TVXQ at a press conference for SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Bangkok, November 25, 2012
|Also known as|| |
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Labels||S.M. Entertainment |
Avex Trax (Japan)
Rhythm Zone (Japan; 2004–11)
|Website||Official Korean Website |
Official Japanese Website
|Past members||Hero Jaejoong |
TVXQ (sometimes stylized as TVXQ! or TVfXQ), an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (Chinese: 東方神起), are a South Korean pop group formed in 2003 under S.M. Entertainment. In Japan, they are officially known as Tohoshinki, and are one of the very few K-pop acts seen exclusively as J-pop artists. TVXQ are also unofficially known as DBSK, an initialization of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki (Hangul: 동방신기). Their name translates to "Rising Gods of the East".
The group debuted in 2003 as a five-member boy band consisting of leader U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. In July 2009, the latter three filed for an injunction against their Korean agency S.M. Entertainment, which led TVXQ to cease all public activities and appearances after 2009. After a hiatus of two years and three months, TVXQ returned as a duo with remaining members Yunho and Changmin. The duo released TVXQ's fifth Korean album Keep Your Head Down in January 2011, which stayed at number one on the Gaon Albums Chart for two weeks. Since their 2011 comeback, the duo have sold more than 2.5 million albums and singles in Korea and Japan.
TVXQ are one of Asia's most successful acts and have been labeled as "Kings of K-pop" and "Asia's Stars" for their immense success and contributions to Korean pop. According to the Gaon Chart and the Oricon, TVXQ have sold over 12 million records in Korea and Japan alone, excluding sales from other Asian and international countries. TVXQ are currently the best-selling K-pop group in the world, selling triple the amount of the second. Billboard described the group as "K-pop royalty".
They have two official fanclubs in Korea and Japan, known respectively as Cassiopeia and BigEast.
- 1 History
- 1.1 2003–2005: Debut, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun
- 1.2 2006–2007: Heart, Mind and Soul and "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap.
- 1.3 2008–2009: Continued success in Japan and Mirotic
- 1.4 2010: Japanese activities, lawsuit and hiatus
- 1.5 2011: Return as a duo, Keep Your Head Down and Tone
- 1.6 2012: Tone Tour, Japanese singles, Catch Me & World Tour
- 1.7 2013: Time
- 2 Music style
- 3 Members
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Controversy
- 7 Endorsements
- 8 Other activities
- 9 Fan club
- 10 Awards and achievements
- 11 Concerts and tours
- 12 Footnotes
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
2003–2005: Debut, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun
Before their debut, the group was offered three tentative names: O Jang Yukbu (오장육부 lit. The Five Visceras), Jeonseoleul Meokgo Saneun Gorae (전설을 먹고 사는 고래 lit. A Whale That Eats Legends), and Dong Bang Bul Pae (동방불패, the Korean title of Invincible East). They decided on Dong Bang Bul Pae; however, the name was later rejected because the Hanja was not aesthetically pleasing. Their name was later finalized to Tong Vfang Xien Qi (東方神起), which was suggested by the acquaintance of Lee Soo-man, TVXQ's producer.
TVXQ made their debut on December 26, 2003 during a BoA and Britney Spears showcase, where they performed their debut single "Hug" and an a cappella rendition of "O Holy Night" with BoA. The group released their debut single "Hug" on January 14, 2004; it peaked at #4 on the monthly charts and sold a total of 169,532 copies, making it the fourteenth best-selling record of the year.[fn 1] Their second single "The Way U Are", released in July 2004, debuted at #2 spot on the charts, becoming the ninth best-selling-record of the year, selling 214,069 copies. In October 2004, TVXQ released their full-length debut album, Tri-Angle, which debuted atop the charts and sold a total of 242,580 copies, making it the year's eighth best-selling record.
In April 2005, TVXQ debuted in Japan under the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone, with the single "Stay with Me Tonight". They released their second Japanese single, "Somebody to Love", before returning to Korea to release their second Korean album, Rising Sun. The album debuted atop the charts and became the fourth best-selling-record of 2005 with a total of 222,472 copies sold. TVXQ ended the year with two releases: their third Japanese single, "My Destiny", and a Korean single with label-mate Super Junior, "Show Me Your Love". The latter debuted atop the charts and sold 49,945 copies, making it the thirty-fifth best-selling record of the year. At the end of the year, TVXQ received the Best Music Video award for the song "Rising Sun" and the People's Choice Award at the 2005 Mnet KM Music Video Festival.
