• http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

    Some of the covers made me liked songs that I’ve never heard before. 

    For instance, I did not know Usher’s DJ got us falling in love again after I heard the cover by EXO & TTS. :) 

    • Gaya_SB

      I was totally and utterly disinterested in that song until I saw Lu han I mean TTS and Exo performing it.

      • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

        I never even heard of that song before! Hahahaha…

      • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

        I never even heard of that song before! Hahahaha…

      • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

        It seems that I’m not the only one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-dvTjK_07c

        • http://twitter.com/fanamuins92 Nana Muin

          Lol why are EXO fans such trolls? First it was the recommended songs EXO mentioned on Sukira, now this. The most amusing fandom I’ve ever come across. xD

          • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

            Serious? How?

      • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

        It seems that I’m not the only one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-dvTjK_07c

      • marz22

        Lol TBH I changed my phone wallpaper to Luhan’s image after I watched that stage. Yep, my Exo ultimate bias is settled.

  • Black_Plague

    Dang, 34 degrees? Far out. Burning weather and thousands of people stacked shoulder to shoulder. Must’ve been like performing inside an oven or something. I sympathize.  

  • xchoccies

    “I didn’t really realize how starkly different Western concert-goers are compared to Asian concert-goers” – Me neither. My sister and I attended SHINee’s concert in Singapore last year, and we were in the pit section of the show. There was only the two of us and maybe 3 others that were singing along and jumping up and down like maniacs completely flailing our sticks around, whilst the people around us were just standing, slightly robotically moving their light sticks. I was a little annoyed, but I enjoyed it tremendously and I reckon it was worth the money. Twas an amazing show!
    I gotta agree about the remixes. It seems like almost all (or rather SHINee’s and SNSD’s) remixes are just extended rock remixes. Wouldn’t it be nicer to tweak it to a little acoustic once in awhile, or like you said bring in other labelmates and do like a swapping of songs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    They really should do more inter-group collaborations, kinda like the 2008 SMTown concert in Seoul. They even had a dance battle with all the dancing machines and some random non-dancing machines. There were more duets, rap performances, dance performances, etc.

    TaeTiSeo and EXO’s performace of “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” would’ve been received so well if they did it Anaheim, but I don’t think they had time to put together that performance as EXO was busy with their debuts in two separate countries.

  • http://twitter.com/adhsty Stevani Adhisty

    you wrote “情愛的寶貝們” wrong, it should be “親愛的寶貝們”

  • http://www.facebook.com/karheng279 Aaron Ho

    34 degrees tbh is nothing in Malaysia,  I recalled that time the poor girls (especially Jessica) were sweating like mad while performing in KL. =/  I hope they will get indoor stadiums (with maximum air conditioner) should they ever come back again to Msia.   

    SM to accommodate song list for audience from different cultural backgrounds, would be taxing for their artists, imagine the awesomeness for French Sones should SNSD sings french songs ( but then they will have learn to sing french fluently on top of their schedule).but yes, the least they could spice up the concert would be inter-collab between groups, like mash up of their hits songs (noona neomu yeppo + genie for an example) that would be awesome =D  

  • black_rose45000

    Great article, thank you :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6IEIGIMYC4BQFXMR4KVHRL75YY shohreh Zomorod

    do you really want to write an article whenever smtown got a concert ? like really ? it’s getting routine : smtown held up  a concert and then you will write a article and say same thing you said about other smtown  concert . there is nothing new about them any more , like always dbsk , suju ,shinee and boa will be good , snsd same lazy performer , that’s it with some difference here and there ! what next ? 

    • ems_22

       Then why do you read this? This is not an article only for you.. fans of smtown love to read everything about smtown..

    • Gaya_SB

      I think we’d share our experiences and thoughts on any K-pop concert we manage to attend. SB has covered the K-pop Masters, the joint CNBlue and FT Island concert in LA and other concerts as well which writers have personally attended.

      We’ve only had articles about SM Town concerts that at least one writer has attended (and they write the article), and it just worked out that multiple SM Town concerts were attended by writers within a short time frame — it was more coincidence than anything.

