Celebrating CNBLUE Lee Jonghyun 25th Birthday, “Burning Melody Short Story Competition”

Celebrating CNBLUE Lee Jonghyun 25th Birthday, “Burning Melody Short Story Competition”

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CNBLUE Mini Magazine Interview July 2013 Issue

CNBLUE Mini Magazine Interview July 2013 Issue

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Love, Private… etc. Which is Your Type?

Yes or No?

A or B?

 

Q: Which one the type of girl do you want to go a date with?

A. Cute girl    B. Beautiful girl

Yonghwa: A. I like a cute girl.

Minhyuk: Well… I like both! (Laugh)

Jungshin: Oh, Minhyuk is a bad guy!

Jonghyun and Jungshin: We’re like a beautiful girl.

 

Q: Which one the type of girl that makes your heart aches?

A. Clumsy girl  B. A girl who can take good care of people

Everybody: B! B!

Jonghyun: This is no doubt. (Laugh)

Yonghwa: I am a bit clumsy person, so it is better if my girlfriend is not such a person (clumsy). (Laugh)

Jonghyun: Actually, Yonghwa-hyeong is a bit clumsy outside of work…

Yonghwa: Sorry! (Laugh)

Jungshin: I like a clumsy girl but a girl who able to take good care of people is better.

 

Q: Are you a clean person?

Yonghwa & Jonghyun: No~~ I’m not.

Minhyuk & Jungshin: Yes I’am.

Jonghyun: Because I don’t like to clean up the room, I try not to mess up.

Minhyuk: Me neither. Even though I don’t like to clean up the room, I try to keep it clean when I have a time.

Yonghwa: Well…, looking at it objectively, my room is messy. I know that.

Jungshin: That’s true, hahaha!

 

Q: Which one do you want to do when you go on a date with a girlfriend?

A. Holding hands   B. Arm in arm

Minhyuk: A.

Yonghwa & Jonghyun & Jungshin: B.

Yonghwa: My hand usually sweating a lot so if I would go on a date without a conversation, it’s going to be terrible.

Jonghyun: My most favorite way is to do arm in arm.

Jungshin: When I do arm in arm with a girlfriend, it seems to feel to be together.

Jonghyun: So, it is also a good way to place my arms around girlfriend’s waist, isn’t it?

 

Q: Which word who make you happier if you are said by a girl?

A. You are funny guy   B. You are the reliable guy.

Everybody: B!

Jonghyun: Korean man doesn’t like to be said “you are funny”.

Jungshin: It is happier to be saying “you are reliable guy” for me. If exactly I have a sense of humor, I am also happy to be said “you are funny”.

Yonghwa: um… However, because I think both words have good meanings, I also happy to be said A.

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Q: Which clothes do you want your girlfriend to wear for dating?

A.  a dress   B. Shorts

Jonghyun&Minhyuk&Jungshin: A.

Yonghwa: B. Don’t you think that only a girl who has a self-confidence can wear a short?

Jonghyun: I don’t want my girlfriend to wear shortly clothes such as shorts… But basically, a man wants to see that, don’t you think so? (Laugh) So I answered A, but I might answer B. haha.

Minhyuk: Oh, I don’t get it. In my image, a dress is prettier.

 

Q: Do you know all members’ love life?

Yes or No?

Yonghwa: We know but don’t know everything.

Jonghyun: Basically we don’t have secret with each other. But I don’t have interest in member’s love story. (Laugh)

Everybody: Hey! (Laugh)

 

Q: Which type do you want if you have a girlfriend?

A. A good talker   B. A good listener

Yonghwa&Jungshin: B!

Jonghyun&Minhyuk: A!

Jungshin: Depend on our accustomed demeanor, we have different answers!

Everybody: Wow!

Yonghwa: Because we (Yonghwa&Jungshin) are talkative, it’s better we would have a good listener girlfriend.

Jungshin: If my girlfriend were foreigner, I would answer A. I want to hear the story of foreign.

 

Q: Usually do you wear a perfume?

Yes or No?

Everybody: Yes.

Yonghwa: Recently, I bought new one that have smell like floral.

Jungshin: Yonghwa-hyeong is fashionable!

Yonghwa: No, I’m the country boy…

Minhyuk: I don’t like strong aroma.

