Archive for November 8, 2009

The full (but unofficially released) version  of DBSK’s new Japanese song “Toki Wo Tomete” which in English translates to “stop time” is now out. It was used for the CF of a Japanese product called Menard back in August. I don’t know if they will be releasing this as a single in the future but it was played at the end of the Tohoshinki Live 2009.

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Like any other DBSK ballad, this song is nice. It did not strike me the way their other recent Japanese ballads (my favorites) like Doushite Kimi Wo Suki Ni Natte Shimattan Darou?, Bolero or Stand by U did but I like it. It’s really promising. Add to that, the Menard CF kept popping in my mind while I was listening to this so I guess that pretty much killed the mood a bit. Hahaha.

I have to say that the chorus and the first verse where JaeJoong sang followed by Junsu were my favorite parts of the song. I think JaeJoong and Junsu’s voice fits the song perfectly (not that the others don’t but the quality of JaeSu’s voices fit it best). I wonder if they’ll release this as a single?

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SM has decided to have a “new contract policy” which will be applicable to ALL SM artists once it is approved by the related authorities.

Unfair Contract Dispute, SM has Changed its Stand?

SM Entertainment CEO’s Kim Young Min, who is involved in the ‘unfair contract’ dispute with his artistes, has recently announced a new contract policy, and that it will be put into action once it gets approved by the related authorities.

SM Entertainment Representative, Kim Young Min, who attended the press conference which was held on the 2nd of November 2009 at 63 Tower, has expressed, “We would collect all comments from music and entertainment industries, related government departments, cultural and tourism board, fair trade departments, educational circles and legislative bodies, based on the law to adjudicate a new contract policy. After the approval from the respective authorities, we would then put it into action. Then follow it (new contract policy) enthusiastically.”

Kim agreed, “If we are able to come out with a new exclusive contract policy based on the law, SM would like to re-contract with all current artistes based on it.”

Kim also expressed, “Under the new exclusive contract, the moment it’s signed it would be protected till the contract ended, if not the current situation would repeat over and over again in the future.”

“In order to prove that what have just I said is nothing but the truth, we would first like to take the advice from the impartial committee,” he said.

But, everyone was not able to fully believe this announcement by SM Entertainment. Professor Lee from Korea Art University stated, “If SM do not wish to have what they have just said to turned into nothing, then they should assure them.” He continued, “Based on what SM have said, they do not wish to fully take on the advice from the impartial committee, but to forcefully come out with a new contract policy, which was questionable (their announcement).” Professor Lee ended, “If SM was really sincere about this, they should work on the new contract based on the advice and not vice versa, and then to get it approved by the representative authorities.”

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I don’t know about this. It might be me being very wary of each and every statement released by SM but I really don’t feel glad about hearing this news. I smell something fishy here. I especially became doubtful and unconvinced when I read the statement, “Under the new exclusive contract, the moment it’s signed it would be protected till the contract ended, if not the current situation would repeat over and over again in the future.” I felt even more threatened by this because it sounded to me that once the artists agree to sign on their new contract policy, they would definitely have NO WAY OUT if ever the new contract is found to have defects in the long run. It seemed like if the artists finally realize that there’s something wrong with the this new contract, filing a lawsuit will not even get them out of it. That would be a lot scarier than what is happening now.

It’s up to you if you’re gonna believe SM. This might be good news but it can also be a very bad news in the long run. I don’t know. Unless I’m assured that the artists are REALLY protected, then I cannot and will not accept and believe any attempt from SM to make things “better”.

I love this article! I definitely agree with the writer about Yunho as an actor. I really hope Yunho would realize despite the low ratings of HTTG, the viewers saw a different side of him – the actor Yunho who tries his hardest to improve on his acting. We saw how he improved in every episode and that’s good news for him. I hope this won’t be Yunho’s last drama. He shouldn’t be afraid to act just because of what happened to HTTG. Yunho, fighting! :D

U-Know Yunho’s Rediscovery through ‘HTTG’ – ‘His Passion For Challenges Shone Through’

Nowadays, the critiquing of dramas takes its basis from ratings. When the rating are high, a drama is seen as successful and good, while low ratings make a drama, as well as the actors, a failure. This is why the deciding factor of most of the media’s critiques of a successful actor and a failed actor depend on whether that actor was in a drama with high or low ratings.

U-Know Yunho of MBC’s ‘Heading to the Ground’, which ended on the 4th on a gloomy note with 16 episodes, received such appraisal as well. But U-Know Yunho was different. U-Know Yunho, who temporarily left his title as leader of idol group TVXQ that swept all of Asia of its feet to try his hand at acting, grew as an excellent actor despite the fact that his drama received low ratings. Instead of drawing the limit from failure, he worked harder to improve his acting skills.

U-Know Yunho was rediscovered through ‘Heading to the Ground’. During the drama, he showed the viewers who actor Jung Yunho, not singer TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho, was. According to those involved with the drama, U-Know Yunho matured and grew rapidly as an actor in ‘Heading to the Ground’ from episode 1 to 16. The insufficiency of episodes 1 and 2 were filled by episode 3 and 4 and he began to show a more mature acting through episodes 5 and 6 and began drawing the viewers’ attention.

The decision to partake in ‘Heading to the Gorund’ in itself was a great challenge to Jung Yunho. In the case of most rookie actors, they choose characters that will continue and better their popularity and image such as flower boys, business tycoons, charismatic guys, bad boys, or geniuses. But U-Know Yunho broke out of his image as an idol on stage and showed a quite different side of himself. He wanted to be reborn as an actor. To overcome the handicap of it being an idol star’s first acting attempt, he went head on with situations in the drama without the use of a stunt double and won.

His character Cha Bong Goon was more memorable because he was not a cool character, but one who seemed to be lacking in some way. He showed everything from bizarre facial expressions to comical dancing. Although the charisma of TVXQ he had built up since his debut had disappeared, he was able to show everyone the birth of Actor Jung Yunho.

TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho, who now has five years of a singing career under his belt, has evolved into a talented singer but has just begun to mature as Actor Jung Yunho. His youth and passion for challenges are beautiful, there are hopes to see what else Actor Jung Yunho has to offer in dramas and in movies.

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