Thursday, December 23, 2010

SM Entertainment has released an official statement regarding the contract revisions demanded by the Fair Trade Commission.

SME officials clarified on the 24th, “The FTC only ordered us to revise the contract of one of our trainees by removing the three years added onto his contract. We complied, thus making every contract under our agency to date as ‘fair’. BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee, f(x), The Trax, and other celebrities under our agency have already been acknowledged as fair contracts by the FTC.”

They continued, “As leaders of the industry, we have been cooperating closely with the National Assembly and other related bureaucracies in order to protect the rights and interests of our celebrities, and to aid in the advancement of Korea’s entertainment industry and the Hallyu wave.”

After numerous discussions with the FTC, SME drafted a new contract earlier this year with the changed terms mentioned in the previous article. All artists re-contracted with the agency under the new terms, which were acknowledged by the FTC to be fair.

The representative continued, “We fully complied with the recent request by the FTC regarding our contract with a trainee. With the help of the FTC, we will be developing better contracts for the progression of Korean culture and contract customs.”

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#49 - Tohoshinki - 2nd LIVE TOUR ~Five in the Black - 74,111

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At 10am on the 23rd, the city of Gwangju received a donation of 140 sacks of rice (10kg each, approximately 3.5 million Won) from TVXQ's U-Know Yunho (Jung Yunho).

U-Know Yunho, who graduated from Gwangil High School in our region, prepared this donation at his own expense to help those in need as the year comes to and end and a new year begins.

U-Know Yunho was unable to attend the presentation of the donation due to his work, so a representative from the agency Dream美 was there instead.

The donated rice was distributed through each district's borough office to various households with three sacks of rice going to 35 households of the severely disabled, and 35 sacks going to the New Day School.

U-Know Yunho has been participating regularly in community service opportunities other than donating rice as he has donated scholarships to his high school, sponsored buying household appliances for orphanages, and delivered presents to hospitals and senior citizen centers.

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JYJ's Junsu, who has become the comet of the musical word, has stated that he wishes to stand on stage with actor Jo Seung Woo.

Junsu will be meeting fans once more as the lead role in the large-scale production 'Tears of Heaven' next February. Junsu, who has already proven his ticket power and talent in the musical 'Mozart!', has become a star to keep an eye on in the musical industry.

When we made a comment to Junsu that, "There have been many articles comparing you to Jo Seung Woo. As your musical will be held around the same time as Jo Seung Woo's 'Jekyll and Hyde', many have pitted the two of you against each other as rivals," he replied back that, "I am both thankful and sorry to Jo Seung Woo that many people talk about the two of us. In other words, I feel honored."

He continued to add, "Though I've been a singer for 6, 7 years, I've only been doing musicals for one year, so for my name to be mentioned in the same sentence as that of Jo Seung Woo, one of the best actors in the industry, makes me feel great but also puts added pressure on me to work harder."

Junsu also spoke of his wish that, "This is the first time I'm saying this, but I want to stand on stage with Jo Seung Woo. 'Jekyll and Hyde' is a production I really want to perform in. But if we were to play the same role, we would never be able to stand on stage together, so I would like to play a different character just to stand on stage with him."

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#16 - Tohoshinki - Break Out! (DVD ver)
#26 - Tohoshinki - Toki Wo Tomete (DVD ver)
#28 - XIAH junsu - XIAH (DVD ver)


#7 - Tohoshinki - BEST SELECTION 2010 (2CD+DVD)
#28 - Various Artists - ONE PIECE MEMORIAL BEST (Track 11: Tohoshinki - Share The World)
#42 - JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN - The... (DVD ver)
#77 - Tohoshinki - Complete Set Limited Box
#80 - Tohoshinki - Complete Set Limited Box (t/n: i double checked & it's the same item as above)

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Group JYJ will be releasing a new album that is comprised solely of their compositions.

JYJ recently revealed to Money Today Star News that, “JYJ will be releasing a Korean album early next year in which the members participated in the composition and the writing of the lyrics,” and “The album will hold the unreleased compositions by Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu that were sung at the concert as well as other songs that have never been heard before.”

