DBSK/JYJ debuted in 2003 as one group under the name TVXQ, which is an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, it translates as “The Rising Gods of The East”. In South Korea they are known as Dong Bang Shin Ki, but international fans often call them DBSK. The group consisted of 5 members: U-Know Yunho (the leader), Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. However, in 2010, the group separated in two groups; Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu became what is known as JYJ.
Curious fact about their name: ^^
Before debuting as TVXQ, other names were thought of, like: O Jang Yukbu, which translates as “The Five Viscera” (kinda creepy… glad they didn’t pick this one). Jeonseoleul Meokgo Saneun Gorae, which literally means “A Whale That Eats Legends” (romantic, classic, but too long, and… not very sexy for a pop group). The third choice was Dong Bang Bul Pae, it means “Invincible East” (not bad, but too aggressive); this name in particular was rejected because the scriptures were not pleasing to the eye. Instead they decided to go with Dong Bang Shin Gi… aww, so happy they went for “The Gods Who Raised The East”… err, I think I got that wrong.
To read more on each member, please check out our post Meet the members DBSK… or TVXQ… or Tohoshinki… or JYJ (:
They debuted in December 26, of 2003 with their single “Hug”. Because it was a showcase with Boa and Birtnay Spears, they also sang “O Holy Night” a cappella together with Boa. The single “Hug” was released on January of 2004, and it soon topped at number 4 on the monthly music charts; the second single, “The Way U Are” topped at number 2 on the charts. That same year in October, they released their album Tri-Angle, and ranked as number 8 best selling album of the year.
The following year they debuted in Japan with the singles: “Stay With Me Tonight” and “Somebody to Love”. Returning to Korea they released their second Korean album Rising Sun, and later that same year they released a third Japanese single “My Destiny” and a Korean single “Show Me Your Love” with label-mate Super Junior.
DBSK won the Best Music Video award for their song “Rising Sun” and received the People’s Choice Award.
In 2006 they had their first international tour “Rising Sun 1st Asia Tour” in several Asian countries, including: Thailand, Malaysia, China. They are the first Korean performers to hold a concert in Malaysia.
That same year they also released their Japanese debut album Heart, Mind and Soul, and the singles “Asu wa Kuru Kara” and “Rising Sun/Heart, Mind and Soul”. They had their first Japanese tour from May to June of 2006, and later they released two more singles, “Begin” and “Sky”.
In September they returned to Korea and released their third album “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap. Later that year they released “Miss You/”O” their fifth Japanese single, which topped the charts at number 3. They received 4 awards at the MKMF Music Festival, including “Best Artist of The Year”, and at the 16th Music Seoul Festival they received 3 awards, including a “Daesang”. The year ended with two more “Daesnag” awards and two “Bonsang” awards, at the 21st Golden Disk Awards, and the SBS Gayo Awards.
In early 2007 DBSK released the Japanese singles: “Step By Step”, “Choose Lover” and their second album Five in The Black. They had their second Asian tour which took place in Seul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing. Later, from June to December they released five Japanese singles: “Lovin’ You”, “Summer: Summer Dream/Song for You/Love in The Ice”, “Shine/Ride On”, “Forever Love”, and “Together.” They did collaboration with label-mate Kumi Kida for the single “Last Angel”. This single was used as theme song for the Japanese release of the film Resident Evil: Extinction.
In 2008 DBSK continued being successful in Japan with their single “Purple Line” which topped the charts at number one, making them the first international male group to have a single top number one in Japan. They also released a third album, T. From February to March they released a series of five singles, for six consecutively weeks, and each CD contained a solo track from each one of the members. Another number one single in the charts, was “Beautiful You/Sennen Koi Uta” which was released in April of 2008. After returning to Korea and participating on the 14th Annual Dream Concert at the Olympic Stadium, and concluding their Asia Tour in Beijin, they returned to Japan to release their single “Doshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandaro?” topping the music charts once again. In August they returned to Korea and performed alongside BoA, Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace, Zhang Liyin, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and Super Juniorat for the SMTown Live ’08.
On a late released because of the large amount of pre-orders, their fourth Korean album Mirotic topped the charts selling 307,974 copies. After selling more than 500,000 copies in early 2009, it became the first Korean album in six years to pass that mark. Following that success, they released the singles “Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide”, and “Survivor” in March of that year.
DBSK had so much success in Japan, they were the first Kpop group to be invited to the Kohaku Uta Gassen concert in New Year’s Eve, which its said to be a high honor for any artist since you can only participate by invitation.
That same year they released the fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, and had another tour around Japan, with the final act in Tokyo Dome. They are the first Kpop group to perform in there.
In the spring of 2009 they released “Share the World/We Are!” and the 28th single “Stand by U” followed in July 1. They ended 2009 braking records again with their live DVD titled “4th Live Tour 2099 – The Secret Code – Final in Tokyo Dome” which got number one spot in the Oricon charts for most copies sold, even exceeding artist like The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.
In 2010 the group released the singles “Break Out!”, and “Toki o Tomete”. They were chosen to sing the opening theme song for the Japanese movie 君が踊る、夏 / Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu, titled “With All My Heart -君が踊る、夏-“, and also released an album, The Best Selection 2010. However, on April of 2010, Avex announced that three members of the group – Hero Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu- would appear as JYJ in the concert for Thanksgiving that was held at the Tokyo Dome stadium.
On November of that same year, TVXQ/DBSK returned as a two man group, with members U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, under a new contract for Avex Trax.
Until here is the band history as a 5 man group. To read about their continuing success as a separate group, TVXQ and JYJ, please read the follow-up to this post: The Rising Gods of The East -Second Part