TVXQ at a press conference for SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Bangkok, November 25, 2012
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TVXQ (stylized as TVXQ!), known as Tohoshinki in Japan, are a South Korean pop duo comprising U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. TVXQ, an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (Chinese: 東方神起), are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an initialization of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki (Hangul: 동방신기). Their name translates to "Rising Gods of the East".
Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2003, TVXQ originally debuted as a five-member boy band consisting of leader U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. They were immediately launched to mainstream recognition following the release of their first single "Hug" (2004), which debuted at number four on MIAK's monthly music chart. Their first studio albums Tri-Angle (2004) and Rising Sun (2005) were both commercially successful, pushing the band's popularity beyond Korea. Under Rhythm Zone, a record label in the Avex Records Group, TVXQ entered the Japanese-language market in April 2005 with their debut single "Stay with Me Tonight", but their first Japanese album Heart, Mind and Soul (2006) was met with limited success.
TVXQ rose to international prominence in the late 2000s, after the group achieved critical acclaim in the Korean music industry with their best-selling albums "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006) and Mirotic (2008), both which won the Golden Disk Award for Album of the Year. The latter's lead single "Mirotic" was also touted by international music critics as a staple song of K-pop. Their third Japanese album T (2008) was similarly successful, and its lead-up single "Purple Line" became the first single released by a foreign band to top Japan's weekly Oricon Singles Chart. TVXQ's success in Japan was solidified with their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code (2009), which produced four chart-topping singles. With its accompanying The Secret Code Tour, TVXQ became the first Korean music group to perform at the Tokyo Dome.
In 2010, TVXQ entered an indefinite hiatus after members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu started a legal battle with their Korean agency S.M. Entertainment. A year later, TVXQ returned as a duo with remaining members Yunho and Changmin, and they released TVXQ's fifth Korean album Keep Your Head Down (2011), topping album charts in most major Asian markets upon release. Since their 2011 comeback, the duo have sold more than 3.5 million albums and singles in Korea and Japan.
TVXQ are commonly known as one of Asia's most successful music acts and are therefore referred to as "Asia's Stars" and "Kings of K-pop" for their immense success and contributions to Korean pop. They are the first non-Japanese band to have ten number-one singles on the Oricon Singles Chart. With their Japanese Time Tour, one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 2013, the duo became the first foreign artists in history to perform at the Nissan Stadium. According to South Korea's Gaon and Japan's Oricon, TVXQ are one of the best-selling K-pop groups in the world, selling over 12 million records in Korea and Japan since their debut. Billboard described the group as "K-pop royalty".
- 1 History
- 1.1 2003–2005: Debut, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun
- 1.2 2006–2007: "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. and Japanese albums
- 1.3 2008–2009: Japanese breakthrough and Mirotic
- 1.4 2009–2010: Lawsuit, Best Selection 2010 and hiatus
- 1.5 2011: Return as a duo, Keep Your Head Down and Tone
- 1.6 2012–13: Groundbreaking success in Japan, Catch Me, Time and world tours
- 1.7 2014–present: Tense and Tree
- 2 Artistry
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Controversy
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Other activities
- 8 Fan club
- 9 Awards and achievements
- 10 Concerts and tours
- 11 Footnotes
- 12 See also
- 13 Publications
- 14 References
- 15 External links
2003–2005: Debut, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun
Before their debut, the group was offered some tentative names: SM5, Dream Team, O Jang Yukbu (Hangul: 오장육부; Hanja: 五臟六腑; lit. The Five Visceras), Jeonseoleul Meokgo Saneun Gorae (Hangul: 전설을 먹고 사는 고래; lit. A Whale That Eats Legends), and Dong Bang Bul Pae (Hangul: 동방불패; Hanja: 東方不敗), the Korean name for the Chinese wuxia character, Invincible East. They decided on Dong Bang Bul Pae, and even obtained permission to use the name from Film Workshop, but the name was later rejected by their management because the Hanja was not aesthetically pleasing. Their name was subsequently finalized to Dong Bang Shin Ki (Hangul: 동방신기; Hanja: 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 the physical single of "Hug" on January 14, 2004, reaching to number four on the South Korean monthly album charts.[fn 1] In July 2004, TVXQ released their follow-up single "The Way U Are", which debuted at number two. TVXQ's first studio album Tri-Angle was released in South Korea on October 11, 2004. It debuted atop the charts and sold a total of 242,580 copies, making it the year's eighth best-selling record.
