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By: LazerKim Kim Hyun Joong's HEAT exceeded over 180,000 copies on sales and this news update has still been the talk of the town. Hyun Joong's album success was all over the local news in Japan and other international media print. Yesterday Hyun Joong's fans rejoice about his success as the atmosphere at the twitter of the alien world seem to be a truly winner's party!! Whatever success Hyun Joong has is also the success of his fans and we have every reason to celebrate for the Prince winning crown!!
Whenever I write my article whatever I have in mind is what I write and share my thoughts in this blog. I have been reading a lot of negative comments about Heat, some fans have been informing about it that I have been ignoring since the day Hyun Joong released the album. Until the comments landed on my lap that I couldn't stand it anymore, so may I respond to those comments. Yesterday somebody mentioned about B'z as part of the success of HEAT, of course, since the music was created by the duo and as I have mentioned in my previous articles Kim Hyun Joong is honored to be given the chance to collaborate with the Japanese legend B'z.
Nevertheless I'm still thankful to Hyun Joong to have known the existence of B'z through him. I will not pretend to know somebody whom I really don't, since I only heard the name B'z when the news came out about HEAT. I appreciate the music HEAT since Hyun Joong is singing it nothing more nothing less, and by this way I'm learning to appreciate a different type of music which is rock, which I admit is not my kind of music. But I just love how Hyun Joong sang this song HEAT, I got my CD copy and I'm happy listening to it.
Yesterday my article was Inspired Prince, which talks about Hyun Joong being inspired by his fans and it has got nothing to do with B'z. I may have posted an update from a local Japanese news about sales figure comparison but it never mentioned B'z either, not even at the news about Kim Hyun Joong and Heat yesterday. I happen to know how Hyun Joong fans actively encourage other fans to get a copy of HEAT by pre-orders in fact there were blogs assisting on the pre-orders. Now I wouldn't know how B'z fans promote the album HEAT if ever they did.
When Hyun Joong debuted in Japan as soloist he launched Kiss Kiss and made it at 2nd rank at the Oricon Music Chart garnering 122,000 copies for the first week. I was thinking if I bring this figure back at present, Hyun Joong will still rank no.1 since Yamapi garnered 110,000 copies for Love chase and Hyun Joong still leads with that figure. Back then Hyun Joong did not collaborate with anyone when he launched Kiss Kiss but still he made this figure 122,000 on sales. So I was thinking with or without B'z Hyun Joong would still rank on top at the Oricon Music Chart.
I shall not forget that I have known B'z because of Kim Hyun Joong's HEAT. But for me to think that Hyun Joong got on top of Oricon because of B'z, I don't think so. I read many comments about sales tactics, if they are pertaining to the handshake session and street dance, well my dear you have under estimated Kim Hyun Joong. We all know very well Hyun Joong handshake session is to thank and meet his fans in person up-close same as what he did at fan meeting concert, and it is way beyond reason to call it sales tactics. Not to mention the free concert he's having tomorrow at Saitama Super Arena, but mind me, ever since Hyun Joong was still with SS501, free concert had already been in his mind. And this is not the first time he'll be doing it.
May I just say this, because I read some comments that gives me a creep, that's giving me the impression that Hyun Joong or we fans owe something to somebody. In this kind of business the showbiz there's no such thing as "I owe you" kinda thing. I think I wrote this in my past article. This project is under Universal Music or whichever music company where Hyun Joong signed for a contract, it is the company who made the offer to B'z to create music for Hyun Joong, that's the contract that both parties signed. Both the artists and the sponsoring company earned from this project. That's business reality.
The fact that Kim Hyun Joong is a rookie, why do you think B'z agreed to work with a rookie? Aside from the fact that Hyun Joong is a talented artist Don't you think it's because B'z knew that Hyun Joong is popular and one of the hottest Kpop soloist? Do you think if Hyun Joong doesn't have that caliber a legend like B'z would agree to work with a rookie? Think about it. One thing is very sure Hyun Joong doesn't owe anybody anything in terms of business.
And I'm just wondering now as to why does the media print focus its articles on Hyun Joong alone after he had reached the top at Oricon?? Don't you think it's because the media already knew the fans of Hyun Joong made an excellent sales? That we fans sincerely committed to our support and get the copy of HEAT for memory of Hyun Joong? I witnessed the effort of fans at the twitter on how they encourage other fans to go and make their pre-orders of HEAT, that apparently everyone loves the music. We will not forget who created that music since Hyun Joong introduce them to us. This at least is true to me, B'z may be popular but I just heard them through Hyun Joong's HEAT.
And the comment said, B'z fans also bought the album out of curiosity. Will you promote an album if you're just buying it out of curiosity? I'm sure not. But if they did, well that's very thoughtful of them. But let's face it majority of that sales figure came from Hyun Joong fans right from day one. I just couldn't understand why others couldn't accept that Kim Hyun Joong is on top. I have been reading similar comments that I have been ignoring these past days.
But since this time the comment landed on my lap, under anonymous then I react to the comment, anyway this is my blog I can say what I feel and think that I would just like to stress out some points. Just my opinion in response to the comments that I have received. The collaboration between Kim Hyun Joong as a Kpop soloist and a rock duo B'z is something new in the public eye. B'z may be popular yes, but I don't think Hyun Joong made it to No.1 rank at Oricon because of B'z popularity, that I beg to disagree. Both artists are popular in their own way, and not one is dependent to the other's popularity!!
Please don't get me wrong I'm not against B'z, there's no reason to be, and I'm not against their fans. But I'm against those who are jealous and envy of Hyun Joong's success. B'z are popular yes, they should be since they have been in the industry for ages, and they do have my respect as legends of Rock. Both Hyun Joong and B'z shared the good work in creating HEAT and both are independent from each other. I would just like to make this clear.
I respect others opinion and in response this is my humble piece of personal opinion. I appreciate the effort of Kim Hyun Joong fans, my hats off to them since I have seen their effort in promoting and encouraging other fans to support Hyun Joong's album. My apology since I do not have the knowledge pertaining B'z fans. So what I can just relate at this point is what I have seen and witness having the personal knowledge about Hyun Joong's fans.
I'm done with my daily dose again. The media had seen Hyun Joong's popularity that's been gaining a lot of attention everyday during this period of promoting his album. Kim Hyun Joong has been successful in his endeavor and beside this success there will be insects around that surely bites. I intend to ignore but insect bites can sometimes be painful too, that I can only react as...ooouuch!!!
LazerKim here writing
Photo credits as tagged, KHJean14 thanks!
Kim Hyun Joong. Does that name ring a bell? No? How about Playful Kiss? Boys Over Flowers? SS501? There we go.
Kim Hyun Joong is the leader of SS501 but became a successful actor in recent years after his roles in Boys Over Flowers and Playful Kiss, where he portrayed quiet and thoughtful, though somewhat rude, characters.
Earlier this year he was confirmed as the lead in a new drama called City Conquest, a Korean television show based on a manga of the same name. Why is this exciting? Well for one, we get to see Kim Hyun Joong again. Two, City Conquest is a revenge drama like City Hunter (if you haven’t watched this, finish this article and go, you will thank me later), only with the main character getting his revenge on an entire city instead of just a few people. Oh and number three? Kim Hyun Joong is getting ripped for this role. And I do mean ripped.
It was reported that he went to action school, which I’m assuming is basically an intense boot camp for actors to learn how to do action-y things, and, though his weight hasn’t changed, he said his body fat has dropped down to 7%. Woah. Hold the phone. A normal male has a body fat percentage of 15-20%, so 7%? I don’t know about you, but I am SO excited for some teaser shots from this drama!
On July 10th filming began with a two week period in Japan, but an official air date has yet to be announced. As soon as it has, or we start getting juicy teaser images, I’ll let you all know!
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The most anticipated concert of Kim Hyun Joong shall be held tonight July 14th at the Saitama Super Arena in collaboration with the B’z and Japanese musician Naoto Inti Raymi under the sponsorship of Universal Music. Two concerts shall be held at the same venue that will be tonight July 14th and tomorrow the 15th Sunday. This shall be a free concert for those who purchase the CD HEAT as a part of commemorating and a way for Hyun Joong in thanking his fans for their support on his second Japanese album.
Oh I’m dying of curiosity as to what Hyun Joong has in store for his fans. I’m just so sure that this is gonna be another something new again from Hyun Joong as he always does innovate shows that he performs every time he steps on that stage. He’ll be rocking Japan again and this time it’s rock for real!!
There shall be 60,000 lucky fans to be able to see Hyun Joong’s image as a rocker in action!! We have seen the music video of Heat but somehow Hyun Joong is just fond of changing what is to be expected and keep his fans in surprise!! And so we stay tune at Hyun Joong side and we can only wait with hopes we can be able to watch a video clip of this concert. I hope we can get updates too about this exciting event.
