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[Trans] 100620 ODINA July Issue – JunSu Girls Award 2010 * TVXQ SPECIAL HISTORY 2004~2010

JunSu Girls Award 2010 * TVXQ SPECIAL HISTORY 2004~2010

JunSu who began his solo activities, performed the grand finale at [Girls Award 2010]!

As a prelude to his solo activities, JunSu showed off his brand new look in the [Girls Award 2010]. On 22nd May, at the National Yoyogi Stadium No. 1 Gymnasium, Marie, Yona, Lena Fujii and other popular models, Natsuki Kato, IKKO, Akina Minami, Nozomi Sasaki, alongside singers Nishino Kana, Meisa Kuroki, Aoyama Teruma et cetera participated in this event (Sawajiri Erika’s debut stage performance was one of the most anticipated amongst the Japanese entertainment circle), and JunSu finally appeared at the end as XIAH junsu. The moment his first solo track [Intoxication] played, the audience went into a frenzy and the cheerings went through the roof (it was 20 times more than what was imagined before). A lot of red-light sticks started to light up and move with the music, and it was as though all 12,000 people in the venue were JunSu’s fans.

In the intersection of the light beams, JunSu, who was in an all-black attire, focused on the sexy dance moves with his dancers. Suddenly, he removed his jacket, revealing his shiny vest and his arms, and started to dance together with a female dancer for his second track [Xiatic]. At that moment, the screamings in the venue became louder. To the fans, the six-hour wait to watch a provocative performance filled with such a mature charm was definitely worth something now!? The release of the single track on 26th May ranked second on the Oricon Chart, after AKB48.

TVXQ Special History 2004~2010

2004: TVXQ Finally Emerged! A Prelude To A Legendary Group.

Chorus, harmony, dance, these are some essentials an idol group must possess. To be an all-rounder and excel in it is no mean feat; and under such a situation whereby one needs to undertake “singing”, “rap” or “dance”, it is understandable if the members were to develop a specialization in a certain aspect. However, TVXQ is different – the group was formed with five members who could each stand on his own to take the lead in a song.

TVXQ made their glamorous debut in 14 January 2004 with their solo track [Hug]. In Korea then, where the craze for idol groups was dying off, even a debut was an arduous struggle before they could start to bear fruits of success, but [Hug] actually came out top in music programmes several times, and the name (TVXQ) quickly rose in popularity and fame. Just like the significance of their name, that period was really one where the gods of the East began rising.

Thereafter, in October that same year, TVXQ, who had became a popular group in a blink of an eye, released their first album [TRI-ANGLE], which sold around 100,000 copies. They won the award for best newcomer in a song festival held at the end of the year, and they were officially in the rankings of top stars in Korea. During this period, they held a Japan memorial press conference at the Narita Airport on 23rd November, and officially began preparations for their debut in Japan.

2005: The Hardships They Suffered As J-Pop Newcomers In Japan

Nearly a year after their debut, they were already top stars in Korea. Riding on the major success of Korean drama [Winter Sonata], there was a huge possibility for them to debut and gain popularity quickly in Japan, where people were into the Korean craze. But they decided not to take the short-cuts. In order to gain proper recognition such that their popularity would be able to enjoy longevity, at the peak of their popularity back in Korea, they decided to take the route to start out as J-Pop newcomers. The five of them officially focused their activities towards Japan, and began living together in Tokyo.

After a period of learning Japanese and practicing the different intonations, on 27th April 2005, they released their first solo track [Stay With Me Tonight] in Japanese. However, they did not enjoy the same success they had back in Korea when they had first debuted. In Korea where they were able to attract 50,000 fans for a live performance, they only had 50 in Japan. The people around them were not surprised when they walked around the streets…stunned by the humiliation they received in their popularity and fame, they even developed thoughts of wanting to give up on their activities in Japan. However, they did not stay disheartened. In order to be recognized by Japan, the first step they took was to work hard to learn Japanese so that they could have a better understanding of the lyrics and interact more fluently.

