“You are Beautiful” made Korean star Jang Keun Suk popular throughout Asia. Outside of acting, at times seductive and at times cute, he continues to win hearts with his pretty boy image. Two days ago, he was in Shanghai to attend HS Media’s contract-signing press conference and to launch his Asia Tour 2011. The event venue, IFC Mall, was packed with nearly 2000 fans who were there to catch a glimpse of their idol, testament to Jang Keun Suk’s popularity.
The first present he is giving to Chinese fans is the upcoming release of his first single in China and Asia – “Lounge H the 1st”, and on 9 July, he will be back in Shanghai as a singer. Being the norm in showbiz for actors to venture into singing, Jang Keun Suk manages the transition even more smoothly as firstly, he had recorded two songs before while hosting a regular music programme previously, and secondly, attentive fans would have discovered that his roles are often related to singing as the band leader. But when JKS chose to announce in Shanghai the news of his first EP “Lounge H the 1st”, the crowd almost went wild with excitement.
While in China, he used Chinese and even Shanghai-ese sweet sayings to bridge the gap with fans, and reveals that the female Chinese artiste he admires most is Shu Qi. He even asked reporters for the latest update on Shu Qi, and when he learnt that she is rumoured to be romantically linked with Eddie Peng, he pretended to be jealous.
According to Jang Keun Suk, this album contains the essence of the best performances of JKS and his music partner Big Brother. The hit song “Gotta Get Cha”, with its strong melody and rap, creates a contrasting atmosphere of mass appeal and individuality. “Shake it” is a song that surprises the listeners with sharper elements and alternative music. The other two songs in the album are “Run Away” that shows off JKS’ rap part and “Victory” that is full of Big Brother’s distinctive personality.
“This album released in China is different. The album that I released in Japan is of a band style similar to my image in my previous dramas. Within a short time, pre-order sales had exceeded 100,000 – it still has more mass appeal. This album is a special attempt by Big Brother and me to share our music with everyone; this is a gift in reciprocation to Chinese fans.”
JKS adds that the whole album contains different elements, and the album name “Lounge H the 1st” represents his origin. “ ‘H’ refers to my school – Korea’s Hanyang University. My first stage performance was at Hanyang University, ‘Lounge H’ is to commemorate my first performance. After that, I used the name ‘Lounge H’ many times for my personal performances and some related charity performances. Gradually, ‘Lounge H’ has become synonymous with my performances.”
Inviting good friends Kim Hee-chul and Lee Hong-ki to Shanghai stop
Last year, JKS had completed his tour in Asia. The new Asia Tour 2011 will see breakthroughs and differences to last year’s. As to whether he will invite friends from showbiz to perform in his Tour, JKS mentioned two equally popular names in Asia. “If I invite friends from showbiz, it would be Lee Hong-ki of FT Island and Kim Hee-chul of Super Junior. If they can come, I’ll be very happy. A pity they are too expensive. But I am more expensive than them (laughs).”
Pretty boy loves Shu Qi, won’t announce romance
From opening Sina account in China to saying “I love you” in Shanghai-ese, one sees the importance of the Chinese market to JKS. At the recently concluded 15th Global Chinese Music Awards, Jang Keun Suk won the “Most Influential Korean Artiste” award with an overwhelming vote over Hyun Bin and Kim Hyun Joong, thereby increasing his confidence. JKS said frankly that he hopes to develop his career in China, and especially looks forward to collaborate with good movie and music producers. JKS is not unfamiliar with the Chinese entertainment circle – amongst all the actors, he loves Jackie Chan best and he has seen many major Chinese films.
The topic turned to female artistes and without hesitation, JKS told reporters that his ideal type is the naturally frank, beautiful and sexy Shu Qi. He even asked for her latest updates and when he heard that Shu Qi is rumoured to be romantically linked to Eddie Peng, JKS opened his eyes wide and asked agitatedly “Is it Wilbur Pan?” He also pretended to be jealous, and laughed shyly. Although he was only joking, it stirred the media’s curiosity towards his love life. JKS said that even if he has a girlfriend, he will not make the relationship public. “I will not make public the relationship in order to protect her. I don’t want her to be under so much stress, and it does not bring any benefit to our relationship.” JKS said that he has not been in a relationship all these years as an artiste, and seeing that no one believed him, he laughed.
From the domineering role in “You are Beautiful” to the comic character image in “Marry me Mary”, JKS said the change in image is due to the drama. “I wanted to be closer to the musician character in the comic. The role in my upcoming movie is even more cute. To complement my character, I’m dieting and keeping my hair long.”
To many people, this looks the same – Jang Keun Suk is an idol with a pretty boy image. But JKS denies this. He emphasizes to the reporters that he is not an idol. He did have a vain streak in the past but he’s slowly getting rid of that. His work (acting) is everything to him. We wonder whether this kind of pretty boy will find his position in China?
Credits: Daily News
http://www.ahradio.com.cn 2011-04-19 11:11
据张根硕介绍，这张专辑汇集了他和他的音乐伙伴Big brother多个表演中的精华，专辑主打曲《gotta getcha》以较强旋律及强劲说唱营造出一种既大众又有强烈个性的两种不一样的氛围。《shake it》则是整个曲子里面夹着的一些较尖锐、另类的旋律给听众带来震撼。另外专辑中还有强调了张根硕独特的说唱部分的“run away” , Big brother的个性鲜明的“Victory”等。
张根硕表示整张专辑加入了很多不同元素，而专辑名称《LOUNGE H the 1st》也代表了他出发之地，“‘H’指我的母校——韩国汉阳大学，我把第一次的舞台演出献给了汉阳大学，‘LOUNGE H’也是为纪念我那场处女秀。此后我多次用‘LOUNGE H’这个名字举行自己的个性演出以及相关的一些慈善表演，无形中‘LOUNGE H’变成了我表演的代名词。”