Archive for February 2, 2010

Out of all the many artists that the viewers and netizens have suggested in the Ellen DeGeneres Show webpage, our dear DBSK were recorded as the artist that was suggested the most. This is all of course, thanks to all the efforts of all of us DBSK fans in sharing our stories and reasons as to why we love DBSK. :)

Please be reminded that even though they’ve got the most suggestions, DBSK is NOT confirmed to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  They MAY appear but as of the last statement from SM, they haven’t received any invitation to appear on the said American talk show yet. We’ll just have to wait what happens in the coming days. For now, let’s be happy that somehow, we managed to get the attention of Ellen DeGeneres and her staff and introduce to DBSK to them.

TVXQ Chosen By Viewers Of American Talk Show ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ As A Rising Star

TVXQ has been chosen by viewers of a famous American talk show as ‘the foreign artiste who should be introduced to Ellen’.

In the ‘Send Ellen Your International Music Suggestions!’ event that began on NBC’s ‘Ellen Degeners Show’ homepage in January, TVXQ received over 20,000 suggestions and was recorded as the artiste most suggested by netizens. This was achieved by a collaborative effort of fans in Korea as well as in Asia.

Many of the suggestions included the popularity of TVXQ/Tohoshinki in Japan and in Asia in general. This seems to be the work of fans across Asia coming together for a common cause.

With TVXQ being chosen as the singer with the most suggestions, many wonder if TVXQ will appear on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’. The ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ is a representative talk show in America alongside ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and is popular with around 10 million households tuning in. Even just appearing on the show will be a strong foundation for an entry into the American music market for TVXQ. The Ellen Degeneres Show homepage did state that the singer with the most suggestions may be asked to appear on the show.

Regarding this, TVXQ’s agency SM Entertainment stated, “We did hear about this but we have not yet received an official invitation.” He also continued to say, “Currently, TVXQ is split between U-Know Yunho-Choikang Changmin, and Xiah Junsu-YoungWoong Jaejoong-Micky Yoochun. At the current situation, it would not be easy for the five members to appear on the show together.” Currently, TVXQ is performing only in important events in Japan.


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P.S. I hate SM so much! Why must they make a statement about the members being divided? If it weren’t for that damn company, the boys won’t even have to split! They were doing fine even when this whole lawsuit started until SM came between them and found a way to split them into two groups. Yes, although no one has confirmed this, I STRONGLY believe SM did something to make the divide the boys into 3:2 right now. But I also believe that our dear boys can surpass this because their 6 years of friendship will not be ruined just like that by a hateful company like SM.

Ok, as promised here is a much clearer translation of the records that the boys broke with their single “Break Out!”.

Again, congratulations to DBSK and the fans for another job well done! :D

Tohoshinki Breaks Record – First Foreign Artist In 12 Years To Sell Over 200K In Singles For Initial Sales

Date: 02 February 2010

Time: 04:00

■First to break Elton John’s record in 12 years and 4 months

Korean 5-member group Tohoshinki have made the record as the highest selling artist for foreign artists in the initial sales for singles category. Their 29th single 「BREAK OUT!」was released on 27 January and became first on the 8 February Oricon Singles Ranking Chart.

For the initial sales record for foreign artists, up until now, it had been held by Elton John’s “Memorial Song for the former British Princess Diana”, 「Candle In The Wind〜Tribute To Princess Diana, Britain’s Princess」(released September 1997), which sold 184,000 copies. In this area, Tohoshinki broke this record which lasted for 12 years and 4 months, by selling 254,000 copies of their single, becoming the first foreign artist in history to pass the 200,000 mark in initial sales.

In addition to becoming first place for foreign artists in initial sales, this will also be Tohoshinki’s 7th work to add on to their list of achievements for getting a #1 single, making this a double achievement for them.

Their first single in 2010 is also the theme song for NHK Drama 8’s 『とめはねっ!鈴里高校書道部』. The B-side to this song is the solo number 「XIAHTIC」which was written, composed and arranged by Junsu.

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I know the translation below is kinda confusing but let me summarize it (well, based on my own understanding):

1. DBSK’s sales for the single “Break Out!” is the highest (Oricon Chart) weekly sales for a FOREIGN ARTIST in the history of  Japan.

2. DBSK broke their personal record as the FOREIGN ARTIST in the history of Japan to get the most number of Oricon Daily Chart #1 for 7 times.

Again, that’s how I understood the article. I’m pretty sure of the first one but I don’t know if I got the second one right. Once a clearer translation is out, I’ll post it again. ;)

And oh, just to remind you, the figure “256,000 units” isn’t final yet. Let’s wait for the final figure from Oricon’s website, alright? But I bet it’s around that number.

TVXQ #1 Oricon Single Weekly Chart!!

Another History Broken!! #1 Foreign Single Sells In Japanese History!

2010.2.2 05:00
Sankei Sports News…20502000-n1.htm

“BREAK OUT” a new song of TVXQ”, group of five from Korea, won the first place in the first appearance of a singles chart of the Oricon Single Weekly Ranking. First action sales reached 256,000 pieces and set the most record as a foreign artist in history in Japan. (T/N: This number 256,000 must be the first day count. Oricon will release exact weekly sells number soon.)

In addition, TVXQ updated the first place for the foreign single sells, by accomplishing their 7 singles to be the top sells in Japanese market. The first place album sells is “Whistle” of HY.

T/N: Sankei Sports News (One of the Top selling Japanese News Paper Company) reports,

1. TVXQ Won Weekly Single Oricon Chart. Number One Single Sells in Oricon Ranking.

2. TVXQ sold the most single in the foreign artist category in the history of Japan.

3. TVXQ’s seven singles were recorded top sells in Japan,

which updated the foreign artist’s single sells history in Japan.
(They broke their own record! laugh.gif )

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Well, I do understand TaeGoon for asking people to stop people from asking him about JaeJoong. Although having a famous friend like JaeJoong has its perks, it also has some unpleasant effects. It’s really unfair for people to accuse TaeGoon of using JaeJoong to gain recognition. What he has with JaeJoong is a close and true friendship and people should stop giving a different meaning to it. Besides, I believe that TaeGoon is a talented singer and is working hard to have a successful career. With or without the help of JaeJoong or any of his other celebrity friends, he can have a successful career as long as he persevere because he has the talent to make it on top.

I really hope people will start looking at him as “TaeGoon” and not as “TaeGoon, Kim JaeJoong’s friend”. Let him have his own identity – one that is not associated with JaeJoong. I wish him all the best  and I hope this won’t ruin his beautiful friendship with Jae.

Taegoon doesn’t want to be asked about JaeJoong anymore

Singer Taegoon, who is known to be close friends with Hero Jaejoong of Dong Bang Shin Ki, said during an episode of ‘My Name Is Taegoon’ that he does not want interviewers to ask him questions about Jaejoong.

Taegoon said “There’s a lot of people who thought poorly of me, they said I blackmail my friends and take advantage of TVXQ, there’s many people saying that.”

He continued, “I often talked about it with JaeJoong, but I don’t like people to look at me like that. There were many people who regarded us as good friends, but a lot also said I took advantage of it. We were very hurt. I didn’t talk about JaeJoong for a while. I request for them not to ask but they still do and write about it.”

Although they continually ask him about it, he says “It’s a challenge, I don’t want to give trouble to my friends. I don’t like bothering him.”

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I’ve always said how the DBSK boys inspire and motivate people in so many ways. I, for one, was inspired to live a more meaningful life and changed into a better person ever since I came to know about them two years ago. Not only are they inspiring “ordinary” people like us, but they also become inspirations and role models to other artists and budding artists as well.

The article below is about Gag Concert star Oh Nami’s inspiration in pursuing her dream of becoming a celebrity. DBSK member Kim “Youngwoong” JaeJoong’s perseverance in making his dream come true and succeeding in it was what inspired and pushed Oh Nami into pursuing her dream. At present, she is one of the rising celebrity comedian in Korea and has also garnered attention for her talent.

Gag Concert’s Rising Star Oh Nami Says “YoungWoong Jaejoong Is My Idol”

Gag Concert’s new star Oh Nami has revealed her unique relationship with TVXQ’s YoungWoong Jaejoong.

