By: LazerKim My record says Kim Hyun Joong has already 200 articles written by LazerKim for the last six months!! Never in my wildest dream have I imagined myself to have written this much, and to the regular readers of this blog site have read so much articles all about Kim Hyun Joong!! I think among the stars, Hyun Joong has an endless story to tell as he keeps going on and on, always on the move and so his fans just kept following him!! I would say once he gets on the move, there’s always something we can read about him. It’s Hyun Joong who’s keeping us all busy with him, it’s just a non-stop chain reaction between an idol and his fans!! Just as simple as that.
Among all Hyun Joong’s travel itinerary as a soloist, this is his longest visit that maybe Japan is becoming his second home. But actually it’s only been 10 days since he left S.Korea and yet as if he has been moving around for a month or so. Though Hyun Joong has been staying in Japan for such a time, this did not change his daily routine schedule as he was doing back home like his dance and singing rehearsals, lessons with his acting couch and his body building program. He has to complete this daily routine before the day ends everyday. Hyun Joong is also in nutritional dietary program which he follows by cutting down calories.
Lately Hyun Joong has been busy promoting his album HEAT, and as I have mentioned in my recent articles, Hyun Joong had gone out of his way to reach out for his fans. Such activities are his decision and even the street dancing he performed in Nagoya was his idea. Many of his fans were wishing he would take a rest but then Hyun Joong just kept going. Before or after he has completed his event activities, he never fails to have his daily routine get done with. The guy is just so restless which I understand the feeling just being himself. If a person is inspired and happy, no amount of hard work can make him feel tired, because he’s happy with what he is doing, that’s Kim Hyun Joong.
Hyun Joong thought of something he can do for his fans for being loyal to him in supporting him all the way. He was overwhelmed by the events transpired during the handshake with his fans that he was able to maintain his composure from the first fan up to the last all 5,000 of them were there to meet him in person. Does Hyun Joong gets tired? Of course he does, he’s just a human being to get tired. But Hyun Joong was smiling even he gets tired because he loves what he is doing and knowing he’s doing it for his fans, for him to have met his 5,000 fans in person each and everyone was a total happiness for him.
There’s a big difference in saying “I have to and I want to”, as Hyun Joong said “I want to meet each of my fans and thank them personally” The handshake event was Hyun Joong’s idea that he wanted to do it for his fans as a way of thanking them for their love support. He had an option to go about the first plan which was suppose to be a ticket draw but he changed that. Instead he wanted to handshake with everyone who was there at the venue. It’s his call and no one can break that!!
Did he do it for publicity sake? Certainly not, because if so, Hyun Joong can have a handshake with a few fans and have the photo op with the media and done!! He can still have the media coverage and media prints on the local newspaper the following day even he doesn’t have to do it to 5,000 fans. But then Hyun Joong is not a media addict, I think the veteran fans can testify to this fact. Hyun Joong is a type of guy who would just be sitting in one corner observing anywhere he is. If the media approach him for an interview he can easily grant it and respond as honest as he can. That’s Kim Hyun Joong.
Everything that he has been doing during the period of promoting his album is not only to promote but more than just that. It’s his way of appreciating and acknowledging his fans. Hyun Joong is an action man, letting his fans feel his love rather than hearing it from him. The fans can feel if their idol is sincere or not. Many of you had experienced a handshake during his hi five event and you can see in his eyes how sincere he is in meeting them in person. And we have seen the same sincerity in Japan because the Japanese fans has echoed the same impression over and over again.
Kim Hyun Joong is inspired not by a single person but he is inspired by each and every fan he has and that is reality in his personality. Allow me to remind you of his words as he said to his fans… “I hope I can always be the kind of person whom you will not be criticized because you’re my fan”.
Hyun Joong bear these words in his mind, take a look at what he has been doing. he reach out he tries to connect with his fans not because he has to do it but because he wants to do it. As time goes the more his love is being felt by his fans. No words from him can be heard from him, but simply actions to let them feel that unconditional love. And his fans simply reciprocated without words too, but simple actions of bringing him to where he belong which is up there to the top of his ladder. Here’s one proven fact:
I read a Japanese translated article entitled “Was Kim Hyun Joong Popular?” Japanese officials were said to be quite surprised by the results of HEAT from the Oricon Music Chart bringing Hyun Joong’s single to the top. The Japanese officials compared figures from other giant Kpop artist and their very own artist.
