Kim Hyun Joong… [article] KPOP LEADER

By: LazerKim                       In my previous articles some months ago, I have been asking myself as to why does Kim Hyun Joong seem to be the only solo singer that’s been in line with the Kpop groups? I even mentioned jokingly that maybe judges from MAMA, mistaken the Artmatic to be singers too like Kim Hyun Joong!! Well in fact Artmatic is the back up dancers of Hyun Joong. If you visit the music chart last year 2011 and this year 2012 since Hyun Joong debuted in Japan as solo singer, he’s just on top rank together with the  other idol groups. I asked again, where are the other solo contenders with the same category as Hyun Joong gone to?

At last I finally got the video clip of the documentary of Hyun Joong with sub title for the first part of the documentary that I would like to tackle in this article. But before that, I would like to appeal to Hyun Joong fans, specially those who are active posting for updates. The first part of the documentary of Hyun Joong with English Subtle had already been posted.

I think it would be a great help to Hyun Joong if we can distribute this documentary video clip with subtitle to be able to reach every international fan of Hyun Joong before he goes out on his Asian Tour or even his world tour. By this way people would get to know him better, specially his new fans and upcoming fans.

This will somehow help expand Hyun Joong’s fan network all over the world. We all know that it is not enough to watch Hyun Joong perform, people would go searching more about him, until he capture their hearts through knowing more about the guy.

In the first part of Kim Hyun Joong documentary, it was said that since last year 2011 and this year 2012,  Korean Pop grown around the world. And solo artist has risen to the top of Kpop leading in the pack as a solo idol is Kim Hyun Joong. He is in high demand now and his popularity has risen to the top. Hyun Joong’s Japanese version album of Kiss Kiss debuted in January 2012, as he started his year with a huge explosion in Tokyo.

The entire event of his official visit in Japan had cause a loud noise that many businessmen and business entity was shocked. Yes, the word is “shock”. Because they were not expecting that Hyun Joong can be that popular and has a huge fan base in Japan.

Come to think of it, Hyun Joong is doing solo performance meaning by himself and yet he was able to take control of a huge crowd of Japanese fans. Not to mention other fans from around the world. But how did Hyun Joong accomplished such a success in Japan?  And so at this point, we’ll go back in time in January this year as he visited Tokyo.

Let us dissect the first part of Hyun Joong’s documentary which already had marked a history in the Korean Pop being a solo idol. Well we all know that if we say idol it always pertains to a group. But this time, it a solo idol Kpop that Hyun Joong will be the leader.

The documentary video clip started as Hyun Joong was taking a ride towards the airport on his way to the Tokyo in January this year. He said, “I was thinking as a solo artist in Japan, it’s my first step in that direction. In Japan, I’ve done many things, so many stuffs and I think I can do well”. And while he was saying this, he was anxious and restless.

Why not, it’s I think very natural since it’s his first concert, and doing the show that some of his songs are in Japanese version that he has to perform. But Hyun Joong doesn’t dive in a shallow pond that will hit his head first!! He prepared for the big day of his career life in the international arena, just as much as he prepared his first album Breakdown.

Watching Hyun Joong closely from this video clip and his very first series of fan meeting in November 2011, I think he has a better confidence this time. The documentary video clip showed all behind the scene that was not shown in February after his concert. Here he was totally hands on to every single details in the preparation for the concert.

As I have mentioned in my other article Life on Stage, it describes the preparation, details in  behind the scene on every concert is to be performed by Hyun Joong. I have mentioned that everybody that works on stage and behind it, has to attend the technical rehearsals which is a day before the actual performance.  Hyun Joong and his staffs did exactly that.

He had a bunch of security body guards who were included in the concert since Hyun Joong has to go down to the audience gallery, for his fans to have a closer look at him. And so Hyun Joong has to rehearse with his body guards!! He was totally in control of that technical rehearsals which was a day before the concert and he makes the call!!

When everything was perfected, at the hotel suit of Hyun Joong, he couldn’t sleep, he was still anxious about the concert the following day. He was holding on his schedule and said,

This is tomorrow’s schedule. I’m going over it and make sure everything is set right. The arena is close to many famous place, I need to make it memorable. Tomorrow I hope I can genuinely touch people through my songs till the end”

It was said that, the burden of making his fans satisfied, he look at it repeatedly and the night went on like that.

