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[SME] SM ENTERTAINMENT ARTISTS DOMINATES ALBUM SALES

As if the company needed any more evidence to prove itself as one of the top entertainment agencies in Korea, a report was recently released showing just how much SM Entertainment dominates the kpop industry.?Hanteo, a website the keeps track of domestic album sales, released a report on August 18th, showing that SM artists took the top seven spots when it came to total album sales from January 1 to August 17, 2010.?

Super Junior, a group that has already proved itself in being a sure album-seller took the number one spot with their Fourth Album, version A. After having been released this past May, the album — which contains their hit title song “Bonamana” — has sold 122,232 copies.

Second place went to the nine-membered girl group, Girls Generation. Their second album, featuring the hit song “Oh!”, boasted 118,644 in album sales. Third place was taken by another SM boy group, SHINee. SHINee made their comeback just this past July giving their second album only a few weeks of circulation time before this report was released. However, those few weeks were enough as they sold 52,398 copies of “Lucifer-Type A” featuring the catchy tune “Lucifer”.

The SM domination doesn’t stop there. Asia’s Star made her long awaited comeback in Korea after five long years. Having released her sixth album “Hurricane Venus” on August 2nd, BoA ranked sixth in album sales with a total of 44,745 copies sold to date.

You may be wondering, so who took 4th, 5th, and 7th place? It was the same artists that took 1st and 2nd place: Super Junior and Girls Generation. “Oh!” the repackaged album sold 51,269 copies clinching the fourth spot, while Super Junior’s Fourth Album, version B sold 47,628 copies which was enough to place fifth. As for the seventh spot, it was once again Super Junior with their Repackaged Fourth Album which saw 40,791 copies be sold.?Filling up the remaining three slots in the top 10 were non-SM artists Jay Park, 2AM, and Rain placing 8th, 9th, and 10th respectively.

SM has seen much success in 2010, bringing in 47.5 billion won in sales for the first half of the year. This is a 59% increase from the same period last year. Operating profits also went up, recording 18.6 billion won which is a 385% increase from the same period last year. All combined, net profits stood at 17.6 billion won.

One thing to note though is that the two companies strong enough to compete with SM didn’t put their best foot forward for the earlier half of 2010. JYP Entertainment, home to the Wonder Girls, 2PM, and 2AM focused on US activities. The Wonder Girls cut their promotion time for “2 Different Tears” short to focus back on tackling the US market. 2PM and 2AM were also absent from the country for a few weeks out of the year to tour as the girls’ opening acts. As for YG Entertainment, although we did see the comeback of some of their star solo artists (think Se7en and Gummy), their real ace-players were M.I.A. Idol groups Big Bang and 2NE1 didn’t release any albums this year, although recent reports have indicated that this will soon be changing. 2NE1 is set to make a comeback in September.

We’ll have to keep watch and see if YG, or any other company for that matter, has what it takes to turn these rankings around in their favor by the end of 2010.

credit: world.kbs.co.kr

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SM TOWN LIVE 2010 PERFORMANCE LIST UNVEILED


< SMTOWN LIVE ‘10 >
▷ 공동제작 : S.M. ENTERTAINMENT
DREAMMAKER ENTERCOM
▷ 후 원 : ㈜ G마켓
▷ 일 시 : 2010년 8월 21일 (일) PM 05:00
▷ 장 소  : 잠실 올림픽 주 경기장
▷출 연 진 : BoA,강타,유노윤호,최강창민,Super Junior, 소녀시대, SHINee, F(x),TRAX, 장리인Special Guests
▷ 티 켓 : A FIELD / B FIELD / C FIELD
※ 전 좌석은 지정좌석입니다.
▷사이트 :

1) FANMEETING PM 04:00
KangTa, Super Junior, SHINee , Girls’ Generation

SMTOWN LIVE ‘10 프로그램리스트
1)‘POWER SPECIAL 2010’ Special Guests
2) Over The Rainbow – Victoria, Luna
3) 못된 사랑 – TRAX
4) 토요일?- Jang Ri In
5) 내가 사랑했던 이름 – Onew, JongHyun
6) Ring Ding Dong – SHINee
7) 그 해 여름 – KangTa
8) 어느날 가슴이 말했다 – KangTa
9) 우리… – KangTa
10) 미인아 – Super Junior
11) Super Girl – Super Junior
12) No other – Super Junior

