Singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong once again proved his star power in Japan last week with his latest EP “Hot Sun.”
The newly released single topped the Oricon Daily Music Chart on Wednesday, and on Friday night, he took top honors in the nation’s most-watched prime time show “Music Station.”
Kim, who debuted in 2005 as a member of the boy band SS501, has performed solo since 2009, focusing on the Japanese market under the management of Key East, a leading entertainment agency run by veteran actor Bae Yong-joon, whose 2002 romantic drama “Winter Sonata” was a hit there.
After promoting his third Japanese single “Tonight” last year, Hyun-joong widened his acting career at home, taking the lead role in the KBS historical drama “Aspiring Generation.”
Last week, he met his fans in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and hosted a number of offline events there for his supporters. Kim lived in Japan for a time in 2006 with his bandmates and was able to communicate with his Japanese fans without too much difficulty.
“Hot Sun” was produced by Steven Lee, who also composed Kim’s Japanese debut single “Lucky Guy.”
BY Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer