Jamie King talks about Rain's I'm Coming Tour

Published on October 7, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

An interview with Jamie King

Jamie King, the Tour Director for Rain’s I’m Coming World Tour was interviewed during one of Rain’s rehearsal and sound check before his concert. Here King talks about the birth of the I’m Coming concert.

Hey, I’m Jamie King and I am the Tour Director
for Rain’s I’m Coming Tour


King’s first impression of Korean star Rain

Jamie King met Rain for the first time in Los Angeles in 2006. King’s first impression of Rain was that the Korean artist was just “a ball of energy” who was so excited to meet him and just wanted to hear his ideas, concepts and thoughts. Rain and Jamie King exchanged ideas and out birthed the spectacular Rain’s I’m Coming World Tour concert that millions of fans have enjoyed. It is their ‘baby’. :-)

King met Rain for the first time in LA. Rain came into the room,
and just like a ball of energy
he goes “Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Rain.”
King knew right then that they’d be a perfect fit.

This is King’s first time working with a Korean artist. Jamie King has worked with talents such as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Britney Spears and Ricky Martin.

King was very excited to work with Rain and he wasn’t disappointed at all. King remarked that Rain has spectacular energy, attention to work and detail just the same as the other huge artists he has worked with like Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince and Rain is twenty years younger. It’s good to see that he’s like that now, at such a young age.

Hey! Here we go…suddenly you hear Rain singing “Familiar Face”


This is such a cool interview. King had to stop halfway during the interview because suddenly Rain and his singers burst out in song to practice a chorus, and King excitedly exclaimed …”You get to hear Rain’s voice before seeing him!”


Can Rain cross-over successfully to the USA?

King says, from his experience, people can really cross over, for example, Ricky Martin (whom he has worked with and is still working with).

Jamie King thinks Rain could really do it. King says “He is an amazing performer, everywhere he goes, everyone who sees him, he really touches the audience and that’s what it takes to be a world wide sensation, you have to make the audience feel you, and that’s what he does.”

Rain is an amazing performer, everywhere he goes,
he really touches the audience



Concept of Rain’s World Tour

It’s about the promotion of Rain’s newest album, Rain’s World. Also, to support his new music and extend himself to his fans and touch them.

As the tour director, King wanted to make sure that the stage design had a pit so that Rain’s fans could get close to him.

Rain’s Coming World Tour KL – the stage has
a pit area where fans could get close to Rain.
Pic credit: Absolute Entertainment


King ends with a Korean greeting – Anyung!!


Oh wow, K-popped! readers, this interview with Jamie King is such a treat to Rain fans. While King answered the questions, you get to hear Rain – yes, the man himself, burst out in song during one of the practices. :-)

Watch the interview here (best viewed on IE):

An interview with Jamie King

Source: Sina


Related posts:
Rain brought sexy back in Shanghai

Rain’s I’m Coming 2007 World Tour Concert in Shanghai

Rain at the Mid-Autumn Festivities in China


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K-popped! Favourite Korean drama poll

Published on October 6, 2007 by in Dramas

K-popped! conducted a Korean drama poll in September 2007 and we received a total of 270 votes. Thank you to all those who voted. Here are the results!


Full House (2004)
81 votes (30%)


My Lovely Sam-soon (2005)
52 votes (19%)


Princess Hours (2006)

72 votes (26%)


Stairway to Heaven (2003)

12 votes (4%)


Winter Sonata (2002)
10 votes (3%)

Others – 15% of you voted that your favourite drama is not on the list.


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Choi Ji-woo to model for Louis Vuitton

Published on October 6, 2007 by in Buzz, Fashion

Choi Ji-woo (최지우) is the third most-wanted actress in South Korea, according to HanCinema.net . Choi, 32, has acted in popular dramas like Winter Sonata, Stairway to Heaven and her most recent drama, Air City.

The Korean beauty, standing at 174cm (5′ 8″) also makes a striking model. It was reported on KBS Global that Choi Ji-woo will appear in a Paris fashion show for Louis Vuitton. She will be the only Asian star at the Louis Vuitton 2008 Spring/Summer Collection. Other celebrities who have participated in the show so far include Uma Thurman, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson.

