Alternative K-Pop artist, TVXQ!, delighted thousands of Malaysian fans in a spectacular comeback show at Stadium Malawati last Saturday – an event that Cassiopeia throughout the country awaited for 6 years! The K-Pop phenomenon was greeted by an overwhelming cheer from the crowd as Max (Changmin) and U-Know (Yunho) took to the stage with their opening performance of Rising Sun.
Fans went wild with excitement as each of the boys serenaded the audience with a solo. Max’s heartfelt performance of Confession – a track written by him for TVXQ’s ‘Keep Your Head Down’ album was immediately followed by U-Know’s enchanting performance of Honey Funny Bunny. TVXQ! then went on to dazzle the audience with their dynamic hits – Humanoids, Catch Me and Mirotic, among other much loved tracks.
More than RM1.5 million was invested in the development of the TVXQ! concert stage, which was specially designed for the Malaysian fans to enjoy an intimate concert setting. The unique layout provided the audience with an up-close-and-personal experience with Max and U-Know as the boys dazzled spectators with signature dance moves, catchy beats and soulful serenades.
Last Saturday night’s performance was part of their comeback TVXQ! “Catch Me” Live World Tour, which has sold out stadiums and arenas across Asia. It also marked TVXQ!’s third appearance in Malaysia since the band was formed in 2003 and is their first time performing in Malaysia since briefly stepping out of the limelight 6 years ago. TVXQ!’s fan following in Malaysia has continued to grow in spite of their hiatus from the music scene, a fact made clear during the concert with many new fans joining thousands of long-time Cassiopeia as they sang and danced along to their favourite TVXQ! hits.
As the end to a spectacular evening neared and the boys left the stage, fans called for an encore – singing TVXQ’s ballad I Swear and waving banners in unison. Thanking fans for patiently awaiting their return, Max and U-Know were met by a great cheer from fans as they promised their next tour would not leave Malaysians waiting for long.
TVXQ! has been a K-Pop idol, mesmerizing fans to many around the globe for almost 10 years. The group hailed as ‘K-Pop Royalty’ by Billboard, has enjoyed a record breaking streak with their Catch Me album, topping various music charts and their tour filling out arenas and stadiums across the globe with their new world tour. Despite an absence of 6 years, the boys proved to be bigger and better than ever before, with their ‘Catch Me’ album reaching the No.6 ranking on the highly regarded Billboard World Albums Chart in the U.S. last October, whilst also earning them the ‘Album of the Year’ award for the fourth quarter of 2012 at the GAON Chart K-Pop Awards. TVXQ!’s single by the same name, Catch Me, soared to the top of music charts in Korea, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.
The current tour commenced in Seoul, South Korea, October 2012 selling out 20,000 concert tickets within five minutes. TVXQ! is making history as the first K-POP band to embark on a tour that includes performances at five major entertainment domes in Japan – following a concert at the Saitama Super Arena, the boys then move on to perform at Tokyo Dome, Osaka Kyocera Dome, Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome, Sapporo Dome and Nagoya Dome followed by a final performance in Nissan Stadium (another record – being first for any foreign artist). The world tour also has Max and U-Know doing performances in Hong Kong, Beijing and other Asian cities, so far selling hundreds of thousands of tickets.
JPM Music collaborated with Korean companies SM Entertainment and Dream Maker Entertainment whilst also teaming up with joint presenter Magnum Live to make the concert in Malaysia possible. Authentic Korean restaurant chain DaoRae, provided specialized meals for the band’s entourage and is also offering concert ticket holders a 10% discount when they dine at the Solaris, Mont Kiara outlet anytime in May.
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