Kim Jaejoong’s Mini album “I” has reached No 1 in the week (2013.01.18 – 2013.01.24) on Taiwan’s Album sales chart for J and Kpop section.
(Seoul News) For Kim Jaejoong’s solo mini-concert, his international fans have presented on a grand scale rice, coal briquettes and egg wreaths, which has become a tradition to show their loving support for him for the last four years.
On Jan 26 and 27, for the mini-concert “Your, My and Mine” held at Ilsan Kintex, fans from 11 countries: Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Mexico, Spain, Peru, have donated 1.5 87 tons of rice wreaths, 2000 coal briquettes and 6700 egg wreaths. The rice will be donated to Kim Jaejoong’s selected charities for struggling families with children. 6700 egg wreaths will be distributed via food bank to 670 homes for the old folk and orphans living alone, to help with the problems of malnutrition that they face. Kim Jaejoong will choose 10 selected old folk living alone, and the 2000 coal briquettes will help with their heating for one month of winter.
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.