Choi will leave for gay Paris today to participate in the show on 07 Oct.

Update – 9 October 2007:
My apologies, Choi Ji-woo went to the LV fashion show as a guest and did not model for the event.

Related:
Princess Ji-woo at LV Paris Fashion Show

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Daejeon: ‘Dream Car’or ‘Dream Girls’ Festival?

Published on October 6, 2007 by in About Korea

I think it is the same everywhere…there will be lots of skimpily dressed sexy ladies at an auto show. Sometimes you wonder if there are more of these ladies than cars.

The first “Daejeon Dream Car Festival” is currently underway (2 – 7 Oct) at the Korea Trade Exhibition Center in Daejeon, South Chungcheong Province. It is a motor show for super cars and tuned vehicles.

I was surfing the net, and found these pictures. It’s weird, how come the ladies are the focus and not the cars?

Men…tell us…do you want to see the cars? Or the ladies at an automobile show? Or both? =)



For more:
Daejeon Dream Car Festival Photos on Yahoo! Korea
Super Cars Coming to Daejeon Dream Car Festival


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PIFF Opening Ceremony Red Carpet Photos

Published on October 5, 2007 by in Buzz, Fashion

Korean celebrities were dressed to the nines at the 12th Pusan International Film Festival opening ceremony. The women showed lots of flesh opting for long flowy dresses with necklines plunging to the waist. The opening ceremony was held at Busan’s Suyoungman Yacht Stadium, Thursday evening.

Here are the South Korean celebs that i recognize on the red carpet.

Lee Dong-gun was Uhm Jung-hwa’s arm candy for the night

Everybody’s princess, Yoon Eun-hye

Ahhh…just when i thought Gong Hyo-jin
looked lovely for once…

She spoils it by showing us that ugly blue dress
“I can’t hear you…” Daniel Henney wants
his fans to scream LOUDER!

Vavavavoom…who is this lady? She was the most
photographed for the night : Kim So-yun. By the way, the
dress looks like it needs some double-sided tape to keep it in place.

Dashingly handsome Daniel Henney gives
K-popped! a high five ;-)

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Lee Min-ki’s new drama – Evasive Inquiry Agency

Published on October 4, 2007 by in Buzz, Dramas

Are there any fans of Love Truly‘s Lee Min-ki (이민기 ) reading this blog? Well, we know there’s one big fan of his * wink * wink *. If there’s no one else who fancies him, then this post is especially for you (you know who you are!)

Lee Min-ki’s new drama on KBS2
starts airing in Korea on 8 Oct 2007


The 22-year-old Korean actor will be in a brand new drama called Evasive Inquiry Agency.

Korean title: 얼렁뚱땅 흥신소

Evasive Inquiry Agency (please tell me what this means if you know) will be aired on KBS2 on 8 October 2007. It has 16 episodes in total and will be aired on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:55pm in Korea.

The stars were at Hyatt Hotel on 01 Oct to kick-off the drama


Lee Min-ki dresses like he’s a cast in the historical
fantasy drama –
The Legend with Bae Yong-joon


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Korean Film Festival at GSC

Published on October 4, 2007 by in Buzz, Movies

Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), the largest chain of cinemas in Malaysia, is organising a Korean Film Festival at the end of the month (Oct 2007).

The event will be held at GSC Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur and GSC 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya from Oct 25 to 29.

After that, the festival will move up north to Penang. Your favourite Korean films will be showcased at GSC Gurney Plaza from Nov 1 to 5.

Isn’t that great news? We’re working on getting the list of Korean movies being showcased so bear with us, ya?

Remember, you heard it at K-popped! first.

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BoA unleashes 23rd single in Korea

Published on October 4, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

Her singles number more than her age. Barely 21-year-old BoA releases her 23rd single Love Letter in Korea today (Oct 4).

The Japan-based singer unleashed the single in Japan on Sept 26. For the Korean market, the single comes in two different packaging. One with just the CD and another with a CD and DVD. There are three tracks in the CD.

