Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The famous Hallyu singing group JYJ, which had been actively supporting Jeju's New7Wonders of Nature campaign, was suddenly notified that their appearance on a televised KBS concert for Jeju's New7Wonders of Nature bid was cancelled. This unexpected announcement by KBS outraged JYJ's fans, sparking condemnation and protest online.

Now, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has offered up an apology.

"The provincial government is sorry about the cancellation of JYJ's appearance in the KBS concert 'Go, N7W! Here is Jeju' at Seongsan Sunrise Pear on July 20," it said in a statement on July 19, adding, "When we hold a big event in future, we will positively support JYJ's appearance, an honorary ambassador which has been playing a major role in the [N7W] campaign."

The statement indicated that the province had no hand in the KBS decision.

The government statement mentioned local appreciation for JYJ's public relations contribution to Jeju Island, including singing the N7W campaign song at many domestic and international concert venues.

(Translated by Kim Jung Lim)

Source: Jeju Weekly
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Biggest Hallyu Stars in Southeast Asia for the first half of 2011
1. Super Junior 12.64 billion Won (Super Show 3)
2. Rain 7.56 billion Won (World tour-5~6 cities)
3. JYJ 3.23 billion Won (Thailand+Taiwan performances)
4. Jang Geun Seok 2.99 billion Won (Concerts+CFs)
5. B2ST 1.81 billion Won (Concerts+CFs+Fan meetings)

Biggest Hallyu Stars in Japan for the first half of 2011
1. Girls' Generation - 52.3 billion Won(Arena Tour+Albums+CFs)
2. Jang Geun Seok - 25.83 billion Won (Concerts+Album+Photobook+CFs+Fangoods)
3. TVXQ - 12.01 billion Won (SM Town+Album+CFs)
4. Super Junior - 7.69 billion Won (SM Town+Super Show+Album+CFs)
5. Choi Ji Woo - 2 billion Won (CFs)

According to eNews on tvN, JYJ are the second most successful Hallyu stars in the US. JYJ's income from their North America is estimated to be around 2.75 billion Won. JYJ were the only non-sports stars to make the list. 1st, 4th and 5th place went to golf players and 3rd went to a baseball player.

JYJ earned 7.17 billion Won while TVXQ earned 12.3 billion Won in the first half of 2011.

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Netizens are buzzing over the news that JYJ’s Junsu and Super Junior’s Eunhyuk recently had a conversation on Twitter.

On July 20th, Eunhyuk tweeted to Junsu, “When am I going to see you, you paid for the meal last time, so you should pay for it this time too“, to which Junsu responded, “Let’s meet and say that you’re going to pay for the meals from now on.”

Eunhyuk then jokingly replied, “You should have a better attitude towards your hyung~ You should be honored that I offered to eat with you.”

The two are known to have been close friends since their elementary school days, and they demonstrated their friendship again through their tweets.

Once fans found out that the two had been talking through Twitter, they excitedly left comments like, “It’s been so long since I’ve heard about you two hanging out“, “So there has been contact between you guys“, and “It’s so nice to see you two talking“.

It’s truly heartwarming to see that their friendship has remained strong despite recent controversies.

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Tohoshinki's 1st Japanese single "Superstar" supposed to be released today, but while waiting another short preview of their song "Thank You My Girl" had surfaced.

The song was used as BG music for TVXQ's photoshoot, fans commented that they want TVXQ to promote the song.

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JYJ’s fans have been expressing their rage over the cancellation of JYJ’s upcoming broadcasted performance.

On July 16th, JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment uploaded an official notice on their homepage that read, “JYJ were scheduled to appear in a TV special on the 20th as honorary ambassadors of Jeju’s 7 Wonders nomination, but received a notice today, stating that their appearance has been cancelled.”

They continued to say, “We have currently asked the organizer for the specific reason as to why JYJ’s appearance has been suddenly cancelled,” and “We will post another notice as soon as possible once we have confirmed the details behind the situation.”

JYJ were chosen as the honorary ambassadors for Jeju’s nomination as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and have been garnering great attention as they were expected to drastically increase the number of votes that Jeju receives in the poll by the Swiss foundation ‘New 7 Wonders’.