2006: Their First Live Tour – Their Persistent Efforts Finally Began To Bear Fruits

Their first Japanese album [Heart, Mind and Soul] was released on 23 March 2006. They slowly began to gain recognition and fame as their consistent and practical hard work began to show in their ongoing activities. As the good relationships amongst the five TVXQ members, their cute albeit rigid Japanese, and their individual personalities started to be expressed slowly, the number and variety of fans that they had naturally began to grow and increase.

During this time, from 13th May till 28th June, they held their first Japan tour [1st Live Tour 2006~ Heart, Mind and Soul~]. This was the mini-concert which they held at a jazz concert hall, and the tickets were all sold out. Since their first arrival in Japan, it was probably during this tour that the members finally felt that their dreams were slowly becoming reality. During summer, they participated in a music festival called [a-nation], which is owned by a major record label for the first time. There were probably many music fans who were affected by their passionate and enthusiastic performance then. In addition, that was also the year where they held a lot of live events; there was [The 1st Live Concert Rising Sun] in Korea in February and their first tour [Rising Sun 1st Asia Tour], which began in July in Malaysia and Thailand.

2007: The Moment Their Performance At Nippon Budōkan Marked The Reality of Their Peak

While TVXQ carried out activities mainly in Japan, they also maintained constant activities in Korea. They released their second album [Rising Sun] in 2005, and another mini-album in that same period. Carried out concurrently with their three tours, which had completely different settings and performances from each other, as young as they were, it is hard to imagine the fatigue that they had to put up with with such a densely packed and demanding schedule. As such, in a live dance class, an argument broke out amongst the members (this is probably what formed the plot of Vacation).

Under such circumstances, they still released seven singles and their second album [Five In The Black] in Japan in 2007. The month of May marked the beginning of their tour [2nd Live Tour 2007 – Five In The Black], and 22,000 people attended the two additional performances in Nippon Budōkan. The total attendance for the tour was 77,000, and the overwhelming response greatly surpassed their first tour. Henceforth, the release of their solo track finally appeared on the Oricon Charts for the first time. The rise of TVXQ in Japan was just around the corner.

2008: Making History As The Strongest Asia Star By Topping Oricon Charts

The good news suddenly came in 2008. The 16th solo track [Purple Line], which was released in January, realized the vision of the five members by topping the Oricon Weekly Chart. Through this opportunity, the degree of attention by the media towards TVXQ surged. After [Purple Line], [Beautiful You], [Why Did I Fall In Love With You], [Mirotic] achieved top spots in the charts consecutively, and when they began their tour [3rd Live Tour 2008 – T -] in March, it was hard to obtain a ticket even if you had joined the fanclub.

Opportunities to appear on prime-time variety shows also increased, and with their unpretentious and charming individual personalities, TVXQ’s popularity went up another level They finally appeared on Kōhaku Uta Gassen towards the end of the year, and achieved their goal of “gaining recognition in Japan based on their strengths alone”.

Along with their huge success in Japan, they returned to Korea after a two-year hiatus to release their long-awaited fourth album [Mirotic]. Due to their long absence in their activities in Korea, the five of them suffered a lot of unease and pressure but eventually sold 460,000 copies of [Mirotic]. In that year, TVXQ swept all the major music awards in Korea, especially in the unforgettable [2008MKMF]. Changmin, who is rarely seen crying, broke down uncontrollably in front of everyone. To be able to achieve success in Asia, including Korea and Japan, was definitely something extraordinary.

2009: In The Twinkling Of An Eye, The Taste And Joy Of Success…Facing The Crisis Of A Disbandment

The fast progression of TVQX did not lose momentum even in 2009 as the release of their fourth Japanese album [The Secret Code] in March achieved one of the best sales record in the history of TVXQ thus far, and was certified Platinum in Japan’s Oricon Weekly Chart. They began the [4th Live Tour 2009~ The Secret Code] in May, and during the tour, they officially announced that they will be holding additional concerts in the Tokyo Dome, achieving yet another of the goals that the five members have set.

