Friday, December 24, 2010

TVXQ, composed of members Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho, will release a special edition of their upcoming album next month.

SM Entertainment announced through a press release Friday that the special edition of their new album titled "Keep Your Head Down" will go on sale on January 5. It will feature a total of 10 tracks and include a 100-page photo booklet of both members.

Meanwhile, the regular version of "Keep Your Head Down" will hit stores a week later with an additional track.

TVXQ, formerly composed of five members Xiah Junsu, Hero Jaejung, Micky Yuchun, Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho, is known as one of the leading dance groups in the K-pop scene since making their debut in 2004.

However, after disputing with agency SM Entertainment over the unfairness of their 13-year exclusive contract, Jaejung, Yuchun and Junsu halted their activities as TVXQ and instead formed trio JYJ.

Members Changmin and Yunho will release a teaser video which will air during major year-end shows such as music festivals and drama award ceremonies on Korea's top three major public broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS starting December 29 till 31.

They will also hold an autograph session with fans which is scheduled for mid-January next year.

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This photo was posted at the official Tears of Heaven me2day with this message:

[TRANS]: Merry Christmas ^^ This is a photo we took at the practice room, of Kim Junsu, whom we met today, who plays the role of Jun. The sign says "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year ^^". [19 h ago]

메리크리스마스^^ 오늘 연습실에서 만난 준 역의 김준수님 사진입니다^^ 즐거운 크리스마스, 행복한 새해 되세요 ^^ 라고 말씀하셨습니다!

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Get ready for a double dose of good news, TVXQ fans!

The jacket cover for TVXQ’s comeback album has just been unveiled. On top of that, it’s been announced that the two boys will be releasing a special edition of their comeback album prior to the original edition’s release!

On December 24th, a representative from SM Entertainment stated, “After 2 years and 3 months, TVXQ’s comeback album, ‘Keep Your Head Down“, will be released as a special edition on January 5th.”

The special edition will contain a total of 10 tracks, including their title track “Keep Your Head Down / 왜 (Why)”. Additionally, it will contain a 100-page photoshoot album, containing pictures of Yunho and Changmin.

The original edition album, to be released on January 12th, will contain one track that is not included in the special edition.

Meanwhile, TVXQ is scheduled to celebrate their comeback by having an autograph signing event in the middle of January. Stay tuned to allkpop for details!

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-From. Max-
It's a joyous Christmas~^^
Merry Christmas everyone~
Ah! And the 26th will mark the 7th year since our debut~ haha
Thank you for your great and unchanging love ^^

-From. U-Know-
To. Cassiopeia♥
Everyone, the joyous day of Christmas is approaching~
Every year, I feel happier around this time of year~
Happy days seem to be overlapping~♥
The 26th marks the 7th year we've been with you all~
I will keep working hard to be a better U-Know in the future..
Have a very merry Christmas (Christmas (in Korean))~
And please anticipate~ our comeback!

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It was reported that internet users have been illegally selling tickets online for Xiah Junsu’s ‘Tears of Heaven‘ musical for around $1130 USD each.

15,000 tickets of the musical sold out at an unbelievably rapid rate of 5 minutes, which have been causing unlucky fans, both Korean and international, to purchase tickets from resellers at an alarmingly high price.

“We’re always thankful for the explosive interest for the musical, however, we are worried for those who are trying to get hold of the sold out tickets through illegal resales,” stated the producer of ‘Tears of Heaven’.

Meanwhile, the first performance of “Tears of Heaven” will be held on February 1st of 2011.

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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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