[NEWS] SHINee's News Update (20110504)

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SM Town Considering Adding Another Round
SM Entertainment is reportedly considering adding one more round to the SM Town Live in Paris scheduled in June.

On May 1 (local time), about 300 K-pop fans gathered at the Le musee de l’ouvre and did a flashmob asking SM to add “One More Date” for the sold out SM Town concert in Paris.

SM said on May 2, “K-pop fans in other European countries as well as in France participated in the flashmob for “another round” of the concert. The local fans’ response to the first SM Town concert in Europe is so passionate we are now checking our artists’ schedules to add one more round.”

Tickets for the SM Town Live World Tour in Paris were sold out in 15 minutes after the ticket sale started.

The fans who failed to get a ticket gathered at the Le musee de l’ouvre with pickets for “One More Date” and danced to Super Junior’s Sorry Sorry, TVXQ’s Mirotic, SHINee’s Replay, and so on.

As illegal tickets are traded at an inflated price, members of Korean Connection, a French K-pop fanclub, has collected signatures for another round of the concert on the facebook.

People in the K-pop industry said, “With the development of digital media, a new paradigm has been made for distributing and consuming contents through Youtube, twitter, facebook, or I-tunes. This is a case to prove that K-pop is consumed and valued even without local promotion.”

source: kukinews
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SHINee To Appear At 2011 Dream Concert?

There’s a rumor that SHINee will participate in the 2011 Dream Concert. It’s said a fan called the sponsor to ask and got a word from them… Another person says SHINee is not included in the 19 teams listed for the DC and that they are only rescheduling two girl groups. Hope we get more specific information.

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SHINee To Appear At K-Pop Hanmadang

K-pop Hanmadang is an event that is being prepared by Korean residents in Japan to support the victims of the Fukuoka Earthquake. The event executive committee said, “We aim to enhance the mutual network between Japan and Korea and build a more positive and constructive relationship through cultural exchange and fellowship activities.”

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SHINee Japan Debut Single Tops Tower Record Pre-sale Chart

Idol group SHINee are gathering force to sweep Japan. SHINee are standing out on digital single and CD charts before their debut in Japan. SHINee’s debut single Replay, open to the public on April 28, topped the ring tone chart of Rekochoku, Japan’s largest digital music site.  It also topped the pre-sale chart of Tower Record, Japan’s largest music store, on May 1.

[from kukinews]
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  Taemin Film 100 School Variety Show

It’s for the Sports Day episode for 100 Out of 100 Points. But it's not known when will be aired. Just wait ^^

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Europe Has No Dancing Idol, K-Pop Boom in Europe!

People’s interest in the Korean wave in Europe and its prospects is increasing after French K-pop fans did a flash mob in front of Le musee de l’ouvre on May 1. Their slogan was “One More Date” for the SM Town Live in paris scheduled to be on June 10. SM Entertainment is at the center of this unexpected Korean Wave heat. For it was through SM’s decision to have a concert in Paris that Europe’s K-pop love rose to surface. On April 20, idol group SHINee had a meeting with members of a French K-pop fanclub who visited Seoul.

We interviewed SM Deputy Kim Youngmin and SHINee on May 3, about a month left until Korean Wave’s “Europe Landing.” Kim has been leading SM’s globalization as deputy since 2005.

- Did you expect K-pop will be this popular in Europe?
Kim: Never. I thought we could sell 6,700 tickets for a concert, but didn’t expect the tickets would be sold out in 15 minutes and that people will protest…
SHINee: It’s extraordinary. About one year ago, Korean friends in Europe said, “My classmate wants your autograph.” I thought, We have some popularity in Europe, but didn’t know it’s this much.

- What do you think Europeans find attractive in K-pop?
SHINee: They seem to think it’s different. We heard there are no dancing idols in Europe. We can proudly say Korean singers have everything from singing skills to fashion and dancing. Our albums are also made with the global market as our target. Some of our songs are from Europe, and we dance to the songs. I think that’s why young women in Europe are attracted to us.
Kim: Singers with perfect skills after years of training, a producing system targeting the global market, and marketing using Youtube and SNS, all of these combined in harmony contributed to the success.

- Have you monitored the Korean Wave in Europe?
Kim: A team of about 20 people have checked responses on Youtube and SNS. We pay enormous attention to music videos and video clips on Youtube. A music video is uploaded in the SM Entertainment channel on Youtube before a new album is released. The viewer counts of K-pop music videos on Youtube amount to 2 billion.

