There is a male idol group that has been in the spotlight even before their debut because of the fact that Sony Music, a global music company, participated in their making. They take on ballads, dance songs, hip hop and even a capella. They seem to be similar to the nation’s best idol group that debuted in 2003, TVXQ, in some ways. TVXQ began as an a capella group and later started the generation of evolving idols.
Here are others who dream of becoming evolving idols. Male idol group HITT debuted on the 6th with the album ‘Here Is The Top’ and are currently performing their title song ‘Good night’. HITT is the acronym for ‘Here Is The Top’, which shows the determination of the members to work hard to get to the top.
With leader Hayong at the core, the group is composed of members Hyun Joon, Joon Taek, Wooram, Jae Hoon and Ho Won. Their vocal talents surpass that of other any other idol group, with five of the six members taking on the role of the vocal of the group.
◆TVXQ are their role model… They will not be remembered as imitators HITT’s role models are TVXQ. Ho Won said, “TVXQ’s vocal talents and dance skills are outstanding,” and “They’re role models we want to emulate.” Hayong also added, “TVXQ are the direction and destination we’re headed for,” and “But we won’t be remembered as imitators of TVXQ, we’ll do things that they haven’t done before and show our own color.” Jae Hoon said, “I want us to be remembered as HITT, not the 2nd so-and-so,” and “I don’t want us to merely imitate, I want us to show our own style to the masses.”
Currently, the idol market is heavily saturated. Countless idol groups are sweating it out even at this moment, fighting for that top position. This is why HITT need to establish their own unique color.
Wooram said, “I want to hear that it would be a waste for our group to just stay in Korea.” Ho Won added, “I want us to be called evolutionary idols who have perfect dancing and vocal skills.” Last of all, Hyun Joon said, “We will become a group who don’t forget our beginning, even if we get to the top.”
The cancellation notice of KBSʼs TV special on 7 World Wonders…protest comment call Jeju a disgrace.
Appointed as honorary ambassadors to the 7 World Wonders, Hallyu Wave stars JYJ (Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu), have sparked controversy among thousands of people over clariﬁcation for the cancellation of their performances by KBS as well as recent legal action.
With JYJʼs agencyʼs legal action as well as the storm of protests from fans, a strike against the image of [Jeju] island is inevitable.
On the 16th, JYJʼs entertainment agency, CJeS, reported that they received a unilateral notiﬁcation regarding the cancellation of participation in the KBS Jeju Special Broadcast.
Last May, Jeju ofﬁcially appointed Hallyu Stars JYJ as GoodWill Ambassadors of the 7 World Wonders in order to improve voter participation throughout Asia.
The date in which CJeS received an email conﬁrming JYJʼs roles as honorary ambassadors as well as the reasons behind why they were chosen was April 26th.
Because at the time JYJ were on their world tour and would not be able to participate in appointment procedures, CJeS declined the offer.
However, Jeju stated that there would be a special program in July in which appointment procedures would be carried out in, and asked for JYJ to begin promotions for Jeju since they needed higher publicity.
On May 4th, the Jeju Island Government released through the press a statement about appointing [JYJ as] their new Honorary Ambassadors.
KBS then scheduled a TV broadcast entitled “Wishing for the 7 World Wonders” to be held on July 20th.
JYJ originally was to participate in this Special Jeju Broadcast concert, performing two of their songs.
However, on the 16th, 4 days before the performance, CJeS was delivered a sudden unilateral notiﬁcation of cancellation from KBS.
CJeS stated “The reason we received was that if JYJ appears, it might not be possible to air the program” and that “JYJ has been active in their promotion duties, however we have received a unilateral cancellation notice from KBS Jeju.”
They followed by saying “Since the program, Wishing for 7 World Wonders, was meant to be for the appointment of JeJu and also because JYJ have been selected as honorary ambassadors for this cause and have been promoting for 3 months, we require an ofﬁcial position regarding the cancellation.”
CJeS said “we will report KBS Jeju, who have sent a unilateral cancellation notiﬁcation, to the Korean Fair Trade Comission”
Because of such news, Jeju, the Jeju Provisional Government, and the Jeju ofﬁcial forums, have been hit with with a storm of negative comments.
Indignant commenters stated “This kind of behavior is an embarrassment to the citizens of Jeju and should not be shown again” as well as “I am now canceling my plane tickets to Jeju and have no plans of revisiting in the future!”