As the audience or fans attending any of Hyun Joong’s concert, particularly this concert in Yokohama Arena, we do not have the least idea, how Hyun Joong prepared and how restless and anxious he could be before the performance set forth. The tension is very natural to any artist before a big event. Specially that Hyun Joong deliberately took responsibility of the most important day of his performance which is the technical rehearsals.The night before the concert, he was consumed by tension.

But on the day of his performance, before he finally stepped on that stage, he was very cheerful, greeting every production staff he met, and my favorite part is his playfulness!! Hyun Joong was happy that he almost missed a second of his cue!!! I laughed at that!!

Hyun Joong’s tension the night before the concert was gone, and what consumed his energy now is his inspiration brought to him by his fans, as he hears them calling for him from the gallery. And finally set foot on stage, confident and well composed.

Hyun Joong is a perfectionist, meticulous and diligent. He said he wants to genuinely touch people through his songs till the end. And Hyun Joong did, it was a very successful concert, and maybe even he was not aware of it, he was able to touch not only his Japanese fans, who attended the concert. But he was able to extend his memorable concert beyond Japan, beyond Asia because he had touched people from all the corners of the world by his music and his very presence on that stage.

During the concert, Hyun Joong mentioned to his fans that it’s valentine event and he doesn’t have chocolates for them, but he will sing a sweet song Kiss Kiss. And so he actually melt the hearts of his fans. Hyun Joong is very thoughtful to his fans, that is another key that captured the hearts of many. And it’s a genuine thoughtfulness which I think every die hard fan can testify to that fact!

There were 60,000 fans who signed up for the concert, but unfortunately the arena can only accommodate 20,000. I can’t help to think, maybe Universal Music wasn’t expecting Hyun Joong would be able to bring in such a huge number of fans on his first concert. His album sets record breaking 70,000 copies on his first launching day and landed on gold record status on its debut!! It was amazing that Hyun Joong was even able to win the attention of many Japanese business entity to be their product endorser.

I still couldn’t forget the magazine publisher who posted Hyun Joong’s huge picture at the subway station. Hyun Joong had already gone back to Korea. After a few days his pictures were posted, and many passers by just gather around creating a crowded area taking pictures of Hyun Joong’s posters!! And it was said, as soon as the poster was posted the magazines were all sold out on the same day. Magazines stores had to take orders and had the magazine re-produced by the publisher. Of course it resulted in a good business in just one day!!

Kim Hyun Joong had taken Japan by storm, earthquake, hurricane or whatever you call it, but it definitely rock the country by his presence. Hyun Joong had shown his power to conquer! At the concert, Hyun Joong was totally in control over the 20,000 fans inside the arena, from the opening of the show down to the finale. He captured his fans right on the spot. Before the concert, on the first day launching of his album, there was already a fan crowded street in Shibuya, waiting for Hyun Joong to take a second glimpse of him. Everywhere Hyun Joong goes, there’s his fans and camera men surrounding him.

Kim Hyun Joong had proven his power to conquer as many Japanese businessmen were shocked. He may be taking one step at a time, but I can’t help to think his step is quite fast! Hyun Joong was in Japan November 2011 as he performed series of fan meetings in seven cities. There was a certain tremor, yes, but not as intensified as his visit this year which was barely two months and his popularity boosted in no time. And so I would think I was right in saying, every time Hyun Joong goes out there in his exposure, he just simply gained more and more fans.

He may have hidden himself after that explosion in Japan, and takes single event in Shangahai China, but still had shown a full pack arena which covered by his fans just to watch him perform a six minutes extended version of Lucky Guy. That event again had gained his Chinese fans, which is obvious since Hyun Joong will perform a fan meeting in four cities in China next month, which is needless to say there’s demand for his presence.

Quite recently Hyun Joong released his latest OST If You’re Like Me, and the song ranked at the Music chart just like that with no fanfare, Hyun Joong just wanted to surprised his fans out of the blues!. Japan was right in their assessment that Kim Hyun Joong indeed is the Leader of Kpop in this generation. Now I do not have to wonder as to why he was always in line with the idol groups ranking on top of the music chart, considering he’s the only soloist to be on top, and that’s the truth!!

Come to think of it Hyun Joong is a solo singer and yet he had gained as much in such a short period of time. With all the star qualities he has, Hyun Joong has the power to take control of being the leader of Kpop. Mind you this is not my opinion but coming from the Japanese community. Which I agree 100 percent.

