And of course …………… may you all have a prosperous 2012!!!
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If democracy is, according to the online version of Merriam-Webster the dictionary, defined as a “government by the people; especially rule of the majority” – or to put it in the words of The Kinks’ 1981 album,Give The People What They Want – then you could say that when it came tothe music scene here in 2011, the majority made their vote loud and clear. Mostly with screaming and waving of light sticks.
One of the things the general populace wanted: Pop stars who were preferably teen-esque and, if possible, Asian. So if Justin Bieber had been Asian, that would have been perfect. But he isn’t. So they found what they were looking for in K-pop.
How else can anyone explain why K-pop concerts sold out faster than you can say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a very long word.”
In fact, the massive queues for the shows seemed to stretch on forever, making a word like “Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon” (yes, it’s a real word) seem like “ponding” when compared to the deluge of love and emotional outpouring shown by the fans at these gigs.
Hang on, you say. But didn’t we saw signs of K-pop maniastartingto bubble in 2009 and 2010? That’s true, but this year, the voices were heard as the powers-that-be – i.e. concert and event organisers – really got down to it to give the people what they wanted: K-pop stars in the flesh. And they gave it to us in spades.
Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, Beast, Lee Byung Hun, Song Sung Hun, Go su, Park Shi Hoo, Kim Soo Hyun, Song Jun Kee, Kim Hee Sun, Han Chae Young, Yoon Eun Hae, Han Hyo Joo, Kim Min Hee, Ji Sung, Kang So Ra, Bae Soo Bin, Afterschool, T-ara, MBlaq, T-Max, Nam Kyu Ree, Park Shi Yoon, Yoon Sung Ah, Oh Jee Ho, Kim Sung Soo, G.Na, Miss A, 2NE1, Kim Hyun Joong, Big Bang, F.T. Island, U-Kiss, The Boss, Teen Top, Dal Shabet, TOUCH and X-5 all popped over to our little isle this year to much appreciation.
But the year wasn’t all just about K-pop. The masses also showed their love to the likes of Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Faye Wong, Jackie Cheung (who sold out an unprecedented four nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium), Kit Chan (who sold out three nights at the Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands) and the ’80s triumvirate of Human League, Belinda Carlisle and Bananarama.
So, if you play the numbers game, what we in Singapore reallywanted was a huge dollop of K-pop, a pinch of annoying young Western popsters, and a scoop of veteran performers.
You can judge all you want, but that’s the truth.
Sure, indie acts might seem to be the guys kick-starting the 2012 concert calendar, what with The Vaccines, Kasabian, Paul Kelly and the whole cast of the Laneway Festival making a Singapore stopover, but the other acts slated to make the majority of the population clap their hands in unison in the first quarter are acts such as Super Junior (or SuJu as we like to call them); Taiwanese powerhouse singer A-mei; Swedish ’90s pop duo Roxette; and ’80s pop quintet Duran Duran.
Will those riding on the indie/alt ticket sway the public consensus? Well, to borrow what one young upstart once sang, I will never say never – but, you know, I’m not going to hold my breath. In fact, I’m just going to let it out as one long sigh.
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At the 2011 KBS Music Festival that was held at the KBS Hall in Yeoido on December 30th, Kim Hyun Joong put on a spectacular performance of Rain’s “Rainism”.
He displayed his explosive charismatic appeal with his extravagant dance moves and seductive voice while wearing a black leather jacket and a pair of shades to complete the ‘Rain’ feel.
The highlight of the performance was when he stepped down from the main stage to be a little closer to his fans, which drove the audience wild.
Meanwhile, other artists such as Girls’ Generation, IU, miss A, f(x), Lee Seung Gi, Wonder Girls, T-ARA, 4minute, Davichi, CN BLUE, Infinite, SISTAR, U-KISS, 2PM, B2ST, MBLAQ, Secret, Clover, and more also performed at the 2011 KBS Music Festival.
Check out Kim Hyun Joong’s performance below!
Kim Hyun Joong perfectly reenacted the stage of Rain who is now a private in the military.
At the ‘KBS Gayo Daechukje’ on December 30th, Kim Hyun Joong put on an impressive stage with Rain’s ‘Rainism’.
