You can spot that at #38, it is ”MINE” by “Kim Jaejoong” below on the screen
Last week, Jaejoong‘s mini album ‘I‘ had ranked #1 in Taiwan and Japan, in addition to taking the top ranking on the Korean Vchart for China’s biggest music video site, Yinyuetai.
This week, he managed to rank #1 again on Yinyuetai for the 2nd week in a row. As further proof of Jaejoong’s popularity on the site, his music video on Yinyuetai has accumulated more that 10.1 million views, while the same music video on YouTube has garnered nearly 1.8 million views. Additionally, he was also ranked #2 on Billboard‘s World Album Chart.
His first solo album has been seeing a tremendous amount of popularity, and his solo concert is also receiving an incredible amount of interest.
To meet his fans across Asia, Jaejoong will be embarking on an Asia tour, starting with Thailand on February 17th.
JYJ member Kim Jae-joong, 27, is trying to transform himself after 10 years in the business. He is making inroads into the world of rock with the mini album “I,” his first solo work.
Kim says he wrote all the lyrics, and so far reaction isn’t bad. Sales reached 60,000 copies in the week since release, according to C-Jes Entertainment.
It’s too early to tell if Kim will succeed in the genre, but he may just be the messenger needed to lead young pop fans over to rock music.
The JoongAng Ilbo recently sat down with Kim. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Q. You must remember that Moon Hee-jun suffered harsh criticism when he first entered the rock scene an as idol band member in the early 2000s. [Moon was the leader of H.O.T., a pioneering K-pop group.] Aren’t you worried that something similar might happen?
A. I have always wanted to try hard rock, though I was never a maniac about it. I have loved and eagerly listened to Korean rock bands such as N.EX.T and YB from a young age.
I was able to release a good album thanks to Kim Ba-da, the vocalist of renowned rock band Sinawe. [Kim composed the title song and the song “One Kiss” in the mini album.] He made efforts to ensure that the music was authentic hard rock and carried some meaning.
And I have changed my vocal style to be in accordance with the hard sounds of the album.
The public likes what they′re used to, as it takes time for them to recognize anything new and again settle down with the changes. This is why stars, who live off the love and interest of their fans, often listen more to their fans than themselves.
Idols are especially put under strict standards. They′re often attacked for taking on any genre other than dance or ballad. The most prominent example was H.O.T.′s leader Moon Hee Jun. When he announced he would become a rock singer after H.O.T.′s disbandment, many scoffed at his choice and a large group of anti-fans amassed to mock his every move.
JYJ′s Kim Jae Joong, however, took up the challenge and decided to release his first solo album of his career in the rock genre. It took him 10 years to arrive at his first solo mini album I. As it came after such a long wait, the way he expressed his thirst for the music he likes burned with passion.
Kim Jae Joong told his story through the tracks of the album, and showed he was thinking seriously about rock by composing many of the tracks. The public welcomed his sincerity, and Kim Jae Joong managed to smile with them after spilling his heart out through his music. Enews met with the passionate rock singer Kim Jae Joong.
Here are some notable reviews of Kim Jaejoong’s “MINE” MV:
- Seoulbeats (Lindsay) : Jaejoong’s MINE isn’t another KPOP MV (Rating 4.75/5)
- [Video] KpopWrapUp : (Rating 10/10 and 9/10)
- Hello Kpop (NiNi)
- The Prophet Blog
- MINE: “A Tale of Liberation and Self-Actualization” (A Fan Interpretation) by Lylis
- “This is My Ocean.. This is Mine” by Eyi
Here are some notable reviews of Kim Jaejoong’s “I” Mini-Album:
- Yam-mag (Camiele) : (Rating 4/5)
- Hello Kpop (Jung Bae)
- Happy Coffee Mornings
Kpop Pitch (Kenyaq)
- Open The Window 11
- Allkpop by Contagion (4.4/5) <— NEW
(Note: As they come in, more reviews will be added in the future. Check back here for updates.)
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JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong expressed his envy for Wonder Girls’ Sunye, who will be getting married soon.
Kim Jaejoong said during his interview on the 21st at Seoul Plaza Hotel, “When I did interviews before, saying ‘I want to get married soon’ was like a habit. However, it was absurd. Marriage is really tough,” as cutely complained.
Born in 1986, Kim Jaejoong turns 28 this year. Having debuted in 2004, this year will be his 10th year as a singer. During the time Kim Jaejoong was involved in the entertainment industry, his 20s also went by. Bringing up the topic of ‘love’, Kim Jaejoong’s rather firm expression returned to that of a normal man in his late 20s.
He muttered, “Sunye is 24 years old, but she’s getting married this week. Dating is hard.” He continued, “As a person, Sunye is very fortunate. Meeting the person she loves and having a family at that age is not easy to accomplish.”
Kim Jaejoong, who introduced his ‘lonely state’, revealed his recent love that came and went. He said, “If you look at my new album, there’s a song called ‘My Only Comfort’. That song is a recount of my experiences. I prepared a ring for that person but she left me without being able to see the ring. Does she know? That I prepared a ring?”
