As CNBLUE mainly focuses its activity to an overground crowd, they have gained more than sufficient fans to be called the band’s idols. But some may think them as not so lucky to have the opportunity to showcase their talents. However, with each album release, CNBLUE boys prove more of their actual skills and matured especially with the newest album of songs that the members worked on personally.
Q. Please briefly introduce the newest album Re:BLUE.
A. Re:BLUE is our 4th mini album comeback within 10 months in Korea, the album is filled with 6 songs which are all of CNBLUE’s creation. With the title song I’m Sorry following with Coffee Shop, A Guy Like Me, Lalala and Where You Are were, all written by member Jung Yong Hwa and More Than You was written by Lee Jong Hyun. The title song I’m Sorry is especially trendy and is a powerful modern rock genre song which we could really fully express our color with. Outside of the modern rock genre, we have created a pop and disco rock, plus other various genres in the album. We hope you like them.
Q. What kind of song is the title song I’m Sorry?
A. Jung Yong Hwa’s song I’m Sorry has a lot of pop elements with an addictive melody. The song expresses a guy’s heart after being hurt from the lover’s last word “I’m Sorry”. Using the electronic synthesizer and guitar sounds, the song became a powerful and trendy modern rock song.
Q. The fact that the title song was Jung Yong Hwa’s first written song left a different impression! How does it feel?
A. Each album contains songs that I worked on, but this is the first time that my song is the title song, so I was a little burdened at first. I tried really hard to put in a lot of pop elements in the song. I was worried and unsure if the fans would like it because it was different from what I’ve tried before. I hope you enjoy it!
Q. Other than the title song, which song from the album do you feel really attached to and what is the reason for that?
A. All the songs are really great, but the members decided that Coffee Shop was the best, it is a song that we want to let many people hear live.
Q. The music video for the title I’m Sorry was filmed in London, please tell us any funny episodes during the filming.
A. Rain! It rained so much and it was so cold. We do hear that it rains often in England and that it is chilly in general but during the filming, it rained for the whole duration. The staff in England even said that they believed that it had probably rained all the rain that could fall for the whole year. Due to the rain, we had to postpone and delay part of the filming.
Q. CNBLUE is famous for being acting-idols (acting-dols), are there any plans to meet your fans through any drama pieces this year?
A. Currently, Jung Shin is acting in My Daughter, Seo Young and since we have made our comeback, for the meantime, we want to focus on the comeback activities. Since it’s been a while since we stood on stage, we would also like to greet our fans for as long as possible.
Q. Which member of CNBLUE cares for his looks the most?
A. Actually, none of the members really cares for his looks too much. We look at the mirror often only right before a television program or broadcast but if we had to pick one, it would either be Min Hyuk or Jung Shin! (laughs)
Q. Last December you held a successful concert, is there any new plan of meeting your fans through concert this year? If you do, when are you planning to have it?
A. To keep it short, “We will meet you soon!” Please look forward to it!
Translated interview and photos -Bugs Music
As soon as CNBLUE released their newest song I’m Sorry, the song shot up straight to the top of the music charts dominating multiple charts.
All the songs of the album Re:BLUE were placed among the top 10 songs, especially as it was stated that the members of CNBLUE participated in the production of the album, the music showed their unique color even more.
The title song, I’m Sorry, is a self written song by Jung Yong Hwa, it is his first title song he created since debut and has been receiving much love and attention so far. Jung Yong Hwa also worked on the song Coffee Shop as well. Member Lee Jong Hyun co-composed the song More Than You (나 그대보다) which has been receiving much compliments from both the professional field and the fans.
CNBLUE will make their comeback to the music industry on KBS Music Bank on January 18.
Check out their songs here:
Simon D and Yung Yong Hwa have surprised fans and the media after Simon D confirmed the two stars were from the “same town, same apartment and same high school.”
The Supreme Team member uploaded a picture with the CNBLUE singer on January 8, captioning “Same town, same apartment, same high school.”
The photo (as above) pictures the two stars standing head to head, surprising many fans and the Korean media of the unrevealed special friendship.
Simon D and Yong Hwa took the photo on the set of Running Man, which the episode will feature actress Choi Jiwoo, BEAST’s Lee Gi-Kwang and CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun.
CNBLUE is set to make a comeback with their fourth mini-album on January 14.
Source: The Star
As CNBLUE‘s comeback draws closer, they have set a new challenge for the new album. All the members of the band will be producing the songs of the album. It has become the spark of attention that the leader Jung Yong Hwa will be creating the title song of the upcoming album.
Jung Yong Hwa shared a photo on CNBLUE’s official Twitter along with this statement, “Hello everyone! This is Yong Hwa. It is so cold. The title song of the album which is to be released January 14th is created by me! We will work hard to make a great promotion especially as all of our fans waited for so long. Please look forward to it. We will be together soon!”
In the photo, Jung Yong Hwa is in his room at CNBLUE’s dorm with the computer and producing systems. It is said that Jung Yong Hwa wrote a total of 20 songs last year. In Japan, the band was active with some of the songs he wrote, but this will be the first time he will be presenting his own song in Korea, and so fans are looking forward to their comeback even more.
The leader shared through his agency, “I do feel a bit burdened that I have to create the title song, but I will not disappoint you and show an awesome performance.”
