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[Trans] 100514 ELLEgirl Editor’s Blog

Part 1: The newest issue! It’s Changmin!

The newest issue of ELLEgirl that was released on the 12th, did everyone get it?!~ The cover is Rihanna, a huge special is a must-read guide of Harajuku, Kesha’s appearance on “SATC2″ with presents… and this month’s issue is especially exciting! Even within us, we we’re talking about it a lot, and the video that was released to the public also received much access, it’s Changmin’s page!

Here!~ I’ll show you (maybe a bit too much) a bit. Fufufu, surprisingly this time the present will be a signed polaroid! It’s seriously a treasure. You can find more detail from the magazine, please keep send in coupons!!

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[Trans] 100514 ELLEgirl Editor’s Blog – Vol. 2

Part 2: In the magazine 【part 2】 Changmin version

The day before yesterday, ELLEgirl June issue was released!

This month, you’ve realised there’s a page included that wasn’t before.

From long ago we had wanted to do a special on guys, yet somehow there wasn’t a chance (mainly because it took too much time to shoot….)

Did you hunger for such a boy page (?) ELLEgirl has finally found their chance and the IT boy is?!!!

Yes, it’s Tohoshinki’s Changmin!!

(※ This picture is part of the making. We’ve decided to upload it next week!)

Tohoshinki, a super group that has caught the hearts of females in Asia. The youngest member Changmin is 22 now and is still in the girl generation! This time, he came just because of shooting ELLEgirl!

After deciding what material to take, the chief also asked fans! It seems like there were a lot of people who already knew ELLEgirl took this chance, and we felt our popularity again. On the Wednesday when it was released, the editorial department received a lot of calls!

If you confess and is not scared to be misunderstood, I Miyacco, of course understand about Tohoshinki well. Even though i’m not part of the fanclub and cheering for them passionately, but I definitely know their charisma and popularity.

…..BUT!! When I saw him, I thought he was really handsome!!! I was so surprised. Of course he had the aura of a star, but there was something, his style was too good.

With a long and tall body, his face was really small! And to add to that, his clothes from his lower body fitted and toned his body (i’m not meaning anything weird~!) and from that even his shadow was beautiful. He looks like a model.

Obviously it wasn’t just his looks, but his manners were good, and his honest personality showed off very well. Also, his shyness was beautiful too.

The interview took about an hour, and he politely answered them one by one. By the last one, when we said there just wasn’t much time left, he said “you can ask me anything!!”.

From the fans who have read the blog, there were many comments about Changmin being skinner, and we have heard that.

Right now, it seems like he’s perfecting his body for the drama he’s casted in, and he works out 28days in a month (that’s nearly everyday!) in the gym, and he’s especially trying to make his face smaller. Even though there’s those rumours of him eating a lot, now he’s trying to not each sweet nor spicy foods, and changed his diet a bit. Though it seems that he breaks his rules sometimes (laughs).

In truth, we knew about his diet rules this day, and I came prepared but, then I told myself “Ah, if it’s like that then you can’t eat this…..”, but he said to me “Ah, please don’t worry! I’ll eat all of this today (smiling)”.

And so, with that sculpted body, fearless face, he’s not getting skinny from anxiety, so please rest assured!!

Surprisingly too, that Changmin had decided to participate in two rounds of video messages for ELLEgirl online. The first one is on this week’s Wednesday, and the second round will be uploaded today! The second talks about the magazine and such, please anticipate to hear Changmin’s voice!

On top of that!! A making video will be uploaded next week on the 19th. Don’t miss it!!

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[News] Xiah Junsu: Japanese Single Order is Reaching 160,000… A ‘Jackpot’ Solo Single

(Xiah Junsu is on the left)

Idol group TVXQ member Xiah Junsu is reported to gain revenue from his activity in Japan worth for 3 billion won.

Xiah Junsu is going to release his solo single in Japan in the following 26th, entitled ‘Intoxication’. This single currently recorded 75,000 copies sales for CD version and for the special package that includes DVD is sold 85,000 copies, summing a total 160,000 copies sold and about 3 billion won revenue is expected to flow.

