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WooriSpac2 sees effect after merging with Cube Entertainment ‘Rising Share Price’

WooriSpac2 have completed merger with Cube Entertainment and will be actively involved in the entertainment’s operations. With Beast, 4minute, BTOB and other artists recording great results overseas, the share price of (WooriSpac2) has been soaring.

As at 2nd April, 10.44am, WooriSpac rose to 3655 Won, by 7.8% as compared to yesterday’s closing rate.

WooriSpac2 merged with Cube Entertainment on 30th March and as at 1st April, the largest shareholders were changed to 3 entities/individuals, including iHQ. Cube Entertainment’s CEO Park ChungMin, too, has taken over as the director (for Woorispac2). iHQ holds 36.0%, Cube Entertainment’s President Hong SeungSong holds 15.9% while iHQ’s chairman Jung HoonTak holds 3.0%.

The recent rise in WooriSpac’s share price was due to the company’s artists having strong results in overseas promotions. In particular, BTOB’s Japanese activities have significantly raise the revenue by 9%, as compared to the third quarter of 2013.

BTOB has recently released their first single album in Japan, titled ‘Future’. Up till 1st April, they have sold 100,000 copies and the single was charted #2 on Oricon weekly chart. These were the results although BTOB started their Japanese promotions merely 5 months ago,

In addition, BTOB will be holding solo concerts on 29~30th April in Tokyo Dom City Hall, and in Osaka on 3rd~4th May. It is likely that Cube Entertainment will reflect the performances in the second half of the year with this major source of income.

Researcher Lee HyunHee from Hyundai Securities expressed, “With their major artists promoting actively overseas in year 2015, we expect a strong increase in exports (of contents)”


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Source:  Money Today

[DAUM] CUBE’s System that Raises BEAST-4minute

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During a survey done in a fandom interview, Cube Entertainment was chosen as the ‘Good Agency‘ by having the most votes.

Cube Entertainment was established in 2008 August and is currently house to singer-actor Rain, BEAST, 4minute, G.NA, BTOB and many more artists. Most of the artists holds strong popularity and are also artists that ventures across nations to raise the KPOP awareness. Girl group A Pink too, were also trainees under Cube Entertainment before their debut.

With the potential it has raised through BEAST, 4minute and BTOB, Cube Entertainment are about to make its debut on the KOSDAQ listing on April 9th. Also, it was revealed that they are preparing for a new 5-members girl group, CLC’s debut.

The attempt was proudly stemmed from the company’s employees and trainees. After looking into Cube Entertainment’s system, I felt strongly that now, it’s not artist benchmarking, but rather, it should be system benchmarking that is required.


The most unique point about Cube Entertainment (short as Cube) system, is in its humanity education. It is not just any humanity education, but one that incorporates many aspect of humanity. Including the basic psychological consulting, it also teaches on sex education, SNS etiquette education, global etiquette and many more, as well as doing long term charity activities.

It’s not just any paper-work humanity education, they also provide practical opportunities with spontaneous activities. In fact, in BEAST’s case, they have been secretly carrying out charity works for SeungGaWon (an organization for disabled children) for more than five years. Following artists’ footsteps, fans for these artists also started charity work, thus fueling the continuity of the ‘Miracle Project’ (a movement for mentally disabled children).

Trainees too, are highly encouraged to go to nursery schools and centers to donate their talents as part of the charity work.

Companies and artists’ strong trust relationships are also built up through humanity education. Disputes between artists and company are often due to a lack of trust.

In order to prevent any discords and to foster a strong trust relationship, Cube provides trainings for their staffs.

A representative from Cube explained, “In the company, there are staffs that do his/her various roles. To show our respect and to increase their understanding in their roles, we would often hold lectures for them” and, “We don’t just do it after the artists have debuted, we do it even before that.”

Although the success of an artists depends very much on his/her talents, staffs’ hardworking support too, is essential to form a mutual understanding.


Personalized training is yet another strength of Cube. Although trainees are required to learn the basics, such as dance, singing, acting, linguistic skills, Cube often are supportive towards trainees’ strength and interest.