Do you recognize this picture above? It’s Kim Hyun Joong dressed in a Japanese Kimono as a geisha taken on his first day of shooting for City Conquest in July 10th. What’s your first impression when you have seen this picture? For me my first impression was, totally surprised and laugh!! And it was said that Hyun Joong just kept laughing non-stop at himself being dressed in a beautiful geisha.
I can imagine Hyun Joong and I can’t help say to myself, he truly enjoys this filming and honestly I felt happy to see him that happy. I said to myself I hope Hyun Joong would continue to be enjoying filming this drama till end. Because it feels lesser stressful if he’s enjoying what he’s doing even filming is really stressful. And I trust Key East, Hyun Joong’s handler will take good care of him.
During that time Hyun Joong was filming there were about a hundred of fans roaming around the area where the filming was being held. As the shoot was going some of the fans were relating whatever was going on at the location set, and some takes Hyun Joong’s pictures and this was one of them. The pictures were all over internet and seems to me the scenery and Hyun Joong wearing traditional Japanese costume gave me some feeling of eagerness and curiosity as what the drama City Conquest is all about.
Many of Hyun Joong’s fans posted this picture of Hyun Joong wearing a Japanese kimono. Then the following day someone from the twitter posted telling everyone not to post the pictures. Well it was rather late for that warning since the picture was already out at the internet. Nevertheless the warning did not come from KeyEast so I would assume there was nothing wrong with sharing the pictures since I post one of those in one of my articles and deleted the picture as soon as I read the warning.
At this point may I just express my thoughts on an incident that I came across with that somehow related to the said pictures of Hyun Joong at the shooting location. Yesterday as I woke up in the morning and log in to twitter, the first post that I read was someone who seem to be furious and posted some badmouth remarks which is I would say improper to be done in a social network.
Even I know the post was not address to me and reading from the post as I wake up in beautiful morning just spoiled my day!! And so I started asking around as to what was that all about!! I trace back the twits to find out what was going on and I found out that the picture of Hyun Joong wearing a Japanese kimono was indeed at HongKong newspaper.
Before I touch about this news from HongKong, may I beg for indulgence for stating my views pertaining to pinpointing to others shortcomings or misunderstanding, since a fan friend of mine was the target of the badmouth incident since she was one of the fans who shared the photos of Hyun Joong in kimono. She’s a friend of mine, my source of update news which I’m sure you kept reading the name below my articles for credits. I would just like to say that before we pinpoint on others, think before doing so. If we’re up to accusing someone make sure we’re clean in stating out.
My friend was accused as if a huge crime was done to deserve bad words in a social network! If you pinpoint on a person do not curse or badmouth because it spoils your credibility as an accuser, and so no one listened to your accusation maybe except myself simply because my friend was the subject of the accusation.
I know and have witness the dedication of my friend to Kim Hyun Joong, sharing updates and photos of Hyun Joong is like a job for her without a paycheck and I mean it if she has to do this 24hours a day Jean does it. She’s been doing this for years and she’s is just human with feeling to be hurt with baseless accusations and badmouth. Which I think she does not deserve such. This is just a simple reminder for us fans, we’re like a big family here and I think everyone would like to be respected equally. Although I understand being impulsive or the initial reaction of seeing Hyun Joong at the newspapers.
And talking about inappropriate language, may I appeal too, to my antis may I just remind that I shall not allow inappropriate language in this blog site. Again I would like to repeat that this blog is being created out of LOVE. I experienced being said inappropriate words that I have to delete the comment box, it did not stop till I decided to delete the article. Simply because the article was totally misunderstood. Majority of my readers are elders and professionals and I would like to maintain professionalism too in this blog. For the young ones I may be just as old as your mom, therefore I would request for equal respect as I respect everyone here even the haters!!
So let’s be considerate with other fans who just have the intention of sharing Kim Hyun Joong with us. Many fans are actively posting updates and they do share their effort in doing something for Hyun Joong which I really really appreciate their effort in updating us about Hyun Joong’s activities. Let’s give some space of understanding them and if we find something not right then we can do it through direct messaging, I think is the most appropriate. And I’m sure they can understand better. No offense, this is just a simple reminder.
Now I don’t see the logic as to why panic as if somebody did a serious crime!! The picture was taken in a filming set location where there were hundred of fans holding a cellphone camera taking picture of Hyun Joong as he was preparing to be shoot or filmed. At the location it seem to me no one prohibited any of the fans to be there and take pictures. Meaning the production management is allowing them to be there. The staff had seen the fans holding on their cameras but none of the staffs said anything to them.
