[K-Pop] Shinhwa’s Andy’s Advice to TVXQ

“Leaving the company is the second trial which is harder from the debut time.”

“It will be hard, like having to debut all over again.”

Andy, member of idol group Shinhwa with the longest career, who is in the middle of his solo activities, revealed his “personal opinion” about TVXQ’s situation which is a hot issue in the K-pop world.

Andy who debuted in 1999 under the same company as TVXQ, SM Entertainment, as Shinhwa, has gained lots of popularity. But as soon as the exclusive contract was over, he and the rest of the members had to move to another entertainment company and continuously did activities with passion.

Recently,in the interview with Sports Dong-A, Andy cautiously stated “I sincerely would like TVXQ and their fans who have been with them since the beginning to get back together and continue their activities.” and “They should know that if they find another way, they have to start all over again.”

The days after leaving Shinhwa’s debut company, Andy says, “It was a great difficulty,” and stressed “They should know that when they leave their debut company, it takes more effort and it is two – three times harder than when they first debuted.”

While Shinhwa’s group activity is on hold due to its members on army service, Andy has continued with his solo activities and scouted new singers, and has turned into a CD producer. In his own company, he has assembled a casting team, and together with (the casting team) has been searching for new entertainers/trainees.

Because of this, Andy is looking at the music industry as a producer. With his experience, he added, “Idol groups that gained popularity quickly think that their efforts are what’s important, but still thinking that it is dangerous,”and “You must acknowledge the fact that the company has capabilities and talent.”

Source: donga.com
Translation: ndy @ OneTVXQ.com
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[K-Pop/J-Pop] Phone Interview with Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Legal Representative

“Looking at Dong Bang Shin Ki’s situation now, we see that there will be no change to their Japanese activities”

Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Japanese company AVEX Entertainment talked about their stand after news of the group’s 3 member went to apply for retractile fo their exclusive rights effects from their contract with SM.

They posted an official statement on their official website on 1st August, saying “We are confirming the details of the Dong Bang Shin Ki’s problems with SM which arose yesterday. But we have not grasped fully the situation.”

“We apologise to fans for all the confusion and worry. Even though we are sorry to everyone, we hope you would understand.”

Dong Bang Shin Ki participated in the summer song festival with AVEX singers on 1st August. There are also plans for them to perform on ‘A-Nation’ concert this month.

The phone interview with their lawyer

“- The core of the disagreement.

Unreasonable contract. In the Fair Trade Commission, the contract period should not be longer than 7 years. Of course, during the trainee period there are occassion that the singers choose to develop their contract but some of the terms given to Dong Bang Shin Ki, FTC have find it unfair in many ways.

– Also the cosmetics enterprise which three member and their parents running became known as one axis of the conflict.

“The cosmetics company could be one of the reasons for the discord but not what ultimately convinced the three members to go to court. We have examined the official statement from SM this morning and noticed that SM had painted the cosmetics company as the cause in a negative light on the surface of their statement. If they think that the additional business of the members is the legal case, then it’s a mistake.”

– There’s a conclusion appearing about the crisis that the activities of 3 members who file the lawsuit will be stopped?

(I cant understand this one in details, but basically he said that the members would continue if their disposition is approved, and he hoped it would be soon. The court’s desicion is now in the middle of the most important and difficult variables and he had goal to finish the case within 6 months.)

– The possibility of winning?

“To see it on the bright side… SM Entertainment has in the past been ordered by the Korea FTC several times to reform contracts for violating the standard contract limits. TVXQ are now appealing for the parts that are different from the FTC terms.

– Before taking the legal action, it’s said that the members did not try to make consultation with the agency before.

“We have tried to solve the problem through dialogue. Members had even met directly with the agency. While I was also trying to resolve the problem through multiple channels. However, the agency ignored members opinions, therefore a legal appeal finally made. The members are very sorry to the fans as well.

– What is the conflict regarding to cosmetic issue?

“Should an agency has a fight with artists who are having family’s personal investment? Other celebrities are common to have additional business. Moreover, the three members had already made consultation process with agency representative, Kim Young-Min before they started the cosmetic business, but we feel betrayed then as the company told another story later on.

– TVXQ has already taken the step, but eventually dismantled

“We have already tried many ways, but all the efforts finally bring us here. We’re not too hasty to be in this position. We create legal procedure first before we present every single new plan. The 5 people based their activities together in SM Entertainment, therefore it will not be easy to be in our situation now. “

– Is there a plan for press conference?

It’s necessary but as for now, we don’t have any plan yet. The members are really sorry now to the fans. Actually we want to proceed this case undisturbed.

