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By now you know that FT Island isn't a shopping mall

Aug 17. 2015
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Bangkok might be becoming a second home to South Korean rock band FT Island. The five-member outfit – the name derived from Five Treasure Island – made their Thai debut in 2007, backing their first album, “Cheerful Sensibility”. Led by guitarist-keyboardist Choi Jong-hoon, they returned in 2012 with the mini-album “Grown Up”, and since then they’ve been frequent visitors to both entertain and get a little vacation time.
Now we’ve got another big show lined up, at Thunder Dome in Muang Thong Thani, on September 12.
“Even when the band’s not playing here, Choi Jong-hoon and I often travel to Thailand,” lead vocalist Lee Hong-ki says on a promo clip you can watch at
Rounding out the membership are bassist Lee Jae Jin, drummer Choi Min-hwan and guitarist Song Seung-hyun.
“It’s been a year and eight months since we last took the stage in Bangkok,” Lee Hong-ki says, “but now we’re ready to return and meet Primadonna, our Thai fan club. Let’s meet up at ‘2015 FT Island Live [We Will] in Bangkok’!”
The lads hasten to add that fans should watch for regular updates about the show at, the website of the concert promoter.
“We miss you all so much,” the band holler in unison in the video and gracefully wai the viewers, ending with a chorus of “Kob khun krab, mai dai pob kan naan!” (That last bit for foreigners who failed basic Thai means “long time no see”.)
But wait, there’s more, what they call a real teaser in the business: “Rak na jub jub!”
Yes, that would be “Love you, kiss, kiss!”
These guys are coming on pretty strong.
Shakira goes to the zoo
Singer Shakira is joining the long list of entertainers lending their larynxes to cartoons. She’ll be the voice of – surprise! – a pop star in Disney’s animated “Zootopia”, due out next year.
The character’s name is Gazelle and Shakira will also make her sing a new original song for the movie entitled “Try Everything”. This is the first time the Grammy Award-winner will do a voice role for an animated film, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports, citing
The script, by Jarad Bush, is set in “a modern mammal metropolis”, among whose furry neighbourhoods are ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown.
The plot involves Judy Hopps, a parking-meter attendant with dreams of being a police officer. When a mystery is discovered, Hopps forges an unlikely friendship with a fast-talking scam-artist fox to solve it.
The movie’s being directed by Byron Howard, who helmed “Tangled”, and Rich Moore of “Wreck-it Ralph” fame, while Bush doubles as co-director. The movie’s release is set for March 4.

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