign netizens were allowed to participate in the
vote by blocking domestic IP addresses, with the number of participants tripling
from last year to some 1.9 million.
By nation, Chinese accounted for the
majority of participants with 1.35 million, followed by Americans, Australians,
French, Canadians, Cambodians, Brazilians, Malaysians, Taiwanese, and Japanese.
Twelve Korean singers and groups, including SG Wannabe, Fly to the Sky,
Hwi-sung, Lee Min-woo and Jun Jin, will hold a showcase in Shanghai,
Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Korea
Culture and Content Agency, the showcase, entitled “Feel the K-POP in Shanghai,”
will take place November 3-4. Other performers will include Tony Ahn, Kim
Hyun-chul, Kang Kyun-sung, V.O.S., Typhoon and Ha Dong-kyun.
of the showcase is to publicize Korean music in the Chinese-speaking region and
pave the way for Korean artists’ advancement to China.
Some 300 Chinese
music producers, representatives of record companies, media outlets and music
experts are expected to attend a business consultation slated for November 3 in
Shanghai to discuss cooperation with Korean music companies.
will be attended by Chinese music experts and some 8,000 fans of Korean pop. The
12 artists and groups that will perform at the showcase were selected by the
Korea Culture and Content Agency in July.
The director of the agency said
that so far Korean pop music has failed to establish business ties with the
Chinese market despite its popularity in the Asian region, and that the event
will hopefully produce positive business results by promoting partnerships
between Korean and Chinese music companies.
Shinhwa will become the first band from South Korea to give a concert in
Singapore. The event will take place October 10 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium
as part of Shinhwa's 2006 tour.
Shinhwa will visit Singapore for the
second time following its first visit in 2004 to participate in the Euphoria
2004 concert. That same year, the band became the first from South Korea to
enter the top-ten of Singapore’s Mandarin chart with the song “Perfect Man.”
"We’ll do our best to leave a good impression in Singapore as the first
Korean artists to give a concert there,” said the band.
band Lug will appear as guest peformers to open Shinhwa’s concert.
Shinhwa will sing “Once in a Lifetime,” the title song of its eighth
album, as well as “Brand New,” “Perfect Man” and other hit songs.
September 7, the band will domestically release its single “There Is a Sun in
Our Hearts,” the first single the band released in Japan.
Lee Min-woo Named PR Ambassador for Chinese Music Show
Lee Min-woo, a member of the band Shinhwa, has been named PR ambassador of the
Chinese music show “M. Music Club,” produced by Chinese production firm Enlight
Media. Lee will participate in the opening show of the program and a news
conference September 3 in a large studio of Enlight Media in Beijing.
Music Club,” which will air every evening for 20 minutes beginning September 10,
is a result of a partnership with China Mobile, a subsidiary of the Chinese
telecom service provider China Telecom. The show will introduce the best new
songs popular in mobile media and events for artists and fans.
opening show of the program, Chinese singer CiCi will perform her song
“Cinderella’s Magic,” which was selected the most recommended song of China
Mobile in September. CiCi’s music video featuring and produced by Lee in May
will also be introduced for the first time.
Enlight Media says the show
is yet additional evidence that the Chinese music market has been transforming
into a mobile market, just like Korea, and that the event, which Lee will attend
as the only South Korean artist, will feature some 50 artists from
Chinese-speaking regions whose songs have gained popularity via mobile
communication means. Some 100 reporters from entertainment and economy-related
media outlets will also attend the event.
Lee’s nomination as the show’s
PR ambassador stems from his popularity in China as a solo artist and a member
of the group Shinhwa. Shinhwa’s agency, Good Entertainment, said Lee’s fan base
in China has expanded since the release of his second solo album early this year
and Shinhwa’s concert in China in July, where he showed off impressive artistic
skills and hidden talents. Another reason might lie in the fact that there are
several letters “M” in the show’s title (Lee uses the nickname “M” as a solo
Lee, who leaves for China September 3, said he was impressed by
the enthusiasm of his Chinese fans during Shinhwa’s concerts in China and is
excited to have an opportunity to visit that country again. He also expressed
hope that the show will contribute to the development of the Chinese music
Shin Hye-sung, a member of the group Shinhwa, has formed a musical duet with
up-and-coming artist Sun Min.
