Kim Junsu Birthday and Birth of ‘December’, the Musical

Wow! What a lot of accomplishments for the year 2013, Birthday Man. We have seen Xia all over the planet, and Kim Junsu all over the entertainment field. He has starred on the song and dance stage in two major Asian and World Tours, and has excited us with the three Xia album hits ‘Uncommitted’, ‘Incredible’, and ’11 am’. Junsu has performed once again in the musical ‘Elisabeth’, and in the ‘Ballad and Musical Concert with Orchestra’. The second ‘Ballad and Musical Concert with Orchestra’ is also coming soon.

Junsu has scored on the soccer field as captain of the FC Men, and, as a fellow member of JYJ, is engaged in promoting the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. He has won many awards and I daresay that I have probably just touched the iceberg tip of his activity schedule. After all, let’s not forget the modeling individually or with JYJ.

Last, but not necessarily least, Junsu is starring as the lead actor in the new musical ‘December. This musical, a tribute to the late singer and songwriter Kim Kwang Seok, premieres June 16th, 2013–one day after the 28th birthday celebration of our own talented Kim Junsu. There will be a release of an album featuring Junsu’s vocals to Kim Kwang Seok’s songs on the 18th of December.

In addition, Junsu has recorded the OST song, ‘I Love You’, for the drama Empress Ki.

Beyond all these things is the inherent musical and personal ability that Xia Junsu has to draw others into the creative human process. Junsu, you are truly loved beyond what you could ever imagine. <3

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[Exclusive] Interview with Producer Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer: Working with XIA Junsu on “Uncommitted” and “Incredible”


Back in the summer of 2012, many fans were excited to learn about the release of Junsu’s (XIA‘s) new English single album, “Uncommitted.” The album opened a new understanding towards the singer’s ability to digest and express different musical ranges. Many have wondered about the American producer behind the English song “Uncommitted”. The question might have occurred again this past summer, when the same producer of “Uncommitted” had worked with Junsu to create the song “Incredible,” the Korean and English title song featuring Quincy Brown in Junsu’s second solo album.

American producer Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer, CEO of InRage Entertainment, is the mastermind behind “Uncommitted” and “Incredible,” two completely opposite styled songs that managed to fit perfectly with Junsu’s vocals. While “Uncommitted” will make you shed tears as you grasp the heart-wrenching lyrics, “Incredible” will make you throw away the tear-moistened tissue as you dance along to the upbeat rhythm.

Despite his busy schedule, I had the opportunity to interview producer Bruce “Automatic” in obtaining the exclusive scope of what it was like to work with Junsu, as well as what the processes of creating two incredible hit songs entailed when working in the realm of K-Pop as an American music producer. Having worked with world famous singers such as Michael Jackson and Christina Aguilera, producer “Automatic” provides a musical perspective to K-Pop that leads the way for Korean pop to be identified as a world renowned genre.


I.Said.Hi: It’s a pleasure to have this interview with you!

Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer: Hi! Awesome, I’ve been waiting for your call. I’m here at the studio right now.

I: I just have some questions for you that I know our readers are curious about. So, let’s get started! First off, you’ve worked with Junsu twice now, producing both “Uncommitted” and “Incredible.” Let’s go back to the beginning. How did this relationship form?

B: C-JeS actually contacted me. It was a very unique situation. They had an independent A&R (Artist and Repertoire) person named Niddy who was reaching out to different producers. He asked me if I could contribute any songs for Junsu’s album, but I didn’t know who Junsu was. My daughter knew who he was and she was so excited to hear that Junsu wanted new material. I have worked with Pink, Christina Aguilera, and so many other acts, but I’ve never worked with anyone in K-Pop. But my daughter was into JYJ, BIG BANG, TVXQ, G-Dragon, EXO, and all these different groups. She convinced me, and I submitted many songs. Junsu chose “Uncommitted,” but “Uncommitted” was a song I wrote four years ago, so I didn’t really think he would take the song. It was a good song, but I didn’t think he would choose it. I was so surprised when he chose it.

I: Well, I know that many readers are curious about your experiences working with Junsu. What was it like to work with him? Do you have any funny or interesting episodes while working with him?

B: Junsu, when he is in a creative environment, is relaxed and so funny. He’s just a really down-to-earth guy. When we were recording “Incredible,” we were trying to help him re-cut some of the Korean parts, and I was trying my best to pronounce Korean. So sometimes, he would start laughing at my pronunciation. We were joking all the time. After we would do a take or two, he would start practicing Korean with me.