Cube representatives explained, “The training process is a process for trainees to rediscover their very own talent” and, “Although the basics are important, there are many trainees who are uncertain of what potentials they have. The Talent Development Team plays a role to discover the talents of these children.”

Cube’s personalized training and free training atmosphere switches on the spontaneity of trainees.

The representative expressed, “We would first ask trainees to produce songs even before trainees know they can. At every month end, they could show it to anyone in Cube. Normally, people would think that the evaluation song selected would be those routinized cover songs, but in Cube’s case, trainees really do have to try out many various missions. This is to build up their creativity and spontaneity.

Cube also hold weekly evaluations. During these evaluations, trainees are required to participate in stages and even lighting production. These are opportunities for them to unleash their creativity. While honing their skills, Cube also tries its best to gives spontaneous trainings.

Other than this, trainees were given lectures on acoustic and on how to use mics, helping them to build interest in specialized lessons. Lately, in order to segment lessons through music genres, Cube has started their first step in the early audition stage. Cube artists audition are not limited to just raps and blind vocals, but also on trot auditions as well.

The representative expressed, “We will give something that participants will never thought about. With this, rather than showing what they have prepared, it’s important to also see how they adapt to something different. You will see the best of them when they are the least prepared.”

In fact, one of Cube trainees , Kim HyoJong-gun, who has trained for two years revealed, “It’s not like all of us take the same lessons. The lessons we take match to each individual color. We take lessons that we want or one that we suits the most. When I first started out, I just wanted to be a celebrity. But entering here, I learned music to its core. I started producing, singing and expressing to the song. This is what really makes me want to be a singer,” expressing his thoughts on his very own transformation.

Cube’s style of personalized training could be seen through artists who are promoting right now. BEAST, 4minute, BTOB, all of them released self-composed songs and have shown a wide knowledge of music.

In BEAST’s case, member Yong JunHyung took on a lead role in producing the whole album of BEAST. Last year, Yong JunHyung produced title tracks ‘Good Luck’ and ’12:30′ that have bagged 19 trophies on music shows. Those are present gifted from their trainee period.


Most of the idol artists sign a 7-years  contract. That’s the longest contract period set down by legal authorities to avoid the controversial slave contracts.

“It is the role of the company to help them to groom into a better adult”

Cube emphasizes on the life after 7 years as well. Ahn HyoJin, marketing team leader expressed, “President Hong SeungSong often talks about (their) life after 7 years” and, “After 7 years, what should they do. Those are the aims of our company. Since trainee periods, they were given opportunities and support at a young age. And that will help to further develop artists as they go on.”

He continued, “Artists contract spans for 7 years, during this period they do what is required. 7 years later, the training process that they had gone through will help them to decide on their pathway.  It’s the company’s role to raise the youngs to be a better adult, rather than just to be an artist.”

Cube stresses on humanity, spirit and passion.

Ahn HyoJin marketing leader delivered, “During their trainee times, if those were 40%~50%, then the rest shall be perfected after their debut” and, “The training period equips them with what they need so to grab a sense of what its like before debut. Humanity, spirit and passion should be there in whatever they do. It’s not that the strongest will live. It’s the living that are the strongest.”

Their life after the 7 years period are also part and parcel created by both the artist and the company. Cube is not just a short-term company that aims for mere debut, but they also showed a diligent look to produce good contents and also till the extent of taking care of idols’ future. Having such philosophy and practicality is what that creates the passion within these children.

Ahn HyoJin Marketing Leader expressed, “I’ve seen many talented, kind and seemingly would do well children to leave the company as they couldn’t pass through the hurdle. It’s not just about doing well. We would like to see children with strong determination and courage to be in our company.”

As I was covering on Cube’s system, the statement that left the deepest impression was, “As this is a place like school, like house, like a workplace, so, you should fill up wherever lacking.”

Trainees are mostly in their 10s~20s, the golden age of a person’s life. They are young students who invested their time in hopes to be a celebrity. Those in their teens, who were initially just attending schools, are accumulating precious experience to produce promising results through Cube’s very own humanity education system.

A representative said, “In order to raise a star, to create a gateway to success, it shouldn’t be just equipment, but it is the process of raising these children to bring joy to other people that is important.”

