Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun (JJY or JYJ) have been working hard, as usual, and finishing up their worldwide debut album.  Currently the album is schedule for release in Oct 12 2010.

The new album, titled “The Beginning”, will be distributed in the U.S., all through Asia and other countries by Warner Music.  It will also be available through iTunes too!  In a recent interview, the guys still hope to promote Korean culture through the album and will try their damndest to make the album a success.

As we all know, the guys flew to California to work with well known producers like Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins on some of the tracks. They reportedly were perfectionists when it came to working to get the English portion of their music up to their liking.


The official JYJ website quotes Jaejoong as saying:

“There is pressure as we are not native English speakers, but we are not daunted by it. We hope our music can cut across the language barrier and still deliver our message.”

On that, Yoochun  — who lived in the U.S. for a number of years — said:

“I think it is liberating to be able to express our music in English, if it is acceptable to our fans. I hope this will help bring our music to more people around the world and bring us closer to those who like our music.”

During that trip to the States, Junsu got sick with a high fever and had to be taken to the hospital. Junsu had this to say:

“There is also a deeper connection with existing English speaking fans who are familiar with our Korean and Japanese music.”

The unconfirmed information out now is that the first single is the Kanye West produced song called “Ayyy Girl”. From the report:

The first single off the album “Ayyy Girl” is produced by Kanye West who lends his vocals to the song. It also features the maestro of spoken word, Malik “The Poet” Yusef. It’s a song that depicts the quest of seeking that perfect girl but when you find her, things are never quite as perfect as you envision it to be.

The tracklisting information making its way around the new right now is as follows:

1. Intro ( Composed by S.Tiger)
2. Ayyy Girl_Feat. Kanye West / M. Yusef (Composed by Kanye West, K. Hamler, P. Phenom, M. Yusef, Jae Chong / Lyrics by K. Hamler, P. Phenom, M. Yusef)
3. Empty (Composed by Rodney Jerkins / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler, L. Daniels, T. Parker)
4. Be My Girl (Composed by Rodney Jerkins / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler, L. Daniels, T. Parker)
5. Still in Love (Composed by Hero Jae-joong / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler)
6. I Love You_Feat. Flowsik (Composed by Micky Yu-cheon / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler)
7. I Can Soar (Composed by Xiah Jun-su / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler)
8. Be The One (Composed by Jae Chong / Lyrics by Jae Chong, Terry Shorter, Kyoko Hamler)
9. Ayy Girl_ S. Tiger Remix
10. Empty_DJ EON Remix
11. Be My Girl_DJ EON Remix

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In addition, a tentative U.S. tour schedule has been released with scheduled dates in New York, Seattle, San Fran. and Los Angeles.

City Venue Date
New York Hammerstein                    12th November
Seattle WAMU THEATER               13th November
San Francisco Bill Graham Auditorium    14th November
L.A Shrine Auditorium              19th November
credits: http://www.tinsel-pr.com/JYJ/schedule.html

Their involvement with the production and creation of their current music has been incredible.  They have been involved in the process from start to finish and are currently deciding on an official group name for the three members.

One possible solution, aside from using the initials of the three members, is “B1”.  ‘B’ comes from the english word “beginning”.  But don’t pounce just yet. No final decision has been made just yet.

According to translated reports, there is a schedule showcase Oct 12 at which the guys will perform some of their new material.


Its been a long, hard, difficult road for the trio who stood up against their Korean management company (SM) by filing a lawsuit to get rid of the draconian exclusivity potion of their contract making it almost impossible for the members to be involved in anything over which SM didn’t have complete control. It also caught the public’s attention that they were signed to a 13 year contract; a contract they were signed to when they were still teenagers. 

An early ruling from Seoul District court sided with the three young men and an order was issued that SM not interfere with any activities of the three members outside of singing in Korea.

Just recently their Japanese management company (AVEX) got into a tub of boiling oil with the fans for stopping all of JYJ’s Japanese promotional activities.  Representatives for the three young men revealed that AVEX tried to exert certain unacceptable controls over the trio when they were set to renegotiate their contract.  The three members had previously signed with a company called CJeS — headed by a representative with a questionable past — to handle management and negotiations. 

Avex is accused of trying to coerce the young men into re-signing with AVEX under highly unfavorable conditions using the past behavior of the head of CJeS as the reason.  The trio was having none of that mess.  And sure enough, AVEX released a statement claiming that they halted JYJ’s Japanese activities because of CJeS’s past.  However, fans weren’t buying it and quickly found past twitter made released months ago from their archives where a high ranking AVEX official vouched for CJeS when questions arose about the company’s past. 

Whether CJeS is good or bad for the guys remains to be seen, but they were reportedly excluded from the relationship between the the young men and AVEX.  So why CJeS would all of a sudden become a problem to AVEX remains questionable.

We’ll keep you posted on that issue.

One thing is for sure, though. These three talented, hardworking young men are not playing.  They are not going to let any grass grow under their feet either.  They are forging ahead and walking a path they’re cutting with their own hands.  Maybe the sentiment expressed at the JYJ website expresses their ideals best: “Just relax and leave any pre-conceived ideas about Korean artistes/Asian pop aside and listen to us with an open heart.”

Alright now! I ain’t mad. I will be greatly anticipating what their creativity has to offer.

Source Mat:
Newsen; Trans: sharingyoochun
naver + Jaetime;  Trans: dorfehh@DBSKnights



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