[TRANS] “Did 3,000 People Really Show Up?”… The Truth Behind JYJ’s Spanish Concert Fabrication Controversy ~~ Aishhh…=__=

[TRANS] “Did 3,000 People Really Show Up?”… The Truth Behind JYJ’s Spanish Concert Fabrication Controversy ~~ Aishhh…=__=

PLEASE READ T/N: There’s going to be a lot of talk about this article. Some of you will probably even wonder why we’re even translating an article that ‘bashes’ any of the boys. However, life isn’t always full of rainbows and unicorns. Everyone is subject to criticisms and controversies, and this just happens to be one of those moments. Please read everything with a pinch of salt, and remember that the articles we translate don’t always reflect the beliefs/thoughts of our translators. (aka Don’t shoot the messenger)

P.S. Yes I know the article says six disputes and only gives five. It’s bugging the crap out of me but I can’t do anything about it. Sorry y’all :(


“Is it a fabrication, or a fact?”

JYJ held their first European concert in Barcelona, Spain. Opinions on this one concert have been split in opposite directions with one side giving it a thumbs-up and calling it ‘the best performance ever’ while the other is diminishing it and calling it ‘excessive media play’.

What is the reason behind this fierce battle between praise and criticism? There’s also a conflict arising on the difference between the ‘media reports’ and the ‘photos taken at the concert’. An example of this is the actual number of people who went to the concert. All the reporters who traveled to Spain gushed about ’3,000 audience members’ and ‘a complete sell-out of tickets’. On the other hand, fans who saw the photos of the concert raised the question, “You call that 3,000 people?”

‘Dispatch’ has stepped forth to investigate the controversy. We met with three fans who were at the concert through a Madrid correspondent. We then called up representatives of the ‘Culture Center’ and the Korean restaurant that sponsored the concert. We posed questions to the local organizer of the European tour and talked to the staff members who helped out with the concert in Barcelona.

There are a total of six points that are being debated. They include topics such as ‘Did 3,000 people really show up’, ‘Did they pass out free tickets’ and ‘What was teh reaction of the Spanish media?’. If we were to give our conclusion before we began, it would be that there are parts that have been extremely exaggerated by the media. In other words, ‘media play’ was used. On the other hand, there are parts that netizens have diminished and criticized more than necessary.

Dispute 1. JYJ’s concert in Barcelona, Spain. According to C-JeS Entertainment’s report on the 10th of last month, 80% of the tickets had been sold. Considering the fact that the concert venue seated 4,000 people, this meant that according to C-JeS, they had already sold 4,000 tickets.

 On the day of the concert, the Korean media reported that the number of concert attendees was 3,000 people. But some netizens have been stating that it was impossible for 3,000 people to have shown up, using the photos taken inside the concert venue as proof.They said that the media was exaggerating the numbers. Then how many people actually showed up to watch the concert? We heard what representatives of the Korea Culture Center and the local promoter had to say about the issue. We also received a photo from someone who attended the concert.

 A. To state the conclusion first, it wasn’t 4,000 or 3,000 people. According to local reporters, the number was actually between 1,000 and 2,000 people. The ‘Poble Espanyol’, in which the concert was held, can hold a maximum of 5,000 people. In the photo that was provided to ‘Dispatch’ by Tak Bitna(20), a Korean resident living in Spain, one can see that over half the standing area is empty.

 Tak Bitna, who attended the concert, said, “It couldn’t possibly have gone over 2,000 people. You can see in my photo that the back of the standing area is empty,” and “Representatives and staff members took up a lot of seats. Only the areas lit up by glowsticks were actual fans.”

 In a phone conversation with ‘Dispatch’, a representative of the Korea Culture Center in Spain stated, “The concert venue actually holds 5,000 people. We believe that around 2,000 people showed up because it looked like they filled less than half the venue,” and “The reason why the back looks so empty is because everyone rushed forward once the concert began.

 What is the official stance of the promoter who sold the tickets? In a phone conversation with ‘Dispatch’ on the 2nd of November, a representative of ‘Open Music’, the local promoter of the European tour, admitted that they hadn’t sold 3,000 tickets. He said, “It’s not a sold-out concert. We didn’t sell all the tickets,” and “Though Berlin isn’t sold-out yet either, it’s more popular than the Barcelona performance.

‘RPDP’ (Radio Programas del Peru’ wrote the only Spanish review for the concert but this was a Peruvian reporter, not a Spanish one. According to the review, there were around 1,000 people at the concert. They reported, “1,000 fans gathered for the Barcelona concert.”

 Dispute 2. What was the extent of JYJ’s influence and popularity in Spain? The photos of the concert attendees provided by ‘C-JeS’ are all of Caucasians, but actually, the majority were of Asian backgrounds. Meanwhile, Korean media reported that fans from all over the world had gathered in Spain to watch the concert and included people from Spain, France, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand and even South America. What was the actual ratio of races at the concert?


A. The opinions on the ‘fandom’ ratios were split. Tak Bitna stated that there were many Asian fans at the concert. She said, “Asian people, such as Chinese or Japanese people, took up half of the concert attendees,” and “The atmosphere was great. No one left before the end of the concert.

