Asked for an interview with the Grammys while filming his music video in LA, USA
Idol group JYJ’s Kim Junsu has graced the main page of the Grammys’ homepage.
C-JeS Entertainment stated, “While Kim Junsu was in LA, USA to film for his music video, he received a proposal from the Grammys for an interview. Through this interview, he introduced his second solo album and talked about what he has been up to lately. The video will be released on the Grammys’ homepage in the afternoon of the 19th.”
C-JeS also added, “Kim Junsu will be gracing the main page of the Grammys’ homepage, alongside stars such as Matthew Morrison and LL COOL J. We hope that this interview will be welcome news to his North American fans.”
Meanwhile, Kim Junsu’s second solo album has topped the iTunes charts in eight countries and has been met with an explosive response from domestic and overseas fans alike. He will be holding the first concert of his Asia Tour in Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow.
[News] 130712 TVXQ! Rocks L.A. Feeling ‘Brand New’ at World Tour Stop: Live Review
TVXQ! — aka 27-year-old Yunho and 25-year-old Changmin — pose for a photo backstage at the July 5 L.A. date to their TVXQ! LIVE WORLD TOUR ‘CATCH ME.’ SM Entertainment
“We are nervous, but extremely excited. Everything feels brand new, as if we just debuted” – Yunho
TVXQ! — aka 27-year-old Yunho and 25-year-old Changmin, undoubtedly two of the biggest names in K-pop history — proved their supremacy as a pair of “K-pop Kings,” by amassing a total of 700,000 fans to their five-stop, Japan Dome tour, “TVXQ! Live Tour 2013 Time.” Continuing the success, the duo embarked on their first world tour titled, “TVXQ! LIVE WORLD TOUR ‘CATCH ME,’” on Nov. 17, 2012, in Seoul, Korea. They dazzled thousands in Hong Kong (Jan. 19), China (March 30) and Malaysia (May 18), and they finally brought the much-anticipated leg of the tour to America for a Los Angeles date on July 5.
The excitement caused by TVXQ’s first L.A. concert was felt at Nokia Theatre on Friday night. TVXQ’s fans, known as Cassiopeia, arrived hours before the show was to begin. Most fans, dressed in red t-shirts (a signature color for TVXQ!) showed support by holding flash mob events as well as handmade signs.
Backstage, TVXQ appeared energized and high-spirited, despite jet lag and exhaustion from hours of rehearsal. The duo spent the last hour before the show relaxing their vocals (Changmin singing Kim Gun Mo’s “Moon Of Seoul”), taking pictures with lucky fans, joking around with staff members and talking to Billboard for an exclusive video interview.
“We are happy that we get to finally meet with our fans in the States,” says leader Yunho. “The show here [compared to ones in other countries] is more intimate. We are nervous, but extremely excited. Everything feels brand new, as if we just debuted. We want to share our good vibes with our fans that have waited so long.”
At 8:30 p.m. the extravaganza began slightly delayed (due to concertgoers’ unwillingness to leave merchandise booths). Ear-splitting screams erupted, red glow sticks illuminated, and some fans even cried as the packed venue watched the duo appear via hanging on wires.
TVXQ!’s electrifying show kicked off with hardcore, back-to-back performances of “Rising Sun,” “Getaway” and “Why (Keep Your Head Down).”
Taking a moment, Changmin expressed his gratitude to the thousands of fans by saying, in English, “We are so thankful to each and every one of you that came to see us tonight.” With an interpreter, he continued in Korean, “I know our U.S. fans have waited ten, long years for this concert to happen and we will promise to make up for it.”
Throughout the two-hour and a half event, the K-pop kings delivered a pitch-perfect live show with masterfully choreographed dance moves, assisted by six male backup dancers, plus special solo performances. For the solo stages, Changmin mesmerized with a cover of Maxwell’s “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever,” in a casual, striped shirt in front of a backdrop of a cityscape visual. Then, Yunho spiced it up by crooning and hip-swerving his way through his solo track, “Honey Funny Bunny,” in a sequined jacket.
‘You Guys Are So Amazing!’
The duo went through their extensive catalog of Korean and Japanese hits, including “Wrong Number” (showcasing perfectly in-sync dance moves down to their feet) “Purple Line,” “Humanoids” (their most-recent K-pop single) “Destiny,” “Dream,” “Catch Me” (wearing LED light jeweled jackets, highlighting the technical “Hulk dance”) “Before You Go” and “Mirotic.” In between performances, various TVXQ! videos were shown on the screen to preview each song.