Inspired by the success of BoA's Japanese music career, TVXQ followed suit by signing with the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone in late 2004. Introduced in Japan as Tohoshinki (東方神起?), TVXQ released their debut Japanese single "Stay with Me Tonight" in April 2005. The single reached to number thirty-seven on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart. Before returning to Korea to prepare for their second Korean album Rising Sun, TVXQ released their second Japanese single "Somebody to Love" in July 2005, which peaked at number fourteen. TVXQ's debut in Japan was not as successful as their management had hoped, and the group had described their first few months in Japan as "difficult." In August 2005, TVXQ performed for Avex's annual A-Nation summer concert tour, their first musical festival in Japan.
Rising Sun was released in South Korea on September 12, 2005 and became the group's first breakthrough album. It debuted at number one on the Korean charts and was the fourth best-selling record of 2005. The album's lead single "Rising Sun" was a popular hit, and it eventually became the group's signature piece. TVXQ ended the year with two more releases: their third Japanese single "My Destiny" and a Korean maxi single "Show Me Your Love", featuring Super Junior. The latter single entered the Korean charts at number one. Rising Sun garnered several popularity awards for the group at the end of the year, including M.net KM Music Video Festival's Best Popular Music Video award, the ceremony's daesang ("grand prize").
2006–2007: "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. and Japanese albums
In February 2006, TVXQ embarked on their first headlining international concert tour, the 1st Asia Tour: Rising Sun. Comprising 6 shows only, the tour started off with four shows in Seoul, South Korea. On July 14, 2006, the tour stopped by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where TVXQ were the first Korean artists to hold a concert in the country. The tour's second and last overseas stop was in Bangkok, Thailand on July 15, 2006. A CD recording of their concert in Korea was released on July 14; the DVD was released six months later in January 2007, and had initial sales of 38,000 units.
On March 8, 2006, TVXQ released their fourth Japanese single, "Asu wa Kuru Kara" (明日は来るから?), which became the seventeenth ending theme for the long-running anime series One Piece. Their debut Japanese album Heart, Mind and Soul was released two weeks later, and it debuted on the Oricon Albums Chart at number twenty-five, selling 31,000 copies in Japan by 2007. In April 2006, TVXQ released their first double A-side single "Rising Sun / Heart, Mind and Soul" as a follow-up from their album. The single peaked at number twenty-two. To support Heart, Mind and Soul and its subsequent releases, TVXQ held their first Japanese tour, the 1st Live Tour 2006: Heart, Mind and Soul, from May to June 2006. The tour consisted of 11 shows that attracted an audience of 14,800. After the tour, TVXQ released two more Japanese singles, "Begin" and "Sky". The latter debuted at number six on the Oricon, making it the group's first single to reach the top ten in Japan.
The group resumed their Korean activities with the release of their third Korean album, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. on September 29, 2006. The album entered the Korean charts at number one and became the best-selling record of 2006 after one month of release. The success of the album gave TVXQ four coveted grand prize awards in 2006: at the M.net KM Music Festival, they received four awards, including Artist of the Year and Best Group. TVXQ won all three of their nominations at the 16th Seoul Music Awards, and at the 21st Golden Disk Awards, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap won Album of the Year, the ceremony's grand prize. TVXQ also took home the biggest awards at the SBS Gayo Daejeon. The album's international success won the group their first award in Japan, the Bess Buzz Asia in Korea award at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan.
In November 2006, TVXQ returned to Japan to release their eighth Japanese single, "Miss You / 'O'-Sei-Han-Gō" (miss you / 'O'‐正・反・合?), which became TVXQ's first top three single on the Oricon. In January 2007, TVXQ announced their second international tour, the 2nd Asia Tour: O, and toured Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Beijing. The tour attracted an audience of 390,000.