This album is being released by JYJ as a form of fan service for their domestic fans. JYJ are preparing this album to show their fans their gratitude for the support they received when they released their worldwide album in October.

As their first album was sung in English and was made hand in hand with America’s top producer Kanye West, the upcoming album is predicted to bring about an explosive reaction from domestic fans as it will be released in Korean. The album will hold new songs such as ‘Nine’ and ‘Pierrot’.

In the first half of 2011, JYJ will be releasing their album and setting off on a world tour. They are planning to focus on their overseas promotional activities and take a leap forward as world stars.

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SM Entertainment received a firm order from the Fair Trade Commission to revise the unfair contracts which bind SNSD, Super Junior, SHINee, and many others to them.

On December 23rd, the Fair Trade Commission stated, “We gave them a warning to voluntarily correct the unfair exclusive contracts that their celebrities and trainees have signed. [SME] is to reduce all contract lengths by three years.”

This decision by the FTC was based off of a complaint made by TVXQ’s fanclub, Cassiopeia. The group alleged that SM Entertainment was using their status to pressure a disadvantaged (’slave’) contract onto TVXQ.

SM Entertainment’s violation, as disclosed by the FTC, lies in the unfair contract conditions. These conditions included forcing artists to sign on for a long period of time, an excessive penalty provision for breach of contract, and a one-sided scheduling of activities. There’s also a clause that allows SME to extend contracts for overseas activities without first consulting the artist in question.

According to the FTC, these contracts from SME would run ‘for 13 years starting from the day of signing‘ or ‘exceeding 10 years from the day of debut.’ In compliance with the FTC, however, SM Entertainment changed their contracts to ‘seven years from the day of debut.’

If the artists decided to terminate their contract prematurely, they were subject to heavy penalties. Artists were forced to pay three times the investment amount, plus two times the amount the artist was to have made during the entire length of the contract. In short, even though the contract was terminated, these artist would have to pay double the amount of money they would have made in ‘x’ years left.

Because of the FTC order, however, this was changed to artists now paying an average monthly sales of two years before the contract termination, multiplied by the number of months in the remaining period.

The entire clause allowing activities to be scheduled without the artist’s consent has also been removed. It has been replaced with, “All celebrities of SM Entertainment may include their opinion at any point and ask for the appropriate document copies regarding their career from SM. SM has the right to refuse should the request be unjust.”

This new revision is expected to make an influence on JYJ’s case as well.

Cassiopeia is a force to be reckon with~
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The 2-member DBSK will be releasing comeback teasers through public television CFs.

These teasers informing fans on DBSK’s comeback will be revealed over the course of three days, from the 29th to the 31st. They will be revealed as CFs through the entertainment and drama award ceromonies for the three broadcasting stations, MBC, SBS, and KBS.

Two versions of these teaser CFs will be revealed, showing DBSK’s new images and performances.

SM Entertainment stated, “The teaser videos are made to look like CFs, and will be revealed through the three public broadcasting stations, making this an unusual way of promoting. It will make viewers realize just how confident DBSK is in their upcoming album and that they are the best group in Asia.”

DBSK’s new album is scheduled to be released on the 5th of January.

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Christmas is almost here and there’s nothing better than listening to a K-Pop Christmas playlist while eating gingerbread during the holidays! (that might just be me…)

When idols don’t end up butchering the English language, K-Pop Christmas songs are like beautifully sung, happy ballads with lots of holiday cheer infused in every note.

In this week’s top 10 list, we’ve compiled the best tracks from the newest songs of 2010 to the classics we listen to year after year.

The list rounds off with one of my all time favorite tracks — you can probably guess who it’s by!

10. After School - "Love Love Love"
9. 4minute ft. Mario and Amen — “Jingle Jingle”
8. IU ft. MBLAQ’s Thunder — “Merry Christmas In Advance”
7. Big Bang, SS501, MC Mong, Se7en, Super Junior, Brian — “Jingle Bell Rock”
6. Fluxus — “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
5. JYP Nation — “This Christmas”
4. SM Town — “Only Love”
3. Kara and SHINee — “Jingle Bell Rock”
2. Girls Generation — “Santa Baby”

1. TVXQ — “The First Noel”

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For JYJ to be able to get such a huge popularity,
it is due to Micky YooChun's biggest contribution of acting in the TV drama
'SungKyunKwan Scandal'. After appearing in the drama, his popularity rose,
and the ladies in the age group of 30 to 40 years old who did not
know TVXQ or JYJ have mostly became fans of JYJ.