His Japan agency official said, “This single contains song ‘Kanashimi No Yukue’ which is going to be soundtrack of TBS Drama ‘A Love Letter 5 Years from Now’, due to this, the interest of fans (to the single) is likely to grow even more.” In addition, “Moreover, this single will be Junsu’s first solo single apart from TVXQ as a group, thus seems to pump up the interest this high.”

Meanwhile, the three members Junsu, Jaejoong, and Yoochun will be holding a fanmeeting event tour in coming early June to Osaka as well as Tokyo, Japan.

source: Economic Daily
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[News] BoA – 2 TVXQ Members “We will work hard for activities to produce a good 3D content”

Singer BoA together with 2 members of TVXQ U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin finally appeared in front of Korean public after a long time.

The three on May 14th at 11:00 am attended SM Entertainment and Samsung Electronics’ collaboration press conference in regards to expansion of 3D-related content, meanwhile the producer of the agency, Lee Soo Man attended along with them.

At the event day, SM and Samsung through the press conference described thoroughly the business direction they’re going to conduct with the director of 3D movie ‘Avatar’, James Cameron.

After opening remarks by BoA on stage, producer Lee Soo Man said, “It’s nice to meet all of you in this place, and that we’re able to attend this event together. I have a high expectation for an upcoming movie that will be produced for SMTOWN.”

TVXQ U-Know Yunho also said, “It’s a good opportunity to have a 3D production, frankly 3D content is new to the culture, so I’ll work hard for that. We ask many love and support in the future as well.” Changmin added, “It’s an honor to me to be able to attend at this place for 3D Content Leadership Collaboration. Indeed it’s a good project, thus I will try to give my best in creating a good content.”

The main issue of this collaboration with Director James Cameron of Avatar is to produce music and concert videos of SM Entertainment artists in 3D and Samsung will take the advantage for the 3D content in marketing their 3D TV.

Samsung Electronics with production team of Avatar from Director James Cameron has already held a Full HD 3D LED TV Global Launch event at New York Time Square in last March, and at the event, the 3D video of Black Eyed Peas live live performance was captured, ever since the 3D TV has been actively marketed.
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[Trans] 100518 Eunjung-Taecyeon-Seulong-Micky Yoochun… Conflicting Views On ‘Actingdols’

The entrance of idols in the drama scene is not new and idol group members can be found acting in almost all of the dramas currently airing. Even a new word ‘Actingdol’ (Acting+Idol) has been created to label this group of idol singers.

However, viewers have conflicting opinions on these new ‘Actingdols’.

Some say that they feel uncomfortable watching idols receive parts in dramas due to nothing but their ‘star quality’ although their acting skills have not been properly inspected. Others say that netizens place harsher standards on idols due to the prejudices and stereotypes that already exist.

Recently, TVXQ’s Micky Yoochun became a ‘hot potato’ online when he was set to play the leading role on ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’. It was neck and neck between those who worried that, “Without any acting experience, how will Micky Yoochun be able to properly act out his role?” and those who said, “It isn’t right to criticize him even before he has begun.”
The idol label and the fans’ distrust and expectations become a burden and homework for idols who pursue the field of acting. But the only people who can complete this homework are the idols themselves.

Some have pointed out that idols must prepare well so that they can confidently stand shoulder to shoulder with the professionals instead of rushing into things and they must hold responsibility for the drama they appear in.

Also, people should not just view these idols in a negative and critical light but open up to them. One wonders why people can’t take an ‘open approach’ to the situation, in which the faults are pointed out but the potential is complimented.
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[TRANS] 100522 Cassiopeia, SM and DBSK’s Trio’s “Plea for Reconciliation Signature Campaign”

The “Plea for Reconciliation Signature Campaign” among Cassiopeia, DBSK’s Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu, Youngwoong JaeJoong and SM Entertainment (otherwise known as SM) has officially begun.

A DBSK fan from Japan spoke on the afternoon on the 21st on minitoday star news, expressing that, “For the DBSK whom we have cared about and supported so much, the online signature campaign asking for a negotiation of settlement between DBSK’s trio and SM has begun.”