Jonghyun: I have used the same one for a long time and not changed but members say it is a little like of an older man.

Jungshin: I had used several things but recently I use the one which is recommended by Yonghwa-hyeong.

Yonghwa: It is a candle aroma.

 

Q: Have you experienced blind love?

Yes or No?

Yonghwa: Even though it was an unrequited love, I would get to blind.

Jonghyun: Love is like that.

Minhyuk&Jungshin: We’re totally agreed.

Minhyuk: If I fall in love, I would love even their drawback.

 

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Yonghwa: Date Of Birth 1989.6.22  <Guitar & Vocal>

He is the eldest and CNBLUE’s leader. He is also the person who is always dependable, though, he has a mischievous side.

 

Minhyuk: Date Of Birth 1991.6.28  <Drum>

He is a little shy but his every effort to speak Japanese and his tender smile brings out our motherly instinct. He has a reputation as the accuracy on his drum.

 

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Jonghyun: Date Of Birth 1990.5.15  <Guitar & Vocal>

He speaks fluent Japanese and frank, so he provides a relaxed atmosphere. A hard worker that he wants to play a guitar every day. He has beautiful skins.

 

Jungshin: Date Of Birth 1991.9.15   <Bass>

He is polite and attracts people with friendly smile also. He has a nice body such as a model and his leg length are incredible.

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CNBLUE PATi PATi Magazine June 2013 Issue

CNBLUE PATi PATi Magazine June 2013 Issue

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CNBLUE is a first Korean rock band who doing a World Tour. Right after debut, they are known as an alternative rock band, they released medium tempo love song this time. We interviewed them about the new song “Blind Love” composed by Jonghyun.

“Blind Love” was released on April 24th. It is their 5th single CD who first time contain love song and a medium tune song for CNBLUE.

Jonghyun: This is kind of “spring” song. At first, I’ve written this song’s lyric in impression of Sakura (cherry blossom). But I didn’t want to make this song for only “spring”, so I’ve changed the lyric.

When I listen to this melody, I feel like seeing cherry blossom petals swirl.

Jonghyun: Well, the original lyric was “you are shining in swirling petals~”. However some of my Japanese friends and our staff said there are lots of Sakura songs in Japan. So I’ve changed it.

Jungshin: Since this time’s the title song has a different image from our previous songs, I was worried that people who listened this song feel a little confused. But it is a love song and melody like J-pop, so I think Japanese Fan will likes this song.

Minhyuk: This is an easy listening song. We also felt fresh feeling.

Yonghwa: We had strong songs up to now, though we have tender song this time. You can feel different style of us.

Almost of your songs were rock tune after your major debut in Japan.

Yonghwa: Yes we are. Most of our songs we’ve written are about a positive thinking like “HOPE”.

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Did you need courage to make such a medium tune love song as a title song?

Jonghyun: It seemed a “challenge” for me. We try a ballad as a rock band.

Yonghwa: Ummm, it was like one of temptation rather than challenge for me.

What song who comes into your mind immediately as a rock band’s ballad song?

Jonghyun: Bon Jovi “Always” and Oasis “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. These two songs are great as ballad songs.

Yonghwa: Bon Jovi “All About Lovin’ you”.

Jungshin: Bon Jovi is good and MR.BIG.

Minhyuk: Every song that they have said until now (Minhyuk had the same opinion with Jonghyun and Yonghwa).

Jonghyun: See, ballad song is important one for a rock band. I hope our song will be so.

Since this song’s lyric is almost written in Japanese, it’s easy to understand for Japanese fans.

Jonghyun: This song is the love song that anyone has experienced once and has a nostalgic feeling. “No matter how far our distance is, I always love you~”.

The couple in this song already broke up, didn’t they?

Jonghyun: Yes, they did, seems sad though. I would be lying if I said they don’t break up. Even though they broke up, love is blind. This is why “Blind Love”

Then we would like to interviewed you about “With Your Eyes”.

Jonghyun: Actually, we were divided between “Blind Love” or “With Your Eyes” as a title song. In fact many staff chose “With your eyes”.

“With Your Eyes” has more CNBLUE’s sound.

Jonghyun: I think so. “With Your Eyes” is also a good song. “Greedy man” was composed and written a by Yonghwa though; all songs “Blind Love”, “With your eyes”, “Greedy man” are have a good lyrics.