Before bringing the show to a close, the crowd united as one for a touching moment. At one point, fans held up a placard that read, “We will always be here.” Yunho responded to the crowd in English, “You guys are so amazing! I am touched.”
The highlight of the night came when TVXQ! daringly stormed into the crowd — the first they’ve ever done so in their 10-year career, they told Billboard afterwards. The boys went off in separate directions, running through the aisles, leaving fans (and presumably security guards and ushers) in awe.
After successfully wrapping the concert Yunho reflects, “I was really taken aback to see such diversity in ages. We even saw a lady [who seemed to be in her 60s] singing along to our lyrics. This was a special night for all of us. The amount of response we got was tremendous. We won’t forget this night and we hope that our U.S. fans. will remember this night as well.”
Looking forward, TVXQ! will become the first foreign artist to perform at Japan’s Nissan Stadium on August 17 and 18. The two-day event is projected to bring in a total of 150,000 fans.
Want more TVXQ!? Check back to Billboard’s K-Town for an exclusive video interview with Yunho and Changmin coming soon!
[Fanaccount] 120902 XIA 1st World Tour Concert in LA
So much I saw, so much to say, yet so speechless during Junsu’s actual live performance >.<
People I met: I thought I had to make sacrifices to make it here, but others really showed their support for Junsu. This was my first ever JYJ/DBSK anything concert ever (went to JYJ LA showcase but not actual concert) so I was not anticipating the global support Junsu and the rest of JYJ has! Met fans from Canada, Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam. From states: Utah, Nevada, Washington, and of course California.
-Also got really close to a Korean Fan, who is studying abroad here at the perfect time for the concert. She is AMAZINGG. Was a fan since Debut DBSK days, still a fan of them all, and almost 10 years and counting!! I was such a nuisance, kept asking so many inside scoops on our boys. And boy, did she know A LOT. K-fans really do keep a lot to themselves haha ^^;; For instance she said some fact/faction on some of their dating life but we couldn’t go too deep b/c of our communication issues. PS: She said I could fan account what she says as she can’t really write in English, and I will remark on her a lot x)
-Talked with Automatic and his Fiancé! Automatic, was a star! He was so chill with talking to Su’s fans and getting pictures. His fiancé told our group that she was happy to work with Junsu, and –cross fingers- with JYJ in the future. It was also her that helped Su with his English for Uncommitted. We said thanks for trying her best as his English coach HEHE b/c he really did improve!
The Line: Thank you to JYJ4SF for preparing so much for us (lightsticks, bookmarks, signs etc.) while waiting for so long! One scene I might be embarrassed about was when we were moving into the Hollywood Palladium, there was food/drink litter and trash EVERYWHERE from waiting in the long lines. My new Korean friend said, that NEVER in Korea would they trash the outside venue because they did not want to tarnish the name of JYJ/Junsu. YIKES, I felt ashamed, though I do admit this part of Hollywood can’t be much cleaner.
Venue: The venue itself was small but intimate for Junsu’s LA concert. Top floor was not open for general audience, only Automatic and other VIP guests went up there. I heard standing floor VIP was sold out, and looked filled to me. Even where I stood in general admission, it was partially full. Love the turnout! There would have been more red and special glowsticks visible too if they were not confiscated by staff at the gate -_- But one good thing about a smaller venue, everyone can practically have a good view of Su.
ACTUAL CONCERT: I’m at a loss of words. I was calm before waiting in line, and then anticipation and excitement arose! I yelled at times, but wanted to hear all of Su’s incredible live singing so did not jump around as much. It went by too fast, and I didn’t wanna miss a single beat. JUNSU came out, and I felt all our adrenaline, blood pumping. My feet were not tired or sore anymore.
-I couldn’t tell, but my Korean friend whose seen him countless of times in Korea said his condition isn’t his best. He was not sick it seems, but prolly due to jetlag and back to back concerts. I thought he was so powerful, intense and energetic!
-FAVORITE SONGS: All were FANTASTIC but must see are Tarantellegra, No gain, INTOXICATION, Elizabeth, and Uncommitted. My favorite ballads: Round and Round, You are so Beautiful. Su even ripped his pants in Uncommitted but played it off well. Couldn’t see in my area, until he left stage suddenly, quickly changed, and told us about it. Su said it was a treat for those who were able to catch that haha.
