The boys" firm TOP Media, which Andy founded, told the press, "Andy will be supporting UP10TION at their debut album showcase in Beijing this coming September 22." The rookie staff had already recorded the Chinese edition of "So, Dangerous," the name music to their debut mini album "Top Secret," and accomplished all other arrangements for their Chinese debut. So now all this is left is to accomplish it for the entire lovers in China!
On the March 7 episode of “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook,” Shinhwa, who is now in their 17th year since their debut, made a guest appearance and showed off their fun music and witty talk.
He continues, “Andy is really good to his girlfriends. We’ve seen him for so long that we know this. Andy is really good to his girlfriends.”
Having returned with 12th album WE, Shinhwa recently performed on KBS 2TV’s Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook. This is the first time that Shinhwa appeared on KBS’ late night music program in 17 years of activities.
MC Yoo Hee Yeol asked Andy, who is a member of Shinhwa and the CEO of Teen Top’s agency, “Teen Top’s Niel recently made a solo debut and won first place on a music program, surpassing Shinhwa. How do you feel about that?”
Andy candidly responded, “I wish Niel would stop winning number one and want Shinhwa to take the spot now,” causing everyone to laugh at the studio.
In charge of the album production again, Lee Min Woo shared, "I put a lot of attention on the overall color. I worked, keeping in mind how I can pull out each member′s personal charms the best. I may be in charge of the entire production, but it can′t just satisfy me. We received over a thousand demo tapes, and because I wanted to show the best to the members, it was a bit difficult. It wasn′t easy to pick out the best song from so many demo tapes. The members and the staff, who worked so hard, are the reason why ten songs in the We album came out great."
The title song, Sniper, was created by Andrew Jackson, who composed This Love, which earned Shinhwa the most trophies in its history, and Venus. Composing team London Noise, also co-produced the electronic shuffle dance song with strong beats and sounds that is reminiscent of a western movie.
Andy also discussed his illegal gambling episode during the show, saying, “I’m want to say that I’m sorry for causing any concern as a result of my disgraceful actions.” He then concluded expressing both thanks and regret to his fellow members, saying, “I have been so thankful and also so sorry to all of you since our debut 17 years ago.”
In response, member Kim Dong Wan consoled Andy, saying, “You can be sorry to the fans, but there is no need to be sorry to us. We’ve all received help from one another over the years. All of us have caused issues, and we’ve all understood. I want to say that you don’t need to be sorry anymore.”
A rep from MBC told OBS"s "Unique Entertainment News" on February 17th,"Andy"s broadcast suspension was already lifted last month on the 19th. He now can appear on all the current programs by MBC".
The rep also added,"All the celebrities who have been suspended from appearing on broadcast can request for a disposal before going through an evaluation for the final decision".
Andy was reported being involved in an illegal sports gambling in November 2013 which fined him 5 million won and also led to Shinhwa"s broadcast ban on MBC.
Shinhwa, the first-generation K-pop boy band, will resume its career early next year with Andy, who has kept a low profile since he was found to be spending money last year on illegal gambling. The singer was sentenced to pay 5 million won ($4,629) in fines for his misconduct and banned from appearing on MBC programming. Still, the seven-member ensemble has decided to promote its new album with him. Shinhwa first debuted in 1998, when first-generation boy and girl groups like H.O.T. and S.E.S. started to emerge.The boy band is one of the longest-running groups and its members, who were teenagers when they first burst onto the scene, are now approaching their mid-30s. Shinhwa"s members have each sought out their own careers in singing and acting. They pursue individual projects when they are not performing together.
Andy was charged with illegal online sports gambling and was fined last year. Since then he"s been keeping low to reflect. Although heperformed during Shinhwa"s 16th year anniversary concert for their encore performance held a fan meeting in China, he hasn"t been on an official stage with the members that would be broadcast on TV.
It"s been reported that fans can expecting to see a fully united Shinhwa during the November 8th recording and performance ofSBS "Inkigayo" which will be stagedin China.
However, "Inkigayo"s reps have revealed that Andy"s appearance is still up for discussion at the moment. A rep commented, "It"s true there will be a Shinhwa stage during the recording being held in China. However, we haven"t yet fully confirmed whether Andy will be appearing."
Andy previously was reported to have involved in illegal gambling controversy last November. He has been in self-restrain from all Shinhwa" activities and paying fines for his guilt for almost year. His recent appearances were at Shinhwa"s 16th anniversary concert in which he made his apology to all the fans and also at a fanmeeting in China back in May.
Aside from Shinhwa, other artists such as Big Bang"s Taeyang, Girl"s Day, B2ST, Sistar, 2AM, CNBLUE will participated in "Inkigayo" in China this November.
Andy appeared in the video with fellow members Eric, Hyesung, Min Woo, Dongwan and even the one holding his solo concert, Junjin. The Shinhwa members filmed the video to cheer Junjin on in their usual Shinhwa-like fashion chaotic and fun. Andy was seen giving off a small smile and joining his members in greeting the audience and even saying Have strength, giving his fellow member his encouragement for the concert. Andy has been avoiding the public eye ever since the gambling scandal broke out.