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BoA and Tohoshinki have been chosen for the “Artist Hall of Fame” by the online store “Amazon.co.jp”.

To commemorate “Amazon.co.jp”‘s 10th year anniversary of service, 111 people/groups of artists and authors have been selected for the “Artist & Author Hall of Fame” based on customer order requests and customer reviews, for their contribution of splendid work.

As singers from Korea, BoA and Tohoshinki are lined up shoulder-to-shoulder with other Japanese artists.

Others selected for the “Artist & Author Hall of Fame” include: AKB48, Ayumi Hamasaki, Utada Hikaru, Namie Amuro, and of course, Arashi, as well as economics critic Kenichi Ohmae and novelist Murakami Haruki.

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Pop stars live a glamorous life, or so we thought. Some of them are tied to slave contracts that take away their youth, freedom and hard-earned money

Yasmin Lee Arpon in Bangkok
Asia News Network
Publication Date : 15-10-2010

Former members of South Korean pop group TVXQ (L-R) Hero Jae-Joong, Micky Yoo-Chun and Xiah Jun-Su. (Photo by AFP)

Pop stars live a glamorous life, or so we thought. Some of them are tied to slave contracts that take away their youth, freedom and hard-earned money

Imagine a 12-year-old girl who could barely read English—much more, understand it—presented with a contract that offers her a chance at stardom. Images of a glamorous life—with designer clothes, cars, trips abroad and most importantly, never having to worry about food on the table ever again—must have flashed before the young girl’s eyes. That moment, it was all that mattered and her mother, who neither read nor understood English, signed the contract, nevermind if by the time her daughter finishes it, she would have been 22 years old.

This was the story of Hong Kong star Isabella Leong, who extended her contract with Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG) to 15 years when she turned 14, and to 20 years when she turned 17. This would have tied her to EEG until she was 32 years old.

In 2008, or when Leong was 20, EEG hauled her to court for breach of contract. She countersued accusing EEG of unfair contract terms, among them, that she had to inform her manager of her whereabouts at all times and that she did not have ownership nor copyright and control of any of her works. EEG controlled Leong’s finances, receiving all her income and deducting its expenses and commissions before she gets anything. She was paid a “salary” of HK$5,000 (about US$644 in current terms) per month, but the royalties she was entitled to ranged from only below 1 per cent to 2 per cent of the net sales of her work, depending on the medium.

Leong’s contract with EEG also stated that in case she severs the agreement, she was barred from working in the entertainment business for up to seven years.

Such terms in what is dubbed as ‘slave contracts’ particularly in South Korea, is common in the entertainment world.

Last year, three members of the Korean boy group TVXQ filed a case against SM Entertainment, claiming that their 13-year contract was too long and that the group’s earnings have been unfairly distributed among the members.

Other stars under SM Entertainment were also found to have similar slave contracts. Girls’ Generation’s Yoona was tied to a 13-year contract, that of members of Super Junior ranged from between five and 13 years, while members of SHINee from six to 13 years.

In August this year, South Korea’s Supreme Court invalidated long-term contracts between entertainers and their agencies saying they were “unfair”. The court’s decision stemmed from a case filed by U-Kiss member Woo Sung-hyun against Ssing Entertainment over his 10-year contract stipulating that inactive periods caused by health reasons or the mandatory military service would be added to the term. The agency also required him to pay three times its investment should he violate the terms and conditions.

The court’s ruling that contracts longer than seven years are unfair, in effect, put a stop to entertainment agencies’ practice of tying their stars under slave-like contracts.

“The first 10 years after his debut album constitute virtually his entire life as a singer. Given the nature of the industry, the contract term is unfair and excessively infringes upon his rights,” the court said in its ruling favouring Woo.

Entertainment agencies, however, reason that a 10-year contract is par for the course since it takes as much time to train, launch and turn these wannabes into stars. In Korea for example, it takes two to three years of tough training—in dancing, singing, hosting, acting etc.—before anyone could debut. These trainees start when they are teens and by the time they reach the peak of their success, if they do, they would be in their 20s.

Agencies protested that they could not possibly allow their talents to change their contracts halfway when they have become famous, considering the huge amount of money they have invested in them.

In the second quarter of this year, Korea’s Fair Trade Committee investigated 20 entertainment companies and found that 230 celebrities under 19 agencies had unlawful clauses in their contracts.
Some contracts even have a clause requiring talents to fulfil “other services” imposed by the agency. There have been rumours that these include sex or escort services.

These stories only show that behind all that glamour are sordid tales of some stars paying the price for fame and success. But is it worth it?

Some like Leong, Woo and the three TVXQ members have taken steps to contest the terms of their contracts, but others have not been as brave, scared that they won’t be able to fight the system.

On one hand, a netizen on the PopSeoul website (www.popseoul.com) named Joe called slave contracts as a “prison sentence with a lot of cash, clothes and coke”.

Of course this depends on the amount of success the talent achieves, and it further differs when you have to share the earnings with others like in the case of Super Junior that has 13 members. This means the net profit of the group would have to be split into 13 and in the end, they don’t really get as much as what the public thinks.

Some netizens are less than sympathetic though. “Not getting paid and working on a whim of a master is slavery,” another netizen posted on PopSeoul. “TVXQ signed a contract, knew where they were headed, get over (US$200,000 or about 228 million won) a year and live like princes… Working nonstop? They definitely have time off. Yeah, they work more than the 9-5 business people. So? It’s all spelled out in their contract.”

Another said that it should be the parents who are to blame since these stars were too young at the time they signed the contract.

Woo’s case has been resolved while that of the three members of TVXQ is still under way. Leong has settled out of court with EEG through the help of Richard Li, son of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing. The younger Li, the father of Leong’s three sons, reportedly paid US$6.2 million to bail Leong out from her contract with EEG. She lives a cushy life without having to slave as a singer or actress. And after lessons in the US, she can now read and speak English
Who knows, with her newfound wealth, Leong can start her own agency and given her experience, offer more humane conditions to aspiring stars.


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1) Tohoshinki Premium Classical Collection – Version 1

Regular price (tax inc.) : ¥2,500
Release date: 29 December 2010
Catalogue Number: IOCD20322
Label: Avex Io
Number of discs: 1

2) Tohoshinki Premium Classical Collection – Version 2

Regular price (tax inc.) : ¥3,000
Release date: 29 December 2010
Catalogue Number: IOCD20320
Label: Avex Io
Number of discs: 2


Disc 1 – Classical Arrangement
Disc 2 – Orgel Arrangement

Related news regarding the premium classical collection; here.

3) Tohoshinki 2ND LIVE TOUR 2007 ~FIVE IN THE BLACK~ (BLU-RAY)

Multibuy special price (tax inc.): ¥5,355
Special price for online members (tax inc.): ¥5,670
Referenced price (tax inc.): ¥6,300
Release date: 15 December 2010
Catalogue Number : RZXD46737
Label: Rhythm Zone
Number of discs: 1


The popular live footage by Tohoshinki is now in Blu-ray format! Their impressive stages will be revived in high definition Blu-ray!

※This item has the same contents as the DVD『2nd LIVE TOUR 2007~Five in the Black~』(2007).


Choosey Lover
The Way U Are
Step By Step
約束 (Yakusoku)
Dead End
Rising Sun
Hug(Acapella Ver.)
Whatever They Say(Acapela Ver.)
I’ll Be There
明日は来るから (Asu wa Kuru Kara)
My Destiny
Miss You
Somebody To Love
No Pain No Gain
High Time
“””O”” -正・反・合”
Lovin’ You
Hello Again

4) Tohoshinki 3RD LIVE TOUR 2008 ~T~ (BLU-RAY)

Multibuy special price (tax inc.): ¥5,355
Special price for online members (tax inc.): ¥5,670
Referenced price (tax inc.): ¥6,300
Release date: 15 December 2010
Catalogue Number : RZXD46738
Label: Rhythm Zone
Number of discs: 1


The popular live footage by Tohoshinki is now in Blu-ray format! Their impressive stages will be revived in high definition Blu-ray!

※This is footage from their Japanese tour in 2008. All 24 songs are recorded.


Choosey Lover
Song for you
You’re my miracle
Purple Line
Day Moon~ハルダル~ (~Harudal~)
Lovin’ you
Forever Love
Ride on
明日は来るから (Asu wa Kuru Kara)
SHINE~Somebody To Love
High time
Rising Sun
Summer Dream
Beautiful you
Love in the Ice
Kissしたまま、さよなら (Kiss shitamama Sayonara)

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Good afternoon, Bigeast!

It has been decided that the 『Tohoshinki Premium Classic Collection』 will be released on 29 December 2010 (Wednesday)!
Although Tohoshinki has many hit songs, they will be transformed into classical and orgel versions♪

Also, how we’ll do this! The arrangement of the music will be decided through voting by Bigeast!

It’ll definitely be lovely if the songs are changed into classical arrangements! The orgel arrangements will be able to heal anything!
Everyone, please choose the song and be sure to vote♪

☆Voting here. (Accessible via PC & mobile)

◆Implementation period: 2010.10.21, 14:00 ~ 2010.10.24, 23:59
◆Announcement of results: once we have the recorded music, the results will be announced
◆Things to note:
※Please only choose 3 songs for the classical and orgel arrangements
※Each member is only allowed to vote once. Please note that cancellations or changes will not be allowed after you have voted.
※Submissions via postcards and e-mails are not allowed. Please use the voting form made available here.

[Song list]

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[Info] 101005 TVXQ’s DVDs Rank First To Fifth On Oricon Weekly Charts (+7th And 15th)

Oricon DVD Weekly Charts

#1 – 63,058 Copies (Cumulative *63,058 Copies) History in JAPAN SPECIAL 東方神起
#2 – 53,457 Copies (Cumulative *53,457 Copies) ズームしか知らない東方神起DVD
#3 – 27,476 Copies (Cumulative 136,440 Copies) 2nd LIVE TOUR~Five in the Black 東方神起
#4 – 25,232 Copies (Cumulative *86,096 Copies) 1st LIVE TOUR 2006~Heart,Mind and Soul~ 東方神起
#5 – 19,977 Copies (Cumulative 177,572 Copies) 3rd LIVE TOUR 2008~T~ 東方神起
#7 – *7,102 Copies (Cumulative 268,859 Copies) 4th LIVE TOUR 2009 ~The Secret Code~ FINAL in TOKYO DOME 東方神起
#15 – 2,313 Copies (Cumulative 135,572 Copies) THANKSGIVING LIVE IN DOME JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN

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[Info] 100929 Tohoshinki Dominates Top 10 On Oricon DVD Overall Daily Rankings

#1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8

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[News] 100924 K-POP ‘Dream Concert’ to be Screened in Cinemas Nationwide in Japan

The second largest music festival that led the popularity of Hallyu wave in Japan will be screened nationwide in upcoming November.

The production of this music festival began in 1995 under Korea Association of Phonogram Producers Performing Arts, and it successfully gathers about 70,000 audiences each year.

‘K-POP DREAM CONCERT-History’07 ~ ’09′ that contains line up performances taken from ‘Dream Concert’ will come on November 13th to Japan from Hokkaido to Fukuoka, and is going to broadcast in 32 theaters nationwide.

With thrilling sound and big screen, the movie theater will turn to be a seemingly actual hot live area of the event held from 2007 to 2009. There are a lot of performances to anticipate, including TVXQ, SS501, Super Junior, SHINee, 2AM, and other popular male idol groups. SNSD, Wonder Girls, KARA, 4Minute, 2NE1, those girl groups that have been representing K-Pop is going to introduce on the luxurious stage as well.

The second bullet to come is the screening of latest footage of Dream Concert that was held this year through ‘K-POP DREAM CONCERT-New Generation ’10′ which is determined to be screened on cinemas in January next year.

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T/N: Please note that these are speculations from the Japanese press. Please read it with a pinch of salt.

“JJY halts activities..Tohoshinki cannot sing in Japan.” Tohoshinki, the group that, due to the management company SM Entertainment and exclusive contract issue, has halted all domestic and foreign activities. Members Junsu (Xiah), Jejung (Hero) and Yuchun (Micky), due to alleged relations with organized crime groups, were withdrawn from their Japanese management company Avex Entertainment. The local Sports Nippon news reported the incident with the above title on 17 September. JJY is derived from the initials of Junsu, Jejung and Yuchun.