- What do you think you can gain through K-pop’s launch into the European market?
Kim: The size of the European market is estimated to be 7 trillion Won. It’s larger than the US (6 trillion), Japan (4 trillion), and China (1 trillion). But our goal is not to be ranked on the European music chart and to sell albums. We aim to attract people’s attention to the Asian music market through K-pop boom in the Us and Europe and to build the ground for Korea’s future as an Asian Hollywood.

- What is your special strategy for the European market?
Kim: To begin with, we’ll try to promote K-pop’s excellent quality rather than to conquer the European market. I want to establish K-pop’s status as one of the popular genres in Europe’s main music industry.
SHINee: From the singer’s perspective, the key seems to be harmonizing K-pop with the local culture. The French reporter said at our meeting with French fans, “You all look alike.” We think each member should develop a more distinct character if we debut in Europe.

- There is a view this is only “temporary enthusiasm by a minority.”
Kim: In the SNS world, what starts in a minor fandom can spread to the whole in an instant. We’ll have to wait and see about Europe, but K-pop’s competitive power is being acknowledged in the whole world.
SHINee: It appealed to a minority in the past, but we see the number of fans increasing with our own eyes. It is a genre that doesn’t exist in Europe. Our music covers a broader range of sensibility than the band-centered European music.

- Europe experienced J-pop, and our singers sing songs composed by Europeans. Don’t you think these factored in the boom?
Kim: That’s possible. But it’s not for European debuts that we buy songs by foreign composers, but because we want to get the best songs regardless of nationality. In case of J-pop, there is certainly a preference for Japanese culture in Europe, but the musical side is not outstanding.

- How would you rate K-pop’s possibility of success in Europe?
SHINee: We do not know about the possibility of success, but we’d like to (debut). It will be fun. The concept of our music and dance is not totally different from the local culture, so we’ll be able to make better contents by mixing up Europe’s excellent music and ours.

Kim: We are most rewarded when we succeed in an uncertain market condition. We don’t have to overstretch ourselves, but Europe is a market worth a try. SHINee will have a European debut showcase in the Abbey Road Studios, called a “Sacred Site of Beatles,” on June 19 after the concert in Paris. We need a long-term strategy, but the current K-pop boom can be semi-permanent if we don’t cling to the ranking in Europe.

source: Chosun Ilbo
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11,000 Fans Want “SM Town Live in Mexico”

International fans have been thrown into media spotlight with the recent demonstrations by French Kpop fans as they protest for a second SM Town concert in Paris. SM Entertainment made the ground-breaking announcement of holding the first ever Kpop concert in Europe, which will be held at Le Zenith de Paris on June 10th. To the disappointment of some fans, the 6,500 tickets weresold out in 15 minutes and French fans are now organizing animpressive protest for another tour date. 

Mexico will now be joining the list of international countries hoping to attract SM Entertainment’s attention for the country’s love of Kpop. The “SM Town Live in Mexico” fan page now has over 11,000 likes on Facebook and even the local media has taken note of the Korean Wave in Mexico, as Big Bang was given a 90 second spotlight and other popular groups Korean groups were recently documented on a local show named, “Venga la Alegria”.

SM Entertainment Plans for South American Tour in July!

"This time, it's South America!"

TVXQ, BoA, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee, f(x) and other SM Entertainment artists are preapring for a tour in South America. According to SM Entertainment representatives, the company is currently planning to hold a series of "SM Town Live" concerts in South American countries such as Brazil and Chile in July.

The South American tour has been in the planning stage since last year, when SM Entertainment artists embarked on the "SM Town World Tour" and held an unforgettable concert in Los Angeles, USA.

Due to the popularity of Kpop and SM Entertainment artists in South America, the company plans to tap into this untouched market with a series of concerts in the continent. In February, a Brazilian program asked viewers "Which Korean singer do you want to come to Brazil?" and SM Entertainment artists dominated the results, with Super Junior, BoA, SNSD and SHINee taking the #1 to #4 spots.

SM Entertainment is already taking major steps in making their mark in foreign countries, as it was recently announced that on June 10th, SM artists will hold "SM Town in Paris" and mark the continent's first Kpop concert ever. Tickets for the show sold out within 15 minutes and large-scale protests are happening all over Europe for SM Entertainment to add another concert date.

Last year, SM Town held concerts in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. This year, SM Entertainment will expand into two continents that Kpop artists have never stepped into, Europe and South America.

SM Entertainment representatives stated, "SM's ripple effect is really amazing. They have already taken over USA, China and Japan and are now accomplishing the unheard precedent of going to Europe and South America. Isn't this the path of a true 'World Star'?"

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