Shinhwa Likes Teen Top and Big Bang
The members of Shinhwa said that Teen Top, the idol group that Shinhwa member Andy produced, was the most like themselves, and that they had been keeping an eye on YG Entertainment’s Big Bang.
The six members of Shinhwa came together for their comeback press conference on March 5 with host Park Kyeong Rim, and talked about how they felt about coming back with their 10th album.
Eric, member of Shinhwa and head CEO of Shinhwa Company, said, “I’m not just saying it because it’s involved with us, but whenever I see Teen Top, it reminds me of how we were in the past. Working hard, and far from perfect… Teen Top recently won in a music program after difficult times, but they’re still working hard, and they still look awkward. We were like that too.”
“I also like the group Big Bang,” Eric added.
Jun Jin agreed with Eric’s choice, saying, “Seeing [Teen Top’s] sharp choreography reminded me of Shinhwa.”
To this, Andy said modestly, “Idol groups these days are so good. Because of that, we can’t pick out one; I think we’ll be tense and alarmed toward each other. All boy groups….”
Shinhwa debuted in 1998 with members Jun Jin, Shin Hye Sung, Eric, Lee Min Woo, Kim Dong Wan and Andy, and has come back four years since its last after serving individual military duties. The group’s upcoming 10th studio album will be comprised of 11 tracks by composers from inside and outside the country including Kim Do Hyun, Jung Jae Yoon and Andrew Jackson, and will also feature member participation in writing, composing and directing.
Shinhwa’s Asia Tour will be launching with its Seoul concert The Return to be held on its 14th anniversary, March 24, and will tour many countries including Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan