[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-Pop] TVXQ vs SM Entertainment!!!!

Sorry for the late update.

There’s been a hot issue lately in the Korean music scene which involves the TVXQ members and their boss, Lee Soo Man.

According to allkpop and popseoul, TVXQ members Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun are currently filing a lawsuit against their company (SM) because of being under a slave contract. Why slave contract? It’s because SM gets 70%-90% of the boys’ profits, and giving TVXQ only 10%-30% of their efforts. What’s more is that SM prohibits them from investing in business outside SM.

It was reported that Junsu’s dad is arranging the lawsuit chevers for the boys. But when the SM staff learned of it, they “bullied” Junsu for it.

Yunho and Changmin are not currently involved in filing the lawsuits because, probably, of their dramas. But! There have been reports in which they also said that they want to leave SM.

So it’s really an SM vs TVXQ battle.

[K-Drama/K-Pop] Han Gain was initially casted with UKnow YunHo for ‘Heading the ground’

The original casting for the new drama ‘ Heading to the ground’ were Kim Rae Won and Han GaIn. And with the news of Kim Rae Won leaving the drama for army, Han GaIn have decided to withdraw from the drama after some consideration.

Thus it is said that UKnow YunHo had missed the opportunity to act with Han GaIn.

ItIt’s the first time UKnow YunHo taking up a actual drama, as we know that Dong Bang Shin Ki has only participated in banju drama last time. In the drama, UKnow YunHo is known to be a guy with no luck since young. Through the hard work and talent, he became a national soccer player.

On 19th July, through the 5 hours of audition, Uknow YunHo has been chosen as the main cast for the drama. The producer have also commented on his acting skills ” When watching him acting, it feels like UKnow YunHo was the character, Cha Bong Gun. And UKnow YunHo has been practicing on his acting skills for the past few years and his character matched the with character that is he acting.”

The new main cast for the new soccer drama ‘Heading to the Ground’ are Uknow YunHo, Go AhRa & Lee Yun Ji.

source: kbites

[J-Pop] Jejung & Yuchun’s new single for Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary!

Single release from JEJUNG & YUCHUN, a unit from Dong Bang Shin Ki (Tohoshinki). Includes track “Colors – Melody and Harmony -” written & arranged by them, which is image song for Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary. This edition includes bonus DVD with music video for “Colors – Melody and Harmony -” and more. *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles.

First Press Detail off-shot movie, jacket-size card randomly selected from three designs

Release date: September 30, 2009.

Source: CD Japan

[J-Pop] DBSK and Hello Kitty Collaboration

Fans of DBSK / TVXQ / Tohoshinki should know the duet song DBSK members Jaejoong and Yoochun sang at Tokyo Dome for “Tohoshinki 4th live Tour 2009 The Secret Code Final.” Well, that song will become Hello Kitty’s theme song for the 35th anniversary.

The song “COLORS Melody and Harmony”, composed and written by Jaejoong and Yoochun, was chosen to be Hello Kitty’s image song for the 35th anniversary of the creation of the famous character Hello Kitty and starting from September, the song will be played as the background music in various Sanrio, founder company of Hello Kitty, stores.

“COLORS Melody and Harmony” subject the colors that form Hello Kitty. The colors red, representing friendship, pink, representing cute, yellow, representing heartful, green, representing wish and lavender, which represents sweet, are all subjected. An album release for this event is still undecided.

credits: allkpop

[J-Pop] Tohoshinki (TVXQ) Collaborates With J-pop Girl Group DREAM

DREAM, a female group that has been active for very long, has chosen an apt date (2009.09.09) to release their 9th year anniversary single “DREAM 9”.

One of the songs will be a collaboration with Tohoshinki, an impressive Korean group. Excluding a previous collaboration one of the team members had with another artiste under their Korean management, this is the first time Tohoshinki will be collaborating with a female group.

Source: [withtvxq]
Translation credits: mandasoh@iscreamshinki.net
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