Archive for December 5, 2009

So the news about the fanmeeting by JaeChunSu is true. This fanmeeting was organized not only by the three members but along with UNICEF and is for a good cause.

JCS’s “Smile Again” Fanmeeting

UNICEF share love “Smile Again” public ticket sale announcement

Date: December 12th, 2009
Time: 5 pm
Place: Korean University stadium (we will confirm specific university later)

Event Objective:

Along with UNICEF’s “smile again”, Jaejoong, Yoochun, Xiah and fans together created this charitable event, hoping to create memorable memories, such a happy moment that is like a present.

Attention regarding advance ticket sales:

* Each person can only get one ticket, will be free.
* According to the application order to find place. Hooping that during reservation time, pay attention to whether or not the chosen spot is actually a seat.
* To make reservation more successful, we will award already joined members.
* Please pay attention that the number from SMS or e-mail is not the actual seat number.
* The admission ticket exchange will change on spot admission on the day of.
* (Please pay attention that you cannot enter stadium broken or damaged ticket.
* ID’s will be checked when getting the ticket (student ID/ID card) and authenticates (SMS/authentication).
* (Without confirmation, you cannot enter the stadium.
* The exchange process starts on the day of the event at 10:00, at assigned place.
* Admission time begins from 14:00.
* Accepts the sleeve belt which a time distributes not to be able to give to other people, finished until the activity needs to wear.
* Received tickets can not be transferred to other people, because you will need it until the end of the event.
* Do not use cellphones to talk pictures. At the end of the event, tickets will be recycled.
* Because the event admission process is long, be careful to take precautions against the cold weather.
* On the day of the event, we will be raising charitable funds at the entrance , hopefully we’ll obtain everyone’s support.

Early public ticket reservation date:
February 8th, 2009 (Tuesday), at 8:00 pm

source: yes24.com
credit: 爽儿@XIAHKING
trans: sharingyoochun@wordpress

I think the EARLY PUBLIC TICKET RESERVATION DATE should be DECEMBER 8, 2009. I think there was only a typographical error there.

Anyway, I’m glad that JaeChunSu are organizing this kind of charitable event. Not only are they helping the people in need but this also gives a chance for the fans to meet and have a day of fun with the three of them. Fans will finally have an interaction with them again and will (hopefully) see genuine smiles on the members’ faces. This is also a chance for JaeChunSu to show the fans how thankful they are for the support we give to them throughout this whole ordeal and hopefully, seeing the fans will also ease their worried feelings even for just a bit.

I wish I could attend this fanmeeting but obviously, I can’t since I’m no where near Korea right now. But I hope this event will be a success and that everyone will have a great time. =)

Let’s go on to some good news…

Tower Records Japan 2009 Years Best Seller‏

■ Foreign Music:
Westen Music #1: Green Day『21st Century Breakdown』
ROCK / POP #1: Green Day『21st Century Breakdown』
SOUL / R&B #1: Michael Jackson『King Of Pop』
CLUB #1: The Prodigy『Invaders Must Die』
HIP HOP #1: Black Eyed Peas『The E.N.D.(The Energy Never Die)』
WORLD / REGGAE #1: Sean Paul『Imperial Blaze』
BLUES/COUNTRY #1: Taylor Swift『Fearless』
SOUNDTRACK #1: 『Mamma Mia! 』
DVD Western MUSIC #1: Michael Jackson『Lvie in ・Bucharest』

ASIA #1: TVXQ 『Mirotic』

(Why TVXQ is in Asia category only? Aren’t they also J-pop?
And don’t they sell more than western music in Japan? Why don’t they
list as foreign??)

■ Japanese Music:
Top sells #1: Arashi 『All the BEST! 1999-2009』
J-PUNK #1: FACT『FACT』
J-HIP HOP #1:  KREVA『Heart』
J-REGGAE #1: Shonannokaze 『~JOKER~』
J-CLUB #1: MiChi『UP TO YOU』
VISUAL #1: Shido 『hikari』
DVD MUSIC(Japanese) #1: Arashi『ARASHI AROUND ASIA 2008 in TOKYO』

■ JAZZ & CLASSICAL
CLASSICAL Imported: #1: Karajan&BPO『Brahms:The first symphony,
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht』
CLASSICAL Domestic: #1: Nobuyuki Tsujii 『debut』
JAZZ #1: Melody Gardot『My One And Only Thrill』

source: Barks News
trans by : Always Keep The Faith!
shared by : sharingyoochun@wordpress

Congratulations to the boys for being number ONE in the ASIA category! :D

Episode 141 of Bigeastation ia already available on YouTube and ONETVXQ! have provided a translation of the most important announcement about the show by the hosts for the episode, Yunho and Changmin.

