[NEWS] 110611 S. Korean pop groups hold first concert in Paris


PARIS, June 10 (Yonhap) — Five South Korean pop bands held their first concert in Paris on Friday, making a successful debut on the European stage in front of more than 7,000 eager fans.

Popular acts TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and f(x) put on a three-hour performance at Le Zenith de Paris concert hall, singing a total of 44 songs for the fans, who had come from all parts of Europe, including France, Spain, Italy and Poland.

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[NEWS] SM artists talk about the Hallyu wave at “SM Town Live in Paris” press conference


On June 10th, the idols of SM Entertainment held a press conference right after their “SM Town Live in Paris” concert and expressed their thoughts on completing their first European concert.

Super Junior’s Leeteuk began, “It feels like just yesterday that I was listening to Jordy Lemoine and feeling entranced by his music, but now here I am exporting our own culture. I hope to write an amazing piece of history.”

TVXQ’s Yunho continued, “After seeing everyone shout ‘SM Town’, I realized that this was the flare of K-Pop culture. I’m glad that we’re able to kick it off to a great start. It still makes my heart beat.”

SNSD’s Sooyoung added, “I almost cried when I saw that fans had written ‘Thank you’ on the Korean flag.  I was surprised to see them singing along to our songs, but what surprised me the most was that they even knew the cheer chants used by our Korean fans.”

f(x)’s Victoria said, “I was so proud to see everyone in the audience waving their own country’s flag.”

When asked why he thought K-Pop was so popular, Leeteuk replied, “SM has always worked to globalize our music, such as working with foreign choreographers and whatnot.  I think we’re also loved for our physical and visual aspects as well.  There’s a saying in Korea that the start is just half of the work, so I’m anticipating the future of Hallyu.  If France wants me, I’m even willing to move here.”

Source + Photos: Money Today via Naver

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[NEWS] 110610 MBC to broadcast ‘SM Town Live in Paris’ special program


Since ‘SM Town Live in Paris‘ marks Korea’s first single agency concert in Europe, MBC has decided it will broadcast a special program solely dedicated to the event.

Koreans have been impressed by how SM Town received an explosive reception all over the world. Because of how quickly tickets in Paris sold out, SM Entertainment was prompted to make way for an additional concert date.

Even the French media are picking up on the Hallyu sensation, as Le Monde released an article titled “Hallyu which has invaded Europe” and Le Figaro published an article titled, “Hallyu has hit France’s Le Zenith“.

“SM Town Live in Paris” will be held on June 10th and 11th at the Le Zenith de Paris, and the special MBC program will air on July 2nd.

Source: Newsen via Nate
Posted by: chloejn @allkpop