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◆ Juniors, move out of the way! The arrival of longest-running idol group Shinhwa
There’s no bigger issue than this for K-pop in 2012 – the comeback of the longest-running idol group Shinhwa. Shinhwa will be releasing their 10th full album this coming March and will be returning to the music scene through extensive promotional activities including broadcast appearances. In addition, starting with their Seoul concert, they’re also planning for a Asian concert tour that will take them to 5-6 countries including Japan and China.
Shinhwa, celebrating their 14th anniversary this year, is the one and only group to have kept its original member line-up intact. The members, who are currently involved in solo activities, have set up their own management company Shinhwa Company and are now preparing for their company step by step. Once hit by speculations over internal rifts, Shinhwa will be releasing their 10th album four years after their 9th album, putting an end to such rumours.
Industry players are welcoming Shinhwa’s comeback with enthusiasm. They feel that although there is free competition in the music industry regardless of seniority, Shinhwa’s comeback will bring positive effects to the whole industry. An industry insider said, “Shinhwa’s comeback is a good thing as they are good examples for the juniors to emulate. Everyone has already been anticipating what kind of legend Shinhwa will be writing for the music industry.”
Credits: Joynews24 + Absolut Shinhwa