Just Missing TVXQ

I’ve been doing Dong Bang Shin Ki throwbacks lately, then realized last night that it was because 2016 marks my 10th year as a KPOP fan – most especially as a BoA and DBSK fan.

I miss those days when these two acts dominated both JPOP and KPOP and had set a standard so high, specifically in terms of live performances and language proficiency, that its hard for me to fangirl any other groups and solo artists in KPOP at present.

In a generation where more and more KPOP artists are debuting, and newer and younger fans no longer have any clue who these legends are, I will keep talking about their legacy.

BoA and DB5K forever. ❤

[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
Special thanks: 2MY @ OneTVXQ.com
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[K-Drama] Filming begins on Heading to the Ground

source: Today Korea, Mk.co.kr
Translations: dramabeans

Don’t call him U-Know Yunho anymore; the DBSK idol star wants to be known under his real name, Jung Yun-ho, as he takes on the lead role — and his acting debut — in the MBC soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩].

The drama recently began shooting; its first filming day took place in Seoul’s Kangnam district in a scene that saw Jung Yun-ho chatting with his friend since middle school, played by Lee Yoon-ji. Jung was reportedly very careful as he filmed, checking every one of his movements and lines of dialogue, and practicing in spare moments. He frequently conferred with producers to confirm that the details he’d prepared according to his image of the character were fitting in properly.

PD Park Sung-soo (Ruler of Your Own World) did praise his star for his preparation, saying, “Good job. When did you practice all that?”

Jung described filming as going comfortably, saying, “The atmosphere on the set is really great, enough to be surprising. …It’s a ton of fun expressing this character of Cha Bong-kun. The first shoot felt really good.” As the Bong-kun character is a talented soccer player, Jung also explained that he’s also got to keep in shape.

The plot draws a romantic love story between opposites: Bong-kun is passionate soccer player with a warm, positive personality who doesn’t have much in the way of worldly possessions. His love interest Hae-bin (Go Ara) has everything as the rich daughter of the team owner, who is determined to prove herself on her own merits. The two have a bickering relationship fueled by constant misunderstandings that (naturally!) turns romantic.

Heading to the Ground airs its first episode on September 9.

[K-Pop] TVXQ – This Generation’s Legend Created by Funds and Nurtured by Fans

An example of a successful Idol Group

TVXQ was the third male idol dance group that SM debuted after H.O.T. and Shinhwa. SM, who is the forerunner when it comes to the K-pop Idol culture, used any and every one of it’s producing methods when it came to created TVXQ. Different from their seniors who could not shake off the image of ‘A dance group that emphasizes looks,’ TVXQ was an idol group that emphasized the members’ vocal abilities from the start. They came with an a capella song with excellent vocalist Xiah Junsu as the main vocal. Dance skills and good looks were standard. Their debut song “HUG”(2004), that had some embarrassing lyrics such as “I want to be your bed for one day,” gave teenage girls the image of a sweet and charming boyfriend. (The members who would whisper ‘girl’ after their debut successfully evolved into a mature group who gave off their sexy masculinity in ‘Spell(MIROTIC)’)

Each member becomes a subject for Games and Stories

SM’s ability to instill a unique character in each member was the most prominent with TVXQ. ‘Visual Shock’, pretty boy YoungWoong Jaejoong who has looks that seemed to pop out of a comic book, manly leader U-Know Yunho, sweet guy Micky Yoochun with soft features who shows his honest feelings by frequently crying on stage, tall and handsome Choikang Changmin who is the youngest and cute Xiah Junsu who talks and acts like a child. These characters can be seen anywhere from tv shows to performances, to even the smallest of actions. It is almost as if they have made a kind of drama about themselves unlike other groups.

‘Xiahmori’, known by the vast majority of fans, is the members’ intentional bullying of Xiah Junsu. Not only does this bullying emphasize Xiah Junsu’s cute factor, it also shows the closeness of the members. To compare, the members of TVXQ are like the members of ‘Infinite Challenge’, each having their own unique character and part, each member created their own story of their characters early on in their singing career. Their images grew stronger as they matured. Masculine U-Know Yunho’s ‘oldest brother’ image sunk in and stayed. While Yoochun’s warm acceptance of Xiah Junsu’s childish behavior has given them a ’sweet couple’ image. The team’s youngest member Choikang Changmin, who had the weakest image at the start, became the cool, indifferent ‘Chic Chang,’ or the ‘Real Leader.’