As it was said, “the charming and playful guy Kim Hyun Joong as a solo artist takes one step at a time, always trying to connect with his fans.” I agree with this statement, just like for instance, Hyun Joong was asked, which would you prefer, to perform on TV or perform on stage? He replied, “I like doing concerts because I have all the time to interact with my fans”.

Preparing for one single concert is not a joke, it takes a lot more effort on Hyun Joong’s part since he performs solo. And may I just mention, Hyun Joong was able to use his studies in Stage Production Management and it serves him well in taking his every project hands on.

It was said that Hyun Joong has more ideas which was very effective in his production, than a production planner or production designer!! Haven’t they known that Hyun Joong is an art wizard? He has bunch of ideas stored inside him for years, which is just aching to bring it out and this is the only chance he got to spill it out.

Well ladies, this is your man, aren’t you proud of Kim Hyun Joong being the Kpop Leader?

Please take note, one my readers shared an interesting article about Playful Kiss that can surely make you even proud of HJ, please check it out it’s at the comment box below, share by Dragon lady. Thank you very much for sharing this article.

                                                                                                     LazerKim here writing.                              

Photo credits as tagged thank. Emd thanks.

KHJ Documentary Part 1 with Eng Sub. CLICK HERE > (   Video credits: jackiek606, thanks.


19 thoughts on “Kim Hyun Joong… [article] KPOP LEADER

  1. Sure I’m proud to be one of khj fans may be I’m anew fan I’m already ss501 fans since ayear but khj is attractive me so much it’s not just he is beautiful and talented that’s no doubt in it I’m talking about he’s really avery hard working man clever opened mind takes care of every single thing he shared his opinions with all the staff on stage in polite way believe me every single day passes proud to be khj fans

  2. Hi Lazer … this is my first time posting here although I have been reading many of your write-ups for quite some time now ….
    I must say you did Great on all your articles. THANKS you for sharing your views with us.
    I am a fan……..


    • Thank you so much..Ms.Ellen I know you!! You’re blog is my morning coffee mate!! You, Azi April and Mama Lina, am I right. The pleasure is mine and I thank you too bcoz without you I can not write bcoz I get update data from your blog. I’m so glad you drop by so I can personally write my appreciation to your endless effort in updating. Thank you so much for reading, the articles that I’m writing is the fruits of your updates. Pls keep it up to your effort is very much appreciated. Have a nice night rest and hope to see you again!! God bless

      • Great to know that … we seem to enjoy everything about the ONLY ONE …… you write really well and you do give us the same pleasure ….. THANKS again …..

      • Great to know that … we seem to enjoy everything about the ONLY ONE …… you write really well and you do give us the same pleasure ….. THANKS again …..

  3. Actually I am wondering when will that kind of article from Soompi will be out after watching his documentary.I knew they would write HJ into Criticisms again.Nothing new for HJ’s fans.We can read that article with smiling face because our KHJ will prove them wrong again. Shame on them.

    • The article was posted yesterday, i already responded. I wrote article of the day Star Actor pls chek it out….Thanks for reading have a nice day! How are you by the way?? God bless.

      • I am fine,Lazer. How about you? I’ve already read today’s article.I was busy at work yesterday.I read your articles everyday but I don’t write comments when I am busy or bored to type.Hee hee I am quite lazy,right? I prefer reading to writing.
        Take care,Lazer.God Bless. By the way,I am following you on twitter.
        Thanks to you,I’ve got to know many news about HJ through twitter within seconds.

        • Hey wat’s ur user name? I’ve got to know so I can even greet somehow. I’m doing fine…hope to get some news update today. Thanks for reading, I know you do read them regularly. I hope you can drop by again r u using the same user at twitter? Take care have a nice day God bless

          • My user name is Khinesuyeetun14. My full name(real name) KS is my Initials.I now realize that I put my comments in wrong article. ha ha May be I am sleepy because of lack of sleep last night.

