Brian Joo( Hangul :브라이언 주; born January 10, 1981), better known as simplyBrian, is an American R&B and K-pop recording artist who is based in the United States and South Korea . He is better known as one-half of the R&B duo Fly to the Sky . His solo album,The Brianwas released in December 2006. His 2nd solo album,Manifoldwas released in December 2009.He had two birth names as Brian Gintaek Joo for American, and Joo Jin-taek ( Hangul :주진택) for Korean. Later he changed his each real name to Brian Minkyu Joo for American, and Joo Min-kyoo ( Hangul :주민규) for Korean.
A tragedy has occurred tonight. The lives of over a hundred people were taken today from gun and bomb attacks today in the city of Paris, France. And that number could be even higher.These tragic events took place at a concert hall in central Paris, in a suicide blast by the State de France and vari…
What a sweet surprise gift fromBrian!He posted himself singing a cover ofJohn Legend's "All of Me," even copying the distinct singing style while simultaneously making it his own, in celebration ofFly to the Sky's one year anniversary since their comeback! This is a pretty big deal, …
TVXQcelebrated their 10th anniversary with 20,000 fans during their two-day 'SMTOWN WEEK' concert!TVXQ held their solo concert, 'Time Slip', at KINTEX, Ilsan on December 26-27 at 8 PM KST. TVXQ opened the concert with "Maximum" and went on to perform fan favorites "I Don't Know",…
Brian's older brother, Jason, and their parents are employed at casinos in Atlantic City .
While attending Holy Spirit High School , a friend signed him up for an audition with Brothers Entertainment without Joo's acknowledgement. The company has discovered several Korean-Americans who wish to pursue an entertainment career in South Korea. After several months of training, he was sent to SM Entertainment in South Korea, and on December 9, 1999, made his debut as one of the two members of Fly to the Sky , along with Hwanhee , at the age of 17.
Joo's statement was met with harsh criticism and backlash. Not long after the airing he posted a statement on the website of 1010 Club, in an attempt to clarify his position:
|“||Unfortunately, during our program, I might have said something that some people took the wrong way...I wanted to make clear that the people involved with the incident are guilty and should face proper punishment. I also understand that the officers involved said that they were not guilty, which in fact they were. Even if they said that it was an accident, they still caused the accident, and for that should be willing to face what comes to them. That is what I wanted to point out and but, since my KOREAN isn't 100% good, I believe what I said threw a lot of people off I would like to take the time to apologize. Please do not be upset with me for this misunderstanding.||”|
Originally scheduled for released in November 2006, the album was postponed to December. The album incorporated diverse genres such as classic pop , soul , and jazz . With this album, Joo hoped to gain more respect as an artist, rather than being known as "Fly to the Sky without Fany".He describes the reason for the solo album as,
First of all, I just wanted to do it. I also wanted to show that I could [be successful] as Brian( sic ). When (Fly to the Sky) sang, many think Fany is the main vocal, and that I am the second vocal and a rapper. I won't mention his name, but one producer once said to Fany, "You are a really good singer", when he only said "Good job", to me. So I wanted to prove that I could do it too.
On January 21, "가지마" (Don't Go) was selected as the "Mutizen Song" on SBS Inkigayo .Due to hectic schedule, Joo has been suffering from vocal fold nodule .
Brian is interested in breaking into the American music industry, as Rain and Se7en are doing, but is waiting for the right opportunity.
Most recently, Joo starred (as himself) in the English segment of the mini-series, Homey Korean, presented by Arirang. Joo - along with co-star and real life friend, Chris Pemberton - teach basic Korean language as well as discuss the culture, landmarks, popular tourist sites, and daily life of Korea to English-speaking foreigners.
Recently, Joo made a cover version of Jason Derülo 's " In My Head ".
7 April, Joo released his new mini album UNVEILED.
May 2011, Joo released the mini album UNVEILED trough iTunes. He tweeted:“Great news~! My Mini-Album “UNVEILED” will be released on iTunes on May 17, 2011~ Spread the word & let’s get me up on the iTunes charts ;)”
The title song wasLoved, It's Now Over. A representative from Jellyfish Entertainment stated: “Brian is recognized as the person who’s always making people laugh, but he wanted to show that he does have other feelings such as sadness and pain. I think you’ll be able to see a more diverse side of Brian through the album that will be released soon and the music video.”
On March 21st, 2012, Brian Joo performed at 2K12 Korea Night: Seoulsonic at Kool Haus in Toronto along with artists such as A Pink , Teen Top , G.NA and many more. The show was hosted to around 700-1,600 fans and it was also stated that some fans couldn't get into the concert (even with tickets) because the venue was filled. Brian Joo stated in an interview that he loved Toronto very much, was surprised by how kind and calm the fans were, and stated that once he retires he would like to come and live in Toronto permanently.
Joo has appeared on television many times. Since 2005, he has appeared on a number of variety shows , including hosting MBC'sMusic Corein 2006 and becoming a host for SBS 'sGreen Goldin 2009.
In August 2009, Fly to the Sky decided to work on separate projects and have become solo singers under different labels.
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