2006–2007: Heart, Mind and Soul and "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap.
TVXQ started 2006 with their first international tour, "Rising Sun 1st Asia Tour". In addition to South Korea, their tour stopped by China, Thailand, and Malaysia. TVXQ were the first Korean artists to hold a concert in Malaysia. In March 2006, the group released their fourth Japanese single, "Asu wa Kuru Kara" (明日は来るから lit. Because Tomorrow Will Come ), and their debut Japanese album, Heart, Mind and Soul.
The album debuted on the weekly Oricon album chart at #25 with 9,554 copies sold. Their fifth Japanese single, "Rising Sun/Heart, Mind and Soul", which was released a month later, debuted on the Oricon singles chart at #22. To support the album, TVXQ held their first Japanese tour, 1st Live Tour 2006: Heart, Mind and Soul, from May to June. TVXQ then released two more Japanese singles, "Begin" and "Sky". The latter debuted at #6 in the Oricon Weekly Chart, making it the group's first single to reach the Top Ten. In the summer, TVXQ performed in Avex's annual A-Nation summer concert.
The group resumed their Korean activities with the release of their third album, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. ("O"-正.反.合. lit. "O"-Thesis.Antithesis.Synthesis)[fn 2] in September 2006. Like their previous Korean albums, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. debuted atop the charts; with a total of 349,317 copies sold, it became the number-one record of the year. Two months after "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap, the group released another Japanese single, "Miss You/"O" - Sei-Han-Gō" (miss you/"O"‐正・反・合 lit. Miss You/"O" - Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis ), which debuted on the chart at #3, making it their first Top Five single. At the 2006 MKMF Music Festival, TVXQ won four awards, "Best Artist of the Year", "Best Group", "Mnet.com" and "Mnet Plus Mobile People's Choice Award". At the 16th Music Seoul Festival, TVXQ won three awards including a "Daesang" award. The group won another "Daesang" award at the 21st Golden Disk Awards 2006, in addition to a "Bonsang". At the SBS Gayo Awards 2006, TVXQ won another "Daesang" and "Bonsang" award.
TVXQ began 2007 with a new Japanese single, "Step By Step", which was followed by their second Asian tour, The 2nd Asia Tour Concert 'O'. The tour took place in Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Beijing. In March, the group released their tenth Japanese single, "Choosey Lover", and their second Japanese album, Five in the Black. Both debuted in the Top 10 of their respective charts, the former at #9 and the latter at #10. In May, the group attended the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards Japan and won the "Best Buzz Asia in Korea" award for their album "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. From June to December 2007, the group released a string of five singles: "Lovin' You", "Summer: Summer Dream/Song for You/Love in the Ice", "Shine / Ride On", "Forever Love" and "Together". "Summer: Summer Dream/Song for You/Love in the Ice" reached #2 on the Oricon, making it the group's highest-charting Japanese single to that point. TVXQ also collaborated with label-mate Kumi Koda for her thirty-eighth single "Last Angel", which was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of Resident Evil: Extinction.
2008–2009: Continued success in Japan and Mirotic
TVXQ released their sixteenth Japanese single, "Purple Line", on January 16, 2008. It debuted atop the Oricon, becoming the group's first number-one in Japan and making them the first foreign male group to have a number-one single in Japan. They then released their third Japanese album, T, which debuted at #4 on the Oricon Weekly album chart. TVXQ's label Rhythm Zone, announced the "Trick" project where five singles would be released consecutively for six weeks, from February to March and each single would contain a solo track by a member. The group released their twenty-second single, "Beautiful You / Sennen Koi Uta" in April. The single became another number-one for the group and made them the first non-Japanese Asians with two number-one singles since Ou-Yang Fei Fei set the record 24 years before. They returned to Korea to participate in the 14th Annual Dream Concert at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul on June 7. On June 12, TVXQ concluded their Asia Tour in Beijing which had begun on February 23, 2007 in Seoul. TVXQ returned to Japan and released their twenty-third single, "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?" The single topped the chart, making TVXQ the first foreign artists to have three number-one singles on the Oricon. They performed at Avex's 20th anniversary meeting and at A-Nation '08. In August, TVXQ returned to Korea once again to take part in SMTown Live '08. They performed alongside label-mates BoA, Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace, Zhang Liyin, Girls' Generation, Shinee and Super Junior.
