This is the follow up to the post “The Rising Gods of The East”. I will be writing about TVXQ and JYJ’s history as a separate group starting from 2011.
In 2009 three members of TVXQ filed a lawsuit against their agency SM Entertaiment. Hero Jaejong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. The group separated into two, JYJ consisting of the three members already mentioned; U-Know Yunho, and Max Changmin stayed as TVXQ.
Being a fan of TVXQ as a 5 men group, there is nothing I wish to discuss about the lawsuit. Is not a matter of being in denial or not, is a matter of trying to understand each member, and support them equally. No one here at the dramatards is taking sides, we all love TVXQ as a 5 men group, and we continue to love them the same way as two groups. We think they are both talented and deserve the best in their career life, and we support them for that. We believe whatever happened among the members, is something that happens in the best of families, we all have disagreements. Therefore, I will link two articles that speak about the separation of the members and that bring some key points into consideration, which I think are worth reading, for those who wished to know more about the separation of TVXQ.
In 2011, TVXQ made a comeback as a duo with their new album Keep Your Head Down, which was released early in the year. The album topped number one on the Gaon Chart soon after its release, and it was ranked the highest selling album of that year.
That same year, they released their single “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” in Japan, and topped the Oricon charts. In mid year they released the single “Superstar”, which was certified Gold at the end of July.
TVXQ became A-Nation’s “Big Bird” after performing in five cities of Japan, making them the first foreign artist to receive such an honor.
In September of that same year, the group participated in SMTwon Live In Tokyo, performing some of their older hits “Rising Sun”, “Mirotic”, the recent hits “Superstar”, “keep Your Head Down” and the new single “B.U.T (BE-AU-TY)” which is part of the Japanese album TONE, that was released later that month, on the 28th. The album was a success, ranking number one on the Oricon daily and monthly charts. Soon after its released, TONE achieved RIAJ’s Platinum certification. TVXQ broke records as the first male foreign artist to sell over 200, 000 album copies upon its first week of release; This record was previously held by American artist Bon Jovi in 2000.
Also in that month, TVXQ signed a friendship-contract with the fashion brand Lacoste. They started promoting Lacoste at the end of 2011.
Before ending the year, on October 3, TVXQ participated along side many of Korea’s top singers in their 2011 Hallyu Dream Concert at the Gyeongju Citizen’s Stadium. That same month they performed at the “New York-Korea Festival” (a program planned by KBS Global to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s entry into the United Nations). The concert was held in the state of New Jersey.
At the end of that month they performed in the SMTown Concert in New York, at Madison Square Garden together with label-mates SNSD, SHINEE, BoA, Kangta, and Super Junior, and released their third Artist Japanese Book: El Sol, topping the Book Oricon chart.
On November 12, TVXQ was the closing act of the 2011 K-pop Music Festival held in Sydney, Australia. Later that month they released another Japanese single “Winter Rose”. The song was selected as the commercial song for Seven & i Holdings’s “Winter Gift – Tohoshinki (Snow Episode)”.
In winter of that year, TVXQ participated in the 2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift album, with the single “Sleigh Ride”.
On December 31st of 2011, the group attended the 62nd NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen, which is the most prestigious award show in Japan. It was their first time as a duo; they had been selected to attend the show as a 5 men group other times.
TVXQ proved to have continued success in Japan, as they were ranked at 42.6% (their highest ranking yet) performance-wise at the 62nd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen early this year, on January 4th.
TVXQ will be having a first solo tour in Japan this year. The tour, TONE ~ TVXQ, had tickets sold out in less than one day. Due to its overpowering demand, the group will be performing 24 concerts when it was previously said to be 14.
The remaining members of TVXQ have had a rough time these past years. They were not the ones to file a lawsuit, but were affected as well. We wish them the best in their career, and may this year bring blessings of happiness and success to both members. – the dramatards: Sleepninja, crazy4you, JADEEYES.
JYJ history as a separate group, from 2010.
In Setemper of 2010, after their performances at the A-Nation tour, the group JYJ released their debut EP The…, and reached number one on the Oricon charts together with their DVD of the Thanksgiving Live in Dome concerts. Avex, then, suspended all JYJ activities in Japan.
In October of the same year, the group released their global debut album (in English) under Warner Music Asia. The album is titled, The Beginning, and features Kanye West in the lead single “Ayy Girl” . The group continued on that year with a tour promoting their new album around South Korea, Southeast Asia and United States.
JYJ had their first public broadcast on December 31, at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards, with the song “Found You” which is a single from the OST of SungkyunKwan Scandal, a Korean drama in which Yoochun starred.
In 2011 they released the Korean album EP, Their Rooms “Our Story” in “music essay” format.
Later in the spring of the same year, JYJ had their first Worldwide Tour. Concerts where held in Asian countries: Thailand, China, and Taiwan, and in western countries: United States and Canada. (the World Tour was later extended in October, to European countries: Spain, and Germany). They also did a charity concert in Tokyo in benefit of the Tohoky Earthquake victims. They followed with two encore concerts in Busan, and Gwangju, South Korea.
In the fall of 2011, they released their first studio album in Korea, In Heaven. The album reached 220, 000 in sales.
In October, JYJ flew to Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan to hold their “Unforgettable Live Concert in Japan”. The group was praised for their humble choice of performing in a city that was hit hard economically by the earthquake.
They ended the year 2011 with the released of DVD Come On Over, a documentary of their private lives.
Early of 2012, JYJ will hold a concert in Chile, and Peru as the final additions to the Worldwide Tour. This will make them the first Korean group to have a solo concert in South America.
JYJ has had a rough time the past couple of years, with their lawsuit in 2009, following hiatus, separation from the group TVXQ, and ultimately, the aftermath of it all. We wish them the best this year. We hope things will calm down enough for the members to have a less stressful year in their career. Best of wishes and, sincere hopes of happiness and success. – the dramatards: Sleepninja, crazy4you, JADEEYES.
To know more about the 5 members of DBSK please visit our post “Meet the members of DBSK… or TVXQ… or Tohoshinki… or JYJ (:”