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J-Pop Stars to Gather, Party in Seoul

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Staff Reporter

J-pop's hottest dance and hip-hop acts will hold a rare one-night concert party ''Artimage Night in Seoul" May 19 in the Gayagum Hall of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.

Billed as the biggest J-pop event so far this year, the event brings together top artists from Japanese entertainment company Artimage such as Lisa, Ryohei, Emi Hinouchi, GTS, Melody Sexton and three disc jockeys. Korea's hottest hip-hop group Epik High will also perform during the show.

Artimage's stars are known for their unique J-pop sound, combining dance, hip-hop, house, R&B and pop. Popular group M-flo, composed of Japanese Taku Takahashi and Korean-Japanese Verbal, last year held a successful concert-party at the Walkerhill Hotel. The success of M-flo's Korean show prompted Artimage to bring more of its artists to Seoul.

Lisa started out as a member of M-flo in 1998, with her sweet vocals adding a unique style to the group's hip-hop music. Despite success with M-flo, she decided to go solo and made her debut in 2002. Since, she has released several R&B singles and albums, which showed off not just her vocals but her songwriting ability, as well.

Ryohei, who grew up in the United States, is known for his urban style of music. Since his debut in 2003, he has collaborated with artists such as M-flo, Heartsdales and Fantastic Plastic Machine. Last year, he released the single ''The Light," which he described as a combination of underground music and mainstream pop music.

Emi Hinouchi is a gifted singer and songwriter, who won an audition held by M-flo's Takahashi. Since then, she has released four singles and an album. Hinouchi's voice can be heard on collaborations with M-flo, SOUL'd OUT and Teriyaki Boyz. She recently collaborated with Epik High on ''Flow," which is on the Korean group's latest album ''Remapping the Human Soul."

House music group GTS, composed of disc jockeys Gee, Turbo and Satoshi Hidaka, are well known on the club scene in Japan, U.S., Ibiza and around Asia. GTS will perform with Melodie Sexton, a New-York born singer with a soulful voice. GTS has produced songs for stars such as BoA, M-flo, Namie Amuro, V6, Morning Musume, Ayumi Hamasaki and SMAP. GTS' cover version of ''Le Freak" even peaked at number two on the Billboard club music charts in 2005.

''Artimage Night in Seoul'' concert-party runs from at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tickets cost 66,000 won and are available at ticket.interpark.com. For more information, call the Walkerhill at (02) 455-5000 or 02Productions on (02) 338-8313.

cathy@koreatimes.co.kr
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Staff Reporter

J-pop's hottest dance and hip-hop acts will hold a rare one-night concert party ''Artimage Night in Seoul" May 19 in the Gayagum Hall of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.

Billed as the biggest J-pop event so far this year, the event brings together top artists from Japanese entertainment company Artimage such as Lisa, Ryohei, Emi Hinouchi, GTS, Melody Sexton and three disc jockeys. Korea's hottest hip-hop group Epik High will also perform during the show.

Artimage's stars are known for their unique J-pop sound, combining dance, hip-hop, house, R&B and pop. Popular group M-flo, composed of Japanese Taku Takahashi and Korean-Japanese Verbal, last year held a successful concert-party at the Walkerhill Hotel. The success of M-flo's Korean show prompted Artimage to bring more of its artists to Seoul.

Lisa started out as a member of M-flo in 1998, with her sweet vocals adding a unique style to the group's hip-hop music. Despite success with M-flo, she decided to go solo and made her debut in 2002. Since, she has released several R&B singles and albums, which showed off not just her vocals but her songwriting ability, as well.

Ryohei, who grew up in the United States, is known for his urban style of music. Since his debut in 2003, he has collaborated with artists such as M-flo, Heartsdales and Fantastic Plastic Machine. Last year, he released the single ''The Light," which he described as a combination of underground music and mainstream pop music.

Emi Hinouchi is a gifted singer and songwriter, who won an audition held by M-flo's Takahashi. Since then, she has released four singles and an album. Hinouchi's voice can be heard on collaborations with M-flo, SOUL'd OUT and Teriyaki Boyz. She recently collaborated with Epik High on ''Flow," which is on the Korean group's latest album ''Remapping the Human Soul."

House music group GTS, composed of disc jockeys Gee, Turbo and Satoshi Hidaka, are well known on the club scene in Japan, U.S., Ibiza and around Asia. GTS will perform with Melodie Sexton, a New-York born singer with a soulful voice. GTS has produced songs for stars such as BoA, M-flo, Namie Amuro, V6, Morning Musume, Ayumi Hamasaki and SMAP. GTS' cover version of ''Le Freak" even peaked at number two on the Billboard club music charts in 2005.

''Artimage Night in Seoul'' concert-party runs from at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tickets cost 66,000 won and are available at ticket.interpark.com. For more information, call the Walkerhill at (02) 455-5000 or 02Productions on (02) 338-8313.

cathy@koreatimes.co.kr
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