Q 1: What kind of music genre did you aim in the current album? (Lucky ) KHJ: Frankly speaking, it seems that nobody is interested in my songs in themselves. I focused on “ music to see performance “ rather than “ music to listen to “. However, what I would like to aim from now on is a sort of music which makes everyone cheerful. I know that nobody expects me a high-quality music pieces. That is why I wanted to create songs easy on the ear. I aimed songs which make people comfortable and cheerful by just listening to. Maybe I talked about this too honestly (laugh)
Q2: Do you believe that you have grown up in music through this album? KHJ: Yes, I feel that I could have made improvement during this album production. I made my best efforts in vocal lessons to change myself. Though there are still many things to be improved, I feel that I could have changed the tone of my voice.
Q3: The 2nd mini-album, “Lucky “ includes a few pieces of ballad. KHJ: As I knew that people expected me to sing a ballad, I added them in the current album (laugh). In order to give a sense of stability in tone of the ballad, I especially focused on this to show how I had changed. I hope that everyone like them.
Q4: Compared with the previous mini-album, “Break Down”, how do you think of “Lucky” ? KHJ: To be honest with you, “Lucky” is better than “Break Down”.
Q5: You produced the 2nd mini-album in four months after the release of “Break Down”. You seemed to have really worked hard to produce your album with such a short interval. KHJ: Exactly! I really worked non-stop. I have been working hard without taking any rest till now. The current reaction from people itself is amazing for me because I thought in a different way. I felt that I was too late to release an album. I wanted to meet with my fans through my music as soon as possible. This feeling was overwhelming in myself. I wanted to deliver good songs to them. Therefore, I will continue to produce a single album constantly to see my fans.
Q6: Do you mean that you would release your album frequently? KHJ: True enough. Being a member of SS501, I released only one full-album. From my viewpoint, there is no point in differenciating a mini-album from a full-album. I will just count my album as the first, the second, and so on.
Q7: Could you explain about the title truck of “Lucky” album? KHJ: The basic sound of the title truck consists of a rhythmical electric guiar and brass rock’n’roll band music. It’s a funky rock. As I was involved from the planning, concept, ideas, and overall production, I am very attached to this album.
Q8: What kind of music do you want to create ? KHJ: The music I am really interested in is a band music. Before I joined SS501, I loved rock’n’roll music. When I was a high-school student, I was playing (a guitar) in the rock band. I would like to learn more about music so that I will be able to be confident. For me, it is music that I can get along with till the end of my life.
Q9: Could you tell us more details about “band music” which you are interested in ? KHJ: The genre I am much interested in is “club music”, but I also think that “band music” is exciting as well. That is why I introduced a real drum sounds in my album. The real sound of the musical instruments increases the “loose feeling “ in music. The sound of guitar was used to aim to add “dry and rough “ touch in the music. I love such taste. In addition to that, I wanted to show that we could dance with a band music. The choreography accentuated the dancing as well.
Q10 Could you tell me about episodes during the recording, if any ? KHJ: Nothing special. I just enjoyed recording. You may easily recognize while listening to “Lucky Guy”, there’s a sound like the howling of a wolf just before the song goes to bridge (* the melodyline between the 1st lyrics and the 2nd lyrics ). Originally, I wanted to insert a female voice, but I could not find a preferable female sexy voice. Therefore, I did it by myself. Please check this while listening (laugh)
Q11: Finally, could you tell us your plan as artist ? KHJ: I just want to create a good album. In the far distant future, on the occasion of my retirement as dance-music singer, I would like to invite my fans to the concert and show the best (unsurpassable ) live. I can stand here thanks to the warm support from all of my fans. I would like to convey my appreciation to the fans as much as possible.
On February 29, BIGBANG released its fifth mini-album through various online music sites. Upon its release the album captured the top spots on Melon, Bugs, MNET, Soribada, and other music charts. Each of the newly released tracks, “Bad Boy,” “Love Dust,” “Blue,” “Fantastic Baby,” “Ain’t No Fun,” and “Wings” ranked in the top seven. The strength of BIGBANG was confirmed when even the album’s intro “Alive” took seventh place on various charts.
The album has been making an impact abroad as well. As YG previously predicted, the album is doing much better on iTunes than the single released a week ago. The album was reported to be in the top ten on the iTunes pop-chart in several countries. In Chile it is at number eight, in the United States and in Canada it has made its way to third.
It has been a busy day for fans as earlier today they had "Bad Boy" and "Big Bang Alive" Trending worldwide on Twitter.
The group’s first single “Blue” was released ahead of the other tracks last week and instantly took first place. The single held its ground up until the full album was made available. “Blue” was finally usurped by one of BIGBANG’s many other title tracks. BIGBANG’s latest release has captured the public’s interest with its diverse music offering. The track list will satisfy many tastes as it is well rounded with songs ranging from Hip-Hop, R&B, Ballad, Rock, Pop, Electronica, and combinations anywhere in between.
The album’s title “Alive” is a tribute to BIGBANG’s past challenges and ITS fighting spirit. Through all that has happened, they are stronger than before, and their passion burns hotter than ever. The album is the combined work of leader G-Dragon’s strong personality, along with YG Entertainment’s house producer Teddy.
BIGBANG keeps giving back to ITS faithful fans as the music video for their next title track “Bad Boy” was also revealed. Just like its predecessor, “Blue,” “Bad Boy” is another visually stunning music video. State of the art camera equipment was used to film the video. “Bad Boy” is a charming and compelling R&B, Hip-Hop song coupled with rhythmic hooks. The music video was filmed against the backdrop of the streets in Brooklyn, New York. In the video it has a vintage feel as the members are walking along and displaying all their emotions.
Here is the music video for “Bad Boy” If you have not had a chance to view it yet.
You can purchase the album through iTunes or a physical copy via YesAsia.
What are your thoughts on Big Bang’s comeback, album, and music videos?
CN Blue have successfully held their exclusive concert in Taiwan, attracting nearly 10,000 audiences.
CN Blue held their Asian tour titled Blue Storm at Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan on February 28. Nearly 10,000 fans of CN Blue attended the concert and welcomed the members.
Appearing on the stage with fancy laser and light, CN Blue started the concert with their hit song “Intuition.” They continuously performed “Ready N Go,” “Voice,” “and Love Girl” to get the audiences excited.
CN Blue showed various different performances, from slow tempo to rock, at the concert. They also performed their new song just released in Japan and received an enthusiastic response from their Taiwanese fans.
CN Blue also received wide attention as all their concert tickets were sold out in 13 minutes, which was the shortest of all foreign artists performing in Taiwan this year. Not only in Korea and Japan, all tickets are also sold out in other Asian countries.
CN Blue say,” If we get a chance, we’d love to come to Taiwan again and perform. We really thank you all for coming to our concert.”
CN Blue are holding a concert in collaboration with FT Island in Los Angeles in March. They’re also preparing for their comeback to the domestic music scene.