Netizens who heard the news left comments that demanded an answer from KBS that read, "JYJ are superstars who can move thousands of fans all over the world with one or two songs. Because of KBS’ thoughtless decision to notify JYJ of the cancellation mere days before the event, we demand that they tell us what division of their broadcasting company will compensate the losses in time and money that fans face as they either cancel plane tickets, resulting in a need to pay cancellation charges, or as they are already in Jeju", and "JYJ are Korean singers. So what is the reason that they cannot appear on Korean channels? They are more talented than most groups and are the honorary ambassadors of Jeju. If KBS can’t give a proper reason as to why JYJ’s performance has been cancelled, then they must allow them to perform."

Other netizens stated, "Wasn’t the point of getting Jeju chosen as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World to let the world know of Korea’s top-quality natural wonders, encouraging growth in the tourism industry in the process? What will they do now about the disappointment they have given to JYJ’s international fans?" and "Many of my JYJ fan friends who are international fans are showing their anger at Korea’s unbelievable system. They have already bought plane tickets and made reservations in hotels to see JYJ perform. What will you do now? Korea and Jeju Island’s image is only getting worse in the eyes of foreigners."

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The effect of KBS’s cancellation of JYJ’s broadcast appearance has once again become clear. In particular, international fans have shown their anger towards the broadcasting station and Jeju Island, tarnishing the image of Korea. Now, domestic fans are not the only thing to worry about.

JYJ were scheduled to perform on KBS’s “New 7 Wonders” special, yet were given a notice of cancellation. In addition, JYJ’s presence was replaced by girl groups from JYJ’s former entertainment company, SM Entertainment. JYJ’s agency revealed that KBS did not even give them a clear reason for the cancellation.

In May 2010, many angry messages were left on KBS’s message boards due to KBS not allowing JYJ to perform on “Music Bank”, citing the lawsuit between JYJ and SM Entertainment as the reason.

In the wake of this controversy, international fans have taken their disappointment to domestic portal sites, becoming a hot topic. They write that they came to love Korea because of JYJ, but are very disappointed with this scandal.

An Egyptian fan writes, “I loved Korea because of JYJ, and bought Korean electronics and products because of it. Now, I will love only JYJ, not Korea. I am angry at the injustice JYJ has to suffer because of a powerful force.” An Australian fan writes, “I learned a lot about Korea after becoming a JYJ fan. However, this event has caused fans across the world to worry about the evil and absurity of Korean entertainment companies. I will not buy Korean products in the future.”

Fans from other countries state, “I was going to visit Jeju Island, but now I will definitely not go anymore” and others, expressing their opinions. Seeing these messages, Korean netizens have become worried of JYJ’s international fans’ reactions.

Seeing the messages left by international fans, Korean netizens wrote, “I’m embarrassed. Even though I do not pay much attention to nor like JYJ that much, seeing this makes me feel embarrassed”, “KBS, a national broadcasting station, has tarnished the country’s image”, “Hallyu is playing a role in cultural exchange, but how should we do the cultural exchange well? The entire nation is pondering”, showing their embarrassment to the situation.

Domestic fans are reacting similarly. A Korean fan wrote, “I am afraid that foreign fans who have come to love Korean because of liking JYJ will come to hate Korea. I don’t have anything to say to foreign fans, just don’t hate everything about Korea.” Another Korean fan writes, “Foreign fans know of everything that is happening within the country. Foreign fans who planned on seeing JYJ perform have cancelled their hotel and flight reservations. This is not just a lost chance at earning foreign money, but an international embarrassment.”

With this controversy, not only has KBS damaged its reputation. International fans’ image of Korea has been tarnished as well. KBS’s representatives stated, “the line-up of artists is entirely up to the production staff. They will make an announcement after the broadcast on the 20th.”

Source: Nate
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After getting flooded with comments from angry fans, it appears as if avex Entertainment CEO Max Matsuura has shut down his official Twitter account.

The comments began coming in when fans discovered that a Chinese singer named Ray Chou – who is signed with avex – seems to have plagiarized a song written by JYJ’s Jaejoong without his explicit consent. The song in question is “Wasurenaide“, from Tohoshinki’s last album as a five-member group, “The Secret Code“.

When made aware of the issue, Jaejoong himself made a comment in Japanese over Twitter. “‘Wasurenaide’ isn’t my song or anyone else’s song. It’s a song by the five-member Tohoshinki. So I don’t want one person or three people to sing it,” he tweeted on July 17th.

Meanwhile, Matsuura had been bombarded with tweets from JYJ fans demanding an explanation for the issue with Ray Cho. “It’s something I’m entirely unrelated to and don’t know about, but there are people willfully misunderstanding what I actually did and making anonymous, immature complaints to me. It hurts, and it’s cold… In this case I’m the victim, so treat me favorably,” he tweeted on the 17th. He also responded to another particularly slanderous comment by replying, “Since there’s no reason why I’d do things like those, I’m taking a break from Twitter without so much as a photo!

