JYJ’s Xia Junsu was present at the C-JES Open Audition on September 1. He is already in Los Angeles in preparation for his concert at the Hollywood Palladium on September 2.
(They wrote the name XIA wrong, but please be kind, they are new to the Junsu fever)
Xia Junsu that we know from the South Korean Group called JYJ released his new single “Uncommitted” before the start of his American tour. Also the English version of his first album “Tarantallegra” will be released soon.
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Junsu Xia caused furor when he came with his band JYJ, but now he debuts solitary on September 10th at the Teatro Caupolican. “Fans around the world love powerful, sexy performances with an unique style”, thinks the young man of 25 years old about k-pop, that took over the West.
Besides cellphones and TVs, everyday Korea exports a little more their culture: singers, soap operas and food conquer the West.
In Chile, korean restourants -mainly in the Patronato area- are huge. But the asian presence is what made urban tribes irrupt, adictted to K-pop or Korean pop.
In fact, “Santiago se paraliza por el Kpop” (Santiago paralizes because of K-pop) is the motto of the flashmob (urban intervention) with which fans of this genre have taken Santiago by surprise with a dance with the new CD of Junsu Xia (key artist of this moment) to give their message.
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With an androgen look, part of a milimetrically calculated esthethic, and catchy music, the pop singer with an unpronounceable name of 25 years old, debuts in the country as a solo artist.
The also actor and ex-member of the legendary TVXQ, comes back after he visited as a part of JYJ in March last year, when fervent fans were awake for 2 days waiting for them.
Here, in his first interview, via e-mail, before he comes to Chile.
Junsu: “Korea has become a leader of global culture”
Junsu, the absolute king of pop in his country. And he remembers very well his last visit to Chile: “Chilean fans are very passionate and energetic”.
—How would you describe your new album “Tarantallegra”? Your videos are very effective, How important is your look?
—The title motive was “Elisabeth” musical. When I interpreted the character of the “Death”, that is neither a human nor a God, but something in between, I imagined a character with a dreaming-like image. When I heard the word Tarantallegra, a spell that makes people dance, I picture the image of a wizard.
—The music has two aspects: listen and see. That’s why the video was released a day before the song. The concept of this album is “unequalled” and I tried to distinguish between music and fashion. I did the best I could to create a perfect performance by adding modernity to the choreography and using extreme hairstyle, make-up and clothes.
—The music is a mix of pop and big orchestra. In this English album, I tried to add an asian taste to it by adding the kkwaenggwari (traditional korean gong) in the orchestra. Read More →
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Junsu failed post~ o(>▽<)o
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[The following is a direct translation of the article as it appeared on Nate via Sports Chosun.]
In New York, K-pop rewrote its history.
On August 30, JYJ member Kim Junsu started his first world tour in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Until now, idol groups, girl groups, and agency ‘families’ have gone on these, but Kim Junsu is the fist solo artist to start a world tour alone.
To that extent, the New York performance had a special meaning to K-pop. This was a breakthrough not only for Kim Junsu, but also for K-pop, which had been hampered by limited genres and artists.
▶ The reason why – even though he had gathered 100,000 fans before – Junsu only performed in front of 2000.
No more words are necessary. Kim Junsu is an artist that represents K-pop. The group he belongs to, JYJ, shocked not only the Japanese media but also Korean music authorities because the group gathered about 100,000 fans within two days at the concert that was held in Tokyo Dome in June 2010.
If you consider his fame, the small stage could be unfamiliar and awkward for him because the tour started in a stadium that could only hold 3000 people.
However, this was only a small part of the long-term project for Junsu to jump up to become a world star. His agency representative, Baek Chang Ju, said,
“In order to perform in many cities worldwide and not end in one-and-done performance by being overly attached to scale, he performed in a small venue. ALso, in stead of receiving guarantees from a local promoter, the company is directly investing to run the tour.”
The reaction of 2000 fans that were able to obtain the ticket was fanatic. It was easy to find many women fans in their twenties not only from Asia but also from U.S., Canada, and Spain.