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[TRANS] 101110 BOA & TOHOSHINKI SELECTED FOR “ARTIST HALL OF FAME”


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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[NEWS] 101015 STAR SLAVES


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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[INFO] 101022 TOHOSHINKI – NEW RELEASE IN DECEMBER


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

[HMV REVIEW]

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

[HMV REVIEW]

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).

[SONGS]

Zion
Choosey Lover
The Way U Are
Step By Step
約束 (Yakusoku)
Begin
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”
Sky
Lovin’ You
Hello Again
Proud

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

[HMV REVIEW]

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.

[SONGS]

TRICK
NO PAIN NO GAIN
Choosey Lover
Song for you
You’re my miracle
No?
DARKNESS EYES
Purple Line
Day Moon~ハルダル~ (~Harudal~)
Lovin’ you
Forever Love
CLAP!
Ride on
Rainbow
明日は来るから (Asu wa Kuru Kara)
LAST ANGEL
SHINE~Somebody To Love
High time
Rising Sun
Summer Dream
Beautiful you
Together
Love in the Ice
Kissしたまま、さよなら (Kiss shitamama Sayonara)

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[INFO] 101021 TOHOSHINKI’S CLASSIC ALBUM TO BE RELEASED! VOTING STARTS NOW


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.

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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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