  • dodo18

    i think it’s also typical sm artist syle of performing . for example japanese fans are known for not jumping and remain sitting , but i was surprised to see bigbang japanese concert how fans were partying. for example watch a dbsk concert in japan and a bigbang concert in japan it’s totaly opposite. while cassie are sitting or standing waving their light stick , vips are jumping like mad women. why the contrast, most bigbang song are club like , and bigbang boys in concert they just don’t have any choregraphy or anything , they just jump everywhere during three hours and fans follow the move. in the other hand dbsk have very muticulous choregraphy or ballad so their fans will be more chill. point it’s not the audience but an artist and his style of music and way of performing

  • crv2

    this is out of topic and I don’t mean anything, but can Seoulbeats write about YG or JYP concert, since u guys made a lot of article about SM’s.

    • Gaya_SB

      If one (or more) of us is fortunate enough to be able to attend one, we definitely would! I, for one, am contemplating the 9 hr flight to Singapore for the Big Bang Alive tour when it stops there. Tickets are expensive though, sigh…. if only someone would help me out with these expenses, then I could write a kick-arse article about the concert! *looks hopefully to crv2*

      • crv2


        I’ll just pray 4 u and the article. LOL

        • Gaya_SB

          LOL Much appreciated!

    • idontknoe

      Lol they should have family concerts on this side of the globe more often.

  • Fei

    so bad, henry didn’t come. like wtf is he doing right now?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

      He’s filming a drama, apparently.

      • Fei

        oh, which drama? and how did you know?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

          “Cooktales.” It has the fabulous Michelle Yeoh in its cast. Henry’s tweeted about drama filmings occasionally. Filming’s apparently almost done. Dunno when it gets aired though.

          • Fei

            will it be aired on taiwanese tv?

  • http://twitter.com/muaffinity muaffinity

    I loved the TTS + EXO stage. It was a little messy but still exciting, especially compared to the past SM collab stages.
    Ugh, Chen was adorable. A+ for effort (I’m a such a sucker for effort).

  • http://www.twitter.com/hipployta Hipployta

    I wish they had performed DJ Falling In Love at Anaheim…such a lack of Exo was saddening…Kris had to represent for the whole group outside of Exo’s two songs

  • Hannah Ralston

    Do you speak Mandarin Patricia? 

  • Blah2341

    Can I just say that I hate it when artists lip sync, especially during concerts? If you’re going to lip sync a bit on your normal weekly shows, then I can sympathize, but why would you lip sync in a concert that people are PAYING to go to? 

    • ShineeWorld52911

      I agree that they shouldnt, but in my experience (not w/kpop artist but others) lives r just a big fat NO in my book

    • Salmonsushi

      Agreed. But, this is Kpop. Where a lot of fans idolize the “image/looks” more than music/talents. As long as they have the opportunity to see their fav idols in real life, that’s enough for them.

  • GracefulCassieShapley

    TT_TT I have always dreamed of seeing SMtown live! Its like Canada isn’t even on a map! 

    *Sigh* 

    Anyways, I’m really happy that Zhang liyin was there. She is amazingly talented with some powerful vocals! Kangta is great as always. The only thing missing for me is CSJH the grace and TRAX. I hate how SM is excluding CSJH from their live concerts when they have some of the best vocals in SME. Furthermore, TRAX so could have played MAMA and Jay could have done the screamo part. I think that would be pretty cool, mind you, if that happened, I would probably keep thinking that BoA would jump out everytime lol. 

  • intheshort

    Maybe it was a stroke of serendipity that the concert was the same day as the national high school entrance exam. I mean, to me, hordes of screaming middle school girls + crazy heat = imminent disaster.

    I read this article with both longing and jealously because after SM Town LA, this was another SM Town location that I do have access to (family in the area) and yet I am geographically disabled once again. Someday, I swear I will make it to a KPop show before I get old and unable to dance wildly in the crowd…

    Looking forward to articles on KPop in Taiwan. I’ve always been interested in this issue, since I know that Taiwan also has a strong pop market with Jay Chou, S.H.E, Fahrenheit, etc. Wondering how KPop has affected the native music scene, especially because Taiwan also has variety shows and such. 

  • Alex O.

    It’s interesting to hear about the reactions of fans, especially to BoA. I’ve never been to a live concert, but I’ve never been particularly swept away by her. Though entrenched in K-Pop as I am at the moment, I’ve known for a while that she is a veteran artist, but I just can’t seem to muster much excitement when it comes to her. Though ironically enough, “Eat You Up” was the first K-Pop song I liked and the K-Pop song that got me interested in K-Pop in the first place.

  • http://twitter.com/ericyumyum ericyumyum

    Thank you for posting an in depth observation of the k-pop scene in the taiwan culture. I felt my heart sank a little when you wrote how fx’s Sulli & Luna don’t receive as much reactions as the other three especially when Luna is probably the most talented one of out of them all. 

    The lack of reaction and enthusiasm for BoA doesn’t surprise me. She’s a great performer and all but she should be singing some of her Korean songs instead of the English ones (even though I love love love them). SMTown should change it up a bit with every concert. Maybe different covers of songs and set list. 

    As for Exo Lipsyncing.. I find it really..pathetic to be honest. The tickets for the SMTOWN LA concert were so expensive that I expected EVERY GROUP/ARTIST to give it all. I mean, who would pay money to see their fave lipsync across the stage when you can just pay the same audio track in your car? 

    Nonetheless, I still need to see SMTOWN once in my life.. but just not right now with financial issues and how expensive the tickets are. 

    • Juss_sayin

      Luna will always be my bias in f(x), Luna puts such a tremendous effort into everything she does with her singing, dancing, and drama. She genuinely seems a nice person and the nicest out of f(x) from fan accounts.

  • CJux

    Must’ve been a fun concert. Although if the lip-syncing part should not be allowed in any concert, if they want to be taken seriously. I think one of the best things about going to a concert is to experience the ‘version’ of the songs of you like live, because they always sound different and unique each time – and after all, you’re paying for it. I think it’s extremely unprofessional and disrespectful for the fans that paid for it lip-syncing in a concert. How many times Britney fans asked for the devolution of the ticket money because the artist lip-synced?

    Also, 28,000 people? I thought the Hsinchu County Stadium’s audience capacity was 15,000…?

    But about the Hallyu wave in Taiwan, that would be a very interesting article! Allkpop and Korean media are now more concerned about Japan, but other countries such as Taiwan had an equally important role (if not more) in its expansion through Asia. Plus, the subtle but still somewhat prevailing anti-Korean sentiment in Taiwan, since ROK severed its diplomatic ties with Taipei by siding with China, makes the phenomenon even more interesting. I read that Taiwan is also planning on limiting Korean programs broadcasts in the country, though I think that’s more due to internal market protection laws. 
    Anyway, it would be interesting to know how Hallyu is doing in Taiwan, and its relative popularity and influence in its local C-Pop market. Are there any official Taiwanese music charts?

  • http://twitter.com/yuka5470 Yuka sato

    call me a butthurt, but if there are 10 SMtown concerts in different countries, will i see 10 freaking post about those concerts?? with all the glory and complaint about the same things over and over again??

    you know SM is not bother to change their songs lists, not bother to change the choreo, not bother to change the singing order,but you still come and watch anyway.

  • yinyue

    omg you are soooo lucky you went to Taiwan! i went to SMtown in NYC and it was awesome! also my first concert i went to!

  • drwyng

    This sounded AMAZING and I can’t believe I missed it. To all you people who went- you suck. Jk. ;) Still, I really wish I could’ve gone! What I am going to (and really super stoked for) are the 2012 Mnet Asian Media Awards in Japan. Bands like Big Bang, Girl’s Generation, T-ara, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, CSJH The Grace- have all preformed here at some point, and this year’s line up is pretty great too! The best part for anyone who is sitting there wishing they could go? I’m working with the awards, and we are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 (yes, TWO) tickets, and raffles are only $5 a pop. You could also win tickets to the Look East Film Festival in Hollywood at the end of the month, where you’d get to see a 3D screening of the chillingly fabulous 2006 film “The Host”, plus 9 other films. PLUS you could win backstage passes to the afterglow party, where you’d get to meet all the actors, including the ever-gorgeous Lee Byung Hun! To buy tickets, call 213-805-3064. Hurry- with such limited edition prizes, tickets will go fast! 