The two will debut August 27 on SBS TV’s
music show as part of efforts to promote its single album due for release August
Sun, who currently performs in Japan, will return to Korea August 26
to appear on the SBS TV show and the 1st Seoul Drama Awards ceremony to be held
on the evening of the same day at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City
The duo’s first single album consists of the Korean-licensed
version of the song “Keep Holding” from the original soundtrack of the movie
“Sinking of Japan,” which opened in July and topped the Japanese box-office. Sun
performed the song in Japan with famous Japanese singer and songwriter Toshinobu
Shin and Sun will participate in the movie’s premiere in Korea on
August 29 along with the movie’s director, Shinji Hikuchi, and lead actor
As a solo artist, Shin will also release his remake
album, “The Story Of Musicians,” on September 14. The singer says he is both
excited and nervous to begin his solo activities, and hopes to show off a
completely new image as a member of the new duo.
Members of the male band Shinhwa gathered together at the premiere of the movie
"Holy Daddy," which stars Lee Min-woo, one of Shinhwa’s members.
movie’s VIP premiere was held August 22 in Seoul.
Despite their busy
schedules, Shinhwa members attended the event because it was Lee’s first
big-screen role. Even Eric Moon, who is currently filming a TV drama, took the
time to congratulate Lee. However, Kim Dong-wan was unable to come because he
was shooting the first scene of “Best Theater,” where he plays a lead role.
Shinhwa members gave Lee a standing ovation when he introduced
Shinhwa will give concerts in Japan and Singapore in September
as part of its Asian tour.
The six-man group Shinhwa, currently on an Asian tour, has held
a successful concert in Bangkok, Thailand, following performances
in China. The group held its first Thai concert on Friday at the
Impact Arena, where many world-famous artists, including Korean
singer Rain, have performed.
Shinhwa began the concert with the song “Perfect Man” from
its fifth album and captivated the audience throughout the two-hour
concert with its outstanding dancing and singing abilities. It performed
all its hit songs from its eight-year career since its debut in
1998, including “Wild Eyes,” “I Pray 4 U,” “Hey, Come On,”
“Once in a Lifetime,” and “How Do I Say.”
The audience welcomed the group by holding cheering pickets written
in Korean as well as English and Thai. They also brought other objects
such as balloons to express their enthusiasm. During the course
of the concert, Shinhwa expressed their gratitude in broken Thai,
to which the audience responded with deafening cheers and applause.
Lee Min-woo and Shin Hye-sung, two members who are also successfully
working as solo artists, gave solo performances as part of the concert.
Lee performed his solo hit song “Bump” accompanied by dynamic
dance moves, and Shin displayed his outstanding singing ability
by singing “Ditto.”
After the concert, a birthday party for Jun Jin was held onstage.
The other members prepared a cake for him and sang a birthday song
together with the audience. At the suggestion of the other members,
the audience also gave Jun a thundering cheer, shouting “Happy
birthday to you.”
“Thank you very much and I love you,” Jun responded to the
audience. “I am thrilled to be with the other members here on my
The group members also tried their parts to please the audience.
Jun and Andy each picked up a doll among gifts the fans had placed
on the stage even before the concert had started, and faced each
other while singing “You’re My Everything.” Near the end of the
concert, Kim Dong-wan picked up a pair of underwear and pretended
to put it on and then take it off, evoking laughter from the audience.
Eric was welcomed a little more enthusiastically than the other
members because he is quite popular in Thailand due to his role
in the dramas “Rookie” and “Phoenix.” Whenever Eric rapped,
he evoked loud cheers from the audience.
