Archive for May, 2010


Beautiful Love Mobile Update [290510]

May 31, 2010

Run! Run!
Why are the two of them being chased? Yonsu and Hinata, who have become closer, will they be pulled apart once more?

The show is about to be released soon, and so, we bring you the shocking kiss scene!
The 2 people who met for the first time at a hotel in Korea…..then, a sudden kiss.
The story starts from here, do not miss the first episode!

Serious atmosphere…the cold, thinking expression of Yonsu and Hinata. Holding the key to the story….Yonsu’s past?

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Musician’s Choice – U-Know Yunho [310510]

May 31, 2010

Musician’s Choice
Famous musicians introduce songs that brought them to where they are now, and songs that they love based on various themes. You may also find out where these musicians are these days.


TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho, who can be anything from an actor to a model
Music to listen to on a rainy day

Leader of TVXQ, who heated up Asia
Let’s meet U-Know Yunho’s recommended songs.

U-Know Yunho’s ‘Music to listen to on a rainy day’

When I went to visit TVXQ’s leader U-Know Yunho on the 24th, it was drizzling as I made my way to my destination. It was weather that seemed to match the ‘Musician’s Choice’ theme he had chosen for the week which was “Music to listen to on a rainy day”. He, who had been waiting in front of the SM Entertainment office, happily welcomed this writer. Wearing casual clothes, he smiled brightly and said, “I feel good because it’s raining outside.”

“Rainy days are times for me to reflect on myself. Other friends usually go drinking on days like this, but I drive my car to an arboretum or I choose some good music to listen to.”

When asked about his recent activities, he brought up his photoshoot first. “I went to Hong Kong for a photoshoot, and it was nice to have a personal interview as I was partaking in the photoshoot. I’ve always been showing people the bright side of myself, but I never really had the chance to talk about personal things.” We were curious of his next solo venture. U-Know Yunho said, “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years and I’ve also been considering upgrading my acting skills.” He also said, “What I want to say the most is that I want to challenge the limits I’ve set on myself from more than one side.”

It was a surprise yet understandable to see U-Know Yunho, who admired Michael Jackson, create a music list that consisted of songs with sad or solitary melodies rather than dance-orientated songs. Also, seeing such a list gave us a feel of his extensive musical taste from Rock to New Age.

“I usually listen to music while I’m on the move. I don’t discriminate between genres; if I like the feel of a song, I’ll get it and put it in my playlist right away. At times when I feel like I’m going to explode, I sometimes listen to heavy metal music, and when my body’s exhausted, I listen to calm instrumentals. However, it can be said that the music I’m introducing today conveys what I’m feeling these days.”

U-Know Yunho’s dream is to be the founder of a welfare center. Influenced by his father who enjoys helping those in need, he is actively seeking out voluntary service activities he can do to help the poor and needy. He usually makes people feel flustered with his clipped tone and short yet strong accent which he may have inherited from being the group’s leader since his debut, but he slowly yet surely opened up in this interview with a softer tone and deep breaths. His words “I’ve matured as much as I’ve been hurt,” seemed to approach the writer more sincerely than ever.

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U-Know Yunho’s First Album Choice: Chris Spheeris’ [Best of Chris Spheeris: 1990-2000]

“Two years ago, there was a time when I listened to all the CDs our fans sent us. This was one of the albums in that pile of CDs and I was immediately hooked. Although there are a lot of instruments involved, there is a sound that isn’t lost, and it’s the sound of nature. That sound seemed to just grab my heart. There wasn’t a distinct melody, but shall I say that the tune was able to express everything that it needed to? From then on, I searched for this artiste online and listened to his songs whenever it rained. The guitar part is the prettiest in this album. Most guitar parts from other sources rely on strength or technique, but the guitar in this album isn’t overused and you can tell that the singer tried to keep the sound as close to the sound of nature as possible. I felt like the guitar part represented his heart and his feelings. It has a calm yet mysterious feeling to it.”


U-Know Yunho’s Second Album Choice: Kevin Kern’s [Summer Daydreams]

“One of the songs called ‘Return to Love’ is a very famous song that is used in dramas and CFs, and all the songs included in this album calm your heart. I think I listen to this song the most when I feel depressed. It cleanses your heart, but it also has a sad and sorrowful feel to it. I first found out about the song in the drama [Autumn in my Heart]. After that, I listened to it a ridiculous number of times. I found myself hearing it a lot even when I hadn’t turned it on myself. I heard it on the streets, I heard it at home, I heard it in the cafes… It’s a song that I’ve heard so much that it’s left a great impact in my life. Sometimes, I think that I’d like to try this kind of music one day. Like taking this music and formatting it by adding narration to it or commentary through DJ-ing?”


