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[KPOP] IDOLS TAKES OVER MUSICALS

Idols take over musicals, for better or worse
‘If we can create pieces that are moving as well as original, we may be able to remove the idols from the stage.’
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The first Korean production of the musical “Miss Saigon” was a hit when it premiered in 2006 with more than 85 percent of seats sold. Confident that the show could repeat its successful run, another Korean production of the musical was staged here earlier this year. This time, however, ticket sales were at only 55 percent.

“The Phantom of the Opera” was one of the best-selling musicals here until May, but sales are less than stellar these days.

Korean productions of hit musicals have drawn audiences and re-shaped the landscape of the theater scene in recent years. But the industry that has proven so lucrative for the industry as a whole is experiencing a shift toward a new phenomena that critics say could change things – for better or for worse. While theater critics say recent productions are higher in quality than in the past, sluggish ticket sales in recent months have led the industry to refer to its current situation as musical theater’s “ice age.”

In the midst of the public’s indifference, the only performances that have been able to attract audiences are the ones that have members of Korea’s idol groups as part of their casts.

The musical “Mozart,” which stars Xiah Jun-su, a member of the disbanded group TVXQ, recorded average ticket sales of 99 percent when he was in the role. That figure dropped to just 74 percent when another actor was in the leading role. Similarly, the Korean production of “Legally Blonde” had its own idol star in Girls’ Generation member Jessica. Ticket sales surged to 90 percent when Jessica, who rotated the role with two other actresses, was on the boards, but plummeted to just 70 percent when she was not.

The most recent example of this phenomenon is the production of “Midnight Sun,” which also featured a member of Girls’ Generation, Taeyeon. Sales soared to a whopping 98 percent when she was on stage but fell to 78 percent when someone else was in the role.

“The Korean public tends to be stingy when it comes to paying their own money for cultural events,” pop culture critic Sung Gi-wan said. “The only ones who are willing to do that are fans who want to watch their favorite stars.”

The current trend is not the result of bad acting or a dearth of good musicals, critics say. Instead, it appears to be the simple fact that casting popular singers attracts fans and publicity. “A Chorus Line,” which opened last weekend, has Jung-ah, a member of girl group After School, and Soo-hyun, a member of U-Kiss, in the cast. The producers revealed that they did not want to cast celebrities because of their busy schedules but investors refused to support the production if the stars were not part of it.

“The public is sick of the surge of large-scale musicals from overseas that have arrived since 2001,” theater critic Cho Yong-sin said. “Musicals in the U.S. were also reliant on Hollywood stars until well-crafted musicals were made. If we can create pieces that are moving as well as original, we may be able to remove the idols from the stage.”

By Choi Min-woo [estyle@joongang.co.kr]


[TVXQ] HERO JAEJOONG IN SHOCK OVER PARK YONG-HA’S DEATH

Korean pop idol Hero Jaejoong [SM Entertainment]

Hero Jaejoong is said to be in shock after hearing about the suicide of actor Park Yong-ha.

Multiple media sources reported that TVXQ member Hero Jaejoong, who is currently in the United States, was in distress since he had talked on the phone with Park just the day before his death.

“Jaejoong and Park had a special relationship — something beyond the typical friendship. We know that they had a telephone conversation on June 29th,” a source close to Hero Jaejoong said, although adding he was not sure what they talked about.

Jaejoong, currently in the United States to work on his new global album, will be unable to visit the hospital in time.

Park was found hanging himself from the cord of his camcorder charger at 5:30 a.m. in his house. His body has been placed at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital.

credit: asiae.co.kr


[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


[100519/KPOP] HERO JAEJOONG DENIES DATING JAPANESE MODEL

TVXQ member Hero Jaejoong [Asia Economic Daily]

Hero Jaejoong of Korean idol group TVXQ has denied recent rumors that he is dating Japanese model Yano Mikiko, according to a Japanese magazine Women’s Weekly.

The weekly publication reported in its recent issue that Hero Jaejoong had “enjoyed a date with Japanese model Yano Mikiko near Shibuya. They were wearing masks and Mikiko had her arm through Hero Jaejoong’s.”

Mikiko is a popular model who has appeared on the May cover of fashion magazine Non-No.

However, both parties denied the report. Incidentally, Hero Jaejoong had also been linked to Japanese actress Abiru Yuu last November.

Hero, whose real name is Kim Jaejoong, debuted in 2004 as part of five-member boy band TVXQ. The group became one of the most phenomenal K-pop acts in the country and throughout Asia, selling numerous records and recently making history in the Japanese music scene.

The band officially stopped working as a group in Korea last year and in Japan last month due to a legal dispute between three of its members — Hero Jaejoong, Xiah Junsu and Micky Yoochun — and talent agency SM Entertainment over their 13-year exclusive contract.

In April, Hero Jaejoong made a successful acting debut in a Japanese TV series “Hard to Say I Love You” alongside top Japanese actors Eita and Ueno Juri of smash hit TV series “Nodame Cantabile”.

cre: asiae.co.kr


[KPOP/JPOP] 100414 TVXQ JUNSU, JAEJOONG, YUCHOON FORM NEW UNIT

Earlier this month, Avex announced that the Korean group TVXQ is putting its group activities on hold, but now three of the members are forming a new unit of their own. The unit is currently known by the members’ names: JUNSU JEJUNG YUCHUN.

The trio will make their debut with a set of dome events, titled “JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN THANKSGIVING LIVE IN DOME.” First, they will perform at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on June 5 and 6. Then, they will perform one week later at Tokyo Dome, on June 12 and 13. An official website has already been launched.

