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Widely acclaimed as a singer of "popera" (mixing "pop" and "opera"), Lim Hyung Joo, with his mellifluous and "heavenly" voice, went on to stardom when he became the youngest musician to sing the Korean national anthem at the inaugural ceremony of President Roh Moo-hyun in 2004. The 19-year-old musician has recently released his third album containing a total of 16 songs in a two-set CD. Lim rewrote he lyric of the title song "Mysty Moon," deeply inspired after seeing the Korean blockbuster movie "Taegukgi" (2004) by Gang Jegyu. Toshiaki Matsumoto, who also wrote the English-language lyric for Lim, composes the music. In a rare case for a classical musician, Lim filmed the music video for the album on location on the set of the movie "Taegukgi." Lim's debut album "Salley Garden" and second "Silver Rain" (both produced in 2003) have sold more than 400,000 copies, creating a boom in popera. The Japanese media have touted Lim as Asia¡¯s one and only popera singer. The third album comes closer to the public by introducing well-known popular songs. Familiar pop numbers introduced here include: "A Time for Us" from the movie "Romeo and Juliet," B. Howard's "Fly to the Moon," "Lovers' Concerto" (a theme song for "The Contact" (1997), "The Rose" from the movie "Rose," and Madonna's hit song "You'll See." Other songs are just overflowing with Korean emotion.

Official HP: http://hyungjoo.com/

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