-During Genie Time, Junsu received a soccer jersey shirt as a gift! Don’t think it counted as a wish. He did Angel Xiah (which he STILL LOVES TO DO based on my k-fan friend, but is shyer as he ages and with men around). He said happy birthday to a fan (lucky girl!), and we wanted him to do an Oyaji gag, but declined prolly cause most of us can’t understand. You underestimate us Su, how can we not know your favorite gags?! He finally did Gangnam style with all our persuading as our last wish!! Maybe he be more comfortable with music on, but I like seeing him all cute and awkward LOL. He said he can’t really do it, cause he simply watched the video but never tried learning it. Junsu, please. You are a fast learner haha, and you say you listen to Gangnam style frequently in your cyworld interview too. Interpreter said Junsu did meet Psy in LA just recently as a plus!
-A fan boy said something prolly like an “I love you Junsu!” and Su replied with his lively English words he knows, sorta like, “WOOH! CHHYEAA! OK! THANK YOU!”
-Fallen Leaves: Yes, he chocked near the end of the performance. No tears, but definitely watery eyed. Aww Su, this song is very meaningful to you and still gets you emotional. Kind of ironic because my Korean friend said she wants to see Junsu cry because in all her concerts seeing him, he never cried! Now she’s saying, “Uljima (don’t cry)!)” He paused a bit to collect himself, tried to smile a bit for us, breathed a big breath, and continued to complete the song. BEAUTIFUL.
CONCLUSION: Honestly, I am not even Junsu biased but Junsu truly captured my heart during this two hour event. I understand why Junsu is so sexy yet so cute, so childlike yet so mature/charismatic! He really is a 110% performer/artist. I can admit no one can hit dance moves with live vocals as spot on as him. It went by too fast. They really do leave us with wanting more huh?! I went by myself, came away with unforgettable memories. I was trying to make it short but was much longer than expected so sorry! Overall, my favorite and BEST CONCERT I’ve ever been to! No exaggeration needed.
[NEWS] Xia Junsu (JYJ) Successfully Finishes L.A. Concert for World Tour
Junsu has successfully finished his second concert in L.A. as part of his world tour.
On September 2 at the Hollywood Palladium, Junsu held his ‘XIA 1st World Tour in LA’ concert with 2,000 of his fans. As this was labor day weekend, he was able to meet many more of his fans at the concert.
Just 3 days after his New York concert, he has now successfully finished his LA performance. His 120 minute concert was filled with energy and power. He opened the concert with the song “Breath” and showed off his dance moves in “Set Me Free.”
His english title song which was produced by producer Automatic, called “Uncommitted” was also showcased on stage. He also sang his hit song from his previous album called, “Tarantallegra.”
Junsu commented, “After finishing both the New York and LA concert, I now really feel like I am on a world tour. I am so thankful to all the fans that came out to support me and I hope that this will be a lasting memory for them.”
With the end of his LA performance, Junsu will travel to Mexico on September 6 to continue his world tour.
[Translation] 110607 JYJ Completes Two-Month Long World Tour,“Becomes True Artists”
JYJ (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu) visited Thailand, Taiwan, China in the Asian regions, followed by Vancouver, New Jersey, LA, and San Jose, successfully completing their two-month long Worldwide Concert Tour.
JYJ signed a contract with world-class concert production company AEG Live, bringing new and exciting performances to the concert management. JYJ’s concerts held in Vancouver, New Jersey and LA were continued successes, and the final show was held in San Jose, ending the “JYJ Worldwide Tour Concert in 2011.”
At the performance in LA, not only were there Korean nationals, but fans from all nationalities coming for the performance. After the concert ended, the concert management personnel and fans expressed their satisfaction towards the performance.
Screen technician Kenneth Kasier said, “During the performance, I witnessed the way JYJ enjoyed the stage, and I felt that they were very professional. The members’ harmonization blended beautifully. Also, the atmosphere left a deep impression, and the feelings that JYJ showed were well-communicated to the audience”
Among the audience, Tara Wilson expressed her thoughts on the concert, “The atmosphere of Nokia Stadium (where the concert was held) was fantastic. I danced along to JYJ’s fast-paced songs, and had a great time with my mother.”
Also, on 3 June during their concert at the San Jose State University’s Event Center Arena, there was a surprise party prepared in celebration of Park Yoochun’s birthday. Overall concert producer Jeri Slaughter personally brought a cake onstage, and celebrated Yoochun’s birthday with the fans.