TVXQ released their second Japanese album, Five in the Black in March 2007, debuting at number ten on the Oricon and earning their first gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Drawing in an audience of 46,600, the group toured Japan from May to June 2007. The five singles TVXQ released upon completion of the tour, including "Lovin' You", "Summer", "Shine / Ride On", "Forever Love" and "Together", peaked in the Oricon top five, their most successful being "Summer", which peaked at number two. TVXQ were also featured in Kumi Koda's thirty-eighth single "Last Angel", which was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of Resident Evil: Extinction. Released in November 2007, the single peaked at number three on the Oricon and won Best Collaboration Video at Japan's MTV Video Music Awards.
2008–2009: Japanese breakthrough and Mirotic
TVXQ's sixteenth Japanese single "Purple Line", released on January 15, 2008, became the group's first single to debut at number one on the Oricon. Their third Japanese album T was released a week later and debuted at number four, earning a gold certification by the RIAJ. With the critical and commercial success of T, TVXQ delayed their Korean comeback to put more focus on their new Japanese releases, and from February to March 2008, the group released a series of five singles consecutively for six weeks, promoting the releases as the "Trick" project. Each single contained a solo track by a member, as well as some of their own compositions. With their new records the group toured around Japan from March to May 2008. The T tour concluded with 17 shows and attracted an audience of 216,000, more than four times the size of their previous Five in the Black tour. The tour's DVD, released in August 2008, sold 112,000 copies.
Shortly before completing the T tour, TVXQ released their twenty-second Japanese single, "Beautiful You / Sennen Koi Uta". The latter track, "Sennen Koi Uta," was used as the opening theme for the historical Korean drama The Legend when it aired in Japan. Despite the drama's disappointing ratings, the single was a number-one seller, making TVXQ the first non-Japanese Asian performer to release two number-one singles in Japan, a record which was last held by Taiwanese artist Ou-yang Fei-fei twenty-four years prior. In July 2008, TVXQ released their twenty-third single, "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?", their third number-one single in Japan. They performed the single at Avex's 20th anniversary meeting and at A-Nation 2008, their fourth consecutive concert with Avex.
In August 2008, TVXQ returned to Korea to prepare for the release of their fourth Korean album, Mirotic. The group assumed more creative control in this album compared to their last Korean releases: Yunho wrote the rap for several tracks, Junsu and Changmin wrote the lyrics to two tracks, and Jaejoong recorded his own solo track. A month before the release of Mirotic, TVXQ teased some of the tracks from the album at S.M. Entertainment's first international tour SM Town Live '08, an Asian-wide concert tour that featured SM Town artists. Mirotic was slated to be released on September 24, 2008, but due to an unprecedented amount of pre-orders, the release was postponed to September 26. The album entered the charts at number one and sold over 110,000 copies in one week, setting a new record. With over 4 million downloads worldwide, the album's lead single "Mirotic" became TVXQ's most successful single of their career, and was considered as one of the biggest K-pop hits in the world. The song won a total of nine number-one trophies on Korean music programs The Music Trend, Music Bank, and M! Countdown, and was touted by international critics as a staple song of K-pop. Mirotic has sold over 600,000 copies, the first Korean album in six years to surpass half a million sales in South Korea. It became the best-selling album among Korea's second-generation idols, and earned the name "Album of the Decade."
In October 2008, TVXQ released the Japanese version of "Mirotic," which topped the Oricon, breaking a record that the group had set with their previous single. TVXQ were the first Korean group to attend the Japanese New Year Eve's music festival Kōhaku Uta Gassen, and their invitation to the event was considered as one of the biggest highlights of their Japanese music career. In January 2009, the group released their twenty-fifth Japanese single "Bolero / Kiss the Baby Sky / Wasurenaide", which was another number one single for the group. "Bolero" was used as the theme song for the Japanese film Dance Subaru, and TVXQ also made brief cameo appearances in the film. In February 2009, the group kicked off their third international tour, the 3rd Asia Tour: Mirotic, which went through five cities in Asia.
