According to Japanese iTunes on Friday, the album entitled “Xia Tarantallegra” overtook Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga to take the coveted spot on the iTunes Album Chart.
The singer is hugely popular in Japan, and fans there put their names down on a waiting list to purchase the album even before its official release date.
The album also became the most ordered in May on Tower Records’ and Amazon Japan’s Web sites.
“As the singer has been active in Japan until recently, his popularity is just surging,” said a representative from Kim’s agency, CJeS Entertainment.
In Korea too, the album has topped various charts and is being heralded as a well-made album by critics, who praise its new and original sound that is not characteristic of K-pop.
At a press conference last week, Kim said the theme of his album is “androgynous wizard.” He has taken to cross-dressing to promote it.
JYJ member Kim Junsu gave 8,000 of his fans a night to remember at his first solo concert.
Kim Junsu held his exclusive concert, Xia 1st Asia Tour in Seoul, from May 19-20 in Seoul. 8,000 fans not only from Korea, but also from Japan, China, Malaysia, Canada, Chile and France crowded the venue to witness Kim Junsu’s solo debut.
A rep from Kim Junsu’s agency C-JeS Entertainment told enews on May 20, “The concert sold out all of its tickets as soon as they were opened for sale last month, and fans from all over the world came in to celebrate Xia’s (Kim Junsu) first solo concert. There were so many fans who passed out in the middle, we plan to prepare more ambulances for today’s performance. It was such a splendid concert that fans couldn’t seem to pull themselves away from the venue after the exciting two hours had gone by.”
Kim Junsu told a perfect 90 minute long story with 17 performances, which included 11 songs from his first studio album and a few musical numbers. Jeri Slaughter, the man best known for being Christina Aguilera’s choreographer, held auditions in America for Kim Junsu’s concert and managed to put together the best dance team.
He perfected the performances of the concert’s main attractions, including those for Tarantallegra, No Gain and Breath.
On May 21st JYJ‘s Jaejoong revealed a childhood photo of himself via Twitter.
Jaejoong attached the above photo and wrote, “I wore a hanbok even then“.
In the photo, Jaejoong is wearing a red hanbok with a gold crown with his cheeks are adorably puffed as he is about to blow out the candles in front of him.
Followers who saw Jaejoong’s photo commented, “Jaejoong’s childhood photo is totally cute” and “Jaejoong was a king even when he was little, the hanbok looks good on him“.
Furthermore, Jaejoong’s childhood photo in his hanbok is reflective of the outfits he will be wearing in MBC‘s ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin‘ which airs it’s first episode on May 26th.
He was alone onstage but the stage was full of his presence. His eight years of experience shone brightly. Kim Junsu soared high not with TVXQ or JYJ, but alone in his first solo concert held from May 19-20.
He showed how much effort he had put into the concert in the performances for the songs from his first solo album. He started with Breath, and sang his way through No Gain, Even Though You Already Know and Around and Around.
Kim Junsu’s teamwork with the eight foreign dancers, four men and four women, was also a sight to see. Jeri Slaughter, Christina Aguilera’s choreographer, had picked out the members of the dance team through an audition held in America, and the team helped make Kim Junsu’s performance shine.
The performance of Kim Junsu’s first single cut Tarantallegra, the title of a ′magic spell′ , made the singer’s audience feel as if they had been pulled into a mystic world. The large LED screen, 7m high and 12m wide, and a 10m high pyramid lift, used for the first time ever in Korea, all added to the experience.
Kim Junsu then turned on the sexy with his performances of Lullaby and Fever. His use of mirrors in the performance for Lullaby was especially intriguing. Moreover, he showed his polished acting skills from his experience as a musical actor through Even Though You Already Know, I Don’t Like Love and You are so Beautiful. It was as if his audience was watching on as he performed in a full musical.