Friday, December 3, 2010

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It was recently revealed that the trio of JYJ attempted to make an appearance on a broadcast show, but were subsequently rejected.

According to an industry representative, JYJ was scheduled to be in the line-up for KBS 2TV’s “31st Blue Dragon Film Awards” broadcast live on November 26th. The trio rushed to pass the KBS review a week before the ceremony in order to take part in the event.

Artists normally submit their work for review before the release of their album, but JYJ submitted their first album, “The Beginning“, nearly a month after its release. JYJ’s KBS review included a total of seven potential songs to be performed at the ceremony.

Unfortunately, their appearance ended up being miscast due to outstanding disputes with their agency,SM Entertainment, and pressure from the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry (KFPCAI); the KFPCAI sent out official letters to both public and cable broadcasting companies, as well as major music distributors requesting to restrict the appearances of JYJ.

The “Blue Dragon Film Awards” is not the only event JYJ is barred from. The trio’s songs have yet to make radio or TV appearances two months into its release, despite viewers and listeners consistently requesting for their songs.

Another industry representative revealed, “JYJ will be met with more obstacles if they do not solve their issue with SM Entertainment. A lot of producers are raising their voices concurrently to exclude JYJ’s activities in order to make sure such a controversy does not happen again.”

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Fourteen reporters from 10Asia gathered together to vote for what they believed were the best drama, director, writer, and actor in the drama world in 2010. was selected as the year’s best drama with 6 votes, just edging out with 5. As the article mentions, the reporters who submitted their votes are simply writers who diligently and lovingly watched Korea’s dramas over the past year, so their votes are more reflective of personal taste than professional critical opinion. Though they did not win, two reporters also selected Kim Kap Soo [the actor who played Lee Sunjoon's father] as the best actor, and one reporter selected the Jalgeum Four of Park Yoochun, Park Minyoung, Yoo Ah In, and Song Joong Ki as the best actors of the dramas of 2010.

Though KBS’s was “not this year’s most well-made drama, it was the most meaningful” (Yoon Hee Sung). “It didn’t go down the path of naive hypocrisy or malpheumisms packaged in coolness, and in this generation in which it is hard to speak of dreams, it was a drama that showed rare balance and frankness and tossed out the most basic questions necessary for dreams” (Baek Eun Ha). “Besides the outside shell of the romance and coming-of-age stories, it managed to confront and question again and again issues of principles, problems of the time, reform, and intelligence. It was ‘this year’s discovery’ that nobody saw coming” (Cho Ji Young). Indeed, not only the Sungkyunkwan scholars but also viewers and critics fell completely in love with Kim Yoonshik—no, Kim Yoonhee. Of course, one cannot ignore the drama’s weaknesses, including that “the second half deteriorated and the story wasn’t unified from time to time” [...] “But the energy from that [lack of unification] allowed the drama to be a youth, sageuk, and political drama [all at once]” (Kang Myung Seok), turning this opinion into a positive one. More than anything else, this drama asked serious questions about the way we should live our lives, and did so with the voices of young people speaking toward a young generation, and made an effort to awaken our exhausted and emasculated age to the world. Thus our most honest feelings about can be summed up in the words of Yoon Hee Sung: “It wasn’t a drama that made its viewers laugh or cry, but there was no other drama that warmed our hearts like this.”

I completely agree - even without my DBSK bias,
SungKyunKwan Scandal has been my favorite drama of 2010!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jay Park aka FLOWSIK, who was featured in Yoochun's The Beginning solo track "I Love You", recently tweeted a pictures of himself and Junsu and Micky.

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Voting period: 25 Nov - 13 Dec 2010
Announcement of winners: 16 Dec 2010

Category: This Year's Idol Group

Current positions:
#1 - SNSD (22%, 13435 votes)
#2 - f(x) (17.6%, 10769 votes)
#3 - JYJ (8.53%, 5205 votes)

Category: This Year's Entertainer

Current position:
#5 - Micky Yoochun (SungKyunKwan Scandal) (7.92%, 4841 votes)

Tohosomnia: to vote for JYJ, you need a Bugs ID which is only open to Koreans or foreigners living in Korea with a foreign reg number!

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On the 27th at 8pm, an hour later than planned, the "JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul" began at the Jamsil Seoul Olympic Stadium.

Despite the sudden cold, fans from around the world started gathering outside the Olympic Stadium as early as 5 hours before the concert. On that day, there were not only Korean fans, but also fans from Japan, China, Thailand, the Philippines and other Asian countries, proving JYJ's (Kim Jaejoong, Kim Junsu, Park Yoochun) popularity.

On that day, JYJ sang the OST for Yoochun's drama "SungKyunKwan Scandal" and co-stars Song Joongki and Yoo Ah In were in the audience, drawing more screams from the fans.

Also, Jaejoong said, "MBLAQ is also here, but I'm not very sure what the leader's name is", causing a pleasant surprise.

On another note, JYJ's concert will be held in the Olympic Stadium on 27 and 28 November.

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On sale: 2011.01.26

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Good Bye! 2010~ 50% Sale

Free delivery for orders above KRW9,900.
Activity period: 1 Dec - 30 Dec 2010

A special gift from JYJ this Christmas.
4 presents specially prepared by the JYJ Santas!
Activity period: 1 Dec - 19 Dec 2010
Target Audience: Everyone who shops in the mall during the activity period.