After the tour, JeJung and YuChun released a self-composed duet under the name of “JeJung & YuChun (from THSK)”. YunHo and ChangMin were also confirmed as leads in their respective television dramas, and each member became more and more active in their solo activities. The breaking news of their possible disbandment lay in wait.

On 31st July 2009, the three members, JeJung, YuChun and JunSu submitted an injunction request to the Seoul Central District Court regarding South Korean company SM’s exclusive contracts. After this, the relationship between the trio and SM took a turn for the worst. In October, the court judge gave a verdict on the contents of the exclusive contract to be invalid, and that the three members were free to commence their own activities outside of SM’s management until the conclusion of the lawsuit. The activities of the five members in Korea became impossible. However, they continued their activities in Japan, appearing in the scheduled participation of August’s [a-nation ‘09] and [Jingu-Gaien Hanabi]. Attending the year end [Kōhaku Uta Gassen] as a start, they participated many times in the Japanese Music Festival and painfully bade goodbye to the old while welcoming in the new.

2010: TVXQ’s Activities Stopped, But The Hearts Of The Five Have Yet To Be Separated

Their 29th solo track [Break Out] was released on 27th January 2010, and achieved first place in both the Oricon Weekly and Monthly Charts. They also broke the sales record set by foreign artistes by selling a total of 256,000 copies. However, the crisis of a possible disbandment remained unchanged. On 3rd April, AVEX released an official statement to cease the activities of the five members as THSK, and Japan was no longer able to see the five members promoting activities together.

During this period, the trio, JeJung, YuChun and JunSu accepted the verdict met out on October 2010 and began their own activities. JunSu performed in a musical [Mozart!] in January while JeJung starred in a Japan drama [Sunao Ni Narenakute], which is currently on broadcast. YuChun starred in a mobile television drama [Beautiful Love~ Kimi Ga Ireba ~], which began broadcast on 4th June, and at the same time, confirmed his role in Korean drama [SungKyunKwan Scandal]. The trio then formed [JYJ], and held performances in June at Osaka and Tokyo Dome. YunHo and ChangMin, who stayed on with SM also actively began their own solo activities.

On 9th May, SM appealed against the verdict on the trio’s request, but there was no progression on both sides. The residing court judge advised that “if the contract contents are changed, there is a possibility for the five members to be active again”, but how future developments will turn out is still worrying. We hope to be able to see once again, the five of them on the same stage, cheerful and in harmony.

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[Trans] 100619 Excerpts From Movie Week Magazine – The Musical Awards

The Best Newcomer Awards, which is given to new stars of the musical industry, were awarded to two performers who are already top stars in their own genres, TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu (Mozart!) and ballerina Kim Juwon (Contact).

Also, , which had nine nominations, proved its popularity with the public when its stars Xiah Junsu and Jung Sun Ah won the BC Loun.G Popularity Awards based solely on votes from the public.

Xiah Junsu is here!
“Ah~!” Wherever Xiah Junsu goes, the screams of teenage girls are sure to follow. And the 4th The Musical Awards were no exception. The fans who were at the ceremony would cheer with all their might even when it was just Xiah Junsu’s face caught on screen by the camera or when MC Oh Manseok said his name in wordplay. It was a moment that proved his ‘Super idol power’ that lead to ’s success. He, who was attending his first awards ceremony as a musical actor, was awarded the BC Loun.G Male Popularity Award as well the Best Male Newcomer Award. Xiah Junsu stated, “It’s an honor to receive an award, not as a singer, but a musical actor. I’m so happy to receive this award because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will work harder to become a better actor.” He also sang ‘I cannot escape my fate’ during the second act opening performance and proved his potential as a musical actor.

Red carpet Fashion – gentle Xiah Junsu
Xiah Junsu, who successfully debuted in the musical , wore a relaxed and clean cut black suit. If one looks carefully, one can see that a different material was used in the collar of the jacket.

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[TRANS] 100620 Japanese Soccer Player Yasuyuki Konno’s Favourite Song

Yasuyuki Konno (今野 泰幸)
Born on January 25, 1983 in Sendai, Japan

(T/N: None relevant part omitted; talked about his soccer career.)

His favourite singer and song: Tohoshinki’s

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[TRANS] 100619 CINEMACAFE – Video Message From TOHOSHINKI’s Yunho Arrives

Despite the suspension of their group activities, their popularity has not declined at all. The drama starring Tohoshinki’s Yunho “No Limit ~Heading to the Ground” has released its DVD Box 1 & 2 early, and has already become a hot topic. A message from the Yunho has arrived for the readers of CinemaCafe.

This drama created a buzz last year when it aired in Korea, and is currently being aired in Japan on KNTV. A soccer with unknown potential but also a troublemaker, Cha Bong Goon’s (Yunho) team disbands, and from his struggles, he grows and love blossoms between himself and those around him. This time, Yunho challenges the soccer scene physically! He literally takes on his first key drama role with his body. The female lead in this drama is the popular actress (Go) Ara, will the two of them fall in love?

In the video message, Yunho of course speaks in Japanese to the CinemaCafe readers, and talks about the appeal of his works.

There are many special features in the DVD. So far, Yunho has been capturing the hearts of his fans via his music, but this time, please pay attention to his new charm as an athelete!

“No Limit ~Heading to the Ground~” Full Version DVD BOX 1 & 2 are currently on sale.

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[TRANS] 100616 Tohoshinki’s Yuchun Drama Debut! Be Entranced By The Narcissistic Prince

Yuchun, from Tohoshinki, which has paused all activities, had his Japanese drama debut! This was “Beautiful Love ~Kimi ga ireba~,”a BeeTV drama released on 4th of June. He challenges his first acting role sincerely, acting passionately as a prince that makes girls’ hearts beat faster.

Yuchun plays the role of the heir of the Korean conglomerate Taido Group, Yonsu. Determined to fight for his own place in life, he meet’s Hinata (Aya Oomasa,) an aspiring novelist and the plot unfolds into a Cinderella love story.

Yonsu, as the title of heir suggests, is selfish and egotistical. With a narcissistic aura, in his eyes, he is above everyone else. But he hates everything about Japan. When he first meets Hinata, he says “Japan is rotten!” and later when she asks for the reason why, he cuts her off, telling her “Never ask that!”Although he is rather tyrannical, he is actually a really kind-hearted youth inside. When Hinata was depressed, he encourages her and tells her to “cheer up,”and shows concern when her mother falls, asking “Are you okay?”

This hot-and-cold attitude of Yonsu’s is acted out beautifully by Yuchun. As the heir, when he’s alone, the way his expressions change is mesmerizing. Whether it’s assertive, or naïve, or the fragile prince-like image, he manages to charm all the women. Still, Yuchun was desperately practicing his Japanese, putting the other Japanese boys to shame. It’s hard to believe to that he has no acting experience, as he was very natural.

While being a singer, Yuchun has also embarked on acting activities. It can be said that the first attempt in Japan has done well. Like a dream come true for Japanese women, please enjoy the princely style of Yuchun.

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[Trans] 100619 THANKSGIVING LIVE IN DOME Live Report

Written by Kouda Kaori

JunSu, JeJung, YuChun ended the last stage of their Dome Tour on 6/13 in Tokyo Dome. Titled “JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN THANKSGIVING LIVE IN DOME,” the stage was a chance for them to convey their gratitude to the fans were suffering from waiting for them.

A hot performance which shows their declaration to sing

A central stage that is stretched out with 4 passages to the audience. An assembly hall that is painted with the bright red color of penlights. Their live was started with a video message by the trio on the large screen. “I can’t live on if I don’t sing. I think I’ll keep singing until the day I die,” said JunSu, followed by JeJung, “It would be the best if we could become one with everyone through music.” YuChun also expressed, “Because I received the strength from everyone, I’ve made it here.”

The trio appeared from the end of each passage and started to walk slowly to the central stage in the overwhelming cheers of the audience. They kicked off by singing, “We wanted to see you only” from their new song “Itsudatte Kimi ni.” In their first ment, they quickly raised the audience’s spirit to climax by saying, “We wanted to see you all! Let’s raise our spirit from here!”

