On June 21st, various Japanese media covered the story of SHINee’s explosive popularity in Europe and their “JAPAN DEBUT PREMIUM RECEPTION” in London, England. The popular quintet performed at the legendary Abbey Road Studios on June 19th to celebrate their Japanese debut.
Six Japanese newspapers – “Sports Hochi,” “Chunichi Sports,” “Sankei Sports,” “Sports Nippon,” “Sports Nikkan” and “Daily Sports” – commended the young Hallyu stars and reported SHINee’s tremendous influence and impact in Europe. “Sports Hochi” wrote, “No other music artists had this much influence since the Beatles.”
Very few European fans had the chance to see these boys up close at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Coldplay, the Beatles, and Pink Floyd performed. The opportunity to perform at such a legendary venue is one of SHINee’s greatest achievements, as they are the first Asian artists to perform there. During various interviews over the weekend, the boys of SHINee had stated, “We want to be remembered in history like the Beatles.”
“Chunichi Sports” headlined, “SHINee is Asia’s Beatles, First Asians to Perform Live at the Abbey Road Studios.” It mentioned SHINee’s immense popularity in London and praised their energetic dances and powerful music at the showcase.
Meanwhile, SHINee is busy preparing for their Japanese concerts. They will be touring various cities in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. SHINee will also attend the “MTV MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS JAPAN” (VMAJ) this coming Saturday, June 25th.
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