 Testimonies flooded in that fans from all over the world had gathered for the concert. One representative who worked as a staff member said, “Fans from all different nationalities came for the concert. There were some people who flew in, even from the U.S., to watch the concert,” and “Of course, the majority of the fans there were Asians, but anyone could see that there were fans from all over the world.

 Laura(20), who lives in Madrid, explained that some of the Caucasian fans were ‘otakus’. She said, “There are a lot of ‘otakus’ in Spain who like Japanese manga. They love the Japanese culture, and they began taking interest in K-pop because K-pop’s popular in Japan,” and“Because this concert was held at the same time as the ‘Manga Festival’, a lot of ‘otaku’ fans from Madrid went to Barcelona.”

 What’s most important is the atmosphere inside the concert venue. The people who actually did attend the concert enjoyed the performance and passionately cheered JYJ on. It’s indisputable that the air inside the concert venue was humming with passion and excitement. Tak Bitna(20) stated, “The atmosphere was wild and enthusiastic. Though the fans came from different countries, they all came together to support JYJ,” and “Everyone waved their glowsticks till the very end of the concert.”

 Dispute 3. On the morning of their Barcelona concert, JYJ attended the Manga Festival and gave a performance. They sang two songs and met with a total of 800 fans. What exactly is the Manga Festival that JYJ attended and what relation does it have with JYJ’s concert?

 A. JYJ stood on stage to perform at ‘the 17th Manga Festival’, which was held at Barcelona’s La Farga de L’hospitalet on the 29th of October. This was a first for a Korean singer to perform at the festival. The ‘Manga Festival’ is one that attracts over 60,000 people every year and is visited by people who like Japanese comics. JYJ were invited to perform at the festival.

 According to a Spanish reporter at the Manga Festival, JYJ were chosen as one of the few characters selected by the festival. That is why they were invited and that is why they performed ‘Get Out’ and ‘In Heaven’. At the time of the invitation, C-JeS Entertainment was planning the Barcelona concert and when the invitation was received, the concert date was set to match with the festival.

 According to a representative who is well-versed in Spanish culture, the Manga Festival played a big role in spreading the Hallyu Wave in Spain. He stated that most of the people who like manga are ‘otakus’ who are into Japanese culture. Their interest in Japanese culture carried on to an interest in K-pop. JYJ’s Spanish concert was aiming for such a synergy effect by setting the concert date in the same time period as the Manga Festival.

Dispute 4. Some netizens voiced criticisms that too many of the concert tickets were overissued(?). Specifically, there were too many VIP invitations. They claim that many people were attending the concert for free because invitations were given out by the Culture Center in Spain and the Korean restaurant (Seoul Jung) as both were sponsors.

A. The answer is, this is ‘false’. Though some netizens claim that free tickets were given out, it is impossible to confirm this. There is no way to confirm how many tickets the organizer and C-JeS Entertainment distributed. However, it was confirmed that the Korean Culture Center of Spain received VIP tickets from the agency.

According to a representative of the center, a total of 50 VIP invitations was given to them. But because the center is located in Madrid and only Madrid, they couldn’t just hand out these invitations to anyone. The representative explained, “We were given 50 VIP tickets the day before the concert. Because there’s quite a distance between Madrid and Barcelona, we couldn’t distribute the invitations.”

Most overseas concerts by domestic singers are done with the help of that country’s Korean culture center. Therefore, it is normal for these centers to receive VIP invitations from the singers as a show of gratitude for helping out with the overseas concert. It was the same case when B2ST performed in Madrid this year and the tickets that were given to the center were distributed accordingly.

Also, the Korean restaurant ‘Seoul Jung’, which was a main sponsor of the concert, was in charge of providing JYJ with goods, mostly food, more than monetary funds. We were unable to confirm if tickets were distributed to them. In a phone conversation with ‘Dispatch’, ‘Seoul Jung’ stated, “JYJ’s promoters have been asking for our help from a year ago, and we agreed to help them out,” and “We don’t provide them with monetary funds. We just provided them with food.” When asked if they gave out free tickets at the restaurant, they said, “No comment.”

Dispute 5. C-JeS stated that fifty major TV and news mediums fought to get coverage of JYJ at their Spanish press conference. Several domestic media reports stated that the local media ‘El Mundo’ “praised JYJ as three sexy Justin Biebers”. What was the actual media response like for JYJ? Did they receive enough praise to, for example, land them a front cover article?

A. To put it bluntly, no. Through a search on Google, we could see that not many well-known media reporters wrote about JYJ’s Spanish concert. Though fifty different overseas mediums were present at the press conference, not all of them were there to cover JYJ’s concert. Most had been there to cover the ‘Manga Festival’ that was also being held in Barcelona.

There weren’t many articles done related to JYJ. According to a representative of the Korean Culture Center of Spain, there were only two Spanish articles written about JYJ, done by ‘El Mundo’ and ‘LaVanguardia’. But even these were not reviews of JYJ’s concert and were instead articles about the Manga Festival with the added information that JYJ attended the festival.

Let’s take a look at ‘El Mundo’ for example. JYJ take up one sentence in the entire article. “JYJ are like sexy Justin Biebers. They opened themselves up to the American music market, working Kanye West to sing ‘Ayyy Girl’.” 90% of the article deals with the Manga Festival. Also, not a single photo of JYJ could be found on ‘El Mundo’ or ‘LaVanguardia’.