As a special event for Thai fans, Shinhwa released a music video
for “Throw My Fist,” the title song of its recently-released Japanese
But the poor acoustics of the facility posed a minor problem.
“The acoustics were not so good, but the audience’s response was
great enough to make up for that,” Lee said.
Shinhwa will wrap up its tour after concerts in Singapore on
Sept. 10, Tokyo on Sept. 24 and Osaka on Sept. 26.
The Japanese media has praised Korean stars for their generous
donations for flood victims.
Oricon & Entertainment World reported Sunday that Korean
stars including actors Bae Yong-jun and Song Seung-heon donated
a huge amount of money for flood victims.
Singer Kim Dong-wan, a member of the group Shinhwa, contributed
150 million won to the KBS benefit program “Request of Love” and
asked it to use the money for flood victims, Oricon & Entertainment
Actor Song Seung-heon sent 50 million won to KBS as a donation
for flooding victims, saying that he hoped he could provide a little
help to the victims. Song is serving in the military in Inje, Gangwon
Province, which was hard hit during this summer’s rainy spell.
Actors Bae Yong-jun, Lee Byeong-heon and Yoo Ji-tae also donated
200 million won, 100 million won and 30 million won, respectively,
Oricon & Entertainment World reported.
Korean entertainers are as generous as Hollywood stars in charity
activities, the Japanese media company said. Some people downplay
the goodwill activities of stars as a strategy to promote their
own image. But many people view them favorably, since such acts
have been shown to positively impact adolescents, it said.
Korean singer Eric’s participation in a new recording by the
Japanese group SMAP has drawn the attention of the Japanese media.
The online edition of the Japanese Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday
that Eric, a member of the Korean idol male group Shinhwa, wrote
lyrics for the rapping part of the song “Tokio,” which is contained
in the new recording of the Japanese group. The new album “Pop
up! SMAP” was released on July 26. “Tokio” is a remake of SMAP’s
previous hit song.
Eric recorded the song in a studio in southern Seoul.
The Korean and Japanese groups’ friendly relationship began
after Shinhwa’s Shin Hye-sung and SMAP’s Kusanagi Tsuyoshi sang
the duet song “Sky,” featuring lyrics written by Shinhwa’s Lee
Min-woo, for the Japanese group’s 16th album “Sample Bang” released
in July last year.
It is the first time for Eric to individually take part in a
recording by the Japanese group.
Eric said, “SMAP is one of my favorite groups. I was glad to
work with them. I hope Japanese fans will love both SMAP’s new
recording and Shinhwa’s first Japanese album, which will be released
on August 16.”
Shinhwa Reveals Their Secret Notebook Through Repackaged Album
Popular group Shinhwa are revealing every single aspect of their 8th album making process.
the 16th, Shinhwa will release their 8th album 'State of the Art''s
'Special Edition'. This special edition will be constructed as a CD and
DVD where the CD will include a newly edited 'Throw My Fist' and
The special edition's DVD will have all the
scenes of the recording, dance practice, music video filming, jacket
photo shoot, guerilla fan-signing locations and much more.
the special edition's album jacket will have all the unreleased photos
from Shinhwa's 8th album photo shoot and episodes from their music
video filming showing a large variety of the six men's natural and
Together with this, the secret notebook previously
mentioned on which the members wrote messages to each other during the
period of their 8th album recording will be revealed, providing a
direct look into the encouragements and practical jokes played by the
Shinhwa members as well as their exact thoughts during the time.
revealed, "This special edition shows the entire process of making the
8th album, as well as what the fans want to see; ourselves normally and
what we have written" and "We hope everyone would learn more about
Shinhwa through the special edition. We also ask for lots of love for
our new album releasing in Japan too."
In the meantime,
Shinhwa will leave for Japan on the 7th for promotion of the first
official Japanese album 'Inspiration #1' also releasing on the 16th and
then to Thailand for Shinhwa's 2006 tour, 'STATE OF THE ART in