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Male idol group SS501 had their fanmeeting in the airplane for the Korean and Japanese fans. The fanmeeting was name ‘Love and Support to SS501′.
The SS501 members have also stood in as plane attendants to make sure that their fans get a safe and comfortable flight. They served the fans beverages on the flight, and also taught a small lesson on flight safety – making it an unforgettable flight for the fans.
Kim Hyun Joong said responsibly, “If there happens to be a crisis on the plane, we will make sure all fans take shelter and gets to safety before we do.” Members Park Jung Min and Kim Hyung Joon were also chosen to be the ‘member with the best service on plane’ and the ‘member with the worst service on plane’.
SS501 were separated into 2 teams – one in Kimpo-JeJu trip and one for KimHae-JeJu trip. There will be 3 parts to the fanmeeting, and they will be aired every week on Mnet on ‘SS501’s Romantic Sky’ starting from 2nd June.
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May is a period where there are a lot of university festivals held in Korea. Thus, http://www.bugs.co.kr (the largest music site in Korea) held a poll on May 21st to know list of artists whom the students most want to be invited at their festivals.
The Most Wanted Artists To Be Invited to University Festival
“even if they’re only sitting still, SoShi will be still a big show!”
“TVXQ has been active in international activities. Currently TVXQ is advancing a live tour in Japan until early in July and it’s expected that the tour will be sold out.”
3. Super Junior
Occupied by a group of 13 members. Super Junior’s songs “Sorry, Sorry” and “It’s You” also gained good responses in bugs site as it’s placed at 5th on charts.
SM Entertainment’s groups are sweeping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, showing its scary power in music industry.
4. Big Bang
Big Bang whose rating rose in a short time. Netizens said, “It’s an opportunity for Big Bang. Recently they’re popular as a group and not idol.”
5. Kim Hyeon-joong SS501
6. Wonder Girls
Korean superstars Lee Min-Ho (Jun Pyo), Kim Hyun-Joong (Ji Hoo), Kim Bum (So Yi Jeong) and Kim Joon (Song Woo Bin), or popularly called “F4,” will visit the country, “The Buzz” host Kris Aquino announced Sunday.
There is no date yet as to when the stars will arrive in the Philippines but Aquino said it is going to be “soon.”
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango” by Yoko Kamio, the romantic story was first adapted in Taiwan as the phenomenal hit drama “Meteor Garden,” which aired on ABS-CBN in 2003. It starred Asia’s sensational boyband F4.
“Meteor Garden” remains to be one of the most successful Asianovelas aired on Philippine television, with an average rating of 42.9 percent in mega Manila and a nationwide average rating of 62 percent.
South Korea’s “Boys Over Flowers,” meanwhile, garnered an average rating of 30 percent. The show had a great impact on Korean pop culture as sales of men’s cosmetics and fashion items skyrocketed and the female lead’s hairstyle ruled the fashion world.
The Korean remake of “F4″ also launched the careers of the four Asian superstars.
Aquino said the producers of the Korean show were grateful that, like Meteor Garden, it also became a hit in the Philippines.
Starting Monday, “Boys Over Flowers” will be aired at 6 p.m. before “TV Patrol World.” It takes over the timeslot of “Pinoy Bingo Night,” which will now be aired after “Tayong Dalawa.”
Source: ABS-CBN News
3 members of SS501, who showed excellent activities with ‘U R Man’ & KBS ‘Boys Over Flowers’ OST, will be leaving for USA today (19-Mar).
They will take a good rest in USA and will be returning in a weeks’ time. Kim HyunJoong and Park JungMin will continue with their schedules in Korea.
SS501’s representative said “The 3 members will leave for awhile for their holiday. After which in May, the 5 of them will go to USA together. However, there is no confirmation on this schedule yet.”
With Kim HyunJoong’s appearance in ‘Boys Over Flowers’ and Park JungMin debut stage in musical ‘Grease’, the rest of the 3 members of SS501 also received great popularity with ‘Boys Over Flowers’ OST song ‘Because I am Stupid’. This song had been ranked first in various online websites, SS501’s singing abilities also gained recognition.
