On March 9, approximately 3,000 fans gathered at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile to watch JYJperform. “JYJ South America Tour 2012” started in the hype of K-pop fever and anticipations. The three members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu appeared on stage in bright red outfits. Thousands of fans screamed as loudly as they could, welcoming the Korean artists with open arms. Some fans even teared up when spot lights hit each members, revealing their excited faces.
Boy band JYJ held a concert at Teatro Caupolicán in San Diego, Chile, on Friday (local time), becoming the first Korean group to perform solo in Latin America. The venue was packed some two hours before the concert got under way, with over 3,000 fans hunkering down to catch a glimpse of the Asian pin-ups.
In the days leading up to the concert, hundreds of fans from other parts of Latin America such as Brazil, Columbia, Mexico and Venezuela camped at a nearby parking lot to make sure they got a seat at the concert.
The spectators went wild throughout the concert, cheering and waving their national flags. During the show, three people were reported to have fainted and were carried out of the premises.
The performance was part of the group’s world tour, which started last April and ended on Sunday in Lima, Peru.
Chilean reporters who were present at the latest concert said, “K-pop fans here currently number 20,000 to 30,000. But once Korean singers’ music is released through official channels, their fan base will surely expand further.”
Reporter: On the 9th [local time] JYJ’s concert in Santiago, Chile was held. It was here that I met fans that were almost more passionate than fans from other parts of the world. They were filled with emotion after meeting Korean singers for the first time. Here I will introduce the fans’ first impressions of meeting them.
Last Saturday we came from Bolivia to Santiago in order to see JYJ’s concert. When we listen to JYJ’s music and when we watch their performance videos we gain hope. I especially like the dances where they ask fans to participate/follow along. Compared to only watching their performances on the internet, the live performance is like a dream. Even though we were waiting outside all night long, the thought that we are able to see JYJ keeps us from feeling tired. Because JYJ came to South America, I am very thankful. After the Chile concert, in order to cheer for the boys, we plan to go to the Peru concert as well.
▲Ariana T. (23 yrs.)
As I still am not able to earn a lot of money, I saved for weeks. I was narrowly able to pay for the concert ticket and transportation. However, never in my mind did I think that I’d be able to see my favorite singers in Chile. If they had come to Argentina that would have been better, however the fact that I am able to see them at all makes me content. I hope we create good memories here at JYJ’s Chile Concert.
After 3 members from TVXQ, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, left to form the group JYJ,they have been met with extraordinary success. The latest stop on their whirlwind adventure brought JYJ to Chile, where they are covering uncharted territory. On March 9th(local time) JYJ performed a concert in Santiago, Chile as part of their ’2011-2012 JYJ World Tour’, marking the first time any Korean act has performed an exclusive concert in South America. The World Tour started on April 2nd of last year in Bangkok Thailand and comes to a close with their concert in Lima, Peru on March 11th.
At the end of this year long journey, JYJ is now standing on the other side of the world. As the Peru concert, and thus the end of the ’2011-2012′ World Tour, draws near we will share record numbers that JYJ has accomplished.
#4- JYJ has written new history in terms of world tours for Korean idols. This world tour included 4 new countries which Korean singers have never held concerts in before: Barcelona, Spain (October 29th of last year); Berlin, Germany (November 6th, 2011); Santiago, Chile (March 9th, 2012); and Lima, Peru (March 11th, 2012)
#18- JYJ’s concert, which spanned Asia, North America, Europe included 13 different cities (not included Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru) for a total of 18 shows. For the South American leg of their tour, JYJ opened in Chile where they sang remixed versions of many of their songs.
#20- JYJ’s management agency, C-JeS Entertainment, said that well over 200,000 fans came out for the 13 city ‘JYJ 2011-2012 World Tour’. The 4 city North American leg of the tour was organized by AEG, which is America’s biggest promoter, and was the largest scale exclusive contract that an Asian performer has ever had with them.
#9000- The new concerts that are taking place in Chile and Peru also recorded a sell out of 9000 tickets total. In Chile, JYJ performed to a completely full crowd of 3000 people in Teatro Caupolican and the concert in Peru’s Explanada Sur del Estadio Monumental sold out all of the 6000 tickets they had put for sale. Originally promoters in Peru released 5,000 tickets and had to hastily add 1,000 additional seats once those sold out at an amazing rate. On the continually sold out shows, one of Peru’s most influential newspapers, El Comercio, reported “It was Korean Artist JYJ…not Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus…that made new records of ticket sales in the country”. The South American promoter who organized the concert stated “Even famous American pop acts cannot sell out tickets so quickly after the ticket sales are open. JYJ’s level of popularity is incredible.”
