110302 TVXQ2 talk about JYJ on “Knee-Drop Guru”

articlesTVXQ poured their hearts out on March 2nd’s episode of “Knee-Drop Guru”.

Explaining their feelings about JYJ breaking off from TVXQ, Yunho stated,”It was a shock to me at that time. I didn’t know [they] filed an injunction. My heart was broken by thinking that our big success at such a young age caused all of this”.

He added, “I was also disappointed as a member that they even took the situation as far as filing a lawsuit. I can personally handle being called a ‘traitor’ but I regretted the situation influencing my beloved and respected parents”.

Changmin revealed his feelings, saying “The situation has been written in the papers and some talked badly about my parents. My father is still a teacher so I felt bad about him getting hurt. I also felt bad at the thought that my siblings or friends would become adults holding this pain in their hearts”.

Changmin reminisced about the then 5-member TVXQ’s final performance in 2009 at NHK’s ‘Red and White Collaboration‘ saying,  “I looked at my schedule and I didn’t see anything. We were performing at a prestigious and memorable event, and I felt sad at the thought that this could possibly be our last stage. We advanced into Japan as raw newbies and it was a great time to profit from it, I didn’t know why I was performing a sad song at such a happy and fun stage”.

Yunho said, “I felt uncomfortable singing on that stage. We had a lot of memories and we came all the way here with one shared dream and I felt afraid that our last stage could take place at one of the most prestigious awards shows. So I felt as if I sang with a sad face, I’d be acknowledging (the situation) so I sang even harder.”

In addition, he revealed the hardships he went through in preparation for the new album, “For the new album, we needed to give off the TVXQ feeling / vibe with only 2 members, so it was hard filling the empty space. We practiced until the early morning, even after all the trainees left”.

At the question “Are the lyrics to ‘Keep Your Head Down’ targeting the JYJ members?”, Yunho replied, “It literally means ‘keep your head down’. Many people are thinking that we’re dissing the members but that was not our intent at all”.

He continued, “In our 1st album, there is a song called ‘Triangle‘, which has the lyrics ‘with a falling heart (I) cry bloody tears’. If we sang that at this time, people would mistake that we’re dissing (them). If we wanted to diss them, we would’ve never came out with this song”.

On the other hand, Changmin said, “I didn’t think we’d be able to dodge many questions for long. I felt we needed a time to jump over them”, giving a reason behind their decision to appear on the show.

TVXQ also revealed the story behind their stage name.

When MC Kang Ho Dong asked, “Were you all satisfied with the team name?”, Yunho said, “I didn’t like it. Our CEO thought about it for a long time and came up with ‘Dong Bang Bul Pae’. When I first heard it, I was really shocked. After that, our names were ‘Jun Muk Go‘ (A Whale Who Lives By Eating Legends), SM5, and Dream Team”.

Additionally, the two members came on the show with the concern, “We want to have more male fans”. Changmin explained, “In Cassiopeia, only 3.25% of the fans are male”.

Kang Ho Dong thought of a quick solution and made the whole cast laugh by saying, “Go to the army. If you go to the army, you can gain the hearts of 6,000,000 soldiers”.

Source: Sports Today, Star News
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CreBeau Acquitted of SM Accusations – JYJ

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Crebeau, the cosmetic company accused of being the cause of TVXQ’s disbandment, has been acquitted.

With SM’s formal objection against JYJ’s exclusive contract suspension injunction already dismissed, it has been found that Crebeau, which SM accused of being the cause of the lawsuit, has been acquitted of all charges.

In July, 2009, three members of the popular idol group TVXQ (Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu) filed an exclusive contract suspension injunction to the Seoul District Courts against SM Entertainment. SM then announced that the trio filed the lawsuit because of the financial temptation that the cosmetic company presented them with.

Crebeau then sued SM of distorting the facts and blaming the company of being the cause of the lawsuit in order to hide the internal problems SM singers face, to avoid the criticism of the fans and to denounce the claims made by JYJ. But when SM was acquitted from these charges, it countersued the cosmetic company for false accusations, defamation and obstruction of business.

It was decided that there was not enough evidence to prove that Crebeau sued SM on false truths.

On the other hand, Woo Eun Mi from ‘Superstar K’ has decided to be sponsored by Crebeau. The cosmetic company sent their prayers for Woo Eun Mi and JYJ’s successful tv appearances.

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SM Loses in Court Again, Injunction Requests Against JYJ Thrown Out

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JYJ has won another victory in the courts in their epic fight against SM Entertainment, its former Korean management company.  According to translated reports, Seoul District Court has thrown out two injunctions filed by SM against JYJ.

The Court has also further confirmed the unfairness of the exclusive contract, and upheld an earlier ruling making sure SM has no right to interfere with JYJ’s independent activities.  

Initially, the Court ruled that SM could not interfere with whatever activities Junsu, Yoochun or Jaejoong decided to participate in while this lawsuit is ongoing.  As a result, SM filed an injunction on Oct 27 2009 claiming that it was illegal for the Courts to keep them (SM) from interfering with JYJ activities.