‘Radio Programs del Peru’ dealt with JYJ’s Spanish concert has an important piece of news and this reflected the K-pop craze that is going on in South America. ‘RPDP’ has its own K-pop section and JYJ’s Spanish concert was written about in this section.


When taking into account the testimonies from a Korean residing in Spain who attended the concert, a representative of Spain’s Korean Culture Center, a representative of the local organizer, and a representative of Spain’s Hallyu culture, one can see that certain aspects of JYJ’s Spanish concert were slightly exaggerated. The actual number of people who attended the concert was closer to 2,000 people and there was a lot of empty space. There isn’t much interest in them yet and only two articles were written about them in Spain, which were just references to them while talking about the Manga Festival. It isn’t right to exaggerate JYJ’s popularity within Europe.

But regardless of all the fuss, JYJ’s continuous search for new challenges should be recognized. JYJ are the first Korean singers to hold a solo concert in Spain. The fact that they have taken this first step is meaningful enough. They took the first step for K-pop, small though it was, and the fact that they had their presence in Spain recognized is significant.

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[Trans] 111031 Finding Out About What Spain Thinks Of JYJ’s First European Concert

[Trans] 111031 Finding Out About What Spain Thinks Of JYJ’s First European Concert

We were able to see that JYJ’s European fanbase continues to expand as time passes.

On the 29th, JYJ held a mini concert at the LA FARGA Convention Centre’s performance hall and sang ‘Empty’ and ‘Get Out’ to 5,000 cheering audience members.

Though it was a paid performance that showcased only two songs, people flocked to secure seats, showing the power of K-pop once more.

We asked the European fans who were waiting in line for the concert about JYJ’s secret to success. They all praised the group as they said, “JYJ’s intense dance moves and live skills have us hooked.”

Here is a Q&A session with their European fans.

Silvia Sanchez (17, student)

-How did you come to know JYJ?

▶In 2008, my friend sent me the ‘Mirotic’ album and told me to listen to it, and from that moment on, I became a fan. I started searching online for their videos and music and now, I’m such a big fan of JYJ. Their appearances in dramas made me like them more and I like them all so much that I make sure to check up on videos of them every day.


-Who’s your favorite member?

▶Jaejoong. His voice and the expression he has when he sings is so hot.

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶I really wanted to go to Korea because I like JYJ so much, but I don’t have the money to go there. I’m so happy and thankful that they decided to come all the way to Spain to perform. My friends and I couldn’t sleep for the past couple of nights because we were preparing gifts for the members. We got Junsu a football shirt with the number ’12′ on it while we got ordinary t-shirts for the other members. We hope they wear them and we would like to see them wearing the shirts.

Noemi Blaha (30, secretary)

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶I’ve been a fan of JYJ for the past three years. I like them so much but because I work, I don’t have much time to spare on other things. I only got three hours of sleep because of today’s concert. I’m so excited and nervous. I still can’t believe that they’ve come here to sing for us. They’re great singers, but they’re also very humorous and it was a great performance.

Charo (18, student)

-How did you come to know JYJ?

▶I was surfing the net a year ago when I randomly began searching up Korean singers, and I ended up clicking on a photo of Jaejoong and listening to their songs. Since then, I’ve been active as a JYJ fan. I like Junsu now too because his voice is so nice.

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶I spent an entire month preparing banners for JYJ’s concert with other fans. We paid for the production of the banner and put them up ourselves. There are over 50 banners hanging within the city of Barcelona that contain messages from JYJ’s fans, and we travelled through the other cities of Spain for a month, putting banners up for JYJ. I bought concert tickets after staying up all night for two days in a row as I waited in line. I was so excited for the entire two-hour train ride here and I’m still feeling that excitement as I wait for the concert to start.

Maria Amparo (24, student)

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶I’m a fan of TVXQ. I like JYJ’s music and I loved watching ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’. I’m planning on downloading and watching ‘Protect the Boss’ as well. I really like K-pop and I was so excited to buy my ticket three weeks ago. When I first heard the news, I was so surprised and I couldn’t believe they were coming to Spain. I’m very thankful to them for flying all the way here.

Rocio Maldonado (14, student)

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶I’ve been a fan of K-pop for the past five years. I’ve been a fan of JYJ since they were a part of TVXQ and I’m a fan of Junsu. I’m planning on visiting Korea. I want to live in Korea with JYJ. I’ve waited three years to see this concert. This is going to be my first K-pop concert, and I’m so glad that it’s a concert by JYJ.

Sandra Vidail (24, office worker)

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶I recently became a fan of JYJ when I came across one of their songs. This is my first K-pop concert and I can’t wait to see what it will be like. I’m excited to think that I’ll personally get to see those powerful dance moves that I’ve been watching on Youtube. I’m a fan of Yoochun. I can’t believe that I’ll be able to see him smile in person. I want to marry him.

Oscar (19, student)

-What are your feelings on coming to today’s concert?

▶It’s been half a year since I first came across JYJ on the internet and I really like their songs. Most of all, their powerful performances are ones that aren’t easily found in Spain. They’re great singers and I like all three members. I listen to JYJ’s songs all the time these days. I’m especially addicted to their Korean songs because they have such great melodies and beats.

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[Trans] 111105 JYJ Member Kim Junsu Reveals That He Will Take A Good Break Before Starting Activities Next Year

[Trans] 111105 JYJ Member Kim Junsu Reveals That He Will Take A Good Break Before Starting Activities Next Year

JYJ will be closing their European tour with their last concert, held at Berlin’s Tempodrom on 6 November. Following that, Kim Junsu has decided that he plans to take a short holiday after the concert.

Kim Junsu appeared on YTN’s “Newswide” in a telephone interview on 5 November, and talked about his plans after the concert. “I think I will take a short break after this concert tour.”

He also said, “This may be a break, but I will also be preparing for next year in the meanwhile. I couldn’t write many songs while on the European tour, so I will continue writing during the holidays, and the other members will be continuing with their individual activities as well.” As for his own individual activities, Kim Junsu is currently preparing for the musical “Elisabeth” which will start in February next year.

When asked about how the JYJ members felt regarding their influence in Europe, Junsu laughed and said, “ This is a good chance for us to get a feel of a new culture, and to take the next step. Sometimes, I feel that if we were only (active) in Asia, that may not be a good thing. This concert tour is a good chance for us to grow and improve our skills.”

JYJ, who completed their solo concert in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi on 29 October, will be holding their next concert in Berlin’s Tempodrom on 6 November.

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Translation 111031 Cultural Director Jang Jin Sang is “Anticipating JYJ’s role in Spreading K-Pop Throughout Europe”

TRANS] 111031 Cultural Director Jang Jin Sang Is “Anticipating JYJ’s Role In Spreading K-pop Throughout Europe”   Posted on November 6, 2011

“The K-pop craze continues to burn brighter in Spain. We want to thank JYJ for spearheading the effort to spread K-pop here.

Cultural Director Jang Jin Sang, who began his job in Madrid, Spain in June, expressed his thoughts about the current condition of the K-pop craze that has swept over Spain.

Cultural Director Jang Jin Sang met with reporters at the POBLE ESPANYOL on the 29th and said, “When JYJ decided to hold a concert in Spain, they still hadn’t decided if they would hold the concert in Madrid or Barcelona. But they ended up choosing Barcelona because it was decided that if it was done here, people from Southern France would also be able to attend the concert as well as the citizens of Spain,” and “Though the influence of the K-pop craze and Hallyu Wave are still quite small in Europe, we believe the K-pop craze and interest in Korean culture will continue to grow in Spain.”

The reason why Director Jang made this statement is because Spain was the European country with the highest participation rate at the K-pop Cover Dance Competition that was held in Madrid, Spain on the 15th of September.

Director Jang said, “More than 50 Spanish teams participated in the competition. More and more people in Spain are beginning to like K-pop. Though B2ST came and performed a couple of songs as the judges for the competition, JYJ will be holding an official concert,” and “We’d like to see many more Korean singers come to Spain to perform like JYJ.”

He added, “We debated quite a lot on whether the culture center should sponsor the concert because it could be classified as a private concert,” and “But because this is the first time a Korean singer is holding a solo concert in Spain, we provided JYJ with 10,000 Euros (15 million Won) and that money was used to rent out the concert venue. The rest of the costs for setting up the stage and the additional facilities was paid for by JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment.

Director Jang explained that the tickets for the concert cost 100 Euros for SVIP, 70 Euros for VIP, and 50 Euros for regular seats, which doesn’t differ much from the ticket prices Spanish singers charge for their performances.

He also stated, “It’s been 69 years since Spain and Korea established diplomatic relations but a Korean culture center has been created in Spain much earlier than expected,” and “We don’t have culture centers in Italy or Switzerland yet. Taking this into consideration, we can make the conclusion that the Spanish have a great interest in Korea.”

Director Jang had a positive outlook for K-pop’s future influence in Europe.

He stated, “Europe has high standards for art and music, so it won’t be easy for Korea to compete in the European markets. However, K-pop continues to evolve and grow, and I believe the rate at which K-pop fans grow will increase as well,” and “I heard that many people are coming to JYJ’s concert because they talked about it on Facebook and decided to come together. Therefore, we plan on opening an official page for the culture center and share information about K-pop, and provide at least one or two K-pop related events every year.”

Meanwhile, Director Jang stated that Korean dramas do not have much of an influence in Spain.

He explained, “I heard that till 2007, overseas broadcasting companies could air Korean dramas for free. But 2008 came with copyright issues and because it was decided that these shows couldn’t be aired for free, it hasn’t been easy to watch Korean dramas overseas, especially in Europe. It’s because Korea’s influence in Spain is still quite small and because it’s not easy to air those dramas due to the prices. Though there are people who would like to air dramas here with the rights already secured, it costs almost 10 million Won to dub one episode, so I’ve heard that discussions continue with broadcasting companies due to the expenses.”

Source: [TV Report]

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[Trans] 111031 What Is JYJ’s Secret To Success According To The Admins Of Their Spanish Fanclubs?

[Trans] 111031 What Is JYJ’s Secret To Success According To The Admins Of Their Spanish Fanclubs?

“K-pop is something that can even appeal to the masses who are encountering it for the first time.”

Sara(27) and Laura(24), who are admins of Spanish JYJ fanclubs, stated with confidence that K-pop will become extremely popular all across Europe.