Did you write a lyric of “With Your Eyes” purposely for  “Love”?

Jonghyun: No. It’s about a “Life”.  I can not surely say “A life is like this” in my age. However this is a message that “Since it’s your own life, you must have responsibility for your life”.

Then what about “Greedy Man” composed by Yonghwa?

Yonghwa: This song describes a message “where are you? ”, “I’ll keep loving you”. A lyric of biased love is more interesting than a lyric that say straightly “I love you”, and I think listener also feels so toward this song.

I see. After you released this single, you are going to do World Tour and then ZEPP tour in Japan.

Yonghwa: We just take a step toward the world including Japan. We’ll always do our best.

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Do CNBLUE members give support to “Blind Love”?

Jonghyun:  Of course they are.

Yonghwa:  What do you mean by “Love is Blind”?

Does it like a straight love. No cheating?

Jonghyun: Yes it does.

Jungshin: It doesn’t mean that you give up your job and to be besotted.

Nobody is here like this type (cheating, besotted and giving up)?

Minhyuk: Nobody.

Jonghyun: Because everybody works hard.

Yonghwa: We have to keep working hard while we are young.

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KANG MINHYUK KOREAN TV DRAMA MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

KANG MINHYUK KOREAN TV DRAMA MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

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Kang Minhyuk

A multi talent who attracts people not only by music but also acting.

Sekwang is smart and tall, a reliable man as a boyfriend. But he is a maknae who can’t oppose his sister. CNBLUE drummer Kang Minhyuk created the lovely character. He is still a new face as an actor. He naturally acted contrast character compared to a single-minded boy in previous drama ‘Heartstrings’ more than everyone’s has expected.

 

Changed into a ‘Bad man’.


He was influence his action by the other members (CNBLUE).

ーHow did you finish shooting the long home drama that extended for over 7 months?
MH: Our drama has 57 episodes, I acted with nice actors for a long time, so I was comfortable and we became like a real family. I could relax when I acted and I had no difficulties during shooting.

ーIs it any difference from ‘Heartstrings’?
MH: Simple, It was (My Husband Got a Family) weekend drama and the previous one (Heartstring) was mini series. And I acted only as a cute character in ‘Heartstrings’ , but this time, I could show you my several face. I showed a lot of usual me.  This time when I acted I had a bit difficulties (regarding his character that quite opposite with his real personality) this point is most different. As for the similarity, both drama had mild atmosphere.

ーAt first, Sekwang was a bad man who tempts women on purpose for his friend. How did you try to express it?
MH: To be honest, I’m worried because I don’t know how to be a bad man. CNBLUE members burst out into laughing when they heard I will act as a bad man… so I studied and discussing with scriptwriter. And I synchronized the timing with Malsook, so then I could express the hidden things of me.

ーWho was burst out into laughing the most?
MH: All of them. hahaha  Sometimes we’re monitoring each others act. They will say nothing when someone acts well, but when they find the strange part, they will make fun. And they start to imitate it. They’ll imitate as soon as  they find such a part.

ーWhat about this time?
MH: On the opening of this drama, I had the scene that I raise my hand saying ‘I am!’ at a club. Usually when people raise their hand, they stand all of their fingers. In my case, they said I raised only my 3 fingers, thumb, index finger, and middle finger and it looked like a  bird’s paw! I  continuously to deny it , they didn’t believe me. Finally, they updated its cap picture in our messenger, and when I saw it, it’s really looked like a  bird’s paw.. Even now they still make fun on me because of this.

ーAt the beginning Sekwang was tempted Malsook on purpose for revenge, gradually he really loves Malsook. Actually, is your ideal type a woman like Malsook?
MH: She is cheerful and active. I think she is very cute. She is a little hatred and acts irresponsibility, but I’ll get over her personality if I like her, haha.

ーWhat is the secret to have  someone’s heart like Sekwang?
MH: If I have a girlfriend, I make efforts as possible as I can and try to express all of my feelings. I will call  or spend time just to eat with her. I’ll express all of my feeling without controlling.

ーPreviously, you said you’ll do your best for her more than Gwinam if you have a girlfriend, didn’t you?
MH: I do everything when I interest in something. And Gwinam in drama expresses all of them directly. I have a confident about such things! I wish I would have my girlfriend. hahaha

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Very nervous at  first kiss scene.