JeJung and YuChun sang their duet song “Shelter” and JunSu performed his solo song “Kanashimi no Yukue”, showcasing their delicate vocals through gentle ballads. On one hand, they continued to raise the audience’s spirit in their next ment through JeJung and JunSu embracing each other to reenact a scene from JeJung’s drama “Sunao ni Narenakute,” and also through their funny talks. The next performance takes a complete turn with the the exciting song “TOKYO LOVELIGHT feat. YUCHUN,” accompanied by the dancers. The next song “been so long” pleasantly intertwined the vocal of the special guest LISA, the soulful rap of YuChun, and the clear high notes of JeJung.

Creating a touching stage together with the audience through their gratitude

After shaking off the audience with three cover songs, such as Kome Kome CLUB’s “Kimi ga Iru dake de,” each of them stepped on their own solo stage. YuChun picked a girl from the audience and lovingly sang “My Girlfriend” to her while holding her hand and later having his arm around her shoulders, causing much screams from the audience. JeJung showed off his stout vocal by singing his rock song “Maze,” while JunSu displayed a sexy performance with “XIAHTIC.”

With their simple hope to be closer to fans, they would riskily come out at unexpected places such as the audience passage or audience seat sometimes and caused explosion amongst the audience. They also stood on the high crane and rode on the carts during their last 2 new songs to make a round trip to the arena. During “Get Ready,” the audience follow the hand movements that were taught by the members. During the chorus of “Long Way” with the positive lyrics, “We will walk ahead,” they also gave service to the audience by throwing out colorful balls.

After the long cheering from the audience, the members came back on stage for the encore, and each of them, again, spoke out words from their hearts. YuChun said with gratitude, “I was very worried, but thanks to everyone, I was able to come out today.” JunSu said with determination, “We will do our best on stage not to lose to the love you have for us,” while JeJung made a powerful statement, “We want to continue to sing forever with the pure emotions that have always been with us since our debut.” After the comments, they sang their new song “W”. The serious ballad with lyrics such as “We’re waiting for you” and “We will meet someday” had definitely delivered their feelings to each and every member of the audience.

After finished singing 18 songs, the trio kept saying “Thank you” to the audience countless times. The moment they stepped down the stage, they couldn’t hold in their emotions anymore and their tears started to flow. Witnessing their tears, the audience also couldn’t stop cheering and clapping to comfort them.

T/N: You can see the rest of the 16 pictures here.

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[Trans] 100618 YuChun’s Interview – “I’ll Confess If I Like Someone”

YuChun challenges a Japanese television drama for the first time through docomo’s exclusive mobile television station, BeeTV’s, [Beautiful Love~君がいれば~].

“I was a little uneasy and anxious because I don’t have any prior experience, and I had to speak in Japanese. I am not sure if I should say this here, it was really very painful. It was really very difficult as a newcomer on the first day of the shoot, but I was very happy while acting. I felt very good although it was pretty tiring!? That was how it was. The first scene that was filmed on the first day however, I really want to re-film the entire scene now (laughs) I think I will be able to do a much better job now~! Speaking of embarrassing incidents, it was while I was taking a break from the shoot at the seashore; when I was about to sit down, I fell instead because the legs of the chair were buried within the sand and I didn’t notice that (the chair) was slanted. There were also other embarrassing incidents other than this, but I won’t share it, it’s a secret!”

The character you are playing, Youngsu/Yonsu is very harsh towards women, what do you feel about him?

“I am not too clear about how he is overall (laughs) but what is similar between Youngsu/Yonsu and me is that if I’ll confess if I like someone! If there is someone like Youngsu/Yonsu who plays around with women, please do not hesitate to break it off with that person and leave him because I feel that in dating, one should have good intentions while letting nature takes its course. However, if one meets a submissive girl who likes and does not mind how Youngsu/Yonsu is like, then it is a different situation. To me, women who are like angels can bring about healing to people. I will work hard to bring that same feeling to the fans. Be it in singing or in acting from here on, I would definitely accept any challenge no matter what~!”

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