Sara and Laura participated in the meeting that was held at the POBLE ESPANYOL on the 28th and said, “K-pop is a form of content that is becoming more and more popular. Spanish music can get boring at times and we like K-pop because it has many singers who can dance well and sing live at the same time.”

They continued to add, “We really like K-pop, and we’re thankful that JYJ have decided to hold a solo concert in Spain for the first time,” and “We’re so happy to be able to see JYJ up close.”

Through the interview with Sara and Laura, we were able to gauge K-pop’s current position in Spain. Though the K-pop market is still small in Europe, even they could see that it was growing.

Here is the Q&A session with Sara and Laura.

-Please introduce your fanclubs.

▶I’m an admin of a fanclub called Sharing Yoochun (Sara Martinez, Sharing Yoochun). You could say that Sharing Yoochun is a global fanclub and that I’m the admin of the Spain region. We upload photos and videos of JYJ and we get around 5,000 visiters on our site every day. (Sara)

I’m currently the admin of Yongwonhi,sub (Laura Serates, Yongwonhi,sub). We upload and translate JYJ-related material. We’ve been collecting and translating dramas and videos related to TVXQ and JYJ since 2008. Though we’re a Spanish fanclub, a lot of our members are from South America. Around 3,000 people download the material we post. (Laura)


-What is the reason why you like TVXQ or JYJ?

▶I really like K-pop and most of the songs I listen to are K-pop songs. I’ve liked JYJ since they performed as TVXQ. (Sara)

-How did you come across K-pop?

▶In my case, I came across K-pop while watching a Japanese drama. Later on, my friend showed me a video of TVXQ and I immediately became a fan. (Laura)

My friend had me listen to Big Bang’s music and I began to take an interest in K-pop because it’s quite sophisticated like American pop music. I was moved by TVXQ’s ‘Mirotic’ and that’s when I became a fan. (Sara)

-What did you like about TVXQ? Did you like them because of ‘Mirotic’?

▶I think all K-pop singers sing and dance very well. I like TVXQ and though they are currently divided into TVXQ and JYJ, I support both groups. (Sara)

-What is the difference between Korean and Spanish music?

▶Most of the songs on my iPad are K-pop songs. I don’t have any Spanish music on it. The majority of it is rock music and it’s not that great to dance to. All Spanish singers feel the same for me so I don’t have much interest in Spanish music. (Laura)

I used to study music. Spanish music these days is missing something. When I first came across K-pop, it felt very similar to American pop, and the more you listen to it, the more it appeals to you. (Sara)

-Does language or age ever hinder any of the fans from enjoying K-pop?

▶The fans are all of a different age. The youngest are thirteen years old while most are usually in their thirties. I’m not from Barcelona, I’m from Galicia. In Galicia, there aren’t that many people who are interested in Korea, but when the fans do get together every once in a while, we watch dramas together or listen to music. (Laura)

-Who are the most popular Korean singers in Barcelona?

▶TVXQ(JYJ), Rain, Super Junior.

-Why is it K-pop and not J-pop?

▶The trend of J-pop has already come and gone. J-pop music is similar to European music and it has no character. K-pop is always new and we like it because there are so many good songs to dance to. I believe that K-pop is a good form of content that can even appeal to the masses who are encountering it for the first time. (Laura)

-What are the future possibilities for K-pop?

▶K-pop has become popular, especially amongst the younger generation, because it has a wide variety of characters who are fun and easily approachable. We believe that people in other age groups will also find the music appealing. K-pop’s become more approachable through Youtube, so we believe it will continue to grow and evolve.

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[Trans] 111105 JYJ Kim Junsu : “I’m Surprised And Thankful That Many Fans In Berlin Know Us”

[Trans] 111105 JYJ Kim Junsu : “I’m Surprised And Thankful That Many Fans In Berlin Know Us”

JYJ member Kim Junsu expressed his feelings about holding solo concerts in Europe.

On the afternoon of the 5th of November, a day before JYJ’s concert in Berlin, Germany, Kim Junsu spoke to YTN TV’s “Newswide” via a live telephone broadcast and said, “Because we’ve already performed once in Barcelona, the nervousness and excitement we felt then has carried through (to our Berlin concert).”

When asked if he “felt any hints of JYJ’s popularity in the country,” Kim Junsu replied, “Although I wasn’t able to go sightseeing a lot, I did manage to walk around a little. I was very surprised and thankful to see our posters up around the city and to have more people recognize me than I’d expected. This makes us want to work harder and present an even better side of ourselves to everyone.”

He also added, “The reaction we received in Spain was as passionate as the country itself. I believe it was more of ‘those fans drawing forth a greater strength from us than we thought we had ‘ than a product of us working really hard.

JYJ, who completed their solo concert in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi on the 29th of October, will be holding their next concert in Berlin’s Tempodrom on the 6th of November.

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Picture Choices 111029 JYJ World Tour Concert in Barcelona, Spain Part 4

[Pic] 111029 – 2011 JYJ World Tour Concert in Barcelona, Spain Part 4

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Translation 111031 What Does The Spanish Media Think Of JYJ?

[TRANS] 111031 What Does The Spanish Media Think Of JYJ?

The local media of Spain is showing great interest in JYJ’s European debut. We asked them questions about what they think of JYJ and K-Pop.