Sports Nippon said, “It will be impossible for the 3 to appear in the Year end Kouhaku Utagassen” although “Presently, Tohoshinki members’ songs are widely heard in Japan.” Also, “Avex had gone through Korea’s C-JeS to sign a contract with the 3. However, this company’s representative has a history with violent gangs, and using his father’s background, forced actor Kwong Sang Woo into an exclusive contract, was found guilty and got sent to prison. Avex, with their business ethics in mind, decided to cut the trio’s management off.“ they reported.

Also, “Their current decision will also help to improve their chances of reconciling with SM, who has had a poor relationship with them since the lawsuit began.” Without the support of Avex, the three’s chances of being isolated is very high” they analyzed. “Furthermore, if Tohoshinki restarts their activities, the three would definitely have to reconcile with SM. Avex revealed that “the 5-member Tohoshinki’s exclusive contract is unchanged. They will be working hard so that they can re-start their activities as 5,” but with the ruling of the lawsuit, which seems like it will happen this year, and if the three loses, a lengthy appeal period will be inevitable, and even with a ruling passed locally, an amicable end still seems difficult” Sports Nippon predicted.

On 17 September, Chunichi Sports News also reported with the headline “Tohoshinki Trio Halts Activities In Japan, Korean Management Company Representative Convicted.” saying “For 2 years starting May 2003, the C-JeS representative managed popular Korean actor Kwong Sang Woo, but in 2006, Kwong Sang Woo revealed that “I was forced to sign the exclusive contract,” giving them much negative press. The representative was found guilty of coercion, and he served time in August that year,” they pointed out. On the other hand, “Within a day, Avex has received over 200 enquiries about this news from Tohoshinki fans. It is also a fact that in July this year, Yuchun’s (Micky) manager was charged without detention for physical violence.” Also, “A decision on the lawsuit between the trio and SM, is expected to be revealed by this year. (With regards to the current matter), it is highly likely that important claims on the SM side will remain unchanged,” they predicted.

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[Trans] 100917 TVXQ Trio’s Official Statement On Avex’s Decision To Halt JYJ’s Japanese Activities

The TVXQ trio, Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu and YoungWoong Jaejoong, released the following official statement regarding Avex’s decision to halt the group’s activities in Japan.

1) The head of C-JeS has no ties to gangs whatsoever.

Though his previous conviction is true, it was not a verdict made regarding any ties with gangs. Avex was fully aware of this fact before their contract with the TVXQ trio was signed, and as this cannot be classified as a breach of the exclusive contract, it cannot become a reason to halt activities or cancel the contract.

Several months ago, Avex requested that C-JeS be excluded from the contract for such reasons, and the TVXQ trio agreed to such a request and actively participated in the discussions regarding the renewal of their contract with Avex in order to ensure that they would have smooth activities within Japan.

However, Avex put forth conditions that were unfair to the trio unlike their previous contract, and when the trio refused to accept such conditions, Avex stated the gang ties of the head of C-JeS as a reason for canceling the contract, and finally released an official notice stating that no more activities would occur.

While these details were being discussed, the TVXQ trio continued to diligently carry out all scheduled activities to keep their promise with their fans and worked hard to come to an agreement with Avex.

2) The victims of this situation are the TVXQ trio. Avex attempted to coerce the trio to comply to changes in the contract, but when the trio refused to agree to such conditions, Avex announced a halt in their activities with no regard to the trio’s opinions.

Since the signing of the contract with the trio till now, Avex has involved the TVXQ trio in various activities aimed at raising the agency’s income such as concerts, Xiah Junsu’s solo album, participation in another Avex singer’s music video, and the recent ‘The…’ album.

However, Avex has been putting forth unfair conditions to the TVXQ trio, contrary to what had been done in the past, for the past several months by using the past conviction of the head of C-JeS as a pretext, and when these conditions were rejected, Avex began discussions on canceling their contract and announced a halt in activities in order to corner the TVXQ trio.