After the San Jose concert, JYJ said, “To the fans who attended our concerts held in various countries, we’re deeply thankful,” and “we’re very happy to meet with fans from all over the world, but to the Korean fans that we will be meeting with soon, we’re touched beyond words,” showing their anticipation towards the Korean concerts.
C-JeS’s representative Baek Chang Joo said, “By holding these concerts not just in Asia but in America as well, JYJ have become true artists. Unlike most Asian artists, they held concerts in the American region, and we’re really satisfied with the results.”
JYJ, who returned to Korea after their last concert in San Jose, will hold a charity concert on 7 June in Japan, followed by two days of concerts on 11-12 June at the Busan Sajik Indoor Gymnasium.
[News] 110531 JYJ’s LA Pre-Concert Fan Meetup Proves Group’s Success
The success and popularity of JYJ has once again proven itself, as seen in the number of fans that gathered before the group’s recent Los Angeles concert. The concert took place on Friday, May 27, and lasted from 8PM to 10PM at the Nokia Theatre.
A pre-concert fan meetup was originally planned by DBSK fansite DBSKnights, but was cancelled due to lack of space to accommodate the estimated 300+ attendees. Another DBSK fansite saved the meetup by moving it to Nokia Plaza. There, fans began to gather at 2PM, enthusiastically introducing themselves to each other.
As the hours passed, fans took pictures, made new friends, got hyped up for the concert, and even did flashmobs! A number of fansites also gave away bracelets, light sticks and signs for Cassies to use during the concert. A red ocean slowly formed as more fans trickled in while decked out in DBSK merchandise. By 7PM, the meetup had swelled to over 250 people.
According to the official Facebook event for JYJ’s concert, “JYJ’s concert tour will create an unimaginable experience and compelling atmosphere that fans from all over the world and of all ages can enjoy. Their fans will finally get a chance to witness JYJ’s grandeur debut in the U.S and Canada.”
Such a claim held true as fans from Hawaii, China and even England flew in to see the singers perform. Audience members ranged from teens to aunties, as well as a number of avid fanboys. Junsu’s father, JYJ’s friends John Egg, and previous MC of the JYJ showcase Shane Yoon also showed up to show their support. John Egg stopped by the meetup to take a few pictures, exciting the surprised fans.
Four aunties from four different nationalities (America, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) drew a great amount of attention as they showed off their DBSK pride. Lily, Ayumi, Christin and Lindsey had met at the Las Vegas and Los Angeles JYJ showcases, and become friends since then. They wore matching black boas to show their connection to one another.
They had discovered JYJ through websites like Youtube and Wikipedia. One of the ladies often visited a Korean drama recap site, where she discovered Yoochun’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal.” She saw that “Yoochun and his group” was often referenced, so she googled DBSK and discovered a “huge amount of information” on them. Through Wikipedia, she read about the Mirotic lyrics controversy, which led her to YouTube, where she watched the Mirotic music video. At that point, she was sold.
When asked who their favorite member was, many replied, “Jaejoong!” with a familiar dreamy look on their face. But one aunty admitted that she liked Changmin because he is “good-looking and funny.”
Despite their older age, the women’s enthusiasm matched many of the younger fans there. Christen even confessed that she had gone to all three JYJ showcases and two JYJ concerts.
The four ladies showed their burning dedication with their message to JYJ. “Always Keep the Faith! We will fight for you. Don’t give up.”
Are you impressed by the amount of support JYJ’s fans are showing?
Hi Guys. I get so confused when you say “this is the frist time we’re here” . I’m assuming that you’re talking about Canada. Anyway, small point–Just welcome back, have a wonderful time, and consider Chicago or Twin Cities at some point in the future, wouldja’ please. Love you. Momma Cha
Exclusive] 110516 JYJ’s ‘2011 World Tour’ Video Greeting to Fans!
JYJ’s ‘2011 World Tour‘ is approaching fast, and allkpop has an exclusive video greeting direct from the boys themselves!
In the video, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu greet their fans, give the North American locations of their performances, and talk about their feelings on touring the continent.
Be sure to check out the exclusive greeting video below!
The schedule for the tour is as follows:
May 20th @ 8 PM – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 22nd @ 8 PM – Prudential Center – Newark, New Jersey
May 27th @ 8 PM – Nokia Theatre – Los Angeles, California
June 3rd @ 8 PM – The Event Center Arena – San Jose, California
JYJ’s 2011 World Tour is less than a week away, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible at ticketmaster.com!