The association also mentioned, “With an 80,000 strong fan club membership, and such a large-scale fan daum, when faced with the crisis of a sudden dissolution of DBSK, nothing brings more anguish to the fans than this issue. We hope the three members and SM will be able to settle their differences and have a successful negotiation, so that DBSK’s activities can resume.”

There are the Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English versions on the website of the signature campaign. This campaign is not just limited to local fans in Korea, but international DBSK fans are also allowed to participate!

This campaign was started based on the unconditional trust placed upon the numerous fans of DBSK, along with a minority of fans who may have a different thinking and opinion.

The purpose of initiating this campaign is not to ask for a termination of the contract of the three members, but to get them and SM to coordinate for a more sensible solution.

In addition, based on the first public trial between the three members and SM company held on the 7th, if both sides still remains unchanged in their stand, the differences between them will still not be resolved.

DBSK’s three members had submitted an application of deposition to the Seoul Central District Court on 31st July 2009 regarding the termination of the exclusive contract with SM.

Furtheremore, the following part of the decision cited the Department on 27th October 2009 that “SM is not allowed to stop DBSK’s activities unilaterally. SM’s objection regarding the solo activities of DBSK was also rejected.”
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[Info] 100521 Mnet Poll – “Super 100 Pop Idols” 2009

1 – Big Bang, Kwon Jiyong
2 – Wonder Girls, Sohee
3 – DBSK, Xiah Junsu
4 – Big Bang, TOP
5 – DBSK, U-Know Yunho
6 – SS501, Kim Hyunjoong
7 – Fin.K.L, Lee Hyori
8 – SNSD, Taeyeon
9 – H.O.T, Jang Woohyuk
10 – DBSK, Micky Yoochun
11 – Big Bang, Daesung
12 – SES, Yoojin
13 – Shinhwa, Eric
14 – Wonder Girls, Sunye
15 – Big Bang, Taeyang
16 – DBSK, Hero Jaejoong
17 – 2PM, Nickhun
18 – Fin.K.L, Sung Yuri
19 – SHINee, Taemin
20 – Super Junior, Eunhyuk

21 – 2AM, Jokwon
22 – SNSD, Yoona
23 – G.O.D, Yoon Gyesang
24 – FT Island, Lee Hongki
25 – Sechs Kies, Eun Jiwon
26 – DBSK, Changmin
27 – H.O.T., KangTa
28 – Wonder Girls, Sunmi
29 – SHINee Minho
30 – KARA, Han Seungyeon
31 – Big Bang, Seungri
32 – Super Junior, Heechul
33 – H.O.T., Tony An
34 – Shinhwa, Andy
35 – Se7en
36 – 2PM, Chansung
37 – Super Junior, Shindong
38 – SS501, Kim Kyujong
39 – Wonder Girls, Yoobin
40 – SNSD, Tiffany
41 – SHINee, Onew
42 – Super Junior KangIn
43 – Wonder Girls, Yeeun
44 – F.T.Island, Choi Jong Hun
45 – Sugar, Ayumi
46 – Shinhwa, Kim Dongwan
47 – Buzz, Min Kyunghoon
48 – CSJH, Stephanie
49 – Super Junior Siwon
50 – Sechs Kies, Go Ji-Yong
51 – Rain
52 – S.E.S, Bada
53 – 2PM, TaecYeon
54 – KARA, Goo HaRa
55 – Super Junior Sungmin
56 – SS501, Kim Hyung Joon
57 – 1TYM, Danny
58 – Super Junior Eeteuk
59 – SHINee, Jonghyun
60 – G.O.D, Son HoYoung
61 – SNSD, Seohyun
62 – Shinhwa, Junjin
63 – H.O.T., Moon Heejun
64 – Shinhwa, Shin Hyesung
65 – Click B, Oh, JongHyeok
66 – SNSD, Yuri
67 – Super Junior, Hangyeong
68 – Sechs Kies, Jang Suwon
69 – CSJH, Dana
70 – Super Junior, Kibeom
71 – FIN.K.L, Leejin
72 – Taesaja, Park Junsook
73 – NRG, Moon Seonghun
74 – Baby Vox, Kan Miyeon
75 – Click B, Kim Sanghyuk
76 – SS501, Heo Young Saeng
77 – FIN.K.L, Ok Juhyeon
78 – G.O.D, Denian
79 – Ttma, Soy
80 – 2PM Jaebeom
81 – SHINee, KEY
82 – Sugar, Park Sujin
83 – NRG, No Yumin
84 – 1TYM, Oh Jinhwan
85 – SNSD, Jessica
86 – Shinhwa, Lee Min Woo
87 – F.T.Island, Choi Minhwan
88 – Click B, Yoo Hosook
89 – Super Junior, donghae
90 – Baby Vox, Shim EunJin
91 – Buzz, Son SungHee
92 – Supernova ,Geonil
93 – Taesaja, Kim hyungjun
94 – SNSD, Sooyoung
95 – Choi Changmin
96 – Milk, Seo Hyunjin
97 – Battle, Hwichan
98 – The TRAX, Jay Kim
99 -Sechs Kies, Kang Aunghoon
100 – Baby Vox Yoon Eunhye
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[News] 100520 Dong Bang Shin Ki trio’s new group name ‘J.Y.J’?