*The article is not to be taken out of ONETVXQ so just click on the link below and you’ll be re-directed to the news article.*

BIGEASTATION WILL FINISH ITS BROADCAST BY THE END OF DECEMBER

This is a very sad news for all of us who loves listening to Bigeastation for the past 2 years and 9 months. I want to cry because this the radio program where the boys show their dorkiness and reveal so much about themselves is coming to an end. :'( I’ll surely miss their all the radio segments especially Toho-psychology and Loving You corner. In fact, what I will miss most is hearing at least three of the members’ voices and laughter once a week. It’s sad that it has to end but what is more saddening is the fact that it will end not because of low ratings but possibly because of something or SOMEONE that might have done something to lead to radio program’s end. I’m sure you all know who I’m hinting on here.

Anyway, I guess everything has to come to an end at some point – yes even the good ones. I just hope that all the five members will be hosting the few episodes of Bigeastation as a consolation to all of us who listens to it. For just a few more times, I want to hear them bicker, laugh, and tease each other. For the last time in Bigeastation, I want to hear together as five, laughing and entertaining the fans. :'(

Hideaki Tokunaga is the original singer of song “Rainy Blue” which DBSK has covered in the recent FNS Music Festival. He’s also the one who joined the boys in singing the song. The boys received praises from him after their performance together (I think he said these comments during the MC part of his concert which was held a few days after FNS).

Tokunaga Hideaki Expresses his Wonderful View of Tohoshinki

“When Tohoshinki and related people requested him to perform Rainy Blue with them, he asked why they had choose that song, and received the reply that they really like this song.”

“(The members) worked hard to use Japanese to communicate with me, everyone of them is really handsome, especially Jaejoong, with that beauty looking at me, even if I didn’t have that kind of tendencies, my heart speed up. To the degree that I want to hug him. If I was a girl, there is no doubt I will fall for him.”

“The feeling is very beautiful and clear. Like snow crystals. The existence itself is very beautiful, the five of them can make a person very joyful.”

“They don’t have just beautiful features , their heart and actions are as pure as snow.”

“Even though I have meet other handsome guys up until today, but Tohoshinki really are wonderful guys.”

“(These words) should be expressed loudly to Tohoshinki’s fans!”

Source: Mixi community
Credit: HeyJJ
Trans by: sharingyoochun@wordpress

Hahaha! I can’t stop laughing when I read his comment on JaeJoong’s “beauty”. Dang, that was really one heck of a statement. I guess even guys cannot escape being charmed and enchanted by our JaeJoongie’s gorgeous features.

with that beauty looking at me, even if I didn’t have that kind of tendencies, my heart speed up. To the degree that I want to hug him. If I was a girl, there is no doubt I will fall for him.” – This is definitely the winning statement from this article. ROFL. :D :D :D

No wonder he always gets the top spot whenever there are polls or surveys in Japan which has something to do with “beauty” and most wanted lover. Hahaha! *can’t stop laughing*

Anyway, another Japanese artist was impressed by our boys. Great job, DBSK! :)

This is so touching. I almost made me tear-up.

Xiah Junsu Village In Cambodia Is Created

A village that has adopted TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu’s name in Cambodia has been created titled ‘Xiah Junsu Village’.

International organization AdraKore began building houses and improving living conditions for the poor in a village just an hour away from Phnom Penh.

This aid for the poor received a lot of help from TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu and his fanclub who donated money to the organization last year. The fanclub members decided to give a thoughtful present by collecting donations and giving a fraction of it to AdraKorea.

AdraKorea began building houses for the poor who lived in unstable conditions and improved living environments to protect children from unexpected natural or man-made disasters and the organization was able to do this thanks to Xiah Junsu and his fanclub.

30 houses were reconstructed. Most of these houses were worn down and were made of banana or palm leaves. The ceilings and walls had been slowly disintegrating so whenever it rained, families were sure to get wet. However, these houses have been changed into warm, safe havens.

Jin Hana, who is currently helping out with the project in Cambodia, said, “When it rained at night, families had to move around to find a place where the rain or the wind couldn’t get to, or they had to sleep leaning against the wall on an unstable bamboo floor. The children are now able to sleep safely and soundly.”

Volunteer Shin Sung Eun said, “The people here don’t know who TVXQ is, but they are very thankful that people far away in Korea have sent them donations of love,” and “People here call this village the ‘Xiah Junsu village.'”

