On 2nd May, singer Kim Hyun Joong released jacket photos of his upcoming 3rd Japanese single ‘Tonight’. A total of 5 versions of album covers were revealed.
The photos displayed an array of concepts used for Kim Hyun Joong’s new album. With the use of graffiti and pop art, new jacket photos also display an unique theme in which fans can look forward to.
Record label Universal Music Japan also revealed that Kim Hyun Joong’s new Japanese single ‘Tonight’ will come in 5 different versions – A, B, C, D, E. This time round, 3 songs ‘Tonight’, ‘Cappuccino’, etc. will be included in each album.
Last year, Kim Hyun Joong release Japanese albums ‘Heat’ and ‘Unlimited’, both of which has gained great success in Japan and topped Oricon chart. Kim Hyun Joong’s 3rd Japanese single will be released on 5th June. In the meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong is participating in SBS’s new varity programme ‘Barefoot Friends’.
G-DRAGON 2013 WORLD TOUR: ONE OF A KIND IN MALAYSIAspecial ticket launch will be on 11th May, 10am to 5pm at fahrenheit88, with only a limited 10,000 tickets available.
Concert organizers Running Into The Sun (RITS) and Woohoo! Experience announced that there will be 4 ticket categories for the G-DRAGON 2013 WORLD TOUR: ONE OF A KIND IN MALAYSIA concert. Since the announcement of G-Dragon’s maiden solo concert in Malaysia, fans and media alike have been abuzz with anticipation about the staging of the K-Pop maestro’s show; to help cope with the expected rush for tickets when they go on sale, a special ticket launch event will be held on 11 May 2013, 10am – 5pm at fahrenheit88.
12 ticketing counters have been arranged for at the launch and online and outlet bookings will only begin on 11 May from 2pm onwards to help ease the expected high traffic when sales start. To thank fans for their continued support, RITS has specially arranged for Cat 1 ticket holders to receive autographed posters on concert day, with collection details to be released at a later date via the RITS website and Facebook page.
In anticipation of a rush for merchandise on concert day, 2 merchandise counters will be set up at the launch for pre-sales; 1 counter will cater exclusively to ticket-holders while the other will be open to the general public.
“G-Dragon has put on spectacular shows in Japan and Seoul, thrilling hundreds of thousands of fans with his exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping performances. Malaysia was listed as one of Bigbang’s most memorable stops on their concert tour, and we can’t wait to bring G-Dragon back for another mega outdoor party with his fans,” says Ms Beatrice Chia-Richmond, Managing Director of Running Into The Sun.
G-Dragon, the leader of global superstars BIGBANG who put on an explosive performance here at their one-night only concert last year, will be holding his first-ever solo concert in Malaysia, to be held at Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil on 22 Jun 2013, 8pm. This will be the only outdoor concert of his tour, and Malaysian fans can look forward to an exhilarating night of high-energy performances bolstered by this unique open-air experience. With dazzling choreography by renowned choreographers Travis Payne and Stacey Walker, both of whom worked extensively on Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, audiences can look forward to adrenaline-charged performances by G-Dragon and his crew.
G-DRAGON 2013 WORLD TOUR : ONE OF A KIND is co-organised by Running Into The Sun and Woohoo! Experience, and produced by YG Entertainment and Live Nation Entertainment.
Running Into The Sun will also be bringing in G-Dragon concert merchandise. For further information regarding both ticketing and purchase of merchandise, please visitwww.facebook.com/runningintothesun .
On May 3, Billboard’s World Album Chart ranked Shinee’s third album Chapter 2, Why So Serious?: The Misconceptions Of Me,which was released on the 26th of April, at the top.
Shinee has received a lot of attention both at home and around the world. Their zombie dance has gained popularity internationally. Moreover, this is not the first time that the group has shown up on a Billboard chart. On the World Album Chart of March 9, Shinee’s Chapter 1,Dream Girl: The Misconceptions Of You ranked second.
The World Album Chart ranks non-American albums, using Nielsen SoundScan to decide the ranking on the basis of weekly album sales.
Only four members of Shinee are currently active, because Jong Hyun is out recovering from a nose injury. He will concentrate on his treatment for a while until he recovers completely.
Joining the “music war” that May has brought on with her new EP, Younha has chosen Lee Hyo Ri as her archrival. On May 2, a showcase and press conference for the release of Younha’s second EP, Just Listen, was held at Ilchi Art Hall, in Gangnam, Seoul. This is Younha’s second showcase since her debut in 2006.
It is expected that there will be a big competition this month among singers who are releasing new albums, such as Lee Hyo Ri, 2PM, Shinhwa, Secret, T-ara N4, and 4minute. Asked whom she regards as her archrival, Younha said: “All the other singers are on my mind. I can anticipate what the headlines will be after the press conference. I expect to get called out on this, but I feel that Lee Hyo Ri is my archrival. Lee Hyo Ri is like the brightest light in our business. I really look forward to her new album, and I’m curious about what it will be like.”
Younha’s new EP consists of seven songs, including “Unacceptable,” which drew attention after its advance release in March, and the lead track “The Real Reason We Broke Up.” This is the first time one of Younha’s own compositions has been picked as the lead track of an album.
This album is of high quality, including collaborative works with other musicians such as Naul, Yoon Do Hyun, Haihm, Lyn, The Koxx, Skull, and Urban Zakapa. On May 3, Younha is to perform on Music Bank, aired on KBS2. In addition to her TV appearances, Younha is also going to give concerts at Blue Square Samsung Hall on June 21 to 23.
According to an announcement made by his agency, Sidus HQ, on May 3, Jay Park participated in making the song “I Like To Party” for the music track of the ending credits of Will Smith’s new movie After Earth, which is supposed to open on May 30. His participation was in response to a suggestion by Will and his son, Jaden. Park contributed to both the lyrics and the music.
Along with Will Smith and his son, Park will attend a red-carpet event that is to be held at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul, on May 7.
The movie is set in the year 3072 and is a story of a father and son who are forced to make an emergency landing on Earth, which has gone to ruin, and fight against misevolved living creatures. The movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who directed Six Sense. The story is by Will Smith and screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan.
On May 2 at 6:00 p.m., M Countdown has held at the CJ E&M Center in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, and T-ara N4 revealed its first song, “Countryside,” on the program. Previously, the group had not performed the new song for an audience. It was played only on radio.
Actors Kim Soo Mi and Choi Bul Am of the TV zeries Countryside Life introduced the song, and the members of T-ara N4 did a comic skit in which they “weeded a field.”
After the amusing introduction, T-ara N4 gave a charismatic performance in splendid costumes accessorized with gold. The song has witty lyrics and an exciting melody, and the choreography is powerful, featuring the group’s sexy charm.
T-ara N4 released the new song and a music video of it on the afternoon of April 29. The song, composed by Double Kicks, is an electronic hip-hop dance song combined with Korean music.
Other singers who appeared on the program are Shinee, Roy Kim, 4minute, Secret, Seo In Guk, Dickpunks, and Hong Dae Kwang.