SS501’s Park Jung Min has high hopes for 2011, as he was born in the year of the rabbit back in 1987. He’s been gearing up for his solo debut since late last year and has released a Japanese photobook, “Present,” and opened fan signings since then.

His first solo album will be released on January 20th and his schedule is jam packed with events for the year.

He stated, “In January, I’ll be promoting my album in Korea. An international tour in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Thailand is planned for February. Starting April, I’ll be filming for a drama in Taiwan. I’ll be coming home once in a while for fan meetings and my birthday, but I think I’ll be fully immersed in the drama for three months. In May, I’ll be releasing a Japanese album followed by Chinese promotions. For the second half of the year, I’ll return to Korea and announce my drama filming and new album.”

Even upon first glance, his schedule looks busy and breathless, and even though he claims himself to be a lazy person by nature, Park revealed that he pushes himself to work hard because he no longer has the safety of his fellow SS501 members that have been by his side for the past five years.

He continued, “At first, I didn’t agree to what we’re doing now because I loved the comfort of being a part of a group. But now that we’re all walking separate paths in an effort to learn new things, I decided that this would be a good opportunity for me to learn and improve myself. I could’ve settled for what I had, but this solo debut has allowed me to break out of the cage I put myself in.”

Park Jung Min first declared his debut last November in the form of a digital single, but postponed it to February due to the Yeonpyeong Island incident. He took the delay as an opportunity to add more tracks to the album and release it as a full official album. Unfortunately, the 15,000 singles that he already printed were trashed due to the change.

“I rushed the preparations so there were a lot of things missing, and I instead took the opportunity to start new. I’m the first out of SS501 to be releasing a solo album so I felt the pressure and responsibility. I trashed everything I had and re-recorded everything and edited the music video again as well. You can definitely look forward to it,” he explained.

His first showcase/fan meeting scheduled for the 22nd has sold out within 14 minutes of the tickets going on sale. “They said that starting from this year till I turn 30, my future will be like a broad and level road. So much luck is coming in even now, I’m really looking forward to this year.”

Credits: allkpop + Economy Today via Nate

Whoa! He mentioned the Philippines! Is this for real? Waaaah! I need details!!! I wish I could come see him!


LapinApple said...

whoah! thank you for this news... i cant help but comment right away after reading this article...seeing 'The Philippines' as part of the countries he'd be having his international tour is such a great great great news... hope it'll push through...and God bless him for his many upcoming projects... and im sure that includes projects together with other SS501 members...these are really exciting and really worth waiting for...cheers!=D

Anonymous said...

wow .. this sounds reaaly good .. im so excited for his tour here in our country , ive been waiting for them , especially for JEONG MIN my CARROT to come here and at last , the time has finally arrive .. im so excited , my heart beats so fast .. SARANGHAEYO OPPAS !! :)

Anonymous said...

want to see the 5 of them and i wish to that i could see him here in Philippines. and to see the others too good luck to you :)

Anonymous said...

From his schedule, it doesn't sound like he has time to rejoin SS501 for a come-back... :(

Anonymous said...

Is this true? It said he will visit Philippines in Feb. Young saeng oppa and kyu jong oppa will be here on Feb 5. I wonder when will jung min oppa arrive

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