"The number of auntie fans has always been big,
but now because of YooChun, it has become even bigger.
A lot of auntie fans thought that YooChun was a rookie. (laughs)" - (Xiah JunSu)

"On the internet, there is this famed white-haired granny
who calls herself a fan of YooChun. Many people know of YooChun through
'SungKyunKwan Scandal', and then they come to see our concerts.
Because they loved 'Lee SeonJun' they knew of YooChun,
and because of YooChun they became fans of JYJ." - (Kim JaeJoong)

Both JunSu and JaeJoong exclaimed together about YooChun's massive popularity,
while YooChun, sitting at the side, said with a shy smile:
"We'll bring you better results next year, and meet everyone then."

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#2 SPUR(シュプール)2011年3月号
#3 non・no 2011年3月号
#5 東方神起(+DVD)

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Tohoshinki, who is kicking off activities again will be featured in Spur with a Special Interview! Starting activities with Yunho and Changmin as Tohoshinki, they will transform into models and appear in Spur. A fashion shoot that accompanies the two as they become more mature and grow, this is an exclusive interview about “Now” and “The Future.”

Three lucky readers will also get specially autographed photos.
This is a 6-page special that fans are waiting for!

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Some time ago, Kim JunSu accepted an interview with the Korean media,
and talked about the circumstance of him raising kittens recently.

Due to the influence of fellow member Kim JaeJoong, Kim JunSu has
also recently started to raise kittens. Despite him having a slight allergy,
all that he need to do is to watch over the kittens, and he said he would
feel as if he was watching over his own children. "Because it's an independent life,
I always feel lonely. And so I bought the kittens last week. Compared to puppies,
kitten faeces are easier to take care of, and also they would not bark like puppies do.
Considering that I am often not at home, I felt that raising cats were the most suitable choice."

"If you raise cats, wouldn't they always be staying at home? Raising a cat especially,
it's always like returning to the house where the cats live."
Upon facing this question from the reporter, Kim JunSu said,
"Even though the number of pets at home is quite a lot, but due to a fairly large home,
it will not be that dirty. Now when I go home, it’s really good not to
have the feeling of loneliness anymore. Every time when I open the door,
the kittens would run out to greet me. And after bathing, I will also see
them at the door looking at me with their big round eyes wide open."

"Raising four kittens, is that too many?" "Compared to raising only one,
I would think of not leaving them. I had wanted to raise yet another two more,
but the members (of JYJ) opposed, and in the end I gave up."

"Because I'm raising a total of four cats, I have also spent
a lot on buying their food. I should have made them exercise more,
but in the end it did not succeed and (they're) growing so quickly,
about as big as a mountain goat. So, now I plan on following JaeJoong hyung’s
footsteps and buying a treadmill to let them exercise moderately."

On the other hand, in the case of Park YooChun, he is only raising a dog.
"He has allergies to both cats and dogs, and even if a dog owner were to pass him by,
he would start coughing. But now, he has been able to slowly adapt to it.”

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K-Celebs who use songs by other people as ringtones:

Eli - U-Kiss [all be there by usher]
Minji - 2NE1 [Love the Way You Lie - Eminem and Rihanna]
Ga-In - BEG [Christmas Song by Faith Evans]
Narsha - BEG [Like a Star by Corrine Bailey Rae]
Rana - 9Muses [Beautiful Thing by Xiah Junsu]

K-Celebs who silent-mode their mobile:

Alexander - U-Kiss
SooHyun - U-Kiss
Park Jung Min - SS501
G-Dragon - Big Bang
Minho - Shu-I
In Seok - Shu-I
Jinon - F-Cuz
Kim Hyun Joong / Hyung Joon (not sure which cos in Jap, their names are identical!) - SS501

K-Celebs who use their own songs as ringtones:

Kiseob - U-Kiss [Man Man Ha Ni]
Kevin - U-Kiss [Shut Up]
Cheon Juson - Co-Ed [Too Late]
Miryo & Jea - BEG [Love Is...]
Jin Seok - Shu-I [Bomb Bomb Bomb]

K-Celebs who use standard ringtones:

T.O.P. - Big Bang
CL - 2NE1
Sandara - 2NE1
Park Bom - 2NE1
Ye Jun - F.Cuz
JiHyuk - Supernova

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(Yoochun) Ah….. I’m tired…… Aren’t there any happy things to do? Life….is boring (12:46am KST)

(Yoochun) Though it was more fun because we were lacking and it was tiring….. I want to deny everything just for one day.. Like how everyone else does… (12:55am KST)

(Yoochun) Should I… leave Korea for a couple of years?? I’ve been thinking about it for the past couple of months… I could study… Just until I started missing someone like crazy… If it’s possible, I want to go next year… A study abroad that isn’t a study abroad!! (1:00am KST)

(Yoochun) That’s impossible though~ Because there is something here that is important to me…. Because our members are here… I could never do that ….Because I can leave this…as just another wishful thought… I can talk about it like this…. Because if I talk about it… the longing for it lessens (1:33am KST)
@6002theMicky Yoochun, if you go away to study abroad, I’m going to immigrate to somewhere in space. Don’t be too caught up in your emotions, and with Lunar New Year’s Day coming up, let’s have a party of tears on Christmas day, Yookchun ㅠ(1:35am KST)
@mjjeje hahahaha^^ It should be okay for me to get caught up in my emotions because we love each other!! I’m always thankful and I love you, Junsu too.. (1:40am KST)
@mjjeje If you do immigrate to outer space, send my greetings to Luke^^ Star Wars (1:41am KST)
@6002theMicky Well I won’t be able to speak their language so you should go instead~ My face is so unique that the people in outer space might actually think that I really am an alien ㅠ Yookchun, let’s meet up tomorrow, I suddenly really miss you and Junsu(1:48am KST)
@mjjeje Hyung…I’m…. just thankful…To well…. (2:36am KST)

(Jaejoong) Ah, I’m happy. To have someone who makes me happy and someone who I can affectionately worry about ^^ Goodnight everyone (1:56am KST)

(Joon Yeong) @mjjeje @6002theMicky The Blues that we’re keeping for you. Delivery of them is available to your party of tears.(1:56am KST)
@yeojy I won’t ask a person who is precious to me to deliver that to me. All I want to do is share it with you (2:02am KST)

(Jaejoong) Tomorrow is our fansign event at Gwanju. I hope it is a fansign event where everyone is considerate of each other. Because we all share the same feelings for each other~ I’m really going to bed now, goodnight (2:21am KST)
(Yoochun) @mjjeje Because we now have to hide our tears and cry on the inside^^ That makes me happy yet it wears me out^^ But still, it’s okay!! (2:37am KST)

(Jaejoong) @6002theMicky A thank you is not enough to convey my feelings! I love you ..I like these words that I get to say to you every day.. I like these words though I say it so often that we may not be able to feel the sincerity within them.. I’ll see you tomorrow Yoochun^^ (2:39am KST)
@6002theMicky I love you always Yoochun, I’ve always told you this, right? You say you know when I’m crying and laughing on the inside just from looking at my eyes? That means… we.. have found a reason to keep living for each other rather than just for ourselves.. You, me and Junsu.. And Junsu is also another reason for my existence (2:44am KST)
@6002theMicky My words are getting a little weird because I’ve had a drink… haha, Anyway I like our members. I tear up and feel frustrated that I can’t tell you this all the time.. It’s difficult to bring up Yunho and Changmin when I talk.. Because it feels like my heart and my words are like heaven and earth.. If you and Junsu were by my side, I might have been like how I was at the afterparty.. (2:52am KST)

*this is so sweet~ ahhh~!*

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26. Is there a specific style you like on girls (in terms of fashion)?
I like people who are versatile. It may be a little demanding of me (laughs), but wouldn't one also be able to project their own charm if one were to accept and experiment with different styles?