Shin Won Seok, the secretary-general of Adra, stated, “We would like to thank Xiah Junsu and his fanclub for teaching us once more that giving helps people in need and makes the world a brighter place,” and “Their love helped those in need in the global community.”

Source: [newsen+DNBN]
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And here are some pictures of the place called “Xiah Junsu Village”

Picture credits: Newsen+DNBN

Cassiopeia is THE BEST! I’m so proud not only of the Korean Cassies who helped the people of this village but also to all the Cassies around the world who has done/are doing charitable activities to help our needy brothers and sisters. This is one of the things why I love DBSK fandom so much. We don’t only show the members our love and support but we also have the heart to help other people who are in need. I personally think being generous and caring of other people is one of the many things that the members of DBSK has taught us through the years. It is one of their attitudes which we, their fans, have learned from them. I’m sure the members are also proud of what all of us are doing. Way to go Cassies!

Cassiopeia jjang! :D

DBSK jjang! :D

I don’t know when this interview was conducted or when this E-pop magazine issue came out but judging from the pictures of Yunho from Evisu, it should be a recent one (maybe a few months back).

E-pop Magazine No. 237 – Yunho’s Interview

Epop : Is your “father” is the one who has the biggest affect on your life?

Yunho: I won’t forget the advice that my father gave me before. “No one should have regrets about showing their kindness in others by help other people”. If we choose this road, we must continue on it no matter what happens. We would not succeed in anything if we give up easily. I hope that I can follow in my dad’s footstep in order to become a good father in the future.

Epop: “Audience and Fans” What does the appearance of them meant to you?

Yunho: If we can’t communicate with audience or fans when we are on stage, we are known as “failed artists”. This is what our fans taught me when we had our first live performance on stage. There might have been some awkwardness with our first performance, but our fans and audience made us confident on stage. Nowdays, when DBSK performs, I will usually look at our fans’ eyes when singing love songs.

Epop: How about DBSK members then?

Yunho: Meeting the other members is the biggest and the most important event in my life. We are not only working teammates, we are a big family ^ ^. The five of us work very hard to show our fans our BEST performance. We shared our tears and laughter together.

Epop: Did you always discipline yourself so strictly?

Yunho: From primary school I already started to discipline myself. I held the responsibility of the class monitor before. I think this is because the effect that my dad has on me. *smile I was naughty during my childhood days. Although my mom always pampered me, my dad always gave me advice to be a noble gentleman.

If I cried, my dad would become stricter towards me. *laugh

Epop: Your body should has overcome a lot injuries, right?

Yunho: If you look closely, you can see that my face had received a lot injuries. From my head to my toes I’ve also been injured before. The worst accident to happen to me was when I fell down from 4th floor of a building. Luckily I was able to hold on something at the first floor. If not I would have been badly injured. And also the well-known “poison drink” incident. I guess everybody has heard of if. I take those as a challenge in my life. Because of those accidents and incidents, I can be stronger and stronger.

Epop: What do you think of the DBSK Anti-Fans?

Yunho: Everyone have different thoughts on DBSK. Although there are a lot people who adore DBSK, but there are also people who dislike DBSK. About the poison drink incident, we have become more cautious in order to avoid other bad things happening.

Epop: What are the activities you have enjoyed recently?

Yunho: I like sports and reading. There are also some novels that I stored on my computer. *smile. I like to read different types of book, actually. No matter if it’s love story, or some kung-fu type novel too, I’ll read it. * laugh

Credits: E-pop Magazine No. 237
Translated by : JoeYee@DBSKnights
Shared by: DBSKnights

*on the sentences on BLUE* Need I say more? DBSK LOVE! <3

Below is an interview of JaeJoong, Yoochun and Junsu’s lawyer Lim Sang Hyuk.

TVXQ’s Suspension Request First Win – Lawyer Lim Sang Hyuk

-Did you know who TVXQ was?

“(laugh) This shouldn’t be printed… I didn’t know their faces. Before they came, I kept playing their music videos and putting pictures of their faces on my computer screen so that I could memorize their names and faces. I kept getting mixed up between Choikang Changmin and YoungWoong Jaejoong but luckily(?) Choikang Changmin didn’t come here.”

Meet Lawyer Lim Sang Hyuk who aided three members of TVXQ, YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, when they submitted their exclusive contract suspension request against SM Entertainment. On November 25th, this is how the interview began with him as he waved his hand and said, “Don’t ask me about TVXQ.”