These tweets inflamed fans even more, causing them to leave him further tweets like, “I’ll stop when we get even for JYJ (lol)” and “You’re the president of the company, but you call out a group like that,” all directing their frustration over the matter towards Max.

After a whirlwind of furious tweets from JYJ fans, Max Matsuura left the following message on his Twitter account:

Thanks for everything up until now. There are idiots out there like me (lol) I’m happy that there were people who… understood me. Well, goodbye for a short while!

The tweet was followed by another reading, “Well! See you again one day!” before Matsuura closed down his official Twitter account.

Since JYJ is currently experiencing contract troubles with avex Entertainment, speculation has been popping up all over the net that the issue is related to the rocky situation between the two, but no statement has been revealed at this time.

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MBC’s ‘Miss Ripley‘ has ended its run on the air with a strong viewership rating!

On July 20th, AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that the last episode of ‘Miss Ripley’ recorded a viewership rating of 15.4%. The drama edged out its competitor, SBS’s ‘Warrior Baek Dong Soo‘, which recorded 15.0% to place second.

Meanwhile, KBS’s ‘Spy Myung Wol‘, starring Eric Mun and Han Ye Seul, recorded a fairly low viewership of 5.9%, placing last.

Starting on the 25th, historical drama ‘Gyebaek‘ will fill in the timeslot for ‘Miss Ripley’. It’s got some big shoes to fill, but with a strong cast of Lee Seo Jin, Song Ji Hyo, Jo Jae Hyun, and Oh Yeon Soo, many viewers are expressing great anticipation for it.

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Actor Ji Sung self-revealed a big-head embarrassment photo and provided light laughters online in this hot weather.

On the 19th, Ji Sung revealed on his Me2day with the words, “Erm… Should I reveal this photo? I hesitated…” He followed on saying, “First of all, this is done by the staff, it’s too hilarious! Thus I courageously posted this up in order to make you all laugh in this hot summer. Hahahaha,” and so this photo is revealed.

In the photo, the other appearance with Ji Sung is JYJ’s Jaejoong. Jaejoong’s head is normal sized and the obviously enlarged head of Ji Sung left everyone in laughters. In it, Jaejoong coldly looked at Ji Sung while Ji Sung had a ‘mong’ look, (T/N: as in dazed, spaced-out look.) looking down with a subtle expression, gaining many netizens’ laughters.

Netizens expressed, “It is really hilarious.”, “As compared to the size of the heads, the two’s expressions are even funnier.”, “It’s too adorable.”, “Next time, please also revealed Jaejoong oppa’s enlarged version, please.”,”Protect the boss, fighting!” etc.

Ji Sung and Kim Jaejoong are currently working on filming SBS drama ‘Protect The Boss’ that is broadcasting on the 3rd of August.

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TVXQ member U-Know Yunho has been selected as the most loved Korean man in Japan.

In the Japanese mazazine An An sold on 16 July, U-Know Yunho was voted as the no.1 Korean man that Japanese want to marry.

In issue 1746 of An An, a survey was done with regards to Korean artists. Coming out on top was U-Know Yunho, followed by Lee Byung Hyun (No.2) , Jang Guen Suk (No.3) , Nickhun (No.4) and Won Bin (No.5)

Seeing this, fans said, “This is truly U-Know Yunho” and other remarks.

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July 20

And a big Hwaiting from Director Cha! :D
(Jaejoong, 1:18pm KST) @0101xiahtic Hwai~ting!

July 19:

Some JYJ Lovin’ and a shout out from a fellow musical actress :)
(Junsu, 12:52am KST) Yoochun~~ You’ve done such a great job^^ You really are a top actor! Now it’s Jaejoong hyung’s turn to be busy~~ Let’s be a little stronger!
(Jung Young Zoo, 1:47am KST) @0101xiahtic Junsuuuuuuu…
(Junsu, 4:14am KST) @Zoozooba40 Noona!! Hello^^

(Eun Hyuk, 1:44am KST) @0101xiahtic Hey, when are we meeting up again? Since you paid for dinner last time, you can pay for dinner this time too. Let’s meet up soon!!
(Junsu, 2:00am KST) @AllRiseSilver Why do you always tell me to pay for dinner~ Let’s try having you pay for dinner from now on and see how that goes!!
(Eun Hyuk, 2:56am KST) @0101xiahtic This isn’t how you should be speaking to your hyung~ You should think it an honor when I say that I’ll eat with you
(Junsu, 4:05am KST) @AllRiseSilver tsk tsk tsk My baby has lost his touch….ㅠ

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KBS representatives recently explained the official reason behind the sudden cancellation of JYJ’s appearance on KBS’s ‘Jeju 7 New Wonders of World KBS Special Live‘ that left JYJ and its many fans upset and confused.