Immersed in his thoughts for a moment, he said “I got a refund for the ring. If you bring it in the next day, they’ll give you a refund. It was a couple ring and I was wearing mine already. Because I was wearing mine already, I couldn’t get a refund for that one” and laughed. He continued, “Ah, Sunye’s wedding is the same day as my concert. Many people should come (to my concert) but would it be buried by Sunye’s wedding? I don’t know.”
/last paragraph omitted/
1. Please greet the fans at CYworld and introduce your album.
Hello to all friends from CYworld, I’m Jaejoong. This time I brought my solo mini-album to greet everyone. I participated in a lot of the lyric-writing for the album, and I’ve tried very hard to place all the emotional moments I’ve felt into the lyrics. There are two songs in the album that were produced by myself, so I feel a strong connection to this album.
2. This album is an activity after the lapse of a long time. What are your thoughts? Are you excited?
Yes. After JYJ’s Korean album and World Tour, I have presented myself as an actor through dramas and movies. Promoting this album…Mmm…I’m buzzed but not the nervous kind, I guess you can even call it the kind where you are in a really good mood. I’m very happy to meet everyone through music after such a long time. Because this is my first solo album since debut and included the music that I like, perhaps that’s why I have a very special feeling towards it.
3. How does it feel to prepare for a solo album instead of a JYJ album? And when did you start planning for your solo activity?
Hmm…I didn’t feel much different preparing for a JYJ or a solo album. From writing music to recording, I’ve always enjoyed finishing all the work. If you must find a difference, JYJ’s work is to make everyone’s voice work well together to complete a harmony – to combine all the strengths in the different voices of each member – that kind of happiness. During this production of my solo album, the part made me happy is that it contained all of my thoughts and desires and allowed me to see a different self.
4. What were your feelings when you first heard ‘MINE’? And your thoughts when singing the song?
When I first heard the sample, I thought “ah, I want to express the song according to my thought and its original feeling”. On the point of sending a message, I thought ‘MINE’ is a very good song that possesses a strong impression. After arranging and recording the song, I felt that this song would be a piece of music that is very capable, and felt buzzed about it. When I performed the song, instead of thinking about the song and singing it, I sang it very truthfully from my heart. I think I just sang the emotions I felt without second thoughts.
5. How is your life recently? We’re very curious about your daily life.
I’m having a good time. 2012 was a very busy year for me. After I came back from the world tour, I participated in a drama and then a movie. In order to promote the movie, I stayed busy until winter, and then immediately threw myself into the work for this album. I was able to take a short break at the end of the year, I went to the elementary school I attended and visited where I lived during my childhood, and then travelled to Busan with friends. After work, I relax and recharge, and also travel – that’s how I usually spend my days. And thus, I think my preparation for the album went smoothly – instead of following direction and stay within boundaries, my thoughts became more unbounded and melodies appeared in my head. It’s also very nice towards acting.
6. Please tell us your plans for the future.
Unfortunately I can’t tell all the planned activities for the first half of the year – but for now, I first release the album, then the next step is to prepare for the special concerts. Recently I’ve been busy preparing for the performances, and it’s been a lot of fun. Every time we have a meeting, the staff and I always have new ideas, so we are enjoying ourselves. Part 1, 2 and 3 are completely different performances, so we are preparing them one by one. Because I really like enjoying sharing stories with fans and breathe together with them, I want to combine fan meeting and talks and the mini concert together. “Giving everyone everything I have”, it’s that kind of concert – and I was able to create a brand for the concert, so it’s very exciting. Please look forward to them, the concerts on the 26th and 27th at Kintex.
Songs that has stories with Jaejoong:
1. For you (Lim Jae Beom)
During the third part of the concert, I’ll perform a mini-concert including songs from the mini album. And this song is one of them, I found the lyrics to be very charming.
2. Gangnam Style (Psy)
PSY sungbaenim always have a lot of confidence and prides himself as a singer-songwriter. This song, from a certain level, could be called as PSY’s Gangnam Style. I was writing music one day and ended up creating a remix for this song because it holds a lot of exciting charms. No wonder they say that music crosses over language’s limitations, people love it around the world.
3. Though I Loved You (Kim Kwang Seok)
This performance’s title is “Your, My and Mine”. Because it is a performance that I hold with fans, so along with the title, we conduct the activity. I decided to perform songs that were directly selected by fans, and this song was one of them. It’s very charming because of its sincere lyrics.
4. Grasshopper’s World (Infinite Challenge’s Park Myung Soo)
I think Jae Suk hyung is very charming, and all of his on-stage performances are stunning. This time JYJ’s dancers and Yoo Jae Suk sunbaenim performed ‘Grasshopper’s World’ together, the lyrics and melody are both very special. The performance on stage was also very shocking, and the clothes were quite handsome. When I used to attend Happy Together, hyung once told me “Jaejoong-ah, your variety-show (entertainment) sense has been certified by me”. He is a sunbae who instigated my dream for being an entertainer and made me very thankful. I’ll illustrate my variety-show sense during this concert perfectly!
5. Memories of the Wind (Naul)
This is a song that I’ve listened to a lot recently. The melody and lyrics, as well as NAUL sunbaenim’s voice are all very nice. It is a song overflowing with charm. Please try listening to it when you are alone too ^^