head of their Japanese fanmeeting concert coming June, it is known that Dong Bang Shin Ki Xiah JunSu, Micky YooChun and Hero JaeJoong will promote under the nickname of ‘J.Y.J’.

Previously an official announcement came that the group will discontinue their activities as Dong Bang Shin Ki after the 3 members’ discord with their agency SM Entertainment. And coming 5th June, the 3 members will hold a large scale fanmeeting concert in Tokyo Dome, and they will be holding the concert as ‘J.Y.J’ made up of the initials of each of the members.

A representative of the 3 members revealed on 19th May, “Ahead of their event, AVEX has decided to go with ‘J.Y.J’ for the logo for the concert. Even though they will promote as J.Y.J for the concert, it is not their confirmed group name. We will not know the group name until AVEX releases an official announcement.”
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[Trans] 100527 Yoochun’s First Challenge In Acting

[Trans] 100527 Yoochun’s First Challenge In Acting

“SungKyunKwan Scandal” will begin its filming from today onwards.

Starring DBSK’s Park Yoochun as the lead actor, alongside Song Joong Gi, Yoo Ah-in and other good-looking actors, the first filming session for “SungKyunKwan Scandal” has begun on the 27th.

“SungKyunKwan Scandal” is a youthful and romantic historical drama. It is based in Sung Kyun Kwan back in the olden Korea times. The appearance of the quartet in this drama has been compared to the F4 in 『花样男子~Boys Over Flowers』 and is currently the focus of much attention.

In “SungKyunKwan Scandal”, due to the weak health of her younger brother, the female lead takes part in an examination disguised as a boy and ends up being enrolled into Sung Kyun Kwan due to the outstanding results obtained. She later meets the three characters played by Yoochun, Song Joong Gi and Yoo Ah-in, triggering the start of a campus love story.

With Yoochun as the lead actor, the filming journey of this youthful romantic drama has taken its first step with its first filming session on the 27th at someplace in Gyeonggi Province. Today’s filming is about a scene where a freshly-enrolled Syeonjun appears in a street in Bukchon to solve a confidential imperial decree which he had received. It was said that after Yoochun had accepted his role, he has been analyzing the character and pracitising his performance. Yoochun also expressed that he looked forward to meeting Yun Hee (the name of the female lead). He was unable to sleep the night before the filming and he felt nervous while preparing for the first session of filming.

A spokesperson of the production company of “SungKyunKwan Scandal” expressed that due to everyone’s concern, all the actors and crew members began the first session of filming with a boost in their morale. He added on to say, “We hope that everyone will continue to give their endless love and support towards this excellent production.”
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[Trans] 100525 Is Tohoshinki Japan’s Top Star?