Their dance song ‘U R Man’ had won the mutizen song award in SBS ‘Inki Gayo’ in January, climbing to their peak of their career.
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In his interview with ISplus (reporter Kim Sung Eui) published on March 18, Kim Hyun Joong reveals what he wears to sleep, how he takes care of his skin, and who he wants to act with.
IS: Who is your favourite athlete?
KHJ: Kim Yuna. I fell under her charm while watching her compete in the world championships last year on TV when I was staying with SS501 in Japan last year. It was impressive to see her not get timid but confidently express herself although she was facing stiff competition from people like Japan’s Asada Mao. Even when she slipped on the ice, she maintained her composure, got up immediately, and put on a skating performance. That scene is unforgettable to me. Although she is younger than me, I could learn from how – no matter what the circumstance – she approaches everything that has to be done with the confidence that she is world-best.
IS: Who do you want to meet the most – in Korea or abroad?
KHJ: Definitely Seo Taiji. I listened to a diversity of music since I was young, but I admired and was envious of foreign music; particularly the rock genre. Seo Tai-ji & Boys’ “I Know” (”난 알아요”) was my favourite song when I was a student. I was extremely surprised that music like this came out in our country too. Upon hearing “Ultra Mania”, I made up my mind that I had to become a singer. I want to [meet and] say hello to the senior I respect, and also discuss music [with him] afterwards.
IS: Is there a skill/talent that you’ve worked on fine-tuning since you were a student?
KHJ: I played bass for a band during high school. I’m pretty good at guitar. If there’s a certain new theme (motif) that comes up, I enjoy expressing it on the guitar. I like the guitar so much that during my stay in Japan, I spent an entire day searching to acquire a rare guitar.
IS: Who is number 1 on your cellphone speed dial?
KHJ: I’m not smart, but I generally memorize the phone numbers that I use. I don’t specifically set speed dial.
IS: Which objects do you always carry around in your bag?
KHJ: Contact lenses and solution, a razor to shave my facial hair (five o’clock shadow) that has a bluish-greenish tinge, an extra pair of underwear and socks for overnight filming shoots – that’s all.
IS: Is there an actress you’d like to star opposite?
KHJ: Lee Hyori nuna. She was my ideal woman before I debuted as a singer, and following my debut, she is a senior I’m grateful to for giving me a lot of counsel. I want to show Hyori nuna that I’ve grown enough to work on something together with her.
IS: Is there a place you’d particularly like to go on vacation? Who do you want to go with?
KHJ: I’ve lived by Songpa-gu since I was young. They’re friends that I’ve spent most of my life with. I fear nothing when I’m with these friends. I want to go on a vacation to outer space with my friends and take on a new challenge against the limitations of life. Has this become too unbelievable?…
IS: What is your life motto?
KHJ: “Since you were already born, you should work hard to make your name known, help your less fortunate neighbours while living a life that earns respect.”
IS: Do you have any jinxes, superstitions or customs?
KHJ: Not any jinxes; I could say it’s a habit? No matter where we go, I think I always pay for the meals. When I get stressed, I go on fishing trips or listen to music.
IS: What will you do if your parents oppose your marriage like Boys Over Flowers‘ Gu Jun Pyo?
KHJ: I’ll push forward with it. I’m prepared to take responsibility for my life and am ready to stand up against my parents if it’s somebody that I believe I’ll spend the rest of my life with.
IS: What is your drinking capacity? Which alcohol do you like, where do you drink and with whom?
KHJ: I drink a lot. Soju. The location does not matter. With members [of SS501] or friends. A simple food cart (stall) is okay. [Grilled] pork and kimchi with soju is the best.
IS: What is the one biggest difference between before and after appearing on Boys Over Flowers?
KHJ: The age range of people who recognize me has widened. The character of Ji Hu itself has been an instrument (opportunity) for another Kim Hyun Joong to be born.
IS: A life crisis – when was the most perilous time so far in your life?