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Yes Jaejoong, please start putting photos up Please!
(Jaejoong) Driver Micky~~ (1:50pm KST)

Looks Gorgeous♥ Yoochun gets Poetic
(Yoochun) Yesterday's.....passing dream (4:31pm KST)

Junsu Quotes his Song, Gets me Teary
(Junsu) Leaves... You said for us to be together as we walked across the fallen leaves..You, who has swallowed my heart..... You promised eternity.. To our dreams that were blindingly beautiful... All this is right now, is a hardship we must face..Right..? (6:36pm KST)
(Junsu) They say that when a heavy darkness passes, the early morning comes that much quicker.. Though we are like a fallen flower right now.. Let's start again.. (6:37pm KST)

So deep, Our Junsu has matured so much ;A;
(Junsu) Though destiny is keeping us far apart for now...Our memories that we have fused within are so deep that I could not trade them for the world.. (6:48pm KST)

But bb needs to stop this 'tweet as soon as she's posted translations' thing
(Junsu) The trembling (of our hearts) that we felt then.. Let's treasure it forever..Because even though I can't see you right now because you've been hidden by reality..I will find you.. (6:50pm KST)
(Junsu) Undoubtedly.. (6:50pm KST)

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After completing the two concerts at Seoul Jamsil Stadium on the last 27th and 28th, JYJ (Micky Yoochun, Youngwoong Jaejoong and Xiah Junsu) will be having a half month holiday.

JYJ started their worldwide showcase tour on 12th of October in six cities of Asia including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hongkong, Taipei, and Shanghai after releasing their debut album 'The Beginning'. While in November, they held their showcases in States regions which included New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. They wrapped up their showcase tour which lasted for two months by holding a two day concerts in Jamsil Olympic Stadium on 27th and 28th of November.

JYJ's staff said, 'Before this, the members were having their own solo activities and worldwide showcase tour simultaneously. In the following half of the month, there won't be any work schedule planned for them, they will rest well.'

There are still no details about their future activities that had been published. The staff said, 'Although there are several plans including the solo activities, but they still can't be revealed yet.'

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For the past few years, Korean “idols” or members of popular boy/girl bands have begun gracing the musical stage ― rushing into the dramatic arts as a gateway to acting.

Seen as the natural stepping stone for singers looking to make some headway into the dramatic arts, stage musicals have fast become the platform of choice for two reasons: They allow them to do what they’re best at ― dancing and singing ― and a chance to prove their mettle in the acting game.

Some stars have seen success, others have been blasted for their ill-conceived venture.

SHINee’s Onew and SS501’s Kim Hyung-joon have been the most recent additions to the list of boy band members switching gears to musicals, joining contemporaries like former TVXQ member Xiah and Tae-yeon of Girls Generation.

Onew’s fall debut with the Korean adaptation of “Rock of Ages” impressed both theater critics and audiences alike with some even saying the singer-turned-musical actor one-upped veteran Korean Wave star Ahn Jae-wook who switched off with the crooner in the lead role throughout its month-long engagement.

In stark contrast, Kim’s gig as a musical actor kicked off to a stuttering start last week with the original production “Caffeine” at the Baekam Art Hall in southern Seoul.
SHINee’s Onew (center) made an impressive debut with the Korean adaptation of “Rock of Ages.” (M Musical)

His debut was met with a lukewarm response, many saying the fledgling actor had looked awkward and even nervous during key scenes which required him to be confident.

This kind of “shoot first, ask questions later” approach doesn’t seem to faze most musical production houses though as the casting of a boy band or girl band member alone is enough to generate huge interest from the public.

Because the industry has been steadfastly in decline due to an oversaturated market, earning the quick buck has become what matters most.

One of the few successful cases has without a doubt been Xiah’s debut.

Xiah, a former member with hugely popular boy band TVXQ, made a debut with “Mozart” earlier in January which garnered the 23-year-old a slew of acting honors and critical acclaim.

Meanwhile, those who crashed and burned at the court of public opinion were largely criticized for their lack of commitment that was reflected in their stilted performances.

Choi Sung-hee, or Bada as most of her fans know her from her heyday with all-girl band S.E.S., is a veteran of the musical scene who has voiced her frank opinion on the veritable gold rush into the theater arts by her younger contemporaries.

Currently starring in the musical “Broadway 42nd Street,” the production’s theater troupe opened its doors to the press earlier in September where Choi took time off from the rigorous pre-show rehearsals at the KEPCO Hanjeon Art Center in Seoul to field questions about her musical ― but most of all about the rising trend of K-pop idols entering the scene.

The production, having wrapped its run in the capital city, is slated to move on to Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, starting Dec. 3.

“You have to be absolutely sure that this is what you want to do before you go any further,” she was quoted as saying.

“You need to have an actor’s mindset and a responsibility to the craft of acting. Acting in a musical requires you to give yourself and open yourself to your cast mates and if you’re not prepared to do that, the audience won’t be engaged in your performance and that type of dedication isn’t something the head of a production company can give you.”

Choi is considered one of the first K-pop singers to make way onto the musical stage, debuting in 2003 with “Peppermint.”

Since then, she has starred in such hit stage musicals as “200 Pounds Beauty,” cementing her status as one of the local performing and dramatic arts scene’s marquee names.

Echoing her sentiment is veteran actor Jo Jae-hyun (“Bad Guy,” “Address Unknown”) who says singers attempting to successfully cross over to acting must be fully committed.

“For anyone looking to break into theater arts, they have to realize the amount of preparation and time it takes to acclimate to performing on stage because stage acting is an entirely different beast to film or television,” he told The Korea Herald.

“Acting for the stage is one of the most difficult crafts ― even for traditional actors ― and for singers to jump into the fray like that is commendable but you really have to be fully committed because otherwise you’re going to learn the hard way that it isn’t something you just pick up on a whim or by suggestions from your management company.”

