During a segment on October 30th’s broadcast of ‘Oh My School‘, Hong Ki talked about some of his life’s stories. In particular, the story regarding their fellow label mate and rival CNBLUE has caught attention.
Hong Ki revealed, “When we advanced into the Japanese market, CNBLUE debuted in Korea, and their popularity exploded.”
Being in the same management company and similar rock band concept, the two groups shared many similarities.
He continued, “F.T. Island and CNBLUE are in the same management company, and it seems the company experimented with us. Whenever the company made a mistake with us, they did it all for CNBLUE. We’re basically CNBLUE’s lab rats. But we will show you how strong lab rats really are.”
On this issue, H.O.T member Tony An also shared his experience, “I know exactly how you feel. H.O.T debuted earlier than Shinhwa, but our company only took care of Shinhwa.”
Although Hong Ki’s complaints were done in a light-hearted manner, we do know how he feels… poor Hong Ki!
October 23rd was certainly a very busy day for K-pop fans all around the world. Seoul held its 7th annual ‘Asia Song Festival‘, Super Junior’s ‘Super Show 3‘ held a stage in Beijing, and JYJperformed in Shanghai.
K-pop fans in Singapore had the special fortune of having seven idol bands all to themselves! The sold-out concert was organized by Proof Label, and was held at the Singapore Expo Hall 2.
Minutes before the concert started, fans were chanting for their favorite bands, shining their glowsticks to show their support for various groups that were performing that night.
Starting promtly at 8 PM, F.T. Island opened the show by performing four songs, “Bing Bing Bing“, “I Hope“, “Love Love Love“, and “Flower Rock“. This is F.T. Island’s third trip to Singapore, and once again, they put up an amazing performance for the Primadonnas.
Dae Guk Nam Ah (The Boss/D-NA), who debuted earlier this year, was also invited to perform atKorean Pop Night 2010. Singing and dancing along to “Admiring Boy“, “Stumble Stumble“, and “Shining World“, the boys showed us their sleek dance moves and strong vocals – very impressive!
ZE:A, who was in Singapore earlier this year for a showcase, was added to the original six K-pop bands after wanting to return to Singapore to put up another performance. They danced and sung “Mazeltov“, “All Day Long“, and “Level Up“, and although the three songs left the boys sweating profusely, they did not lose a single ounce of energy.
Unlike bands like Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, and SHINee, who arrived in Singapore on the day of the concert itself, ZE:A arrived a day earlier and even had time to go shopping! Seems like they really do love Singapore!
Infinite sang “Come Back Again“, “She’s Back“, and “Wings“. Like ZE:A, the boys were sweating profusely, but they were more than happy to pose for the cameras.
“Noona Neomu Yeppeo” was hinted by the emcee when it was SHINee’s turn to take the stage.SHINee sang to “Replay“, which was a little lackluster due to the absence of their main vocalist, but the hype began to build up when “Ring Ding Dong” came up. SHINee finished their performance with “Lucifer” and their latest hit, “Hello“.
Making their comeback next week, Girls’ Generation (SNSD) was the only girl group to perform last night! They graced the stage in sailor outfits and performed “Genie“.
“Singapore is a very clean place, the fans are outgoing and really friendly, and we liked to come back“, member Jessica said to the SONES. The hall was filled with SONES waving their pink light sabers, and fanboys screaming their names at the top of their lungs.
Ending their performance with “Gee“, Tiffany told SONES to look forward to their upcoming album, which will be released next week.
And last but definitely not the least, Big Bang! Unlike other groups, they performed to a total of seven songs: “Gara Gara Go“, “Number 1“, “Haru Haru (Acoustic)“, “Lies“, “Last Farewell“, “How Gee“, and “Hands Up“!
The members of Big Bang showed a lot of charisma on stage, and they were having a lot of fun throughout their performances. Tae Yang and T.O.P also threw their sweat-drenched towels into the crowd, which I’m sure fans were fighting over.
The show closed with all the bands groovin’ to “We Are The World 25 for Haiti“.
Dedicated fans of various idol groups were definitely having a blast, and i’m sure most of them were left breathless like I was! One word to sum up the entire concert: epic!
Many thanks to Proof Label for organizing the event and Jacintha for making this possible.