This can be seen as Avex taking all the money that they can from the TVXQ trio and then proceeding to create a situation that makes it impossible for the trio to sign on with any other agency in Japan, thus blocking the trio’s path with regards to Japanese activities. The TVXQ trio had no intentions of stopping their activities in Japan, and the announcement made by Avex reflected only the thoughts of the agency themselves.

3) Avex has made an illogical statement that the contract between Avex and SM Entertainment regarding the five members of TVXQ is still valid though they would suspend Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu and YoungWoong Jaejoong’s contract.

Regarding this, Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu and YoungWoong Jaejoong stated that, “First of all, we are extremely sorry to have to bring our fans such news. Though we actively participated in discussions with Avex in order to come to an agreement, it is regrettable that an announcement to halt our activities in Japan had to be made. Due to this situation, we can’t shake the feeling that Avex used the three of us as money making tools rather than treating us like artistes.” They also stated, “We feel frustrated that we cannot promise our Japanese fans another meeting in the near future. We need active support and interest from our fans in order to resolve this situation. We hope to resume our activities in Japan and meet our fans again as soon as possible.”

Lawyer Lim Sang Hyuk of Sejong, the legal representative of the TVXQ trio, stated, “It is immoral to back the TVXQ trio, some of Korea’s most representative Hallyu stars, into a corner just because they cannot fulfill a company’s greed. We will work hard to resolve this situation and allow the TVXQ trio to resume their activities in Japan.”

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[News] 100916 Professional Critics Rank The ‘Top 5 Best And Worst Idols’

Korean website 100Beat is receiving a lot of attention for their recent article on the “5 Best and Worst Idols over the past 10 years”, and we’re bringing it straight to you.

The hottest topic of the Korean music industry over the past few years has been none other than the ‘idol fever’ sweeping the market. With previous years being taken over by boy bands, the past 10 years of the music market have been dominated by both group and soloist idols.

Which idols are the best? Which idols are the worst? With the emergence of H.O.T as the initial marking point of the trend, five individual teams were chosen to compile entries for both the best and the worst categories.

Those that participated in the survey include 20 professional critics, such as music magazine editor-in-chiefs, journalists, and broadcast writers. All of them participated in a discussion meeting with ‘100 BEAT‘ in order to come up with the following list.

<”BEST 5″>

1. BoA
3. Big Bang
4. S.E.S

BoA has topped the list, having debuted 10 years ago at the age of 14. She’s become the model of detailed planning and success. Maybe it’s because she was produced with the foresight and future planning of penetrating the overseas market, but her music itself was trendy with very little flaws. Her agency created a system that worked positively in BoA’s case, making her first footsteps the standard planning of all subsequent idols. She was also one of the first female idols to blow away the image of being a ‘passive’ woman, making sexist phrases like, “The right and wrong of women are covered behind men,” a thing of the past.

SNSD, who is now regarded as a cultural phenomenon, has taken second. SNSD was able to make those that turned away from the TV screens return with anticipation for their next stunt. Kim Jungwee mentioned, “They’ve even made ‘rock kids’ be able to confidently say that they like idols.”

Big Bang was able to garner attention as well, considering they’re a fresh group and unlike any other idol before them; consequently they’ve gathered a strong fanbase (VIP’s). If SNSD possess the ‘uncle fans,’ Big Bang has the ‘older sister fans.’ One such older sister, Lee Hoyoung, commented, “Their strength lies in the fact that each individual member came together to make a harmonious team, despite having their own talents and interests. Not only that, but they are also strong on their own as well.”

And despite much time having been passed since the era of S.E.S, they are still remembered as ‘the’ model for girl groups, earning their place in fourth. Critic Kim Bonghyun stated, “S.E.S is one of the first idols that successfully accomplished both image and music.” Their competition with Fin.K.L showed the market the effects of competition between stars – much like how the competition between the Wonder Girls and SNSD opened doors for yet a newer generation of girl groups.

In the fifth spot is none other than TVXQ / DBSK. Choi Jisun elaborated on TVXQ’s ranking by stating, “TVXQ works in correspondence with the needs of each new generation. They’re an example of a successful entrance into the Japanese market and a group that has made the Hallyu wave something meaningful.”


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