These images and characters were the deciding factor when it came to the fans’ acceptance of TVXQ’s existence as one story. There are endless ‘activities’ to do with TVXQ as the subject. Fan-Fictions that include the idol members loving each other are prevalent in other groups, but they are not as good quality or quantity wise as they are with TVXQ as the main subjects. There is also a game that is called ‘TVXQ’s Answers for Situations’. It is a game where fans imagine what members would say about a same situation. Through these games, fans are able to become closer to the members, and the relationship between fans become stronger as they share games and laugh about their content. Not only their official fan club site ‘Cassiopeia’, but also all their tens and hundreds of fan cafes and sites have become a playground for fans.

The world’s greatest fanclub that got on the Guiness Book of World Records

The number of people in Cassiopeia is 800,000. The number of people in Daum’s fan cafe ‘Yuaerubi’ is also 800,000. SM stopped signing Cassiopeia members in 2006. Nowadays, TVXQ’s fans Cassiopeia are simply called ‘Ca-A’ or ‘Kang’. Cassiopeia, a name that derives from the five star constellation, was included in the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest fan club in the world. TVXQ’s fandom, that started off as most fandoms do with the majority of fans being in their teens or 20s, spread out to include people in their 30s and 40s, and international fans. The fan clubs have even divided based on age. ‘Xiah Soul’ is a fan site for people in their 30s who have a preference for Xiah Junsu, and ‘DongnaeBangnae’ is a fan page where many international fans participate.

The fandom’s personality has changed as well. The generation of fans who not only worship their idols, but also protect and support them, or act as spokespeople for the stars has come. The motherly guardian fandom that watches the stars grow from a young age started off with ‘the first Nation’s Idol’ GOD and has evolved and solidified with TVXQ. The fandom that considers themselves the spokespeople of the stars have served community service hours or donated money under the name of the star. ‘Match Made in Heaven’ and ‘AVC’ are some of the Cassiopeia community service groups that move around the nation helping others. Fans do these services to better their star’s image but they also become great contributors to society. As many people know, when the Mad Cow Disease crisis occurred in Korea last year, the first people to protest on the streets were the fanclubs of TVXQ.

The Internet’s groups for people with the same taste

A fanclub’s strongest cohesion comes from liking the same thing. Especially for society’s underdogs who are open to the economic aspect of life, teenage girls, it is hard to find the sharing of one’s affection without any competitiveness. The only competition amongst fans happens to be their faithfulness of their stars. In fan sites that work on a ranking system, many ask detailed questions about TVXQ for ‘level ups’. There are even essay questions such as, ‘The effect of a capella on TVXQ.’

The made-up language and ceremonies that only the fans know have also solidified this fandom. Cassiopeia decides on the type of cheer they will use at a TVXQ concert through voting. There are thousands of words and phrases that only the fans understand. The word ‘Ilko’ refers to an adult who hides the fact that he/she is a TVXQ fan and acts like a regular person. But the biggest influence of the fandom can be found in the music market. Instead of downloading illegally, fans have opened up their wallets for CDs even if TVXQ releases three versions of the same album. At the same time, TVXQ has also become a victim of an excessive fandom. Because of them, the new ‘personal life fan (A fan who follows them everywhere)’ has emerged who follows the star’s movements almost 24 hours every day.

‘Fan-Fic’, putting sexual imagination to paper

TVXQ is also at the top when it comes to Fan-Fiction, a characteristic of idol fandoms. Fan-fics refer to the romance novels written by fans that depict the idol stars engaging in homosexual relationships. Rather than going against their 소유욕 by having their ‘oppas (older brothers)’ taken by other girls, the fans have made the members gay in the stories. It can be seen as a branch off of Japan’s ‘Yaoi’ culture. After TVXQ’s debut, SM aroused the homosexual imagination aspect by linking the members as couples. Of course this does not mean that the members are actually gay, and they used this romantic imagination, that could be used for heterosexual situations, to relieve the built-up sexual tension that women in their teens and 20s have. Many of the fan-fic writers are up to par skill-wise to professional writers. The majority are free to read through the writer’s homepage, but there are some that are sold for profit.