I: Do you remember any of the Korean words or phrases you learned?

B: ‘Anyeonghasaeyo’ (‘Hello’ in Korean) is all that I’ve got so far [laughs], but we are making it important to start learning Korean. The fact that we have so many fans in Korea and all around the world makes us want to start learning.


I: Since “Uncommitted” was sung in English, what was the process like to produce an English song for a Korean singer?

B: My partner, Ebony Cunningham, is the one who guided him through the English lyrics of “Uncommitted.” She really helped him with the sounds and vowels, and also helped him with the American dialect. Junsu is such a fast learner, and it was really amazing because he was able to capture Ebony’s pronunciation very quickly. Also in the studio at the time was the CEO of C-JeS, Mr Baek (Baek Chang Joo). Mr. Baek was sitting there and also learning the English lyrics. It was a great feeling and vibe because this was the first time we were working with Junsu, and we were all feeding off of each other. Junsu was being a little shy when trying to pronounce the English, but we were all applauding in the studio saying, “You got it, you got it!” It was just a real great cultural experience between people who were learning to communicate with each other. Junsu was a real warm person, so he made us feel comfortable right away.

I: Then how was it like working with Junsu when producing “Incredible,” since the song is in both Korean and English?

B: What’s interesting is that we wrote “Incredible” and played it for Junsu the day we were recording “Uncommitted.” Junsu, for the year that he had been (promoting) “Uncommitted,” he would say or tweet certain things that gave us a clue that he still remembered the song. So he contacted us and let us know that he wanted to do the song and also translate some of the song into Korean. That’s when Junsu got involved in re-creating some of the lyrics. His writing ability is awesome. Through the Korean lyrics, he was able to not only translate the lyrics into Korean but add more dimension to the song; the lyrics became more beautiful. This is our first collaboration that we wrote together, and we are intending on doing more.

When releasing the video for “Incredible,” we sat and talked, and he was teaching me more Korean. I call him my Korean teacher [laughs]. He was saying that he’s looking forward to doing more songs together and was telling me to start working on it now. He works so hard, because here he is recording the video for “Incredible,” and we are talking about the next song. He’s always thinking in advance.

I: For the next song, what kind of music styles would you like to produce for Junsu?

B: The next couple of things we are going to do with Junsu are going to be a hybrid of different styles of music. I play certain instruments, so one of the advantages we have is to produce music of many different genres and styles. Junsu is one of the most versatile singers I have heard. He could sing in any genre. The next collaboration we work on is going to surprise a lot of people because it’s going to be different genres mixed with popular music, pop. It’s going to be very exciting.

I: Now that you have experienced both Korean and American music cultures, what are the traits of K-Pop that you find unique?

B: One of the things I love about K-Pop music is that it incorporates a lot of true musical styles that a lot of the times in America we don’t do any more. The stuff I produce in America is very technical and very advanced, but sometimes chord structure is not important as stylization and swagger. But a lot of K-Pop music I listen to really love strong chords, beautiful changes, and good lyrical content, so it helps me explore. As a producer who produced so many different genres K-Pop satisfies my artistic needs. A lot of times, I produce songs that don’t have a lot of chord changes, and its more focused on vocals. Yet in K-Pop, a lot of the songs I listen to are challenging because you can play it on the piano and on the guitar. It’s really beautiful, and I want to help expand K-Pop music in America so that this becomes a part of American culture and music.

You know, I got the interview for Junsu with the Grammys and he was on the front page of The interview was through a friend of mine associated with the Grammys. I’m hoping that eventually the Grammys would start to recognize K-pop. They do have a world music category, but I want K-pop to have their own category.


I: Speaking of K-Pop awareness in American culture, we’ve seen the difficulties of big name K-Pop artists trying to break in to the American music industry. As an accomplished and experienced American music producer, what are some advice you would give to K-Pop singers trying to make it in the American Music Industry?

B: It’s important to plant seeds. As I listen to more K-pop, the artists seem to incorporate English in their work. G-Dragon did a collaboration with Missy Elliot. If we could continue to incorporate English in to K-Pop, and also try to do as many collaborations with established American artists, it would eventually break down those barriers. PSY has definitely helped to break down many barriers. When we have singers like Junsu who is more of a vocalist, I think Americans would understand that there are many dimensions to K-Pop artists. So we planted the seed because Junsu was the very first K-Pop artist to be on the Grammys (website). We worked real hard to have that happen, and we are going to keep on doing that, keep planting seeds, and help break some grounds.