CJeS said in this regard “We will take legal action against this situation, in which JYJ were promised to be included in a special broadcast program for their appointment, but were cheated by a unilateral cancellation after they were used for promotional purposes”.
In addition they stated “JYJʼs current lawsuit is a civil lawsuit based on unfair contracts.” and “no matter the situation, as Korean citizens, JYJ will continue to promote Jeju for the 7 World Wonders”
Some comments left by Korean netizens on this article include: “There is a lack of common sense, this is indeed absurd”
“Ambassadors who work hard to promote for urgent publicity as well as gather fans support will get a unilateral cancellation notiﬁcation from KBS as well? It seems the KBS Public Broadcast and the Jeju Provincial Government are really promoting fraud and deceit”
“I am a fan of JYJ and really disappointed what happened. I donʼt think I will visit JEJU again, never” (english comment)
Before the commence of JYJ’s topic, there are a few preconditional claims that have to be announced. This is because although the topic that I want to discuss starts with JYJ but the gist of the whole topic is not just about JYJ. (JaeTime’s T/N: It meant that the discussion and thoughts from the commotion with regards to Korean entertainment agencies and unfair law judgment through the regrouping of JYJ and the lawsuit dispute.)
Preconditional Claim 1: JYJ are idols
JYJ is a new group formed comprising of TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu, Micky Yoochun and Hero Jaejoong, who left the group. TVXQ has attained the highest spot in the idol industry. This is a status achieved by all members of TVXQ and as an idol, they have their significance and their appearance would meant a significant meaning. Of course at the same time where they have their group of loyal fans, anti-fans would be present as well. Therefore upon any appearance of JYJ-relevant topics, the personal judgement of the issue, fans’ and bystanders’ views have to be clearly differentiated. I do not want to simply discuss about JYJ but to direct at the things happening right now and to talk about my views. Therefore before the beginning of discussion of this issue, We have to understand the slight bias that is present in the term ‘idol’.
Preconditional Claim 2: JYJ are wealthy
JYJ have accumulated lots of wealth. This can be known from the assets that were pronounced in news articles. But the main point of the problem is the unfair contract lawsuit between them and SM. Many people think that given the enormous wealth that JYJ had gotten yet the decision to sue the company was nothing different from being a ungrateful betrayer, with the lack of appreciation towards the company’s initial training for them and instead sarcastically said that themselves are slaves. Whether the truth to this is such, I am not in the position to say anything. But this issue is simple, whether their contract is justifiable or not, the court has its judgment. How much has the trio earned as members of TVXQ, there is no way to certify it now. Stealing 50 thousand away from 100 thousand is the same nature as stealing 50 thousand from 1 million. Because to someone who have earned 1 million, losing that 50 thousand, he would still feel unease.
Thus with these two preconditional claims, no matter they are wealthy people or betrayers, there are no basis. “How will the law be judging it?” This is the most important. Therefore before any conclusion is out, there should not be any clear judgment passed on them. Be it from ethical or law point of view, there are a lot of injustice towards the current JYJ. The weirdest that happened in JYJ’s activities was the unability to appear in news articles, television dramas and not able to participate in variety programmes, in addition to the frequent “sudden cancellation without a reason” incidents. The trio of JYJ recorded QTV’s programme in 24 hours and in the end this programme was unable to be broadcasted by QTV itself. Park Yoochun, who was supposed to attend KBS’s Win Win was canceled, together with this time’s “sudden cancellation” of Jeju island promotional performance even though the receipt of the cue sheet.
Not only such, on normal circumstances when a new drama is due to be broadcasted, the cast of the drama would appear in many variety shows for promotional purposes. But in ‘Miss Ripley’ situation, there are no interview of production company’s press conference from the start, and no appearance of the cast appearing on variety shows such as ‘Come To Play’.
Appearing in drama and news but nowhere to be seen in the entertainment circle, this is obviously an incomprehensible issue. Of course there would be such a situation where fans would express that it is the doing of a certain agency preventing the broadcast, but as the “agency” did not reveal anything, there would not be thoughts of accusations or suspect of the certain agency.
On the contrary, I think the problem lies with the broadcasting company. Because the television company or the news agency would invite guests to make their programmes more interesting. As for drama, the cast’s participation in variety shows would definitely allow the drama to be sold overseas with a higher price.