 

ーHow do you opposed to keep company with your lover?
MH: It’s a problem and I have thinking back again. I tried to persuade my family in drama, but I have to think over in reality. I’m sure they have  reasons to oppose our marriage. But I let members know if I have a girlfriend in the first place.

 

ーWhich scene do you have a deep impression?
MH: Kiss scene under the umbrella. It’s my first to have such a scene  since I started to act, I felt ‘I’m cool’ when I watched it on TV! It left a good impression on my mind.

 

ーNow, all of CNBLUE members work  not only as musician but an actor. Did you receive any advise from other members?
MH: Yonghwa hyung works as an actor longer than I do. But… his kiss scene…kkk In that scene, I thought it’s only acting, there  just as scenario. In fact I was very nervous, I put our lips closely rather than I acted with my heart.

 

ーSekwang is attractive man, how about you?
MH: In members, I’m maknae, so I sometimes depend on others, I don’t do like in drama. I worried about how to try to please, but when I went to the shooting destination, I could do smoothly! I’m youngest of all (among My Husband Got Family casts), other actors loved me, so I could act naturally. I felt a little shy, but I was Okay, sometimes I’ll talk to  Yunie nuna or mother (his mother on drama).

 

ーWhat do you think if you have a strong sister like Yunie?
MH: Yunie gets angry with me, and sometimes spoils me. Her action has love to brother, she always supports him behind. I’m happy if I have such a sister. Of course I was slapped in drama. hahaha

 

ーWere you scared in the scene you were slapped?
MH: Not at all. Namjoo is tender, so she can’t slap strongly. She worried about me, finally I asked her ‘I’m ok, so please slap’. We could enjoy shooting.

 

ーWhat did you think you acted with other actors?
MH: First, I felt a lot of  pressure, but I didn’t want to trouble them, so I always practiced hard the day before. They encouraged me so warmly on the location, and I appreciate  them for it. They treat me like real brother or son. I enjoyed shooting very much.

 

ーWho supported you about acting the most?
MH: um…… I was maknae in set (among those casts), so all of them concerned me warmly. I was helped by Namjoo and Yoon Jungsan.

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I’ll show you cool us at World Tour!

 

ーWhat word were you impressed the best from co-worker’s as advise?
MH: I was given ‘You did well, so act like now without thinking too serious.’ When I was anxious. I remember when script-reading meeting. I’m originally shy, so I was embarrassed acting at the place where there no camera. I felt so nervous, but I gradually became calm because other actors relaxed and read scenario. Thanks for them.

 

ー It was funny a tutor Sekwang and a student Janggun give and take. Did you have many NG?
MH: We were never have NG which cause of our laughing. For let audience laugh, I think we have to control to act naturally. Dongyeon who acted Janggun and I practiced many times, so we were a perfect pair. I concentrated to express impatience when I teach Janggun who is slow on the uptake.

 

ーPlease advise how to study to the student fans.
MH: Advise? I give an advise? oh… I think the result of school exam is in proportion quantity of studying. School exam is decided by general range. If you’re well study at the school, you can have  high score.

 

ーCNBLUE member, Lee Jungshin acted a man who wants to be an actor in ‘My daughter, Seoyeong’, He had the scene he practiced Sekwang’s word. Did you watch it?
MH: I watched it, but I was amazed. hahaha It was strange for me, Sekwang was presented by audience like that. In fact, I didn’t know that scene, I knew when I watched the drama. We don’t give an advise each other. In the Jungshin’s case, I checked his lines few times, and I told him ‘It’s important to stay relax’. Maybe we haven’t talked about drama we appeared.

 

ーRecently, your video playing the drum became a topic, can we directly see you like that at the world tour?
MH: I don’t know camera will be set before drum. Maybe you can see  me at our live in Seoul on May. We will go to many countries, the atmosphere will be different on each countries. We’ll show you cool us at each concerts!

 

ー5th single ‘Blind Love’ will be released on 24 April. What kind of song is it?
MH: This song is composed by Jonghyun hyung. We have let you listen to Yonghwa’s songs who powerful and sparkled with wit until now. But this song is like spring. I think we can show you Jonghyun’s song to be more coloring J-pop taste. It’s new challenge for us, so please listen to it!