#230,000- For the performance in Lima, Peru the super VIP seats cost 230,000 won. C-JeS Entertainment stated “these tickets are standing tickets for on the floor. Because they will be standing right in front of the 3 members, they can have a close experience with them during the concert”. The last artists that performed in the same venue and sold tickets at similar prices were the popular Japanese band X Japan and American pop artist Britney Spears, which shows the level of popularity that JYJ is also on. Peru’s concert tickets tend to be more expensive because a 40% tax is placed on tickets from foreign performers. In Chile, VIP tickets were priced at 70,000 pesos (approximately 160,000 won).
Learn more about the Asian group that has caused great sensation in Lima and who will perform today at the Explanada Del Estadio Monumental.
The members of Korean group JYJ sparked great hysteria to thousands of Peruvian fans. First the fans wiped out all the tickets for the show that the three Asian will offer this March 11 in Lima. Then, hundreds of followers waited at the airport to greet them and after camped out in front of the Marriot Hotel to watch over them. Mass hysteria was sparked, orchestrated with shouts, cries and cheers. The devotion seemed much greater than that held for idols such as Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers. However, a question that crosses the mind of those who have not been infected with this fever is: Who are they and why are they so revered? Here are some highlights regarding the fascination towards Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu.
On a survey about the JYJ sasaeng fan violence controversy taken from twitter, 99.56% of people held a negative opinion on sasaeng fans.
On March 7th an SNS analyzing firm took a social consensus on twitter by tweeting and asking people to mention them with who they believed was wrong in the sasaeng fan controversy. They received over 5,375 tweets and the public opinion was a vast majority with 99.56% saying that sasaengs were wrong and 0.44% saying it was JYJ.
The netizens also sent tweets criticizing sasaengs by saying “JYJ sasaeng fans show us a reality of how Korean celebrities basic human rights are being violated every day” and said that the emerging information [about sasaengs] made JYJ seem like the victims.
The sasaeng fan survey held on March 7th was done by OMS (Opinion Mining System) which is known to use SNS for a hands-on approach to public analyzation.
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T/N: Entertainment Relay‘s Shin Hyeon Joon made a jole saying his friend, entertainer Tak Jae Hoon, was his ‘sasaeng fan’. Many of the comments in the next paragraph are adressing that.
“Shin Hyeon Joon, are you a sasaeng fan?” “Since Tak Jae Hoon is not a sasaeng fan, he must be waiting outside the recording studio” “I think Tak Jae Hoon is giving [Shin Hyeon Joon] too much privacy, he must follow him around more”, “MC Park EunYoung is very pretty, maybe I will become a Park EunYoung sasaeng now”, “How can you call sasaengs as fans?”
Entertainment Relay MCs are dealing with such questions from the fans and public after the report that they did on JYJ’s sasaengs. Because of quotes from the MCs, such as “sasaengs should be considered as fans”, many people have been flooding in comments about the nature of their broadcast, especially how they covered the serious nature of the sasaeng problem with jokes. In this type of situation, which can can cause people to mentally collapse from stress and anxiety, smiling jokes [from the MCs] were looked down upon.
On the 10th, KBS2′s “Entertainment Relay” received an audio file from the JYJ sasaeng fan who was in the middle of the yelling controversy.
Because of polar reactions from fans concerning the JYJ fan violence controversy, KBS’s “Entertainment Relay” team went to interview the sasaeng fan who was part of the audio recordings.
In the interview, it was found out that the audio was from 2009, and about the JYJ violence controversy the fan stated “Those events witnessed were not even large enough to be called assault”, dismissing the controversy of the crisis directly.
This JYJ sasaeng fan controversy raised much awareness about the problems surrounding fan culture, making this a thought provoking and memorable event for many people.
Junsu, Jejung y Yuchun indicate that it seems like a dream having arrived in our country.
JYJ arrives in Lima (Foto: Ana Morocho).
Lima. At the center of raging screams in a sea of fans and under the understanding of no personal questions being asked, began the press conference of one of the most anticipated groups of our time. It consists of Koreans Junsu, Jejung y Yuchun, or more commonly known as JYJ
JYJ arrived at the Jorge Chávez International Airport around 11 o’clock in the morning, but were unable to exit through the main doors due to the massive number of followers that waited for them. In response, the guys gave an apology and indicated that they exited through another door for security reasons.
“We are truly thankful for this opportunity, we feel sorry for not being able to greet you, but it was for security purposes. However, we plan to give our all during the concert that we have prepared.” indicated Yuchun.