BoA wrote the lyrics to the title track herself and it’s about a girl who wants to confess her love. But does she? You’ll have to listen to find out.

The 2nd song is a dance number called Diamond Heart while the 3rd is called Beautiful Flowers, the soundtrack from The Pro-Baseball, a Japanese TV program.

Oh, there’s a little extra as well, a hidden track of an acoustic version of Love Letter.

It is not available in Malaysia. Hee hee….

Source: Digital Chosunilbo
Pic credit: Love BoA Club

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Kim Hee-sun (김희선)

Published on October 3, 2007 by in Profiles

This lady is getting married soon. With all the entries i have blogged about her, i think it’s time we get to know Kim Hee-sun better.

Kim is only thirty, but has been in the entertainment industry for more than 13-years now. Touted to be one of South Korea’s natural beauties, she debuted on the television drama ‘Year 11 Students‘ at the young age of 16. Her movie debut was in 1997 where she acted opposite Jang Dong-gun in Repechage.

Kim has also been in two big budget movies, namely Bichunmoo (2000) and The Myth (2005). The latter was produced by Jackie Chan, costing over 100 million Hong Kong dollars! In the movie, Kim acted opposite Jackie Chan, and also sang a duet with him on the film’s soundtrack “Endless Love“.

Date of birth: 25 February 1977
Blood type: O
Weight: 46 kg
Height: 168cm

Dramas:

  • Smile Again (2006)
  • Sad Sonata/The Sad Love Story (2005)
  • The Perfect Girl/ My Fair Lady (2003)
  • Goodbye My Love (1999)
  • Tomato (1999)
  • Sunflower (1998)
  • Wedding Dress (1998)
  • To the End of the World (1998)
  • Mister Q (1998)
  • New York Story (1998)
  • Propose (1997)
  • The Color White (1997)
  • Faraway Country (1996)
  • Sauna Guys (1995)
  • The Son of the Wind (1995)
  • The Tale of Chung Hyang (1994)
  • Agatha Christie (1994)
  • Year 11 Students (1993)


Movies:

  • The Myth (2005)
  • A Man Who Went to Mars (2003)
  • Wanee & Junah (2001)
  • Bichunmoo (2000)
  • Calla (1999)
  • Ghost in Love (1999)
  • Repechage (1997)

Read about Kim Hee-sun’s wedding:
Kim Hee-sun weds Park Joo -yung
Get Kim Hee-sun to the church on time!
Se7en the wedding singer
Kim Hee-sun reveals wedding dress
Kim Hee-sun’s secret engagement ceremony
Kim Hee-sun’s wedding dress
Wedding of the year?

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Love Truly showing on the Phoenix channel

Dear Malaysians, if you missed the Love Truly (or a.k.a Really, Really Like You) run on 8TV (June until August 2007) or just have a burning desire to watch the chemistry between Eugene, Lee Min-ki and Ryoo Jin one more time, you’re in luck.

Gleeful trio: (From left) Ryoo Jin, Lee Min-ki and Eugene are delighted that
their drama is being aired for the 2nd time in Malaysia within the same year.

The Phoenix Channel (Astro PHOENIX 312) is currently airing the drama series at 7pm to 8pm from Monday to Friday. Repeats are at 2.15pm the following day. Hmph, it’s still dubbed in Mandarin(!) and there’s no toggle function for audio and subtitles.

Gosh, I expected better from an Astro channel. Oh yeah, there’s only Chinese subtitles…someone at Phoenix-land really, really dislikes me (sic), huh?

Why are we getting the same drama on different channels? Is there a share-a-drama program between the terrestrial and satellite TV stations that we are not aware of?

Ah well, at least this drama is aired on Phoenix after it ended its run on 8TV, but did you know that the Korean drama Marrying a Millionaire starring Ko Soo has been simultaneously showing on Astro PRIMA and TV2?

Come on guys, don’t waste time slots like this. You can bring in more dramas if you stop competing for a piece of the K-popped! Malaysian pie this way.

A more effective method would be to air the dramas in its original Korean audio with either the Bahasa Malaysia or English subtitles on to capture the non Chinese-speaking market…and we’re growing, I think.

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