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[by Woorim Ahn] JYJ is sweeping music charts in Japan.
CJeS Entertainment said, “JYJ’s Japanese single ‘Wake Me Tonight’ became a hot issue on January 21. As soon as its release, it ranked second on Oricon Daily Chart and first on Tower Record Daily Chart and HMV 24-hour Chart.”
Then, the agency continued, “Unlike other artists, it was really hard for us to distribute JYJ’s album in Japan. Although new album’s release took about two months, the group’s fans love its album.”
It is JYJ’s first time to distribute its album officially in Japan. Despite of many limits, the group’s popularity kept increasing. In particular, its official album ‘Just Us’, released in Korea, ranked first on Tower Record Monthly Chart and second on Oricon Weekly Chart in Japan.
Moreover, JYJ proved its popularity by holding Tokyo Dome solo concert and Japan Dome Tour and met over 240,000 fans.
The manager in Japan said, “JYJ’s single album in Japan became a hot issue. Without any promotion, the album swept music charts in Japan.”
Meanwhile, JYJ’s Japanese single ‘Wake Me Tonight’ was released on January 21. (photo by CJeS Entertainment)
JYJ member Junsu will make a comeback in March this year, according to his talent agency C-JeS Entertainment.
On January 16, an agency representative announced, “Junsu will be making his solo comeback in March. After releasing the new album, he will continue to hold concerts in both Korea and Japan. Junsu is currently putting a lot of effort into making the new album’s title track. Listeners will be able to see a huge change in style in the new album.”
Junsu made his solo debut in 2012 with the album “Tarantallegra,” and followed it up with the sophomore effort “Incredible,” which dropped over a year and a half ago. The latter album was a blend of R&B, dance, nu-soul and funk musical stylings, so fans will be keen to see in which musical direction the JYJ star decides to embark for his new release.
[NEWS] JYJ’s Junsu to make a solo comeback in March via Allkpop
[NEWS] Kim Jun Su to come back with a new solo album in March via Star N News EN
[NEWS] JYJ’s Kim Junsu to Make Solo Comeback in March via Mwave
[NEWS] JYJ’s Junsu confirmed to make solo comeback in March via EN Asia Today
[NEWS] Kim Joon-Soo, releasing a solo album in March ‘comeback in a year and 8 months’ via Innolife
[NEWS] Kim Junsu to make a comeback in March 2015 via Koreaboo
[NEWS] JYJ’s Kim Jun-su to release album via Korea JoongAng Daily
[NEWS] Junsu to make solo return via KPOP Herald
JYJ’s Yoochun will hold a fanmeeting tour in China next month!
His agency C-JeS Entertainment stated on the 13th, “Yoochun will hold his solo fanmeeting ‘2015 Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Tour Loving YU in China’, which will kick off in Beijing on February 7 and move on to Chengdu and Shanghai. Through the fanmeeting, [Yoochun] plans to meet the fans in China who have sent a lot of love and interest up until now, and create special memories with them.”
“Following his solo fanmeeting in Guangzhou and Shanghai last summer, requests for an additional fanmeeting have been flooding in from fans. As much as many fans in China have been waiting, [Yoochun] is preparing various stages for the fans in China.”
Yoochun will kick off his fan meeting at Olympic Sports Center, Beijing on February 7!
(T/N: a long report on finale of JYJ Japan Dome Tour. I thought it would give everyone a good picture of the whole dome performance set-up and what each member said roughly. Hope you enjoy reading!)
Korea’s top artists JYJ held their Japan Dome Tour [2014 Japan Dome Tour ~ Ichigo Ichie ~] at Fukuoka Yahoo Auction Dome on 24th December (Wed).
The tour which started on 18th November in Tokyo Dome proceeded to Osaka, and then on 23rd and 24th for 2 days, JYJ decorated their dome tour finale with their first Fukuoka concerts with roaring success.
On 24th Christmas eve, while fans eagerly waited in their Christmas cos-play (T/N: costumer play, meaning wearing a costume to become someone/something else) holding JYJ goods, the dome went into darkness.
Penlights the fans were holding shone red all at once, covering one side of the dome with red waves.
When the screen showed clips of Junsu, Yuchun, Jaejoong one-by-one, voices of the audience flew about shouting out the members’ names.
When dancers in black costumes sure to heighten the excitment of the dome came out to show-off their acrobatic dance moves, the screen close up on [JYJ] logo.
When Jaejoong, Yuchun and Junsu appeared on the top stage dressed in black/gold glittering costumes, the place went into a storm of happiness.
When they sang the opening number “Empty” on top of a firery stage, their powerful dance and voices raised the voltage of the place at once but yet during their ballad number “Ayy Girl (R&B ver)” the place was wrapped up in their sweet voices, capturing fans’ hearts very early into the concert.
The place was in an uproar reaching the highest climax with their even more passionate performances since its the tour finale.
After receiving fanatic responses, the opening stage ended and MC time starts.