The group's fourth Korean album, Mirotic, was slated to be released on September 24 but due to the large number of pre-orders was pushed back two days. Like their previous Korean album, Mirotic debuted atop the charts with 307,974 copies sold. In early January 2009, the album's sales totaled 502,837 copies, making it the first Korean album in six years to pass the 500,000 mark. In October, TVXQ released "Jumon: Mirotic", the Japanese version of Mirotic's title track. The single topped the Oricon chart, breaking the record that the group had set with their previous single. TVXQ attended the prestigious Kōhaku Uta Gassen Music Festival on New Year's Eve, making them the first Korean group to attend. The honor of performing on Kohaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-POP artists and enka singers can perform. Even today, a performance on Kohaku is said to be a big highlight in a singer’s career because of the show’s large reach.
Their twenty-fifth single "Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide", released in January 2009, became another number-one for the group. In March, TVXQ released their twenty-sixth single "Survivor" which debuted at #3 on the charts subsequently ending their number-one streak. "Survivor" was followed by their fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, which debuted at #2 on the charts. To support the album they embarked on their fourth concert tour, Tohoshinki 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code, which ended at the Tokyo Dome, making them the first Korean group to perform there.
On April 22, 2009, they released their twenty-seventh single "Share the World/We Are!". The single debuted atop the charts, extending their Oricon record. Their twenty-eighth single, "Stand by U", was released on July 1, 2009 and debuted at #2 on the charts.
The group's live DVD titled "4th Live Tour 2009 - The Secret Code - Final in Tokyo Dome" was released on September 30. According to the 10/12 Oricon DVD Ranking, it sold more than 171,000 copies, their personal best for sales in this category on the first week of its release. In a month, The Secret Code has sold over 300,000 copies. In addition, this is the first time in twenty years for a non-Japanese Asian artist to get first place in the DVD rankings, exceeding previous foreign artists who have attained this ranking included The Beatles' "The Beatles Anthology (Special Price Edition Edition)" which was released in March 2003 and Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin DVD", which was released in June 2003 and have held that position for foreign artist getting first for 6 years and 3 months since. Also, based on the sale numbers of their DVD, they broke their personal record by pre-selling 107,000 copies. Their previous records include their 3rd Live Tour 2008 - T which was released in August 2008 and was last recorded as having sold 112,000 copies, and All About DBSK Season 3 which sold 66,000 copies so far. This time, their DVD sold more than twice that amount with a total sales of 353,000 copies and broke the record for the highest initial sales for foreign artists.
2010: Japanese activities, lawsuit and hiatus
TVXQ started out the year with their twenty-ninth single, "Break Out!", released on January 27, 2010, which created a new record for the group. The single topped the Oricon, selling 256,000 copies in its first week and breaking Elton John's record for the highest first week sales for a foreign artist, which had lasted for 14 years and 8 months. In February, the group was chosen to sing the opening song "With All My Heart -君が踊る、夏-" for the Japanese movie "君が踊る、夏 / Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu", which hit the screens in September 2010. On March 24, 2010, TVXQ released a new single called "Toki o Tomete". TVXQ's Japanese album, The Best Selection 2010 surpassed the 500,000 mark, achieving double platinum in February, and transcended the 700,000 mark in March, becoming their best sale in Japan. With this TVXQ became the first foreign boy band and also the first foreign male artists to sell over 700,000 albums in Japan.
On April 3, 2010, Avex announced the hiatus of TVXQ's Japanese activities and that it would focus on helping each member with their solo activities.
On November 23, 2010, SM Entertainment announced that TVXQ would return as a duo consisting of Yunho and Changmin in early 2011. On November 24, 2010, Avex Entertainment, as well as SM Entertainment Japan, released a statement regarding the renewal of SM artists' contracts with Avex, including TVXQ who would continue as a duo under Avex Trax.
2011: Return as a duo, Keep Your Head Down and Tone
TVXQ's newest album, Keep Your Head Down, was released in South Korea on January 5, 2011 and peaked at #1 on the Gaon Chart two weeks after release. Gaon Chart's half-year sales chart ranked TVXQ's album Keep Your Head Down as the highest selling album of the year to date, with a total of 230,922 copies sold from January to June 2011. In addition, the repackaged album of Keep Your Head Down ranked #9 on the same chart and sold 55,243 copies, making the total sales figure 286,185. Their Japanese single "Why? (Keep Your Head Down)," released by Avex Trax in Japan on January 26, 2011, sold 231,000 copies in the first week and reached #1 on the Oricon singles Daily, Weekly, and Monthly charts. On July 20, the duo released the Japanese single "Superstar," which sold over 184,000 copies and was certified Gold by month's end. TVXQ performed in A-Nation 2011 after their long two year hiatus in Japan. A-nation made its way through five cities, Ehime, Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. During the live concert in Tokyo, TVXQ unexpectedly became the first foreign artist to become A-Nation's "Big Bird," or the ending performer. Ayumi Hamasaki used to close every A-nation concert for the past 8 years. From September 2–4, 2011, TVXQ participated in SMTOWN Live In Tokyo, along with fellow labelmates, at the Tokyo Dome.