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In the beginning of May, the reporter who was on a two-month plus vacation did a research on Korean idols while vacationing in Japan. Even though there was only a week’s duration, the reporter still did his/her best to carry out interviews. Fortunately, there were two Korean idol groups who travelled in and out of Japan during that period. Hence, it was a good opportunity to interview Japan’s audio-visual workers and visit their studio at the same time. Also, the reporter got to hear about the interesting happenings that took place in the operations of special concerts in Japan. Most importantly, the reporter was able to see for him/herself how Korean idols are perceived when they fly in and out of Japan for promotional activities. Even though it had been a while since the vacation had ended, the impressions and memories were still etched deep within his/her mind. Perhaps a lot of fans would like to know where the Korean idols stand in Japan, and that is what we are going to report to everyone now.

Arashi? Tohoshinki?

One of the burning questions on every Korean fan’s mind is: what is THSK’s actual status in Japan and are they included in the league of “TOP Star”, just like how they are in Korea? In reference to this question, we consulted one of Japan’s musicians, and his answer was not what we had expected. He revealed a “why-do-you-ask-such-a-weird-question” expression before replying, “We have never compared Arashi and Tohoshinki. These two groups are Japan’s TOP Star, and they are incomparable because of the differences in their style.”

Japan’s entertainment market is definitely different from Korea’s. If the style or the market development is different, it will be unreasonable to compare or compete. Compared to Korea, where major entertainment companies would always compete against each other, most of Japan’s entertainment companies develop their own market by improving on and enriching their personal style and field [of expertise]. Similarly, when asked about Kara and 4Minute, who were recently introduced into Japan, the reply was that “both groups had their distinctive characteristics and thus were not perceived to be rivals”. They also expressed that they were unable to understand Korea’s concept of putting up idol groups against each other for competition and for comparative analysis. Thereafter, they confidently affirmed that THSK’s standing in Japan were that of TOP Star, similar to Arashi’s (the ranking is not important).

It is very easy to fully appreciate the popularity of THSK. Their albums are always the ones on display in Japan’s famous music and video stores, and it is very easy to spot THSK fans who are always there to look for their albums.

A Korean staff from the entertainment world, who often flies in and out of Japan, gave THSK a very high standard of evaluation, then added that if it was not for THSK, current Korean idol groups will never be able to officially enter the Japanese market as easily as they do now. Korea’s entertainment market and sector started developing slightly later, especially in the idol market targeted towards youths, who are extremely sensitive to the current trends. Therefore, for Korean idols to be able to reach such a high standard of evaluation as they do now, much of the contribution belongs to THSK and the huge impact that they have made.
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[Trans] I-Bite Magazine 2010 May 16-31 Issue 34 – Freaky Chart “Handsome Macho Hot Hunk”
This is so difficult to translate >_< The freaky chart topic is about Korean male artists who are extremely handsome, macho, hot and constantly show the fans their hot muscles.

Let’s see the TOP 5

1. Rain
2. Taecyeon (2PM)
3. Siwon (Super Junior)
4. Yunho (TVXQ)
5. Lee Joon (MBLAQ)
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[Info] 100526 The Boy Kimchi April Issue 299 – Top 5 Korean Artists you want to kiss on the white day

1. Rain
2. Micky Yoochun (TVXQ)
3. Nichkhun (2pm)
4. G dragon (Big Bang)
5. Minho (Shinee)
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[Trans] 100515 CD&DL で-た June 2010 Issue – Junsu

This single includes songs from the cool R&B genre to songs which touched people’s hearts, reflecting the great and handsome charm of Xiah Junsu.
The singing becomes the soul in an album.
As a singer, Xiah Junsu has taken an important step from here.

Q: Xiah Junsu finally started as a solo artist. First of all, can you tell us how you’re feeling?
A: I feel very nervous and stressed out, but I’m also very happy. All in all, I’m having mixed feelings about it.

Q: Are you still feeling stressed?
A: Of course! Every time, I always think whether I’m capable of giving a good performance for everyone.

Q: So, what’s the theme of this solo project?
A: This single is entitled “XIAH,” the name which I use in Korea. As a singer, I hope that my music can reflect more of myself. I think “XIAH” can describe the theme for this solo.

Q: “XIAH” also shows a strong demonstration of Junsu’s personality. It’s a really good song.
A: What do you mean?
Q: (laughs) I think all the songs are nice.
A: Ah, that’s great! The CD is already on sale. Have you heard the songs yet?

Q: I heard the songs already so I’m recommending it to people around me.
A: You have to!

Q: I know. (laughs) “Intoxication” is produced by Junsu. In what kind of mood or situation were you in when you composed “Intoxication”?
A: Basically, “Intoxication” was produced while I was singing and dancing. I was thinking of the dance steps of the R&B genre at the same time, so I have to maintain a balance!

Q: So that means Junsu’s center of music is still R&B?
A: Yes. I already loved R&B while I was still staying in Seoul. Now, I’ve already performed many Jpop and intense dances, that’s why I would like to try R&B for my solo activity. Isn’t it great for everyone to see another style of Xiah Junsu’s performances?

Q: Yes, it is. What were your feelings during the recording?
A: Recording the important parts isn’t the same anymore. When recording as a group previously, we need to consider the synchronization. We need to harmonize with the members, not just finding the feel of our own parts.
When recording as a solo artiste, the climax of the song is decided by one person (myself). This is the most important thing. Whatever it is, it’s very difficulty. Music is very difficult.

Q: There are English and Japanese lyrics; are there meanings behind them?
A: I just want to let everyone have a taste of the different aspects of European music. I used English when I sang!

Q: The song totally reflects Junsu’s thinking!
A: Of course! I was given a lot of assistance, but luckily the production went on smoothly. I also learned a lot from it. It’s great.

Q: In “Intoxication,” the words ‘toxic’ and ‘addition’ jump at you. Did you have this kind of experience before?
A: I did not experience poisoning before. (laughs) But I’m into composing lately, which the staff often wants…

Q: Do they say “Please compose a melody” like this?
A: Yes, in a way. Of course, I’m eager to try too!

Q: Do you use a piano when composing songs?
A: A: Yes. But when it comes to composing songs in the dance genre, I use a Mac. I also use ‘Sound Module’ or metronome instruments too. There are times when I can finish composing a melody in five minutes!

Q: What’s that situation about?
A: For example, there’s always a “No matter how hardworking I am today, I still can’t finish it” kind of feeling, but I’ll still put in twelve hours of hard work into it until I feel that it’s time to sleep, or when I feel pain in my back. Even my butt hurts…

Q: Do you have times when you suddenly realize that it’s morning already?
A: A lot. Time flies. It feels like one hour is just one minute; it’s really an addiction. If I look in the mirror, my eyes are bloodshot. (laughs) I also forget to have meals.

Q: That’s really addiction!
A: Yes! (laugh) But I think it’s a positive kind of poison.

Q: “Intoxication” also has this ‘drunk’ feel to it. Junsu, do you drink soju or wine?
A: I don’t know how to drink, and I don’t feel like drinking either. I feel that soju and wine do not taste good, and it’s bad for the health too. I always see the staff and the other members feel very uncomfortable while working the next day after drinking the night before!

Q: Because of a hang-over!
A: I often think to myself, why do we drink in the first place if it’s very uncomfortable? (laughs) But I love the atmosphere when everyone gathers together for a drink! Though I seldom drink in celebration parties, I get drunk in the atmosphere. While drinking, my eyes get smaller. I’m like this.

Q: (laughs) The ballad song “Kanashimi no Yukue” is also included in the CD. It’s a great song. Junsu’s voice really blends well into it.
A: Thank you. There’s always a positive point in a dance song or a ballad song. There are different parts to take note of. We need to pay attention to the rhythm and to the beat when dancing, whereas we need to put in emotion when it comes to a ballad. For R&B, we need these two, so I really like it.

Q: “Kanashimi no Yukue” describes the fragile part of men. Does Junsu have any particular favorite parts in the lyrics?
A:Yes. I like this part: 幸せは 终わるより かわる方が ぼくにはさみしい (End of happiness, in return for my endless grief).