An interesting fact is that there has been a sudden surge of fans in their 30s and 40s. This correlates to the increase of Auntie-Uncle fans that have appeared in society these days. They act as a protective guardian fandom as well as a fandom that has physical desires for people who are extremely younger than those fans are. Like adults who love teen romance such as ‘Boys Over Flowers’ or “Gossip Girls’, they have an air of people who are physically attracted to and wanting idols who are way younger.

The Idealization of ‘Me’

As most teens are limited from relationships because of their age, idols become a ’substitute lover’ for them. At the same time, fans see idols as a part of themselves, feeling the success of the idols is their own success. Also, since teens live in a highly competitive society and do not have many successes of their own, they see TVXQ’s success story with great awe (This is also why fans can be ruthless when it comes to tight competition with other groups.) If the members of TVXQ are not able to overcome this current situation, the devastating impact it will have on their fans is unimaginable.

They even have unwavering Vocal Abilities

The most important point of this TVXQ syndrome is their music. Even though they debuted as an idol group, they showed their vocal maturity and growth through their Japanese activities. Match the powerful dance skills trained through the SMP genre (SM’s unique genre of song with powerful dancing), their stage presence, their ability to sing unwaveringly even after a powerful dance, and their good looks, and it’s no wonder TVXQ started off the second Hallyu Wave. From dance to pop-ballads, the members have done them all and have used the members’ star-qualities to their fullest potential. At live concerts, especially, has their music touched many hearts and that is why they are worthy of being called ‘The Gods of the East’ by their fans all over the world.

Source: [JoongAng Sunday+ DNBN]
Translations: jeeelim5@iscreamshinki
Posted by: minsarang@wordpress

[K-Pop] SM, “We give 40% of profits to Dong Bang Shin Ki”

SM Entertainment revealed recently, “We split profits with group Dong Bang Shin Ki at the ratio of 4:6.”

Revealed on MC programme “Current Affairs Magazine 2580′ aired on 9th August, Dong Bang Shin Ki has brought in a recorded 49.8 billion KRW. Of these, SM has invested 22.4 KRW. And the rest was split between the group and SM at 4:6.”

SM said, “Of the benefits, Dong Bang Shin Ki gets 4 proportions and SM gets 6 proportions. Of the 27.4 KRW, Dong Bang Shin Ki gets 11.0 KRW and SM gets 16.4KRW.”

It was also revealed that for overseas promotions, Dong Bang Shin Ki gets 7 and SM gets 3 proportions.Also for overseas event, CF revenues, they are split at 7:3.

But according to the 3 members of Dong Bang Shin Ki, “The splitting of profits is not transparent. We cannot trust them.”

And also about their 13-year contract, SM said, “We also secured the time when the group went overseas to promote. In Korea 3~4 years, in Japan 3~4 year, in China, it was 3~4 years.”

And about this, the 3 members’ lawyer said, “This is a contract which will make this idol stars work their live. Also for album sales, they only receive no more than 0.4~1% for each member.”

Source: kbites

[K-Pop] New SM Town album! ^_^

SMTown’s summer album ‘09 SUMMER SMTOWN’ will be released coming 14th August.

After 2 years since SM Town released their last summer album in 2007, they are back to release a new summer album. This time 3 teams from SM Entertainment has participated in the album – Dong Bang Shin Ki, Super Junior and SHINee. And the title song will be ‘Seaside Resting Area’ and will altogether include 4 songs.

Other songs from the album will be ‘12.34′, a song with medium tempo, by Dong Bang Shin Ki, ‘Carnival’ by Super Junior first revealed during their Super Show II concert. Ann also powerful dance song ‘Scar’ by SHINee.

The album will be released on Melon, Dosirak, Soribada etc from 11th August. And the title song will be revealed first, then on 12th August Shinee’s ‘Scar’ will be revealed, Suju’s ‘Carnival’ to be revealed on 13th and DBSK’s ‘12.34′ to be revealed on 14th August.


[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.”

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