K-Pop Group Managed by Jackie Chan Debuting Album

March 11, 2014 - 11:04 AM

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FILE - This Dec. 18, 2013 file photo shows Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan smiles during a press conference to promote his new film "Police Story 2013" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chan is transforming himself from action film superstar to K-pop band manager. Sha-sha Lee, CEO of the Jackie Chan Group South Korea, said Chan was involved in auditioning the band members for JJCC and will manage the group personally. The group plans to release its debut album March 24 in South Korea, before promoting it in China. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)

HONG KONG (AP) — Jackie Chan is transforming himself from action film superstar to K-pop band manager.

The group named JJCC plans to release its debut album March 24 in South Korea, before promoting it in China.

JJCC has five men in their early 20s. Four are South Korean, while one is Australian-Chinese.

Sha-sha Lee, CEO of the Jackie Chan Group South Korea, said Chan was involved in auditioning the band members and will manage the group personally.

The band name is a tribute to Chan as well as his effort to "join cultures" in Asia.

Lee said all five members are triple threats who can sing, dance, rap, and might act alongside Chan on the silver screen in the future.

Chan, 59, learned acting, singing and martial arts at the China Drama Academy before working in films.

One of the best-known action stars in the world, he released Mandarin pop albums in the 1990s with moderate success.

JJCC will be his first attempt to cross over to Korean pop, which has been dominating music charts in Asia.