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The photo book that is up to release has recorded pictures of the sense and daily life of Jaejoong from JYJ.

A photo book of Jaejoong from JYJ who just successfully finished the concert in Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium on November 27 and 28th is coming to release.

The photo book is scheduled to release in mid-December, the 184 pages will show his fashion and lifestyle in “Senses and Daily life” theme, including the figure of natural Jaejoong in his daily life that has never been published before. The book will also especially feature a photo story in which the filming was set up in a public place in Myeongdong that was arranged to give space only for him with paparazzi-kind of shots, lively pictures from the scene that Jaejoong had never tried even once before will be published. It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas present for his fans.

When shooting for “paparazzi cuts” in Myeongdong, Jaejoong said that it was his first time to go alone at Myeongdong without a manager nor a coordinator, and he said “It’s a wonderful experience, but also scary at the same time.” this filming episodes raised the expectations from fans even more.

Jaejoong’s photobook is available in two types, a single unit set and a poster-attached set, pre-order is accepted through Innolife.

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An online survey with the theme of 'Which male artist will be most successful if he is an English translator?' was done by Dcinside (a Korean website) from 23th to 30th. As a result, DBSK and JYJ member Park Yoochun topped the chart with 2715 votes (43.6%) out of the total 6223 votes.

Park Yoochun who emigrated to Virginia, United States when he was in 6th grade in elementary school, only came back to Korea before his debut, is proud of his good command of English. In several formal occasions which he had been to, there were few times when the camera managed to capture him in the midst of translating for the others. In addition with the long time he spent in Japan, he deserved the first spot.


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'Perhaps the heaven wants to see our performances too.'

JYJ unit (Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu) teared because of snow, smiled because of snow.

JYJ held their first large scale concert in Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium on the night of 27th and 28th.

The concert on 27th which was supposed to begin at 7pm, was delayed for an hour in order to remove the enormous canvas which covered the roof of stadium that was torn down by the snow and hail in the early morning that day.

It was the first time ever for a concert to be held in Jamsil Olympic Stadium with its roof covered, so it garnered great attention before this. But with the removal of roof, not only fans, but JYJ themselves were exposed in cold weather too.

However, miracle happened on the second day of the concert just like one of the scenes we came across in a drama. When the concert was at its climax, snow started to fall down from the sky all of a sudden. The members were smiling with snowflakes flying around them and the sorrow they had on previous day was swept away.

Yoochun stared at the snow which started to fall just before his solo, and said to fans,'Is this the first snow of the season? The snow which I experience with the person I love, I will count it as the first snow', and drew an explosive response from the fans.

Jaejoong said with full of emotion,' I received a tweet from a fan yesterday, she said, "Perhaps the heaven wants to watch our performances too', I received great comfort after I read that tweet.' He especially thanked the fans.

JYJ who ended their concert in grand style expressed, 'Looking at the snow flakes which flying around during the concert, we felt that we have created another beautiful memories with fans. Because of the cold weather, the concert couldn't go on with the initial plan. Although we have some regrets, but when we saw the 70,000 fans who came to support us passionately despite the cold weather, we felt very touched.'

The temperature dropped to the level similar to the temperature recorded when the cold snap sets in. Even though it is recorded as the coldest autumn ever, this couldn't stop the passion of fans directed to JYJ. The snow which fall during the concert even added the romantic effect to the stage, it was the 'special stage effects' which can't be achieved by mankind.

After the concert, fans expressed their satisfaction, 'Can't feel the cold, as this is a concert when fans and singers, both have become one.' They said, 'We felt the cold just melt away when listening to JYJ's songs. We hope that we will be able to see them more often at different stages.'

This is a sparkling night when JYJ's passion and talent shine after their success in overcoming the unpredictable obstacles as well as their unwavering and strong will during crisis.
By the time fans leaving the stadium, the snow which had stopped temporary started to fall again.

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As requested by one of our readers, here is a nifty easy-to-download zip folder of JYJ's performance in Seoul. 143 pohtos are neatly organized into "Junsu", "Jaejoong", "Yoochun", "JYJ" and "Audience".

File size: 16.5 MB

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

After JYJ’s Jaejoong revealed the meaning behind his self composed song ‘nine’, it became a topic of discussion.

On last Nov. 27th and 28th, the two days concert were finally over. During the concerts the members first performed their self-composed songs such as ‘nine’ and ‘Fallen Leaves’. The self-composed songs caught many fans’ attention.

Jaejoong answered some of the fans’ questions about his self-composed song through twitter. Jaejoong confirmed, “The songs composed by the members in this concert were all completely composed, arranged and had their lyrics written by the members.” Thus starting the discussion about their self-composed songs. The hottest discussion was about Jaejoong’s self-composed song ‘nine’. A line in ‘nine’ lyrics, “Even though it’s hard to start over, but with everyone creating memories, I can’t hide it anymore”. Everyone became even more curious about the song when listening to its sad lyrics. To everyone that is curious about the lyrics of ‘nine’, Hero Jaejoong explained it this way: “From the day Yoochun had joined us, it has been 9 years”.

Jaejoong spent a lot of time writing the lyrics to ‘nine’. “The reason why it took so long for me to write the lyrics for ‘nine’ was because.. I was wondering if it would be better to use poetic expression… or other ways of expressions… And because this song would be presented to you for the first time at the concert, I wanted to express a feeling of ‘talking directly in front of your eyes’ thus it turned out like this.” He also said, “I used the basic chords that I learned when Yoochun first began teaching me how to play the piano, and I created the melody so that it would remind people of music from 10 years ago.. Yoochun who didn’t even know about it, said ‘Hyung.. Why does it have a kind of old feeling to it? Haha..’ ” revealing the little story behind the making of ‘nine’.