  4. LazerKim darling, thank you and again thank you, wow, you are doing a great job and KHJ is just more lovable with every word you write. I’ve read about the PK (not here mind you) but of course it was a major hit especially when they’ve released the continuation on youtube, had more than one million view in one day or something like that. I really wonder why those (sompi being one of them/drama beans etc…) SK bloggers are so against KHJ, I mean really, he looks better than any other (and no unaccounted cosmetic enhancement, except correction of a broken nose, which KHJ was frank about it ), he has more talent than others (I am trying to behave here, ok, as I am part of KHJ fans and we are well behaved!! so no name or comparations) he is frank and courteous to his fans and friends, he is Succesfull in everything he does, a Midas touch, and still they don’t know how to say a good word, like this title “Kim Hyun Joong Expresses His Disinterest in Acting “, the man is telling the truth in a world of fantasy, what exactly do you guys expect from him?!? in spite of that said he has done a very good job for a beginner in BOF and a better one in PK, he can do it, he can act and he proved and he will prove it again. If this documentary was to be translated and released all over, the ratings will go sky high and between us there is no K-Pop artist who really reached this high. Remember when he actually went and sung at the opening of the Asian Games a couple of years back, he sang ther in front of more than 20,000 people than at the Arena, he was chosen because he is good and has the potential. So all you guys who find fault in what KHJ does, all the envy and critic, just try and learn from him and take him as a role model, because he is what he is and where he is just because he followed his dream and worked damn hard for it. God Bless. (sorry, I was just on a roll here, about those critics, it took longer than I intended to write):)

  5. Super more than PROUD …. It makes me so happy bcz he is “The K-Pop Leader” no doubt about that! Again the world and the news see Kim Hyun Joongs name on the top. Our face has written happiness all over and our heart is about to explode of excitement.

    He is always up there in the list with the K-Pop group cause Kim Hyun Joong might be One “Our One and Only” but on stage he performe as an army many Kim Hyun Joongs in One. He is spreading all his love all over the stage that he fills all the spaces needed from groups. Your main focus is him and only him. No competition you just love him, sing with him and dance with him….

    ╚══`.¸.Kim Hyun Joong…

    Thanks Lk for you daily article.. Take care and God Bless you all!

    thanks lazer for another great article! daebak!
    take care always! God bless!

    • This is the article:

      How Korean TV drama ‘Playful Kiss’ flopped locally but hit globally
      paidContent.orgBy Daniel Frankel | – Thu, Apr 12, 2012 5:12 PM EDT


      Fantasy Finance

      Every TV network executive in Burbank cries into their organic kombucha from time to time about the great show that just couldn’t find an audience, whether it be from unlucky scheduling quirks or creative concepts that were just too far ahead of their time.

      And it’s not just a domestic issue — the producers of Korea’s Playful Kiss saw their youth drama succumb to an inauspiciously short local-TV run back in the fall of 2010, going up against hit time-period competition from My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (“Gumiho” translates into “nine-tailed fox,” a Chinese mythic figure, if that helps).

      Like Terra Nova, that Knight Rider remake a few years back, or any show starring Christian Slater, Playful Kiss might have been headed to the junk pile of so-called “broken series” — shows that made it past the pilot stage but didn’t live long enough to accumulate a syndication library. But Playful Kiss is proving to be more like Arrested Development, a low-rated but critically beloved Fox comedy that was such a popular streaming choice on Netflix, the company decided last year to resume production of the show.

      Through global TV streaming service ViKi, Playful Kiss has become somewhat of a worldwide sensation, garnering a loyal audience of nearly 7 million viewers and more than recouping a modest production spend of under $1 million several million dollars to make 16 episodes.

      According to Razmig Hovaghimian, CEO of ViKi, which is based in Singapore but keeps an office near its Bay Area funding, the show has been streamed more than 70 million times by ViKi users, about 1,400 of whom have used the site’s innovative group subtitling tool to translate the show into 56 languages.

      The series, about a quirky high school girl whose family moves into the home of a popular boy she has a crush on following an earthquake, has garnered an audience that’s 70 percent non-Asian, Hovaghimian said. Ample viewership, for example, has come through a ViKi syndication partnership with Hulu in the U.S., while producer Group 8 has already worked with YouTube on a follow-up digital series.

      Supplied to ViKi under barter advertising terms, Group 8 has recouped $400,000 in ad revenue to date through the service, while the global exposure of the series has enabled the company to take in another $3.5 million through a dozen foreign broadcast deals.

      Sums up Group 8 CEO Song Byung Joon: ”ViKi helped Playful Kiss find its audience.”

    • Thank you for sharing, and I agree with you this is a good article. I’m sure my reader will be able to read this. Thanks for your effort, my apology since link can not be seen in black background. This article about Playful Kiss makes me even proud of Hyun Joong.
      Have a nice day and God bless..

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