Astro's MJ to make his solo debut in November, fans say 'Trot Prince Kim Myungjun'
MJ of Astro becomes the first member of the group to make a solo debut as he joins trot singer Youngtak
Six years after the debut of the K-pop group Astro, MJ (Kim Myungjun) the main vocalist of Astro is set to emerge as a trot singer. On October 25, Fantagio Music, Astro’s label announced that MJ is going to release his first solo single which will be a song from the semi-trot genre.
Trot music is a genre of Korean popular music, known for its use of repetitive rhythm and vocal inflections. For his first-ever solo project, Astro’s MJ will collaborate with singer and tv personality, Youngtak (Yeong-tak). Youngtak rose to fame in the year 2020 with his biggest hit song, ‘Jjiniya.' He ranked second on the TV Chosun audition show, ‘Mr. Trot’, which had 17,000 participants.
Astro MJ’s semi-trot single
Astro’s MJ is set to collaborate with Youngjak on this new single titled, ‘Happy Virus’ which will be a digital release. The song is set to release globally on November 3 at 6 pm KST (5 am ET). Astro’s duo, Moonbin, and Sanha were the first members of the group to do something outside of the group. With OST releases from a few members, MJ’s solo will mark the first official solo project coming from the group.
MJ is not only the main vocalist of Astro but, over the years he has been recognized as the cool idol who appeared on multiple radio shows and variety shows while he last acted as Angel Raoniel on the Naver TV Cast web series, ‘Soul Plate’. He has also appeared on the OSTs for the K-dramas, ‘My Only One’ and ‘Eccentric Chef Moon’ while having many of Astro’s songs accredited to his name for his composition skills.
Trot boy Myungjun
As of 2020, MJ of Astro is shining as a trot-singer as he is an active member of the five-member trot group ‘Super Five’ that debuted in August of 2020 with singles like ‘Hello’, ‘All Eyes on You’ and ‘Tear Rain’. His previous trot performances have raised the stakes for MJ’s upcoming solo project.
MJ took on the challenge to present a semi-trot as his solo debut song. Not only this, but MJ is also set to star in the musical, ‘Jack the Ripper’ and is going to greet fans in December as Daniel from the show.
‘Arohas are proud of you MJ’
Fans were quick to congratulate MJ for his solo endeavor and took to Twitter to congratulate their favorite. One fan said, “Happy Anniversary MjJamie and Trot Prince Kim Myungjun. Thank you for showing us amazing sides of you our talented. Astro and Arohas are so so proud of you. May you keep shining bright,” calling him the sunshine of the group. One more fan said, “I don’t know but it feels like Cheok Cheok v2.. “happy virus” means this will be a crazy fun song.. I’m excited already! i think this will be a viral song as long as we promote it hard and get as many people listen to it.” One impatient fan said, “Cant wait for our Happy Virus, MJ becoming our Trot Prince. Lets make #MJ_GetSetYo successfullll Fightingg.”
One more fan said, “Congratulations my boy. I'm sooo soooo proud of you. Our Trot Prince!” Another fan said, “Thank you for finally releasing something about it. I am looking forward to our happy virus’ solo as a trot artist.” One fan said, “Just me marking every calendar for Nov 3. I'm so excited for #MJ 's solo debut,” while another fan said, “My favourite main Vocal in ASTRO is going to Solo Debut . M hyung Fighting.”
Happy Anniversary MjJamie and Trot Prince Kim Myungjun 👠🎤#엠제이미와_다섯장_1년_축하해— Blossom 💕 Astro ✶ (@astrohwaiting) July 3, 2021
Thank you for showing us amazing sides of you our talented #MJ
Astro and Arohas are so so proud of you 💜
May you keep shining bright ✨@offclASTRO sunshine #앰재이 🧡 pic.twitter.com/CCT5866D2i
I don’t know but it feels like Cheok Cheok v2.. “happy virus” means this will be a crazy fun song.. I’m excited already! i think this will be a viral song as long as we promote it hard and get as many people listen to it..— HAPPY VIRUS MJ VIRAL SONG (@Bumble_B333) October 25, 2021