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[News] 100413 New Development In TVXQ’s Contract Lawsuit – SM Entertainment Raises Lawsuit
Date: 2010.04.13
Time: 15:41
Korean source: My Daily
Article Source: Sohu

Caption: The lawsuit that the 3 members of TVXQ have with SME is still underway.

[Sohu Korean Entertainment] On the afternoon of 13th April, Beijing, according to reports by the Korean media, there is new development in the lawsuit between Korean company SM Entertain and TVXQ’s 3 members Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu and Kim Jaejoong. On the 12th, SM Entertainment filed a lawsuit against the temporary contract injunction decided by the courts last year.

According to a SM representative, previously, SM Entertainment has been trying hard to let TVXQ continue as a group, which is why they never raised an appeal against the temporary contract injunction that was put in place by the courts. However, the 3 members have been unresponsive towards SM Entertainment’s requests for them to return to activities as TVXQ, and they also put a stop to their Japanese activities, causing the group TVXQ to be on the brink disbandment, which is why SM Entertainment raised the lawsuit. In the lawsuit filed on the 12th, SM Entertainment raised an appeal against the court’s decision for a temporary injunction of their contracts, which was made in October last year. They also requested confirmation on whether the contracts that the 3 members have with SM Entertainment are still in existence.

In July last year, the 3 members filed a lawsuit requesting to remove the exclusive contract they have with SM Entertainment and the Korean courts decided on 27 October last year to place a temporary injunction, partially granting the requests made by the 3 members, and ruled that SM Entertainment may not interfere with the 3 members’ entertainment activities, causing TVXQ’s activities in Korea to come to a complete standstill.

Also, at the beginning of this month, TVXQ stopped their Japanese activities and it’s as if it was an announcement that the group has disbanded. SM Entertainment filed a lawsuit under these circumstances and all eyes are watching to see if there will be a turnabout in the situation.
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[Trans] 100413 “Who’s Your Favorite TVXQ Member?” Blog Ranking Japan

“Popular Blog Ranking Site” held a poll to ask “Who’s Your Favorite TVXQ Member?”
The Poll was held from February 14~April 12, 2010.
Total vote count was 7940 and the results are as follows.

#1 Yuchun 1775 votes(22.4%)

#2 Yunho 1670 votes(21.0%)

#3 Junsu 1661 votes(20.9%)

#4 Jaejoong 1636 votes(20.6%)

#5 Changmin 1198 votes(15.1%)

Always Keep The Faith!
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[Trans] 100413 Jaejoong 1st stage greeting

Actor Eita(27) and actress Ueno Juri(23) double main character drama “Sunao Ni Narenakute”(starting on the 15th thursday 10pm)’s press conference was opened on the 12th.

The drama draws 5 people who meet through an internet communication tool
“Twitter”.Eita who plays a new cameraman said “I want to watch the 2nd episode. I am having an affair with a lady I met 7 years ago…” and spoiled the future plot in front of 200 people and his co-cast Tamayama Tetsuji(30) said “Eita!” and stopped him from spoiling the story and made everyone laugh.

Also his first time in a Japanese drama Tohoshinki Jaejoong(24) has trouble with his Korean production and it was his first time appearing on stage after announcing their activity pause. With a nice smile he said excitedly “Its fresh to see my face in a Japanese drama!”. There was a few questions about the activity pause but he didn’t comment on it.
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[Trans] Epop Magazine (Malay version) February Issue
Similarity between Jaejoong and USAGI

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[Trans] 100412 Xiahky’s Baby Appears on TV

“Pet Partner is Better Than Man”
2010.04.12 15:44
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It has drawn an attention that there are women who opinionates that their pet partner is better to have than a man. In the cable TV program ‘친절한 미선씨’ which will air on the 12th, 20 ladies who live with their pet partners had appeared and expressed their opinion by saying, “My pets are our family, so instead of calling them pet, it will be better if we could call them animal partners.”

