[News] SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert, 3 articles

SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert
The artists of SM Entertainment made their second stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" in the United States over the weekend, drawing some 15,000 fans to the Staples Center in Los Angles.

A total of 44 singers and actors including some of K-pop's biggest names such as Super Junior, SHINee, and Girl's Generation, performed at the famed venue on Saturday.

The concert started off with The Grace's member J-min's rendition of song "Shine," followed by other solo and group performances by Kangta, BoA, U-know Yunho, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x) TRAX, Kim Jong-min and Lee Yeon-hee.

Sisters Jessica of Girls' Generation and Krystal of f(x) sang U.S. artist Ke$ha's hit pop song "Tik Tok" while Kangta and actress Ara also gave a musical duet performance.

"I am extremely grateful that so many people have come to fill this arena. Fans should be prepared to anticipate more than what they have been expecting to see," singer Kangta said.

Meanwhile, rock duo TRAX sang "Let You Go" and "Oh! My Goddess," nine-member girl group Girls' Generation took the stage for their performances of "Kissing You" and "Gee," followed by songstress BoA, who sang her hit song "My Name."

The highlight of the show was the performance by idols U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, who arrived on stage on wires. The concert also featured dance performances by Super Junior members Eunhyuk, Donghae, Shindong, SHINee members Minho, Taemin, Girls' Generations' Hyoyeon, Yoona, Yuri, Sooyoung and f(x) members Victoria and Luna.

The four hour-long concert ended with a joint performance of all the artists singing and dancing to H.O.T's hit song "Hope."

SM's world tour will continue on into Shanghai on September 11 at the Hongkou Football Stadium and next January in Tokyo.

SM Entertainment, one of the most influential entertainment houses in the country alongside YG and JYP, was founded by former singer Lee Soo-man in 1995.


SM Town charms L.A.

K-pop singers, actors and actresses from the SM Entertainment agency in Korea captivated more than 15,000 fans at the “SM Town Live World Tour” concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The blockbuster concert featured some 40 of Korea’s biggest stars, including BoA, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, f(x), SHINee, Kangta, Ara, Kim Min-jong and Lee Yeon-hee, who showcased 56 numbers.

BoA, the 23-year-old global star who recently released her sixth Korean album “Hurricane Venus,” heated up the stage with “My Name.” SHINee’s Key, once a member of BoA’s fan club, joined BoA on stage when she sung “I Did It for Love,” from her first U.S. album.

Girls’ Generation and Super Junior followed on stage, each showcasing hit numbers like “Run Devil Run,” “Kissing You” and “Sorry Sorry.”

K-pop singers, actors and actresses from SM Entertainment perform at the “SM Town Live World Tour” concert in Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Yonhap News)

Girls’ Generation’s Jessica and her younger sister Krystal from f(x) co-performed “Tik Tock” by Kesha and television stars including Kim Min-jong, Lee Yeon-hee and Ara also appeared on stage for joint performances with the singers.

Top-notch U.S. pop stars such as Beyonce, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga also performed at the Staples Center.

“It is meaningful that Korean artists held a show here for the first time. The ticket sales list showed that only 30 percent of the audience was Korean. It is notable that non-Koreans took up nearly 70 percent of the audience,” said an official from SM Entertainment.

“We saw potential for the success of not only SM artists but Korean artists in the U.S. market. A U.S. tour concert became a new hope for SM Town,” said Kim Young-min, president of SM Entertainment.

Started on Aug. 21 in Seoul, “SM Town Live World Tour” will continue in Shanghai on Sept. 11 then move to Tokyo.

The concerts are being filmed by PACE HD, a 3-D film shooting team which made the movie “Avatar.” Saturday’s concert marked $1.8 million (2.16 billion won) of ticket sales.


K-pop stars kick off SM world tour in LA

When fans waiting in line for the S.M. Town Live 2010 World Tour in front of the Staples Center, Los Angeles, looked up at the sky, they were surprised to see the banners ```Relive S.M. Town at ALL K-POP.COM’’ trailing from a group of airplanes, The Korea Times' sister paper Sports Hankook reported Monday.

Arranged by North American fans of a popular K-pop website, the special event this past Saturday signaled the start of the anticipated concert organized by SM. Entertainment, one of the biggest pop music agencies in Korea.

More than 15,000 fans made up the audience, including Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson. Along with the vivid costumes and music offered by the singers, the stage presentation was an impressive backdrop for the equally impressive S.M. star line up. According to S.M. Entertainment, the 3D images were created by the team that worked for the hit movie ``Avatar.’’

Fans wearing the same-colored T-shirts started singing in front of the venue, while others showed off their dance moves.

``I like Lee Teuk from Super Junior. I got to know the group through the Internet and I’m not sure exactly what it is, but there is something special about him. I worked hard to earn money to come here,’’ said a Spanish fan, who was holding a Spanish flag with the boy band members’ names written on it.

The concert was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but fans began to gather five hours before the event. Soon groups of fans got together and they started sharing information and talking about the latest news of S.M. stars, not much different from their Korean counterparts.

Upon the start of the event, fans welcomed J-min with her ballads and cheered on as the evening continued with some of the most popular groups and soloists appearing on stage.

Grace, SHINee, Trax and f(x), among others, heated up the stadium with their signature styles and melodies, while others paired up with fellow singers and actors for special collaborations.

The excitement continued as Girls’ Generation and Super Junior took the spotlight and performed some of their biggest hits while running around greeting fans.

Next came S.M. Entertainment’s biggest star of them all: BoA.

The singer, who released her digital single ``Eat You Up’’ in the U.S. in 2008, started her show with one of her other hit songs ``My Name,’’ and went on with ``I Did It For Love’’ with SHINee’s Key.

The highlight was when TVXQ members U-Know and Max took to the stage to sing ``Mirotic’’ and ``Maximum.’’

The concert went on for four hours with 56 songs, surprising both fans and staff with colorful content and unstoppable energy.

The S.M. Town Live 2010 World Tour will continue to China on Sept. 11 and also to Japan in January, 2011.


credits: sj-world.net