 

In the ruling, the Court stated that JYJ was in an inferior or subordinate position to negotiate because SM had the unilateral right to make all of the decisions according to their contract.

The Court says the exclusive contract “cannot be justified under any circumstances such as overseas expansion or a decrease of investment risk,” and that the SM contract is “invalid not only on the account of exceptionally long term of the contract but other clauses such as interference in JYJ’s every action and excessive penalty of breach of the contract.”

So now we have a ruling from an independent 3rd party stating that the exclusivity of the contract – the main reason why JYJ filed a lawsuit against SM in the first place – forced JYJ to basically be at the mercy of SM without any power to decide anything.

The Court also said that SM can’t use the rather ridiculous excuse that JYJ should be under a 13 year contract in order to recoup all the money SM decided to spend on other kids who weren’t successful.

SM was also criticized by the Court for its “ability to supervise and direct every move made by JYJ”.

But that’s not all.  SM filed a 2nd injunction against JYJ, and again the Court rejected it.  The 2nd injunction was SM asking the Court to suspend the contract between CJeS and JYJ.  Remember, the Court had already ruled that SM couldn’t interfere with JYJ’s individual activities.  So the Court also threw out SM’s request to get in the way of CJeS and JYJ, thus confirming that SM doesn’t have any rights whatsoever to hinder JYJ’s activities.

According to translated reports, CJeS CEO Baek Chang Ju said:

“We consider it a victory of truth and hope that their activities are no longer hindered by forced accusations of double contracts. We will be working hard to show only the best side of JYJ to the public. I would like to thank the JYJ members and the staff for consistently battling a tiring fight against Goliath.”

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The big ruling on the main case is expected sometime in March 2011.

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SM Top Execs Get Bonuses 11162010

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[Asiae Kyeongjae Reporter Lee Chang Hwan] On the strength of the popularity of its signed artists, such as Super Junior and Girls Generation, SM Entertainment recorded its highest ever gain in the first half of this year, but only executives of the company received the fruits through a showering of bonuses. Their fellow executives received 3 times their usual paycheck in bonuses but regular employees, on the other hand, actually saw their salaries shrink. This is causing no small amount of shock, as it seems that the very managers under suspicion for signing Dong Bang Shin Ki, Girls Generation and others on to “slave contracts” are the ones being rewarded.

The Financial Supervisory Service revealed on the 16th that in the early half of this year SM gave out bonuses of 780,000 USD to CEO Kim Young Min and six other executives. This amount is 3 times the amount given out at the same time last year, which was 220,000 USD per person and substantially bigger than the amount given out the year before, which stood at around 300,000 USD.

The rise in the bonuses of the executives is a reflection of the rise of the company’s status overall. SM has recorded its highest ever gain since its inception thanks to the explosive popularity of Super Junior, Girls Generation and its other artists, leading to an increase in album and digital download sales.

In the first half of this year, the company’s total sales and operating profits stood at 47.5 million USD and 18.6 million USD respectively, which represents an increase of 59% and 385% relative to the same time last year when recorded total sales was 29.8 million USD and operating profits 3.8 million USD. For three years in a row, from 2006 to 2008, SM Entertainment recorded sales deficits, but last year, after pulling out of the red, the company has only been recording gains.

Financial firms are attributing the success of SM’s turnaround to the improvement of the business structure at the company. According to Daewoo Securities, “SM appears to be improving its business structure since 2009,” and “they were able to improve their sales numbers due to a strong line-up of artists in 6 teams who were able to draw in meaningful sales numbers.”

Analyst Kim Chang Kwong said, “More than anything, this is attributable to the success of BoA, Dong Bang Shin Ki and Girls Generation in the world’s second biggest music market, Japan,” and “the integration of modern technology, such as smart phones and smart TV and other related technologies to increase viewings of music videos and music downloads.”

Although it might seem obvious given this newfound success for the company to award its executives bonuses, it must also be pointed out that the company still has a long way to go and a lot of improving to do when it comes to the treatment of its regular employees and contracted artists. Currently, regular employees do not even have a bonus scheme and, if anything, their average salary has in fact decreased. In the first half of this year, SM paid 154 employees an average of 16,000 USD per person. This represents a diminished sum from what was given out at the same time last year, which was 17,000 USD per person on average.

According to a representative of the company, “Since the gains this year were much better than last year, we decided it would be a good idea to hand out incentive payments to our executives,” and, “compared to other similar companies, our pay levels are low, so we thought this would be a good move.”

However, in the current situation, where the company continues to be criticised for its treatment of its contracted artists, handing out bonuses to executives largely responsible for this represents a problem from an ethical point of view. It cannot be denied that contracted artists play a large role in the sales and operational profits of [the company], but the content of the contracts, once exposed to the public, has led it to be labeled slave contracts by many in the greater public.

At the current moment, Dong Bang Shin Ki members Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu as well as Super Junior’s Hangeng are engaged in large-scale lawsuits over their exclusive contracts.