Kim Hyun Joong put on a perfect stage of ‘Rainism’ before presenting his own song. The dance and the singing were so perfect that it felt as though Rain had come back from the military for the stage. The powerful dance moves and the sexy voice really took over the stage.
Kim Hyun Joong is referred many times as the ‘Post Rain’, as a solo male singer to follow in the footsteps of the wildly successful Rain so the performance really drew attention.
Netizen comments include “I thought Rain went AWOL!”, “It makes me miss Rain even more”, and “Kim Hyun Joong is so talented! He’s really amazing.”
Source: Newsen via Nate
No shocker today…he just showcased pure, unadulterated talent at its best.
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The ’2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’ closed its curtains having presented so many impressive performances by some of the best artists.
There werer 37 teams of artists represented at the Gayo Daejun and as such, the performances were over the top.
Some of the collaborative performances were notable in particular. 5 of the collaborative performances that wowed the viewers and audience members were commented on. Performance videos at the bottom.
-The sexy icons representing the girls groups: Ga In, Fei, Han Sun Hwa, Jiyeon, Hyorin, Hyuna, & G.Na
The beautiful ladies of some of the best girl groups put on a sexy performance and had the atmosphere heat up. 4Minute member Hyuna, Brown Eyed Girls member Ga In, Miss A member Fei, Secret member Han Sun Hwa, T-ara member Jiyeon, Sistar member Hyorin, and G.Na were some of the representatives of the best girl groups around. The sensual waves, the powerful moves, and the sexy choreography of the beauties truly was unprecedented.
-The fresh new couple: IU and Yang Yoseob
National little sister IU and B2ST member Yang Yoseob became a fresh new couple for a moment. IU and Yang Yoseob sang G.Na’s ‘What I Want to Do Once I Have A Lover’ together. The two ‘sweethearts’ wore matching white outfits. The romantic feel of the performance was as if watching a prince and a princess right out of a fairy tale.
-Dating Generation? Lee Seung Gi meets Yoona
MC’s Lee Seung Gi and Yoona (SNSD member) put on a stage as sweet as the one of IU and Yang Yoseob. Lee Seung Gi and Yoona put on a stage set to Lee Seung Gi’s ‘Dating Generation’. Even the narration of the song was perfectly handled. Lee Seung Gi said, “I really have something to say. Um..well..Should we lov, lov, date” and Yoona’s acting was perfectly said to the line “You mean we should date?” Lee Seung Gi and Yoona have some history of mutual admiration so the performance was that much more heated.
-The Hip Hop warriors are here! Gary in the house!
’2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’ did not ignore hip hop. 2PM member Taecyeon, B2ST member Yong Joon Hyung, MBLAQ member Mir, INFINITE member Hoya heated up the stage with Dynamic Duo’s ‘ChoolChek’. When the incredibly talented member of Leessang, Gary came onto the stage, the heat of the moment was unbelievable. The appearance of Yoon Mi Rae and Dynamic Duo even the fellow musicians get up and enjoy the party.
-Kim Hyun Joong meets After School
After School member Kahi and Nana put on a sizzling performance with Kim Hyun Joong. For their collaborative performance, Kim Hyun Joong and Kahi danced intertwined in a powerful yet sensual way. But then Kim Hyun Joong Surprisingly turned to Nana for a ‘kiss’ performance that drew sighs out of many female fans.
The ’2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’ was an energetic ceremony with many of the top stars. There were high expectations on the collaborative efforts never put forth together and they did not disappoint.
Kim Hyun Joong & After School Dance Cut
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It was reported that hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong has great love for his fans.
Kim Hyun Joong will hold the first fan meeting of the new year on Jan 21.
This fan-meet will be ticketed but the admission ticket is only priced at 20,000 won.
If it was a small fan meeting, the admission could be free. However, Kim Hyun Joong’s fan meeting will be held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium, which is a large scale venue and can hold more than 7,000 people.
Besides, unlike the usual talk-show style fan-meet, Kim Hyun Joong will sing more than 10 songs, including ‘Break Down’ from his 1st mini album and the songs from the 2nd mini ablum, ‘Lucky’, at this fan meeting. It is virtually the same as his solo concert.
Other Korean singers who hold concerts at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium charge admission fees from between 50,000 won and 90,000 won. However the admission fee for Kim Hyun Joong’s fan meeting is just 20,000 won and is less than half charged by other singers; the fan meeting is expected to be rake in no profit at best, or even make a loss.