They even mentioned that “If the guys we fall in love do not accept our animal partners, then we can give up on that guy.”

In the program, not only dogs or cats, but also monkey, lizard, etc will appear.

There also will appear an animal partner dog that is adopted from TVXQ’s member Xiah Junsu and a monkey which cost 10,800,000 won (1800만원).
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[TRANS] 100407 Tohoshinki Extremely Popular Among Otaku Despite Recent Hiatus

here was a surprising outcome of a recent survey in Japan- Popular Japanese girl group AKB48’s fans have chosen Tohoshinki as their favorite group.

Out of the 4001 people who participated in this survey, 77% was male. Questions that were asked included; “When did you become a fan of AKB48?”, “Which member in AKB48 do you want as your little sister?”, “In what time of the day do you think about AKB48?”, and other similar questions. One particular question asked “Other than AKB48, what other singers do you buy the most merchandise of (inclusive of albums)?” Amazingly, the #1 artist chosen was Tohoshinki.

This caused Japan’s major music site, BARKS, to bring up an elaborately discussed topic- “AKB48 fans have an extraordinary connection with Tohoshinki fans”, and allowed netizens to reply and express their opinions. Some examples were ‘Korea’s most powerful group is indeed Tohoshinki’ and ‘We cannot deny Tohoshinki’s popularity’. Other replies were more negative, criticizing Otaku’s in general.

Recently, there have been many news reports of Tohoshinki in Japan, with the majority of the reports focusing on their possible disbandment. With Tohoshinki earning first place in AKB48’s survey, many types of discussions and opinions surfaced.

a/n: Otaku refers to someone who has a devotion to a subject or hobby to the point of not leaving home (source: urbandictionary)


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1. TVXQ
2. Morning Musume
3. KAT-TUN
4. ARASHI
5. ?-ute
6. Perfume
7. Berryz Kobo
8. Ayumi Hamasaki
9. YUI
10. EXILE

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[INFO] 100405 March-April 2010 Survey – Most Popular Idol Group Members (Top 30 Ranking)
1. TVXQ – Junsu
2. TVXQ – Yoochun
3. TVXQ – Jaejoong
4. TVXQ – Yunho

5. SNSD – Taeyeon
6. TVXQ – Changmin
7. Big Bang – G-DRAGON
8. SNSD – Yoona
9. Super Junior – Heechul
10. Super Junior – Donghae
11.SS501 – Kim Hyunjoong
12. SNSD – Jessica
13. Super Junior
14. WonderGirls – Sohee
15. Super Junior – Sungmin
16. SNSD – Tiffany
17. 2PM – Jaebeom
18. SS501 – Youngsaeng
19. Big Bang – Seungri
20. Super Junior – Lee Teuk
21. FT Island – Hongki
22. Super Junior – Siwon
23. SHINee – Taemin
24. Big Bang – T.O.P
25. 2PM – Taecyeon
26. SNSD – Yuri
27. 2PM – Wooyoung
28. Super Junior – Kibum
29. Super Junior – Ryeowook
30.2PM – Nickhun
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[TRANS] 100407 ANAN April Issue – JeJung’s View on Love

Beyond the Perfect Prince-Like Appearance

With his trained figure and sweet decent features, one look from him will make you breathless. The idea of dating JeJung has made the hearts of countless young girls beat for him.

Starting from April 2010, he will debut as an actor in Japan on a new drama by Fuji TV, ‘Sunao ni Narenakute.’ This will be his first solo activity, and this has attracted a lot of attention from the public.

JeJung – At first, I wasn’t able to believe it, even after I received the script itself. Only after I met up with Eita and the rest during rehearsal that reality began to sink in; I felt really nervous. (laughs) Though the staff and cast members told me that it will be just fine, that I should just be myself and relax, I still felt the pressure of acting. I hope I can get used to it sooner.

In the drama, JeJung portrays a young doctor from Korea who falls in love with a girl (Haru by Ueno Juri) he gets to know through Twitter. It is a heartrending character who is in a one-sided love.