U-Know Yunho’s Third Album Choice: Kim Hyun Shik’s [3rd Album]

“I first found out about Kim Hyun Shik’s music through the voices of Kim Bum Soo and Yu Jae Ha. I liked the songs so much that I practiced them a lot for a while. I thought that I needed to be familiar with the original to do so, so that was when I found the artiste Kim Hyun Shik. The song that first caught my eye was ‘Eclipsed Road’. I’ve said before that I like singers like Michael Bolton or Lim Jae Bum, and Kim Hyun Shik’s voice was just what I wanted. It wasn’t pure and clear, and the charm that came from his thick and burning voice struck a chord in my heart. I usually listen to this album on a rainy day right before I sleep. You can find its true charm if you listen to it then.”


U-Know Yunho’s Fourth Album Choice: X-JAPAN’s [Star Box]

“They are one of my favorite artistes. In 9th or 10th grade, I had a cousin who played the bass guitar, and she was a fan of this group. I began to like rock music because of her. But these artistes’ music didn’t feel like rock. More so in ‘Endless Rain’. This song really captures that feeling of singing with a heart full of longing, and I think that, that is the true charm of X-JAPAN. I like their songs because they both appeal and don’t appeal to the masses. I want to follow their example of being a genius, yet striving to always be one step ahead of trends. I think this song’s mixture of Eastern and Western influences contain all the charms that the band holds.”


U-Know Yunho’s Fifth Album Choice: Az Yet’s [Az Yet]

“Sometimes, I like to go jogging when it rains, and I listen to this album a lot when I do. It might be because I’m the bass part in our team, but I find myself paying a lot of attention to that part. Their style is a little different from BoyzIIMen, but the bass part is so amazing that it feels like they’re playing with their musical ranges. The part doesn’t lose its focus, but it leads the other parts like the melody. This music is great for when I go jogging or when I’m enjoying a glass of wine. The music itself doesn’t feel very sophisticated, that may be exactly why I’m attracted to it. I think people will like this music if they like harmonies. I also feel that men will enjoy this music more than women.”


“I’m going to keep the promise I made with myself and then I’ll cry my eyes out.”

The subject was changed to Michael Jackson. U-Know Yunho recently got on stage for the pop star’s domestic tribute concert. There is a famous story circulating that the American staff, who had looked down upon U-Know Yunho as an artiste famous only in Asia, changed their attitudes after they watched him perform. U-Know Yunho said, “I want to be an artiste like Michael Jackson who shines regardless of time,” and “I hope to be viewed as someone who keeps maturing and growing as a person and as a singer who is not fazed by the rumors floating around.”

“I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now. But I’m someone who feels lonely very easily, so I constantly have to discipline myself to pay attention and come to my senses. Music has always cleansed my loneliness and sorrow. People say that I’m so strong-hearted that I never cry, but I’m only restraining myself to keep the promise I made with myself. When I get to the top, I want to cry my eyes out just once.” It may have been that his heart was already crying though his ‘leader’ position stops him from outwardly doing so.

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Lee Seung Gi Vs Micky Yoochun, ‘Big Match Of Top Singers’ In Dramas This Fall [290510]

May 30, 2010

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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Bigeast Email – JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN participate in a-nation’10 [280510]

May 28, 2010

Bigeast のみなさん、こんにちは!

「a-nation’10 powered by ウイダーinゼリー」に


Bigeast 事務局

Hello Everyone in Bigeast!

JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN is going to participate in the summer outdoor festival “a-nation’10 powered by Weider in Jelly”

The date and tickets and for more detailed information
please check a-nation’s official site.

Bigeast Office

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JunSu to Hold XIAH Event in June [240510]

May 24, 2010

T/N: This Bigeast Fanmaiil contains a lot of information on how to enter lottery for the event, terms and regulations, etc. so I will only translate and summarize relevant information.

We have decided to hold an event to commemorate the release of “XIAH”!
For those who want to participate in this event, please send out your applications after checking the outline, application process, and important notes below.

【Event Outline】

XIAH’s Release Commemorating Event for Purchasers
Mini Live & Talk (the whole event is going to last 60 minutes)
*Song List
Intoxication, Kanashimi no Yukue, Kimi ga Ireba〜Beautiful Love〜
June 18th, 2010
Session 1 – open at 3pm, start at 4pm
Session 2 – open at 7pm, start at 8pm
Tokyo metropolitan area
<Number of Guests>
1000 guests each session. A total 2000 guests will be admitted (the number might be more or less depends on the venue).
※Those who get chosen to the event will be informed with more details.

