Wednesday, February 27, 2008

High fees postpone Shinhwa's Apr concert in Japan

Shinhwa's last concert in Japan before their army enlistment, which was scheduled to be held in April, has hit a snag. This is apparently due to problems with the local concert organizer UDO Artists Inc.

Last December, Shinhwa met their Japanese fans in a concert that brought them to Nagoya and Tokyo. Due to the overwhelming support and requests for an encore concert, there were plans to hold their last concert before enlistment at Budokan in April this year. However, the local concert organizer UDO went on to quote excessively high production fees, bringing the project to a halt.

OpenWorld Entertainment, which is in charge of Shinhwa's overseas performances, expressed that during negotiations with UDO for last December's concerts, an agreement was already reached with regards to production fees. However after the concert, UDO went on to include additional costs and fees that exceeded the original amount that was agreed upon. Thus before these issues are resolved, the April concert will be postponed until further notice.

In addition, to resolve the problem, OpenWorld will be working with their local accounting firm and seeking legal advice.

A source from OpenWorld said, "Because of unforeseen circumstances, Shinhwa fans have unfortunately become the victims, we sincerely apologize for this. As this happened after the last concert and we need to resolve the outstanding issues, so we seek everyone's understanding in this matter."