Unrequited love – of course I’ve experienced that; that’s why I feel really close to the character I’ll be depicting. I’m also the type who will want to follow the girl I’ve fallen in with, no matter where and when. I will take extra notice of those ‘tough’ girls who would say “I’m not interested in you,” even though they are. I might be an M-type* in love. (laughs) (*T/N: M = masochist. According to Japanese culture, you can either be an M-type ‘masochist’ or an S-type ’sadist’ in love)

Being frank and warmhearted are some of JeJung’s charms. He spoke up about his past relationship without avoiding it.

There’s this case of starting out as friends, and then falling in love without knowing it. I fell in love this way, and I’m not sure why it is so. I just felt that it’s really good being with someone who is like me. A person who likes the same things and someone that I would get along with is the type that I would fall for.

The Type That You Dislike

The arrogant and unreasonable type of girl

I look forward to a normal type of romance. I’m good with housework, be it cleaning or cooking. I want to do all these for my lover. But if she is to say, “Then, you can do all of them,” I will be disappointed. (laughs) I would like it if she will say, “Let me help you with some.” It doesn’t matter if she’s not good at them. I will be happy as long as she tries.

He continued to talk about relationships. He experienced love at a very young age, and he wasn’t shy about confessing.

Confessing face to face and saying “I like you, let’s date” is really difficult. That’s why I will think of other ways to do it. For example, dropping a love letter in her bag secretly, or leaving a note saying “I like you” in a lunchbox for her – it’s better this way. I love thinking of ideas that will surprise her and seeing her shocked reaction. Now, I don’t really have the chance to confess, but I like to wishfully think of such a situation whether ’she’ will be surprised or not.

How about continuing this kind of wishful thinking? If you have a date in Tokyo, where would you take her?

(JeJung answers immediately) Odaiba! I pass that place often because of work, but I never get the chance to visit. Therefore, I would like to go in private. The night view from the Rainbow Bridge is beautiful, isn’t it? It’s very suitable for dating. The kinds of dates that I would like to try are probably all normal things, like walking across the busy Shibuya junction hand in hand, visiting the 101 shopping mall, and so on. I’m really looking forward to this kind of dating.

Lastly, let’s focus on the drama JeJung is currently filming and hear what he has to say about it.

Now, I’m concentrating in filming the drama, but i have a strong desire in my heart to sing. The stage is where I truly belong; it’s the most important. Therefore, I still wish to stand onstage and bring joy to everyone.

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ANAN – Behind-the-Scenes

The whole photoshoot was shown to everyone!

“I want to eat ‘Pork Chop Bento’!”

JeJung said this right after the shoot and made everyone burst out laughing. To present a perfect figure, he had restricted food consumption since the day before the photoshoot. Therefore, we prepared for him the ‘Pork Chop Bento’ that he likes.

It’s my first time being on a cover alone. Even though it’s not much, I still need to exert a lot of effort for it. I’ve been feeling anxious since yesterday…

During the actual shooting, he wanted to show a perfect expression. At the beginning, because of the cheering of the female staff members (‘Awesome!’), he felt embarrassed, that’s why the shooting had to stop. As the shooting continued, the scene entered a more relaxed atmosphere. He faced the camera and said ‘kimchi’ with a V pose and sang (that was such a wonderful voice!). The playful JeJung then slowly opened up! During the shooting, he discovered a toy hammer that was popular these days, and was playing with it happily. That look of his left a deep impression on us.

In order to shoot something that he has never tried before, JeJung himself participated by suggesting ideas as well. In fact, he was the one who requested the soft perm hairstyle.

