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A 'wave' of K-pop is coming to JejuSBS MTV new weekly TV show 'Music Island' starts Feb. 29
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▲ Sunny, a member of Korean idol group Girl's Generation, was chosen to M.C. "Music Island". Photo courtesy SBS MTV
On Valentine’s Day, some 1,500 K-pop fans filled the International Convention Center (ICC) Jeju where SBS MTV’s new weekly TV music program “Music Island” was filmed for the first time. It featured various K-POP idol stars like IU, MBLAQ, Jungyup, Rainbow, Block B, Lim Jeong Hee, SunnyHill, and B.A.P.

Janice Li, 25, flew from Singapore to the island to see her favorite group, Block B, performing. She endured a long journey from “Singapore to Incheon, and Incheon to Jeju.” She finds K-pop attractive because “They treat fans like families, rather than fans.” She had also been to Thailand to see Block B.

▲ Photo courtesy SBS MTV

Earlier that day, SBS Contents Hub and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province signed an MOU for “Neo-Korean Wave Culture Contents” at the Grand Hotel in Jeju City, which sets out a plan to bring Jeju cultural content and Korean wave content closer together and also to make the province a center for ‘Neo-Korean wave.’”

“The foundation of the Korean wave is K-pop. I think the territory of the Korean wave is expanding,” said Jeju Governor Woo Keun Min in a speech at the MOU signing.

▲ Jeju Governor Woo Keun Min, left, and SBS Contents Hub Director Hong Sung Chul at the MOU signing ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Jeju City, Feb. 14. Photo courtesy SBS MTV

Provincial government officials are expecting not only for the program to strengthen cultural content in Jeju, but also to aid Jeju in the development of Korean wave related cultural content that goes beyond K-pop.

Yang Jae Young, the producer of the show, wrote in a related press release that he plans to design the weekly show to be “a stage filled with K-pop singers who are at the forefront of Korean wave.” He also expects to bring a “stage they have not seen anywhere else” to audiences all over the world.

“I’m super excited to see Korean idol stars on Jeju. It doesn’t happen that often,” said 17-year-old Jeju fan Lee Hae Min.

Sunny, a member of Korean idol group Girl’s Generation, was chosen to be the main MC for the show. “I’m a bit nervous since it’s my first time M.C.-ing solo, but I’m sure guests will help me out a lot,” she told the audiences.

▲ Boy-band MBLAQ on stage at the taping of the first "Music Island" TV program on Jeju Island, Feb. 14. Photo courtesy SBS MTV
▲ Singer IU in performance. Photo courtesy SBS MTV

On the side of the stage, congratulatory flowers sent from Super Junior, Infinite, Secret, Lyn, and many other groups were on display.

The show began with IU, a famous Korean female singer, singing “You and I,” which sent the audiences roaring.

To create more of a concert-like atmosphere, well-known singer-song writer Eco Bridge joined the team as band-master to arrange K-pop songs a little differently.

“Glad we had a chance to perform with such a great band,” said Bang Yong Guk, the leader of B.A.P. The leader of Rainbow added, “Performing with a live band was such a unique experience.”

For overseas audiences, Rainbow sang “A” in Japanese. And the show ended with IU’s “good day.”

Right after the first session, fans came out to the hallway and waited in line for the next recording. “If it continues on Jeju, I’m willing to come next time too,” said Kang Malg Eum, 20, from Jeju.

Starting on Feb. 29, “Music Island” will be broadcast through SBS MTV Channel in eight Asian countries (Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Philippines) every Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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