Through an interview with Sports Donga, Oh Nami revealed that her hometown was Gongju, Chung Cheong Province, and introduced YoungWoong Jaejoong as a ‘hometown friend’.

“Because Gongju is such a small place, kids with talent became popular very quickly. Although YoungWoong Jaejoong is younger than me, we went to the same supplementary academy.” Oh Nami, who was a track athlete until high school, said that YoungWoong Jaejoong played a large role in making her pursue her dream of becoming a comedian.

“As I was living in a rural town, I just wandered because I didn’t know how to become a celebrity. But then I heard that YoungWoong Jaejoong became a trainee at SM Entertainment and I gained the courage to pursue my dream from that fact,” said Oh Nami. She also added that, “I saw YoungWoong Jaejoong never give up his dream of being a singer and then finally achieve it, so I decided to pursue my own dream no matter what came in my way.”

Even though six years have passed, Oh Nami still remembers the name and newspaper that printed the first article about YoungWoong Jaejoong which showed that her memories of the idol member are quite special to her.

After graduating from university, Oh Nami went on to a graduate school in Seoul and debuted as part of KBS’ 23rd Comedian group in 2008. She is currently gaining popularity in KBS 2TV’s ‘Gag Concert’ corner ‘Solo Heaven, Couple Hell’. Last year, she received the Rookie Award at the KBS Entertainment Awards and proved her skills as a successful comedian.

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Stories like these are really fun and touching to read. It makes me even more proud of our boys every time I hear that they are part of other people’s  success. I hope they’ll continue to be role models, inspirations, motivators and instruments to make other people’s lives become better. :)

Another article about DBSK’s popularity and success in Japan. I hope you guys don’t get tired with this kind of articles because I don’t. I’m actually proud that’s why I always post them for all the fans to read. :)

Tohoshinki, Japanese Activities Surpassing Expectations!

Tohoshinki’s popularity in Japan is still as explosive as ever.

The March edition of women’s magazine <JJ>, which TVXQ posed as the cover models for, was completely sold out on the 23rd, only two days after its release.

TVXQ is the first male group to grace the cover of <JJ> ever since its first release 35 years ago.

A <JJ> representative said, “Last March, we had a TVXQ special in the magazine for three months and the response we received from it was explosive. Taking into consideration that the theme for the covers is ‘Surprise’, we decided to give TVXQ fans a special surprise. Therefore, we began continually asking TVXQ’s side for a confirmation to our proposal since last summer and we finally succeeded in getting it.”

The photoshoot and interview took place in December, and even though TVXQ was busy with their scheduled appearances in NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen and the Japanese Record Awards, the members took an active approach during the photoshoot and kept the atmosphere bright and cheerful the entire time.

The TVXQ special named ‘Valentine Day Special’ is eight pages long with pictures as well as a ‘100 Q&A’ from each of the members that reveals information about their private lives. The edition also contains photos signed by the members as a present to the readers.

The March edition <JJ> magazine that was sold out in two days is currently reaching prices as high as 5000 Yen (55 USD) on Auction, which is significantly larger than the original price of 650 Yen (7 USD). In numerous fansites, many fans who could not buy the magazine can be seen saying things like, ‘I want to buy it, but no store has it,’ ‘I can get a taste of TVXQ’s popularity in Japan through this. I knew that buying concert tickets was hard, but I didn’t expect to find buying a magazine so difficult.’

<JJ> stated on the 25th that they decided to reprint the March edition and will begin distributing them to stores around the nation on the 29th.

Tohoshinki, succeeds with CDs as well as magazines

TVXQ also celebrated another title as Number One on the Oricon Single Chart with their new single <Break Out!> that was released on the 27th.

The 29th single <Break Out!> is not only the title song for NHK drama <Domehane!> (every Thursday at 8pm) that began on January 7th, it also sold 169,842 copies on the first day and demonstrated a clear margin between it and the second place single by Japanese rock group L’Arc-en-Ciel that sold 33,051 copies.

On the 22nd of January, <Break Out!> was labeled as the ‘most anticipated new single album’ on Oricon’s survey before its release.

TVXQ is awaiting the release of their first best album <BEST SELECTION 2010> on February 17th and many are interested to see whether TVXQ will be able to carry their ’sold out streak.’

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