Exactly three years ago on January 14th of 2010, CNBLUE debuted with the song titled I’m A Loner (외톨이야) and to celebrate the special 3rd year anniversary, they will release Jung Yong Hwa’s song as title song in the new album on January 14th of 2013.
Are you ready for their comeback?
Source: news and photo-The Star
SINGAPORE – Imagine an eclectic mix of Chinese traditional instruments, some Western orchestra instruments, drums and even electric guitars performing K-pop tunes arranged to accommodate the different instruments? For the skeptics who cannot even conceive how these can go well together, there have been many attempts to marry the sounds of traditional instruments and their modern counterparts.
For those who have been exposed to this unique mixture of instruments through Korean drama Heartstrings (starring Jung Yong Hwa as a guitarist and Park Shin Hye as the female protagonist who plays the gayageum-a Korean traditional instrument), or seen the recent live performance of AOA’s Get Out featuring Mina, this risky and meticulously crafted pair-up can either be a success, or downright painful to the ears, lest to say undermining the traditional instruments, who often cannot be heard due to the nature of modern instruments to be louder and more easily heard by the audience. Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra (NYPCO), however, proved their mettle with their concert K-ATTACK II, held on the 3rd of November, 2012, at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore.
The first section began with a majestic rendition of IU’s You and I, then continued with melancholic tunes like SISTAR’s Alone and 2AM’s I Wonder if You Hurt Like Me, and finishing with CNBLUE‘s Hey You. A percussion-only performance of BoA’s Only One, KARA’s Pandora and 2NE1’s I Love You, a song that shook the K-pop industry with its distinctly un-Kpop-like-sound, NYPCO performed songs across a range of genres, exploring diverse repertoires even under the K-pop umbrella itself.
Performing T-ara’s Lovey Dovey, SHINee’s Sherlock, SNSD’s Paparazzi and Huh Gak’s It Hurts and even the then yet-to-be-officially-released 2PM’s Masquerade in the second segment, NYPCO showcased their ability by covering recent and popular songs. The Sherlock performance was exceptional, made complete with the chants of “SHINee’s back, SHINee’s back” by the orchestra members. Fast numbers like Lovey Dovey and Paparazzi were no easy feat either, but the orchestra seemed to have fun even whilst having to deal with the huge number of notes. NYPCO ended the second segment by bringing the house down with an expected performance of the song that has been taking the world by storm-PSY’s Gangnam Style.
From a PSY doppelganger, sunglasses, the cheesy horse-dance, orchestra members dancing to Gangnam Style with style, to a girl member standing up and saying “Oppa, Gangnam Style” in a cute voice, NYPCO put in much effort to ensure that the audience would enjoy this particular song.
More great songs, for example, DBSK’s Keep Your Head Down, followed in the third section. The last song was most memorable, as it was not a single song, but a seamless mash-up comprising BIG BANG’s Fantastic Baby, Blue, Monster and Love Song. For the encore, the maestro apologized for not being able to play more songs, and to make up for that, the orchestra would “play one last song with at least ten songs”, and among these songs were SNSD’s The Boys and Mr Taxi, 2PM’s Put Your Hands Up, T-ara’s Cry Cry, F.T. Island’s Hello Hello, CNBLUE’s I’m A Loner, KARA’s Mister, BIG BANG’s Tonight, 4Minute’s Heart to Heart, B2ST’s Fiction, SNSD Taeyeon’s Can You Hear Me, U-Kiss’ 0330, and many more.
Songs that were most spectacularly delivered and which stood out in their powerful and accurate delivery and conveyance of the emotions were later revealed to be the songs arranged by one of its members. Displaying superb skills in blending the sounds of the different types of instruments, as well as in arranging pop songs for traditional instruments, this laudable accomplishment has not only depicted how the NYPCO is not only just a place for students to improve their craft, but also to try their hand at challenging the abilities of the instruments in terms of the songs they are usually associated to and deemed fit to perform. Although there is an absence of an overarching theme to the whole concert and thus the songs did not contribute to the whole flow of the concert-flitting from light-hearted songs to groovy songs and to emotional songs-, both orchestra and audience enjoyed themselves tremendously.
What makes K-ATTACK II a refreshing performance is that they pay homage to the music preferences of today through their traditional instruments . Having come a long way since being formed in 2009, the orchestra has grown from a mere 45 members to the current 155 members under the helm of conductor Mike Chiang. Majority of the friends who turned out to support members of the orchestra were evidently K-pop fans rather than fans of the traditional instruments. However, this concert merged the traditional with the modern, and even though the creation of this new sound inevitably eradicates a little the beauty of both the traditional and the modern, it is testimony to a brave new vision which the NYPCO has embraced to keep the Chinese instruments relevant in today’s society.
If you , the K-pop lover, want to wave light-sticks to your favorite songs with like-minded friends but cannot afford the skyrocketing prices of tickets to see your idols, why not look forward to next year’s concert by NYPCO? Besides being treated to a performance full of laughs while learning to appreciate music produced by a Chinese orchestra, this is one concert where you definitely can experience that wordless sense of contentment derived just from listening to music-it will be an attack (or K-ATTACK) on your senses!
Event covered by Adrian@hellokpop and Yunting@hellokpop