Fans had avid responses such as “It’s already been 9 years since they have been together” “So it actually signifies the 5 members of TVXQ” “Just listening to it makes my heart ache”. Other than ‘nine’, Jaejoong also talked about other songs such as ‘Pierrot’ and ’My Scenario’.
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Boy band JYJ performs at the group’s first concert titled “JYJ Concert in Seoul” at the Main Stadium of the Olympic Park in Jamsil of Seoul, South Korea on November 27, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

“Getting struck by wind is said to happen only to those who are flying. I believe that the many winds that we are being struck with are blessings in disguise, meaning that we will fly high up.” That is what JYJ member Junsu during their two-day concert titled “JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul” held on November 27 and 28 at the Main Olympic Stadium in Jamsil. And the ‘wind’ he spoke of did not refer to the hail and strong wind that took down the large tent that was installed over the roof of the stadium ahead of the first day of the concert. Former TVXQ members Jaejung, Yuchun and Junsu left the band after filing a lawsuit against SM Entertainment last summer asking their exclusive contract with the agency to be nullified after which SM filed for injunction on the three’s release of their worldwide album “The Beginning” in October although they later withdrew it. While the lawsuit regarding the contract with SM is ongoing, TVXQ’s two remaining members U-know Yunho and Max Changmin are set to resume their singing careers next year under the name of TVXQ.

Despite all the ups and downs they have been through, JYJ delayed the starting time of 7 p.m. for their concert on November 27 by an hour since they had to take down the tent and the 35,000 local and international fans had to endure the below-zero temperature. However, the stage was enough to show off the elaborate dance moves and singing skills of the JYJ members whose performances were of tracks from their album “The Beginning” which features works from world-renowned musicians such as Kanye West who composed “Ayyy girl,” Rodney Jenkins who produced “Empty,” as well as unreleased songs “9,” “Fallen Leaves” and “Mission Make It.” Each member gave solo performances as well, with Yuchun taking the stage to give his rendition of “Drunken Truth” by duo Exhibition, Junsu performing with a string orchestra for “I Can Soar” and Jaejung singing “To You Its Goodbye” from the soundtrack to KBS’ drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal.” The dance performance, which was directed by Jeri Slaughter who has worked with top global artists Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, left a deep impression with its extravagant lights and dynamics moves which was reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil’s shows. They also successfully delivered a relatively clear and rich sound even though they were limited in terms of location with the concert being held in a stadium — faults were pointed out regarding the sound during their showcase held at Korea University’s Hwaseong Tiger Dome last month. However, it could not be helped that there was a limit to them conveying the emotions felt in the songs from their album “The Beginning” which is in English and it was inevitable that their new songs, unveiled for the first time at the concert, created an awkward atmosphere.

But of course these inconveniences came about also because JYJ is a team that is just ‘beginning.’ The lyrics to their new song “Pierrot” which say, “I have my own thoughts and my own life. I don’t want to remember those times which seemed like prison. Forever bye bye bye,” seemed to be directed towards their previous agency as well as saying goodbye to their past as TVXQ. It may also refer to how they cannot and will not sing the songs that they sang as TVXQ and how they are singers will their first full-length album even though they made a debut seven years ago. Hence, after going through trial and error, they showed quick improvement on their show on November 28 compared to the previous day, drawing reaction from the audience on the second and third floor from warmer weather, better arrangement of the floor seats and usage of a subsidiary stage. In that sense, the most important thing that the members of JYJ may need is time to build up a repertoire that is right for them.

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For the Japanese magazine ‘Love Photo’ dress-up in conjunction with the JFW (Japan Fashion Week), ChangMin is featured in 14 pages in the special volume of this issue! (From Amazon)

T/N: The ‘Love Photo’ magazine is designated for those between ages 10 and 30. It features the most fashionable female photographers who are involved in photo shoots of the popular singers and actors. Themes are defined as “Fashion Magazine” and “Photography”. This issue includes Masami Nagasawa, Erika Sawajiri, Mika Nakashima, Rinko Kikuchi, Shinoda Mariko and other stars.

P.S. ChangMin is placed first in the introduction part in Amazon. And also, this magazine is published annually.

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Q1. Yoochun-kun also acted in Japan, therefore, is there any difference between acting in Korea or Japan? Also, in the future, do you want to continue the performing arts life or a keen singer’s activities?

A: How to say… I have never ventured the acting field before, so it’s hard for me to tell the difference between the two. Regarding acting, I have a lot of trouble and so as well as a singer’s activities. But since this kind of work was given to me, I will try to do my best to do well. This kind of mindset during this period of time acting in “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” allows me to do my best filming holding on to the thought of giving a good performance for everyone.

Q2. To Yoochun-kun, what is exercise? Is is the same as the relationship between water and oil?

A: I don’t hate exercising. Now I want to do my best to try maintaining my face and my physique. Hahaha…

Q3. Yoochun-hyung/oppa, in challenging acting for a drama for the first time in Korea, is there any secret method of acting training?

A: I accepted acting coaching such as pronunciation and voice training and they can also be considered as secret methods. But between practice and actual performance in front of the camera, there is still a large gap. I asked the director a lot, as well as the sunbae actors (seniors) and the other actors I acted alongside with, and they pointed out to me the parts where I didn’t act too well and as much as possible putting in much effort to correct them. As I watched my scenes, I questioned how it could be like… Orderly learning how to do shoots.

