The Legend Continues

[From The Administrator]
Musical Hedwig’s Seoul performances has ended last Sunday!
Thank you for those who joined in all these while~
Thank you!

- 2014-10-21 Shinhwa Company Facebook update
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[From The Administrator]
Musical Hedwig’s Seoul performances has ended last Sunday!
Thank you for those who joined in all these while~
Thank you!

- 2014-10-21 Shinhwa Company Facebook update
translation by malpabo.tumblr.com


Seo Taiji’s 9th album comeback concert!! I’ve been crazy over (his) music, dance, fashion, everything since young..To think that I am finally personally watching the concert ^^ It feels different~ Yo! Tai ji 4ever - with Lee Jangeon and 2 others at Jamsil Sports Complex

- 2014-10-18 Minwoo Facebook update
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[News] “Inkigayo in China” Shinhwa+SM+YG gathers

What will SBS’s representative music ranking program “Inkigayo’s” performances be like in China?

"Inkigayo" will be holding their "Inkigayo in China" on 8 November at Universiade Sports Center, Shenzhen, China.

On this day, Korea’s longest-running idol Shinhwa and popular idol groups like EXO, Bigbang’s Taeyang, 2AM, Sistar, Girl’s Day, CNBlue, B2ST, Teen Top will be performing.

Shinhwa’s Andy, who has been spending time self-reflecting following his illegal gambling incident in the second half of last year, is expected to go on stage at “Inkigayo In China”, and it will be the first time in a while that all 6 members of Shinhwa perform on stage. As Andy has not been seen on Shinhwa’s performances recently, Shinhwa’s performance on “Inkigayo In China” is expected to garner lots of attention.

Also, various music programs, such as KBS 2TV’s “Music Bank” and Mnet’s “Mcountdown” have greeted overseas fans through various overseas performances but this is a first for “Inkigayo”. This is a concert prepared in celebration of SBS’s 24th anniversary since establishment.

(omit portion on other performers)

"Inkigayo’s" PD Kim Joohyung told Star News, “‘Inkigayo’ is a representative program for K-pop. We got to hold a concert in China, where demand for K-pop is the highest in accordance with the establishment week.”

PD Kim said, “There are plans for special performances. I cannot reveal anything in details yet but you should be able to see collaborations between various teams. Also, I expect the concert to receive great interest from local fans as they’ll be able to see the performances of YG and SM singers, who are popular in China, at the same time.”

"Inkigayo In China" is expected to broadcast on SBS in mid-November.

Sr: Star News
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[Interview] ‘Discovery of Romance’ Discovery of Eric, discovery of a good man

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The Eric met in real life is different from the man seen in the media. He was very careful, and hence looked serious, and occasionally, even looked to be shy. TV dramas have portrayed Eric as a man who would say cheesy lines like “Do you smell something burning? My heart is burning” with much ease but in the real world, Eric seemed like a man who would rather die than say something like that.

In order to give a neutral answer, he took quite a long time to compose his thoughts, even to questions where answers can be predicted, and this is also evidence to show that he was quite truthful when he answered ‘No comment’ or ‘It’s a secret’ to certain questions. As compared to answers that are packaged nicely and sounds good, to a man like Eric, speaking the truth goes without saying, and at the end of the interview, he said, “I would like to be remembered as a good man” and it made me think that whoever who met him, will definitely and surely remember him as a good man.

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Q. KBS2 drama Discovery Of Romance ended recently. How did you spend the time after the drama ended?
Eric: I went to the sauna with my parents. And there was also reservist training (laughs). Ah, after the drama ended, we all went for an MT and I suffered a lot after drinking, which I had stopped for a while. That’s why I went to recuperate at my parents’ home.

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[News] What longrunning group ‘Shinhwa’s’ Eric has to say to hoobae idols

'1st generation idols' group Shinhwa's leader Eric left words full of meaning for the hoobae idol groups.

In an interview with Xsportsnews on the 16th, Eric conveyed his thoughts on idol group members leaving, that has been in the news often recently.

Eric is part of Shinhwa, which debuted in March 1998 and has consistently promoted for the past 16 years till now. Amongst so-called ‘1st generation idols’, Shinhwa is the only one that has endured till now without any members leaving or disbanding.

At the interview, Eric explained that the secret to the longevity of the group is “a paper-thin difference”.

He said, “It isn’t that we’re specially different or that we have a special secret. We have had more than our fair share of the worries that they have now. Thinking back, it is the chemistry with the people we’ve worked with, and also we were lucky. Ultimately, it’s a paper-thin difference.”

Adding on, he humbly said, “The question is whether, in this moment, you hang on or you are stubborn. There is nothing different just because we’re Shinhwa. It isn’t that we’re especially better peole so we give in to each other or are patient with each other, Shinhwa too has went through a really ‘storm phase’. Luckily, we went through it well and I’m thankful to the members.”

Owners of the unique title of ‘longest-running idol group’, Shinhwa is most often picked by hoobae idol groups as their role model the most. Eric was cautious in saying that he “isn’t in a position to give advice to the hoobaes,” but like he said, having gone through all sorts of ‘stormy phases’ in the past 16 years, what he has to say will hit home even more deeply then anything else.

Eric carefully continued on, saying, “It is something that anyone will go through. It is just important to think again once more at the decisive moment.”