KHJ: When climbing up and coming down [Mount] Halla San on our farewell vacation on MBC’s We Got Married. It took five hours to go up, and 2 hours to come down. I thought it would be easy to climb, so I rashly ran up like a man, but my breath filled up to my chin. When coming down, I didn’t think I’d be able to get down if I paused at all from running, so I ran down without a break within two hours. In the end, I got to the sleeping quarters and passed out without even being able to film the final (closing) interview.
IS: If you get 10 billion won in your hand from winning the lottery, how would you distribute it to spend?
KHJ: I’d give 5 billion won to my parents and 1 billion won to Lee Ho Yeon, the president of DSP Entertainment. I’d give 2 billion won to the less fortunate, and I’d like to share the remaining 2 billion with my friends.
IS: Do you have a secret to skincare? What is one skincare requirement for skin like a white gem?
[KP's note: I can't believe I just had to write "skin like a white gem".]
KHJ: I receive treatment from the dermatologist often. Is my answer too honest? Keke (ㅋㅋ) I try to always wash my face cleanly (well).
IS: Do you have any sleeping habits?
KHJ: I sleep only in my underwear. I can’t endure heat, so I’ve slept wearing just underwear since I was little. I like wearing just underwear to sleep because I like the cool, soft feeling of the blanket touching my skin.
IS: Have you ever left a comment (reply) on the Internet?
KHJ: I don’t read negative comments about myself much. There have been times when after reading people’s assessments of me on fan pages, I have written my own opinions. Sometimes I post my feelings publicly, other times I post them privately. I often write harsh critiques of myself as well. I use Daum on the Internet frequently.
IS: If you get a girlfriend or if you have one now, is there endearing nickname you want to call her?
KHJ: I [would] just call her by her actual name. Unlike Ji Hu, I do not have a meticulous or gentle personality. I would like my girlfriend to be a person who is as comfortable as a friend.
IS: Approximately when did you date your last girlfriend? How long ago was it, what age and what occupation does she have?
At the peak of his popularity, SS501 ‘Flower Boy’ Kim Hyun Joong reveals the gift that he had announced previously.
Kim Hyun Joong left a message ‘This is the gift that I’ve mentioned’ at his official homepage and also uploaded a video with the messages ‘Goodbye Yoon Ji Hoo’ and ’31-Mar, 9pm at Olympic Hall’.
Kim Hyun Joong is preparing to watch the last episode of KBS 2TV ‘Boys Over Flowers’ to be broadcasted on 31-Mar with his fans. His gift for fans is to watch the last episode together as a group.
In order to be able to watch the last episode together with his fans, Kim Hyun Joong plans to invite about 4,000 fans to fill the Olympic Hall at Seoul Olympic Park. The event will start at 9pm, 1 hour before the broadcast, with Kim Hyun Joong singing ‘Because I am Stupid’ which is a song from ‘Boys Over Flowers’ OST that garnered a lot of love for it. Besides Kim Hyun Joong, all SS501 members namely Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min & Kim Hyung Joon, will be attending this event on that day.
Kim Hyun Joong hinted for this special gift when he left a message at his fanclub homepage on white day, 14-Mar, which also includes a photo of rings made from sweets.
Kim Hyun Joong wrote in his message “Just wait and see. I will return soon with a bigger gift than sweets. To people who are having tough times at work, difficult times in school, our cute ahjumma who are rolling at home. The gift is free. I want to use the money I earn to buy you something.”
Fans responded enthusiastically and are waiting for the gift mentioned in Kim Hyun Joong’s message that he will return with a gift for fans with his hard-earned money. In fact, Kim Hyun Joong paid for this event at Olympic hall on his own expense, and his fans are very touched when they found out about it.
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The 32nd Cyworld Digital Music Awards will be held on 28-Mar (Sat) at Seoul Fashion Art Hall with about 1,000 fans.
‘Digital Music Awards’ is the first digital music award ceremony held in Korea, giving awards to singers whose songs are most purchased and used as cyworld minihompy’s background music within a month and also prominent new singers are given awards too.
SS501’s ‘Because I am Stupid’ (Boys over Flowers OST) has been chosen as the ‘Song of the Month’ for the 32nd Digital Music Awards.