In preparation for the release of their first Japanese album in 2.5 years, the full music video for "B.U.T (BE-AU-TY)" was released through various sites on September 19. TVXQ's new full-length Japanese album, Tone, was released on September 28. Selling 105,484 copies on the day of its release and over 205,000 copies by week's end, the album ranked #1 on Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts, and #1 on Oricon October Monthly Chart, by selling more than 285 000 copies. It is TVXQ's first full-length album to secure the #1 Oricon Weekly and Monthly positions. Tone earned RIAJ's Platinum certification within two weeks of its Japanese release, and broke an 11-year long record making TVXQ the first male foreign artist to sell over 200,000 copies of an album in its first week of release in Japan (previously held by Bon Jovi in 2000). TVXQ surpassed the 250,000 mark, and achieved the Platinum certification in just three days of release.[unreliable source?]
TVXQ performed at the 2011 Hallyu Dream Concert at Gyeongju Citizens’ Stadium in South Korea on October 3, where they performed songs "Maximum" and "Keep Your Head Down" from their new album. Live coverage of the concert was aired on On October 6 by Mnet.
On October 9, 2011, TVXQ participated in the “New York-Korea Festival", a specially planned program by KBS Global to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s entry into the United Nations. It was held in New Jersey and the live performances were recorded and broadcast on October 22 on KBS2 TV.
As part of SMTOWN Live In New York, TVXQ performed in the SMTown Concert in New York at Madison Square Garden on October 23 alongside label-mates including SNSD, Super Junior, Shinee, BoA and Kangta. They performed a mix of past and present songs from their most recent Korean album, opening their act with a medley of "The Way You Are"/"Mirotic", "Maximum", "Before U Go", "Keep Your Head Down" and ending with "Rising Sun".
On October 29, TVXQ released their 東方神起 3rd Artist Japanese Book: El Sol, which ranked #1 on Book Oricon Weekly Chart by selling more than 11,160 copies. After 5 weeks of its release the photobook sold a total of 35,473 copies.
TVXQ was also the closing act at the 2011 K-pop Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, presented by JK Entertainment on November 12.
Their new Japanese single 'Winter Rose' was released on November 30, it has been described as a pearly ballade song fit for the winter season. It was selected as the commercial song for Seven & i Holdings’s “Winter Gift – Tohoshinki (Snow Episode)”, with TVXQ themselves as actors, which begun airing on November 8.
On NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen's official website, TVXQ was confirmed as one of the performers for the 62nd NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen. TVXQ alongside other Korean groups KARA and SNSD attended the award show on 31 December 2011, New Year's Eve. This was TVXQ's third time participating in the Kouhaku and first time as their new status as a duo.
In 2011, adding up their Korean album sales and Japanese singles and album sales TVXQ sold over 1,300,000 copies.
2012: Tone Tour, Japanese singles, Catch Me & World Tour
TVXQ launched their first Japanese solo tour in nearly three years in January 2012. Tickets were sold out in a few minutes. Spanning a total of 26 shows in 9 cities within 4 months, Tohoshinki Live Tour 2012 Tone is the largest concert series in the entire TVXQ history to date. This tour also marked another milestone in TVXQ's Japanese career history by making them the 3rd foreign artist (after Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys) to perform at the Tokyo Dome, for 3 consecutive days, attracting crowds of over 165,000. Tone's 550,000 audience was also the largest mobilization for any Korean artist in Japan. TVXQ's newest Japanese single, "STILL" also grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Oricon Weekly Chart, recording a total of 138,664 units sold. The track is TVXQ's 26th single to enter the Top 10 ranking since "Sky" in 2006, breaking BoA's former record of 25 singles.