1.Kim Hyun Joong – Heat – 183,000
2. Super Junior – Opera – 159,000
3. TVXQ – Superstar – 158,000
4. Jang Geun Suk – Let me Cry – 119,000
5. Yamapi – Love chase – 110,000
This list was a comparison made by the Japanese officials as the results of Oricon Weekly Music Chart. Apparently Hyun Joong topped over the giant idol groups, the highest among Kpop idols who had recently release their singles. On the first day of release alone was quite significant which was 138,000 copies. As I mentioned in my recent article, for me the first day launching is the most important factor, because this would signify how Hyun Joong fans responded in anticipation of HEAT as it releases. On pre-orders alone HEAT was already on the top first five on all the Heat versions.
The question, Is Kim Hyun Joong popular?? Reading this article I can’t help to think that the Japanese non-fans of Hyun Joong was really taken be surprised! All the proof were just right in front of them, that ever since Hyun Joong arrived in Haneda and the down town Tokyo, there were always a crowd of fans everywhere Hyun Joong was. Not to mention the handshake events that thousands of fans were there to meet him in person. And yes even the handlers of Yamapi was surprised and maybe had under estimated the fan base of Hyun Joong in Japan.
Although I wouldn’t be surprise if the Japanese reacted by surprise as it was mentioned that HEAT created an explosion all over Japan. Not only this, I think they have forgotten that in February Hyun Joong hosted a concert in Yokohama attended by over 20,000 fans and from here his popularity just snowballed and fans coming from here and there out of nowhere it just grew even bigger in just a matter of months after his debut as a soloist. So how did this happen? Well I can only make a wild guess, I think it’s the work of internet from his fans themselves as one major factor. You would be surprised how Hyun Joong’s Alien stay connected among themselves until it grew in numbers.
At the internet, you get first hand information as fast as any event happens. I’m thankful with KeyEast who has been active in officiating news on Hyun Joong’s current and future activities. And most of all the Alien soldiers who are so active in sharing news updates pertaining Hyun Joong. As I mentioned in advertising word of the mouth is the most powerful advertising tool of all. And this is how it starts, from Hyun Joong fans themselves We created connection first and foremost, just one word of event confirmation from KeyEast, the word just spread out in minutes like ball of fire!!
I would think majority of Hyun Joong fans from all ages are mostly internet active users. Well, you do not need to be a computer wizard just to know the updates about Hyun Joong, this is just a matter of reading news and responding to the news. If support is needed then needless to say everyone takes part in supporting in the best way we can. Hyun Joong’s Fan meeting Concert I think was one of the best example that his popularity just boost up drastically. And the guy doesn’t stop, he just kept going, he takes every opportunity to connect with his fans. And I would frankly say he’s different among other artists in dealing with his fans that makes him special. And the rest is just simple chain reaction.
As soon as Hyun Joong’s projects leak out everyone anticipates and I think this is a natural reaction to every fan Hyun Joong has. As he always said, “I will keep you interested in me”. And the guy always does. If he’s busy, his fans gets busy too!! Busy updating events and his activities, while others are so eager to get the first hand news from here and there and pass it on by sharing post ect. And when the pre-orders for HEAT was out, it just sells like hotcakes!! His fans simply anticipates anything Hyun Joong has in store for them.
The news pertaining the fan meeting concert, oh there were controversies created by the antis pertaining ticket selling. There were intrigues from here and there, but still his fans did not mind those rumors at all and anticipated these events, followed him from one country after the other even the same show was performed, never mind, because Hyun Joong’s presence alone is something we can keep forever in our hearts. That’s how loyal Hyun Joong fans are, that’s how they love him and support him.
As others would say, like idol like fans, or tell me who your idol is and I’ll tell you who you are. Hyun Joong is one of the most humble and modest among the Kpop stars, or you may say Hyun Joong is always in the low-key. And maybe his fans are in low-key as well, and when it’s time to get out and support the Prince, people just gets surprised by the number of fans supporting Hyun Joong. The next question now would probably be, how did Kim Hyun Joong do it?? How was he able to win such popularity or number of fans in such a short period of time??
Very simple, Hyun Joong simply being himself, unvarnished, that’s it. Because if we enumerate and recite a litany of adjectives to describe Kim Hyun Joong, it would take some time to resort on the dictionary in search for the right word or adjective to describe him. Neither can we compare because the guy is beyond comparable. No matter what degree of fame Hyun Joong receives, he never puts it in his head but keeps it to his heart as his inspiration and strength to keep him going. Hyun Joong knows how to appreciate, as he receives, he gives back in return.
Kim Hyun Joong is most inspired by the love he receives from his fans as his fans are also being inspired by Hyun Joong’s love. From the time he decided to go solo, the time he launched his first album Breakdown till the present, the more he felt a clear connection between himself and his fans.
Through thick and thin, through many ups and down, through all the rocky road to stardom, there shall only be his fans to inspire him the most, an Inspired Prince, Kim Hyun Joong…
LazerKim here writing
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