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"The DBSK Situation, the truth and distortion." (an insider report)

The future of idol group DBSK is uncertain. DBSK's 3 members (Micky YooChun, Xiah Junsu, Youngwoong Jaejoong) and SM's trouble is too deep. Although they state that there will be no disbandment, in reality, disbandment is more than likely. Even if they avoid the worst case scenario, disbandment, it feels like their departure of SM is set.

On the third, a acquaintance of the 3 members said, "settlement with SM has been tried multiple times. But their differences couldn't be settled. The reason this went to court is because they couldn't find a point to settle." Thus, they concluded that more attempts for negotiations was useless.

The acquaintance that the reporter met is someone who has watched over DBSK very closely. He has experienced all ups and downs since debut until now. According to him, DBSK advocated for only one thing. They wanted conditions of the contract to be eased. However, it has gotten to a point where the conversations between the two parties have gone nowhere.

He stated, "they asked for the contract term and earnings distribution to be revised because everyone could tell it was irrational. They attempted to negotiate until the end but they felt that SM was avoiding them. Therefore, things got emotional for both parties and the 3 members are even more angry with SM's response."

"The truth about the 3 things that SM distorted."

After the initial reports about this incident, SM sent documents on the 1st and the 3rd. On the first, they reported that this problem was due to the makeup company investment and they will work it out. After the contract conditions were reported, they responded that members were paid 11 billion Won and were given foreign cars as presents.

In response to this, he stated, "the nature of this instance is the unfair contract, not the make up company. However, SM has not mentioned the contract conditions and have continued to use make up company issues to play with the media."

Additionally, he discussed about the 11 billion Won. He said, "let's say SM is right and that they were paid 11 billion won for the 6 years of work. This is the pre-tax profit. After taxes were paid, and this amount is divided by 6 years, and 5 members, this is less than 200 million won per member. For the first half of this year, the profits from album sales in Japan is 2.5 billion Yen (33 billion won). However, DBSK doesn't even receive 200 million won per year."

The total number of albums released in and outside of Korea is 48. Out of these, including singles and full albums, 1.96 million copies were sold in Korea. In Japan for 4 full albums and 27 singles, 8 of those sold over 100,000 copies, and one sold over 250,000 copies. Including south-east Asia, at least 4 million albums were sold.

He also criticized abnormal methods of calculating methods. According to him, "SM requested money for back dancers and food. Basically, almost all of the expenses were paid for by DBSK." He added, "besides this, SM created a local subsidiary and divided the earnings of DBSK into pieces. For example, SM Japan and Avex divided earnings, and this was also divided with Korean SM. With complex divisions, the money for the members were reduced.

Also, he stated that the foreign cars were given to them under the company's name. "They received cars from SM after an award ceremony. However, the cars were registered in SM's name and is not owned by DBSK."

"The three members are as tired as they can get."

According to this acquaintance, the three members of DBSK are tired of SM's play with the press. They have no intention to solve this with mere words, and are extremely upset that SM is exaggerating only one side of the story, distorting the truth. He said, "they expected SM to twist words with the press but didn't realize it would be to this extent. If SM continues this method, I think it would be nearly impossible to work together with SM again. I suspect that they will part with SM and try to find a different solution to settle this.

Their departure from SM does not mean the disbandment of DBSK. He asserts that there is no problems in relationships between all the members. They are still like family and agree that in any situations, they must work together. He said, "Truthfully, all five had the same intentions. But in the process of negotiations, there was differences between the members. That is why only 3 members decided to fight with their company. They all agree that the contract conditions are irrational, it is just that their way of handling it is different."

"DBSK will continue even after departure with SM"

Micky YooChun, Xiah Junsu, Youngwoong Jaejoong's will is stronger than ever. The acquittance reported that, "the 3 members are showing stronger wills than before debut. The three members are determined to stick together no matter what hardships come their way."

They are also determined to get back together as 5 members under the name DBSK. He revealed, "even if the 3 members leave SM through lawsuit, this only means departure from SM. This does NOT mean the disbandment of DBSK. It may be after the 2 remaining members leave, or if they perform from 2 different companies; the 5 want to continue with DBSK."

Well then, if 3 members leave SM, would they still be able to use the name 'DBSK.' Upon researching in the Industrial Property Office, the group name 'DBSK' is not registered. SM registered for DBSK trademark in 2004 but was denied. In other words, SM does NOT have the right to the name 'DBSK.'

According to a 'Mansung' Patent Law Firm Office, the patent attorney Hwang Sung Pil said, "Dong Bang means East and one cannot assert exclusive right to use it. Most likely, this was probably the reason why the application was denied 2004. SM cannot assert any trademark rights to the name. If the 5 members are together even away from SM, they will have no problems using the name."

More than anything, DBSK feels extremely sorry to their fans. This is why they want to go through with performances that were already scheduled. The acquaintance reported, "if they lose the lawsuit, they may have to pay an extreme amount of money for penalty. More than that, they are going through hard times thinking that they will have to be away from their fans while the lawsuit is in process."

Original article: Here
Article Credits: Song Eun Ju, Na Ji Yeon @ Sports Seoul
Translation Credits: j.adore @ soompi.com



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Jejung & Yuchun from Tohoshinki for m-flo Tribute Album

m-flo 10th anniversary tribute album “M-Flo: TRIBUTE maison de m-flo”

Release date: September 16th, 2009
Item number: RZCD – 46340
Price: 2,100 yen (tax incld.)

Artists participate:

Aoyama Teruma – Come Again
BENI – Love or Truth
COMA-CHI – Planet Shining
JEJUNG & YUCHUN from Tohoshinki – Been So Long
Marie – Comeback to Me
May J.& JONTE – Miss You
Misono – Simple & Lovely
Shimizu Shota – Let Go
YU-A – The Love Bug
Nisino – Yours Only

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJxTnBwGgUk



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Another SM Official Statement

TVXQ's agency SM Entertainment has put forth another official statement to refute the one given by YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu's side today.

SM sent their statement to various reporters at 8 o'clock on August 3rd and the content was full of points that refuted what Sejong had stated.

SM began off by responding to Sejong's statement that there was a clause in the contract that stated that unless TVXQ sold 500K copies, they would not receive a single Won from the album sales. SME stated, "TVXQ has received, from when they debuted till now, a total of 11 billion Won (9.2 billion won given during the time + 1.77 billion won given beforehand) , luxury foreign cars (bonuses with no relevance to the contract). In contrast, SM Entertainment was in a deficit for four years after TVXQ's debut. The opposition (Sejong) has disregarded the fact that income divisions from CFs, events, and other income sources differs depending on the overall economic situation. They are only focusing on one bad side of this contract instead of looking at it as a whole."

On Sejong's statements about the 13-year 'lifetime contracts,' SM stated that, "The Fair Trade Committee's seven year contract urge does not apply to singers. Also, it states that for singers who are working overseas, there is no limit to how long the contract can be. "

SM stated that, "We have been through five changes already in the contract with the members of TVXQ. And of those two, the clause regarding compensation if TVXQ were to cancel the contract was revised by the Fair Trade Committee," and "The other three times concerned the divisions of income and the first revision was January 2004 when they debuted. The next two times were in February of 2007 and 2009."

Also, in regard to Sejong's statement that, "We (Sejong) have tried numerous times to talk with SME about a compromise," SME stated, "They have only started asking for a suspension of their exclusive contract after the three members sent us a certification of contents through the firm Sejong in June 2009."

In reference to the members' statements that they were only sleeping 3~4 hours per day which resulted in bad health, SM said, "We have always compromised schedules for their health." And in regards to the cosmetic company, which Sejong stated was not the main cause of this lawsuit, SM stated, "This (the cosmetic company) is the real reason why they filed this lawsuit. This statement can be solidified by the fact that only the three members who have ties to the cosmetic company are filing the lawsuit."

Regarding TVXQ's future, SM said, "We would like to solve this problem quickly with the three members who filed this lawsuit."

Note: 11 billion won = approx $9 million

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"Against Disbandment vs. Agree on Some conditions... DBSK fans divided"


Three members of the popular group DBSK who represents Korea has filed for a provisional disposition, sending shocks to the people.

After the lawsuit was filed, the members who participated in the lawsuit asserted the unjust parts of their contract and in response, SM Entertainment also responded with rebuts, sending this case further into complications.
In the midst of this, disbandment rumors continue. As a group, they face the biggest challenge after 5 years of debut.

For fans, this case is especially distressing. Their fans, Cassiopeia, made DBSK’s growth not only in Korea but in all of Asia possible. Just like when HOT disbanded, it was predicted that many fans would come together to express their opposition to disbandment. However, there are many different views among those in this case and for those following this case, even for the fans.

At about 7 PM on August 3rd, fans waiting in front of DBSK’s homes could not hide their agitation. However, after the lawsuit, they offered different opinions, drawing attention.

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Park Chan Jong: "SM, fraud against DBSK."

Park Chang Jong laywer former member of the National Assembly, who previously dealt with big cases such as ‘Minerva’ and Park Yeon Cha case revealed his stance on the controversial DBSK Case.
He is the representative of ‘Honest People’ and in a report stated that, “it is clear the contract DBSK signed with SM is a slave contract. He asserted in the case with SM Entertainment’s battle, DBSK’s company’s acts, according to the criminal law, can be considered as fraud against minors. He criticized the 13 year contract and especially stressed that it is a fraud against minors.

According to criminal law article 384, clause 1, "this type of fraud states that taking advantage of the lack of judgment minors or disabled people can have and thus, profits from is punishable for up to 10 years of penal servitude or for up to 20 million wons of penalty.

Following, SM signed a contract with DBSK who were minors, and thus were not in conditions to make informed judgments, and made immense profit.

He added that this case must be taken as a lesson in order to eradicate the slave contracts employed by many entertainment companies. He especially pointed out the injustice parts in DBSK’s contract.
He stated:
-By setting the contract condition for 13 years, when the 5 members of DBSK were minors, SM took into consideration of their life as entertainers, and in result, tied them down for life
-Upon cancellation of contract, required for penalty 2 times the amount of future earnings
-Upon signing of the contract, did not confirm the original contract with the party
-Concerning their earnings, required the album sales to exceed 500,000 copies for the parties to receive 10 million wons the next year

Further, he stated, "the criminal acts by SM can be accused not only by DBSK members but a third party and this must be an opportunity to learn lessons eradicate the slave contracts."

Article Credits: Lee Jae Jun (CBS Politics)
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DBSK Shock: 'Insiders vs. Fans'- Two different views

Youngwoong Jaejoong, Micky YooChun, and Xiah Junsu, members of popular group DBSK has filed a provisional disposition to free themselves from their contract with SM. This case has many insiders and fans curious to what will happen.
DBSK is an idol group popular not only in Korea but in all of Asia. DBSK has continued to show their outstanding relationship with SM. The three members have thanked Lee Soo Man, the president of SM, multiple times when they received awards.
There are two very different opinions looking onto this situation, ‘The DBSK affairs.’ The 2 opinions are from producers and from fans.

On July 31st, the three members filed a provisional disposition to stop the effects of their contract with SM. DBSK fans immediately responded that this was SM’s fault. These assertions became stronger when the three members revealed official reports. The 3 members used expressions such as ’13 years contract,’ ‘album sales 0.4%-1% earnings division,’ ‘SM’s tools for profit’ in order to express their wishes to get away from SM’s restraint. In response, the complaints by the fans increased. Some fans even posted the situation when HOT disbanded in 2001 to criticize SM.

However, most of the staffs in the music industry are presenting very different opinions.
A high-ranking staff in an entertainment company refuted the assertions made by the 3 members, stating that these actions were too haste and is an act of betrayal to SM.
This staff stated on the 4th, opened with his opinion about the 13 years contract. “For people who are not in the entertainment industry, they will say that a 13 years contract is a slave contract. But it is because they don’t know the realities of the entertainment business.”

He stated, “the group DBSK that made its debut in 2004 is in this position because they were extremely successful for their 5 years after debut. If they were not able to attract the attentions of the fans, they would have been thankful that SM would be in charge of them for 13 years. The 3 members of DBSK must have not been 100% sure about their future success, so they probably agreed to sign for 13 years as a way of insurance.”
He also stated, “SM stated on the 3rd that DBSK was paid 11 billion won for the last 5 years in addition to foreign cars as bonus. Following this, DBSK were not ill-treated. There is probably not one SM staff who gets paid 100 million won every year for taking part into making DBSK a great success.

On the other hand in the midst of all this, DBSK fans and the majority of the music industry agree that they are against DBSK disbandment. DBSK is a big influence to not only Korean teenagers but is an important part of the Korean Wave.

Therefore, it is important that the 3 members of DBSK and SM settle their differences. Because SM holds some rights for DBSK as a team, continuation of DBSK will be difficult unless the 3 members reconcile their differences with SM. In addition to this problem, the two other members of DBSK, have not participated in the current lawsuit, and have expressed that they would stay with SM.
This situation requires SM and DBSK’s 3 members to make wise decisions in order to have a ‘win-win’ situation,considering many aspects.

Article Credits: Gil Hye Sung reporter @ Real Time Entertainment News
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The Hearts of Fans Around The World


The heart of fans around the world is in pain. The fans who don’t want TVXQ to be separated for the conflict case between the agency and 3 of the members showed their feeling through a video.



On the August 4th in about 5 minutes video uploaded at world’s leading video site ‘YouTube’, the fans around the world writing letters to express their encouragement to the members.

The fans wrote to express the pitiful feeling in Korean, and some of them used native languages as well as English. Most of the words include “Forever as 5″ and “Always Keep The Faith”.

This video is a proof that TVXQ name is already known worldwide. Fans from Singapore Malaysia Indonesia Thailand Vietnam Filipino India Spain Sweden Norway Denmark Germany Finland Japan British American Peru Brunei France Republic of Sri Lanka…

all of them have various different calls of their favorite group: “DBSK”, “TVXQ”, “TBXQ”, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hmpAY1R1eU

Fans from Mexico said, “No matter what’s happening with you, we’ll always pray.” Tiffany, a fan from Peru — “I’m so proud of you” saying her word regardless the sadness. Meanwhile Indonesian fans made ‘5 -1 = 0 ‘ ‘5 -2 = 0′, and fans from Germany and Australia sent message “Do not give up!”

Currently the internet is flooded with many speak up sites which is made to prevent the disbandment of TVXQ. On a petition board of “Against TVXQ Disbandment” there are 21,700 signs already until today.

source: http://sports.khan.co.kr/ + reallearreal
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TVXQ's Agency, SM's President Lee Sooman's New Venture, Lee Sooman takes on the Wine business


Amidst the chaos that has erupted over TVXQ's lawsuit, it has been found that Lee Sooman, president of TVXQ's agency SM Entertainment, will be tackling the wine business.

Bloomburg, that gives reports on the US economy, stated on its website on August 3rd that, "President Lee Sooman, who is also a talented manager who has produced famous Korean singers such as BoA, Girl's Generation, TVXQ and Super Junior, will be investing in a project aimed at developing a wine that will please Asian palates."

President Lee, who is well-known for his love for wine, was found to have signed a contract in June with Crushpad, a company located in San Francisco, USA, to develop a '2009 Bordeaux' wine.

The wine President Lee aims to release will be 3 barrels (75 boxes) of wine, with each bottle selling at $33 (40,000 Won) and the name of the wine will be 'Amos'. Lee Sooman is planning on selling Amos wine to famous celebrities or manufacturers across China, Korea and Japan.

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Wrong Information In News Articles

This was written by a member of DNBN.
This post has been praised by many fans as the best summary of wrong information being used by reporters.


Since this lawsuit is such a 'hot topic', the sheer number of articles that are coming out is massive.
It is difficult for even fans to go through every single article,
so most people will base their opinions on this topic from reading a couple of articles.

There is a lot of wrong information in these articles,
I write this to clear up a couple of errors.

However, since there is a vast amount of articles coming out even as I write,
it is impossible to address every single article or issue.
Therefore, I cannot say that I have addressed all of the issues that need correction.
But I will tell you of a couple that I have found to be important.

Even if I use parts of some reporters' articles,
does not mean that I am intending to criticize them, I'm saying this in advance.
I have no intention of criticizing or attacking the reporters who wrote the articles I am using.


1. TVXQ's solo activities=Disbandment of the Group?
There are a lot of articles regarding the solo activities of the members.
They point out that the two who aren't participating in this lawsuit are going into acting,
and there are so many unclear statements made by "representatives of the side", rather than the actual person.

There have even been articles where they have stated,
"Other than the two other members, the three members who have filed this lawsuit did not have plans for solo activities which adds more speculation to this case."

However, according to the news on Donga.com on July 30th,
the members who have filed this lawsuit also had solo activities planned.

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YoungWoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun will take on the Japanese market as a duet by the name of 'Jejung and Yuchun from TVXQ.' The two revealed their duet song at the Tokyo Dome performance in early July. The song, 'COLORS ~Melody&Harmony~' will be released as a single in September and the two members are planning to attend tv programs to promote the song. This song has been getting a lot of attention as it was chosen as the theme song for 'Hello Kitty''s 35th Anniversary.

Xiah Junsu is still considering his choices such as a solo album. A representative of SM stated, "Xiah Junsu was actually the first to embark on solo activities when he appeared in the 2007 mobile phone commercial 'Anyband'," and "He will choose between the Korean and Japanese stage and is currently decided what he will do. His activities will be revealed soon.
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According to this article, SM already had solo activities for all five members lined up for the second half of the year.
The Japanese Unit activity 'Jejung and Yuchun from TVXQ' already had a jacket cover and was running quite smoothly.
Also, a SM representative gave testimony that member Xiah Junsu was also planning a solo activity.
We just aren't sure what will happen now, but that doesn't mean there wasn't anything reported about it before.

2. TVXQ's Vacation period Scandal
According to the official statement put out by the three members,
"Kim Junsu, Kim Jaejoon and Park Yoochun have been going back and forth Korea, Japan and China ever since their debut in 2004 and have been getting 3~4 hours of sleep per night, except for one week in a year, to complete their schedules."

SM's new statement refutes this statement by saying,
"Regarding the schedules, we have always compromised performances for their health."

One article said,
"After completing their Tokyo Dome concert on the 5th, the members returned to Korea for approximately a month-long unannounced vacation."

It is incredibly hard to know the exact length of the vacation and the health of the members, but the article that states that TVXQ's break went as long as a month is wrong.
It can be seen that the truth regarding pre-announced vacations is closer to the members' official statement than SM's.

It was reported that the members received a vacation after their Tokyo Dome concert,
but the actual length of the vacation can be seen as 7~10 days, not one month.

If information from July 15th is seen, it can be seen that TVXQ's vacation officially started on the 13th.
SPORT HANKOOKI.com article

However, according to an E-daily article on July 23rd,
"U-Know Yunho, who has been busy going from TVXQ's Japan Tour to the 'MIROTIC' Asia Tour Concert, returned to his home last week to rest, but is currently in Japan."

This means that TVXQ's vacation went from the 13th to the 23rd, at the most. Which would mean that they only had ten days of rest.

There are other articles regarding TVXQ's vacation periods in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
But as the reported vacation periods differ slightly from actual vacation periods as the one above differs,
I won't put them up, but you can easily predict that the vacation periods were about the same as the one above.

3. After TVXQ's debut, SM was in a deficit for 4 years

According to an article reported yesterday,
"TVXQ has received 11 billion Won till now and have also been given luxury foreign cars. On the other hand, SM was in a deficit for four years after TVXQ's debut."
But, TVXQ's received amount of money and SM's deficit do not have a lot in common.

As TVXQ matured and grew, so did SM Entertainment.
Even if you search 'venture' in DNBN, you get these three articles.

SM Entertainment, Karaoke venture started...the agency's stars collaborate
SM Entertainment, Fashion Business venture started
SM Entertainment, Musical Business venture started

If you search this on various portal sites,
you will find that SM has been growing into and investing in many fields.

If you take that into consideration, you'll be able to conclude exactly
where the money the SM artistes are earning in Asia is actually going.
You will also be able to see that tying SM's deficit to TVXQ's salary is quite a stretch.

Also, in accordance to the statement put forth today,

the luxury imported cars were in fact registered under SM's name, not the members'. Sejong's side stated that, "It is true that the members received cars as presents from SM after an awards ceremony. However, they were all cars registered under SM's name, not the members' names. Therefore, they do not and did not belong to TVXQ."

Sports Seoul article

This article points out the numerous flaws in SM's statements so please use it as reference.

#4. The Cosmetic Company

SM has linked the cosmetic company with the lawsuit in both of their official statements.
This isn't something worth talking about, so I'll make it short.

Please check Sejong's official statement.

"SM keeps stating that the cosmetic company the three members invested in is the core of this lawsuit, but the investment the members made has nothing to do with this case. The cosmetic company SM keeps bringing up is a company that is planning on opening a branch in China and one that the three members decided to personally invest in, it has nothing to do with their work as celebrities. Think about it. Why would TVXQ give up everything they've worked for till now for 100 million Won they invested in a cosmetic compnay that is opening a branch in China? It is completely illogical. The core to this case is the unlawful exclusive contract, and SM is trying to divert the attention away from that by bringing up a cosmetic company that has no relevance whatsoever."

If you read this, you'll know that there is nothing scandalous about the cosmetic company.

However, if you stil have doubts, I'll put in a parody of this situation.

If a working man wants to hear himself be called CEO, Manager or Director,
he should just open a fried chicken shop near his house.
Then he will go from being a normal working man to a chicken billionaire.
Just invest 100 million Won in a chicken company and you too can become a chicken billionair opening branches in China.

It's like this kind of situation. I hope you get where I'm going with this.

5. Official Fan Club Cassiopeia

In many of the articles coming out these days, TVXQ's official fan club is mentioned a lot.
There have been claims that the representatives and leaders of Cassiopeia have been getting together.
These claims are all wrong but the articles about them just keep coming.

It seems the reporters know more than the actual fans do, but
There are no leaders or representatives for TVXQ's official fan club Cassiopeia
All the interviews with Cassiopeia's leader are false.
All the claims that the representatives of Cassiopeia got together to assemble a candle protest are false. Every single one of them.

TVXQ fans are coming together on fan site and fan cafes to discuss the situation at hand, but there are no official representatives or leaders in Cassiopeia.

These are just some of the errors I have found in articles.
The amount is small compared to the vast number of misleading articles.
But with these few, I hope that whatever is wrong is set right.

Oh, and last but not least.
This post does not reflect the opinions of all of the fans.
These are my thoughts on what I've read and the information I have seen so far,
this is not an official statement made by Cassiopeia

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Wrong Information In News Articles

This was written by a member of DNBN.
This post has been praised by many fans as the best summary of wrong information being used by reporters.


Since this lawsuit is such a 'hot topic', the sheer number of articles that are coming out is massive.
It is difficult for even fans to go through every single article,
so most people will base their opinions on this topic from reading a couple of articles.

There is a lot of wrong information in these articles,
I write this to clear up a couple of errors.

However, since there is a vast amount of articles coming out even as I write,
it is impossible to address every single article or issue.
Therefore, I cannot say that I have addressed all of the issues that need correction.
But I will tell you of a couple that I have found to be important.

Even if I use parts of some reporters' articles,
does not mean that I am intending to criticize them, I'm saying this in advance.
I have no intention of criticizing or attacking the reporters who wrote the articles I am using.


1. TVXQ's solo activities=Disbandment of the Group?
There are a lot of articles regarding the solo activities of the members.
They point out that the two who aren't participating in this lawsuit are going into acting,
and there are so many unclear statements made by "representatives of the side", rather than the actual person.

There have even been articles where they have stated,
"Other than the two other members, the three members who have filed this lawsuit did not have plans for solo activities which adds more speculation to this case."

However, according to the news on Donga.com on July 30th,
the members who have filed this lawsuit also had solo activities planned.

------------------------------------------
YoungWoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun will take on the Japanese market as a duet by the name of 'Jejung and Yuchun from TVXQ.' The two revealed their duet song at the Tokyo Dome performance in early July. The song, 'COLORS ~Melody&Harmony~' will be released as a single in September and the two members are planning to attend tv programs to promote the song. This song has been getting a lot of attention as it was chosen as the theme song for 'Hello Kitty''s 35th Anniversary.

Xiah Junsu is still considering his choices such as a solo album. A representative of SM stated, "Xiah Junsu was actually the first to embark on solo activities when he appeared in the 2007 mobile phone commercial 'Anyband'," and "He will choose between the Korean and Japanese stage and is currently decided what he will do. His activities will be revealed soon.
------------------------------------------

According to this article, SM already had solo activities for all five members lined up for the second half of the year.
The Japanese Unit activity 'Jejung and Yuchun from TVXQ' already had a jacket cover and was running quite smoothly.
Also, a SM representative gave testimony that member Xiah Junsu was also planning a solo activity.
We just aren't sure what will happen now, but that doesn't mean there wasn't anything reported about it before.

2. TVXQ's Vacation period Scandal
According to the official statement put out by the three members,
"Kim Junsu, Kim Jaejoon and Park Yoochun have been going back and forth Korea, Japan and China ever since their debut in 2004 and have been getting 3~4 hours of sleep per night, except for one week in a year, to complete their schedules."

SM's new statement refutes this statement by saying,
"Regarding the schedules, we have always compromised performances for their health."

One article said,
"After completing their Tokyo Dome concert on the 5th, the members returned to Korea for approximately a month-long unannounced vacation."

It is incredibly hard to know the exact length of the vacation and the health of the members, but the article that states that TVXQ's break went as long as a month is wrong.
It can be seen that the truth regarding pre-announced vacations is closer to the members' official statement than SM's.

It was reported that the members received a vacation after their Tokyo Dome concert,
but the actual length of the vacation can be seen as 7~10 days, not one month.

If information from July 15th is seen, it can be seen that TVXQ's vacation officially started on the 13th.
SPORT HANKOOKI.com article

However, according to an E-daily article on July 23rd,
"U-Know Yunho, who has been busy going from TVXQ's Japan Tour to the 'MIROTIC' Asia Tour Concert, returned to his home last week to rest, but is currently in Japan."

This means that TVXQ's vacation went from the 13th to the 23rd, at the most. Which would mean that they only had ten days of rest.

There are other articles regarding TVXQ's vacation periods in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
But as the reported vacation periods differ slightly from actual vacation periods as the one above differs,
I won't put them up, but you can easily predict that the vacation periods were about the same as the one above.

3. After TVXQ's debut, SM was in a deficit for 4 years

According to an article reported yesterday,
"TVXQ has received 11 billion Won till now and have also been given luxury foreign cars. On the other hand, SM was in a deficit for four years after TVXQ's debut."
But, TVXQ's received amount of money and SM's deficit do not have a lot in common.

As TVXQ matured and grew, so did SM Entertainment.
Even if you search 'venture' in DNBN, you get these three articles.

SM Entertainment, Karaoke venture started...the agency's stars collaborate
SM Entertainment, Fashion Business venture started
SM Entertainment, Musical Business venture started

If you search this on various portal sites,
you will find that SM has been growing into and investing in many fields.

If you take that into consideration, you'll be able to conclude exactly
where the money the SM artistes are earning in Asia is actually going.
You will also be able to see that tying SM's deficit to TVXQ's salary is quite a stretch.

Also, in accordance to the statement put forth today,

the luxury imported cars were in fact registered under SM's name, not the members'. Sejong's side stated that, "It is true that the members received cars as presents from SM after an awards ceremony. However, they were all cars registered under SM's name, not the members' names. Therefore, they do not and did not belong to TVXQ."

Sports Seoul article

This article points out the numerous flaws in SM's statements so please use it as reference.

#4. The Cosmetic Company

SM has linked the cosmetic company with the lawsuit in both of their official statements.
This isn't something worth talking about, so I'll make it short.

Please check Sejong's official statement.

"SM keeps stating that the cosmetic company the three members invested in is the core of this lawsuit, but the investment the members made has nothing to do with this case. The cosmetic company SM keeps bringing up is a company that is planning on opening a branch in China and one that the three members decided to personally invest in, it has nothing to do with their work as celebrities. Think about it. Why would TVXQ give up everything they've worked for till now for 100 million Won they invested in a cosmetic compnay that is opening a branch in China? It is completely illogical. The core to this case is the unlawful exclusive contract, and SM is trying to divert the attention away from that by bringing up a cosmetic company that has no relevance whatsoever."

If you read this, you'll know that there is nothing scandalous about the cosmetic company.

However, if you stil have doubts, I'll put in a parody of this situation.

If a working man wants to hear himself be called CEO, Manager or Director,
he should just open a fried chicken shop near his house.
Then he will go from being a normal working man to a chicken billionaire.
Just invest 100 million Won in a chicken company and you too can become a chicken billionair opening branches in China.

It's like this kind of situation. I hope you get where I'm going with this.

5. Official Fan Club Cassiopeia

In many of the articles coming out these days, TVXQ's official fan club is mentioned a lot.
There have been claims that the representatives and leaders of Cassiopeia have been getting together.
These claims are all wrong but the articles about them just keep coming.

It seems the reporters know more than the actual fans do, but
There are no leaders or representatives for TVXQ's official fan club Cassiopeia
All the interviews with Cassiopeia's leader are false.
All the claims that the representatives of Cassiopeia got together to assemble a candle protest are false. Every single one of them.

TVXQ fans are coming together on fan site and fan cafes to discuss the situation at hand, but there are no official representatives or leaders in Cassiopeia.

These are just some of the errors I have found in articles.
The amount is small compared to the vast number of misleading articles.
But with these few, I hope that whatever is wrong is set right.

Oh, and last but not least.
This post does not reflect the opinions of all of the fans.
These are my thoughts on what I've read and the information I have seen so far,
this is not an official statement made by Cassiopeia

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Jaejoong in a fake twitter ID SCANDAL



Jaejoong's Twitter Update Was Genuine, He wrote the post himself!

The post on Twitter written by YoungWoong Jaejoong, regarding the current situation between SM Entertainment and three members of TVXQ, Xiah Junsu, Micky Yoochun and YoungWoong Jaejoong, was indeed written by YoungWoong Jaejoong himself, not an imposter.

YoungWoong Jaejoong's representative told Money Today Star News on the 4th that, "It was YoungWoong Jaejoong who wrote the post on Twitter," and "YoungWoong Jaejoong himself confirmed that he was the one who had written the post."

Through Twitter, YoungWoong Jaejoong posted something along the lines of, "Many fans are concerned that TVXQ is going through a rough patch," and "But TVXQ will go on as it always has. Please keep watching us. We love your support."

This is the first time Jaejoong has made a statement himself, without passing the message through his representatives. But there was a scandal that the person who wrote the message was not YoungWoong Jaejoong, but a hardcore fan impersonating him.

TVXQ's Xiah Junsu, YoungWoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun, who filed for a suspension of their exclusive contract against agency SM Entertainment, released their official statement on the 3rd which stated that, "The members do not wish for TVXQ to disband."

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YoungWoong Jaejoong's Twitter has been caught in a fake identity scandal.

When the continuance of TVXQ was questioned after YoungWoong Jaejoong, Xiah Junsu and Micky Yoochun, through the firm Sejong, released their official statement regarding the unlawful contract with SM, and SM released a rebuttal back, YoungWoong Jaejoong wrote on his Twitter page that afternoon stating that, "TVXQ will go on as it always has." But some TVXQ fans are stating that, "YoungWoong Jaejoong's Twitter does not belong to him but it belongs to a fan using a fake identity."

The fans who gave this statement said, "YoungWoong Jaejoong's Twitter is fake. The Korean fans already know this and see this as a problem. It is probably a hardcore fan who is using a fake identity." They also said, "It seems that the person wrote 'TVXQ will go on as it always has,' because they were worried about the continuance of the team."

Another fan added that, "YoungWoong Jaejoong must be going through so much emotional pain right now. How on earth would he be sitting in front of a computer typing this?" and agreed that a person must be using a fake identity. To register on Twitter, one only needs to give one's name and username. One's real name does not need to be used and there have been a lot of controversies about fake celebrity identities. Other fake identities were found to be impersonating Son Dambi and Huh Kyungyoung.

On a side note, TVXQ's fan club Cassiopeia has put forth a petition entitled 'Against TVXQ's disbandment' and till now (August 4th, morning) the petition has gotten over 19,600 signatures.

Reporter Kim Sangho

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TVXQ's Concert Phenomenon in China

On the 2nd of October, Korea's popular group TVXQ will be having their 3rd Asia Tour Concert 'MIROTIC' in Shanghai at the Hongkou Football Stadium once again. Although there are still two more months and the tickets have been on sale for only a week, most of the tickets have already been sold. Because of the astonishing speed at which the tickets were purchased even in the same venue shortly before, Mayday (a popular Chinese band) will have a hard time catching up with them. Many fans who weren't able to get tickets from the ticketing company are even willing to buy them online for about 3000-5000 yuan (USD438-731), which is about four times the original price.

The organizers also said that no more tickets are being sold at the moment. They also found out that in the past, other fanclubs would buy concert tickets for TVXQ's concerts, but they would not turn up in the end, leaving the front rows empty. The organizers said that they cannot stop this from happening and they are unable to judge who the people doing the "joy-buying" are. However, they remind fans to be rational and to not be used by others.

TVXQ's ticket sales exceeded the organizer's expectation and the China tour has caused the ticket sales to rise – Nanjing concert tickets managed to exceed 10 million within 3 days and the Beijing concert tickets were sold out in a week. However, Shanghai's concert stands out the most as the tickets were sold out in an amazing speed.

Recently, fans are not able to get tickets through official ticketing companies; they managed to find a lot being sold online at very high prices. This has caused many fans to be doubtful of the tickets being sold on the internet. One fan said that even at last year's China concert during May where the venue was smaller than the current one, they were still able to get tickets.

Even one concert ticket is difficult to get. All other outlets selling the concert tickets will definitely be overcrowded. A reporter managed to contact the head of the ticketing office, and the head told the reporter that even before the tickets were made available for selling, some fanclub organizers were already requesting to buy the tickets in bulk. He then went on to explain to the reporter that buying tickets in bulk like this is very common in Korea as Koreans don’t really like to buy them on their own and they prefer to buy in huge bulks.

"TVXQ's most crucial link is the internet. Cassiopeians have created many fanclubs and between each fanclub, all the members share a very close relationship. Once there is news released on the internet, every Cassiopeian in the world will know of it immediately. Even when the concert tickets have not even begun selling, fanclub organizers will contact ticketing organizers to order tickets. Thus, the fanclubs have a very large power over the purchasing of tickets.”

Even if there is a very well-known and popular group, it is not possible for all the concert tickets to be sold out within two days. Does TVXQ really have that many fans? If each fan really had to buy tickets, then wouldn’t there be many fans buying online tickets which are much more expensive? One fan told the reporters, “Yes, because all fans know that we want to be close to them and be near them, therefore they will deliberately increase the price and hence, we are somehow forced into buying them at high prices.”