On October 27th, the Seoul District Courts partially accepted the request submitted by the three members. The Courts stated, “SM violated the economic freedom and basic rights of the members of TVXQ through their superior position. There is a high chance that the entire, or parts of the contract will be suspended fully.” In words it was ‘partial acceptance’, and in reality, it signified the loss of the trial of the nation’s biggest entertainment agency, SM.

What surprised the entertainment industry more than the Courts’ verdict was the fact that the ‘provisional disposition’ method Lawyer Lim had used had actually worked. A provisional disposition is usually submitted when it is too late to submit a formal trial. A good example would be when the family of the deceased former President Park Jung Hui submitted a a press ban provisional disposition a couple days before the publication of the Glossary of Japanophiles.

-Why did you choose to submit a provisional disposition?

“In the case of celebrity contract disputes, there has never been a single case where the dispute goes to the Supreme Court in the past sixty years. For a formal trial to go to the Supreme Court, it would take 2~3 years but during this period, that celebrity cannot perform in any activities. Everyone starts a lawsuit and ends up giving up halfway through. Had TVXQ gone through with a formal trial, it would have been the end of their career.”

Lawyer Lim stated that Sejong chose to submit a provisional disposition, people in the legal circles stated that, ‘Sejong has made a mistake.’ For a provisional disposition to be accepted, it must fit two criteria. 1. The contract should be nullified. 2. This is a problem so urgent that a provisional disposition is needed before the formal trial. Till now, all of the celebrity contract disputes have been ruled as ‘not urgent’.

“We argued that this was a problem that needed to be dealt with immediately. In the case of idol stars like TVXQ, their lifespan is short so we stated that if we were to begin with the lawsuit that lasted 2~3 years, their celebrity career would be over by then. Therefore, the Courts accepted our claim.”

Law Lim stated that not even he thought of a provisional disposition at first. “When we first discussed this, we told them ‘We will be able to get this contract nullified. However, you won’t be able to perform for a while.’ This is probably why the two other members did not participate. After we told them that, when we were going through the legal process, that was when the idea came to submit a provisional disposition.”

-How can SM retaliate?

“There are many ways. They can submit an appeal or a formal objection, or they can submit an Order of Filing a Lawsuit request which would tell us to, ‘hurry up and start the formal trial.’ They can also file a lawsuit on the grounds that they believe that the contract is valid. However, they have not done anything yet. We were able to get what we wanted through the provisional disposition. We were able to grant the members freedom to pursue any activity they wanted and stopped the contract. Of course, if the members were to be compensated for their income, then we would have to fight it out in a formal trial. But we are in no hurry.”

-So many celebrities will begin using this provisional disposition method, right?

“We’ve given them a new method of commencing an exclusive contract suspension lawsuit.”

Entertainment agencies can do nothing but be alert. Now the road is open that if the contract is deemed unlawful, a verdict can be laid down quickly by the Courts through a provisional disposition. “TVXQ has given their juniors a very big fight. Now, celebrities are able to keep their contracts or terminate them, they’ve been given another option.”

The problem of unlawful celebrity contracts seems to be a long-term disease. It was put in the spotlight after the death of Jang Ja Yeon but then the situation calmed down once more.

-What is the reason that unlawful contracts occur frequently?

“It’s because the barriers to entry are extremely high. It has come to a state where, without a large entertainment agency, it is impossible to debut. The singer doesn’t get to question the content of the contract, all they can decide is ‘should I sign it or not?’. Some of the clauses in contracts are very vague.”

‘SM will be in charge of all television appearances and all domestic and overseas activities.’ This is what is said in the contract between SM and TVXQ. This controversial phrase is bound to be a cause of dispute. An issue that was including in this dispute was whether or not the three members’ investment in a cosmetic company was an infringement on the contract. SM stated that it was indeed an infringement since the members could receive offers for commercials. The three members’ side retaliated by saying, “So they are saying that the members must ask for permission even when buying stocks from Samsung Electronics. To say that the members must receive permission before doing anything, that is what a slave contract is.”

-Why have even big stars like TVXQ endure with these contracts?

“The entertainment management industry is distinctively divided into Kpop, and non-Kpop. In the Kpop market, three major agencies are monopolizing the market. They train people, create albums, etc; they basically contain all the infrastructure necessary. It is hard for a new company to enter this market. It’s a monopoly. Even TVXQ is on the second tier in this industry.”

-What about other fields?

“The non-Kpop industry is a competitive market. As long as you have great connections and good people, you can succeed if you decided to set up an agency. This means that the barriers to entry are relatively low. The power of the agencies isn’t as big.”

For actors, they have an ‘escalating clause’ in their contracts. This means that even rookies can change clauses in their contracts if they become popular.