27. Where would you go on a first date?
To the amusement park. Since I can't go myself, it's always been a dream of mine. I want to go on the rollercoaster, although of course, if she doesn't want to, I wouldn't force it on her. After all, we're meant to be enjoying the visit with one another.

28. What could a girl do or say to make you happy?
I'd like her to all me. Even if I've already gone to bed, I'd like her to call telling me she's had a nightmare so that I know she trusts and depends on me.

29. How would you get over a heartbreak?
Ah this one is difficult. It takes me a really long time to get over heartbreaks. Over time, my hope will slip away and I'll lose faith in relationships, but it'll get better eventually.

30. What has captured your interest recently?
Fishing! I'd like to go out to sea on a boat and do it properly. Once you're out there and you've cast your line… you won't get interrupted, it's time that belongs to you alone. I want to do that.

31. In your past relationships, did you dump the other person or were you the one being dumped?
I was dumped once. It was my first ever relationship. That time… it was just awful (laughs)!

32. What do you think makes an ideal man?
Someone who pursues whatever he sees fit. A man who is determined to succeed and won't let anything come in his way. Even though he has no way of knowing whether or not he's walking down the correct path, he lives according to his own beliefs.

33. Which actors do you admire?
Won Bin, Kimura Takuya and Kaneshiro Takeshi.

34. Are there any particular directors you'd like to work with?
Director Yukisada Xun.
I watch a lot of romance films like Love Story. Works where there is a strong yearning for love in a romantic film really leave a deep impression.

35. What movie have you watched recently that you really liked?
Inception. Also Won Bin's new Korean film ‘Ahjusshi’. It's a lot like ‘LION’, you'll hold high regard for it even if you're a man.

36. Movie that has left the deepest impression?
Brokeback Mountain. It's a wonderful love story. It does a good job of depicting the main characters' emotions. Good films are ones where the shifts and changes in the characters' feelings are well conveyed.

37. Most touching movie?
Gran Torino. It’s directed by Clint Eastwood. I once cried so hard that I gave myself a headache. There's also an Indian film called 'Black', it's also a real tearjerker.

38. What was your childhood dream?
Scientist or broadcaster.

39. What is your ideal profession?
Broadcaster or sports journalist. I've wanted to be a broadcaster since the third year of primary school. I also really want to be a sports journalist so that I'll have the opportunity to meet a lot of athletes.

40. What is your dream now?
To build a warm family. Although it seems kind of lame (laughs). Compared to earning loads of money and getting rich, I have a much stronger desire to build my own family.

41. Do you like Tokyo?
Yes! Its atmosphere is completely different to that of Seoul. I've already adapted to life in Tokyo.

42. What do you like about Tokyo?
It feels like home. It doesn't feel like a foreign country close to home anymore, it feels exactly like home. The people around me have helped to create an amiable atmosphere and I can feel it both in real life settings and when I'm working.

43. Where have you traveled to so far that has left the deepest impression?
Paris. There were pretty much no Koreans on the streets and I really enjoyed that. Also because it was the first time I'd gone abroad, that's probably why (laughs).

44. Where do you want to go?
I've yet to visit New York. Since I've never been there before, I really want to go. I think I'd gain a lot out of it because there's so much to see.

45. If you could relive your life, who would you want to be?
Even if I were to undergo a rebirth, I'd be myself!

46. What has been your biggest failure to date?
Surprisingly, there hasn't been anything.

47. What has been the happiest moment of your life to date?
When my entire family moved around 2 years after my debut.

48. When do you feel the happiest now?
When I'm eating!

49. What do you want the most this moment?
Clothes, car, family, love, friends. And pretty much more of everything that I already possess.

50. To conclude, please send a greeting to your Japanese fans.
I want to bring smiles to your faces through my different activities!

2010 has been packed with invaluable experiences and I hope that 2011 will be even better. I want to give my Japanese fans happiness through my singing and dancing and all other activities.