Q4. Micky Yoochun! While you’re acting as a “perfect guy,” when are the moments that you think that “Ah! This perfect guy is so cool!”? And where do you think that you are similar to “perfect guy”?

A. No matter what others say, one must always follow his own principles! As Seonjun is a person who lives uprightly, I think a character with that kind of charisma is hard to find nowadays. In the drama, Seonjun is forced to be a person who upholds his own principles and one of the reasons is due to his father. The kind of pressure that Seonjun feels due to his living condition is what I felt the common thing about us. I felt much pressure during this period of time at work too. Unlike what I thought it would be, the pressure does not come from me being a star but a feeling of losing myself. However, this feeling gradually disappears as the pressure from acting disappears.

Q5. Yoochun-hyung/oppa, in Japan you also said the line “Strip down,” and in Korea you said “Take it off” (old formal way of speech), how do you feel about these kinds of lines?

A: Ahaha. So depressing. In the drama, it’s normal to say that as everyone thinks that Yoonhee is a male. Embarrased for no reason…

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There was still a few hours to go before the concert would start, but at USC's Galen Center, the LA venue for JYJ's The Beginning Tour, there was already a seemingly never-ending line of fans, all excitedly chatting amongst themselves while waiting in the cold for the doors to open. I was immediately reminded of the intense fanaticism of every other Korean music event I've attended, and I thought to myself, "Ah, this is the power of K-pop."

Before the highly anticipated showcase, Shane Yoon and Arden Cho took some time to chat about their role in the madness. As MCs of the LA show, their tasks included introducing the performers, conducting a Q&A with the musical trio onstage, and to keep the show running smoothly.

Known for his role in the comical web series KTown Cowboys, Yoon is an "actor, MC, producer, thinker of funny thoughts and mentally unique," according to his Twitter. Model/actress Cho has recently modeled for Clinique and was recently the female lead in Ryan Higa's medium film Agents of Secret Stuff.

Asia Pacific Arts: How did you both become MCs for JYJ?

Shane Yoon: I'm a good friend of Rich Nam, the head of Entitled Entertainment and he just called me asking if I would be interested in MC-ing for JYJ. I said, "Yeah, sure that'd be cool."

Arden Cho: And then they found me on the street.

SY: Actually, we put an ad on Craigslist [laughs]. No, he asked me if I knew a female MC who was fluent in Korean 'cause mine isn't 100% there, and well, [I thought] it'd be nice to have a guy and a girl on stage. For New York, they found Julie Chang. She's a Fox News reporter, so that was taken care of, and for Las Vegas and Los Angeles, I recommended Arden...[jokes] to my regret.

APA: Were you familiar with JYJ before the tour?

SY: No, when Rich called me, I had no idea. So, I looked them up online and found out they were from a bigger group who I'd heard of before called Dong Bang Shin Ki (동방신기).

AC: Now, he's a huge fan!

SY: I didn't know who they were, so I started listening to some of their songs and thought, "Uhh, they're okay." They seemed like a flash in the pan boy band that broke off from another boy band. It wasn't until I arrived in New York and saw 4,000 people waiting in line that I realized something was different. I was amazed by the diversity of their fan base. It wasn't just all Asian kids like I thought it would be. There were people from 12 years old to older ladies in their 40s. [laughs] I was amazed at how much support they have from an international fan base. There were people who flew in from Canada, Japan and South America. It was nuts!

AC: I think it's really interesting to see the diversity. I was really impressed. Actually, I think I saw less Asian people at the Vegas show. People assume that since it's a K-pop concert, everybody would be Korean, but that's not the case at all.

SY: Even my mom's a JYJ fan.

APA: Was she overjoyed when you got the job?

SY: She's been calling me nonstop, like four times a day. Nothing about me though. She'd ask, "What's going on with JYJ?" And I'm like "Umm… I'm in the bathroom right now." [laughs]

APA: Can you describe JYJ as performers and what they're like in regular life?

SY: I grew up with K-pop artists, and I hear of all these crazy contracts for entertainers, where you can't do anything you want. So, I was expecting them to be a little bit snobby and spoiled, but they have great personalities and are very humble. They work so hard, and each of them has been sick on this tour, but they still try to go sightseeing, get up early for all their interviews and put on great concerts. You can tell already they've had great shows. They really feed off the energy of the crowd. They're real performers -- the real deal.

AC: I think they are definitely so much more down to earth than people think. They're all very funny and quirky in their own different ways. They're boys and regular people who want to have fun and want others to have fun too.

SY: Did you watch Micky Christmas? That shows you what type of people they are [laughs].

APA: Do you have any stories to share about them?

AC & SY: Hmm... what can we tell you...

APA: There are that many secret stories?

SY: One thing about Junsu that I find really endearing is that he's so curious about learning the English language.

AC: OH MY GOD SUN! [signature Junsu Engrish phrase]

SY: He's been asking me a lot of questions about English and how to correctly use certain things, and he's really serious about it. He really wants to speak the English language well. Maybe it's 'cause of years and years of people laughing at him for it [laughs].

AC: It's so cute! I'll say things like "Oh, never mind," and he'll ask "What does that mean?" And I'll be like "Oh no no, the word directly translated in Korean means something different, so it's hard to explain." He eventually got it and was like "Oh, so it's like this!" and he got really excited about it.

APA: How has interacting with the JYJ fans been?

[Will from Entitled Entertainment walks in]

Will: Fan clubs are so nice. They call us and say they want to help out the staff, not just JYJ. In New York, they offered to cook for the staff. Even though we had everything taken care of, they still want to do it. Normally, fans clubs want to have stuff signed, but it was surprising to see them offering to help us, the staff.