The number of TVXQ's fans is relatively stable, therefore, there can never be a concert with tickets left over. However, there are some very hardcore fans that are professional dealers and will never allow there to be one empty seat in the concert hall, thus, they will manipulate people into buying that last seat in order for the entire hall to be filled up. “Cassiopeans are all mainly young teenage girls who are rather emotional, thus, it is relatively easy for us to pay in order to be able to support our idols. However, we did not expect that this has led us to being manipulated by others.”

Tickets will definitely be very difficult to get for this Shanghai concert. The organizers expressed surprise and frustration, and they are reminding the fans to be calm and rational. They also persuade fans to always buys tickets through legal ways.

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Online Charts of the 1st week of August

Hanteo (2009.07.28 ~ 2009.08.03)
01 2NE1
02 DBSK
03 Drunken Tiger
04 Seo Taiji
05 Kara
06 MC Mong
07 Brown Eyed Girls
08 SNSD
09 Kara
10 Big Bang

Yesasia Music Bestsellers- 7 days (Aug 4)
01 Kara Vol. 2 – Revolution (CD+DVD+Photobook) (Limited Edition)
02 2NE1 1st Mini Album – 2NE1
03 Dong Bang Shin Ki – The 3rd Asia Tour Concert “Mirotic” (2CD)
04 Let’s Get Wet Live (2CD)
05 Let’s Get Wet Live (2CD + 2 Karaoke DVD) (Special Edition)
06 SS501 – Collection
07 Girls’ Generation 2nd Mini Album – Genie
08 Super Junior Vol. 3 – Sorry, Sorry (Version C)
09 F.T Island Vol. 3 – Cross & Change
10 Boys Over Flowers OST Part 2 (KBS TV Drama)

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TVXQ's Fanclub Speaks up! "The group's continued existence is more important than SM"

Folks, STAY STRONG, STAY TOGETHER, STAY LOYAL TO TVXQ AND LET'S PUSH THIS THROUGH!


As TVXQ, the group with the largest fan club in Korea, got into a legal dispute with SM Entertainment, the fans could be heard voicing their opinions that, "The group's continued existence is more important than SM."

TVXQ's fan club Cassiopeia, who hold the Guiness World Record for the largest fan club with around 800K members, began an 'Against TVXQ's Disbandment' petition on an Internet portal site. This petition that aims to collect 200K signatures has already collected 20K in the past four days.

The majority of the fans are on the side of 'TVXQ's three members' rather than the side of 'SM.'

Xiah Junsu, YoungWoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun stated that an 'unlawful exclusive contract' was the main reason behind their lawsuit and said they wanted to fix their 13-year contract, dubbed a 'for life contract'. The fans are completely behind this statement and say that if the contract is fixed, TVXQ will be able to overcome this disbandment crisis.

On various forums on portal sites and petitions, the fans have written, "SM must fix the slave contract they have imposed on TVXQ," and have been trying as hard as they can to make sure that the worst-case scenario will not happen.

The well-formed international fan base is also behind TVXQ. On one Chinese portal site, a survey revealed that around 52.1% (around 4000 people) of fans were behind TVXQ. The group's Japanese fan club 'Bigeast' members have been having a comment relay in which they all state that a disbandment cannot happen.

On the other hand, as time passes by, the rift between the statements of SM and TVXQ seems to grow deeper and deeper.

TVXQ stated on the 3rd that, "Our 13-year contract really means a 'for life contract' and because of the compensation we would have to pay, it is impossible for us to cancel the contract," and ""We are not trying to disband TVXQ with this lawsuit."

SM, on the other hand, stated, "This lawsuit occurred because of the cosmetic company the three members are investing in. And TVXQ has till now earned 11 billion Won in cash."

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Japan's Say on TVXQ's Lawsuit, Japan supports Tohoshinki

- note: this is a fan's observation -

Entertainment news I had watched in Japan:

On "Akko ni Omakase" TV program, they did not take much time to go over the details, but Akko said, "It took time for them to be known here in Japan and also their Japanese had improved really well..." which sounded like she was sorry for the members.

On "Sukkiri" TV, they covered both sides of the story (but at that time, the three members' lawyer's comment had not been released). However, they did not say anything bad which could cause a negative image for TVXQ.

For "Miyaneya," they mentioned the three members' lawyer's comment.
There seemed to be a Japanese lawyer on that TV show who said that the members request would have been fulfilled if it was in Japan, but he said that he is not sure about the case in Korea.

He also talked about the side business (cosmetic business) and said that even in Japan, there are many stars who do side businesses, so it should not be the problem. They sounded like that they were on TVXQ's side more than SM's.

Mr. Miyane also said that "TVXQ's members are hardworking young men who are all really pure individuals. I do not know if I should say that, but the members sure are that kind of people."

On "Sukkiri," Terry Ito and Mifune were there. Mifune said that the members are "real gentlemen." They also mentioned "For fans, TVXQ is TVXQ when there are five of them."

Their comments were in favor of TVXQ which show the result of the effort, hard work and politeness of TVXQ while they worked in Japan.

I wrote this since I thought that there will be many fans in Korea who are worried about how it (the lawsuit) is broadcast in Japan.

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