 

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CNBLUE ANNAN MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

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Jungshin

A funny prince who looks like a model

‘I like a prosperous place, I recommend Gangnam area. It attracts with  many hotels and shopping spots!’ He introduced Seoul. By the way, if you have Japanese girlfriend, what kind of date do you want? ‘Firstly, we will go shopping at Kalosukil. There are many stylish shops, we are holding  hands and date slowly ( not to rush to do anything). I want to eat Choppal together. The shop I often went is in Seoul, that shop has the best vegetable choppal! I’m sure she will glad!’

He is talkative and get rid his cool looks. ‘Among the  members, Yonghwa hyung and I who talk much!’ They are often playing around, today too! ‘We are liven up with rubbish talk at house and scene! For instance, when we get up in the morning, Jonghyun’s dark ring are terrible, so other 3 members poke his into. Furthermore he said, ‘we attack Minhyuk  because of his small face, we’re like a child? ( laugh) If there are tv programs about our life, I think it becomes pretty popular.’

CNBLUE had released mini album ‘Re:BLUE’, which was very meaningful product. ‘In Korea, the song made by members hadn’t been a title song, but we can make “I’m sorry” composed  by Yonghwa hyung as a title song. I do feel we can grow up, we could carry out hard schedules with smile and possibility thinking about the bad things.’

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Jonghyun
A man who can speak Japanese well and has his own way.

Jonghyun looks gentle and serious. But once the interview had started, ‘Instantly, I’m usually playful.’ haha. He replied with fluent Japanese! ‘We’re really funny! and friendly. We can laugh by looking at each other face. But we become so cool in stage. sometimes ourselves think “Who are we?” By the way, Yonghwa hyung is  funniest, naturally, but Jungshin becomes talkative except at the stage (but I think jungshin is quite talkative at the stage too). Minhyuk is boringsome  person even if he makes the effort for not to. I’m pretty funny, but I usually hide it!’

He plays the guitar and composes songs. He even plays the guitar in the dressing room. ‘But  sometimes I want to do a thing besides playing  guitar. Then I watch movie on pc. Recently “Black&White”, which was released last year who captivated  me.’

Which moment who  moved you recently? ‘I did live at Saitama Super Arena last year, we can play at big stage.. like a dream. I play the guitar lying on the stage as my performance, shouting to the audiences telling them it  was amazing! It was valuable experience for me.’

He often goes to a certain place in private. But ‘I often go there now, to the…’ He cut off his word. Please tell to anan’s reader! ‘Um.. a mountain near Myundong, it’s the best for driving. I can refresh my feeling by going there, so I often go there to see stars with members when I have trouble with my work. I’m going once in a month. That place is fits enough for date!’

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Yonghwa
Their (CNBLUE’s) ‘Hyung’ covering by kindness.

As the leader, Yonghwa leads the members. In photo shoot session, he had follow the request well, pulled Minhyuk’s hand and hummed with Jungshin, relaxed atmosphere.

According to him, we could felt that he was really enjoying being with other 3 members. ‘I make fun with other members when they acted  amusing (in a drama), but I don’t praise them on purpose when they acted well. I want them to grow up strongly. Haha he told his unique theory as a leader. Is he strict? But sometimes he shows kindness by making and treats members Toppoki. How about its taste? ‘They said “good”. I have a confident to make Toppoki well.’

We asked him about the place who had associated  memories with, he replied ‘Hongdae’ with his pure eyes. ‘Hongdae was the place where we met for first and we acquired experience. Can be means, CNBLUE had started from there. When we visit (Hongdae), we remember  those days. There are many live-houses, but Hongdae is a date destination for young people. Go there if you visit Seoul.’

Then,  if you have a girlfriend, do you want to take her to Hongdae? ‘Not all the way there. I’m happy to go to anywhere else with my girlfriend!’

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Minhyuk
His smile that melt our heart♡

‘I’m very happy we can be on the cover of anan which Kimura Takuya appears too!’ Minhyuk smiled.

Although interview started in the early morning, but he just did vigorously. ‘But I’m happiest while I sleep. haha now it’s 9 am, I can sleep until tomorrow morning. My best feeling is when I’m wrapped soft blanket. I can sleep for 10 hours, so my condition is good,  today was  5 hours only. but I’m ok, because I’m professional!’
He spent much time for sleeping even in the afternoon. ‘Hyungs practice the guitar or singing, but I just sleeping  or talking. Other members bothering  me by beating desk with drum-stick haha.’