‘Because I am Stupid’ has sold about 110,000 in the BGM for the month of February despite the album being already released for a month (January), entitling its win for ‘Song of the Month’.
SS501 members Kim KyuJong, Heo YoungSaeng, Kim HyungJoon, besides specially making their special album, these 3 members have also participated in ‘Boys Over Flowers’ OST, showing their excellent activities for both. Not only for this song, their recently released follow-up song ‘Making a Lover’ is currently positioned high on the BGM chart, demonstrating their high popularity.
The 32nd Digital Music Awards invitation event will be held from 13-Mar till 20-Mar at Cyworld Music Page (music.cyworld.com)
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Okay, so maybe not angry, but they did have some things that they were unhappy about. On KBS’s Star Golden Bell, SS501 members Kyujong, Young Saeng, and Hyung Joon expressed their resentments. They mentioned that “at the Baeksang awards, he didn’t mention SS501 during his speech.” Kyujong said that “in that past, when I made a speech, I mentioned Hyun Joong. It made me a bit sad.” Young Saeng also stated that “When Kim Hyun Joong went up on stage to receive flowers, he accepted the one for being an F4 member first. I was a tiny bit upset about that.“
They went on to talk about their other member JungMin too. When asked “who makes the most mistakes?” they all agreed on JungMin, who made a mistake on their debut stage. SS501 is finally getting some recognition through Hyun Joong’s part on Boys Over Flowers and their ost “Because I’m Stupid.” And it’s about time too, I’m finally hearing less of the whole “they’re just trying to copy DBSK” and more of “Oh my gosh, I love SS501!” Although I could do without the fangirling, its better than listening to them being compared to an overrated boy band. I mean honestly, they don’t really deserve all that hype. They’re just another pretty face with no substance, even if the faces are rather appealing.
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Tsunku, one the most prestigious producers in Japan, has been getting a lot of attention for his interest in Wonder Girls, SNSD, and Kara.
Tsunku had a news conference on the ninth at the Intercontinental Hotel Allegro Hall about the first ever Korea-Japan joint audition project called “Meet Tokyo Girl”.
Tsunku who is the producer for the whole Hello Project artists, including Morning Musume, has been praised highly for his producing ability, thus giving him the authority for the final decision of this audition. Leaders of top Japanese girl groups, Saki Shimizu from Berryz Kobo, and Maimi Yajima from C_ute, also attended the news conference with Tsunku.
On this day, Tsunku said, “I think that the level of Korean music industry is very high. I was not able to access the Korean Music industry easily before. I just recently got familiar with the Korean Industry as the exchange of the entertainment goods is getting more settled in.”
He also added, “I realized that if I don’t try harder, than the Korean music Industry will take over the Japanese music industry. I want to bring Wonder Girls, SNSD, and Kara into my own company, as well as Kangta from H.O.T.”
“Meet Tokyo Girl” is a joint project between Up-Front Entertainment and Mnet Media, in which they will choose a Korean member through open auditions. Starting from the coming 10th to the 19th of April, Tsunku will be choosing the 10 finalists. After the audition, these 10 members will go through an intense training for 8 weeks, and at the end, only one will be chosen to become a trainee for Hello Project. The winner will then go to Japan, and take all the steps that a normal Japanese entertainer would take to debut in Japan.
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Kim Hyunjoong revealed the incident of him driving a car to school when he was still in high school.
He said “Since a nuna I knew said that she was going to scrap her car, I took her
car and started driving it” “Once I drove the car to school and found out that a teacher opened the school gates for me”. “My teacher hit me and convinced me that I can’t drive to school”
Kim Hyunjoong also said “Since it was winter then, and there was a lot of snow,
the car door couldn’t open.” “In the end, the car remained parked in school till spring”, showing his weird side, “When I sent the car to the automatic car wash, since the sunroof was spoilt, the water was pouring down on me” he added.
SS501’s Kyujong who was also there added “He loved that car so much he even slept in it”, showing Kim Hyunjoong’s love for his first car
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