KBS officials told Sports Korea, “Until the 3 members of JYJ finish their lawsuit with SM Entertainment, it will be difficult to appear on KBS.”

JYJ had planned to sing two songs on the stage, but on July 17th JYJ’s agency, C-JeS received notification that their appearance was canceled just 4 days before their scheduled performance. C-JeS also received notification that, “If JYJ makes an appearance, the broadcast itself is impossible“, raising concerns of the possibility of ‘backdoor pressure‘.

However, the representative stated, “The personal activities of the members of JYJ are possible. For example, Park Yoochun’s appearance on KBS’s ‘Sugkyunkwan Scandal‘ happened.” But past events still point to the fact that KBS has also obstructed their personal activities.

For example, Park Yoochun was invited as the ‘unknown guest star’ by actor Kim Kap Soo on KBS’s ‘Kim Seung Woo is Doing Just Fine‘ due to their close relationship on ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’. However, one day before the recording, it was reported there was a misfire. As a result, Yoochun was not allowed to appear on the program.

A representative explained, “That day Park Yoochun was not alone, because it was more for publicity for JYJ.” Another representative told Sports Korea, “Park Yoochun was invited by his co-star in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’, Kim Kap Soo. There was no reason for JYJ to appear.”

Meanwhile, on July 19th, JYJ fans began a signature campaign asking for both an apology and clear explanation for the cancellation of JYJ’s appearance.

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JJ: I can feel it. Very much. They fly from Japan to the venues or events. A lot of fans came to Junsu’s musical, and also to Yoochun’s drama film site. They are so passionate on both Twitter and internet, that I can feel they are waiting for us…

JS: There was some moments when it was harder because of the fans’ love… It made us want to go, go to Japan, and meet with all fans. Also felt sorry too.

Q. How does it feel different with when you were active in Japan?

JS: (Thinking carefully) The feelings is not that different.Being active as a singer in Japan…(can’t read well) really want to do my best. Like I did before, it feels like..starting it over again..

YC: I would just like to be able to work normally as before… we can’t right now because there are some little problems.. I want to be on a tour in Japan again too. Tour..and other things besides tour. I also want to have many, many chances to meet with the fans.

Q. You had concerts not only in Korea or Asia, but also in the U.S. What’s your plan now?

JJ: It’s not decided. We will be on a worldtour starting in April, and when it ends, that’ll be the start.

Q. Jaejoonssi, you’re the worldtour director, right?

JJ: Ah, yes! I think up the specific formation, or make the set list. The live we had in Seoul last year was the first time. The change in performance and songs’ order when the song was a bit (can’t read). I hope it goes well.

Q. You guys also make (can’t read).

YC: Hmm..I don’t think much about it. I try it when I get a thought “let my try~”

Q. When do you feel happiest now?

YC: Everyday. I can go out with my friends or family. Now I have the time to do it. Because that became possible, I became more generous to myself(translator’s note: he means he became more relaxed)

JS: For me..well..I think there are different kinds of happiness, but I’m the happiest when I’m on the stage, singing. Now I have less chances to feel that kind of happiness…Including stages in Japan, I hope we could get more chances to sing on many stages…I’d like to feel the happiness coming from that.

Q. Last December 31st, you three sang “Found You” at KBS Acting Awards, where Yoochun was awarded the Rookies of the Year

YC: Yes. Shortly.
JS: I was nervous, since it was the first time we sang on TV last year^^

Q. How did you feel?

JS: It was kinda strange…of course I was happy. I was sad of myself, feeling ‘sad’ with this difficult, but single appearance. But I was glad to congratulate Yoochun. I wanted to think happy things only.

JJ: I think it was good in a way, making me think again performing on a stage is not something “normal” but “very very precious” to an artist. That meant very…much to the three of us. I could feel many things from it, so I thought maybe I’m a grownup than two years ago.. Because the things I thought was natural turned out to be not.

JS: (can’t read)..but you fans are supporting us…

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