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Due to their legal dispute with their former agency SM Entertainment, Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun are currently active as JYJ, not TVXQ. Each are trying new things such as dramas and musicals and showing off their hidden potentials, but recommenced activities as singers when they released their album ‘The Beginning’ on October 14th. The album has been successful with pre-orders for ‘The Beginning’ hitting over 520,000 copies and ranking 5th on the This Year’s Songs chart chosen by US Billboard readers. Though they’ve been going non-stop, they are now stuck in a situation where the members of TVXQ are being pitted against each other with U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin announcing their comeback as a two-member TVXQ in January of 2011. Though it is a sensitive topic, we could not help but ask about TVXQ. Though the three people expressed their unwillingness as they said, “Though it isn’t something we can’t talk about…” they answered our OX questions in a candid manner.

Question 1. A TVXQ reunion is possible : O

Though they have never mentioned the possibility of a TVXQ reunion since they began their independent activities, it is the subject that 800,000 Cassiopeia (TVXQ’s fanclub) have been most curious about. Though JYJ seemed taken aback at first, they confessed that, “We haven’t had a chance to talk about it (a reunion), because we’ve never had anyone actually ask us about it.” Jaejoong said, “We want a reunion to happen. But that is only our will, there are so many difficult aspects to the situation. As there are so many things we can’t change…“

Question 2. The establishment of a two-member TVXQ, honestly, we’re sad about this : O

SM recently announced that, “U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin, will form a two-member TVXQ, release a new song on January 5th and make a comeback.” What do JYJ think about this? Yoochun confessed that, “There is a side of us that is sad about this.” Because the team’s name was about the three members had worried about and discussed the most when they were creating their new team. But he added that, “But this is a decision that was made by SM. I’m sure that in their hearts, the two members are also feeling uncomfortable about this and are having a hard time because of it. But the decision has been made, so I hope all goes well for them.”
Jaejoong also added that, “Though we do feel a little sad that the two members are going to make a comeback as TVXQ, we are thankful that they didn’t say that TVXQ is now gone. We’re going to support the two members’ comeback.”

Question 3. But we will still be TVXQ eternally : 0

Though they are physically apart, their hearts are still one. Jaejoong stated, “Regardless of whether or not they are using the name now, even if the team name disappeared, we are still TVXQ. It was during our time as TVXQ that we shone the most and gave it our all. That is something that no one can deny.“

He continued to explain that, “We didn’t work hard to see who could do better between them and us. We worked hard with all our might because we felt that we should be successful enough as to not disgrace the name of TVXQ,” and “Though we have come to such a situation due to our problems with the agency, we are still members of TVXQ. The three of us alone cannot be TVXQ. Cassiopeia was created because they loved TVXQ as a whole, not because they loved individual members.”

Question 4. We think we are idols stricken with age : O

Junsu, Yoochun and Jaejoong debuted in the Kpop scene as teenagers. Five years have passed and they have become youths in their mid-20s. Though the question of age is one that can be quite fatal to idols, JYJ nodded without a hint of hesitation.

Yoochun revealed that, “It’s not that we’re old. I think that we’re still pretty young but because so many kids who are much younger than us are debuting, we feel like they find it hard to relate to us when we get the chance to meet.” But Jaejoong joked as he said, “But don’t you think we look quite young for our age?”

They were able to build on their appearance as artistes with five years of experience in their pockets. Their new album includes compositions by the three members and they participated in making the decisions on their photoshoots, the album concept and the song choice. Junsu showed his pride as he said, “Though there was much more that we had to worry about and work on, that made us feel more affectionate towards this album. I feel as though we are leaning more towards being artistes rather than idols than before.”

Question 5. We knew that JYJ would be a hit : X

This was the only question that was answered with an X. They only printed a small number of albums because they weren’t expecting much as the album market is in such a slump. But the reaction they received was so unexpectedly explosive that even people in their agencies weren’t able to receive CDs.

Jaejoong said, “We were allowed to choose album numbers for ourselves. I got number 99,999, Junsu got number 9,999 and Yoochun got number 2.” Though they ranked #1 on the album sales charts, they did not have many opportunities to perform. Other than their showcases and concerts, they weren’t able to showcase their talents as singers.

Regarding this, Junsu said, “Of course we do feel upset that we didn’t have many opportunities to perform. But there were many things we anticipated would come our way including restrictions on our activities. So we focused more on the sense of accomplishment and joy we felt about the fact that our first album, created from our hard work and our effort, had been released. It is meaningful to us.”

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