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K-pop's ballad prince Tim Hwang knows he doesn't do fast songs well

Published on Oct 28, 2012 3:54 PM
Korean pop singer Tim Hwang, seen here singing during a concert in Jakarta on Sept 29, 2012, knows he is not exactly boy band material. -- PHOTO: AFP

Korean pop singer Tim Hwang knows he is not exactly boy band material.

Known for his sweet, sensitive and princely image, he has crooned love ballads such as Saranghamnida (I Love You) and Unnecessary Words, which featured on the hit romance-fantasy drama Secret Garden (2010-2011).

But in the red-hot K-pop scene dominated by dance-pop boybands and girl groups, a solo power balladeer like him understandably feels outnumbered.

Says the 30-year-old Korean-American dubbed "the ballad prince" in South Korea: "It's definitely different, we're not getting the same attention that we used to. At the same time, it's still what it is. It's just another time and trend, as any fashion trend that comes in circles.

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