The leading K-POP artists Super Junior and Girls Generation will be participating from Korea, as well as the best trio group Perfume from Japan. Chinese and Southeast Asian artists including He Rundong (Peter Ho), Ku Kui Kei (Leo Ku), Juobichang (Joo Pil Chang), and Tata Young have confirmed their participation.
Super Junior , a group grown into a World-Star artist, setting major records in various Asian nations, will be participating as one of the major artists representing Korea in the 2011 Asia Song Festival. Super Junior has conquered all public and cable music charts with their new 5th album Mr.Simple. The music video for Mr.Simple has had 8.13 million hits on youtube (based on August 23rd counts), and has ranked the top views in other nations world wide, like Canada and South Africa, proving their grounds as a Korean-wave pop star. The 5th album will be released successively in 11 different Asian nations to establish a new legend in the K-POP industry. Last year, Super Junior sold out 20 performances in 13 cities in Asia, including Seoul, Yokohama and Beijing, during their third Asian Tour Super Show 3. With their national and international recognition and influence, Super Junior has established their place as the K-POP icon by being the first music group in history to rank 1st place for 63 consecutive weeks on the Taiwan grandest online music site, KKBOX. It is anticipated that Super Junior will satisfy their Asian fans expectancies with their world-renown outstanding performances during the Asia Song Festival this year.
The Chairman of the Board, Kim Young-Hoon, of the Korea Foundation of International Cultural Exchange, stated that the Asia Song Festival is laying its foundation as the largest cultural celebration of sharing all Asian people desires through music.
Recently, we have reached a point where K-POP stars are actively entering the overseas market, and this will be an opportunity for the Korean fans to experience, first-hand, the top musicians of Asia and participate in an active sharing of culture among Asian nations, he said. He also added that this year Asia Song Festival is more meaningful in that it is a celebratory event for Dae-Gu being the second Asian city to host the global event World Championship in Athletics.
The KOFICE plans to announce the additional 2nd and 3rd line up comprised of top Asian participants in the coming September, heightening the anticipation. Additionally, the Asia Rookie Singer Award, an award that selects the Asian artist with the highest potential, will also be announced, drawing the attention of Asian fans worldwide.
As part of the cultural sharing between Asian nations, the 2011 Asia Song Festival is a music festival hosted by the Korean Foundation of International Cultural Exchange, UNICEF, and Dae-Gu Metropolitan City, and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Dae-Gu World Championship in Athletics Organization Committee, and the Korean National Tourism Organization. The Asia Song Festival, initiated in 2004, has evolved in to a large scale popular music festival, inviting top musicians from each nation in Asia to perform, and forming a collaborative network among the businesses in the Asian music industry. Establishing its position as the top issue with the lineup that comprises of the best Asian artists, the festival has attracted over 40,000 audiences each year, 5,000 of which are foreigners, playing a key role in the exchange of culture among Asian nations. Furthermore, it is also securing its position as an international charity music event with the UNICEF co-hosting. During the 7th annual performance last year, 12 teams from 6 Asian nations has performed a moving and unifying performance through music.
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