Singer Kim Jae-Joong of the K-pop trio JYJ has taken the next big step as a solo artist, having released his first full-length album at the end of October.
Along with the album, Jae-joong also kicked off his latest Asia tour last weekend, starting at the COEX mall in southeastern Seoul for some 14,000 fans.
In addition to a high-energy show, Jae-joong surprised his fans with some big-name guests, including singers Kim Bum-soo and Gumi.
Unusually for the world of K-pop, Jae-joong writes or co-writes a large number of his songs, and rather than K-pop’s typical dance-pop, Jae-joong focuses more on emo-rock. He released a mini-album in January, but this is his first full album.
Next up for the star are four more concerts over the next month, as his tour takes him to Yokohama on Nov. 15 and 16, to Taipei on Nov. 23, and Nanjing, China, on Dec. 7.
Q. How would you describe your coming concert tour?
A. I’m going to sing more Japanese songs for the Japan concerts. Also, I’ll have different concepts with the audience “dress code” in different countries.
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