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[11.05.06] Hedwig guitarist Kio Choi’s Twitpic update: Angry Dongwan

May 8, 2011

Angry Dongwan

Credits: @fuzzpuzz + Absolut Shinhwa


[11.05.06] Info: Shin Hyesung 4th Album “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN”

May 8, 2011

The road not taken…
Are you ready to take this road together?

All information about Shin Hyesung’s 4th album can all be found here!

Sharing with you 3 surprises for the month of May!

The 4th album has been confirmed for release in June

Shin Hyesung’s 4th official album ‘THE ROAD NOT TAKEN’
Is finally going to be released in June
*We’ll inform you again once the exact release date has been set
Please wait for a little while more.

The surprise release of a song featured in the 4th album! On 12th May
A collaboration that no one had thought of!
A duet between Shin Hyesung and Brown Eyed Soul’s Young Jun!
“A Little Closer”

The surprise release of a song from the 4th album
Shin Hyesung
“A Little Closer”
A duet with Young Jun (Brown Eyed Soul)
A warm May gift for the fans who have waited for a long time

To be released online on 12th May via
Mnet, Melon, Dosirak, Cyworld, Bugs, Soribada, Monkey3

Together with the news of the 4th album, here’s the long-awaited news of the concert!!

Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater
1 show per day, a total of 3 shows for the Seoul concert
Interpark ticket open 19 May 2011
May and June will be filled with Hyesung’s music!!
More details about the concert will be released via the website on 12 May!

Shin Hyesung’s 4th album + surprise release of the duet + Seoul concert
Are you ready to do all these with us?
We’ll be sharing more good news~

Credits: Liveworks + Absolut Shinhwa

Video message from Eric for Bangkok fanmeeting

May 8, 2011

HT to Phi

Credits: ONaround@YT

[11.05.05] Hedwig director Lee Jina’s 4th May Twitpic updates

May 7, 2011

동완… 모피입고 .. 땀 뻘뻘…

Dongwan… Wearing fur.. Dripping with sweat…



동완헤드윅 때문에 웃음을 참지 못하는 음악감독 대역 정서기… ㅋㅋ

Stand-in music director Jung Seo Ki who couldn’t hold back his laughter because of Dongwan-Hedwig… ㅋㅋ

Credits: @ginasam + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.05.04] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2011 (main page updated)

May 7, 2011

What Leader Mun needs is…


Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.05.04] The birth of “Shinhwa Company”, headed by Eric and Lee Minwoo

May 7, 2011

There are a couple of articles out there, for those who just want the gist of it:

Earlier today, Sports Chosun reported that there are plans for Shinhwa to set up “Shinhwa Company”, headed by Eric and Minwoo, while the other members will be shareholders. The “Shinhwa” brand name/trademark is owned by Open World Entertainment, so Eric & Minwoo had a 6-hour marathon discussion with Open World reps on 30th April and agreed to set up “Shinhwa Company”, with Top Class Entertainment managing all activities in Korea and Open World managing the rights for all overseas activities and promotions. The Shinhwa members will then work based on a subcontract system, with the members’ individual management companies receiving a share of the earnings from group activities.

However, yet another article emerged in SPN Edaily with Open World CEO Jang Seok Woo saying that while there was indeed a 6-hour discussion with Eric on this issue, no concrete decisions have been made yet.

Subsequently, Star News also reported that a rep from Top Class confirmed that there are plans to set up a company named after the group, but the plans have not been finalized as yet.


“Shinhwa Company” has been born.

Korea’s longest-running group Shinhwa, has set up a company bearing their group’s name. It’s the first time that any Korean idol group has set up a company to manage their own group activities, and it seems that their every move will be receiving much attention from now onwards.

Shinhwa Company will be headed by members Eric and Lee Minwoo, while remaining members Shin Hyesung, Kim Dongwan, Junjin and Andy will be key shareholders.

The decision was reached after a 6-hour marathon meeting on 30 April between Eric, Lee Minwoo and Open World Entertainment, who holds the rights to the Shinhwa trademark.

They reached an agreement to establish Shinhwa Company, with Eric’s current management company Top Class Entertainment managing all of Shinhwa’s activities in Korea, and Open World managing the rights to all of Shinhwa’s overseas activities and promotions.

It was said that after the meeting, Eric and Lee Minwoo sent celebratory text messages to the other members, informing them that the issue of setting up Shinhwa Company has been resolved.