Q: Because of resonance?
A: Yes, but this is only my opinion. Different people have their own different perceptions. Often, there are many reasons that result to an “end.” For example, when someone passes away or someone goes to a far place – aren’t these things which we can’t do anything about?

Q: Yes!
A: But once there is a change of heart, the results will be different. I have to admit, this is rather sad. So ‘ending’ it would be much better.

Q: Ah… The meaning is deep.
A: Yes! The song has a very deep meaning.

Q: It’s very great to interpret the feelings of the song.
A: It’s great. This time around, I exerted a lot of effort for this song – not pretending, just wanting to sing out my true feelings. My voice will tremble in some parts, but this might as well deliver the true feelings to everyone.

Q: Instead of the right tone, you still preferred the strong mood for the song.
A: Yes! I hope to simplify the song as much as possible. That’s why I only used the piano and an orchestra, not putting any rhythm into the song.

Q: This single fully reflects Junsu’s personality as a singer which is very intimate. Is this effect that you want?
A: I’m glad that I’m able to present the results that I want to everyone. It makes me very happy. Of course, I’m also very thankful towards the staff.

Q: You’re very modest.
A: No, no, I’m only telling the truth. I feel very blessed. I hope to deliver Xiah Junsu’s music to everyone.

Q: You’re no longer telling jokes (oyaji gags)?
A: No, but I still make them when requested. (laughs) It’s just that my mindset is on singing onstage. Recently, I don’t have many chances to do that, so I’m looking forward to it. I wish to meet the fans too.

Q: We shall wait and see! Lastly, as a soloist, can you tell us your vision for the future?
A: I’ve already mentioned it. It does not relate to me personally or to the group. I just want to sing, sing a song that transcends the sands of time. I wish to be thought of as a singer who “seriously likes music.”
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[Trans] 100529 Lee Seung Gi Vs Micky Yoochun, ‘Big Match Of Top Singers’ In Dramas This Fall

If the first half of 2010 was the testing stage for idol-singers-turned-actors, the second half will be a big match between top singers.

With the first half of the year came idol stars like 2PM’s Taecyeon, 2AM’s Seulong, T-ara’s Jiyeon and Eun Jeong as light, comical characters who brought energy to the television screen. However, it can be seen that the latter half of the year will come with a heated battle between K-pop’s top stars Lee Seung Gi and Micky Yoochun (TVXQ).


Following Lee Sung Gi, Micky Yoochun will appear as a Joseon Dynasty pretty boy in September on KBS2 TV. He will appear in ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’, a drama loosely based off the novel ‘The Lives of SungKyunKwan Confucian Scholars’, that is the talk of the town amongst women in their teens and 20s with characters dubbed ‘The F4 of the Joseon Dynasty’.

Micky Yoochun as well as Song Joong Gi and Yu Ah In will play perfect guy Seon Joon, wild and unstoppable Jae Shin and all-round entertainer Yong Ha respectively. Seon Joon (Micky Yoochun) falls for a forbidden love, cross-dressing Yoon Hui, and is expected to bring some funny scenes to the drama.
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[News] 100529 Despite The Peak Popularity, TVXQ is Absent from MTV Music Awards Japan, The Bitterness of Japanese Fans
Fans won’t get the chance to see the five members of TVXQ once more.

On May 29th, 18:00 at Tokyo Yoyogi National Gymnasium TVXQ is nominated for an award in ‘MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan (WS VMAJ)’. However, the boys are expected not to attend the award ceremony on the d-day.

An official reported, “The plan for the 5 members to attend and get on stage as a group is not easy considering the current situation between TVXQ label in Japan, AVEX and their agency in South Korea, SM Entertainment. In fact, currently TVXQ activities as five members group has been in temporary suspension in Japan.”

In the other side, Big Bang is climbing their high popularity as becoming one of the nominees from South Korea in Best Young Artist Video Award and Best Pop Video Award.

The fellow label group 2NE1 also attended the ceremony, as seen on red carpet with Big Bang, they will perform on the opening ceremony stage.
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