Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Kangta to Release New Album Before Joining Military

Pop singer Kangta, who was at the forefront of the Korean Wave which swept Asia, will take a break from the entertainment business to finish his compulsory military service.

Kangta's agency SM Entertainment said Monday that he will release his first new album in three years around the middle of this month before joining the military on April 1.

Having focused on working in China by forming the pop duo Kangta & Vanness with Taiwanese singer Vanness Wu, acting in dramas and appearing at various award shows, the former member of now-disbanded boy band H.O.T. is expected to please local fans with the new album of ballads.

Kangta will also hold a solo concert at Yonsei University on March 29 to celebrate the album's release. Because it is his first solo performance in five years and his last before joining the military, it will likely draw great attention from fans not only in Korea but also in other Asian nations such as China and Japan.

Tickets will be available through Internet shopping mall Auction ( from Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
The singer plans to appear in several music programs to promote his album and meet his fans as much as possible before joining the military.

source : Chosun Ilbo

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