Kang In Suk, the Director of music enterprise department of Kim’s agency, Keyeast, explained that the fan meeting is virtually the same as a small-scale solo concert, but it was pushed forward at Kim Hyun Joong’s request. It will be a fan service and one that almost makes no money.
This fan meeting was abruptly decided to be held. The fan meeting for Korean fans was arranged as the first schedule (activity) of 2012 because Kim Hyun Joong didn’t want to make his Korean fans disappointed by his new year’s promotion in Japan.
Kim Hyun Joong’s love for his fans is more than just this. One company suggested large amounts of money to promote its product at his fan meeting, but it was refused. The director Kang said it was because Kim Hyun Joong insisted he could not possibly make his fans spend their money for his own interests.
Kim Hyun Joong has been famous as an idol singer with his unique manners and opinions since he started as a member of SS501. Kim Hyun Joong never lost his own unique colour of character and it shows in his great love for fans who (are believed by Kim to) make him the person he is today.
Director Kang praised Kim Hyun Joong and said that from the point of view of the agency, which needs to pursue practical interests, it would leave much to be desired, but as a ‘man’, he is great.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Kim Hyun Joong had secretly donated $100,000 to the Red Cross and an organization that passes out briquettes. Compared to other celebrities who would use the small amount of donation as a massive self-promotion, Kim Hyun Joong’s step is admirable.
In terms of the head of Kim’s agency and the father of Hallyu star, Bae Yong Joon, Kim Hyun Joong’s actions is probably going to make Bae tear up for making the agency spend money for Kim’s fans.
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Nana accidentally hit Hyun Joong’s Jaw at 2:07 but she apologized in the end of thier dance break. Hot performance!
( I want actual kiss!)
Singer Kim Hyun Joong put on a special performance at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun that took place at the KINTEX in Ilsan on December 29th.
Everyone held their breath as Kim Hyun Joong caressed After School leader Kahi‘s long legs and pulled her in for what seemed would be a kiss.
He then immediately turned to his right and wrapped his arms around Nana‘s waist and leaned his face in towards hers, which drove the fans wild.
The event was hosted by Lee Seung Gi, Song Ji Hyo, along with Girls’ Generation member Yoona, and artists such as B2ST, 2PM, Wonder Girls, KARA, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, and more put on various never-before seen performances.
Audience members could not look away for even a moment, as the 2011 SBS Gayo Dajun was chock-full of performances including ballad stages, a sexy performance of the top idol divas, and a fierce dance battle between the idol boys.
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What a dance sequence! I am tempted to shout MORE! MORE!
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2011 was the year in which Vietnamese fans welcomed more international celebrities to the country than ever before. Tuoitrenews has compiled a list of 10 celebrity sensations that stormed their way into the hearts of Vietnamese fans this year.
6. David Archuleta:
While Hanoi was hit by the winner of American Idol 2008, HCMC was heated up by the contest’s runner-up, David Archuleta, the next month.
The famous 21-year-old singer arrived on July 7th at Tan Son Nhat Airport, where hundreds of fans welcomed him with flowers and banners.
The next day, Archuleta shared the stage at Military Zone 7’s Stadium with top Vietnamese singers like Ho Ngoc Ha, Dam Vinh Hung, Dong Nhi, 2010 Vietnam Idol winner Uyen Linh and runner-up Van Mai Huong, in the “Idol Music Event 2011” concert.
Accompanied by his own 5-member band from America, David dressed simply and sang more than 10 songs, all of which were either his greatest hits including “Touch My Hand,” “A Little Too Not Over You,” “Elevator,” and “Crush,” or selected from his recently released album “The Other Side of Down,” such as “Something About Love,” “The Other Side of Down,” “Everybody Want to Rule the World,” and “My Kind of Perfect”.
After the show in the city, the young singer flew to Hanoi to give his fans there a concert on July 24th.
7. Kim Hyun Joong:
In early August, teenagers in HCMC were swept up by the news that one of their idols, well-known South Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun Joong, would visit Vietnam in a tour to be held by the Korean cosmetic brand THEFACESHOP, of which he is the exclusive ambassador, for two days from August 11th.
