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FTIsland to perform in Manila

Posted by diopatra on February 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Rising South Korean boy band FTIsland (FTI) performs at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on March 6.

SpinManila, Inc., an events and concerts company brings the first all-out live KPop music experience to the Philippine stage.

FTIsland Manila 2010 Showcase is a two-part limited engagement for devoted FTI fans, a.k.a. “Primadonnas.” Just before the boys hit the center stage, 50 lucky Filipino “Primadonnas” will have a chance to get up-close with the FTIsland members in an exclusive fan meet.

The Manila showcase is part of the popstars’ major Asian tour that started last month in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

FTIsland is short for “Five Treasure Island” where each member is considered a treasure. The group started in 2007 and its members are Lee Hong Ki, Choi Jong Hoon (leader, guitar, keyboard), Choi Min Hwan (drums), Song Seung Hyun (guitar, vocal, rap) and Lee Jae Jin (bass, vocal rap).

Touted by Arirang as “Korea’s one and only idol band with a combination of talent and skills,” FTIsland’s members not only sing and dance but play their own instruments as well. Their debut album Cheerful Sensibility earned the sixth slot in South Korea’s best-selling albums in 2007.

Their leader, Choi Jong Hoon plays the piano and the guitar. Lee Hong Ki is the group’s lead vocalist. Bassist Lee Jae Jin became popular when he was cast in a prominent role in the drama Unstoppable Marriage. The youngest in the group, Choi Min Hwan plays the drums. Song Seung Hyun is FTIsland’s latest member, having replaced former member Oh Won Bin.

Their first album Cheerful Sensibility has 13 songs divided into two parts, the Emotional Chapter that is more inclined to rock ballad and FTIsland Chapter that includes upbeat pop and rock songs. The debut sold around 80,000 copies, making it the sixth best-selling album of 2007 in Korea. They won more music awards within their debut year, which includes Best New Male Group in M.Net/KM Music Festival and Best New Group in Asia Song Festival.

The FTIsland Manila 2010 Showcase is sponsored by SpinManila, Inc. and, co-presented by Datzentertainment, FNC Music and North Park Group of Companies. Media partners are MYX, the official music channel, U92 and Jam 88.3.

Ticket prices are P2,500, P3,500 and P5,000. Ticketing is open at and

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Singer Rain wins lawsuit over cancelled US concerts

Posted by diopatra on January 29, 2010

Source: Channel News Asia

SEOUL – A South Korean court Thursday dismissed a lawsuit claiming almost four million dollars from singer and actor Rain, ruling he was not to blame for cancelled concerts during a troubled US tour.

Local entertainment group Wellmade STARM sued Rain and his agency JYP Entertainment in March last year for 4.57 billion won (3.95 million dollars) in damages.

The group, which financed Rain’s US tour in 2006-2007, claimed he breached a contract with it by failing to perform 16 concerts.

Judge Bae Kwang-Kuk said in his ruling, quoted by Yonhap news agency, that poor preparations by US promoters led to Rain’s aborted concerts.

The ruling came seven months after Rain settled a separate lawsuit over a cancelled concert in Honolulu in 2007.

A US court had ordered him and his agency to pay more than eight million dollars for breaching a contract with Hawaiian promoter Click Entertainment to perform the concert.

An agreement was reached last June to settle the case and avoid an appeal, Details were not disclosed.

Rain argued in the US case that the concert stage was not properly set up for him, and that he was unable to use his name in the United States because of a copyright challenge from a US Beatles tribute band also called Rain.

The 26-year-old singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, is one of South Korea’s biggest celebrities and has a big following across Asia. – AFP/vm

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SS501 to close their Asia Tour with Encore Concert in Seoul

Posted by diopatra on January 27, 2010

Top boygroup SS501 will wrap up their Asia Tour as the boys will execute their last concert performance through their Encore concert in Seoul in the upcoming Feb 27th and Feb 28th at Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul.
Their Asia Tour was opened last August in Seoul, and continued to other location in overseas such as : Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong giving spectacular performances for their fans.

Leader Kim HyunJoong was getting everyone’s attention as he always gives sexy performance in his solo stage whilst other member Park Jungmin gave another fan service by singing local famous song in their language.

It is shared by their agency DSP Media that this encore concert will be different from the previous concerts as the boys will give their fans new shows line up.

Meanwhile, before throwing their encore concert , this coming Feb 13, SS501 will held their concert in Bangkok-Thailand.

Tickets for the SS501 – Seoul Encore Concert can be purchased in Interpark starting Jan 27th,2010 at 7 pm local time.

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Kumi Koda’s first overseas concerts

Posted by diopatra on July 13, 2009

Kumi Koda (26) will finally hold her first overseas concerts later this year. Koda, who is currently one of the biggest names in pop in Japan, is also known throughout the rest of Asia as a top artist. So she will have her chance to perform for her international fans on October 3-4, at the National Taiwan University.

Koda made her CD debut in 2000 with the song “Take Back,” which also got a U.S. release. Starting with that, she has been aiming to becoming an international artist, and has even appeared at events in other countries, including the U.S. and Korea. Surprisingly, though, she has never actually held a concert outside Japan before her upcoming shows in Taiwan. In addition, this will be her first trip to that country.

With roughly 10,000 fans expected to attend the concerts, Koda is said to be preparing a large-scale production, similar to her performances in Japan. Her most recent tour involved about 200 staff members and a budget of about 80 million yen. But Koda stated that she is also looking to make her first Taiwan concerts special in some way.


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Jay Chou’s first Australian concert wins fans’ hearts

Posted by diopatra on July 6, 2009

By Jiang Yaping and Mimi Chau

CANBERRA, July 3 (Xinhua) — More than 15,000 local and overseas fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park Acer Arena on Friday night to see the Asian pop star, Jay Chou’s first live concert in Australia.

The attraction of Chou is his originality and creative work that embraces a unique mix of Chinese music and western influences.

He combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.

“I believe my music can speak to young generations from many countries as music is an international language that can help to break down the language barriers,” Chou said.

During the concert, Chou displayed his talents in playing piano, drum, guitar and guzheng that showed distinctive Chinese characteristics. His stage show was complemented by a top Taiwanese band, exotic dancers and state of the art visual effects.

He dedicated his sensational song “Dao Xiang” to the youngsters and encouraged them to have a positive attitude towards life.

“You got to be strong….don’t give up your dreams even when facing difficulties in life,” Chou said.

Ryan Shum, a young student who attended the concert, described it as an “awesome experience”.

The 19-year-old Shum said he was uplifted by Chou’s music and inspirational message.

“I was amazed by Chou’s talents in magic and Chinese martial art performance. I would like to see him perform again in Australia”, Shum said.


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