TVXQ released their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code in March 2009 and it debuted at number two on the Oricon. It managed to sell over 317,000 copies in Japan, earning a platinum certification. From May to July 2009, TVXQ went on their fourth headlining Japanese tour, the 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code, which consisted of 21 shows to an audience of 279,500. The last two shows of the tour were at the Tokyo Dome, making TVXQ the first Korean group to perform at the venue. The concert's DVD, which was released in September 2009, pre-sold 107,000 copies and ultimately sold more than 353,000 copies. A number-one seller, TVXQ were the first foreign artists in twenty years to peak at first place on the Oricon's DVD rankings.
2009–2010: Lawsuit, Best Selection 2010 and hiatus
In July 2009, members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu attempted to split with their Korean management S.M. Entertainment, claiming that their thirteen-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without permission of the members, and profits were unfairly distributed. In October 2009, the Seoul Central District Court granted the trio a temporary contract injunction, and TVXQ's group activities in Korea were suspended. In November 2009, Yunho and Changmin released a joint statement in support of S.M. Entertainment, and urged the trio to resolve their issues with their management quickly if they wish to continue their careers as TVXQ members. As a result of the legal battle, the Shenzhen show for the group's Mirotic tour was canceled a week before its scheduled date on November 21, 2009, thus prematurely ending the tour. Despite the injunction, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu maintained their activities as TVXQ members under Rhythm Zone in Japan, and the group continued to release new Japanese singles together until mid-2010. However, the members' last public performance together was on December 31, 2009 at the Kōhaku, where they performed their twenty-eighth single, "Stand by U."
In January 2010, TVXQ released their twenty-ninth single, "Break Out!", which created a new record for the group. The single topped the Oricon and broke Elton John's fourteen-year record of having the highest first-week sales for a foreign artist. On February 17, 2010, TVXQ released their Japanese greatest hits album Best Selection 2010, a compilation of their number-one hits including new singles released after 2009's The Secret Code, such as "Share the World / We Are!", "Stand by U", and "Break Out!". The album sold over 400,000 copies in one week, earning RIAJ's double platinum status by the end of February. Best Selection 2010 transcended to 700,000 copies by the end of March and became their best-selling album in Japan. In March 2010, the group released their last single together "Toki o Tomete", which was certified platinum by the RIAJ.
On April 3, 2010, Avex announced the discontinuation of TVXQ's Japanese activities. A week later, Rhythm Zone announced the formation of JYJ with members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, putting Yunho and Changmin on indefinite hiatus. After JYJ's announcement, S.M. Entertainment filed a lawsuit against JYJ to validate their contracts. In June 2010, JYJ submitted a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment to void their exclusive contracts. Following the suits, S.M. Entertainment attempted to denounce JYJ and their new agency C-JeS, while Yunho and Changmin remained silent throughout the legal debacle. In the meantime, Avex released two of TVXQ's greatest hits albums, including the Complete Single A-side Collection and the Single B-side Collection all which were released on June 30.
After months of inactivity, Yunho and Changmin made their comeback appearances in August 2010 for the Seoul stop of the SM Town Live '10 World Tour, where they performed re-recorded versions of older TVXQ songs. Their two-piece performances garnered strong and supportive reactions from the audience, prompting Yunho and Changmin's decision to continue TVXQ activities without the other three. There was an attempt to add new members to the group, but their mentor Lee Soo-man suggested that they should continue as a duo act. Shortly after the concert, the duo began working on their comeback album and brought in a new line of producers, including E-Tribe and Outsidaz. On November 24, Avex announced that TVXQ have signed with Rhythm Zone's sister label, Avex Trax in Japan.
2011: Return as a duo, Keep Your Head Down and Tone
Yunho and Changmin released TVXQ's comeback Korean album Keep Your Head Down on January 5, 2011. The album debuted at number one on the Gaon Albums Chart, and maintained its position for a second week. With 230,922 copies sold by mid-2011, Keep Your Head Down won the Album of the Year for the first quarter of 2011 at the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. The album's title single, "Keep Your Head Down" also stayed strong on the charts, winning seven number-one trophies on music shows The Music Trend, Music Bank, and M! Countdown. The Japanese version "Keep Your Head Down", which was released as a physical single in Japan on January 26, 2011, was a chart-topper and became TVXQ's second best-selling single in Japan, earning a platinum certification by the RIAJ. In March 2011, Keep Your Head Down was reissued with a new single, "Before U Go", and the repackaged album Before U Go peaked at number nine on the Gaon, pushing the album to be the third best-selling record of 2011 in South Korea.