Cube’s system has already gained recognition from worldwide. Thailand superstar James Ji, too, went to Korea and accepted Cube’s training system despite already a star in his homeland.

“What is the ideal humane system for Cube?”

Cube expressed, “Every time they dreamed that their first stage would be the most successful stage. But rather than becoming a singer because they love to sing, isn’t it more important to have system that would influence their thoughts, on why they want to do it, how they want to do it, what they want to do?” and, “At the end of it, it is the goal to gain recognition that is the most important. In Cube’s case, even with that goal, we are a company with great success record. It is important to fulfill the satisfaction of artists themselves. We are a company that hopes that the more they are satisfied, the greater their competence can be raised.”

Every year, many teams of idols make their debut. But only a few made it successfully. Not everyone can make it. There are even more that were scarred because of this. Ahn HyoJin marketing leader gave his two cents to those who wish to be a singer.

I hope that they don’t take it easily. I hope they don’t come here thinking that they look fine and comparable with celebrities. The most important time of life, is the moment when they begin it. I really hope that all children here will be able to do well. A celebrity by itself is public figure that can exert an influence on the society. And because of this, they have to bear the responsibility and should not take any of it lightly. They have to be responsible for every action. Also, I hope these children could come here with a dream. Not just a one-hit dream but a solid dream to show the look of an artist that knows how to carry him/herself on stage. That is the way to continuously satisfy oneself. Children with their goals should come. I’ve seen way too many children who have the potential, the kindness and seeming may do well but chose to leave because of hardships. It’s not just something that you will be successful once you do it. There must be determination and courage to come with it.”


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Source: NewsFund

[MyDaily] 4minute Kwon SoHyun, thoughts on entering DongGuk University

4minute member Kwon SoHyun has expressed her thoughts of becoming a university student.

On the 26th February, through agency Cube Entertainment, SoHyun expressed, “First of all, I would like to thank everyone who have congratulated me. When I was a child, I had the opportunity to act as a child actress, and this had nurtured my passion for learning (about acting). I am happy and it is my honor to be able to enroll into 2015 batch of DongGuk University, of which many excellent seniors were students (of this university).”

She continued, “Although I am excited about adapting to the new school life and meeting new friends, I am nervous as well. I want to learn acting diligently as a student and to learn even more as I attend the university.”

Also, “Studies and my activities as a 4minute member, both of which I will do it passionately, so to show an upgraded Kwon SoHyun.”

On this day, Kwon SoHyun attended the orientation session of DongGuk University.

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Source: MyDaily

[Money Week] Cube-WooriSpac2 Merger Approved… KOSDAQ Listing Confirmed

Cube Entertainment has announced that its merger with WooriSpac2 has been approved by the shareholders.

During the meeting, the attended shareholders of Cube Entertainment unanimously voted for the merge. Follow this, Cube Entertainment will be listing on KOSDAQ on April 9th.

CEO Park ChungMin revealed, “Having the stock market listing as a turning point, in the future, we will be a business that develops capable artists and one that leads the KPOP and Hallyu wave with a more positive attitude.”

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Source: Money Week

[CEO in the market] Park ChungMin Cube Entertainment

“Full-fledged advancement into Great China”
Investments in talent development and practice rooms
Stepping stone to be an entertainment agency that stands with big 3.

“This year we will be making an aggressive advancement into the Greater China, with concerts performances and Chinese albums”

The CEO of Cube Entertainment, Park ChungMin (40 years old) expressed his aspirations, “This year, we will be entering into the Chinese market. Artists under our wings will be cross Korea’s borders and become Asia’s big stars through the China advancement.”

Cube Entertainment which will be listed in coming April, was founded in 2008 August. Under its management, Cube Entertainment houses female group 4minute, male group BEAST, BTOB , female soloist G.NA and male soloist Rain.

In order to enter the market, Cube Entertainment will be partnering up with a few Chinese local management companies. Unlike other entertainments that established subsidiaries in China, Cube Entertainment took a slightly different path by cooperating with local management entertainment businesses, of which the income generated from albums, concerts or appearances on broadcast will be shared among partners. Park ChungMin elaborated, “In China, it’s not easy to select an entertainment agency that are specialised in managing artists, unlike in Korea or Japan. We are currently discussing with 2 to 3 potential Chinese partners that are carrying out management or contents business. By this year, we will be able to formalize the contract and then advance into China.”