When he arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport on August 10th, the Korean star drew hundreds of fans who were in tears upon seeing him.
On August 12th, as pat of his trip named “Asia Tour with Kim Hyun Joong” in the city, the artist raised VND207 million (US$ 9,950) by auctioning three of his life-size photos and a sport T-shirt at a fund raising event which attracted as many as 3,000 of Kim’s fans.
After causing several traffic jams at the places he visited thanks to his huge amount of fans, Kim pleased his supporters by saying that he might come back to Vietnam for a concert in an interview with Tuoi Tre Newspaper.
October came to Hanoi this year with four members of the Irish boy band Westlife, who hit the capital city with their concert on the first day of the month.
Thousands of their fans, including many foreigners, packed My Dinh Stadium on October 1st to chant the names of the men and sing along with them.
Despite the bad weather, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, and Kian Egan brought their fans a night to remember with popular songs including “My Love”, “Seasons In The Sun”, “You Raise Me Up,” “World of Our Own,” “What About Now” and “Uptown Girl,” and the surprising cover of five songs – Viva La Vida (Coldplay), Only Girl (Rihanna), The Time (Black Eyed Peas), Bad Romance (Lady Gaga), and I Predict A Riot (Kaiser Chiefs).
In the 100-minute show, which included over 20 songs, the four well-dressed men, though all over the age of 30, still made many young fans burst into tears with their music and friendliness.
After the show ended, Nicky immediately logged onto Twitter to share the 32-second clip he filmed of the moment thousands of Vietnamese fans cheered and sang along with the hit “My Love”.
In November, Hanoi was once again hit by the Hallyu (Korean wave) caused by the popular South Korean girl band 2NE1.
At the beginning of the month, hundreds of members of the Black Jack, the official name of the band’s fan club, had put on an impressive flashmob performance to the back ground music of 2NE1’s hits like “Fire,” “Go away” and “Cant’ Nobody” at Thong Nhat Park to welcome the four beautiful girls from South Korea.
On November 19th, more than 3,000 fans flocked to Hanoi’s National Convention Center to attend their idol’s concert titled “Idols’ night – Going together Concert in Vietnam with 2NE1.”
At the show, the four-piece band, including CL, Dara, Bom and Minzy, sang their hits including “Fire”, “I don’t care”, “Can’t nobody”, “In the club”, “Go away”, “Hate you,” and “Ugly”.
Additionally, Vietnam Idol 2007 Phuong Vy wowed audiences with her cover of 2NE1’s hit “Lonely”, while Vietnam Idol 2008 runner-up Thanh Duy amazed with his performance of the song “Fate”, from the sound track of the famous Korean movie “Full House”.
At the end of the concert, the organizers handed over VND300million (US$15,000) for Vietnamese students with good academic results.
10. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt:
Hollywood star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and their six kids enjoyed a six-day vacation in Vietnam in the middle of November, causing a stir among local fans and media.
The family visited Tokyo to promote Pitt’s latest movie, “Moneyball,” and decided to bring Pax Thien, their adopted Vietnamese child, home as they had promised earlier.
The couple landed at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport on November 10th and then took a flight to Con Dao Island to spend their holiday at the five-star Six Senses Resort.
All information about their visit to Vietnam was kept secret. The family’s itinerary was a closely-guarded secret and often changed to elude the media and fans.
The couple had secret contracts with service providers, who had to pay them compensation if they leaked any information about their visit.
During the stay, they made a visit to the “tiger cages” at the Con Dao War Prison.
After the family left Vietnam, the American celebrity news outlet Us Magazine reported in its issue on November 21st that the couple’s adopted Vietnamese son, Pax Thien, was reunited with his biological grandmother, named Nhan, during the family’s trip.
However, local newswire Vnexpress reported Tuesday that Nhan said she did not make a trip to Con Dao to see her grandson. She also confirmed that Pax did not see any of his biological family members.
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Year ending 2011: It’s getting hot in HERE!! lol
Another teaser from pre-recording of SBS Gayo Daejun (via @ahlia0606)
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Kim Hyun Joong will be performing 2 songs at Liao Ning’s Chinese New Year Gala.
The CNY Gala will broadcast on 21st January 2012.
However KHJ is pre-recording his performance. He will flying over on the 3rd of January.