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Se7en’s Party @ Highlands Hollywood PART 2

Presstime: Se7en talks to the media before his live performance

Se7en, who went into hiding to prepare for his debut English album, had a preview party in Los Angeles on May 2.

The Korean singer, who is trying to crossover to the US, sang three tracks during the preview namely Girls, Money Can't Buy Love and You Got Me Now.

Confident: Se7en speaks to the press in English
without the help of a translator. Good effort, but I only found
coverage of the event at Korean sites. Where did the English media go?

But before taking to the stage, the 24-year-old talked in English to the press sans translator about working on the album, mastering a foreign tongue and his hopes for the album.

Se7en is nervous but optimistic

The young man is feeling the pressure as all of Kpopland watches his upcoming debut in the US. He said: "It's rare for an Asian singer to debut in the US and the load is heavy on my shoulder. The nervousness is actually bigger than the burden. I'm feeling like 5 years ago before my debut.

"There's prejudice towards Asian singers but my music will change that. Famous producers (such as Mark Shimmel & Rodney "Darkchild" Jenkins) worked on my album, which includes R&B, pop and hip hop music that will be able to remove the prejudice on an Asian singer. If it's played on radio, it will feel as if it's sung by a current singer because it is made to current trends of music," he added.

Wrestling with a foreign tongue

Like that other Korean star who is trying to crossover to the United States (read: Rain), grasping the English language remains one of Se7en's biggest challenges.

But having stayed in the US for 6 months, Se7en already has a steady hold on English, judging by his confidence in conducting the latest PC without a translator.

Entertainer: Se7en entertains the masses with his latest tracks

He said: "I had to study pronunciations and the meaning of the lyrics. I studied English for 4-5 months, 3-4 hours a day.

"It'll be great if my English is perfect. But as a singer, the music should be the one to do the talking. If my thoughts can be transmitted through music, then my English will follow through. This year, next year, I'll continue to show my growth."

Se7en's US debut album is tentatively set to drop on 7/7 (of course) this year.

Geez, why do I have to go the roundabout way in getting this story? Silly isn't it when Se7en actually spoke in English during the PC and I only found coverage of the event at a Korean site, and then had to scour for the translation at the Soompi forum.

If that's the case, Se7en should have just continued using Korean during his recent PC since no English publication/ media covered it.

July 2008: His US debut album will tentatively be released on July 7

CREDITS: K-popped

Se7en’s American Debut Performance was not that much more impressive then his White Day album preview party. Although, he actually went on stage and performed some of his songs the whole Se7en presence was only there for about fifteen minutes. Se7en seemed to have improved his Engrish to an effect where we can understand him a lot more.

He took the stage and performed first with Three Six Mafia with the track “You Got Me Now”. It’s hard to hear anything over the screams and the bass so it probably would’ve been more impressive actually being there.

His second performance was of the track “Money Cant Buy Love” written by 1TYM’s Teddy Park. This song was far more impressive then the other ones. His vocals are more clear in this performance then the others.

The last performance was the supposed single to launch his American Debut. The title track “Girls” was produced by Rodney Jerkins and try to give Se7en some sex appeal which didn’t really go with the performance.

So all in all, his over hyped up mini concert was not too impressive but at least this time he tried rather then sit and bop his head to his CD version of his songs.

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