2PM feature in Philippines leading broadcasting company news site ABS-CBN
— Korean group 2PM gets high on fans’ love
SEOUL, South Korea - Dancing boy bands are a common feature in K-pop, but when it comes to fan loyalty, 2PM has few rivals.
Catchy dance pop singles produced by their agency’s head producer JYP, intricate choreography that often takes a cue from acrobatics, handsome faces with slick hairstyles gelled to perfection and especially their signature chiseled torsos have driven quite a few fans around the world mad.
In their hundreds of thousands, to put a real figure on it.
Their first Asian tour, which ran from September to March and visited eight states, attracted nearly 160,000 people. Venues were packed every night.
Last month, they sold out six consecutive dates at Tokyo’s iconic Nippon Budokan arena — every ticket was purchased under a minute after sale — amassing an additional 60,000.
The six members’ regular meetings with their official fan club “The Hottest” look like a rock-infused church service; women let go of their inhibitions and find (momentary) salvation. They sigh, scream, cry, swoon and of course, sway with the massive group.
Non-Korean fans visit the group’s home country and take pictures in front of their agency, JYP Entertainment, in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, as well as billboards with their faces on it, like a pilgrimage.
And when controversy arises, the group elicits scorn and fury like no other. Beginning as a seven-member act — with Junsu, Nickhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho, Chansung and Jaebeom — the 2009 announcement of the last name’s removal from the group brought angry fans holding demonstrations for weeks.
What is behind this ardent emotional connection? Even the members themselves want to know.
“I’d guess that it’s the 2PM identity,” says Wooyoung, 23. “The six members have different individual characters. I don’t think we can be called a global group yet, but when we had our first Asian tour … we couldn’t believe the love that all the Korean and other fans were showering us with, singing along to our songs in groups.”
“I can’t properly describe the feeling on stage when the Cool Ray (lighting device aimed toward the audience) at the Budokan is turned on, which only happens at sold-out performances,” says Taecyeon, 23.
“Someone told me that it’s really difficult to have the Cool Ray up. When it happens, you can see every face in the house, all the way up to the third floor. It made me unbelievably happy to see the 60,000 fans (over six nights).”
If they were best-known for their precision and synchronized dance moves five years ago, 2PM now seem more at ease, enjoying themselves more and trying to let each personality reflect in music and performance — and perhaps even lose control.
“Compared to our debut stage, we are definitely more relaxed,” said the rapper. “And we really know each other like family now. We can improvise a little now because of that.”
“Before one performance, we actually agreed not to rip our shirts off,” says Junho, 22, referring to one of their signature attractions, “But as we were coming off stage, we noticed Taecyeon’s abs were showing. He explained it as an in-the-moment thing; he said he was high on the fans’ love.”
The singer added that he and Junsu, one year his senior, are also increasing the level of participation in the creative process, for lyrics, music and the overall concept, among other things.
“We are also saddened by the fact that our overseas activities prevent us from spending more time in Korea and seeing our fans here more,” says Chansung, 22. “Stay tuned for our next Korean album, which should be released around this fall. It will be better than what we’ve done before.”
Even in this path of evolution, some things will remain the same — especially their now internationally famous physique.
“All of us are really active and love sports. We like that ‘jimseungdol’ nickname that fans have coined for us,” says Nickhun, the sole American member of Thai and Chinese descent who turns 23 at the end of this month, referring to the Korean portmanteau between beast and idol.
“Instead of a drastic change in image, we want to show the sides we haven’t fully explored yet with different staging styles and performances. We are constantly thinking of new ideas and concepts.”
And he adds that there is more than just their bodies to be uncovered: “If you listen more closely to our music, there are softer, more sentimental tracks as well.”
2PM‘s maknae member, Chansung, will be opening his own fitness center! Chansung’s fitness center will be opening its doors in early July at Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul. Chansung plans to co-operate the fitness center with trainer, Hwang Moh, who has helped him since his debut in 2008. It’s been said that he also plans to personally train customers and reveal the way to achieve the body figure of a “mohm jjang” (a person with a great body). Chansung has been praised as one of the hottest ‘beastly idols’ for his muscular and tall figure, even featuring in renowned magazines like ‘Men’s Health‘ and offering helpful advice on shows about fitness. It seems the new fitness center will be packed with this hot idol stepping up to personally train clients! Source + Photos: Donga via Naver Taken from allkpop
“2PM Fans Show Their Passion in Tokyo”
2PM held a successful series of six concerts in Tokyo’s Budokan from May 24-25 and 28-31. The concert gathered 60,000 people, and proved the potential the already successful group still had in the country.
So how were the six days in Budokan? How were the fans?
From girls to grandmothers
2PM wasn’t part of the stereotype that hallyu star fans are mostly middle aged women.
