Singer Rain (real name Chung Ji-hoon) has released his fifth album entitled “Rainism” in the entire Asian region.
Rain’s agency, J Tune Entertainment, said it will first release the Asian edition of the album in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and later will expand the sales to Thailand, Japan and China as well. The company has also signed license deals with GMM Grammy for the album’s distributiion in English-speaking countries, with Warner Music for its distribution in Chinese-speaking countries, and with Pony Canyon for its distribution in Japan.
The Asian edition of Rain’s album contains the English versions of the songs “Rainism” and “Love Story,” which were originally released in Korean. The Chinese and Japanese editions also contain the same songs recorded in Chinese and Japanese, respectively.
Rain will hold a concert in Shanghai, China in January next year.
The girl-band Wonder Girls has been picked as Koreans’ favorite music group for the second straight year.
According to the Korea Gallup, the Wonder Girls received 22.2 percent of the votes in a public poll that was conducted three times from June to November on 4,330 people ages 13 to 59 nationwide. The Wonder Girls have produced two big hits this year — “So Hot” and “Nobody.”
They were trailed by Big Bang (21.2 percent), Chang Yun-jung (9.9 percent), Girls’ Generation (7.8 percent), Lee Hyo-ri (6.5 percent) and Tae Jin-ah (6.5 percent).
The song “Nobody” was picked as the most popular song of the year. It has obtained 35 percent of votes among teenagers and people in their 20s, with its overall approval ratings reaching 11.4 percent. It was followed by Big Bang’s “Day By Day” (9.3 percent), the Wonder Girls’ “So Hot” (5.5 percent), Lee Hyo-ri’s “U-Go-Girl” (3.6 percent) and SG Wannabe’s “La La La” (3.1 percent).
Popular female recording artist BoA, who recently made her U.S. debut, will make her appearance in a ‘YouTube Live’ event organized by YouTube. The event is a large-scale live relay concert that will take place in San Francisco, United States and in Tokyo, Japan from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 23. World-renowned artists will take part in the event by performing live, and YouTube users will also participate in the special event.
Popular artists including Akon, Will.I.AM from the Black Eyed Peas, and Esmee Denters will perform in the first part of the concert that will take place in San Francisco from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The second part of the concert, which will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Tokyo, will feature BoA, Blue Man Group and Kreva.
BoA will open up the Japan concert by performing her U.S. debut number “Eat You Up.”
This year, TVXQ! sets a record on Japanese Oricon Weekly Charts for the most number of “First Place” rankings this year.
The group’s 24th single, “MIROTIC,” was released in Japan on October 15th and on the day of its release, the album took first place on Oricon’s Single and Weekly Charts.
MIROTIC is TVXQ!’s fourth single to rank first on the Oricon Weekly Charts, following “Purple Line” (January release), “Beautiful You” (April release), and “How Did I End Up Loving You” (July release).
“This is the first time anyone has ranked first on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart four times in one year,” said a TVXQ! representative from SM Entertainment agency. He added, “This has never happened with a Japanese singer, let alone a group from overseas, and it proves that TVXQ! has become a top group in Japan, as well.”
MIROTIC is also the title track of TVXQ!’s fourth album in Korea, where the song has also proved to be successful. The title track ranked first place for the past two weeks on SBS TV’s “Popular Music” program and on the weekly charts of the music website, “Dosirak.”
the lewd sounding title of Boa’s U.S. debut song, “Eat You Up” will penetrate 30 countries around the world and 300 websites. The singer’s management, SM Entertainment, announced that the single will be released globally on October 21. In the United States, it will be available on I-Tunes, Amazon, I-Music and MySpace. In addition, “Eat you up” will be distributed as a ringtone through AT&T and T-Mobile mobile service.
A day later, the track will be unleashed in Korea on October 22 through major music portals including Melon, Dosirak and Cyworld. Further, the roll out will continue to 30 countries including China, Japan, Thailand, England, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
With such worldwide distribution, will Boa’s song “eat up” the international music market?
Source : Popseoul