Monthly Archives: October 2009

[INFO] 091031 “TVXQ FOREVER” Newly Released Cassiopeia Fan Album

TVXQ Fanclub Cassiopeia has released a fan album to support TVXQ members.

On last October 27th through an online music site, a single album “Love Melody” was released. In this album Casiopeia members gathered up to do the arrangement and lyics, as well participated in the vocal. The project started up in means to show the fans power of love to TVXQ.

The title song “Love Melody” is a lyrical ballad song contains the message of “Wherever you go, we’ll always stand by your side.” in the lyrics.

When the album was released, netizens gave many surprising responses, “DBSK fans is really extraordinary.” “For ameteurs, their skill level is really great”

Meanwhile TVXQ fans themselves sent a great responses, “By listening the song, the truthful heart reaches our mind,” “We want to give TVXQ more support and hope.” and many more.

The full proceed from this album will be used to help the needy neighbors.

source: sportschosun
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[INFO] Ticket Scramble – Results for the Additional Screening

The actual additional screening places were: 13 places (original screening places: 19), and 115 times nationwide.

We BigEasts were nervously sitting right in front of our PCs yesterday, Oct. 30, 20:00.
I was amazed when I could log into the site, it wasn’t frozen!
And with shaking fingers, clicking and inputting, I miraculously got the tickets!

Afterwards, I checked with 3 of my BigEast friends, and found that they all got the tickets. Finally, there was a decent chance of getting the tickets, thanks to the additional screening.

And we BigEasts are now worrying about our ticket application results for the Jan 2010 fan meetings. The results will come out on November 2.

I know this will create “Bigeasts are soooooo LUCKY!” calls from our English speaking friends, but I wanted to be honest with you and provide you with accurate and timely information about our ticket scramble in Japan.
So, I just wrote a short report about yesterday.

Always keep the faith!

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[TRANS] 091031 TVXQ Dispute “SM’s Dilemma”

Much attention has been put on SM Entertainment and its future actions as the Courts have sided with the three TVXQ members YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu on the legal dispute between the three and their agency regarding their exclusive contract.

On the 27th, the Seoul District Courts partially accepted the exclusive contract suspension request against SM Entertainment submitted by Xiah Junsu, YoungWoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun.

To have the Courts partially accept the exclusive contract suspension request is to have the Courts decided that the contract between SM and the members of TVXQ is in fact unlawful. According to the decision of the Courts, SM is not allowed to interfere or question any individual activities of the three members or create contracts regarding group activities without the consent of the three members.

For now, SM has stated that the agency cannot accept the Courts’ ruling. SM Entertainment released a notice stating “Although the entire contract was not suspended, the Courts stated that some parts of the contract was questionable and that is why we are submitting an appeal,” and “Till now, we have kept some information from the media as the Courts requested that neither side be interacting with the press during the trial. Now we will reveal that information and release an official statement.

Unless an extremely controversial secret is revealed by SM Entertainment that could turn the tables, it can be said that the contract between SM and TVXQ has already been nullified.

The dilemma that SM faces now is the fact that the agency’s other singers may attempt to leave the agency in the same method. TVXQ is not the only reason why SM is being so adamant and firm of their stance in this dispute. To state that conclusion first, there is close to no chance of TVXQ disbanding or ending their activities. This is because all three members involved in this dispute have no thoughts of leaving the group names TVXQ. Some representatives to the entertainment business stated that, “There is a high chance that SM and the three members will become equal partners regarding activities such as the release of a new album in the future.”

The problem is how the two sides will fix the contract and the income division. Although the income SM receives from album sales or commercial activities will reduce, it is not so much that the company will run into bankruptcy.

The biggest problem for SM Entertainment is the fact that the majority of agencies works under a system that invests money to raise trainees into singers in a span of 1~7 years that does not guarantee profit after the singer’s debut. In the case of TVXQ, if they are allowed to leave the agency stating that the contract was unlawful after gaining popularity, the agencies will have no incentive to continue on with this method of raising stars. This is also why the Fair Trade Committee constantly fails to come to a consensus with agencies when it comes to creating a basis contract.

The reason that SM is being carefully watched for its future actions regarding this trial and the consequences that follow is because this is not merely a problem between SM and TVXQ.

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[TRANS] 091028 TVXQ’s Victory is a Call For Change in The Entertainment Industry From The Courts

On the 27th, the Seoul District Courts sided with popular group TVXQ’s three members and their exclusive contract suspension against SM Entertainment. The Courts decided that the entertainment agency was not allowed to create new contracts without the consent of the celebrity and must not interfere with said celebrity’s independent activities in the business. Therefore, a road of free movement has opened up for the members of TVXQ. Although the formal trial procedures are left, this decision seems to shed light on the future of unlawful contracts that are rampant in the entertainment business. Overall, the call for shift from a vertical relationship to a parallel, equal relationship is welcomed. Many expect this dispute to lead into an equal relationship between celebrities and agencies in the future.

Till now, the Korean entertainment business, as the term ‘slave contract’ implies, has been criticized for its inability to escape unlawfulness and unfairness. The majority of celebrities was put at a disadvantage starting from when their contracts were set up and have become mere tools of agencies. From their official activities to personal actions, everything celebrities did was dictated by their agencies. This was the kind of situation that the three members of the nation’s best idol group were in when they went against their agency. If they were in such a state, it is not hard to think of what unthinkable states the no-name celebrities and not-so-famous celebrities are in.