During the promotion activities for Keep Your Head Down, Yunho and Changmin spoke up for the first time about their 2010 hiatus and split with JYJ. According to Yunho, the split was caused by different values between the members and they had disputes over their future goals. He added that the members had scored unprecedented success at young ages, and that JYJ "may have been swept by that fame". JYJ responded by saying that they did not regret their decision in leaving S.M. Entertainment. The lyrics of "Keep Your Head Down" also came under media scrutiny, with claims that they were directed at JYJ; however, TVXQ clarified that "Keep Your Head Down" was not a diss track, and if they were to disparage the trio, they would have released a different song.
In July 2011, TVXQ released their thirty-second Japanese single "Superstar", which was certified gold by month's end. From July to August 2011, a month prior to the release of their comeback Japanese album Tone, the duo toured around Japan for Avex's A-Nation summer concert, and at the Tokyo stop, TVXQ performed as the closing act, breaking Ayumi Hamasaki's record of closing the concert eight years in a row. TVXQ were the first foreign performers to close the festival. On September 19, TVXQ released the music video for their promotional track "B.U.T (Be-Au-Ty)" as an introduction to Tone, which was officially released on September 28. Tone went to become TVXQ's first number-one album in Japan, earning RIAJ's platinum certification within two weeks of its release.
In the latter months of 2011, the duo performed for a string of K-pop music festivals around the world. They first performed at the 2011 Hallyu Dream Concert at Gyeongju Citizens’ Stadium in South Korea on October 3. On October 9, 2011, TVXQ participated in the New York-Korea Festival, a concert produced by KBS Global to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s entry into the United Nations. It was held in New Jersey. On October 23, TVXQ performed with SM Town at the SM Town Concert in New York at Madison Square Garden concert and garnered international media attention. TVXQ were also the closing act at the 2011 K-pop Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, presented by JK Entertainment on November 12.
Their new Japanese holiday single "Winter" was released on November 30. The single's A-track, "Winter Rose", was selected as the commercial song for Seven & i Holdings’s Winter Gift – Tohoshinki (Snow Episode). TVXQ starred in the episode, which premiered on November 8. TVXQ also contributed in their Korean management's December compilation album 2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift, and released the song "Sleigh Ride". On December 31, TVXQ performed at Kohaku for the first time since the split, drawing media attention.
2012–13: Groundbreaking success in Japan, Catch Me, Time and world tours
TVXQ started 2012 with their comeback Japanese solo tour, the Tone tour, in January 2012. Tickets were sold out in a few minutes. Spanning a total of twenty-six shows in nine cities, the Tone Tour reached to an audience of 550,000, more than twice the audience count of their 2009 Japanese tour, The Secret Code. TVXQ also became the third foreign artist, after Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys, to perform at the Tokyo Dome for three consecutive days, attracting crowds of over 165,000. The Tone tour's 550,000 audience was also the largest mobilization for any Korean artist in Japan at the time, until TVXQ broke their own record with their 2013 Japan tour Time.
With the release of their thirty-fourth chart-topping Japanese single, "STILL" in March 2012, TVXQ became the first foreign artist to release ten number-one singles in Japan. By July 2012, TVXQ came to be recognized as the first foreign artist in Japan to sell over 3.1 million CD singles, breaking a ten-year, ten-month long record that was previously held by the American vocal duo, The Carpenters. With over 120,000 fans in attendance, TVXQ's 2012 BigEast fanclub event tour The Mission also broke another record for being the largest fanclub event in Japan's music history.