AC: They really want to support anybody who helps JYJ. After the first show, JYJ had a few anti-fans, but the fans comforted them saying, "Don't be sad. Don't worry about that one crazy who hates you." Their number one concern is JYJ's health and well-being and them having fun in the U.S. A lot of fans are obsessed with getting photos and signatures, but these fans are very caring, intimate and loving.

SY: Lots of fans kept talking about a flying squirrel on my Twitter, and I was like "What?" In JYJ's main picture on iTunes, Micky is wearing this big sweater thing, and it makes him look like a flying squirrel. [laughs] They're smart and witty, not dumb fans that scream at everything. Well, they do scream a lot. [laughs] I try to read every single response I get. I think without the fans we wouldn't have the entertainment industry at all.

APA: I've noticed that you've created a mini-internet explosion on Twitter with your tweets.

SY: Kind of shocked me too. Just started with Allkpop writing an article about how Arden and I will MC for the show, and they posted our twitter accounts. My phone updates me every time I get a follower, and although I charged it, my phone was almost dead because I got 600 followers overnight. Before, I only had 100 just to test and see what Twitter was all about. Now, I have over 5,000.

AC: I think [JYJ] got excited too when the fans were following us.

SY: We became unofficial correspondents, and we were able to take the fans behind the scenes. I don't think many of the fans have gotten to meet them, except the select few who ran into them in the hotel lobby.

AC: We do tell JYJ what the fans say, and they love hearing it. They have so many followers that if they respond to one, then the others might want a response too. It's not easy, but they do love hearing what the fans have to say.

APA: Will you still continue with Twitter after the tour is over?

SY: When I got so many followers overnight, I thought they were just following me because of JYJ, but if I introduce my style of comedy and who I am as a person, they might stick with me after the concert. I thought once the concert is done, maybe they'll leave, but I've gotten really good reactions. I'm trying to hijack their fan base to my fan base. [laughs] It's been a good meshing of two worlds. I think I'm attracting a lot of fans that are primarily English speakers, since the boys tweet in Japanese and Korean and rarely in English. I think the fans appreciate that we update in English in a humorous way. I've tried to push the envelope and see what I can get away with, since Korea is really sensitive about certain things. For example, I tweeted "I'm gonna head out to rehearsals after I shower with JYJ." Obviously, I'm not going to shower with JYJ, [AC interjects: Actually he did.] but fans love that, the fact that I'm saying nonsensical things.

APA: From what I gather, Elbowyeish (John) is a Twitter user who hides behind the guise of an egg and also tweets updates on JYJ. Can you tell me more about the mystery man?

AC: It's not anybody who anybody thinks it is. He's not a part of the production or entertainment industry at all

SY: He's a good friend of the boys, and he wants to see their career grow. He's also another unofficial correspondent, but he has a lot more access to the boys and stuff. We wanted to send them off with a bang, so we thought, "Let's make the LA show crazy!" The questions were more generic in New York, but now that we know JYJ better and how playful they are, we want those questions that'll make them stand out. We started all this Tweeting as a joke, but then it created a lot of buzz. Oh, and he's an egg -- because when fans were asking who he was, I said, "Well, he's obviously an egg" since the Twitter default picture is an egg. Fans just loved the idea of it, and things spiraled out of control.

APA: What do you think of the hallyu wave and its impact on America today?

SY: I think it's amazing. I used to listen to Korean music shows, and I learned a lot of my Korean from noraebang (karaoke). After I finished high school, I dropped out of the scene, and I didn't follow anything, but going to this concert and seeing all the fans in New York surprised me, how impactful it is. Regardless of race, every fan knew how to say hello and three phrases in Korean. I pulled a few aside and asked them how they learned it, and they'd say, "Oh, we have a friend who introduced us to K-pop and JYJ's awesome. We love them." It gives kids something to believe in, and it goes beyond JYJ and their music -- it gives them a sense of belonging. Just like guys have their sports teams, girls have their boy bands. [laughs] I think it really unifies them, and I think any form of entertainment that brings people from all races together is a great thing. That's amazing, you know?

AC: I think it's really cool to see the growth of Asian and Asian American entertainment. Here we have shows like the KoreAm talent show, Kollaboration, and ISA where people are trying to bring support for Asian arts. For example at ISA, they invited Jay Park to bring the Korean aspect into the American scene. I think it's important to combine Asian American with Asian talent. We really need to support each other, and now that I've learned about their history and talent, I hope for the best for JYJ. It starts with one, two, three artists at a time and I hope everybody continues to support them.

For more information, check out Shane Yoon's Facebook page and Arden Cho's official website.

Click here to read APA's review and see more photos from JYJ's The Beginning concert tour.

by Mai Nguyen
Source: Asia Pacific Arts

Through JYJ’s ‘Worldwide Concert in Seoul’, held recently on November 27th and 28th, the trio once again showcased their popularity among international fans, and proved why they are considered the central axis of the Hallyu Wave.

A total of 3000 international fans flew into Korea to watch the show, including fans from Japan, China, Taiwan, and Malaysia, as well as those in America and Europe. Due to this, flight agencies were able to see a visible bump up in sales for November 2010.

One magazine company in the tourism industry stated before JYJ’s concert, “2143 of JYJ’s Japanese tourists will fly into Korea in November, with JYJ’s Korean concerts on the 27th and 28th having a huge influence on this.” Another representative of a tourist agency expressed, “Of the 4,113 tourists our company is serving, 2,500 are tourists who came to watch JYJ’s concert.”