Apart from the Chinese market, Cube Entertainment is in to strengthen its financial aspects through income generated from Japan. In particular, Cube’s representative group BEAST signed a three years contract with  Hakuhodo DY Media Partners which is a subsidiary of Japan’s largest advertising company, Hakuhodo DY Group, thus, showing potential success in Japan. CEO Park continued, “We witnessed BEAST’s potential to succeed in Japan via our relationship with Hakuhodo. We are even more looking forward to income generated from releases of album and concerts in Japan.” He followed, “BEAST have been resting from world tour since 2 years ago. There are plans for world tour again this year. BEAST are also preparing for a concert in Tokyo Dom in early 2016.” Other than BEAST, BTOB, too have confirmed the release of a new album through a local Japanese entertainment company.

This year, Cube Entertainment will shown their earnest determination in scouting talents around South East Asia. Upcoming 5-members female group ‘CLC’ will be debuting with a Thai trainee. CEO Park introduced, “We cooperated with CJ E&M’s overseas subsidiaries, tvN, and Fox International Channel for audition program ‘KPOP Star Hunt’. Sorn, a Thai girl who was crowned first will be debuting as a member of CLC. CLC will be a girl group we will introduce 5 years after 4minute’s debut.”

The capital funded from the listing exercise will be used in developing rookies and to invest in practice facilities. CEO Park explained, “We will enhance the training systems for our trainees and existing artists, as well as to add a few practice rooms with the funds. In particular, we will allocate additional funds for our scouting team who has been diligently scouting foreign trainees.” Cube Entertainment currently has 5 foreign trainees from China, Thailand and more. They are currently scouting for talents especially in the South East Asia, like Thailand, where the KPOP wave is popular. And the operations are expected to expand (with the funds).

1. Cube Entertainment has filed a notification to the Securities Commission in regards to its merger with WooriSpac2.
2. The resolution is to be approved in the coming general meeting with shareholders on 26th February.
3. The merger date would be on 30 March.
4. The listing date would be on 9 April.
5. Capital injection of 2.5b Won and market capitalisation of 57.7b Won are estimated after listed on the stock exchange.
6. Cube Entertainment’s main shareholder remains with iHQ with a shareholdings of 50.01%.
7. Cube Entertainment’s accumulated operating profit up to 3rd quarter in 2014 was 1.8b Won. Revenue at 14.2b Won and Net profit at 1.3b Won.
8. Estimated profit for this year is 5.0b Won with an estimated revenue of 3.9b Won.

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Source: Seoul Kyeongjae

[Hankyung] ‘Cube’ Park ChungMin, “Have 4minute & BEAST ever involved in a scandal?… We are a company with strong relationships”

The aim to be Entertainment industry ‘Big 3’… Footsteps to China after listing on stock market.

‘What’s Your Name? What’s your mobile number? Do spend some time’

‘We are now like the pointers of 12:30, Going to places where we can never return’

‘I am Red with my bright lipsticks on. Aegyo with a bite is an art’

These were the top song lyrics for the past two years. Fans from Korea and foreign lands would easily follow and sing along to these lyrics. These are song lyrics from idol group 4minute and BEAST – idol groups who are the center of Hallyu wave.

The agency to 4minute, Beast and world star Rain, ‘Cube Entertainment’ is about to enter the stock market.

Cube will be joining SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment – the Big 3 of the entertainment agencies after this listing effort on KOSDAQ.

On 13th February, we met up with Cube Entertainment’s representative director, Park ChungMin at its headquarters in Seoul CheongDamDong. “This flotation exercise will be a turning point for Cube Entertainment as we will stand aside the local ‘Big 3′ and make our attempts to be a global entertainment company”, expressing the company’s aspirations.

Cube Entertainment is in the midst of preparations to merge with WooriSpac2, a ‘Special-purpose Acquisition Company’ (SPAC) [T/N: Companies that are established for the purpose of flotation/listing exercise] in April. The set date for the merger is on 30th March. Following the merger, Cube Entertainment will be listed on 9th April. They are the prestigious company that houses BEAST, 4minute, G.NA, Rain and many more.