Among others TVXQ participated in the 18th Annual Dream Concert held on May 12, entitled "I Love Korea", at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, to raise funds for helping underprivileged Korean young people. TVXQ, along with other SM artists, took part in SMTown Live World Tour III in Los Angeles. The event was held on May 20 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The day after, TVXQ participated in the 2012 MBC Korean Music Wave in Google. This free concert was held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, and was streamed worldwide via YouTube. TVXQ, along with other SM Entertainment artists, brought their SMTOWN World Tour III to Taiwan on June 9. The family concert of SM artists was held at Hsinchu County Stadium, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
TVXQ's 4th BigEast Fanclub Event entitled "The Mission" kicked off with the first half that was held on June 30 and July 1. Held at the Saitama Super Arena, the event gathered a total of 88,000 fans in attendance. On July 7 and 8, TVXQ brought their fan meet to Kobe Memorial World Hall, where approximately 32,000 people came to attend. TVXQ's fanclub event is touted as the largest in Japan's music history.
TVXQ's 34th single, "Android" was released on July 11. The full audio was first played on BayFM radio in Japan the night of June 16. This is the first dance track the duo would release since Superstar and B.U.T. It sold 98,550 copies on the first day, topping the daily Oricon chart. TVXQ was also recognized by Japan's Oricon chart as the biggest selling international artist in terms of singles, recording a total of 3,104,000 sales to date. This broke the 10-year and 10-month long record held by The Carpenters.
On September 18, TVXQ revealed that they would be releasing their sixth Korean album, entitled "Catch Me", online on September 24 and physically on September 26th. Along with the announcement, they released Yunho's teaser picture. The next day SM released Changmin's teaser picture, as well as description on the titular track. On September 20 TVXQ released the group teaser picture and announced that they would be embarking on their first world tour, entitled "TVXQ! Live World Tour ‘Catch Me", starting on November 17 in Seoul, their first individual concert in Korea in almost four years. On September 25 it was announced that TVXQ would replace Girls' Generation as representatives of South Korea at the 1st ABU TV Song Festival 2012, which took place at the KBS Hall on October 14.
On January 16, 2013, Tohoshinki announced on their official Japanese site the release of their sixth Japanese album Time for March 6. The album became their fastest selling studio album to date, selling over 277,000 copies in its first month of release. Its lead single, "Catch Me -If You Wanna-", sold over 137,000 copies, and topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, making the group the first foreign artist to have had twelve number ones on Oricon. In March the group took part in the TRF tribute album TRF Tribute Album Best for TRF's 20th anniversary. They sang a cover of "survival dAnce ~no no cry more~" and were the only Koreans to participate on the album.
It was announced on April 23 on Tohoshinki's official site that they would be releasing a new Japanese single "Ocean" on June 12. On April 27, TVXQ embarked on the Tohoshinki Live Tour 2013 Time, which spanned five domes, becoming the first K-pop artist and the fourth foreign artist to do so. The tour was estimated to attract 850,000 fans. The final stop was Nissan Stadium, where they became the first non-Japanese musical act to perform at the venue.
TVXQ are famous for their a cappella. Their ease with harmonizing persisted throughout their career and is used frequently in their songs, from slow ballads like "Tonight" to fast tempo pop like "Mirotic". Many of TVXQ's releases are ballads and many of their non-single tracks on their first four Korean albums were ballads. Their most famous and critically acclaimed music in Japan have been ballads, some with R&B influences. They have released music in other genres in Japan as well, ranging from electronica to dance to rock. With the release of Tone, TVXQ experimented with more pop and electronic music, but ballads such as "Duet", "Back to Tomorrow", and "シアワセ色の花" appeared on the album.
Their most famous Korean singles have been pop. Their single "Mirotic", a heavy-urban dance song with electropop and synthpop influences, is considered one of the staple songs of K-pop. TVXQ's pop music is often characterized by its harmonizing vocals, high notes, and electronic, dance, and R&B influences. Changmin is also known for his high notes and "screams". TVXQ have also released R&B, electronica, dance, and hip hop music. Some of their R&B songs have elements of dance-pop. In 2011 they released "Before U Go", which was contemporary R&B.
Their first and second Korean albums have included Rap rock. They have done two rap rock songs with Korean rock band TRAX. Their fourth Korean album, Mirotic, had genres of electronic, dance, ballad and had more heavy urban songs and less ballads from other albums.
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TVXQ performing Bolero live as the encore to their 2009 tour The Secret Code at the Tokyo Dome.
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TVXQ are well known for their live performances that sound comparable or better than their studio recordings,[who?] and are praised continuously for their stability in singing while in the process of difficult choreography.[importance?] With each subsequent release, TVXQ maintains the high level of their vocal ability, while continuing to improve and better themselves. Their live performances of their ballads are particularly known for their stability, high notes, and emotion.
