My First Time At An Autograph Session

SHINee “2009 Year of Us” Autograph Session, on 31 January 2010 at Lot 1 Shopping Mall, to be exact.

In a nutshell, it was MADNESS. I have never seen this many people in Choa Chu Kang before, in every level of the mall (including B1, B2 & B3!), swarming all entrances possible AND spilling over to the mrt station. Oh, and the screams whenever “Ring Ding Dong” started playing…

Only the very lucky first 1000 fans in the queue were entitled to entry into the autograph session. (And I think there were approximately 3000 fans in total.) Pay S$60, get a SHINee “2009 Year of Us” album, a poster and a scratch card that indicates which member’s signature one is entitled to get. Some who were in the 1000 didn’t have enough money and had to leave the roof garden, others were happy / unhappy about the members they were assigned to and there were lots of fans requesting for swaps.

The management was also incredibly strict – anyone without the scratch card were asked to leave the venue. The crowd outside the roof garden were relentless; it was really scary when they started pushing the barricades when SHINee arrived and they wanted to enter.

The boys on stage! Interview questions include “What kind of girls do you like?” (Onew: Cute girls.) and “What should the girl wear to attract your attention?” (Onew: Something natural. Key: Something stylish like him.) The screaming was so loud that when the boys took turns to answer the questions I can only hear these few answers.

SHINee fans, don’t miss this incredibly rare opportunity of seeing SHINee perform live at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 1 & 2 Feb! We all know how difficult it is to get an SM artiste to perform in Singapore… and I’m not kidding when I say that I think this might be SHINee’s first and last time performing in our sunny little island…

Esplanade Presents: Oh Joonsung Drama Concert – Music from Korean Drama Favourites


오준성 드라마 콘서트 – 좋아하는 한국 드라마들 중에는 음악  

2월에 한류가 Esplanade으로 들어와서 2 음악의 밤동안  인기가 있는 한국 드라마 에서 OST의 노래와 기악을 감상할 수 있습니다. 오준성이라는 작곡가, 편곡자와 작사가가 그 노래와 기악들을 썼습니다. 

 대한민국에서 존경받는 오준성 씨는 이 콘서트를 위해서 Green Cacao이라는  9인조 악단과 23명 평성의 오케스트라를 같이 지휘할겁니다.  몇몇 노래가 드라마의 뮤직비디오하고 같이 연주할겁니다. 그리고 함께 공연하는 가수들 – 바비 김은 “드림”, 마리오&는 “마이걸”, 샤이니는 “꽃보다 남자”  각각 그 한국 드라마 OST중에서 유명한 가요를 노래할겁니다. 

 그 드라마를 다시 체험하는 시간을 옵니다. 가슴이 설레는 웃을 해 주는 순간을 한 번도 생각해 보면서 오준성 씨의 음악이 감동받을 수 있습니다. 그 유명한 드라마들이 좋아하거나 아름다운 음악을 듣고 싶으면 이 공연을 봐야 됩니다! 


2010년 2월 1일 & 2010년 2월 2일, 월요일 & 화요일 

Esplanade Concert Hall  

오후 7시 30분  

입장권 값: S$170, S$150, S$130*, S$110* 

병역자, 노인, 학생에 한정하는 양보:  S$115*, S$95*  

Esplanade의 매표소와 SISTIC 입장권 판매소에서 입장권을 살 수 있습니다. 



 근년 한국음반업계에서 오준성 씨는 최고의 드라마 작곡가으로 유명합니다. 20년이상 한국 영화, 드라마와 음반업계에 있는 일하는 오준성 씨가 “마이걸”, “왕과 나”랑 “꽃보다 남자”의 악보를 만든 것을 통해서 중요한 역할을 했습니다. 그것보다 한국과 세계적으로 유면하는 음악가들이랑 드라마를 위해 함께 일했습니다. 그 음악가들중에 일본 피아니스트 유키 쿠라모토, 한국 소프라노 조수미와 미국 바이올린 연주자 데이비드 가레트가 있었습니다. 요즘은 맨땅에 헤딩에서 “하늘을 봐”이라는 힙합 스타일의 음악이 시청자한테서 관심이 많았습니다. 

바비 김에대해  

1994년에 한미의 가수 바비 김 씨가 데뷔했는데 그 때부터 소울의 대부이라고들 합니다. 2004년에 “Beats Within My Soul”이라는 솔로 앨범을 발표했고 비평가의 극찬을 받아서 한국대중음악상을 이겼습니다. 수년에 바비 김 씨의 인기가 많아졌는데 CF부터 드라마OST까지 바비 김 씨의 대단하고 감동적인 목소리를 들 수 있습니다. 