◆”Investing in China and other geographical areas”

Representative Park explains, “The financing of about 14.2bil Won will be used to establish ourselves in the global market as well as to develop new artists. The amount to be received is a relatively conservative figure as compared to the worth of our growth based on our internal information.”

He emphasized, although the scale of operations (of Cube Entertainment) is small, the value of artists in the company is potentially comparable with the Big 3.

He continued, “Till far, there have been strong requests from overseas to hold activities for 4minute, BEAST or BTOB. However, many of them were rejected due to practical problems” and, “We plan to expand our human resources and systems, so to enter into the Japan, South East Asia and China’s market.”

Currently, Cube is practicing a ‘Regional Strategy’, whereby there are four main geographical areas, namely Korea, Japan, China and South East Asia.

In Japan, BEAST and BTOB are signed under local management companies. BEAST are under contract with Hakuhudo with a ‘minimum guaranteed fees’, while BTOB signed with Kiss Entertainment. After finalizing the contract with Kiss Entertainment, BTOB had completed their ‘major debut’ (a term used in Japan referring to the release of an album) in Japan.

Representative Park explained, “Both companies have stable management systems and possesses the experience in working with Hallyu Stars. In BEAST’s case, they are receiving almost the best treatment as a foreign artist.”

Despite the infrequent activities in China up till now, starting from this year, Cube Entertainment plans to enter the market more aggressively.

Representative Park said, “We are more meticulous in advancing into the China market than any other competitors” and, “We are currently coordinating with 2~3 large-scale Chinese contents distribution companies and likely to finalize these decisions before the first half-year ends,” he revealed.

◆ Strong performance expected for this year… BEAST ‘World Tour’, Multinational Girl Group

The company expressed their anticipation for extraordinary performance this year due to their current investment in Japan as well as their new advancement in China. It was forecast that operating profit and net profit would be 5bil Won and 3.9bil Won respectively. Last year, Cube Entertainment recorded a revenue of 14.2bil Won, operating profit of 1.8bil Won and net profit of 1.3bil Won in their 3rd quarter.

Representative Park highlighted, “The performance for this year is measured based on assumptions that are fairly prudent. BEAST will once again organize World Tour (performance fees, of which are the highest income earner) which were not held for the last two years. In the first half-year, multinational female group (tentatively CLC) will be making their debut too.”

As compared to other competitors, the strength of Cube Entertainment, according to Representative Park, is the humane management it uniquely owns.

He responded, “4minute or BEAST have entered into their 7th year, and not even once they were involved in drugs, drink-driving or any society problems” and, “Every quarter of the year, we would have 1~2 meetings, in a conference manner, with our artists and their parents. This is set up as a means of constant communication with them.”

Other than artists that have made their debut, trainees of about 20~30 of them are actively receiving psychological consultation, sex education and other long-term self-management, not just the usual singing or dancing lessons.

Another strength is that key artists are more flexible in terms of contracts. Most of the contracts with key artists end around 2016, which is just a span of one to two years.

Representative Park expressed, “Usually, negotiation for a renewal of contract starts 6 months before and after the contract expires. This helps to reduce any problems during the negotiations” and, “The renewal of contracts are usually based on a trust relationship between the management and the artists, so there was never a contract problem”.

Towards their medium and long-term goals, Representative Park said, “We aim to be a humane management system and supply even more good contents through enhanced production abilities in terms of music and videos” and, “We target to leap even further to position ourselves in the global market as we enter into the Chinese market this year.”

Cube Entertainment will be merging with WooriSpac2. The general meeting with shareholders will progress on coming 26th February and the set date for the merger is on 30th March, while listing date to be on 9th April.

After the merger, a total of authorised 25,073,767 shares will be issued which will give rise to 2.5bil Won of capital. The market capitalisation for the company is about 57.7bil Won. [T/N: Market capitalisation basically means the worth/value of the company] Currently, major contents provider IHQ owns 50.01% of Cube Entertainment.