  • drwyng

    This sounded AMAZING and I can’t believe I missed it. To all you people who went- you suck. Jk. ;) Still, I really wish I could’ve gone! What I am going to (and really super stoked for) are the 2012 Mnet Asian Media Awards in Japan. Bands like Big Bang, Girl’s Generation, T-ara, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, CSJH The Grace- have all preformed here at some point, and this year’s line up is pretty great too! The best part for anyone who is sitting there wishing they could go? I’m working with the awards, and we are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 (yes, TWO) tickets, and raffles are only $5 a pop. You could also win tickets to the Look East Film Festival in Hollywood at the end of the month, where you’d get to see a 3D screening of the chillingly fabulous 2006 film “The Host”, plus 9 other films. PLUS you could win backstage passes to the afterglow party, where you’d get to meet all the actors, including the ever-gorgeous Lee Byung Hun! To buy tickets, call 213-805-3064. Hurry- with such limited edition prizes, tickets will go fast! 

  • drwyng

    This sounded AMAZING and I can’t believe I missed it. To all you people who went- you suck. Jk. ;) Still, I really wish I could’ve gone! What I am going to (and really super stoked for) are the 2012 Mnet Asian Media Awards in Japan. Bands like Big Bang, Girl’s Generation, T-ara, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, CSJH The Grace- have all preformed here at some point, and this year’s line up is pretty great too! The best part for anyone who is sitting there wishing they could go? I’m working with the awards, and we are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 (yes, TWO) tickets, and raffles are only $5 a pop. You could also win tickets to the Look East Film Festival in Hollywood at the end of the month, where you’d get to see a 3D screening of the chillingly fabulous 2006 film “The Host”, plus 9 other films. PLUS you could win backstage passes to the afterglow party, where you’d get to meet all the actors, including the ever-gorgeous Lee Byung Hun! To buy tickets, call 213-805-3064. Hurry- with such limited edition prizes, tickets will go fast! 

  • drwyng

    This sounded AMAZING and I can’t believe I missed it. To all you people who went- you suck. Jk. ;) Still, I really wish I could’ve gone! What I am going to (and really super stoked for) are the 2012 Mnet Asian Media Awards in Japan. Bands like Big Bang, Girl’s Generation, T-ara, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, CSJH The Grace- have all preformed here at some point, and this year’s line up is pretty great too! The best part for anyone who is sitting there wishing they could go? I’m working with the awards, and we are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 (yes, TWO) tickets, and raffles are only $5 a pop. You could also win tickets to the Look East Film Festival in Hollywood at the end of the month, where you’d get to see a 3D screening of the chillingly fabulous 2006 film “The Host”, plus 9 other films. PLUS you could win backstage passes to the afterglow party, where you’d get to meet all the actors, including the ever-gorgeous Lee Byung Hun! To buy tickets, call 213-805-3064. Hurry- with such limited edition prizes, tickets will go fast! 

  • drwyng

    This sounded AMAZING and I can’t believe I missed it. To all you people who went- you suck. Jk. ;) Still, I really wish I could’ve gone! What I am going to (and really super stoked for) are the 2012 Mnet Asian Media Awards in Japan. Bands like Big Bang, Girl’s Generation, T-ara, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, CSJH The Grace- have all preformed here at some point, and this year’s line up is pretty great too! The best part for anyone who is sitting there wishing they could go? I’m working with the awards, and we are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 (yes, TWO) tickets, and raffles are only $5 a pop. You could also win tickets to the Look East Film Festival in Hollywood at the end of the month, where you’d get to see a 3D screening of the chillingly fabulous 2006 film “The Host”, plus 9 other films. PLUS you could win backstage passes to the afterglow party, where you’d get to meet all the actors, including the ever-gorgeous Lee Byung Hun! To buy tickets, call 213-805-3064. Hurry- with such limited edition prizes, tickets will go fast!