 마이걸의 주제가 “Never Say Goodbye”를 통해서 유면하는 랩 가수 마리오&가 인망 있는 라고들 합니다. 


 2008년에 형성된 5명 아이 두 밴드 샤이니가 상을 많이 받았습니다. 샤이니의리어리티 프로그램은  “누나 너무 예뻐 (Replay)”노래에 바탕을 두고 있었습니다. 그리고 샤이니 때문에  유면한 샤이니 패션을 시작했습니다. 데뷔핬을 때 첫번째는 싸이월드 디지털 어워드에서 Rookie of the Month상을 받았습니다. 그 다음에 2008년 엠넷 20’s 초이스 종합에서 핫뉴스타상을 이겼습니다. 제5회 아시아송페스티벌에 참여했고 Best New Artiste상도 받았습니다. 다른 받은 상은 2008 Mnet KM Music Festival ‘남녀신인상’을 수상했습니다. 2008년 8월 28일에 발표된The Shinee World이라는 데뷔 앨범은 삼만개 팔렸습니다. 지금까지 더 삼 집 발표했는데 그 중에서 “링딩동”이라는 싱글이 가요 명단에서 위치가 높았습니다. 

(translation credits: 

The Korean wave sweeps to Esplanade in February for two special evenings of songs and instrumental pieces from soundtracks of some of the most popular Korean drama series written by composer, arranger and lyricist, Oh Joonsung.

Considered one of Korea’s most sought-after composer/lyricist, Oh Joonsung will direct his 9-piece band, Green Cacao and a 23-piece orchestra specially put together for the concert. Some of these songs will be accompanied by music videos from the dramas. Joining them will be Korean popstars Bobby Kim, Shinee and Mario& who will perform their signature tunes from the dramas, Dream, My Girl, Get Karl O Sujung, Witch Amusement, King and I, The Queen Returns, Heading to the Ground and Boys Over Flowers.                                                                                                                            

It is time to relive fond memories of these dramas. Complementing heart-wrenching, humourous and happy-ending storylines, the music of Oh Joonsung will tug and touch your hearts. If you are ardent fans of these endearing and internationally renowned drama series or would like to listen to some of the most beautiful music to be written, these performances are not to be missed! 


1 & 2 Feb 2010, Mon & Tue 

7.30pm  (90mins, no intermission)  

Esplanade Concert Hall 


$150, $130, $110*, $90**  

Limited Concessions for NSF, senior citizens and students: $95*, $75** 

Tickets are available at Esplanade Box Office and all SISTIC’s authorised agents. 


About Oh Joonsung
Cited as one of the top drama composers of recent years in the Korean music industry, composer/ arranger Oh Joonsung has been in the screen, drama and music industry for more than 20 years. As a successful drama music composer he has played an instrumental role in creating more sensation with music scores for My Girl, King and I and Boys Over Flowers. More than that, he has worked with local and world famous star musicians such as Yuki Kuramoto (Japanese Pianist), Sumi Jo (Korean Soprano), David Garrett (American Violinist) for some of these dramas. His recent release of Hip-Hop style music Look up the Sky in MBC TV drama, Manddang Heading is, once again, getting high attention of the drama viewers. 

About Bobby Kim
Korean-American singer Bobby Kim debuted in 1994 and has since been labelled as the ‘Godfather of Soul’. In 2004, Kim released the solo album, Beats Within My Soul, a critically acclaimed effort that earned him a Korean Music Award that year. Over the years, Kim has since risen in popularity in the both hip hop and ballad music. His amazing and soulful voice has brought him everywhere in the Korean entertainment industry, ranging from commercials to sound-track albums for TV dramas. 

About Mario&
A K-pop singer and rapper, Mario&, known for the theme song, Never Say Goodbye from the drama, My Girl, considered one of the most popular. 

 About Shinee  

Formed in 2008, the 5-member boy band Shinee has won numerous awards. They have also starred in their own reality show based on their song, Nunan Neomu Yeppeo (Replay). Shinee is also considered to be fashion icons having started the “Shinee Trend”, which is popular amongst the younger generation. During the year of their debut, the group won numerous awards – their first award, Rookie of the Month, at the Cyworld Digital Music Award followed by MNet’s 20’s Choice Awards 2008, where they won the “Hot New Star” award. Shinee participated in the “5th Asia Song Festival”, where they received the “Best New Artist” award. Other awards include “Best Male Rookie” award at the 10th annual MNET KM Music Festival. Shinee released their full debut album, The Shinee World, on August 28, 2008. The album debuted on the charts at #3, selling 30,000 copies. They have since released 3 other albums including 6 singles of which one of them, Ring Ding Dong, is top of K-pop list today.