With the establishment of Shinhwa Company, Shinhwa will continue their activities under the title of the longest-running group in Korea. During this period of time, there have been obstacles to their group activities as all the members belong to different management agencies. But after Shinhwa Company is set up, each management agency will sign sub-contracts for the members’ group activities, and receive a share of the earnings from these activities. This secures the Shinhwa members’ time for group activities.

A source familiar with Shinhwa expressed, “The establishment of Shinhwa Company is possible only with the active participation of Open World. With the members directly managing the company, Shinhwa will be able to stay active for a longer period of time. In addition they can now make plans for longer-term activities and produce better songs for fans.”

This also implies that the members can now proceed full steam ahead towards the goal of releasing Shinhwa’s new album next March. Currently Lee Minwoo, Junjin and Andy are all still serving their military duties. Junjin and Andy will be discharged this year while Lee Minwoo is scheduled to be discharged next March.

For the new album, Eric, Kim Dongwan and Shin Hyesung, who’s now preparing for his own solo album, are all working on the concept of the album. The remaining members will join in the production of the album upon their discharge from military service.

Having made their debut in 1998, Shinhwa has never changed their lineup for the past 13 years. Their representative hits include ‘Brand New’, ‘Eusha Eusha’, ‘Haegyulsa’ and ‘T.O.P’.


Amidst reports of Shinhwa setting up “Shinhwa Company” and making their comeback, CEO Jang Seok Woo of Open World Entertainment – who holds the rights to the Shinhwa trademark – has cautiously stated that “no concrete decisions have been made yet”.

CEO Jang Seok Woo told SPN Edaily on 4 May, “We were surprised to see the article about the Shinhwa members setting up Shinhwa Company. Though we said that we won’t restrict their activities, that does not mean that we have agreed to them using the name of Shinhwa.”

“We met up with Eric on 30th April, not having met him for 4 years, and we had a 6-hour discussion. At that time we agreed to letting the members reuniting for their group activities as they wish. But there hasn’t been any kind of concrete decision made yet.”

However, CEO Jang has expressed a positive attitude towards the wishes of the Shinhwa members and their big plans of setting up a company, and opened up the possibility of them resuming their group activities.”

He said, “We’re not thinking of taking up the management rights for Shinhwa’s domestic activities, and we’ll be holding the rights to their overseas activities and promotions. If the members set up another legal entity, which will sign subcontracts with each member’s respective management company and distribute the earnings from their group activities accordingly, we don’t see any huge problem with a format like that.”

He added, “I’ve requested for the members, led by Eric, to make a concrete proposal before 10th May. We will then proceed with discussions based on this proposal and make a reasonable decision.”


In an interview with Star News on 4th May, a rep from Eric’s management company said, “There are indeed plans for the Shinhwa members to set up their own company, headed by Eric and Lee Minwoo. However, as the members all belong to different agencies, we still have to discuss further with each agency. There are still no concrete decisions made as of now.”

“If Shinhwa Company does get set up, long-term plans can then be made for group activities. Shinhwa’s comeback is scheduled for the first half of next year.”

Credits: Sports Chosun + SPN Edaily + Star News + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.05.03] “Poseidon” heads into 5th month of production halt – is it still possible to resume?

May 7, 2011

Filming for the drama “Poseidon” has not been able to resume since it came to a halt 4 months ago.

Hailed as Eric’s comeback drama, the production of “Poseidon” was put on hold after the Yeonpyeong-do incident last December, and has not been able to resume as it heads into May and nearly 5 months of production standstill.

A rep for one of the cast members expressed, “We’ve been told that filming will resume in early June. We’ve not heard of any other updates from the production company. We’ll have to wait until early June to see if filming does resume.”

After the production company had stated last December, “Filming has to be put on hold due to weather conditions but it should resume in March”, it went on to postpone the filming schedule without giving prior notice to cast members.

Part of the cast then decided to drop the drama and are now involved in other projects. However, it’s not easy even for cast members who are seeing through their contracts. The constant postponement of the filming schedule means that they are just wasting their time away.

The biggest reason behind the production standstill is that the drama has not been picked up by any broadcasters. “Poseidon” was initially being considered for the Mon-Tue primetime slot after “Midas” on SBS, but talks eventually fell through.

The production company is now apparently considering to pre-produce the drama.

Credits: Star News + Absolut Shinhwa