At the end of the photoshoot, he passionately shook hands with all the staff members and said that he wanted to enjoy his reward, the ‘Pork Chop Bento,’ happily.
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[Info] 100406 Top 20 Idols Korean Girls Want As Boyfriends
1. G-Dragon Bigbang (896)

2. Jang Geun Suk & Lee Minho (860)

3. Donghae Super Junior (823)

4. Nichkhun 2PM (756)

5. T.O.P Bigbang (718)

6. Minho SHINee (624)

7. Daesung Bigbang (543)

8. Hongki FT Island (517)

9. Yunho TVXQ(456)

10. Yonghwa CN Blue (319)

11. Jaejoong TVXQ (314)

12. TaeminSHINee (298)

13. Hyunjoong SS501 (295)

14. Seungri Bigbang (291)

15. Thunder MBLAQ (288)

16. Heechul Super Junior (285)

17. Taeyang Bigbang (279)

18. Taecyeon 2PM (264)

19. Leeteuk Super Junior (256)

20. Jonghyun FT Island (245)
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[Trans] 100406 Japan Suffering From A TVXQ Rebound? New Japanese Single Shoots Up Rankings… Over
The calls for TVXQ’s return to activities by Japanese fans don’t seem to want to cool down.

Sankei Sports reported on the 6th that, “On the homepage of popular Korean five-member group TVXQ, who announced a pause in their activities in Japan, support messages, pleas to keep the group from disbanding and calls for a return to the group’s normal activities have been pouring in from fans.”

According to TVXQ’s Japanese agency AVEX, the calls from fans for a message from the members of TVXQ themselves have also been arriving in vast numbers.

AVEX’s CEO Masato Matsuura stated on his Twitter that, “We are working hard to reply to the fans’ demands so please have patience and wait for a little while.”

On the other hand, TVXQ’s newest single has been shooting up the ranks ever since the news of TVXQ’s pause in activities was announced.

The 30th single ‘Toki Wo Tomete’, that was released on the 24th of March, moved from outside the rankings to 38th place for daily mobile phone ringtone downloads on music site ‘Reconchoku’. Also, the video clip moved from 7th place to 3rd, and the video clip ringtone rankings of the single moved from 2nd place to 1st.


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[TRANS] 100406 Male Entertainers Whom Japanese Men Want to Look Like Through Plastic Surgery
1 Hyde
2 Jejung
3 Fukuyama Masaharu
4 Yamapi
5 Gackt
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[News] 100407 Yoochun to star in korean drama SungKyunKwan Scandal

As you already know Yoochun is heading to an acting career in Japan.. but not only.

Indeed, TVXQ dandy boy will soon star in a korean drama inspired by a best-selling book “성균관 유생들의 나날”.

The historical drama (sageuk) title is shorten to “SungKyunKwan Scandal” (성균관 스캔들) and Yoochun will have one of the 4 leading roles, he will play Lee SunJoon, a boys who has everything to succeed in life. The story takes place in an university that accepts only boys, until a girl decides to dress as a boy and pretends to be her own brother so she can go to that school.With a strong ambition, Yoochun told the press: “I had fun reading the synopsis. I want to meet Sun Joon very soon. I’m honored to play such an interesting character in my first project. I will work hard to greet the viewers with a good project and as a good character.”
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[News] 100405 Philippine Newspaper’s Website (Manila Bulletin): Fans Devastated Over TVXQ’s Possible Disbandment

Is this the end of TVXQ as a group?

Fans of the top Korean boy band (aka Tohoshinki in Japan) are heartbroken over an announcement by Avex, TVXQ’s agency in Japan, that the group will suspend their activities, raising the possibility that they will disband and will work individually.

In July last year, TVXQ members Micky Yoochun, Xian Junsu and YoungWoong Jaejong sued SM Entertainment, their Korean agency, to void what they call their “slave contracts”.

Since then, TVXQ members have focused on their careers in Japan, releasing hit albums that topped music charts. However, they have not performed as a group in South Korea since the lawsuit was filed.

In October, the Seoul Central District Court issued an initial decision in favor of the three TVXQ members by temporarily suspending their contract with SM Entertainment. The three were allowed to engage in independent activities.