At JYJ’s interview with the press on the morning of the 29th, the reporters gave JYJ a favorable review. They believe that it is an undeniable fact that the K-pop market will continue to expand, and that Korean singers are winning Europeans’ hearts with their singing and dancing skills.

Time out BCN reporter Joseph Maria Saria stated, “K-pop’s popularity has risen, and more people want to know more about it,” and “Actually, I was surprised to hear that K-pop singers would be performing in Barcelona. I was able to meet many fans as I covered the concert and I found out that they are an amazing team. It was great to meet them through today’s press conference and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future.”

When asked ‘What do you think JYJ’s strengths are?’, the reporter replied, “Above all, they’re great performers and they have an image that appeals to Europeans. In Spain, where it’s hard to find dance singers, JYJ’s intense performances are enough to attract the attention of the youth.

Asian Club’s Mari Carmen and Donaire Ruiz also commented that K-pop’s future in Europe is bright.

They stated, “These days, K-pop’s popularity is rising amongst the younger generation all over Europe. But you can only buy albums online and there is a limited supply that is shipped to Europe. We will help the K-pop market expand here by covering this concert and raising people’s interest in K-pop.”

When asked, ‘Has Korea’s image changed in the eyes of Europeans because of the K-pop craze?’, the two people said, “Listening to K-pop, the younger generation now want to visit Korea, are curious about the Korean culture and have begun wanting to learn Korean. Most of the articles that could be found in Europe before the K-pop craze began were negative articles related to North Korea’s nuclear weapons, but now, articles about K-pop have increased and people are beginning to think of Korea in a more positive manner as they search for articles on Korea and begin to learn about the country. JYJ’s Spanish concert holds a special meaning for Spain’s Korea fanatics as the nation has become JYJ’s starting point for their European tour.”

We asked Catalunya Radio’s Tatiana Alvarez to compare K-pop and J-pop.

She said, “J-pop has unique rhythms and melodies. K-pop’s beats are similar to that of pop music yet it still has its own Korean characteristics. The familiar yet new feel of the songs is what I believe is appealing to the younger generation.”

Regarding the reason why she was covering JYJ’s concert, Hearst Sociedad y Corazon’s Maria Jose emphasized, “These days, I’ve felt that the musical preferences of the younger generation has changed. I wanted to see if K-pop played a part in that change. Also, it’s quite unusual to see a singer from a country that isn’t well-known in Spain to come here to hold a concert.

When asked, ‘Is K-pop growing in Europe?’, she said, “The younger generation of Spain began taking an interest in Asian cultures, which are harder to experience here than European cultures. One aspect of those new cultures was K-pop and as people begin to learn more about Asian cultures, K-pop will become more known and influential. But at this moment, it isn’t a grand spectacle yet. To be honest, I didn’t know much about JYJ before I came here. But what’s important is that K-pop is very upbeat and full of charm.”

The Spanish reporters all asked JYJ the same question of if they think they can be successful in Europe. To this, JYJ replied, “We don’t think there are as many of our fans in Spain as there are in Asia. That’s quite obvious. But we’re extremely grateful of and surprised by the fact that our fans here have been supporting us from halfway across the world. We’re so glad to be in Spain, we’re excited about today’s performance, and as this is our first European performance, it will stay with us for a long time. We think our success depends on what we consider being ‘successful’. We want to succeed. For us, the measure of success will be whether or not our fanbase here increases in size through attending our concert and listening to our songs.

The JYJ press conference ended in success with more than 30 Spanish reporters showing up to interview the group.

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Translation 111031 JYJ Spearhead The Opening Act Of Their European Debut With K-Pop

[TRANS] 111031 JYJ Spearhead The Opening Act Of Their European Debut With K-Pop

 At their first solo concert in Spain, JYJ captivated their European fans with their musical performances. This became JYJ’s small but meaningful and fruitful opening act of their European debut.

On the 29th at 9:15 (Spanish time), JYJ held the ‘JYJ EUROPEAN TOUR CONCERT 2011′, a two-hour extravaganza featuring numbers from the group’s worldwide album and Korean album ‘In Heaven’, at Barcelona’s POBLE ESPANYOL.

Regardless of the chilly weather, JYJ donned short-sleeved t-shirts and repaid the 3,000 or so audience members with a satisfactory performance. The fans cheered and made sure they didn’t miss a single moment till the end of the concert.

Also, JYJ seemed to passionately throw their hearts and soul more fully into this performance than usual, as if they were taking into consideration the fact that the acoustics weren’t great because of the fact that it was an outdoor performance.

JYJ’s concert began 15 minutes later than it was supposed to. When JYJ appeared in white suits amidst a cloud of thick smoke, the fans began screaming and shouting.

JYJ began singing ‘Empty’ as their opening number and their fans followed along. Dancing in sync with their Spanish dancers, JYJ completed their performance of ‘Empty’.

JYJ gave a short greeting in Spanish. They then promised in Korean, “We’ve kept our promise with our fans. We’ll work hard to create a great performance. We’ll create lots of opportunities for you all to see JYJ often.”

JYJ then sang ‘Pierrot’, ‘Ayyy Girl’, and ‘Be My Girl’ to get the audience even more pumped up. As it was a performance without any special guests, videos and songs of JYJ would play when JYJ left the stage to change outfits.

