Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Keiko Imaizumi Blog of FM Yokohama Asian groove
韓国でデビュー前に会ったのは、もう5年も前のことだね

紅白出場おめでとう。
韓国を離れ、一生懸命日本で活動してきた東方神起。
そのがんばりにハットオフです。
会うたびに、成長した5人に出会い、そして変わらない
人間性に感動するのです
Before my meeting with the South Korean group, It was five years ago.

Congratulations on the Kohaku invitation,
South Korea apart, they have been working hard in Japan too, Dong Bang Shin Ki.
Hat Off to their perseverance
Every time I meet them, these 5 people grew and never change,
Human nature is impressive

これ何年前かな?
What is this? years ago?

今泉圭子
Keiko Imaizumi Blog
18th December - 1:30-02:00 FM Yokohama ASIAN GROOVE
There is somehing really weird in this pic, while DBSK became more SMEXXIER, Hot and Handsome, the DJ... well aged...not saying it's her fault its "times" though i like her hair now...~and she has a more motherly feel...~ maybe she had a baby.
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Fangirlmitz explains by summarizing:
"this magazine is basically summarizing the events that surrounded the comeback of Dong Bang Shin Ki from their 1 year and 7 months Korean hiatus. it highlights their awards, show appearances, album versions and some other 'juicy' stories about them. how i wish i could translate the entirety of the magazine for you~ but unfortunately i am still too 'weak' in the hangul translation process. but the summary i presented are deffo what is written down xD"

Kudos to you fangirlmitz~! ^_^

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POPSTYLE Magazine Interview Photo

Hey Hey Hey~

CDTV

Bolero Cover (not Yet Official)

the fonts is totally like photoshopped...
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[Translation] Tohoshinki Won 1st Place in Fan's Heart

On New Year's eve, the NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen event for the very first time has decided to invite Tohoshinki, the 1st place winner of the 2008 J-POP USEN chart. Given that Japan's fans are very enthusiastic about this event, it is very natural for THSK to appear on this event.

Tohoshinki won 1st place in terms of music and lyrics for their 23th Japanese Single, "Why Have I Fallen In Love You With You?," or commonly known as "Doumini coopere Kimi wo Suki ni natte Shimattandarou,". Released on the July 16, this song is about a man's broken heart seeing his ex getting married to someone else. This song has been recognized as an outstanding piece and been selected as one of the prize. [T/N: I think prize in terms of songs chosen as winner for the song category award] And because of this, Tohoshinki will be singing this song at the 50th Japan Record Award at the end of the show.

Incidentally, their 25th Japanese Single that will be released on the January 21 2008, "Bolero," is an OST for a ballet film "Subaru". Tohoshinki will appear in one of the short scene in the movie.

There may be minor details left out in the process of translating the above article.


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SM Entertainment to repeal order ruling ‘MIROTIC’ harmful media for teenagers


Thanks to Ayano for clearing up, there have been some misunderstanding about this issue. Here’s another article translation.

Dong Bang Shin Ki’s 4th album title ‘MIROTIC’ was ruled as unhealthy media content for teenagers by the Commission of Youth Protection recently. With that, SM Entertainment has filed for repeal on that on 16th December at the Seoul Administrative Court.

SM said, “The reason for ruling the song as unhealthy was that part of the lyrics have inappropriate expressions. But exactly which expressions are not appropriate it was not made clearly so. But the fact is that the lyrics only points to things like love and kiss etc. Nothing lewd was mentioned or depicted in the song.”

“Also the lyrics ‘I’ve got you’ etc are just corresponding expression we put in, hence there is the possibility that people misunderstand the song. When you look at them rationally, it is like how one’s charm and confidence to love, something that teenagers will relate much with this days.”

SM also voiced, “We understand that the measurement and punishment to the ruling of inappropriate media for teenagers should be strict. But it is also illegal rule something as harmful and inappropriate for teenagers when it does not exactly contain sexual or unhealthy content.”

SM has also appeal for suspension of administrative order by the Commission of Youth Protection to produce a clean version of ‘MIROTIC’.
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Courtesy of whisperpuppies@YT, we have the full subbed version of Bigeastation episode 90! The Romantic Love Situation corner with Changmin and Junko! This one is so enjoyable, so you must listen to it! Junko is the freaking best hahaha xD

"Chicken, OK!"
"Kyaa~ Changmin ni aitaiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~!!!"

