Jackie Chan's K-Pop Boy Band Readies Debut Album

9:36 PM PST 03/12/2014 by Lee Hyo-won
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The group, JJCC, is the Hong Kong action star's first attempt as a K-pop band manager, part of his efforts "to bring together Asian cultures."

SEOUL – JJCC, a K-pop group managed by Jackie Chan, will announce its debut album on March 24 in South Korea.

Veteran K-pop producer-composer Choi Jun-young, known for working with the biggest local artists and bands, including Kim Gun-mo, Fin.K.L. and Uhm Jung-hwa, served as executive producer of the five-member band's album. JJCC will also be promoting its music in China. 

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The group is comprised of four Koreans and one Chinese-Australian, all in their early twenties. One member, Eddy, is known for his cooking skills and has competed on the cooking challenge show Master Chef Korea.

The band's name -- Double JC -- is said to be a homage to Chan and the 59-year-old action star's efforts "to bring together Asian cultures."

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Chan personally took part in auditioning the band members and will also oversee their activities, according to Sha-Sha Lee, CEO of Jackie Chan Group South Korea. The members are known to be capable in singing, rapping, dancing and acting.

This is not the first time Chan has supported Korean talent. Several years ago he made headlines for helping Steve Seungjun Yoo, whose K-pop career ended due to controversy over mandatory military service for Korean men, make his acting debut in China.

While best known for his kung fu roles, Chan released Mandarin pop albums in the 1990s and also trained in singing at the China Drama Academy before entering the film industry.

JJCC is set to perform in a charity concert being hosted by Chan in Beijing next month. EXO, an internationally popular K-pop band with members who are Chinese, is also set to appear along with actress Kim Hee-sun, who starred opposite Chan in the 2005 martial arts film The Myth.

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