After changing from white to black suits, JYJ sang ‘I Love You’ from their ‘The Beginning’ album. While singing ‘I Love You’, Junsu showcased his dancing skills with the Spanish dancers.

The individual performances stood out as well.

Jaejoong sang ‘I’ll Protect You’ from the drama ‘Protect the Boss’. Junsu sang a rendition of ‘You are so beautiful’, which was used as the theme song of ‘Scent of a Woman’, while Yoochun sang ‘Found You’ from ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’, which he also starred in as the main character.

Though JYJ are not fluent in Spanish, they didn’t forget to say ‘Gracias (Thank you)’ to their fans after every song.

JYJ’s volubility was still kicking. When Junsu asked the other members if they knew any Spanish words, Yoochun sang, “Besame Mucho(Kiss me).” Hearing this, Jaejoong said, “Te quiero (I love you),” while Junsu spoke for the team as he said, “Os queremos (We love you).”

Not willing to lose in this battle, Yoochun said, “Besame te quiero” and had the 3,000 audience members laughing and cheering.

The stages that followed were extravagant. JYJ sang a medley of ‘I.D.S’ and ‘Be the One’ with lasers for special effects.

When they sang ‘Nine’ and ‘Mission’, JYJ changed outfits again and made sure to give their fans as much fan service as they could.

JYJ said, “If we’re able to come back to Spain again, we’ll work hard to provide a better performance than today’s. Please keep loving JYJ.”

Singing ‘In Heaven’ and ‘Get Out’ as their encore numbers, JYJ completed their jam-packed, two-hour concert. The fans found it hard to leave the venue as they stood, wanting more. JYJ ran back on to perform the remix version of ‘Empty’ to thank their fans for waiting in tents two days before the concert to see JYJ.

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111104 Twitter Updates Junsu’s Endless Cuteness’…

Twitter UPDATES  111031  Junsu’s Endless Cuteness’ Are Happening in Barcelona 😀 ~From Concept Photo Session To Parody…xD  <3

@0101xiahtic: having a great time..in the midst of sightseeing^^ the wind is….nice


@0101xiahtic: The sunset that..I love..^^

@0101xiahtic: Yo~ Concept photo One

@0101xiahtic: Concept photo~ two LOL

@0101xiahtic: Even though foreign tourists were next to us, we didn’t mind and took photos … I clearly saw them look at us and giggle ..

@0101xiahtic: Me who look happy.. Hihi look at my right hand LOL

Junsu’s Twitter convo with Mr. Egg

@elbowyeish: @0101xiahtic Daebak!! Are you’re just going around?? ㅋㅋㅋ Give Egg a ride too in the empty seat beside you!!! ㅎㅎ It’s a nice sight because everyone is together ^^

@0101xiahtic: @elbowyeish It’s a pity that Hyung isn’t here ㅜ

@0101xiahtic: Goodnight~ you guys!

Junsu’s Twitter convo with JJ_Raphaela and choco_731

@JJ_Raphaela@0101xiahtic They’re laughing because it’s heart-warmingㅋㅋ They’re def not laughing because you guys are acting like country bumpkinsㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

@0101xiahtic: @JJ_Raphaela But that seems like the caseㅋ

@choco_731: @0101xiahtic (Fallen leaves parody) Under different skies, we write the same words. The feast of storm mention, this occasion captivated me. Storm tweet that will be done again someday, that day will come for sure. I will say “please reply my mention”, with all my heart-felt feelings. The fear of this moment, I will cherish it eternally. Going towards the storm tweet. Even if you can’t see me, I’ll continue to mention you

@0101xiahtic: @choco_731 Oh~ It’s funny ㅋ

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[News] 111104 JYJ Targeting Europe – Why it is Praiseworthy?

[News] 111104 JYJ Targeting Europe – Why it is Praiseworthy?

“We’re hungry to show you what a real World Tour is!”

Group JYJ is the first singer of Republic of Korea who succeeded a solo concert in Spain. On the 29th Oct (local time) JYJ had a brilliant concert at Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, in front of 3000 people which didn’t include only Spanish fans but also other European fans from France, Netherlands, Switzerland, etc.

This concert was indeed a challenge. Although among domestic netizens, there were different opinions regarding the number of audience, the meaning and value of JYJ’s challenge are not going to fade. It was hard to find a reputable promoter for a concert of Korean artist. This is reality. For this concert, JYJ’s agency C-Jes Entertainment has directly worked on it from A to Z and has had to overcome several obstacles.

Europe is like a wasteland. For a Korean artist to hold a solo concert in Spain, it was full of burdens and problems that general public couldn’t imagine of. Moreover, it wasn’t a concert planned with participation of various artists from a large company but a fruit achieved by just one team. Therefore, the challenge is praiseworthy enough itself and we can’t help praising its meaning.

If we must compare numerically, the number of attendees was of course humble. They are JYJ who could mobilize tens of thousands of audience if the concert was held in Korea or Japan. Just look at the concert in Japan which was held before European tour, they sang in front of 40,000 spectators per day, so 80,000 in total. But in the strange land of Spain, they stood in front of thousands of spectators. Even so, JYJ has brought off a more elated stage than ever. The press that has directly attended the concert and the officials agreed that “Although they have stood in front of tens of thousands of fans just a few days ago… they really tried their best, without low-spiritedness or fear.”

