Star Singers to Offer Big Shows This Month

December 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Events, Music | 1 Comment
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Top balladeer Shin Seung-hun

As the end of 2008 draws near, numerous singers are beckoning fans with Christmas and year-end concerts. Intimate and cozy shows may be the answer for some, but those looking for bigger and wilder shows are in for a treat.

Balladeers Shin Seung-hun, Lee Seung-hwan, Lee Seung-chul, pop diva Insooni and pop icon Lee Hyo-ri are each gearing up and all have promised their best concerts ever.

Top ballad singer Shin returned to the music scene last October with his album “Radio Wave.” Having his own concert brand called “The Shin Seung-hun Show,” the singer will offer a memorable Christmas event for fans.

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MKMF 2008 Highlights!

November 15, 2008 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Events, Stars | 15 Comments
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MKMF 2008 is officially over! View the highlights in form of pictures below, then click the cut link to see the winners. Did your favorite artist win?

Big Bangs TOP and Lee Hyori lock lips in a surprising kiss (for the performance).

Big Bang's TOP and Lee Hyori lock lips in a surprising kiss (for the performance).

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Shin Seung Hoon Returns With New Style & Album

October 8, 2008 at 11:05 am | Posted in Music, Stars | 2 Comments

The “king of ballads” singer/songwriter Shin Seung-hun is back with a new album, fresh look and stylish songs. At the singer’s album showcase and press conference Monday, Shin seemed nervous yet excited to greet local reporters for the first time in two years.

“It’s been a while, so I think I’ll be doing a lot of talking (instead of singing) today,” he said as he started the conference held at a jazz club, Perrier-Jouet, in Nonhyeon-dong, southern Seoul.

Shin will release three project albums under the same title “Three Waves of Unexpected Twists.”

“This project will be the turning point in my career. I thought marriage would be the turning point, but I guess this will have to do,” he said laughing.

The first album of the three, dubbed “Radio Wave” is a tribute to the radio, he said, which allowed the singer to appreciate his fans when he first started out as a singer 18 years ago.

“I wanted to do music people can listen to, not watch. I tried not to lose the true meaning of music,” said Shin.

Famous for his delicate and sad ballads, the singer had been going through a time of decision-making: whether he wanted to come back with his trademark teary songs, or offer something new. Although it may have been hard for him to break out of his shell, the singer chose a genre ― modern rock ― that eventually brought out the best of his tender voice with a slight twist.

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5th Asia Song Festival Bigger Than Ever

October 5, 2008 at 11:49 am | Posted in Events, Music | 9 Comments
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Koreas TVXQ presented adoring fans with songs from their new album Mirotic at the 5th Asia Song Festival held Saturday at Seoul World Cup Stadium in northern Seoul.

TVXQ presented adoring fans with songs from their new album "Mirotic" at the 5th Asia Song Festival held Saturday at Seoul World Cup Stadium in northern Seoul.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary Saturday, the Asia Song Festival concert proved to be bigger than ever with performances from 20 top singers and groups from 12 Asian countries.

Organizers estimated around 35,000 people attended the concert, including several thousand fans from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

It was a night of pop music, whether it was from boy bands, sexy divas, R&B singers and rockers. The concert opened with international popera singer Rose Jang belting out “All That Jazz.”

Korean boyband SS501 treated the crowd to two energetic dance numbers, followed by Hong Kong R&B diva Karen Mok’s performance.

“It’s great to be back in Korea,” Mok, who performed in the musical “Rent” in Seoul in 2006, told the crowd.

Chinese singer Anson Hu serenaded the crowd with a ballad. “It’s my first time in Korea. I’m very happy to see all of you,” he said.

Rising pop group SHINee elicited cheers from the crowd, as they performed their hit song, “You’re So Pretty.” SHINee and Japanese girl group Berryz Kobo received awards for Best New Artist at the festival.

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“King of Ballads” Shin Seung-hun Makes Transformation

September 28, 2008 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Music, Stars | 1 Comment

Eighteen years after his debut, Shin Seung-hun is taking a break from his “King of Ballads” title.

The singer has begun a project for three mini-albums to be released starting October 7th. His new music is said to be “of a different style” from his previous songs.

Shin had hinted at this transformation back in 2006, when he released his tenth album. In an interview, he had stated, “My voice is my greatest obstacle.” He continued by saying he planned on bringing something new to the public in the following years.

Shin composed and wrote the lyrics for his upcoming mini-albums. “My ‘Big Project’ will consist of a transition between my tenth and eleventh album,” he explained.

The entertainment agency representing Shin announced that his new music will be a “refreshing shock” for fans of Shin’s regular music style. His mini-albums will include a blend of British rock, modern rock and new age music.

Shin will be performing at the Seoul World Cup Stadium for the “Asia Song Festival” on October 4th, and the “October Snow” concert to be held at Yonsei University on October 11th and 12th.

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