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Jang Woo-hyeok Outshines Rain in China (Source) 2006/02/16
Singer Jang Woo-hyeok, a former member of the group H.O.T, has achieved the highest popularity among South Korean singers in China, outstripping even singer Rain, known as the "Asian star".
In a poll conducted by China's largest portal site, sina.com, Jang topped the chart of South Korean singers in two categories: most popular South Korean singer, and South Korean singer with the best dancing ability.
In the latest poll conducted among about 20,000 Chinese people under their real names, Jang overwhelmed other South Korean singers, including Rain, who have been engaged in brisk activities in China.
In the category "Who do you think is the most popular South Korean singer in China?" Jang topped the chart by outdistancing Rain by about 500 votes, followed by the group T.V.X.Q, singer Kang Ta, and the group Shinwha. Singers Jang Nara and Se7en, who worked hard in China in 2005, ranked seventh and ninth, respectively.
In the second category "Who do you think is the South Korean singer with the best dancing ability?" Jang won an overwhelming approval rating of 48.48 percent, outdistancing Rain by more than double the votes.
An official from Jang's agency, Sponge Entertainment, emphasized, "The outcome of the latest poll conducted by sina.com shows that Jang Woo-hyuk has consolidated his foothold in China, with a population of 1.3 billion, as a solo singer, not as a former member of H.O.T or the group jtL".
Notably, Jang was chosen as the most popular South Korean singer in China by outdistancing other singers who have already made their presence known in China, although he has not yet begun making serious inroads into the Chinese market. Therefore, he is expected to achieve even greater popularity in China if he begins full-fledged activities there.
In fact, Jang attracted the attention from many Chinese fans and media organizations when the music video featuring the title song of his solo album was introduced online on sina.com. Many Chinese people gave him high acclaim for his outstanding dancing ability.
In addition, many Chinese fans from various regions want Jang to attend China's most popular pop song award event entitled "Pepsi Music Chart Awards" (ÛÝÞÀëåäÅù¦ê£Û´) as a foreign guest artist.
During the past two months, while the voting for the music awards was in progress, about 100,000 fans posted messages asking the organizers of the event to invite Jang as a foreign artist, surprising officials from media broadcasting organizations.