The three members also have individual projects coming up. Jejung is one of the main characters in the new drama series “Sunao ni Narenakute,” while Yuchun has been cast in a mobile phone drama on BeeTV that starts in June. Junsu has a solo double A-side single scheduled for release on May 26, under the artist name “XIAH junsu.”

Source: Natalie + tokyograph.com


[KPOP/NEWS] 100415 SM SUES TVXQ MEMBERS 2.2 BILLION WON

Three members of boy band TVXQ, namely Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, have been sued a total 2.2 billion won, equivalent to nearly two million dollars, by major talenthouse SM Entertainment.

SM, in charge of discovering and managing the five-member band, had taken legal action against the three singers on Monday, filing an objection against a court’s decision ordering provisional disposition of their working contracts as well as a lawsuit reclaiming their validity.

“We are demanding compensation for damages the agency and the remaining two members have suffered from the cosmetics business the three have undertaken and them also cancelling a concert in Shenzhen,” SM stated in its complaint.

SM went onto explain that the conflict between the two parties arose from the cosmetics business the three singers invested in last year, after the agency claimed the singers would be violating their exclusive contract by using the group’s name and portrait rights for the business.

“That is when they denied the validity of their working contract and filed for provisional disposition. They then one-sidedly decided to cancel on their schedules following the court ruling, inflicting immense damages to the remaining two members,” SM claimed.

In late July last year, Hero, Micky and Xiah had asked a court in late July to nullify their 13-year exclusive contract with SM to which the court ruled 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.

TVXQ has been one of the most successful K-pop acts in Asia since their debut in 2004 with reportedly the largest fanbase in the world.

They were particularly successful in the Japanese music industry, becoming the first foreign artist to top the Oricon singles charts six times with a single last year and also the first foreign artist in 15 years to place their single and album simultaneously within the top three slots of Oricon’s singles and albums chart.

credit/source: 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


[KPOP/JPOP] 100407 TVXQ FINALLY DELIVERED THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY

Popular K-pop and J-pop group TVXQ has finally delivered their side of the story to the fans regarding their official disbandment through their Japanese webpage.

The members wrote, “To our fans and affiliates, we are sorry for causing any worries. We each will work hard in our individual fields.”

The disbandment was released on Apr. 3 also via the band’s Japanese website.

TVXQ’s Japanese management company, Avex Group stated on Apr. 3, “TVXQ will end their careers as a group but we will support these very talented young people in any way we can.”

Three members of TVXQ, Xiah Jun-soo, Hero Jae-joong and Micky Yoo-chun, were involved in a contract dispute with their Korean management company, SM Entertainment since July 2009.

Xiah is scheduled to release a solo album on May 26 and Hero, Micky and Max will be working as actors in different pieces.

credit/source: joongangdaily.com


[KPOP] 100409 TVXQ U-KNOW YUNHO TO STAR IN J.RICH MV

Korean idol star U-Know Yunho is set to star in the latest music video for three-member R&B group J.Rich, according to J.Rich’s agency on Friday.

M.root Entertainment explained through a press release that U-Know decided to play the male lead in the video for J.Rich’s song “Goodbye My Love.”

This will be the first time that U-Know is appearing in another artist’s music video. The teaser video featuring U-Know will be unveiled on April 12 through various online music sites.

Meanwhile, former girl group Sugar member Park Soo-jin has been tapped to take the leading female role. The teaser video containing Park will be released two days after U-Know’s video.

J.Rich’s first album will go on sale in Korea and Japan simultaneously through on and offline music retailers.

U-Know Yunho made his debut into the entertainment industry as a member of the five-man band TVXQ, one of the most successful K-pop acts in Asia with reportedly the largest fanbase in the world.

The group recently made headlines following their announcement that they would discontinue their musical activities as a group in Japan and only pursue individual careers.

They had officially stopped working as a group in Korea since last July when three of its members — Xiah Junsu, Hero Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun — asked a court to nullify their exclusive contract with SM, claiming their 13-year contract period is too long.

CREDIT/SOURCE: asiae.co.kr

Here’s the teaser of Goodbye My Love


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[KPOP] TVXQ’S XIAH JUNSU’S TWIN ZUNO UNVEILED TEASER VIDEO

Xiah Junsu’s twin brother Zuno [BIAS]

TVXQ member Xiah Junsu’s twin brother Zuno has unveiled a teaser video for his debut single “Nothing to Lose”, according to agency BIAS on Tuesday.

BIAS explained in a press release that a 33-second teaser video, which contains footage from the music video to “Lose”, has been posted on the agency’s official homepage (www.biasent.com) and popular video sharing site Youtube. “You will be able to see much more of his charms in the music video,” an official at BIAS was quoted as saying, adding that a full version of the video will be revealed at Zuno’s showcase, to be held at Beijing Chaoyang Gymnasium on March 28.

The teaser video, which has received over 10,000 hits on Youtube as of Tuesday morning, shows the singer tied up in tape with words such as betrayal, anger, agony, tears and disappointment written on it.

The story is about a man who is in pain after a woman he loves leaves him. Zuno, whose real name is Kim Junho, first drew attention for his talent and potential as an entertainer in November 2008 after appearing on MBC’s celebrity dating show “Introducing the Friend of a Famous Star” with his K-pop idol sibling Junsu.

His debut single will be released simultaneously in Korea and China on March 29.

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