I: As a producer and the CEO of InRage Entertainment, You were able to work with many different people from different backgrounds and cultures. Is there any other area of music that you have yet to venture and would love to challenge?

B: It’s funny that you mention it because my first Top Ten record was a country record with an artist name Bettina Bush. She was on “American Idol,” and (the album) was number two on the Hot Singles Sales. That was really ground breaking because I’m an African American from Brooklyn, New York. It seems like my career has been frequently crossing these cultural boundaries. K-Pop came by almost an accident, and now for me to be one of the American pioneers for K-pop is just a cool thing. I’m so honored to be a part of this. I would love to venture out to J-Pop as well.

I am also part of a rock band called “Asphalt Messiah,” and again, I’m a black guy doing rock. So we keep doing things that are a bit unorthodox. The next thing we do with Junsu and hopefully with JYJ will be unique.

I just wanted to add one thing that may seem off topic. Puff Daddy‘s (AKA P.Diddy, Diddy, Sean Combs) son, Quincy Brown, featured in “Incredible,” and he sang a line, “Shake your spaceship candy.” Nobody knew that Spaceship Candy is actually a clothing line. It’s a clothing line, and we just started selling clothes. I just wanted to add that that because everyone was asking about that line. [laughs]


I: Finally, to wrap things up, what is your big vision for InRage Entertainment, and how is K-Pop included in the vision?

B: InRage Entertainment’s core value is that we believe in artistic freedom, and we also believe in cultural togetherness. That’s what we’re all about. We have a very strong vision for the future of music and for the future of film. We have on our team a couple of Korean executives who are part of InRage entertainment, and we are working on some new acts. We are going to be putting together our own K-Pop acts. We are preparing a solo female artist and a group, and these people are coming from both Korea and America. We want to continue expanding K-Pop’s appeal, and try to gather a whole bunch of different K-Pop concepts so we can continue pushing K-Pop in to the American music industry. We’re still trying to get it together right now, but we’ve got some awesome things prepared.

Also, the result of doing KCON was that a lot of people have asked to collaborate with us.We plan on returning those people’s calls and trying to do more music. Lately, we have been producing a lot of K-Pop music, and we also have people translating for us, getting it ready for us to play for other K-Pop artists. We truly want to work with BIG BANG, G-Dragon, EXO, and all the other artists out there. That’s our goal.

I: Thank you so much for your time and sharing with us the processes of producing music with Junsu. We hope to (and we know we will) hear more from you soon. Thanks Bruce!

Be sure to follow Producer Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer’s Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. Also, don’t forget to check out InRage Entertainment’s website for more information!

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[TRANS] 130414 Kim Junsu Wins The Best Korean Male Singer Award At A Chinese Music Awards Ceremony

[TRANS] 130414 Kim Junsu Wins The Best Korean Male Singer Award At A Chinese Music Awards Ceremony

Kim Junsu’s English single ‘UNCOMMITTED’ has won the Best Korean Male Singer Award at the ‘V-chart awards’, held by China’s biggest MV site ‘Yinyue Tai’ on the 13th.

At the first awards ceremony held by the site, Kim Junsu was given the Best Korean Male Singer Award, which was based on a voting poll which fans from all over the world participated in. Kim Junsu’s win was based on his music video’s success on the V-charts during 2012, as well as the votes that were tabulated.

Kim Junsu’s first English single ‘Uncommitted’ is a melodious R&B song that features a collaboration with ‘Bruce Automatic’, the Sony Music composer who has worked with The Wanted and Leona Lewis, and was extremely popular in China, South America and Europe.

C-JeS Entertainment stated, “We believe this award is more meaningful because it included Kim Junsu’s rankings on the V-charts in 2012. Kim Junsu is extremely happy and thankful to have received an award at an overseas awards ceremony with no promotions other than releasing the music video and holding concerts, and he plans to give his thanks through a video soon.”

A representative in the music industry stated, “After JYJ’s Tokyo Dome concert (The return of the JYJ), ‘Uncommitted’ topped Amazon Japan’s K-POP charts, proving just how popular the song is. The reception from Europe and South America has been explosive since Kim Junsu’s 13-city world tour last year.”

