Kim Hyun Joong and Park Yoochun, close friends who were both born in 1986, are pursuing a variety of activities as Hallyu stars.
The two singers both made their mark as Hallyu actors through the dramas ‘Boys Over Flowers’ and ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’ respectively. Also, Kim Hyun Joong is from SS501 while Park Yoochun is from TVXQ, both of which partook in overseas activities even before the global K-POP craze began and became forerunners of the new Hallyu Wave.
Since appearing in ‘Boys Over Flowers’ in 2009, Kim Hyun Joong changed agencies to Keyeast Entertainment, which also works with Bae Young Jun, and quickly rose as ‘the second Bae Yong Jun’.
Making a comeback in Korea this June with his first mini album ‘Breakdown’, Kim Hyun Joong has been active in countries such as Japan and China. As his album ‘Breakdown’ was released simultaneously in all regions of Asia, it topped various overseas music charts, music programs and online music sites in countries such as Japan (Oricon charts for imported CDs), Taiwan (5 MUSIC, G-music), Philippines (ASTRO) and Hong Kong (KKbox).
Also, Kim Hyun Joong held promotional activities in seven countries in Asia, beginning in Japan and going to countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia, making a successful debut as a solo singer and solidifying a position as a rising Hallyu star.
Recently, he was chosen to model the Japanese clothing brand Heatfact and on the 16th of this month, he performed the closing act at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, proving his immense popularity.
With such successes in his pocket, Kim Hyun Joong plans to hold an Asia tour concert starting from December.
JYJ’s Park Yoochun is also receiving much love overseas as an actor and a singer.
Making his debut as an actor through last year’s ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’, Park Yoochun was chosen as the most popular actor in Asia at the ‘Seoul Drama Awards 2011′. He also won the Best Actor Award for Hallyu dramas.
Park Yoochun held his first individual fanmeet in Thailand on the 17th to promote his drama ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’. This was the first time he was partaking in promotional activities and fanmeets as an actor and not for the JYJ World Tour.
The company that held the fanmeet in Thailand said, “‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’ is currently recording high viewer ratings in Thailand, and as the popularity of Park Yoochun, who played the part of Lee Seon Joon in the drama, is immense, we decided to plan an individual fanmeet for him.The tickets were sold out almost immediately and we were amazed by his popularity once more.“
Park Yoochun plans to fly to Europe in October to spread the Hallyu Wave further. Since finishing their world tour that began in April, JYJ, of which Park Yoochun is a member, are planning to hold concerts in Europe.
JYJ will be holding their first European concert in Barcelona, Spain on the 29th of October. They are also planning to hold another concert in Berlin, Germany on the 6th of November.
In real life, Park Yoochun and Kim Hyun Joong are close friends. Their friendly competition as rivals began with their debut as singers and has continued into their acting careers, and we are curious to see if they will maintain in a ‘win-win’ situation as Hallyu stars.
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