The  memorable place is Yoido in the middle of Seoul. ‘We live in Gangnam now, I have many memories in Yoido, by  having lived there with members for 5 years. And it was easy to go to many tv stations then since it locates in the middle of them (TV Stations). I have to get up early now due to the place (TV Stations) are far from our house, and come back late…’

If you have a girlfriend, where do you want to take her for date? ‘I can’t go there if I talk about it here!’ He was bashful. ‘It’s a joke, I want to go Haneul park. Haneul means “sky”, we can see only the sky there. I want to walk   holding  hands with my girlfriend!’

Is it interlocked finger!? ‘I like to hold our hands like usual. I become to want to have a girlfriend, while talking about date.’

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YONGHWA INTERVIEW ON AJ MAGAZINE APRIL 2013 ISSUE

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Yonghwa
Guitar and Vocals in the popular Korean 4-piece band CNBLUE. As an actor, he boasts his popularity in all parts of Asia after starring in “You Are Beautiful” and “Heartstrings”. On April 24, CNBLUE’s 5th single “Blind Love” will be released.
Not your typical “K-pop idol”. He came to Japan seeking to be a musician, flew here from Korea where the band culture isn’t well established. On the streets and in live houses, he trained and experienced hardship. He’s a serious band guy.

“In Japan, there were so many unique bands that were beyond our wildest imagination. It was a culture shock. I’ve learned so much from watching other bands. I still do.”

“You Are Beautiful”, a drama he was cast in the middle of his training, was a bit hit. Riding that wave, he returned to Korea and debuted as CNBLUE. The band that performed on the streets of Shinjuku swept the Korean charts with “I’m a Loner”. Their popularity spread to Japan where they were filled up Yokohama Arena right before their major debut. Their first major album ranked top on the Oricon chart, and they also successfully finished an arena tour. Starting this April, they’re starting the first massive worldwide tour as a Korean band.

“I have no pressure at all about the World Tour. I’m excited to experience different cultures abroad, it feels like I’m going on a trip. (laughs) CNBLUE is a band, but I think our appeal to the world is that we have popular melodies that are distinctly K-pop. Of course, it’s thanks to other K-pop artists’ superb performances, and our unique position as a band within K-pop that makes us stand out. I think that the current K-pop and K-drama boom worldwide is helping us greatly in synergistic effect.”

As Asia’s top runner who aspires to venture abroad following Korea and Japan, what should CNBLUE do next?

“Recently, not only in Japan and Korea but the variations of music are becoming more and more rich worldwide. Diverse genres of music are bringing energy to the charts, and that’s what people want, too. They’d listen to CNBLUE but other music as well. That’s what I like. It’s not like I only listen to what I like, and I don’t listen to CNBLUE’s music every day. (laughs) I think it’s important to get in touch with many different kinds of music. Compared to when I debuted, the band culture in Korea has developed a lot. I want CNBLUE to be a band that leads that trend, a band that can suggest “the way” to progress forward. I have the same mindset on this whether it’s in Korea, Japan, or the world. Through our overseas activities, we are promoting Korea and Korean music, and it’s very overwhelming every time the Japanese or overseas fans support and welcome us. It’s been three years since debut, but it’s still really overwhelming. (laughs) Just this fact that I’m on the cover of “AJ” with a Japanese star, Sato Takeru, is also overwhelming. Certainly, it’s an incredible honor. The photoshoot and the interview were so much fun, I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future.”

A common denominator between Sato Takeru and Yonghwa is that they’re both actors. Although he started in a band, what are his thoughts on being an actor?

“The pressures I feel as a musician and as an actor are quite different. It seems like my fans think the the difference I feel are very interesting, and so do I. I feel that performing as an actor definitely improves my expressions and performances on stage. It’s also connected to the music I express. I also think about going overseas with acting, not just as a musician.”

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Blue bird, CNBLUE and the origin of love DNA


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“Searching for happiness across someone else’s fence is foolish. You should look for the blue bird of happiness under your own eaves.”

