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Jang Keun Suk and Jung Kurt, as Team H, raise the roof once again at Osaka Jo Hall with their new EDM album “Monologue”

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This week, after the end of drama series “Jackpot, The Royal Gambler” also known as ”Daebak” and halfway through a season of Korea’s TvN’s “My Ear’s Candy”, Jang Keun Suk, the mult-talented Korean actor, singer, MC, DJ, and award winning short film director, as part of TEAM H performed in Osaka Jo Hall, which is situated on the grounds of Osaka Castle in Japan.

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Jackpot script reading

Osaka Castle is the site of the ancient Shogunite that essentially ruled Japan for hundreds of years. Thus, it is both a historic site and a beautiful park now open to the public. From the top of Osaka Castle, one can walk the ramparts to view the entire city of Osaka. Osaka Jo Hall sits on the grounds of the Castle and has become a major site for international shows and festivities.

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Osaka Castle

In the midst of this park is the Hall where many Korean performers choose to come to perform. Team H, comprised of Jang Keun Suk and Jung Kurt, alias Big Brother, often have performed previously there. On the evenings of October 16 and 17, Team H put on a show, as part of their annual Halloween ritual, in Osaka Jo Hall that wowed its international audience. Attendees for the two nights came from Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and all over Asia. Tickets were sold out.

The show formally announced the release of their new album, Monol0gue, and it’s leading song, “Like a Zombie”. Watch it here: http://jangkeunsukforever.com/archives/45945

Performing numbers from their new hit album, Monologue, Team H had the audience dancing and jumping to their Electronic Dance Music (EDM). As usual, Jang Keun Suk, during their musical interludes, talked directly in fluent Japanese to his audience, teasing and joking with them.

As a young actor who became enamoured with the leading Japanese musical groups and wanted to break into the Japanese entertainment market, Jang Keun Suk, informally known as Asia Prince JKS, chose to learn the Japanese language and the culture long before he ever performed there. As a result of his learning their language and culture, he’s been taken into Japanese hearts and remains among the most popular Korean artists in Japan with album sales consistently among the top five on Japan’s highly ranked Oricon chart.

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Team H, formed during their years at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, as a group of several university students who chose to put on shows for other university students in order to raise money for the University, Jang and Jung built a close relationship and continued their collaboration even as the others within the initial group left to pursue their own interests. Consequently, Team H, well known for its “head banging”, hard rock sounds combined with rap, has become the most popular Electronic Dance Music (EDM) group throughout  Asia, consistently drawing sellout performances wherever the duo chooses to perform. In addition, the duo has gained a huge following across the globe, with fans all across Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas as well as within Asia.

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International Fans

Why Jang Keun Suk, who remains a major acting Hallyu star in Korea, chose to sing mainly in Japan remains somewhat of a mystery. He’s said it’s because Koreans don’t like his dancing (which is not akin to that of Justin Bieber and other American artists) but the fact is this performer feels more comfortable and relaxed as himself in Japan than in Korea. Like it or not, Korea, in many ways, still lingers within its pseudo-Confusion ideology that most people within the Western world reject as antiquated even as its polite manners prove highly popular among those of the West. Nevertheless, Jang chose, and still chooses, to sing in Japanese and within Japan where he feels more comfortable being his irreverent and honest self. Given his overall liberal based attitude and Buddhist ideology, he very much resembles Western singers and performing artists as both a actor and a singer.

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Jang Keun Suk before Monologue Osaka Concert

With the release of their new album, Monologue, Team H once again reached the heights of Japan’s Oricon chart. Many of the album’s songs are expected to be hit singles among the duo’s fans. Unfortunately, Team H has a minor following in the United States due to variety of copyright issues that has prevented the USA from enjoying their music. If these issues can be resolved, Team H easily could lead the major musical charts within the USA as good music knows no language barriers.

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Team H in Osaka Jo Hall

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Written by Valerie Curl

October 17, 2016 at 11:49 PM

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