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[Vid] JYJ Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu: Tokyo Dome Solo Moments

Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Junsu sang beautifully for us all. Time now to rest up Boys, and bask in the glow of this achievement. You are loved. Momma Cha  🙂 <333

[Vid] JYJ Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu: Tokyo Dome Solo Moments

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[News] US Hit Producer: Kim Junsu Reminds Me of Michael Jackson

[News] US Hit Producer: Kim Junsu Reminds Me of Michael Jackson

As K-pop continues to stretch ever forward into the world’s music market, the genre has been blessed with contributions from major movers and shakers from the US market on numerous occasions. From JYJ‘s early collaboration with Kanye West  and the Wonder Girls release of Like Money featuring Akon, to the anticipated collaborations between PSY and Scooter Braun and 2NE1‘s work with will.I.AM, more and more international music producers and artists are getting bit by the K-pop bug.

Recently we sat down with producer and songwriter Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer who made his K-pop debut with his collaboration with JYJ’s soulful vocalist Kim Junsu on the English single Uncommitted that was released in August 2012.  We set out to not only get to know Mr. Vanderveer better, but grab some insights on how his collaboration with Junsu came to be – what was is like meeting and working with him, and how the fan’s reaction to the collaboration has changed his view on not only K-pop and its scores of fans but also the limitless talent and global potential of JYJ and its members.

Automatic, as he is called by his friends and family, was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently works as producer and song writer for Sony Music. He has worked with great artists like PinkThe Pussy Cat Dolls, and Snoop Dog along with iconic artists like CherJames Brown and Michael Jackson over his twenty year career. Although well known in the music scene in the states, little is known about him globally. As we sat down with him, we started off with getting a little back story on how he originally got into the business and he regaled us with the story of how he got his nickname.

How did you get the nickname “Automatic”?

Automatic (laughing) : ”I can start out by telling you my story about playing guitar. I beat up a kid in Brooklyn, NY because he didn’t want to let me play his guitar. So, I kicked his (butt) very quickly and then grabbed the guitar and tried to play it as fast as I could because I knew his parents were going to come out and get me arrested or something. But, I quickly wrote a song in fifteen minutes and my mom came out and instead of her, you know trippin’ because I beat the kid up, she was just like “How did you do that so quickly?”. She’s the one who gave me the nickname “Automatic”. She was like “You automatically played that.” So she got on the phone and started telling her friends “My son automatically played the guitar.” “Little Automatic” and I [began] to use that as a dancing name.

Could you tell us a little about how you got into the music business?

Automatic: “I started a band in New York and we played everywhere, the Cat Club, and the Palladium, and we had an incredible following. I auditioned for a lot of record companies and finally Morgan Creek Polygram Records signed me. That’s how I got into the industry.”

After Mr. Vanderveer gave us a glimpse into his history in the music business, we turned to the subject of his collaboration with Kim Junsu and discussed how the collaboration came to be, the story behind the track itself, his first impressions of Junsu, and what it was like working in the studio with him.

While you have been in the music business for quite some time, your notoriety in the K-pop world didn’t make its debut till the release of “Uncommitted”. Could you tell a little about how that collaboration came to be? Who contacted you initially?

Automatic: “The craziest thing about this whole thing was that I didn’t even know who Junsu or JYJ was. I didn’t know what Kpop was until August. My daughter would constantly tell me about groups that she listened to from Korea and Japan (for the last couple of years). She would say “Daddy I just heard this great Korean group.” It was wild.”

Automatic: “The executive from CJeS, Niddy (Tyrone “Niddy” Buckner), called me and he asked me if I was “Automatic” from Sony Music, because I had a hit record a few years ago with Bettina Bush from American Idol. He said “I’m working for a group called JYJ. Do you have any songs to submit?”  I was like “What kind of music do they do?” and he said “Oh, well they are from Korea but they do Pop and R&B. So, if you have any male oriented songs, we’re really interested in what you have.” So I submitted some stuff. Uncommitted was a song I wrote four years ago, so I wasn’t even going to submit that song, but at the last minute I just threw it in there anyway.”