A horde of fans gathered at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium five hours before the concert even began. The concert venue transformed into a global festival, where fans from Japan, China, Thailand, thePhilippines, America, England, and Germany were able to meet.

“The number of tourists entering Korea made a great jump upwards because of this concert. Through this, JYJ have proved their power and devotion as Hallyu stars,” explained a tourist agency representative at the concert venue.

They continued, “It got to the point where it became difficult for travelers to book rooms at hotels in Seoul. This concert would probably have raked in an economic value between $800,000 to $8 million USD.”

Meanwhile, just under two months ago, representatives of the Korean Entertainment Producers Association stated that, “JYJ’s activities will have a negative influence on the Hallyu Wave”, and sent out letters of request to various public and cable TV shows, asking them to avoid broadcasting JYJ on TV.

Despite this, JYJ have been traveling for the past month to six cities in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and China, as well as three of the biggest cities in America, in order to hold the concerts for their worldwide showcase, which attracted an enormous international fan base and thus proved wrong the flimsy allegations against their negative influence on the Hallyu effect.

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In October, JYJ started off their first world tour, and after traveling all over Asia, the trio completed their third and final leg of The Beginning showcase tour in Los Angeles on November 19. Some complications cropped up along the way -- they were unable to get working visas to perform in the US -- but the group decided to proceed with their American showcase anyway, and to get around regulations, they put on free shows for their fans.

The Los Angeles showcase was scheduled to start at 8:30PM, but enthusiastic fans began lining up at the USC Galen Center from as early as 9AM. Moreover, fans from foreign countries such as China and Mexico traveled to California just to witness and cheer on JYJ on their first world showcase tour. Fan group DBSKnights even prepared free red glow sticks for all concertgoers in order to create the "red ocean" -- which is the group's representative color, a way of showing fan support for JYJ.

MC Shane Yoon and Arden Cho opened up the show with a brief introduction and short video, before JYJ slowly appeared on separate stage lifts. Starting off with their catchy dance song "Empty," the trio immediately got the audience on their feet with their powerful vocals and sharp choreography. They followed up with the edgy and sensual track "Be the One," driving fans wild with their suggestive lyrics. The group then slowed the tempo down with their tender pop ballad "Be My Girl," singing behind microphone stands. Wisps of smoke covered the stage floor adding to the dreamy, romantic atmosphere.

In order to give the crowd a chance to cool down, the group left the stage and played two videos: the first featuring the members writing messages to the fans on glass and the second presenting their album and showcase preparations. Both MCs appeared on stage, Shane dressed in JYJ member Jaejoong's furry vest performing his own special rendition of "Empty" (which was arguably good). He also joked that "JYJ" may soon become "JYJS," with Shane himself as their additional member.

Soon after, JYJ returned to the stage with new outfits for a short Q&A session with the MCs. Each member introduced themselves in English, and Junsu did not forget to mention his signature "Oh my god sun" phrase. They covered a number of topics, ranging from the group's pets to their Twitter accounts to "Micky Christmas," a funny video that JYJ made during their time in the US. Also, there was talk that the Twitter user behind elbowyeish, a close friend of JYJ who hides his identity as an egg, was supposed to be revealed. Instead, they just brought an actual egg to the stage and played with it.

Resuming the concert, JYJ began with "Found You (찾았다)," a sweet Korean ballad track featured on JYJ member Yoochun's (Micky) recent historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성규관 스캔들). With its softer instrumentals, "Found You" especially showcased JYJ's vocal talent. The trio then picked up the pace with their title track "Ayyy Girl," another beat-inducing dance song. Fans screamed in excitement upon recognizing the opening and sang along. Yoochun also covered Kanye West's rap portion, causing the audience to cheer. As JYJ performed, confetti and streamers were shot from stage cannons, decorating the entire venue. JYJ then finished up with a remix of "Empty," and the showcase ended with the new "Ayyy Girl" music video playing onscreen. Although the concert was over, fans, still basking in JYJ's ambiance, could not seem to leave the Galen Center. JYJ had impressed the audience with their energetic performance, powerful vocals and hard-hitting choreography, but they left the crowd wanting more.

While the trio was successful in giving the audience a taste of what they have to offer, a one hour showcase is frankly not enough. With more time, the group could interacted with the fans more. After the showcase, JYJ returned to Korea to prepare for their first official concert, but soon they will be back in Los Angeles to film the music video for "Empty."

JYJ may have wrapped up this tour, but their overseas performances are far from over -- in fact, it's just the beginning.

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Good afternoon. This is Yunho and Changmin from Tohoshinki.

For such a long time, the fans have not given up on us despite the pain in their hearts, so we have decided to send our greetings through this message first.

This is a result of discussing with the company about our concerns for a long time of more than a year, and for the sake of this place that we belong to, we have decided to continue to protect Tohoshinki.

It is because of the generous love and support we received from the fans both inside and outside the country that Tohoshinki has been able to come this far. This fame that we received was only possible because of the love you have given us and we also think it is a responsibility we should shoulder.

Please watch over Tohoshinki with love;
As long as there are fans who continue to wait for Tohoshinki’s music,
This will always be a place for Tohoshinki;
While we cannot exclude the possibility of things happening in future,
We will give our all to continue protecting “Tohoshinki”.

We promise that Tohoshinki will always walk with you.
On the New Year of 2011, we will show our new music to everyone, so please look forward to it.

Thank you.

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Korean boy band JYJ is breaking into the international music scene as the Breakout Artist of CHANNEL [V] in December. Arguably formed by three members of the biggest selling male vocal group in Asia TVXQ, JYJ took their first step towards the West in October with their global debut album The Beginning.