TVXQ returned to South Korea in September 2012 to release their sixth Korean album Catch Me, followed by the announcement of their first world tour, the Live World Tour: Catch Me. Catch Me was released online on September 24 and on September 26 through normal commercial outlets. It became Yunho and Changmin's second number-one album and TVXQ's fifth number-one album in South Korea, and maintained its number-one position on the Gaon Albums Chart for three weeks. On November 26, TVXQ released Humanoids, the repackage of Catch Me, which also peaked at number one. Two days after the reissue's release, S.M. Entertainment and JYJ dropped their lawsuits against each other and reached a settlement, ending their three-year legal dispute. As part of the agreement, both parties stated that they would no longer interfere with each other's activities, and it was agreed upon that JYJ's contracts with S.M. Entertainment had ended in July 2009.
On January 16, 2013, TVXQ 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.
TVXQ set several records with their Time tour, which commenced at the Saitama Super Arena in April 2013. The duo became the first K-pop artist and the fourth foreign artist to embark on a five-dome tour, and were the first foreign musical act to perform at the Nissan Stadium as a headlining artist. The tour attracted a record audience of 890,000 and grossed nearly US$93 million, breaking Tone's record.
In December 2013, two tenth anniversary concerts were held at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Ilsanseo-gu, South Korea to mark the duo's tenth anniversary in the music industry. The sold-out concerts, called Time Slip, was held on December 26 and 27, 2013.
2014–present: Tense and Tree
Promoted as TVXQ's tenth-anniversary album, their seventh Korean studio album Tense was announced in November 2013. Comprising twelve tracks, the album was released on January 6, 2014, and the swing jazz track "Something" was announced to be the album's lead single. The duo's comeback garnered significant media interest, as they returned in the same week as Rain, who was in a three-year hiatus, and the girl group Girl's Day, who also made a comeback with a song titled "Something". In Japan, "Something" was released as a double A-side single with "Hide & Seek" on February 5, 2014.
TVXQ have labeled their lead singles as "SMP", a supposedly experimental genre with a mix of orchestral pop, rock, hip hop, and contemporary R&B, topped with harmonizing vocals and high notes. Many of TVXQ's songs feature lyrics with dark social commentary.
TVXQ performing Bolero live as the encore to their 2009 tour The Secret Code at the Tokyo Dome.
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TVXQ's musical style has evolved over the years. Dance-pop and contemporary R&B ballads persisted throughout their releases, and they have released a cappella versions of their music. In their first two albums, TVXQ explored rap rock, and have collaborated with the rock band TRAX in those attempts. With their fourth Korean album Mirotic (2008), TVXQ delved into urban contemporary and electropop, and the album's lead single "Mirotic", a song marked by heavy-urban dance and Europop sounds, is considered one of the staple songs of K-pop. In the albums after the split, Yunho and Changmin experimented with more electronic dance music, traditional R&B, and pop songs with strong hip hop cadences. However, the duo's tenth anniversary album, Tense (2014), saw a drastic change in TVXQ's musical direction, in which acoustic genres such as adult contemporary pop music took focus.
TVXQ's dance choreography has been called "intense and powerful". Their stage performances have been described as "imaginative" and "captivating", with Yunho and Changmin being lauded for their stability and stamina to perform live, with some live concert sets lasting for more than three hours. On an episode of Mnet's Idol Chart Show that aired on May 4, 2011, TVXQ were ranked number one among music removed (MR) idol singers.
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 Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu—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 2] 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.
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 fanclubs of TVXQ are called Cassiopeia in South Korea and BigEast in Japan, formed in 2006. According to news sources in 2008, Cassiopeia was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's largest fanclub" with more than 800,000 members; however, the Guinness World Records later 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 Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu started their lawsuit against their management, 120,000 Cassiopeia members filed a petition with the Seoul District Court in 2010 against S.M. Entertainment’s long-term contracts. Cassiopeia also filed for compensation from S.M. 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.
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
- Residency shows
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- Prior to the establishment of the 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.
- For a complete list of the commercial tie-ins of TVXQ's songs, see their discography.
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|Mnet KM Music Festival for Artist of the Year
|Golden Disk Awards for Album of the Year
with The Sentimental Chord
|Seoul Music Awards for Artist of the Year
with Remapping the Human Soul
|Mnet KM Music Festival for Album of the Year
with The Sentimental Chord
|Golden Disk Awards for Album of the Year
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|South Korea in the ABU TV Song Festival
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