Automatic: “I got a phone call a couple weeks later from Niddy saying that CJeS loved the song and that Junsu wanted to do it.  At that point my daughter freaked out and said “Junsu! Junsu! Daddy do you know who that is?” I was just like “No” and she ran me through all of his stuff. She sat me down and gave me a JYJ and Junsu lesson. I was just blown away because these guys were not only awesome but they work so hard to perfect their craft. It was something you didn’t see that much anymore in America.”

Is there any story behind “Uncommitted”? Is it based on an event in your life?

Automatic: “It wasn’t from my life, but, a friend’s. He was a serious player. I would always tell him he needed to stop that lifestyle because everyone knew he had this reputation. It was going to be hard when he got serious. But he kept saying “I’m never going to get serious.” until he literally found a woman that was just perfect. She was just awesome. He said “This is the woman I want to settle down with.” And I was so happy for him. So he told her how he felt and she stopped him mid sentence. She said “I know you’re not going to ask me to go steady or get married.” He was stunned as she told him “You’re good for these kinds of dates but I know all about your reputation. I know who you are. I’m not going to be bringing you home to meet my parents. He was so brokenhearted.”

What was your initial impression when you met Kim Junsu for the very first time?

Automatic: “I was expecting him to be a lot more reserved but the greatest thing was that when we met it was instantly like were two old friends. He cracked a joke and then I cracked a joke. It was like we (already) knew each other. It was just not what I thought it was going to be like. I thought he was going to be reserved, quiet, and shy, and he was not at all. Junsu was hilarious, funny, vibrant, and just ready to work. We had a ball. We were laughing together like two old fools. It was crazy.”

Are there any interesting stories that you would care to share about your experiences while working with Kim Junsu in the studio?

Automatic: “We hit it off so well. When Ebony Cunningham (the VP of InRage Entertainment and my fiance) was vocally guiding Junsu on the second verse and the bridge sections of the song, he got it really well. He went into the booth and every time he did it so beautifully that I got excited and said to him “Man you sound black. You’re just a brother.” to which he replied “I’m not black, I’m yellow.” and it was hilarious. Everybody in the studio started cracking up. He was so funny. This was one of the best sessions I ever had.”

After experiencing Kim Junsu’s vocals in person, what did you think?

Automatic: “My daughter had already ran me through JYJ’s repertoire. I just didn’t know that he was so soulful. One of the things I realized is that with a lot of his songs, he records really well but you still have not heard the best of Junsu yet. That boy can blow. Every time I sang a note he would sing that note and out-sing it. He would sing it better. He’s got so much soul. I don’t know where it comes from but I’m just blown away by it. He has talents and the gifts that people haven’t even heard yet. He has got the skills and I want to capture that onto records, on tracks. He reminds me of Michael Jackson. He’s the Michael Jackson of Asia to me.”

We then started to discuss a key point that InRage Entertainment and Automatic are great proponents of when it comes to the music industry – artist freedom. While it’s highly accepted by JYJ fans worldwide that their entertainment company CJeS has been very adamant about allowing JYJ all the artist freedom they desire, Automatic gave us an even deeper glimpse into the truth behind that understanding.

Automatic: “They have artist freedom and that’s what I love about CJeS. They are giving them the chance to explore other genres and languages. CJeS is just great for supporting JYJ artistically. When we were in the studio the CEO of CJeS was there. He was there for the entire session. How many CEO are there for their artists like that? You don’t see CEO’s and Presidents do that. It’s a rare thing. To see the CEO actually there making sure that Junsu had everything he needed, making sure that he was comfortable. It was amazing.”

After the entire experience, how did you feel about the time spend working with him? Did you know that the song was going to be a hit or were you a little apprehensive?

Automatic: “The greatest part about the whole session was that it was so fast. Junsu was dope. We did it quickly. We even took a break. He free style, we played guitar, he sang, and I played some other songs. Then he went back in and polished off the rest of the song. We did it in a couple of hours and usually my sessions last a day or two. Junsu is awesome – a complete professional.

I knew it was going to be a hit. I knew it when we were in the studio and he was singing the song. We were so excited, jumping for joy and clapping. We just knew it.”

We concluded our interview with a discussion on how the whole experience has not only affected his outlook on K-pop and JYJ but also how the treatment h’es received from the groups fans has affected him personally. It was quite heartwarming to hear an artist from the US, not normally associated with the K-pop industry, talk so appreciatively and respectfully about how passionate and loving Kpop
fans truly are.

As most people are well aware, K-pop fans are one of the most passionate group of fans in the world. When the news was released that you collaborated on this track, the eyes of the fan base was quickly fixed on you. How does it feel to be receiving so much fan love?

Automatic: “It’s the greatest reward, really. The fans are so loving and caring. Fans hit me up and ask me things like “Are you eating?”, “How are you doing?”, and “How’s your daughter.” That’s so bizarre to me. Fans in America don’t have that kind of appreciation.They are so caring that I’m hoping that we in America can learn a lot from how these fans treat the people they respect. The fan love is incredible. They are so dedicated to making sure that JYJ progresses and their YouTube views are up. It’s such a caring movement. I love it.

I’m so glad that I got a chance to do this, and witness the kind of love that they show. I’m so happy, and so appreciative, of all the fans that I get to talk to. I enjoy talking to the fans. They (JYJ) have the greatest fans in the world. JYJ are so lucky to have fans like that. I wish a lot of artist in America had that kind of fandom. I’m hoping we can learn from these fan groups and eventually adopt some of that love and respect. It’s so rare and it’s beautiful. “

Do you have anything you would like to say to our readers before we let you go?

Automatic: “I want to thank the fans from all around the world and let them know that their love has empowered me to be a better producer and writer. I believe that we are not only fans but friends. I call a lot of my friends “InRagers” because we stand for music equality; we stand for racial equality, and artistic freedom. These are all the things that JYJ has had to overcome. All these boundaries that have been put in their way, they have overcome them. That is what my company is all about. So,all the fans out there are InRagers to me. “

Mr. Vanderveer is currently working on numerous projects in and out of the Kpop world. His band, Asphalt Messiah, recently released a new track called Lets Get Dirty 2Nite which is currently available on ITUNES and Amazon. The rock anthem melds heavy guitar and driving beat with lyrics that incorporate web terminology to get your heart racing and your feet moving. While Mr. Vanderveer was unable to give us any specifics on his upcoming projects from the K-pop side of his endeavors he made it quite clear to fully expect some amazing things in that area, real soon.

We at hellokpop would like to thank Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer for spending time with us and allowing us to give our readers a deeper look into Kim Junsu’s personality and his work ethic along with sharing with us humorous stories about his experiences working with him. We are looking forward to everything he has in store for the all the K-pop fans and wish him all the best in his endeavors.

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Junsu 27th Happy Birthday 2012俊秀27歲生日快樂

Thank you for an enthusiastic, sincere Birthday video. Early Happy Birthday Duckie, Ahem…Mr. Xia Junsu. What a wonderful, productive year. 😉 Happy Holidays. <3

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[News] 121122 JYJ Kim Jun-Su is Having a Ballad Concert with Orchestra in December

[News] 121122 JYJ Kim Jun-Su is Having a Ballad Concert with Orchestra in December

Kim Jun-Su of JYJ is going to have a unique solo concert in December.

C-Jes Entertainment announced on 22nd that, “Kim Jun-Su is going to have ‘2012 XIA Ballad & Musical Concert with Orchestra’ in December.”

The concert has a unique concept that everything including orchestra, band and chorus are all performed 100% lively, and there will be some ballad songs from Kim Jun-Su’s drama OSTs and the musicals he appeared such as ‘Mozart’ and ‘Elizabeth’.

Kim Jun-Su who was rewarded with Popular Star Award for 3 consecutive years from Korea Musical Awards with the musicals ‘Tears From Heaven’, ‘Mozart’ and ‘Elizabeth’ recently released his solo album ‘Tarantallegra’ and English single ‘Uncommited’, and had solo World Tour.

An official of the concert said, “It’s possible because it’s Kim Jun-Su who is highly skilled. The concert was produced to strengthen Kim Jun-Su’s attractive voice, and it’s going to be a unforgettable gift for his fans.”

Meanwhile, Kim Jun-Su is going to have ‘2012 XIA Ballad & Musical Concert with Orchestra’ at D Hall in COEX in Seoul for 3 days, from 29th to 31st. [Photo=C-Jes Entertainment]

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[Info] 121102 Kim Junsu Europe(Germany) Concert Ticket Information

[Info] 121102 Kim Junsu Europe(Germany) Concert Ticket Information

Date : 2012. 11. 30. (8p.m.)
City : Oberhausen
Venue : Turbinenhalle
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[News] 120928 JYJ Junsu Solo Transformation, “I Learned How Top Production Teams Work”

[News] 120928 JYJ Junsu Solo Transformation, “I Learned How Top Production Teams Work”

JYJ member held an interview and expressed his thoughts on transformation

JYJ Junsu Solo Transformation, “I Learned How Top Production Teams Work”

JYJ member Junsu held an interview and expressed his thoughts on transformation.