The group not only had fans in their 40s and 50s, but also those from various different age groups. There were girls in school uniforms, mothers who had come with their young daughters and even a 60 year old woman who smiled shyly and said she had come with her friends. 2PM’s charms had taken over the hearts of these Japanese women.
“We came twice because of the members’ solo performances”
Each day of the six day concert featured a solo performance by each of the six members, and had them show off their hidden charms.
There were thus many fans who came to see the concerts more than once. One fan said, “I came to see the first concert on May 24, and because I like Junho the best, I came to see the last performance also.”
2PM Sells Out
2PM not only sold out its concert tickets, but also its official merchandise. Because the concerts took place for six days, some items were sold out in the first few days, and by the last day, many fans had to go back without being able to purchase the goods they wanted.
The most expensive pamphlet, t-shirts, initial necklaces, donburi bowls, Wooyoung earphones and fans were all sold out.
No pictures or recordings were allowed inside the hall, to the disappointment of many fans. They could’ve pulled out their cameras, however, when the guard was a bit down, but none did.
Also, the first row of seats on the second and third floors had to stay in their seats for safety reasons and weren’t allowed to get up like the others, but instead of complaining, they just stayed seated and reacted as passionately as those standing.
“We like the Idol Olympics”
The fans supported their stars in many different ways. Some had the members’ names written on their fans to serve as placards, and another fan could be seen with stickers of the members’ faces on her own face.
The fans that turned the most heads, however, were two teenage fans. The two seemed to have seen the Idol Track and Field Championship held every big holiday with idol singers. 2PM had appeared in the Championship to score wins in hurdles and sprints, and the two fans had come to the concert in the name vests the members had worn during the Competition.
Each had Chansung and Junho’s names on their chests, and when asked whether it would be okay to take a picture, they immediately smiled at the camera and shouted, “Oppa, aishiteru (I love you).”
Photo credit: Choi Eun Hwa
2PM’s Nichkhun made an appearance at Cannes Film Festival?
Idol group 2PM member Nichkhun made a surprise appearance at Cannes Film Festival?
At the World Famous Cannes Film Festival held from May 16th until May 27th in France, fans spotted Nichkhun’s face on posters for the Thai movie ‘Seven Something‘ at the GTH booth.
Nichkhun starred in the 7th anniversary film for GTH titled ‘Seven Something’ in January of this year and through this advertisement poster, his face could be seen at the festival. According to a staff member at GTH, ‘Seven Something’ shows three love stories and is a movie in an omnibus format and Nickhun appear in one of the episodes. The film is set to debut in Thailand in July but plans for its release in Korea is not yet known.
Source: Herald Kyungje via Naver
120531 Twitter Update, Junho and Chansung messages today after the “Six Beautiful Days” DAY 6 Concert in Budokan,Japan
RT @2PMagreement211 Budokan 6 Beautiful Days final concert has ended!! I was really thankful for the black balloons event you all did when we sang Thank You T.T There’s so much I would like to say, but it’s really disappointing that I can’t.. ^^ I’ll study Japanese hard, and will relay everything that I want to say. Kk I love you all!!!
RT @dlwnsghek Thank you everyone ^^ 6 Beautiful days were possible because we had you all. How was my solo stage today? I’m going to show even a performance at Yokohama. Everyone, good night~
Kim So Eun & 2PM’s Lee Jun Ho featured on Easy World Music Magazine
(with English translation) 28/05/2012
Lee Junho (Couple: Kim So Eun)
After officially beginning their life (as a couple on the show), during the course of their interaction, there was an incident that must be mentioned. There was once when Junho & So Eun had to go to a special camping site to complete their song. As the car before the one that Junho was driving jam braked suddenly, he had to step on his brakes instantly and his first reaction was to stretch out his arms in front of So Eun, thus So Eun was not subjected to any imminent danger. Considering others’ safety even in emergency situations had greatly enhanced Junho’s image in the hearts of the audience.
Kim So Eun (Couple: Lee Junho)
Even though she had frankly said that her ideal type in 2PM was Nickhun, but she had great chemistry with Junho and they got along extremely well. Be it holding hands on the streets and looking into each other’s eyes or the cute and interesting exchange on the train, comments such as “They must be a couple right?”, “Just be together!” were repeatedly made by netizens. Beside exhibiting a sweet love line, Junho’s meticulous care and tolerance towards her gradually lowered her guard. In the following life (as a couple), there would bound to be similar romantic plots like those of Khuntoria Couple staged.
(Credit Easy Music World and Kim So Eun Baidu & 2pmhottest2pm)
Cr: soompi, from kyleciatong’s junsso blog. She translated this magazine article where Junho and So Eun’s Music and Lyrics episode was mentioned.