Source: Asiae.co.kr
Translated by Jimmie of TheJYJFiles

HoMin Says “JYJ, Come Back Quickly To Where You Belong”

articlesDong Bang Shin Gi’s Yunho and Changmin, JYJ’s Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, the misunderstandings, opinions, and solutions have not been talked about. Moreover, the distance between the two groups seems to have gotten farther.

On January 12th, Dong Bang Shin Gi’s Yunho and Changmin came to Apgujeong, Seoul had an interview during the Everysing conference. At this interview, they bluntly expressed what they wanted to say to JYJ. Yunho said “I myself want them to come back quickly. Back to the place we belong.”

“I think it is because we have a period when the five of us were happy and which we treasure, that I can now be in a place like this, and because we have these memories that we can now exist as the people we are right now. When viewing the state of this battle going back and forth from a third person’s point of view, it does look ugly. That’s why, at least, we don’t want to pollute the memories that we have within us.” Changmin says.
“In reality, that doing activities with all five members is better is a truth everyone knows. It was a good thing in music, and we were able to become one unity, and when working together it is often that people’s values start to change. It’s about each individual making their choices.” Yunho said. Yunho continued to say “I have a lot of things I want to say in regards to all the little details, but more than anything I want them to be well.”

“Already, It feels like we’ve crossed a that had kept us detained. The three members who are now far away from us, it has come to the situation that they went to court with the company. It’s just that the appearance that we are making on the fans is chaotic and that is our deepest regret. Someday, somehow, this will all be resolved. It would be great if we can show the original appearance of ourselves”.

We then asked the question, “If there comes an opportunity when all this can be reconciled, once again, will you join together again?” and there affirmative answer was “We will be keeping that possibility open. However, prior discussions with the company will be necessary,” they added clarifying their standpoint.

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Yunho Changmin Compares Group to Flock of Geese

articlesWorldwide Daily News and National Daily News recently met with the TVXQ members, Yunho (25) and Changmin (23), on January 11th at the SM Entertainment-managed ‘EverySing Karaoke’ event in Seoul. The duo shared their thoughts on their long-awaited comeback, their musical concept, and the strained relationship they hold with JYJ.

Yunho expressed, “I’m thankful to all the fans who waited for us. My condition wasn’t up to par for our broadcasts last week, but seeing our fans passionately supporting us gave me overflowing strength.”

He continued, “Musically, we kept with the same colors of TVXQ. We exploited of all our strong points to the best of our ability by assigning Changmin to the higher notes while I took the bass, all the while putting great focus on our performance. We were worried that our polar opposite voices might not match, but we ended up with a good result and a new color.”

Changmin stated, “We made some changes along with the member adjustments. If we put emphasis on a lot of us singing the chorus in harmony before, then this time, we’ve changed so that our music can keep both keep of our vocals alive; we’ve also changed our methods in expressing our emotions for the song.”

When asked about their reason behind performing a ballad song, “How Can I”, for their first comeback stage, Yunho answered, “We sang it because we thought it would have a mass public appeal. We wanted to approach the fans with a variety of genres by throwing out our ‘TVXQ: the dance group’ image.”

With regards to the new album concept, “It’s music with a middle-ground between our personalities and our harmonization. We tried our best in filling up the space of the withdrawn members, and we focused on masculine and dynamic choreography.”

TVXQ is a team that was created by SM. Whatever their motive was for withdrawing from the group, we waited for them solve their problems with the company and come back to us.

Changmin expressed, “We thought we needed to protect TVXQ’s name. When a swarm of geese prepare to migrate, they never forget to make the correct formation. I don’t think it’s right when a few of the geese who chose to broke away still considered themselves as part of the flock.”

With JYJ being unable to make appearances on TV shows and broadcasts, there have recently been an influx of speculations regarding the situation between TVXQ and JYJ. TVXQ expressed, “It’s not like our hearts are comfortable about this either. We are suffering difficulties, we just feel it’s more appropriate if we don’t say it.”

When asked whether the meanings of ‘betrayal’ and ‘regret’ in their “Keep Your Head Down” track was aimed towards the absent members, Yunho replied, “When you listen to the song, it is possible to think the song is talking about them, considering the similar situations. However each person’s interpretation of the song is different, and it’s only about a man who is sending away his previous love.”

Yunho also added, “In my darkest moments, I thought about TVXQ being forgotten. It’s true that we’re becoming more distant with those friends. We needed to solve this inner grudge but we hadn’t been in contact for such a long time, and as a leader of a group for 8 years, it hurt a lot.”

“When I was depressed, I rode the subway and wandered the streets by myself, and I learned a lot from it. I even went mountain climbing, and just like how I had to go through a difficult path to get to the top of the mountain, I also believe that this was an important time for TVXQ in order to get back on the right track.”

He continued, “We will definitely show why we’re TVXQ through our music. We will do our best in not being a disappointment to anyone.”

Changmin added, “We’re also aware of those who look at TVXQ in a negative light. Going on stage and using our fans’ support to wipe out those criticisms is our responsibility. We’ve come back prepared to take on that responsibility.”

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