Shinhwa, which Eric is part of, is currently preparing for their new albums and is expected to come back with their 12th full album next January, along with welcoming their debut 17th anniversary.

sr: Xsportsnews
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[News] Eric “Again with an ex-lover? It might be possible for feelings to be revived…”

At the “Discovery Of Romance” end of broadcast commemorative interview held at a cafe in Shinsa-dong on the afternoon of the 16th, Mun Junghyuk began by saying, “In real life, I’m not the type to regret or contact my ex again after we have broken up.”

He revealed, “In the drama, Taeha himself is also a cool guy but his feelings got awoken at through accidental circumstances. Similarly for me, I’m not that kind of person but if I met my ex-girlfriend and got to see certain situations, it does seem like I might interfere too. Jealousy or  profound feelings, a variety of feelings might be revived according to the situation.”

Adding on, he explained, “Depending on the situation, if we work in the same industry and often come into contact with each other, I might start to get curious. I certainly can symphatize with certain parts (of the drama). In reality, whether it is love or anything else, it all starts with ‘curiosity’. If my ex-girlfriend was dating a weird person, I’d be curious and worried.”

He said, “While working on this drama, there have been many portions that I symphatize with. Not just with reliving memories of my past but I get to understand the other party even more. I get to think more about the viewpoint of the other party, and I think I got to understand a bit more about the hearts of females.”

He added, “If I date again, I think I’ll do better than I did before.”

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Mun Junghyuk returns as Shinhwa next January.

sr: Star today
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[News] Eric “Staff’s amount of sleep depends on how much I sleep”

Actor Eric, of group Shinhwa, revealed his thoughts on acting.

Eric met reporters on the afternoon of the 16th at a cafe in Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and started by saying, “Acting seems to get harder the more I do it. The balance between people, the balance between acting, because it’s something you have to match all of that, I can’t just be persistent over my own portion. It isn’t something that works if I’m persistent over my portion either so it’s hard work trying to balance all of that.”

Adding on, he said, “Initially, I didn’t have any worries about acting. Because I was young, I just needed to do what the sunbaes asked me to. I wondered over what I should do so that people wouldn’t suffer and can knock off. But, as I gradually had the hunger to do better, that’s when I started having worries.”

Eric says that the amount of sleep the staff gets depends on how much sleep he gets. He has to sleep an hour less to prepare so that the staff can sleep for an hour more.

He added, “Acting is a battle with time. Drama isn’t like a movie, where you can keep filming until I am satisfied. That’s why I have to practice when it is time to sleep. If I sleep an hour less and prepare, the staff get to sleep an hour more.”

Eric says he wants to act in roles that he can do well in. As compared to being an inconvenience by trying something new, he wants to wear clothes that fits his body. He expressed his wishes to not be an inconvenience to staff and viewers.

Eric acted as Kang Taeha in ‘Discovery Of Romance’, a person who was troubled as he was unable to forget his ex-girlfriend Han Yeoreum, whom he had broken up with 5 years ago. He was a character who kept actively trying to win over Han Yeoreum’s heart, despite knowing she was with another man, Nam Hajin, and in the end had a happy ending with Han Yeoreum. Eric received reviews that he showed a realistic and in-depth acting through this drama.

sr: Ajunews
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[News] Eric “Rivals with god? That’s treating Shinhwa as part of the old generation”

Actor Eric has now returned as group Shinhwa.

On the 16th, at an interview held at Amy Choco in Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Eric conveyed plans and resolutions for Shinhwa’s activities.

On this day, Eric revealed, “Now, I’ll just rest a few days more before preparing for Shinhwa’s album and activities. I’ll keep promoting as Shinhwa from early next year onwards. We have album preparations to do, and will also hold a concert. I’ll not be acting for the time being.”

Moving on, regarding the comparison with group god, who was the talk of the town with their recent comeback, he said, “I was really happy when god came back. But to say that only god is our rival seems like treating Shinhwa as part of the old generation. I too hope that god can promote as part of the current generation.”

Eric emphasized, “Although there is an age and experience gap we have with current idols, what we seek and aim for is to be pitched against the hottest idols in the current era and compete in music ranking programs. We don’t want to be treated as sunbaes. Whether it’s dance or singing, there are things that we are good at, that we can express well and if the trend is important, then we will work hard to match the trend. Whether to bring out our colour more or to follow the trend, that is what we need to think about. That is why song choice is important.”

Previously, Shinhwa had said they’ll be coming back in the first week of January. They expect to start preparation work in earnest from this month onwards and will hold their 17th anniversary concert next March. Member Andy, currently undergoing self-reflection for illegal gambling, will return as well.

sr: mydaily
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"Although there is an age and experience gap we have with current idols, what we seek and aim for is to be pitched against the hottest idols in the current era and compete in music ranking programs. We don’t want to be treated as sunbaes. Whether it’s dance or singing, there are things that we are good at, that we can express well and if the trend is important, then we will work hard to match the trend. Whether to bring out our colour more or to follow the trend, that is what we need to think about. That is why song choice is important."
— Eric, 141017 Interview with Mydaily

A day with the reporters~
Please give good news reports in future too ^^

- 2014-10-16 E&J Entertainment Twitter update
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