Yunho and Changmin have performed three hour sets. Videos of TVXQ performing with the background music removed or singing a capella are often praised and circulated virally. On the May 4, 2011 episode of Mnet's Idol Chart Show, TVXQ ranked number one among music removed (MR) idol singers.
Lyrics and composition
Although the composition and writing of songs were handled by staff in their early years, TVXQ gradually began to produce their own compositions and lyrics. On their second Korean album, Rising Sun, Yunho, Yoochun, and Junsu wrote the rap lyrics to "Love After Love". For their third Korean album, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap., Micky wrote the English rap lyrics to "Phantom Hwanyeong" and Xiah wrote and composed "White Lie...". For their second Asia tour concert "O", Yunho wrote and composed his solo, "Spokesman" (feat. Donghae from Super Junior). Their fourth Korean album, Mirotic, saw an increase in the members' participation. Changmin wrote the Korean lyrics for "Love in the Ice", Hero wrote and composed "Don't Cry My Lover", Micky wrote and composed "Love Bye Love", and Xiah wrote the lyrics to "Picture of You". For their third Asia tour concert "Mirotic", Yunho wrote and composed his own solo again, "Checkmate", in both Korean and Japanese.
For their third Japanese album, T, Micky wrote the lyrics for "Kissしたまま、さよなら" (As We Kiss, Goodbye) and co-composed the song with Hero. Micky also wrote the lyrics for his solo, "My Girlfriend", for the second single in the Trick project, Runaway/My Girlfriend. Xiah composed his solo track, "Rainy Night", for the third single in the Trick project. Hero wrote and co-composed "Wasurenaide" (忘れないで lit. Don't Forget ) and Micky wrote and composed "Kiss the Baby Sky". Both songs were included on their twenty-fifth single, "Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide", as the last two A-sides. The songs later appeared on their fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, along with the song "9095", which was composed by Hero.
For their fifth Korean album Keep Your Head Down, Changmin wrote the lyrics for his solo ballad "고백 (Confession)". He also wrote the lyrics for "I Swear " on their sixth Korean album Catch Me. Yunho has expressed wanting to release more of his own compositions in the future. Changmin wrote the song "떠나지 못해 (Sleepless Night)" for fellow SM Entertainment group Shinee on their third album Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me, released in April, 2013.
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Yunho debuted in his first leading role in Heading to the Ground in 2009 and has taken on musicals as well. In 2013 he is set to appear in the series Queen of Ambition. Changmin has secured a role in the drama series Paradise Ranch and then played a North Korean spy in a Japanese film. Both of them appeared in the 2012 biographical movie I AM.. In 2012, Changmin was cast in one of the leading roles in a Japanese film “Fly with the gold” and went on to win the 36th Japanese Academy Award for Newcomer of the year.
Lyrics of "Mirotic"
In November 2008, the Korean Commission of Youth Protection ruled that "Mirotic" was detrimental to youths and declared that the lyrics were provocative and overly sexual. As a result, the album was labeled with stickers indicating that it was unsuitable for people under 19 years old and any performances of the song would have to be broadcast after 10 PM. In response to the ruling, SM Entertainment agreed to make a clean version but also had filed an injunction to overrule the commission's decision. The lyrics were changed from "I got you" to "I chose you" and "I got you under my skin" to "I got you under my sky." In March 2009, the Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favor of SM Entertainment. The Commission of Youth Protection announced they would appeal the ruling to a high court after having an emergency meeting and deeming that the phrase, "I got you under my skin", was inappropriate for minors.
Lawsuit against SM Entertainment
On July 31, 2009, three of the members—Hero, Micky, and Xiah—submitted an application to the Seoul Central District Court to determine the validity of their contract with SM Entertainment. Through their lawyers, the members stated that the 13-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without the confirmation or permission of the members, contract terms have been extended and changed without their knowledge or consent and that the group's earnings were not fairly distributed to the members. Early termination penalty of their contract will cost them twice the profit that the group is estimated to earn for SM Entertainment the rest of the contract period. The news was enough to cause SM Entertainment's stock price to drop over 10% on the KOSPI.
The Seoul Central District Court granted the three members a temporary contract injunction in October 2009 and stated that SM cannot interfere with their invididual activities but also that they can only act as members of TVXQ through SM Entertainment. The members have claimed that the contract was unfair and they were left out of proper profit distribution. In response, SM Entertainment called a press conference and claimed that the lawsuit was not about unfair contracts or human rights, but motivated by the three members’ greed to pursue their cosmetics business uninhibited by the restrictions their exclusive contract with SM bound them with. SM submitted a complaint on criminal misdemeanour charges against the cosmetics company Crebeau, however it was never brought to court by the prosecutor on grounds of insufficient evidence. The three replied that they hoped SM Entertainment would respect the court’s decision.