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Source: Hankyung

[STARAZ] BTOB Interview with STARAZ

BTOB have shown a cheerful side through your 6th mini special winter album ‘Winter’s Tale’ with title track ‘A Winter’s Tale’. It seems like you want to show a special concept for this album?
Eunkwang: It is our first time attempting a winter season song since BTOB’s debut. We tried our very best to bring the atmosphere alive while showing a cheerful personality. In contrast to a strong performance, we wanted to add more excitement by performing in relaxed manner, and without any burden, to sing a comfortable carol song where all age groups can enjoy.

In particular, the title track itself was composed by Hyunsik and IlHoon. What are your thoughts for having your first self-composed title track? What do you wish to show?

Hyunsik: I am active in composing songs most of the time. But it seems like I had even more fun producing ‘A Winter’s Tale’ with IlHoon. As much as it contains our joy, the song was my satisfaction too.

IlHoon: In order to bring out the warm winter atmosphere of ‘A Winter’s Tale’, we refrained from using electronic sounds. Instead, we used various of instruments to create a magnificent feel for it. It is our wish to have this title track a representative winter carol song for each winter.

How did the members rate Hyunsik and IlHoon’s composed songs?

Sungjae: I love it so much when I first listened to it. The song was repeating in my head, and the more I listened to it, I grew attached to it. It was warm and it soothes the ears while its melody was fresh and fun.

Minhyuk: All these while, Hyunsik and IlHoon have been diligently producing songs on our album. They are friends who have already gotten a knack at it and are members who are representative singer-songwriters for BTOB. As how they have always been, the song did not disappoint at all.

The song had gained good responses on music charts too. What are your thoughts?

Changsub: Prior to ‘A Winter’s Tale’, we have actually pre-released ‘You Can’t Cry’. The song rose to top 10 moments after it was released. Our happiness could be verified through the members’ Twitter accounts (Laughs). ‘A Winter’s Tale’ followed suit, and soon enough we have both songs on the charts I am happy that the public seems to like the songs a lot.

The stage costumes for ‘A Winter’s Tale’ left a strong impression too

Peniel: ‘A Winter’s Tale’ has a lovely and joyful atmosphere. In order to emphasize that, we went with a slightly brighter image. We wore costumes for ‘Disney Characters’ and that had left a huge impact. (Laughs). Wherever we go, we would keep hearing about out stage outfits.

MinHyuk: When we were younger, we would often wanted to wear these cute outfits. And so, we have decided that ‘A Winter’s Tale’ was the right time for us to try out. We even tried pastel-toned coats, cute gloves, Harry Potter school look and even skiing fashion, and we are satisfied that many people love it a lot.

Eunkwang once spoken about fungus in the dorm. But is there anything that  good in the dorm?

Eunkwang: To be honest, it doesn’t really matter much if the dorm is in good or bad condition. These inconvenience are just a very small part. As compared to that, I really like to live with all the members under one warm roof. The very first space that left me felt that all seven of us are ‘Family’ is none other than our dorm. Till now too, I value all the memories that were made every moment in this dorm. They are memories that I won’t forget.

Noel has named BTOB as the juniors that they often look out to. Were you aware of this? They mentioned that BTOB had left a strong impression on them when you sing Noel’s songs. What do you feel about their comment?

Hyunsik: During our trainees time, we often listen to Noel-sunbaenim’s songs and even sang them. We have a self-made series called ‘I Will Be Your Melody’ where we receive suggestions from fans to cover certain songs. We covered their songs as well. Just recently we heard that Noel-sunbaenims watched our video. Although it is far to be compared with the original song, we are honored and thankful for their good comments.

What is ‘Real Man’ to Yook Sungjae?

Sungjae: Motivation! After leaving for ‘Real Man’, I felt that I can now overcome difficult schedules. ‘So it’s like this after returning from the army’, I often had this thoughts to myself. (Laughs) I went for training in the cold weather. Since then, this winter doesn’t seemed to be as cold now. Thanks to ‘Real Man’, I’ve felt many things, and I learned how to always keep a positive and diligent mindset.

Hyunsik, you have challenged to be a DJ for the first time. I’m curious on what you think. Were there any episodes?

Hyunsik: My father (singer Im JiHoon) is currently an active DJ and that had nurtured me to be a DJ someday too. I was therefore very happy when I heard that I was a fixed cast on ‘KPOP Planet’. Although I have yet to show a lot of myself on radio each week, I hope to DJ comfortably while playing good music to listeners.