The Beginning marks a first for the boys' English-language album which combines the efforts of an impressive team of A-list US producers. Music producer Rodney Jerkins, who worked with Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, composed two songs for the album. Grammy Award-winner Kanye West joined the band on the album's first single Ayyy Girl as well, depicting the pursuit of a perfect girl but when you find her, things will never be as perfect as you expect.The boys also each composed a song for the album-- Still in Love by Jaejung, I Can Soar by Junsu and I Love You by Yuchun.

Soon after the release of The Beginning,JYJ kicked off their worldwide tour to South Korea, South East Asia and the United States in October and November.

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I know someone who was a member of staff on the set of 'Heading to the Ground' and from him I came to know Yunho's side of the story (it's been a while now…) or I guess I got to know him a little better...
Since I'm a Yunho cosplayer, I didn't really want to ask too many questions (not sure what she meant here). Also, this man wasn't a fan of Yunho and Changmin so he didn't really know the details.

1. Yunho was very tight-lipped
His schedule was very hectic because of the drama and so he didn't know or say much about the members' lawsuit.
This man heard about it elsewhere and casually asked Yunho what was going on and if he was okay.
Yunho smiled and replied 'things will get better'… he didn't say much after that.
The man realized he didnt' want to talk about it so he stopped asking.
From beginning to end, Yunho never uttered a word about the lawsuit (and even though people were curious, no one dared to ask)

2. He was in pain
He (the man) didn't know what it was but it was obvious to everyone else that Yunho was sick, both physically and mentally
He was stressed from filming the drama and he was in pain
Everybody could see it but he refused to admit or even say a word about it
He'd go into his van alone so that people wouldn't see him suffering but the whole world knew
As soon as the director signaled everybody to get into position, he'd step out of the van with a smile plastered on his face like everything was okay
He was always so afraid that other people would worry about him

3. Changmin's silence
Changmin went to visit once or twice but he was always extremely quiet
One time a friend came by and asked 'who's he?' when he saw a boy sitting alone on set
It wasn't until other people said 'TVXQ's Max Changmin' that she finally recognized him
He was so much more beautiful than one would imagine but his appearance was nowhere near as startling as his behaviour… he didn't act like a celebrity at all
He was quiet and distant
He'd arrive, watch and leave soundlessly every time
It made people wonder how he could possibly be a celebrity with an attitude like that...

4. Yunho's sincere gratitude
Yunho's fans offered comfort and relief to everybody
They were willing to act as the audience whenever they were needed (during scenes when they had football matches) and they'd bring food for the crew
They were Yunho's source of energy and motivation
So often the members of staff would say 'Thank God for your fans'
The pride and gratitude in his voice was always obvious whenever his fans became the topic of discussion

5. Yunho won everybody over
Yunho worked extremely hard on the drama and everybody was impressed by his personality
Those who worked with him invited him for future projects together and they really weren't just saying it - they really did like him
When he held the MJ concert, the director of 'Heading to the Ground' went and watched

6. Yunho's weakness...
Our leader-sshi has a fear of bottled drinks...
Most of you will remember the poisoning incident…
Yunho tries to stay away from opened bottles or drinks poured into cups unless he unscrewed the bottle/poured the drink himself
He may look strong but sometimes that's really not the case...

Well that's basically everything I heard. This person didn't go into much detail and it's really not anything that we don't already know…
I've already said before that I'm just a cosplayer and I don't really know this person very well
I really just wanted to share what I heard about Yunho

Credits: TVXQBaidu + istarclub + DC
Trans by: dorfehh@DBSKnights
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JYJ tours Korea...?
(Jaejoong) Our national tour is underway! There's so much to see in Korea, tonight we'll be heading to Jeolla-do - go••! (3:51pm KST)
(Jaejoong) @mjjeje Go go go go go go go go~ (4:03pm KST)
(Jaejoong) @zerotic0124 Hyung, what's Haenam like? (4:06pm KST)

(Jaejoong) Any recommendations for cities in Jeolla-do..? (4:01pm KST)

(Jaejoong) We're open to places where the nature is great, too! (4:01pm KST)

(Yoochun) These are times made possible by you guys^^ I'm so thankful!!!For the first time in 7 years.... I'm trying to get some fresh air while laughing without a care in the world..... (4:06pm KST)

(Jaejoong) Though we couldn't go this time, we'll go to Chungcheongbuk-do's Danyang next time, for sure.. (4:09pm KST)

(Yoochun) At least just for this trip~^^ Please don't look for us~ Stalker taxis~ and stalkers!!Please!!! (4:10pm KST)

(Yoochun) We'll make great memories~with such granted freedom~and share it with all of you ^^(4:13pm KST)

(Junsu) So this is what true ease is..^^ Thank you so much everyone~ (4:15pm KST)
(Young Ki) @0101xiahtic Great job^^ (5:44pm KST)
(Junsu) @poimin73 Thank you, Hyung^^ Your album is being released now, right?? I have to buy it!!! (6:20pm KST)

Mozart Love ^^ and Junsu, the album's out already lol
(Young Ki) @0101xiahtic It's out and being sold already (6:25pm KST)
(Junsu) @poimin73 Oh!! I'll go buy it right away when we get back to Seoul^^ (11:35pm KST)

Jaejoong Compliments Junsu, Bet he's gone to Hide now in Embarrassment♥
(Jaejoong) I like Junsu's voice. I'm listening to Junsu's "Memories" for the first time in a while.. And I feel so proud that Junsu is our group's vocalist.. Thanks Junsu (12:38pm KST)

Source: [Jaejoong+Junsu+Yoochun+Other's Twitter]
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