But the situation of Jeju’s promotional performance is completely different. With them being appointed as ambassadors, they have greatly influenced the promotional effects but was yet omitted in performance. The sudden cancellation was incomprehensible, especially when the schedule was already confirmed. There are lots of overseas fans who have planned to fly over to Korea for this public performance and this has worsen the problem. It feels so regretful especially when this happened in national-managed broadcasting company KBS.
Pre-appointed ambassadors scheduled performance was yet suddenly canceled without any special reason, this is obviously an injustice issue. Gaining the promotional effects and omitting them in the end, this shows the vile side of the establishment. This has to be brought up together with the harm inflicted to many fans. This is not what a national-managed television company should do.
The invisible backdoor pressure rumours were unbelievable. It is obvious that there is special reason and this reason have caused the cancellation. Before any judgment by the court is passed, there should not be any obstruction to their entertainment activities. Korea is a lawful country. In Korea, it is unimaginable to know of power who disregard law and there are no way to confirm if such power existed. If they say that there are not outside pressure, then wouldn’t it be impossible to stop the broadcasting based on one’s effort?
Therefore I hoped that KBS television company will give a proper explanation to this sudden cancellation of JYJ’s broadcasting. What is the exact reason for canceling JYJ’s broadcast. I hoped to receive a convincible reason.
Hopefully KBS can relay to the public the message that “Republic of Korea is a lawful society and there are no injustice.” If KBS’s reason is not convincible, that would be very regretful, very pitiful. This proves that under the law of our Republic of Korea, there are still certain power existing or that KBS has to depend on certain establishment’s power to produce programmes. If it is really so, then undoubtedly, JYJ has bear the injustice sacrifice and they have became the symbol of injustice.
JYJ member Park Yoochun is garnering much attention for texting in to a radio station to support Kim Jaejoong.
Park Yoochun sent a text message to KBS radio Cool FM ‘Choi Kang Hee’s Raise the Volume’ on the 13th. Choi Kang Hee will be acting alongside Kim Jaejoong in the SBS TV drama ‘Protect the Boss’ from the 3rd of August.
Choi Kang Hee read the text, saying, “Mr. 6004! It says, ‘This is Yoochun. I’m enjoying your show. Hwaiting on your upcoming drama and please take good care of Jaejoong hyung,‘” and then commented, “Could this really be Yoochun? Oh, what do I do. His number is right in front of me too. Puahahaha.”
When the text was read out, Park Yoochun sent another one that read, “Thank you for reading my text. I’ll visit once with some fried chicken.” Netizens were split on whether or not it was really Park Yoochun who was texting in, but the opinion that, “Yoochunsa! It really is Park Yoochun,” backed itself up with the fact that the phone number’s last four digits 6004(YookChunSa) sound like Yoochun’s name. Park Yoochun’s Twitter username is 6002themicky, reading ‘Yoochunthemicky’.
To this, netizens said, “Even if it isn’t Park Yoochun, that person better visit Choi Kang Hee with fried chicken”, “This is kind of fun. It’s nice to see the two members’ close relationship”, “Choi Kang Hee is loving this~ Tell me what his number is!”, “It’s great to see him taking care of his hyung.”
Meanwhile, Park Yoochun is currently acting in the MBC TV drama ‘Miss Ripley’ as Song Yoo Hyun.
Group JYJ member actor Park Yoochun and his younger brother Park Yoohwan’s television activity has been noticeable.
Park Yoochun is currently playing the role of a world famous resort heir Song YooHyun in the MBC TV Monday,Tuesday drama “Miss Ripley”. He also shows a love line with Jang MiRi (Lee DaHae).
Park YooHwan is currently acting on the MBC weekend drama “Sparkling” as Han Seo Woo . These two recently caught attention for the odd relationship with talent Jang Yong. In the drama “Sparkling” he played the role of Park Yoohwan’s half-brother, and in “Miss Ripley ” he played Park Yoochun’s father role.
Park Yoochun recently tweeted on his personal twitter, “Han Seo Woo’s brother is my father” and showed a surprise towards the odd relationship. Not only that but Park Yoohwan is planned to play in the historical drama ” Baekje” that will start after “Miss Ripley”, and catch the baton from Park Yoochun.
The agency staff said “In order to play in that time table, Park Yoohwan is working hard going to action school and learning to ride a horse. Also even though he doesn’t play a very important part in “Sparkling” with the feeling of an new actor, he will play any role showing his best.”