-Is there a way to stop this from happening again?

“The celebrities can go on strike.”

The celebrities go on strike? It’s a sight that is difficult to imagine. However, he was serious. If they couldn’t go on strike, the labor union could work as the profits distributor, and if even this did not work, then the unfair system could not be fixed.

“In America, celebrities have labor unions, guilds. The production teams and the actors are compromising a labor collective agreement. Even when a rookie actor signs on to a production company, they have to get the signature of the labor union. It is hard for an unlawful contract to exist in such an environment.”

-Will a celebrity strike really be possible?

“Haven’t you heard about the American actors who went on strike?”

Last December, the Screen Actors Guild got to the brink of a strike. This was because their labor collective agreement negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was broke down. In June, the labor collective agreement negotiations, which dragged for almost a year, was finalized and the long dispute was finally stitched up.

-Will this be possible in Korea?

“It will if Bae Young Jun and Jang Dong Geon move.” He stated that a ‘passionate person’ was more important than a ‘structured individual’. He held the Korean Radio & TV Writers Association as an example.

“In the contract script writers sign with broadcasting companies, it is so equal that it is hard to differentiate between the company and the writer. This is because Writer Kim Soo Hyun took the lead.” Writer Kim solved the copyright issues with broadcasting companies by advocating a strike during 1987~1995.”

-When it isn’t their business, will Korea’s top stars take a stance?

“In America, top stars such as Richard Gere and U2 took a stance. In our nation, no one is willing to step up to the plate. Even though the verdict of the Court has been released, no famous celebrity dares to even make any implications about the TVXQ dispute. If this was America, all the top stars would have said something by now.”

Then we asked the question that we most wanted to ask. A terse answer was given.

-Doesn’t the statement of the agency have a certain amount of reason too?

“It has been the theory of entertainment agencies for tens of years that ‘overextended contracts are inevitable because of dangers in investments.’ However, the Courts have never recognized this theory.”

The verdict of the Courts is always clear and concise. Even in this case, the Courts staged, “It cannot be said that dangers in investments can justify overextended contracts and excessive compensation. There are always dangers when it comes to investing in any market and that is a part that can be compensated.”

A change has already begun. JYP Entertainment put in place a new basis for contracts last month. The Fair Trade Committee ruled that the contract JYP made was a ‘fair contract’ that fit the criteria of the committee’s basis for contracts. A law to reform the way the entertainment industry is run is also to be the center of discussion in the National Assembly.

“This method that is currently being used must stop. We cannot let this industry, that oppress people and squeezes them dry for profit, continue.”

Lawyer Lim is counted as the ‘second generation’ celebrity specialized lawyer. This means that he does not consult and legally fight for an individual celebrity, but the celebrity-culture industry as a whole. Those such as Lawyers Choi Jung Hwan and Hong Seung Gi, who have dealt with countless celebrity-related lawsuits, are called first generation lawyer. It may be because major law firms Sejong and TaePyungYang have steeped up to take on the issue, but it can be seem that this dispute between an entertainment agency and a celebrity has moved to a second generation level. One wonders if the entertainment industry will change as much as this dispute has evolved.

“This is a chance of a lifetime. Thanks to TVXQ’s name sake, this issue has been publicized and a new ‘weapon’ of the provisional disposition has been given to celebrities.”

Source: [kukinews+DNBN]
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I’m glad that a smart and intelligent lawyer like Lim Sang Hyuk is the one defending and aiding our boys in this battle. With the way he answers every statement that SM has released so far and the decision of the Court favoring DBSK, I know that JaeChunSu are in good hands. I thank him for thinking of filing a provisional disposition rather than a formal trial because at least the JaeChunSu are still allowed to perform and do activities. I would have probably gone crazy if they will stop their activities for a couple of years. Also, I PERSONALLY THINK that maybe – just maybe – ONE of the POSSIBLE reasons why Yunho and Changmin did not participate in the lawsuit is because of the thought that a formal trial will hinder them from doing any activities while the lawsuit is on going. Too bad the idea of filing a provisional disposition only came during the process of planning on what kind of case to file against SM. If only they thought of it immediately, MAYBE there is a HIGH POSSIBILITY that the five of them are fighting against SM now.

Anyway, I definitely agree that JaeChunSu and also Lawyer Lim Sang Hyuk has given other artists a new option in dealing with slave contracts. From now on, if other artists who are under the same condition as DBSK wants to demand fair treatment from their agencies, they have found a new option which will not hinder them from doing any activities. This is indeed a big help for artists in the future.