Eunkwang has been showing a 4D personality recently, and even appeared on many variety programs. What is your motivation?

Eunkwang: Rather than 4D-ness, I went with my usual self, and this seemed to have brought joy for the viewers. To make others laugh is something special, in my opinion. And it’s amazing as well, so I just try my best at it.

I’m curious. Are you interested in acting?

IlHoon: Hmm….Acting is something that I have yet to have sufficient experience, so I can say I am vaguely interested in it. However, music remains a more important part of my life and I don’t think I have the talents for acting, so I don’t really have the greed to act.

It must be hard for you during the new year when you will miss your family and America. I heard that during middle school, you went with a bob hair cut. Was there any special reason for that?

Peniel: I am always missing them. During festive seasons or holidays, all the members would return home and I would be alone in the dorm. That’s the time that I would feel extra lonely. But then, I have friends and members who are always looking out for me by my side, and that gave me strength. And the special reason for my haircut… I don’t think there’s any.

What other aspects that you are keen to try out as your individual activities?

Changsub: I am very interested in terms of vocals. So I hope to produce a collaboration, featuring, singing drama OST or having duet activities in the near future. Also, if there’s an opportunity, I would want to try to be a radio DJ. I could recommend great songs that are relatable and have fun with it.

During a radio talk show, Changsub was said to be the person who likes skinship the most. So who hates skinships the most among BTOB?

All the members: Sungjae and IlHoon!

Eunkwang: IlHoon is already known to hate skinships since our debut. It was aired during a program. Secretly, Sungjae hates skinship as well, but Changsub, on the other hand loves to attach to Sungjae all the time. It’s very interesting just by looking at them. (Laughs) Both of them would bicker just like elementary school students and that’s really cute.

2014 was a meaningful year if we looked back at it right now. One of them must be your first solo concert. Please say a few episodes or thoughts back then.

Sungjae: The memories are still vividly in our minds. We performed on all sizes of stages but to sing 3 hours of our own songs, and to spend these time with BTOB’s fans… these are our first. Fans who came to watch us were cheering for each of us while singing along to our songs. We didn’t realize how tired we were whenever we see fans’ looks, thus we held it with lots of fun.

MinHyuk: Tears started forming when I see the slow blue ocean and slogans filling up the Olympic Hall. I was being scolded for weeping throughout the opening song and ment section.

Lately, BTOB had donated firefighting gloves to firefighters. I think it is a rather unique type of donation. What’s the reason for donating gloves to firefighters?

Eunkwang: We happened to read a post written by the wife of a firefighter online. It includes contents about how the facilities in fire rescue departments were in bad conditions. Hearing that they lack of firefighting gloves, thoughts of helping them, even a little, came to mind. Although it is an embarrassing, we bought firefighting gloves and requested our company to send to the fire rescue department.

Is there any possible unit activities?

Changsub: Till now, we have not shown BTOB’s whole look. Although unit activities would be fun, we want to show more impactful looks that we have as a whole.

What are each of your goals for 2015? 

Eunkwang: To get #1 on music programs and to show the true worth of BTOB to the whole world.

MinHyuk: BTOB to get #1! I hope 2015 will be a year where we will do better.

Changsub: I hope to bring more happiness with my voice.

Hyunsik: I hope that I can work with the members like we usually do and have no regrets as we carry out our activities.

Peniel: Our #1 on music program!

IlHoon: To produce amazing songs, to make amazing music, and to be an amazing person.

Sungjae: To be a Yook Sungjae that can bring a ‘healing’ effect to everyone!

Your future activities?

Sungjae: At this moment, we will keep pace with ‘A Winter’s Tale’s promotions. We will then attempt in various aspects such as MC, acting and variety so that BTOB will be a rising star. The members will work hard in individual activities and to appeal with various charms.

Lastly, please say a few words to ‘STARAZ’ readers.

BTOB: ‘STARAZ’ readers! We want to thank everyone who had given us your attention and encouragement. In the future, BTOB will be restlessly! Diligently! Happily promote. So, just like now, please give us your continuous support. I love you 

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