In addition, according to him as well, from Star News that the members have never been informed with the accurate details of their income from the agency. Therefore in general, the members asked a claim to clean up the damage regarding this matter. As for now, the law firm can not confirm clearly the details of income submitted in the same application.”

credit: onetvxq + kbites + asianfanatics

[K-Drama] Preview of Jaejoon’s Kissing Scene in Heaven’s Postman

OMG. Here’s the preview of our Jaejoong oppa~ of TVXQ kissing Han Hyo Joo in their drama “Heaven’s Postman.”

Here’s the story summary courtesy of allkpop:

DBSK Jaejoong plays Shin Jae Joon (Japanese character’s name is Yu), an IT worker who gets into an accident and ends up in a vegetative state, becoming a messenger for the present and the afterworld. While traveling back and forth, delivering letters to the departed, he meets Jo Ha Na, played by Han Hyo Joo (Saki), as she is trying to send her boyfriend a letter. She is the only person who can see him.

[K-Drama] TeleCinema Project: DBSK’s Jaejoong in Heaven’s Postman

Production for Heaven’s Postman (천국의 우편 배달부) wrapped back in December and rumors are that it will air sometime this month on SBS.

DBSK Jaejoong plays Shin Jae Joon (Japanese character’s name is Yu), an IT worker who gets into an accident and ends up in a vegetative state, becoming a messenger for the present and the afterworld. While traveling back and forth, delivering letters to the departed, he meets Jo Ha Na, played by Han Hyo Joo (Saki), as she is trying to send her boyfriend a letter. She is the only person who can see him.

Heaven’s Postman’s budget is estimated at 100 billion won. This drama is directed by Lee Hyeong Min, who previously directed “Sorry, I Love You” and “Snow Queen.” The drama’s script is written by “Long Vacation” Japanese popular screenwriter, Kitagawa Eriko.

credits: allkpop

[K-Pop] TVXQ’s 3rd LIVE TOUR MIROTIC in Nanjing: 20,000 Audiences Had a Standing Ovation

April 4 7:30 p.m at Olympic Stadium in Nanjing, China, the venue was fully filled by 20,000 audiences who were really excited to watch performances of one of the best group in Asia.

This is the first time for TVXQ to visit Nanjing, however even from the beginning, this first overseas tour to Nanjing came out hotter and hotter as the Nanjing fans were very welcome.

Performances of songs from TVXQ’s 4th album such as ‘Jumun-MIROTIC’, ‘Wrong Number’, ‘Crazy Love’, ‘Rising Sun’, ‘Purple Line’, ‘Hug’, and even the members’ individual stages got a big response from everyone filled the venue.

One of members of SHINee, Key also made his special appearance in Xiah Junsu’s solo ‘XIATIC’ stage.

TVXQ rocked the stage for 2 hours and 30 minutes and the Nanjing audiences were not dissapointing. They sang along with a surprising fluent Korean skill, made a unique cheering, enthusiastically supported TVXQ, and all over the venue was covered with red wave: LED screen, light stick, and the stage itself.

Being not too fluent in Chinese, TVXQ still tried to communicate with the audiences featuring their witty Chinese lines. Singing all around the venue without sounded breathlessly and being friendly all the time, the 20,000 audiences responded their hard work by having a standing ovation for 10 minutes at the end of the show.

Meanwhile, TVXQ’s Nanjing concert was completely sold out. Even before the concert started, organizers was suffering for there were so many fans who came up with counterfeit tickets thus the original amount of fans who came to the concert was more than the venue’s capacity which is 20,000 people.

source: Asian Economic | Newsen
translated by: sharingyoochun

[K-Pop] DBSK’s Mirotic Ban Lifted

Very soon, you will be able to see DBSK’s Mirotic being played on tv, radio in the original version and no more “19-only” stickers affixed on their Mirotic album.

In a ruling just passed this morning, the Seoul Court has ordered the Commission of Youth Protection to lift the ban that they had imposed on DBSK’s 4th album Mirotic last November after ruling that it was harmful and detrimental to youths because of the “objectionable” lyrics. This was followed by restricting Mirotic from being played on tv and radio and only allowing those above 19 to buy the album from stores. But the ruling seemed to be rather retarded since most of the fans have already gotten the album before the ruling was passed.

In order to minimize the impact to DBSK’s promotion for Mirotic, SM Entertainment made changes to the lyrics and the Mirotic clean version was used during performances:

I got you became I chose you
under my skin became under my sky

But SM Entertainment didn’t admit defeat and filed an appeal on 15th December, hoping to get the ban lifted and it has taken almost 4 months for the ban to be lifted. Kind of late considering it’s already April 2009 now and DBSK has since moved on with their career in Japan.

source: coolsmurf