-Application process, etc. omitted-

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XIAH Junsu Interview from ORICON STYLE [190510]

May 20, 2010

Styled with the “wet look” (laughs), producing a very sexy music video

Q: With the recording and promotions for your single [XIAH], your solo activities have officially started. How does this feel?

JS: I’m nervous as there are a lot of things that I am trying for the first time, but I’m also very happy. I believe that this opportunity will give me a chance to show everyone a side of me that I have never shown before.

Q: The title track for this single is “Intoxication”, which is quite a cool dance song.

JS: It was selected from a couple of songs that I wrote for my solo debut, and I produced it as well. I wanted to give it a more R&B feel.

Q: What was the process of the song-writing and production like?

JS: First, I looked at the rhythm of the song, which is the most important for a dance tune. The rhythm must be one that makes you feel like dancing, even before adding the rest of the instruments. Then, I used this feeling to produce the song. The melody of the chorus came into my mind first, and using that as a focal point, I created the rest of the song, singing and writing at the same time.

Q: The lyrics for the song are quite mature!

JS: Yes, because we wanted to express a mature feeling through the song so there was a lot of focus on the breathing. In the PV, we also went for a wet hair look, completing the cool sexy image we wanted to produce, please look forward to it.

Wanting to show everyone XIAH’s music

Q: “Kanashimi no Yukue” (End of Sorrow) is a totally different song, a ballad.

JS: The instrumentation of this song contains only the piano and strings, and has no other instruments or harmony. I wanted everyone to be touched by the meaning of the lyrics of the song.

Q: The song’s lyrics are about the feelings when leaving the one you love, is there a part of the song that you especially feel for?

JS: “Shiawase wa Owaru yori Kawaru houga Bokuni wa samishii.”(Trans: Happiness to me, compared to ending, change is even lonelier.) If the reason for breaking is due to circumstances, then in this situation, as long as there is still love then there will still be hope. But if it is a change of heart, then you can only accept this, and that is truly the end.

Q: This kind of song lyric should have a lot of meaning and feeling in it, it should be rather difficult to understand and express this?

JS: It’s difficult…but since I’ve always been doing this, I guess I’m used to it. (Laughs)

Q: This song gets stronger towards the end, and this leaves a deep impression on people.

JS: Even though it may not express the actual storyline in the lyrics, but the song needs to create this kind of atmosphere. Via the song, we want to people feel the content of the drama, so we added some changes.

Q: “Kimi Ga Ireba ~Beautiful Love~ is also a very different kind of Ballad.

JS: “Kanashimi no Yukue” is ultimately a sad ballad, while “Kimi ga Ireba ~Beautiful Love~ is more tumultuous, and is a ballad that ends hopefully, so it presents a different kind of emotion.

Q: Lastly, please talk about what else you plan to challenge in the future?

JS: There are many things, but firstly I wish to show people a performance that truly belongs to “XIAH.” I will also work harder on song writing, so please look forward to it.



XIAH Junsu debuted in February 2004 as a member of Tohoshinki in Korea with the song “HUG”, and shot to fame and gained recognition from everyone, and continued activities as part of Tohoshinki. On 26th May 2010, under the name XIAH Junsu will start on his solo activities with his single “XIAH.” This single will contain “Kimi ga ireba ~Beautiful Love~”, the theme song of BeeTV’s drama “Beautiful Love ~Kimi ga ireba~” with “Intoxication” as the interlude song. “Kanashimi no Yukue” will be the theme song for another BeeTV drama “Love letter from 5 years later”

On 22nd May 2010, he will be performing at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium 1 for the “Girls Award 2010”

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Idol Group’s Survival Skills Evolve “We Even Compose And Write Lyrics” [190510]

May 20, 2010

Idol groups seem to be evolving every day. Some of them are honing their talents in the composition and lyrics fields. They are showing off their ‘musician’ sides by including their compositions in their albums.

The representative of these new composing idols is the group TVXQ. All the members of the group are capable of composing and writing lyrics.
They have released around 20 self-composed songs in Korea and Japan. It is said that they have around 100 unreleased songs that they composed and wrote lyrics for.

Xiah Junsu’s solo single <Intoxication>, which is going to be released on the 26th, is also his own composition.


A celebrity representative stated, “The idol group members’ active participation when it comes to composing and writing lyrics is connected to their futures. Their actions can be interpreted as an acceptance of the fact that their group activities will not last forever and a fight for survival and self-sufficiency in the future.”

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