In response to the lawsuit, 120,000 TVXQ fans filed a petition against SM Entertainment’s long-term contracts to the Seoul District Court. TVXQ's Korean fanclub Cassiopeia, also filed for compensation from SM Entertainment for the cancelled SM Town Live Concert, as both SM and TVXQ initially stated that the concert would go on as planned; the concert was cancelled a week before its scheduled date.
On February 17, 2011, the Seoul Central District Court dismissed SM Entertainment's injunction against the three, filed in April 2010 for damage compensation. In September 2012, the final decision on the case was postponed indefinitely, by Seoul Central District Court for mediation under the justice department.
The lawsuit came to an end on November 28, 2012, with both parties mutually agreeing to withdraw their lawsuits, stating that the three members' contracts came to an end on July 31, 2009 and that both parties would mutually not interfere with each other's activities. A SM official is quoted as saying, "We made a judgment that we don’t have to manage the three members of JYJ any longer as they expressed their intention not to keep their activity as TVXQ" and further added that they have decided to end the litigation "to avoid bringing additional harm to U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, who are active as TVXQ, and to avoid making any more unneeded issues".
TVXQ has endorsed products such as Samsung's Anycall, sportswear Fila, and Oronamin C. Some of their songs have even been used as theme songs for television shows, commercials and motion pictures;[fn 3] such as One Piece, Chevrolet and Subaru.
In 2011, the newly reformed TVXQ duo landed endorsement deals in Korea with brands such as Nike, The Shilla Duty Free, Pepsi NEX Zero, Missha, and most recently with Lacoste. In Japan, they have endorsed Seven & i Holdings, 7-Eleven products, featuring their Japanese single "Superstar" in the CFs, and Seibu Silver card, featuring their song "I Don't Know." and 7-net shopping CF featuring their song "thank you my girl". Later in November, they had another 7-Eleven CF with their song "Winter Rose".
On 14 August 2012, Missha launched a new limited-edition TVXQ perfume set and had a special TVXQ fan signing event at the Missha store in Myeong-dong. On September 10, 2012, Missha announced that TVXQ had signed an exclusive contract with them to represent the brand worldwide and that their advertisements would soon be featured in some 1,000 stores across Asia.
CF endorsements discography
- Seolreim CF song (2009)
- Endorsement: Lotte Seolreim
- Singers: TVXQ
- HaHaHa (2008)
- Amaku Hateshinaku (2009)
- Endorsement: Pinky
- Singers: TVXQ
After TVXQ's comeback with U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin:
- Endorsement: Seibu card (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ ("I Don't Know")
- Endorsements: Pepsi (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ
- Other versions: U-Know Yunho version, Max Changmin version
- Endorsement: Shilla Duty Free (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ
- Other versions: U-Know Yunho version, Max Changmin version, Model version
- Endorsement: 7-net shopping (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ ("Thank You My Girl")
- Endorsement: 7-Eleven (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ ("Superstar")
- Endorsement: Missha (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ ("Keep Your Head Down")
- Endorsement: 7-Eleven (2011)
- Singers: TVXQ ("Winter Rose")
- TVXQ gained interest for signing a "friendship contract" with French fashion brand Lacoste, the first ever such partnership Lacoste has made with Korea.
In 2005, the Los Angeles Tourism Corporation launched the "See My L.A." campaign. TVXQ, along with label-mate BoA, became the spokespeople for the campaign. Since April 2007, TVXQ host their own weekly radio program, TVXQ Bigeastation on the Japan FM Network. On March 28, 2008, TVXQ were chosen as the "Goodwill Ambassador for Asia" by Universal Studios Japan in order to further promote the attractions of the USJ. TVXQ were also chosen to be the new faces for the Lotte duty-free shop, due to their popularity throughout Asia.
The official fanclub of TVXQ is called Cassiopeia in South Korea and BigEast in Japan, formed in 2006. The Cassiopeia constellation is in the shape of a 'W', tracing the name 'TVfXQ' on a keyboard also comes in a 'W' shape. Their official color is red. According to news sources in 2008 it was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's largest fanclub", with more than 800,000 members, however, Guinness World Records stated that "[w]e currently have a category for the largest fanclub for a group, but no record has yet been set and we haven’t been provided with any evidence".
When Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu started their lawsuit against their management, 120,000 Cassiopeia members filed a petition with the Seoul District Court in 2010 against SM Entertainment’s long-term contracts. Cassiopeia also filed for compensation from SM Entertainment for the canceled SM Town Live Concert, as both SM and TVXQ initially stated that the concert would go on as planned; the concert was canceled a week before its scheduled date.
In January 2011, SM Entertainment restructured its Cassiopedia fanclub requirements to include proof of residency in Korea; they accepted applications from January 10-25. After the split of JYJ from Tohoshinki, AVEX restarted the BigEast fanclub from scratch and received registrations during August 2011.
Awards and achievements
According to news sources in 2008, TVXQ made it in the Guinness World Records for having the world's largest official fan club. TVXQ allegedly also made the Guinness World Records a second time in 2009 for being the Most Photographed Celebrities in the World.
In terms of awards, TVXQ and Super Junior are the only artists in SM Entertainment to win two Golden Disk Daesang of Physical Album Sales, whereas Girls' Generation has won one Daesang of Physical Album Sales. TVXQ is the first foreign artist to win twice in a row in Kohaku Uta Gassen, Japan's most prestigious stage show. They are also the first foreign group to have an album surpass the 700,000 mark in Japan. In the Oricon History, TVXQ is the first foreign artist to have 11 Oricon Chart toppers. They are also Oricon's biggest selling international artist with total units sold amounting to 3.1 million to date.
TVXQ’s The Best Selection 2010 broke several records for being the first foreign male artists to surpass the 700,000 mark in Japan. TVXQ topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart for the ninth time with the release of their single "Keep Your Head Down" from their album of the same name in Japan, expanding their record for the most number-one singles by a foreign artist. It is the second time since Oricon inaugurated searching for sales in 1968 that a single by a foreign artist gathered more than 200,000 copies sold in the first week. The initial occurrence happened in 2009, when TVXQ sold 256,000 units of “Break Out!”. Their fifth full-length Japanese album Tone was released on September 28, 2011, selling 205,000 copies in its first week and reaching #1 on the Daily, Weekly and Monthly Oricon Charts. This is the first time in TVXQ's history that they have achieved a #1 in all 3 Oricon rankings charts.
Concerts and tours
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- S.M. Summer Town Festival (2006)
- SMTOWN Summer Concert (2007)
- SMTOWN Live '08 (2008–09)
- SMTOWN '10 Live World Tour (2010–11)
- SMTOWN Live World Tour III (2012–12)
- 2011: Nov Sydney KPOP Festival Australia
- 2011: Nov Billboard KPOP Masters Las Vegas, NV
- 2011: Dec SBS Music Festival South Korea
- 2011: Dec KBS Music Festival South Korea
- 2011: Dec Gayo Daejun Festival South Korea
- 2012: Feb Poseidon Concert South Korea
- 2012: Mar Hong Kong Asian Pop Festival
- 2012: Apr Korean Music Wave Bangkok, Thailand
- 2012: Apr EDA Super Asia Music Festival Taiwan
- 2012: May Hallyu Dream Concert South Korea
- 2012: Jun KPOP Festival Music Bank Hong Kong
- 2012: Aug a-nation Osaka, Tokyo
- 2012: Oct Korean Wave KPOP Festival Seoul, Korea
- 2012: Oct Busan Fireworks Festival Busan, Korea
- 2012: Oct KPOP World Festival Changwon, Korea
- 2012: Nov Nomshin Love Sharing Concert Korea
- 2012: Nov MBC KPOP Festival Hanoi, Vietnam
- 2012: Dec SBS Gayo Daejun Seoul, Korea
- 2012: Dec KBS Music Festival Seoul, Korea
- 2013: May Hallyu Dream Concert South Korea
- 2013: October Gyeongyu Hallyu Dream Concert South Korea
- Prior to the establishment of Gaon, South Korea's music charts were supplied by the Music Industry of Korea, which only published monthly and yearly rankings. Thus, all rankings for Korean records in this article up to 2010 refer to the monthly charts, and all rankings for Japanese records refer to the Oricon's weekly charts, unless otherwise stated.
- The title of the album is based on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's theory.
- For a complete list of the commercial tie-ins of TVXQ's songs, see their discography.
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|Seoul Music Awards for Daesang |
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|7th & 8th Mnet Asian Music Awards- Artist of the Year |
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|Golden Disk Awards for Daesang |
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|South Korea in the ABU TV Song Festival |
with "Catch Me"
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with "Give It to Me"