Park Yoohwan will be playing the role of a member of the death/murder squad, who works for Baekje.
” Baekje” is the story to show the life of Baekje once again, the writer of “Damo” Jung HyungSoo, and director of ” Queen Seondeok of Silla” “Jumong” came as one. It will air after “Miss Ripley” starting the 25th as the first episode.
On the other side Park Yoohwan and Park Yoochun both visited the press conference of each others drama “Sparkling” and “Miss Ripley” and showed their very close brother love.
Poor bb must be having a hard time :( *hugs* (Jaejoong, 11.42pm KST) “Wasurenaide” is neither my song nor anyone else’s song. Because it is the song that belongs to the 5 members of “Tohoshinki.” Therefore, I don’t want it to be sung, neither by one person nor by three people. …and yet he still doesn’t forget to promote Jeju island T____T
It IS pretty :) I wanna go to Jeju now.. (Yu Shirota, 12.46am KST) @mjjeje nice pic! It’s pretty（ ´∀｀） (Jaejoong, 12.53am KST) @U_and_YOU Yes! It’s really something isn’t it? (Laughs) (Yu Shirota, 1.03am KST) @mjjeje Yes! It’s really something! (Laughs)
We are announcing our stance on KBS’s one-sided cancellation notification of JYJ’s appearance in KBS Jeju N7W Special Promotional Program.
Mid-April, through a phone call with the Jeju provincial government, we received their wish to appoint JYJ as an honorary ambassador to promoting Jeju’s selection in New 7 Wonders. The date in which we officially received the roles of an honorary ambassador and their reason for selecting JYJ through e-mail was April 26th.
However, it is customary for honorary ambassadors to begin their promotional activities after being appointed through an appointment ceremony and official press statements are released. Because the time in which we received the offer was during JYJ’s World Tour, we first politely declined their initial offer because we would be unable to hold an appointment ceremony.
However, the local government of Jeju-do stated that they were preparing a special broadcast program in July and that because they are preparing an appointment ceremony to be held then, they proposed that JYJ begin their promotional activities [before the ceremony] since they urgently needed publicity. JYJ, as Korea’s artist, accepted the position of honorary ambassador with responsibility in letting the world know of the domestic brand and Jeju’s 7 Wonders.
On May 4th, the Jeju local government notified the appointment of new honorary ambassadors through the press and [JYJ] officially began their promotional activities. JYJ, who was at the time holding their world tour, promoted Jeju Island and actively cooperated by filming videos encouraging on-line and phone voting as honorary ambassadors. Furthermore, last May, Jeju local government sent us a thank you mail stating that Jeju N7W were being publicized nationwide thanks to JYJ. In addition, the special broadcast program was decided to be held on July 20th, and JYJ was supposed to perform two songs and be officially appointed as honorary ambassadors.
However, on July 16th, 4 days before the concert, we received sudden one-sided notification that our appearance on television has been canceled. The reason was, “if JYJ appears, the program itself may not air,” a final notification without specific explanation. Today, although KBS claimed to have apologized to JYJ, we have only received one-sided cancellation and never an apology with official explanation.
We believe the broadcasting networks have the right to decide on the people that appear for the sake of their program. However, as this program was a special program wishing for Jeju’s appointment as the New 7 Wonders, and since JYJ has been selected as the official honorary ambassadors and have been holding promotional activities for three months, we insist on an official position from Jeju government and KBS regarding this one-sided cancellation notice.
Furthermore, C-JeS Entertainment will report the organizer, who has one-sidedly (without previous consultation with the artist) sent us a cancellation notice 4 days before the performance to the Fair Trade Commission, and will take legal action against this incident where the party promised JYJ a special broadcast program on their appointment ceremony, but deceived the artist by one-sidedly cancelling their appointment ceremony after using them for promotional activities.
Finally, JYJ’s current lawsuit is a civil suit regarding unfair contract with their previous management company, and is in reality, a weak artist’s fight against the unjust nature of exclusive contract, and thus is not a lawsuit which causes social problems or has moral issues. Furthermore, the courts have already decided that while this lawsuit is undergoing, JYJ has the right to resume their activities as free artists.
Most importantly, we apologize to JYJ fans who have received great shock through this unacceptable situation, andregardless of this situation, JYJ will continue to support promoting Jeju’s N7W as Korean citizens.
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