*** 영상 *** TIME-OUT
13) ‘볼륨배틀’ – KangTa, Luna, YeSung, JongHyun, TaeYeon, Jang Ri In
14) ‘댄스배틀’ – BoA, YunHo, Yuri, EunHyuk, HyoYeon, TaeMin
15) BATTLE SPECIAL -KangTa, Luna, YeSung, JongHyun, TaeYeon, Jang Ri In, BoA, YunHo, Yuri, EunHyuk, HyoYeon, TaeMin
16) Eat you up – BoA
17) Energetic – BoA
18) No Dance No Life + BOOM! LOL- BoA
19) MUSIC FOR U *** 온라인 투표 ***
BoA, KangTa, UKnow Yunho,Choi Kang ChangMin, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), TRAX, Jang Ri In

*** 이미지 방송 ***
20) 가슴이 차가운 남자 – TRAX
21) Moving On – Jang Ri In
22) JoJo –SHINee
23) Sorry – f(x)
24) In My Dream – Super Junior
25) 별별별 Star Star Star– 소녀시대

*** 소개 이미지(소녀시대) ***
26) Oh! – Girls’ Generation
27) 소원을 말해봐 Tell me Your Wish (Genie) – Girls’ Generation
28) Gee – Girls’ Generation
29) 다시 만난 세계 Into the New World – Girls’ Generation
30) Run Devil Run – Girls’ Generation

*** 소개 이미지(YunHo, ChangMin) ***
31) Crazy Life – YunHo
32) Wild Soul – ChangMin
33) 단순한 – YunHo, ChangMin
34) 댄스SHOW*** 모던 댄스/재즈 댄스 – YunHo, ChangMin
35) 믿어요 – YunHo, ChangMin

*** 소개 이미지 (슈퍼주니어, 샤이니, 에프엑스)***
36) U – Super Junior
37) It’s You – Super Junior
38) 원더보이 – Super Junior
39) Marry Me – Super Junior
40) Y.O.U – SHINee
41) 니가 맘에 들어 – SHINee
42) 산소같은 너 – SHINee
43) 줄리엣 – SHINee
44) 1 년 后 – Jessica , Onew
45) TOXIC – Girls’ Generation
46) Nu ABO – F(x)
47) LaChaTa – F(x)
48) Mr. Boogie – F(x)
49) Chocolate Love – F(x)

50) Love Me – Jang Ri In
51) 연인이여 – Jang Ri In
52) Cold Rain – TRAX
53) One Night – TRAX
54) 나 속인거 아니지? –Typhoon
55) Guitar – JungMo

*** 소개 이미지(SMTOWN) ***
멘트
56) Yesterday – KangTa, BoA
57) Summer vacation
58) Dreams Come ture
59) 여름이 좋아 I Love The Summer
60) ENDING SHOW

Source: SM Ent.
Credit: Baidu.
Shared by: Jae Ex Dee.

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[SMEnt] ARTISTS TO EMBARK ON A WORLD TOUR STARTS AUGUST

Official poster of “SMTOWN LIVE ’10 WORLD TOUR” [SM Entertainment]

The artists of major talenthouse SM Entertainment will go on a world tour starting mid-August, SM announced on Friday.

SM explained through a press release that their singers, including Kangta, BoA, U-know Yunho, Max Changmin, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), TRAX, will take off on the “SMTOWN LIVE ’10 WORLD TOUR” which kicks off at the Olympic Park in Seoul on August 21.

The tour will then take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 4 and the Hongkou Gymnasium in Shanghai on September 11. The dates for Tokyo and other cities in Asia have yet to be announced.

SM, founded by former singer Lee Soo-man in 1995, is in charge of discovering and training numerous top K-pop artists including Fly To The Sky, H.O.T, TVXQ and Girls’ Generation.

SM also manages the careers many songwriters, music producers, comedians and actors including Ara, Choi Jung-yoon and Lee Yeon-hee.

Tickets for the Seoul performance will be available starting July 15 on online shopping website Gmarket (http://www.gmarket.co.kr) and sold to fan club members two days in advance.

credit: asiae.co.kr

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[TVXQ] HERO, MICKY AND XIAH TO FILE A 3 BILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST SM

From left, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu [SM Entertainment]

Three members of boy band TVXQ, namely Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, have filed a lawsuit worth three billion won, equivalent to nearly 2.5 million dollars, against major talenthouse SM Entertainment.

