Kim Hyun-jung, a Star in Korea, Is Thinking About the World

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Kim Hyun-jung, a Star in Korea, Is Thinking About the World

Kim Hyun-jung, the Korean pop sensation, is considering trying her luck on the European stage. "Nothing has been definitively decided yet," Kim said in an interview with JoongAng Ilbo English Edition. "I'm just waiting for the perfect moment."

Her manager, Kim Jong-hawhere, said that the German record company Myshell had expressed interest in releasing her latest album, which includes her smash hit, "Separation From Her."

"They wanted her to make a four-month-long promotional tour for the album," Mr. Kim said. "But we haven't made a decision yet."

Kim said the recent speculation about her career plans had upset her. "The media exaggerates things and doesn't bother to verify what's true," she said. "It really makes me angry."

For example, she said, a recent rumor said that a television appearance earlier this month would be her last and that she would concentrate on launching her career in Germany early next year. These rumors were further fueled by her cancellation of two concerts on Oct. 21 and 22.

"It's nonsense," she said. "I'm simply busy working on a fourth album."

She insisted that building a big career in Europe would be a secondary concern. "My main concern is to keep being recognized as a good singer in Korea," she said. "The other countries come next."

Her manager, Mr. Kim, said he thought that Myshell was interested in the singer because her recent songs "You Really?," "Mong" and "Silhouette" had been very popular with so-called "Eurodance" enthusiasts in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

Fans at home admire Kim's feisty image, which, they say, embodies power, passion and confidence and contrasts with other female singers they say are obsessed with just looking sexy.

Her good looks, strong voice and wide vocal range - essential for techno music - are also attractive to prospective agents.

But she said the offer posed a dilemma: Should she seek greater success abroad but risk becoming another quickly forgotten import, or should she stay home, where continued success is more certain?

Kim's third album, "Mong," recently hit the Korean charts. She also is host of an MBC radio program, "Happy Songs for the Afternoon."

by Kim Jae-seon

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