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JYJ's Junsu vows to reward fans' love with uncompromised album

All News 18:33 June 11, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- Junsu of South Korean pop trio JYJ said on Saturday he is not afraid of going against the seasonal trends of the K-pop market, since making a unique album is the only way he can match his fans' support.

"Every time I release an album, I try to differentiate it from my previous albums, and stay away from putting up similar work with slightly different songs," he said during a news conference for his fourth and latest full-length album "XIGNATURE."

"Showing different performances in different work is my way of appreciating the people who come see me every time (I release new work)," continued the singer, also known by his full name Kim Jun-su and stage name Xia Junsu.

The South Korean heartthrob said he insisted on packing "XIGNATURE" with 13 songs, significantly more than the usual size of a full K-pop album.

"(Stuffed) albums may be far from the current market trend, but I know my album -- I stuffed my album as I always have," the 29-year-old singer grinned.

"Every single piece of the 13 songs deserves to be a lead song of 'XIGNATURE.'"

Yet the album did not entirely ignore market trends, he said. Although he explicitly proffered dance songs to impress concertgoers, he also tried to keep some ballads in the new album to reflect the pro-ballad atmosphere among K-pop fans.

"I was impressed that many of you fell for sweet ballads, like 'How Can I Love You' that I sang for the drama 'Descendants of the Sun.' I tried to reflect your preference for ballads in the new album, as you'll see in 'Is You.'"

The media event was held 90 minutes before his first solo concert in the Gymnastics Arena of Olympic Stadium in southeastern Seoul -- a popularity gouge for all K-pop singers. With the two-hour concert, Junsu kicked off his Asia tour in eight major cities in South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Thailand.

About 8,000 concertgoers from home and overseas swarmed the venue.

"I am grateful for the people who have trusted in my album and my concerts, especially when I make almost zero appearances in the (televised music) shows. It's simply incredible."


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