JYJ member Junsu held an interview with @star1 and talked about his never ending transformations.

He has come out with his first english single, Uncommitted, and has worked with producer Automatic to produce this single.

He explains that producing in the U.S. and in Korea is very different. He commented, “In Korea, when we produce we just focus on recording, but here we all talk and discuss our thoughts before beginning to produce. Lets say we are recording for 4 hours. Two hours are spent talking about the album and the other 2 spent on recording. They also let me rest any time I wanted and made sure that I was ok. I have learned what it feels like to work in an environment with top staff members.”

He also explained that in Korea, there were exact scripts on how the music video would be played out. However, this time, he was told to just do as he pleased in order to create a more natural looking video. Junsu was surprised at first at the fact that he was supposed to just move any way he wanted to.

He added that the staff would be looking straight as him, which made him a bit embarrassed and at the same time worried because he wanted to create something that they would like.

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[Video] MTVK XIA: On Flying Solo – Interview

XIA (JYJ’s Kim Junsu) recently embarked on his very first world tour after completing his solo tour across Asia. Fom New York and LA to Mexico, Brazil, and Chile, XIA performed songs from his album Tarantallegra for his international fans. The 2+ hour concerts also included his hit OST tracks, medleys from his award-winning musicals Mozart! and Elizabeth, and of course, his newest English single, “Uncommitted.” During his stay in New York City prior to his concert at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom, XIA gave MTV K an exclusive interview on what he had prepared for his fans for this tour, his thoughts on “Uncommitted,” and what it was like touring without JYJ members Yoochun and Jaejoong.

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[News] 120918 JYJ’s Junsu Flustered By MV Filming Experience In The States

[News] 120918 JYJ’s Junsu Flustered By MV Filming Experience In The States

Kim Junsu shared for the first time his experience filming a music video in the States..

Currently promoting as a solo singer, Junsu has exceeded Asia and gave a world-wide tour proving his strong position as a Hallyu singer. His interview and photoshoot with @star1 will be distributed on September 20 and he also shared the behind-the-scenes filming the music video for his American single, “Uncommitted.”

His American single album was released at the end of August and it’s been revealed that a famous American music video director, Marc Klasfeld, worked on his music video. Many fans showed their deep interest because he had to act out love scenes with a German model and a Romanian-Korean model.

He said, “In Korea, we have everything figured out before we start, but they don’t do that there. They just say something like ‘Try to seduce the girl while you sing’ and immediately calls ‘Action!’ I just tried to follow what they’ve said since they gave the cue sign.” He added laughing, “All the acting was improvised.”

 He further explained, “Even though it was a bit embarrassing because the whole staff was there watching, but I thought how I had to quickly finish the filming since they’re famous. This is their first time working with a Korean artist so I felt responsible to do well.”

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[News] 120914 World Star Junsu Ranks Number 1 on Chile-China Charts!

[News] 120914 World Star Junsu Ranks Number 1 on Chile-China Charts!

JYJ member Junsu, who has just recently finished his tour, has received some great news

JYJ member Junsu, who has just recently finished his North and South America tour, has received some great news.

Junsu’s first English single, UNCOMMITTED, has beaten Serj Tankian and Green Day and has ranked number 1 on the Czech MTV Wishlist. He has also ranked number 1 on China’s music video site.

His “Uncommitted” music video was released in August and received 328,000 views only 3 days after its release.

Also, Junsu’s “Elizabeth” OST has been ranked number 1 for reservations at the Japan Tower Records.

A Chinese magazine stated, “Junsu has talent, integrity and fame. It is obvious that he has won first place on the August V Chart with ‘Uncommitted’.”

Chile broadcast Megavision, Canal 13 and Radio station Cooperativa have both mentioned Junsu’s Chile concert as well.

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[Fanaccount] 120902 XIA 1st World Tour Concert in LA

[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.

thanks: Alyssa (a reader of sharingyoochun!)

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[Video] 120830 XIA 1st World Tour Concert in New York City Part 3

[Vid] 120830 XIA 1st World Tour Concert in New York City Part 3

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