Reveling in music, youth, hallyu 2012/02/22, Source,
From left, Song Seung-hyun, Lee Jae-jin-I, Choi Min-hwan, Lee Hong-gi and Choi Jong-hun of FT Island pose at FNC Academy in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
FT Island aims for success outside K-pop comfort zone By Kwaak Je-yup At a studio in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, only three out of five members of the F.T.Island are waiting; the missing two are at a doctor's being checked up for fatigue, said the manager. Of those present, bassist Lee Jae-jin-I looks at the interviewer with a curious grin but becomes a little alert when their eyes meet. Choi Jong-hun, leader, guitarist and keyboardist, and Lee Hong-gi, vocalist, are enjoying their "time off", jamming on an acoustic guitar and sitting quietly as the hair and make-up crew put on their final touches,...More
FT Island: 'We Were Spurred By CNBLUE While Holding Activities in Japan' 2011/06/14, Source, FT Island has ranked atop the Oricon chart with their mini album entitled " Return ".
FT Island, who recently released a mini album entitled " Return ", seemed to have revitalized their spiritual energy during their ten-month break. The group members seemed more serious and their every comment during the interview revealed their ambitions. Lee Hong-gi, who abandoned his usually mischievous character, said with a smile, "I tried to become a diligent singer who gives off energy freely on the stage and to become more careful off the stage". FT Island has received impetus from their previous activities at the bottom of the Japanese music industry for the past three years. And the rapid ascension of another Korean band, the group CNBLUE (who belongs to the same agency as FT Island), also served to motivate them. The interview took place right after FT Island's first album in Japan ranked atop the Oricon weekly chart,...More
FT Island Holds Successful Concert Tour in Japan 2011/01/02, Source, FT Island successfully completed a concert tour in Japan.
The five-member band FT Island finished a concert tour in Japan by holding its last concert at the International Forum Hall in Tokyo on December 28. FT Island had held concerts entitled "FT Island Hall Tour 2010 - So Today" in cities including Osaka (December 3), Aichi (December 11), and Tokyo (December 19), and they held an encore concert in Tokyo again with more than 5,000 fans. The venue was a great success. They began the concert by singing the title song entitled "Flower Rock", which had been released last May and ranked in fourth place on the Oricon weekly chart, and sang a total 26 songs including the songs "Brand-new-days", "So Today", which had ranked in eighth place on the Oricon weekly chart, "Baby Love", "I Hope", and "Love Love Love" consecutively for three hours at the concert. Their performance filled the venue with excitement,...More
[10ASIA EXCLUSIVE] K-pop idols' Wants & Hopes for 2011: CNBLUE & FTIsland 2010/12/17, Source, [** This will be part of a series of weekly interviews to be published throughout December on what Korea's hottest idol stars want and hope for in the year 2011.]
CNBLUE and FTIsland [FNC Music]
Two of Korea's hottest rock bands, CNBLUE and FTIsland, have several things in common: they are both managed by talenthouse FNC Music, they won their first award on a televised music show in just two weeks into their debut, they are known for their pretty looks and are widely popular throughout Asia. Start with CNBLUE, the four-member idol band composed of Jeong Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk, who in 2009, kicked off their singing career in Japan first. They then received a boost to their debut in Korea when leader and main vocalist Jung starred in popular TV series "You're Beautiful" through which he shot to fame just a couple of months before CNBLUE officially appeared in the local music scene,...More
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