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
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