Of course they were aware that sooner of later the pictures shall be at the internet. And from here media can just pick it up or not even that because I’m sure there were reporters around that area within the location set. Remember, ever since Hyun Joong stepped in at down town Tokyo media has already been at the tail of Hyun Joong. Actually I do not see anything wrong if Hyun Joong in geisha costume can be at the newspapers because sooner or later this drama will be out on your TV screen anyway, and everyone will watch Hyun Joong in this Japanese kimono as it was done at the filming of City Conquest.
When I first saw this picture of Hyun Joong as I said earlier my eagerness and curiosity was filled up, and honestly I was hoping media can pick it up. Why is that? Because this is gonna be a good advertising to the drama that creates anticipation on its viewers. This could be unintended or accidental not intending for such purpose but believe me it is effective. And now the filming is in close doors as everyone is dying of anticipation as to what’s next?? What else is there in store for this drama? That kind of feeling.
If you notice before Rooftop Prince was aired the first thing came out was the shots behind the scene during its first filming days. Then they went close doors. The strategy is like letting the audience taste a little, as much as possible the most interesting ones and close the curtains. I’m sure before this drama will be aired, they will show some bits and pieces of shots from behind the scene before its teaser.
The first filming day of City Conquest was quite open to public, Hyun Joong fans were scattered everywhere within the location site of filming, we may never know it might be intended to. Looking at Hyun Joong’s picture in a kimono, I think he was the most beautiful geisha I have ever seen!!! Please don’t get me wrong we’re talking about filming this drama and I can only imagine that there must be some scene here maybe Hyun Joong incognito for mission, since this is an action drama. And I can imagine some comedy part here!! See, I’m full of curiosity and total anticipation specially when I have seen this picture of geisha that really caught my interest!!
And this could be the initial reaction of others too. It builds interest to viewers of TV viewers that even a non-fan would be interested and can be one of us in anticipating. Internet nowadays is powerful tool in advertising and this picture shall I say one accidental and not intended but very effective. And if Hyun Joong’s loving critics pick it up, you’re welcome anyway Hyun Joong is not the only actor who did this to be pretending as a female, but I would say the first time for me to see a geisha incognito.
Critics to pick this up will even add zest to the accidental advertising!! Ah talking about critics, the insects the bugs and termites of society they are all the same who’s against Hyun Joong, my dear Aliens soldiers, be prepared for them!! We’ll have more fun with them, turn the negative to positive approach and never lose our credibility by going down to their level. If you know what I mean!!
I’m truly happy to see Hyun Joong’s non-stop uncontrollable laughter in the picture of geisha, he was laughing at himself and it feels good to see the person you love could be this happy. It’s so contagious that Hyun Joong’s fans are happy too seeing him enjoying a stressful filming. I think this drama City Conquest as Hyun Joong takes the lead role seem to be a challenging one.
I really find this interesting, knowing Hyun Joong has been preparing himself with all the muscle building program and seeing him in a geisha costume which is totally contrast made me even more interested!! Oh I’m just dying to watch this drama.
Well, then we can only wait for more about City Conquest filming until it ends up in our TV screens. This is his come back drama and Hyun Joong is putting all his strength on his effort to bring out the best in his ability in his acting career. With the bits of what we have seen while filming on its first day gives some further eagerness for whatever is in store in his drama. And of course we Aliens will support all the way while we keep on guard on the loving insects who are just waiting for an opportunity to bite!! And who’s just waiting to be fleeted away!!
A real man actor to act as incognito of a typical traditional Japanese geisha is such a challenge for Kim Hyun Joong to portray, but for me to see him in his natural laughter again is more than enough to let me know he’s truly happy working on this drama. The old days stressful experience he had for Boys Over flower is gone and had learned through the hard way being an actor but fruitful for it was here where I first met Kim Hyun Joong.
From the flower boy of BOF and PK, to the real macho of Breakdown, the dandy of Lucky Guy and the Rocker of HEAT, comes the Prince of Geisha to Baek Mir of City Conquest a truly remarkable multiple character in one big star Kim Hyun Joong….
LazerKim here writing
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Photo credits as tagged, Ms. D and KHJean14, thanks!
Kim Hyun Joong at Double Fantasista 7-14-2012
From : MurdererQ
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