The court has yet to issue a final decision on the matter.

On April 3, Avex announced on its website that Tohoshinki will suspend their activities.

“The activities of ‘Tohoshinki’ will be suspended, but our company will make our best efforts in order to support the activities of the five members, who possess outstanding talents and are promised with a great future, at full strength,” according to the translated Avex announcement posted on the international TVXQ fan forum www.onetvxq.com.

“I am devastated already. Fans have constantly been keeping their faith. I will continue doing so but it just hurts so much to hear them stopping their activities,” a fan with the username smileyyvonne wrote on the forum.

Fan JJ91 added, “Hope this doesn’t mean the end of the group DBSK forever. Also they didn’t mention disbandment yet, so a little bit of hope is still left. Always keep the faith.”

While Avex didn’t say that Tohoshinki will be disbanding, there are telltale signs of this possibility.

Masato Matsuura, president of Avex, tweeted about Tohoshinki’s situation.

“I already did everything I could. In the end, the result is a bitter one. I will do my best to support their decision. If it is what they wish for, I believe that I should do everything I could within my limitation to support all of them who are already flying high. It doesn’t matter what my standpoint is, my feelings are no different from the sadness of every Tohoshinki’s fan,” according to onetvxq-translated Twitter message of Matsuura.

Bigeast, Tohoshinki’s biggest fan club in Japan with 200,000 members, announced that it is discussing whether to continue the fan club.

“The continuation of Bigeast is also under discussion of the Bigeast Office.We are sorry for making a nuisance to all the Bigeasts, but we will inform you [about the future of Bigeast] by the end of April, so please wait for awhile,” the fan club announced.

Bigeast also stopped accepting new members owing to the suspension of Tohoshinki’s activities.

Fans are hoping that TVXQ members will hold a press conference or issue a statement to clarify about their plans.

TVXQ is the most successful Korean artist in Japan. The group’s “Best Selection 2010” album has already sold 511,081 copies since it was released last February 17 and ranked second on Oricon Chart’s Top 10 albums this year in Japan.
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[News] TVXQ suspending activities: the financial consequences

Korean boy band TVXQ’s recent announcement that they will be ceasing their musical activities as a group in Japan is expected to take a hefty financial toll on their local management agency, according to Japanese entertainment site Zakzak (www.zakzak.co.jp).

Zakzak quoted noted Japanese music critic Tomisawa Issei, who said “TVXQ’s break from their musical activities will result in sales losses for Japanese management agency AVEX worth from as little as 3 billion yen (31.9 million dollars) to as much as 5 billion yen (53.2 million dollars).”

The Japanese talent agency, known for discovering new talents and venturing into the movie business, is said to have been taking various measures to overcome their recent business difficulties which included downsizing their board of directors from thirteen to seven earlier this month.

AVEX announced on their official website last Saturday that the boy band, currently involved in a legal dispute with their Korean talent agency SM Entertainment, will be halting their activities as a group but the members will continue to pursue their individual activities.

Matsuura Katsuhito, president of the agency’s mother company AVEX Group Holdings Inc., had revealed his shock at the news on social networking service Twitter, saying “You have no idea how big a hit AVEX has taken. It is hard for me to talk about this because I have to consider the standpoint of Korean agency SM Entertainment, but I will try to make [TVXQ] remain for [the group's] Japanese fan club ‘bigeast’”.

The five-man band had officially stopped working as a group in Korea since last July when three of its members — Xiah Junsu, Hero Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun — asked a court to nullify their exclusive contract with SM, claiming their 13-year contract period is too long.

TVXQ, who debuted in 2004 with album “Hug”, is one of the most successful K-pop acts in Asia. They reportedly have the largest fanbase in the world, and have enjoyed great success in the Japanese music industry in particular.

Last week, the group made music chart history in Japan, becoming the first foreign artists in 15 years to place their single and album simultaneously within the top three slots of Oricon’s singles and albums chart.
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