After Jaejoong’s “welcome to JYJ Dome Tour in Fukuoka!” and Junsu’s call “Good evening everyone~! I’m Junsu of JYJ. 2014 Asia Tour ends today. For this, I will put in all my energy from the start till the end, going with my all strength so everyone! Let’s enjoy till the end!”, the place shook with roars of cheers.
Fans were nodding in agreement when these words were spoken “good evening this is Jaejoong. Its the last one today right. Although we just started, it feels lonely right (as the final performance)”.
When he said “and Merry Christmas everyone!”, the audience responded with loud cheers of “Merry Christmas” back.
Jaejoong further continued with “since its Christmas today, let’s enjoy with a special performance we prepared only for today. Thank you” and raised expectations towards the performance while passing the baton to Yuchun.
“I’m Yuchun of JYJ!” he greeted and gave out a huge sigh with “today is the last of this tour right. Haaaaaa~” and continued “dome tour, I want to do it one more time you know”. At these words, the dome was filled with voices responding in a split second “we want!!”
“But….. JYJ will also try hard so please give us your support till the end!” said Yuchun.
After “until the end, ready to enjoy, OK~!” shouted by Yuchun in his usual style, the second stage started!
“And so please listen to this” said Jaejoong, introducing the number “Let Me See”.
After feeling intoxicated with that gem of a harmony created with these 3 beautiful voices, everyone in the dome was then intoxicated with “In Heaven”, the masterpiece ballad that stimulates all our 5 senses.
In the perspective of actors in their 20s, there is no satisfaction in just acting itself. This is because, to them as an actor, drinking the first drink, chewing, digesting and even “excretion”; the process of such accomplishments can never be easy. ‘Will I do well in the end?’ particularly when there is no choice but to feel burdened for having a highly-reputed movie as a debut movie. And what more when he was given the lead role in Producer Bong Junho and Director Shim Sungbo’s production knows as Haemoo. Park Yuchun understands this point better than anyone else.
“I thought for sure that I will not be able to win the Blue Dragon Award. Because I was so sure, I was surprised when my name was called. Actually, I was very nervous and I really did not expect to make it to the Blue Dragon Awards.” Adding, “Looking back in retrospect, I was so anxious that it seemed like I was stubbornly insisting on wearing clothes that did not match. The company was also against it at first so, I was worried. Even if I were to put aside the worries of my own acting ability, I was also thinking if I should be presenting myself as the role of Dongshik in Haemoo when I would still continuously be a part of a group known as JYJ. I had no other doubts except those. Dialect is a worry in itself but at the same time putting on a seaman’s costume and makeup while having to show a natural appearance, it was uncomfortable and I was anxious,” he confessed to us calmly.
Park Yuchun’s doubt and sincerity were laid out all at once. Truth is, he did not come to the post-ceremony reception where all the award winners gathered. I was curious about the reason why did he not appear so I tried to ask. And I came to form an idea out of it.
JYJ is in the midst of holding their Japan Dome Tour [2014 JYJ JAPAN DOME TOUR ~ Ichigo Ichie ~] which started at Tokyo Dome on 18th and 19th November. After the roaring success at Osaka Kyocera Dome on 13th and 14th December, the tour will see its finale on 23rd and 24th December at Fukuoka Yahoo Auction Dome.
We at Kstyle asked for and gathered your questions for JYJ before the tour finale. We collected so many questions from you. We got JYJ members to respond directly to some of these questions! This interview takes a look at how the bond of JYJ gets even stronger on their 10th debut anniversary.
[T/N: Interesting read. I’ve spent some time pondering over how to translate Jae’s last response because I personally think that is the most important part of this interview. But that’s just me and I’m sure you will find bits & pieces here and there which are your favs. Happy reading and Merry X’mas people!]
Questions on [2014 JYJ JAPAN DOME TOUR ~ Ichigo Ichie ~]!
Q: Please let us know how you feel about holding your first Japan Dome Tour this time on your 10th anniversary year!
Jae: This is our first Dome Tour as JYJ so we were rather nervous but the anticipation is way bigger. There were already so many fans welcoming us since our touch-down at the airport, and when I see those support I thought to repay them with a wonderful performance. I am really grateful to fans whom, even when we can’t meet them often, still fill-up the concert venue and enjoy with us. We’ll do our best performing like before for the remaining concerts while enjoying it with fans.
Q: We want to know the ONE thing that remains in your heart during this tour, if any.
6002: The day after our 2 performances in Osaka was Junsu’s birthday. All the fans sang the birthday song together when we were on stage. We held a birthday party at the drinking (T/N: alcohol as celebration) party after our performance with staff. Every time around someone’s birthday, we each have our schedule and it was difficult gathering the 3 of us for birthday celebration but this concert, we were able to celebrate together and it was really great.
Q: What is your favourite song in the set list your perform during this tour?
Junsu: Our first performance of the song [WAKE ME TONIGHT] at Tokyo Dome! The single [WAKE ME TONIGHT] to be released in Japan has a happy rythm to it and a song where everyone can enjoy together so I thought fans will probably like it. We have not release an album and I was just excited about performing it for the first time on stage, yet fans were really pleased so I was happy.