The most famous group of people that lives by this advice by Maurice Maeterlinck in “The Blue Bird” is probably the K-pop boy band CNBLUE. CNBLUE consists of four talented artists: Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Jung-shin and the leader, Jung Yong-hwa. Each member is a singer-songwriter, actor and producer.

The full name of the band is “Code Name BLUE.” “BLUE” refers not to the actual color, but to an acronym from the initials of the four members’ characteristics. However, it still holds to philosophy of “The Blue Bird” that each member finds happiness from one another and spreads that treasure to the world. As a result, CNBLUE is a metaphor of a factory that produces love from the four distinct characteristics represented by each band member: Burning Lee Jong-hyun, Lovely Kang Min-hyuk, Untouchable Lee Jung-shin and Emotional Jung Yong-hwa.

Jong-hyun possess all the qualities of a “golden boy” — tall, a handsome face, excellent taekwondo, judo and swimming skills and fluent in Japanese. Even so, he picked CNBLUE as his only pride, claiming that it is a truly excellent team in an interview with Japan’s Oricon Style magazine last August. Band leader Jung Yong-hwa agreed, further adding that they are a really happy band that he is proud of. If it were in Korea, “golden boy” Jong-hyun’s statement would sound too humble, bordering on sarcasm. However, the band members’ voices prove the veracity of their love for the team.

Directly after graduating high school, the four members lived through hardship. They had to perform in front of meager audiences gathered outside at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, Shibuya Station, Yoyogi Park and other places. Once they were kicked out during their weekend performance at Yoyogi Park. Despite such adversaries, Jungshin reminisced, “I was happy to have music and my mates pull me through hardship.” Their friendship which lasted through both joy and sorrow appears in CNBLUE’s lyrics, such as “The tears and sweat rolling down my face / There is paradise / Such chaos and dismay drown me in my despair and tears / The wandering continues but I’m trying to enjoy it day by day” in their song “Feeling.”

Loveliness is not just reserved for Min-hyuk. When Jung-shin and Yong-hwa had different schedules, Jung-shin called the leader up and told him, “Good night, brother. I left some vitamin drinks on your desk. Make sure to take them before you sleep.” The leader Yong-hwa was deeply moved. Last year, in an interview with Japan’s Junon magazine, Min-hyuk confessed that Jong-hyun is like his true brother. Jong-hyun, on the other hand, described Min-hyuk as as caring as his own mother. Jung-shin also praised the team’s leader as having a heart as warm as the sun. They all emphasize that their friendship will continue even when they are old.

Having genuinely tasted love, CNBLUE carries on distributing happiness. For four years since their debut, the band has delivered emotional catharsis to their fans through their concerts. However, it has also been three years that they have been giving back to the community by helping the poor. Yong-hwa was the first celebrity to ask online on Korean portal Naver about ways to serve the community. His question, posted on April 5, 2011, received numerous answers and praises.

Realizing the band’s spirit of distributing happiness, CNBLUE has been active nationally and internationally in helping the destitute. Through Donation Concert.com (www.k-popgiveconcert.com), CNBLUE has been contributing their musical talents for yearly donations of rice to Korea Food for the Hungry International since June 2011 for the elderly living in solitude. Internationally, they established “CNBLUE School” last year in Niamadougou Village, Burkina Faso. Furthermore, they stated on April 4 that they plan to build another school in Africa with the donations earned from their World Tour. Despite their busy schedule filled with filming dramas and recording tracks, CNBLUE never rests from their concert tours around Asia, Oceania, Europe and North and South America in order to raise more donations.

Earlier on April 6, CNBLUE’s Taiwan concert for 11,000 fans was featured on the local CTV News and other famous channels. One highlight of this concert was Yong-hwa singing his self-composed “I’m sorry” piece acoustically after performing the original version filled with energetic beats. The single “Coffee Shop” also received fervent applause from the audience, proving the band’s “Re: Blue” album as No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard World Album Chart. CNBLUE will continue the tour to Singapore on April 13, followed by Bangkok, Hong Kong and Seoul in May, and finally Sydney, the Philippines and Beijing in June.

The members confessed that their experiences of hardship led to the discovery of genuine love for humanity. They strongly wish to share and alleviate hardships of the impoverished. CNBLUE increasingly resembles “The Blue Bird,” which symbolizes the hope of our world.

Source The Korea Herald

Posted by Tara Lee @bpb decoded