Most domestic entertainment agencies work under a scout-train-management system. Agencies have trained talented rookies and raised the value of no-name celebrities in this organized and investing method. However, although it is easy for a celebrity to become wound up in an unlawful exclusive contract, it is not as easy to escape from his or her entrapment. It can be said that the Courts ruled that, “This is an unfair structure that does not give the members even the bare minimum rights they should have,” and “As the members have to pay extremely large amounts of compensation if they go against the contract, it is impossible for the members to wander astray from the contract,” because of such methods employed by entertainment agencies.

This decision will bring about a big change to the entertainment business as a whole. This is because the complaints that have been silenced till now may erupt and flood. There is a high chance that the dispute between the members of TVXQ and their agency will take a long time. Right after the Courts’ decision, the three members stated that they would file lawsuits for Compensation for Damages and Exclusive Contract Nullification, while the agency has stated that they will be revealing information that the Courts requested they keep quiet from the media and an official statement. This reporter hopes that this dispute will not end a mere expendable argument, but a stepping stone to a new cultural change in the entertainment industry. The tyrannical domination of the biased and vertical patriarchal culture that believes that, “Since I have raised them, I can do whatever I want with them,” must now come to an end. It is time that a win-win and equal relationship was created in our entertainment business to take the industry to a whole new level.

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[TRANS] Lawyer Park Chanjong’s Thoughts on The Ruling


Note: this is not DBSK’s lawyer. He, along with many industry officials, are keeping a very close watch on this case.

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[NEWS] SM-TVXQ Contract w.r.t. Income Distribution

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The Court has granted the injunction filed by the members of TVXQ against SM Entertainment.The Court found that the Contract between SM and the Members was unconscionable and against public policy. Following this victory, the Members are proceeding with the main suit to ask for the rightful shares of all income generated from their activities.

The following is a summary of the outrageous terms of the Contract that relates to the distribution of income. The clear conclusion is that the TVXQ members have received next to nothing for their six years of work, and that virtually all money we spend to buy SM products stay with SM. Please read the below to see the extent of the injustice.

Please keep in mind that SM’s contract with TVXQ has been amended five times and therefore the applicable terms have varied over time. Accounting for all the resulting complexities, the truth adds up to the following:


I. TVXQ has received $0 for their album sales prior to July 2008, and only a negligible amount after that date.

Prior to the fifth and final round of amendments on July 1, 2008, the Contract read that for any album or single with sales not exceeding 500,000 copies, SM would be entitled to 100% of the profits, leaving the members with nothing. From the time of TVXQ’s debut in late 2003 and until TVXQ’s release of their 4th Korean album “Mirotic” in September 2008, no Korean album had sold more than 500,000 copies. Therefore, prior to July 2008 TVXQ has had absolutely zero income from their album sales.

On July 1,2008, SM amended the Contract to give each Member 1% of total sales for each album that sells over 200,000 copies. For any albums that sell fewer copies, the members are to receive 0.6% to 0%. SM has not honored even these outrageous terms, as it has not paid TVXQ a single cent since February 2009.

In sum, SM has kept 100% of all sales that TVXQ has generated with the sales of their albums and singles prior to July 2008, and has kept 95% or more of the sales after that date.


II. TVXQ has received $0 for the sales of concert DVDs and albums featuring recordings from such concerts.

Under the Contract, the Members are not entitled to receive any share of the profits generated from sales of concert DVDs and “live” albums.


III. TVXQ has received $0 for their appearances on TV programs.

Under the Contract, Members are not entitled to receive any share of the profits made through their TV appearances if the appearance is of a temporary nature. As all programs on which TVXQ appeared have featured the Members as “guests”and therefore by nature have been temporary, SM has kept all profits that TVXQ has generated from these TV appearances.


IV. For all other possible sources of revenue, SM subtracts from the total revenue all expenses, including salaries of other staff, stage preparation expenses, rent, travel expenses, food expenses, and the like, then gives TVXQ only a fraction of the remaining amount.

As for all other sources of income, the Contract states that TVXQ is entitled to varying percentages of the “net income.” The Contract defines “net income” to be the amount remaining after the applicable “operating costs”. The “operating costs” are defined to include such expenses that are traditionally expected to be covered by the employer, including but not limited to 1) salaries of the staff (manager, clothing coordinators, makeup artists, dance crew, and the like), 2) performing stage preparation costs, 3) living expenses, including rent and water/electricity bills, 4) travel expenses, including plane ticket costs, 5) meal expenses, and the like.

Even after all these “operating costs” are deducted from the net income, the Members are only entitled to a small percentage of the remainder while SM keeps the rest.


In conclusion, please realize that SM has kept virtually all of the profits that our Members have generated over the past six years. Our Members have received, literally, next to nothing.

Following thevictory of the granting of the preliminary injunction, the Members now prepare for a suit to claim their rightful share of the profits that they themselves generated. Please help them win the lawsuit by boycotting all SM-made products and merchandises (this excludes all Avex-made products, which includes Japanese albums and singles released in Japan).

Please remember that every cent you spend on SM will be used to fuel SM’s efforts against our Members in the main suit. We as fans support TVXQ in their rightful fight fortheir rights.

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[NEWS] Additional Venues Added for “Tohoshinki The Live 2009”

Hello to the Bigeast members,

Regarding “TOHOSHINKI The Live 2009”, additional venues had been added in response to your responses. The tickets and schedules are as follows.

– Information on additional venues (special web)
2009/10/29 (Thu) 20:00~
– Starting day to buy tickets from special web
2009/10/30 (Fri) 20:00~
– Lawson shop Loppi ticket sale date
2009/10/30 (Fri) 20:00~

Please check for more information on the following site.

“TOHOSHINKI The Live 2009” special website (PC only)

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