In a recent airing of MBC‘s Section TV, the members of Shinhwa took part of an interview in which Eric revealed he wants to be the first to be married among them.
Broadcasted on February 22nd, the topic of marriage was brought up, with Eric stating, “I wonder if any of us will ever end up getting married because we do activities each year. Among all the members, I want to be the first to get married.”
The singer-actor added jokingly, “For sure this year, none of us are getting married because we worked so hard on our 12th album.”
Shinhwa is preparing to release their 12th studio album, scheduled for February 26th, as they celebrate their 17th debut anniversary together with fans along with a concert. The legendary male group made their debut in 1998 and continues to be one of the most looked up first generation idols among current groups as they have made it 17 years together without conflict or changing lineups.
SHINHWA made their comeback as a group to the Korean music industry earlier this year. On May 16th, they released their 11th album, “The Classic.” The album features a total of ten tracks, with the title track of “This Love.”
After a successful promotional period on the weekly music shows and through other activities, SHINHWA ended their promotions for “This Love” and embarked on their concert tour. During their concert tour, SHINHWA performed both in Seoul and overseas.
At the conclusion of their concert tour earlier this month, SHINHWA COMPANY revealed a special version of the music video for “This Love.” On August 5th, a special dance version of “This Love” was revealed, featuring the members only dancing to the song.
Check out the dance version of SHINHWA’s “This Love” music video below!
The boy group Shinhwa has been introduced in the monthly magazine The Atlantic as an example of an idol group with lasting power.
In the story titled What the Backstreet Boys Could Learn from K-Pop, the magazine said each and every member of Shinhwa is still active in the entertainment scene in their 30s – 15 years after their debut – unlike members of the Backstreet Boys, who have not been active in the scene or popular among the younger generation since the group debuted in 1993.
It said there is hope for the American idol group, saying, “Luckily, they have a model to imitate: Shinhwa, the Korean equivalent of the Backstreet Boys.”
Shinhwa, which debuted five years after the American group, released its 11th album, “The Classic” in May to show they can still coordinate a powerful and serious performance while each member shows a more comical or down-to-earth character on talk shows or other programs.
“What the Backstreet Boys can learn from Sinhwa is to get over the awkwardness of being grown men in a boy band and embrace the jokes thrown their way,” said the magazine.
“They over-rely on puns that only older fans would get, or worse yet, puns that will only serve to trigger sneers from younger pop fans.”
The group is scheduled to perform at the 2013 Shinhwa Grand Finale “The Classic” concert in Seoul for two days starting Aug. 3 at Seoul Olympic Park in Songpa, southern Seoul.
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Posted: Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m. PST
Updated: Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 12:27 p.m. PST
The longest running K-pop idol group in history, Shinhwa, recently topped a music chart, beating much younger idol groups. Debuted in 1998 with six members, the group is making a legend as their team name suggests. Shinhwa means the Korean word for myth or legend.
On the episode of Mnet’s M!Countdown that aired on April 19, the six-member group ranked first with the single “Venus” from their tenth album Return.
The legendary group demonstrated the return of the king by ranking first toppling the formidable younger groups including SHINee, Busker Busker, and 4MINUTE.
The six members cried out of happiness for being on top after a four-year hiatus. Their loyal fans also swooned over the long awaited pleasure.
The long-running group gave a fantastic performance although there was an injured member in order to pay the reward to their faithful, ardent fans. Then, the six members attributed their success to their dear fans and promised to keep doing their best.
Getting ready to appeal to Asian fans, Shinhwa is to start an Asian tour with the kick-off in Shanghai on April 30.
Korean boy band Shinhwa proved that their popularity has not declined despite their four-year absence, when tickets to their upcoming comeback concerts at Seoul’s Olympic Park Stadium were sold out barely 40 minutes after going on sale on Monday, reported Korean media.
The sextet have not performed together since their last concert in 2008, as some members worked on developing their solo careers, while others enlisted to serve their compulsory stint in the military.
“Thanks to our fans, we can ensure Shinhwa’s comeback after four years will be celebrated in style,” said Shinhwa’s leader Eric Mun in a statement.
“We are working on a great performance for the fans who have stuck with us for so long.”
Shinhwa (Korean for ‘Legend’) is often cited as one of the first modern Korean boy bands and is also one of the longest-lived in K-pop history, having been in the industry for some 14 years so far.
The band has produced dozens of hits like “T.O.P.”, “Only One”, “Perfect Man”, “Brand News” as well as “Once in a Lifetime”, since their debut in 1998.
All members have been discharged from their mandatory two-year military duties and now they are free to entertain their fans who have been waiting for them. They have a lot of activities planned and one of those plans is a 14th Anniversary concert. The group debuted March 24, 1998.
According to Wikipedia, after Shinhwa completed their contract obligations, they took S.M. Entertainment to court over the group’s name. Shinhwa wanted to join another label but S.M. Entertainment tried to stop them for using the name;however, the group won in court and they were allowed to use the name Shinhwa with a new company.
Shinhwa owns Shinhwa Company on which they made history in the Korean music industry by becoming the first K-Pop group to own their own company in July 1, 2011.
It’s great to see a group still together and doing music again. Hopefully, TVXQ will do the same.
Shinhwa is the perfect name for this talented group, Shinhwa is a Korean word and it defines as myth or legend and Shinhwa are music legends.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SHINHWA JUST CHECK OUT THIS MUSIC VIDEO “BRAND NEW”:
SHINHWA SIX MEMBERS:
1. Eric Mun: (Birth name: Mun Jung Hyuk, 문정혁, 文晸赫) – 16 February 1979 (1979-02-16) (age 32) – leader and rapper
2. Lee Min Woo: (이민우, 李珉宇) – 28 July 1979 (1979-07-28) (age 32) – Main vocalist, composer and choreographer
3. Kim Dong Wan: (김동완, 金烔完) – 21 November 1979 (1979-11-21) (age 32) – Main vocalist