Q&A: 2AM Chat Korean Ballads & 'Passionate' American Fans (Exclusive)
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Billboard chats with 2AM about their return to America and their take on the ballad genre at KCON 2013.

You've traveled to see fans in many countries. How are your American fans stacking up this time?

Seulong: The fans' reaction is different in every country, but in L.A. and the U.S.A. the fans are more passionate. We received great amount of energy and good vibes [during the fan meet-and-greet].

Tough question: How do they compare to your Korean fans?

Changmin: [Laughs] American fans were more passionate and outgoing.

Will your American fans see you debut in the U.S.?

Seulong: We don't have any specific plans to officially debut in the U.S., but we would if we have an opportunity.

2AM is famous for ballads in Korea. For those who may not know, can you talk a little more about ballads and why they are different in Korea?

Changmin: I think the ballad in Korea is a specific type of a ballad; it's different... just because a song is... slow, doesn't mean it's a Korean ballad. Like in R&B, that is a certain type of ballad. With most ballads, there is a part of it that is specifically Korean. I think, now, fans can relate to them a little more. I also think [KCON] is a great opportunity to spread ballads to international K-pop fans.

In fact, one of your ballads, "I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me," hit No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 in spring 2012. What was your reaction to that?

Jo Kwon: We are honored and excited that the song did so well on the chart. We were also excited that we are garnering so much love from foreign fans.

Do you have a message for your fans worldwide?

Jo Kwon: We want to thank all the fans that are supporting us. We hope that we'll be able to see you soon. We're just so thankful.

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