The more praiseworthy thing is their ultimate goal to break through into Europe.

Representative of C-Jes Entertainment, Mr. Baek Changjoo had a meet up with Osen in Spain. He described JYJ’s ultimate goal to become World Star, “Our final goal is to achieve a real world tour. Even in Europe, large companies have brought large-scale concerts to Paris (France), London (UK), etc. But JYJ is facing a new challenge by starting a solo concert in Spain and Germany, countries where the embers of K-pop were just about to fire. Our dream is to eventually hold a real meaningful world tour encompassing all Asia, America and Europe. Through this European tour, we want to verify our potential and to make this an opportunity to introduce K-pop more to Europeans. I think a real world tour is clearly possible if we can make it in South America too after this.”

He also added with firm determination, “If a foreign artist can mobilize 10,000 spectators for a solo concert, it could be called great success. We aim to hold a world tour including Europe once a year, every time we release an album and to do a showcase in Europe in the future.”

[Photos provided by C-Jes Entertainment

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INFO 111102 C-Jes Message — “JYJ Europe Tour Concert in Barcelona, Spain”…

[Info] 111102 C-jes Message – “JYJ Europe Tour Concert 2011 in Barcelona, Spain” A successful start!


Greetings from C-Jes Entertainment.

JYJ had a successful start for the Europe tour with 3,000 enthusiastic fans in Spain.

“JYJ Europe Tour Concert 2011 in Barcelona, Spain” was held at Poble Espanyol plaza in Barcelona, Spain on October 29th. That was the first Europe concert of JYJ as well as the first Spain single concert by Korean singers.

The affection and zeal for JYJ and their music by JYJ manias from Spain with just 500 overseas Korean residents, European countries and Central and South America were enough to astonish journalists from Korea.

Started by ‘Empty’ in JYJ worldwide album, JYJ sang total 14 songs including songs from recently released Korean album ‘In Heaven’, and drama OSTs to create a perfect stage with genuine passion.

Fans sang along the chorus in Korean throughout the concert and shouted loudly after every singing, demonstrating the power of JYJ once again.

Yu Chun remarked that “we would like to introduce our music with proper assessment’, while Jae Joong said that “I think it is meaningful to deliver our music in a strange country. It would be better if a year were 24 months.” Jun Su said “we want to get more countries, and also return to places where we had a concert to reward their excitement.”

JYJ came up the stage thanks to encore requests by fans, and it was over after 11 pm. Emotional fans, who could not easily leave the place, were heating up the passions in fall night of Barcelona.

We are looking forward to your continual interest and encouragement for “JYJ Europe Tour Concert 2011 in Berlin, Germany’ which is to be held in Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany on November 6th.

Thank you very much.

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TRANSLATION 111101 Influential Spanish Paper Praises JYJ, “3-Man Justin Bieber Appears”

[TRANS] 111101 Influential Spanish Paper Praises JYJ, “3-Man Justin Bieber Appears”

On 29 October, the famous Spanish daily paper “El Mundo” published a report about the JYJ Concert in Barcelona, Spain and has become a hot topic. The article, which was published on 29 October (the day of the concert) not only introduced JYJ, but also expressed their anticipation for this Spanish concert.

This article from 29 October introduced them as “JYJ, the boyband that shook Korea” and used “A 3-man Justin Bieber” as the headline to talk about JYJ’s album and details about their Europe concerts.

Also, the article mentioned that “The album used to break into the American market, which Kanye West participated in the production of, sold over 500,000 copies”, “with the release of their new album “In Heaven,” they are touring Europe” and others. In the article, their description about each of the members’ individial charms gained much attention as they wrote “Junsu, Yoochun and Jaejoong are like Justin Bieber, very handsome, very manly, very stylish and very fashionable,” “Their intense gazes drive the fans wild.”

Representatives of JYJ said, “There has never been a mention of Kpop in the large Spanish papers, yet they introduced JYJ, who are foreign artists holding a solo concert in Spain, so we’re really happy.” “During the press conference, the number of interested parties were larger than expected, and this passionate atmosphere was a surprise to us, but also proved to us that coming to the Europe market was the right decision.”

Also, to learn more about the JYJ concerts in Europe, the pre-concert press conference that was held  on the morning of 29 October gathered over 50 media outlets showing their interest in JYJ. Famous television and radio stations as well as press media attended this press conference,  displaying their high level of interest over Asia’s strongest group JYJ, who have already successfully held their concert tours in Japan and America. A special point to note was that Catalunya radio station’s Tatiana Alvarez said, “What really surprised me was that despite being in Spain, a country without much understanding, they managed to sell out their concert tickets really quickly . Coming to this press conference today, I finally understood why the tickets were sold out so quickly. They are really charming, and the concert is definitely worth watching.”

JYJ will be holding another European concert in Berlin on 6 November at 7pm, and like this concert, we hope that it will be antother sell-out show.

Source : [BaiduTVXQ + Sports Chosun via Nate]

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Picture Choices 111029 — 2011 JYJ World Tour Concert In Barcelona, Spain Part 3

[Pic] 111029 – 2011 JYJ World Tour Concert in Barcelona, Spain Part 3

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