JUNSU, I LOVE YOU! I praise you for being able to do your awesome girly voice <3 style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(51, 51, 255);">

FULL version subbed is now Available!
part1

part2

whisperpuppies
[NEWS] Jaejoong's Filming Ended
Kim Jae Joong has just finished for the filming of the Japan - Korea Drama entitled ” Heaven’s Postman” on the 12th, all the staffs and the stars gathered in a restaurant after the filming and got interviewed and hope for the drama’s success.

SM Entertainment representative who responsible for the TVXQ has stated,” Kim Jae Joong~ after he’s done with the drama filming, he’s quite sad to leave the filming team, though it’s quite long and tiring for the filming, but through this recording, he got alot of experiences and ofcourse he felt so happy while working together with the team.” on the 14th through phone with the SPN.

Heaven’s Postman took 100 billion won to complete this Japan - Korea Drama which is also the first colaboration. Jae Joong started this filming since November and after one month, also participated in the TVXQ promotional actitvities and still filming the drama.

This serial Drama is directed by Lee Hyeong Min, who previously directed “Sorry, I Love You” and “Snow Queen”. Kim JaeJoong in “Heaven’s Postman” plays as a special postman who delivers letters to heaven for those friends and relatives who have passed away while Han Hyo Joo plays the leading female actress,who played the”Spring Waltz”,who has already being admitted for her popularity. This serial drama is written by a Japanese screen-writer Eriko Kitagawa,so next year this drama will be broadcasted through the SBS channel.

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DBSK 081216 - Yomiura POPSTYLE Mag TVXQ Christmas Special Comment
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To be released Tomorrow
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Teen Tunes Get the Rap From Censoring Body

Christmas shoppers were busy browsing through the CD and DVD section at Kyobo Book Center in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, one recent weekday, hunting for the latest albums by their favorite artists.

But among the classical and Korean pop music shelves, one section was remarkably less active.

In fact, there was just a lone, middle-aged man looking through the season’s offerings.

Other buyers were put off by the sign in big, red tape: “Cannot Be Purchased by Those Under 19.”

Korean record shops have had this special section since 1997, in accordance with the Youth Protection Law.

Korean authorities categorize albums that contain songs with what they consider sensational or lewd material as albums that shouldn’t be sold to people under 19.

Record companies are obliged to attach special labels, and record shops have to set up a separate area for those records.

But there was a rare sighting this time. At the top of the shelf were the latest albums by two major artists in Korea, possibly two of the most famous and successful pop singers in the country: Dong Bang Shin Gi, a boy band also known as TVXQ, and Rain.

TVXQ’s fourth album, “Mirotic,” has sold more than 482,000 copies as of Nov. 30 since its release in September, making it the best-selling album since Seo Tai-ji put out his seventh album in 2004.

Not only that, TVXQ won the Grand Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Korea’s pop industry, at the Golden Disk Awards last Wednesday.

Rain, an award-winning singer-cum-actor, released his fifth album, “Rainism,” in October, two years after his previous album. His return to the local pop scene made headlines, as he has focused on his career abroad for the last couple of years. He was in the Hollywood movie “Speed Racer” this year.

Just last month, the Commission on Youth Protection, under the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, categorized TVXQ’s Mirotic and Rain’s Rainism as “harmful material for youths,” along with 108 other recent songs.

Since its launch in November 2006, the commission has passed the same verdict on 926 Korean songs, 529 so far this year, which is 50 percent more than last year.

The Korea Media Rating Board began to rate songs in 1999 in line with the revised Youth Protection Law. The job was transferred to the Commission on Youth Protection in 2006.

The songs categorized as harmful materials for young people cannot be broadcast before 10 p.m. If they are not labeled according to the law, the record producers or music shop owners face fines or even imprisonment.

But in the decade since the rating system was put into operation, top acts have not been affected.

In Rainism, the lyrics that troubled the commission’s radar were “my magic stick that is rolling in your trembling body.” The members of the commission reckon the “magic stick” symbolizes a penis.

Others dismiss such an idea.

“Rain was working on his dances using a stick and that is how the phrase ‘magic stick’ came out,” Rain’s management company J.Tune Entertainment is quoted as saying. “It wasn’t the writer’s intention to imply anything provocative, but the commission has taken the lyrics on its individual discretion.”

But J.Tune Entertainment decided to accept the commission’s ruling and released a “clean version” of Rainism with revised lyrics.

As for Mirotic, the commission said the general mood of the song is highly suggestive and could have a negative impact on teenagers. But such an inarticulate explanation has both TVXQ’s producers and, of course, the fans furious.

“We will make a clean version in accordance with the commission’s administrative order, but since we cannot fully accept the ruling, we plan to make a provisional disposition with the relevant court to nullify the administrative order,” said an official with SM Entertainment, TVXQ’s management company.

If SM Entertainment makes the provisional disposition, it would mark the first time the music producer has filed a claim against the authorities’ rating decision.

Meanwhile, TVXQ performed the clean version of the song at the Golden Disk Awards last week. Lyrics such as “I got you” were changed to “I chose you” and “I got you under my skin” to “I got you under my sky.”

Immediately after the commission’s decision came out, TVXQ fans put up angry postings on the message board of the commission’s Web site (www.youth.go.kr). It’s been more than two weeks since the ruling was announced and a week after it came into effect, but the fans are still leaving such messages.

“You guys say you’re working for us, but how come you’re forbidding us the songs and singers we love,” Seo Han-ol wrote on the board.

“When we listened to the song, we didn’t have the ‘weird thoughts’ you had. I guess different people hear it differently, but few people hear it the way you did,” Kim Haeng-seon, another Web user, wrote.

At Agora, a major online discussion forum run by Daum, more than 15,959 people have signed a petition against the commission’s decision.

The latest incidence has triggered heated debate over the measuring stick used for rating music. Critics point to the effectiveness of the rating as it comes out weeks, even months, after the release dates of the albums.

“TVXQ’s album has sold more than 400,000 copies already. Plus, they’ve performed on TV many times. What’s the point of the rating at this point?” an official with a record company said, refusing to be named.

In response, the commission says its bigger goal is to red flag sensational media in general.

“There are three rounds of deliberation in total. It takes at least 26 days for the rating to take effect,” said an official with the commission. “We went ahead with our screening, hoping to present a social standard that can put a break on provocative materials.”

But reining in the spread of the song’s original versions online remains a challenge. The commission has ordered portal site operators to see if the songs rated as over-19 only are properly labeled and kept from teenagers. But one can still find their songs and music videos of the “unclean” version in the blogosphere.

The commission says it entrusts the job of online control to portal site operators. But controlling files that are posted on a real-time basis isn’t an easy task for the operators.

The limited number of rating authorities is another problem. While about 30,000 new songs come out every year, there are just 11 members in the commission, excluding several other monitoring officials and outside experts.

Opponents of the commission’s rating decision also underscore the issue of freedom of expression and creativity.

“This ruling will limit the artistic freedom of music producers,” said Seong Wu-jin, a music critic. “It’s like pre-release censorship has been reborn.”

This system was in place from the 1960s to 1990s when more than 380 Korean songs were banned for reasons like “alarming ideology,” “demoralization” and “Japan-oriented.”

In 1996, the song “Sidaeyugam,” loosely translated as “Regrets of the Times,” by Seotaiji and Boys, a popular boy band in the 1990s led by Seo Tai-ji, was also banned. The incident led to mounting public criticism and eventually to the demise of the pre-release censorship policy.

“Since the kind of harm they talk about is so subjective, they must present realistic standards,” said Kim Jak-ga, a pop music critic.

Concern about provocative material in the mass media has alerted some conservative parents. In the latest incident, singers Lee Hyo-ri and T.O.P. kissed during their performance, triggering a heated debate online. The kiss was pre-meditated, their management companies said.

Despite the ongoing controversy, the Commission on Youth Protection will have another round of talks this Thursday on some 80 new songs. If the members decide to rate some of them as harmful material for youths, another batch of CDs will soon find a new home on the red-taped shelves.

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SM Entertainment to withdraw law suit for ‘MIROTIC’


Dong Bang Shin Ki 4th album title ‘MIROTIC’ was recently ruled as inappropriate media content for teenagers under the Commission of Youth Protection last month on 27th November.

And SM Entertainment has decided to rescind and withdraw their the lawsuit against the rule on 15th December at the Seoul administrative court.

SM Entertainment voiced, “According to the Commission of Youth Protection adminstrative order, a clean version of ‘MIROTIC’ will be used as a replacement.”

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Well it's really hard to fight against the government Lots of money will be needed and that money will be from DBSK... so just let it be... it's very clear though that SM condemns this kinds of actions,.

STILL FIGHTING!

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