According to the Seoul Central District Court on Monday, the three singers brought suit against SM, demanding that they be confirmed their 13-year exclusive contract with the agency had been nullified, along with one billion won each, part of their share of profits they claim to have failed to receive.

The three had applied for provisional disposition of their contract with SM last July, saying it was too long and unfair, to which the court ruled in partial favor of, stating that SM cannot interfere with their individual activities.

This led to a halt of their activities as a five-man band in Korea and a few months later in Japan. The three then formed a separate group, signing with Japanese agency AVEX, through which they declared they would pursue their singing careers.

After giving a series of sold-out concerts in Japan just two weeks ago which they held to “express gratitude to fans,” the new trio have been gearing up for their debut which is set to be produced by prominent U.S. musicians Kanye West and Timbaland.

Meanwhile, SM too had sued the three singers in mid-April in a suit worth 2.2 billion won for the damages the agency and the remaining two members, U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, have suffered from the legal battle.

Since their 2004 debut, TVXQ, discovered and managed by SM, had arguably been one of the most successful K-pop acts in Asia with reportedly the largest fanbase in the world.

Enjoying great success in the Japanese music industry in particular, they became the first foreign artist to top the Oricon singles charts six times and placed their single and album simultaneously within the top three slots of Oricon’s singles and albums chart, the first time for a foreign artist to do so in 15 years.

source: asiae.co.kr


[100601/KPOP] SM ENTERTAINMENT ARTIST PERFORM AT SHANGHAI EXPO

Pictured above: girl group f(x); below: singer Kangta [SM Entertainment]

Korean talenthouse SM Entertainment artists Kangta, BoA, Super Junior and f(x) performed at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China over the weekend.

The stars took to the stage of the ‘Korea Music Festival’ held at the Cultural Center of the Shanghai Expo Park in Sunday attended by 10,000 people.

The music festival was divided into two parts — the first half focusing on the Korean traditional heritage show followed by the performances of Kangta, BoA, Super Junior and f(x).

For the opening act, SM’s youngest artists f(x) sang their songs “LA chA TA,” “Chu~♡” as well as their latest single “NU ABO.” Kangta, who was recently discharged from the military earlier this year, performed his hit tunes “Eternity,” “Just One Day” and “Evergreen Tree+Polaris.”

BoA gave a powerful show with her songs “Eat You Up,” “Look Who’s Talking” and “Energetic,” while Super Junior danced and sang to their popular songs “Man in Love,” “Sorry Sorry” and “BONAMANA.”

SM Entertainment, founded by former singer Lee Soo-man in 1995, is in charge of creating the successful careers of numerous K-pop artists including Fly To The Sky, H.O.T, TVXQ and Girls’ Generation.

SM also manages many songwriters, music producers, comedians and actors including Ara, Choi Jung-yoon and Lee Yeon-hee.

Pictured above: BoA; below: boy band Super Junior [SM Entertainment]

cre: Asiae.co.kr


[KPOP] SM TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST TVXQ

SM Entertainment, the talent powerhouse in charge of discovering and managing boy band TVXQ, has taken legal action against three of the group’s members whose exclusive contract with the agency was nullified last year.

“On April 12, we filed an objection against the court’s decision ordering provisional disposition of the contracts as well as a lawsuit to reclaim their validity,” the agency stated through a press release Tuesday.

SM explained they had held off from taking legal action against Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu last year “in an effort to see the group continue to exist” but made the move this week after “the three failed to officially express any intention of resuming their activities as a group and TVXQ recently halted their activities as a group in Japan.”

Hero, Micky and Xiah had asked a court last July to invalidate their exclusive 13-year contract with SM to which the court ruled in favor of the young singers in an interim ruling, declaring that the agency will not interfere in their individual activities.

The five-man band had stopped working as a group in Korea ever since, although carrying on their activities in Japan including making TV and magazine appearances as well as releasing albums, until announcing on April 3 that the group would no longer pursue a singing career together.

Hero and Micky are currently in shooting for dramas while Xiah is preparing for a solo album release.

Since their debut in 2004, TVXQ has been one of the most successful K-pop acts in Asia who reportedly have the largest fanbase in the world.

They had enjoyed great success in the Japanese music industry in particular, becoming the first foreign artist to top the Oricon singles charts six times with their 27th single “Share the World/We are!” released last year.

They made music history in Japan again in early April, when they placed their single and album simultaneously within the top three slots of Oricon’s singles and albums chart, the first time for a foreign artist to do so in 15 years.

credit/source: asiae.co.kr