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100531 Musician’s Choice – U-Know Yunho

Musician’s Choice

Famous musicians introduce songs that brought them to where they are now, and songs that they love based on various themes. You may also find out where these musicians are these days.
10.05.31TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho, who can be anything from an actor to a model

Music to listen to on a rainy day

Leader of TVXQ, who heated up Asia
Let’s meet U-Know Yunho’s recommended songs.

U-Know Yunho’s ‘Music to listen to on a rainy day’

When I went to visit TVXQ’s leader U-Know Yunho on the 24th, it was drizzling as I made my way to my destination. It was weather that seemed to match the ‘Musician’s Choice’ theme he had chosen for the week which was “Music to listen to on a rainy day”. He, who had been waiting in front of the SM Entertainment office, happily welcomed this writer. Wearing casual clothes, he smiled brightly and said, “I feel good because it’s raining outside.”

“Rainy days are times for me to reflect on myself. Other friends usually go drinking on days like this, but I drive my car to an arboretum or I choose some good music to listen to.”

When asked about his recent activities, he brought up his photoshoot first. “I went to Hong Kong for a photoshoot, and it was nice to have a personal interview as I was partaking in the photoshoot. I’ve always been showing people the bright side of myself, but I never really had the chance to talk about personal things.” We were curious of his next solo venture. U-Know Yunho said, “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years and I’ve also been considering upgrading my acting skills.” He also said, “What I want to say the most is that I want to challenge the limits I’ve set on myself from more than one side.”

It was a surprise yet understandable to see U-Know Yunho, who admired Michael Jackson, create a music list that consisted of songs with sad or solitary melodies rather than dance-orientated songs. Also, seeing such a list gave us a feel of his extensive musical taste from Rock to New Age.

“I usually listen to music while I’m on the move. I don’t discriminate between genres; if I like the feel of a song, I’ll get it and put it in my playlist right away. At times when I feel like I’m going to explode, I sometimes listen to heavy metal music, and when my body’s exhausted, I listen to calm instrumentals. However, it can be said that the music I’m introducing today conveys what I’m feeling these days.”

U-Know Yunho’s dream is to be the founder of a welfare center. Influenced by his father who enjoys helping those in need, he is actively seeking out voluntary service activities he can do to help the poor and needy. He usually makes people feel flustered with his clipped tone and short yet strong accent which he may have inherited from being the group’s leader since his debut, but he slowly yet surely opened up in this interview with a softer tone and deep breaths. His words “I’ve matured as much as I’ve been hurt,” seemed to approach the writer more sincerely than ever.
Kim Pyung (Writer specializing in popular music)


U-Know Yunho’s First Album Choice: Chris Spheeris’ [Best of Chris Spheeris: 1990-2000]

“Two years ago, there was a time when I listened to all the CDs our fans sent us. This was one of the albums in that pile of CDs and I was immediately hooked. Although there are a lot of instruments involved, there is a sound that isn’t lost, and it’s the sound of nature. That sound seemed to just grab my heart. There wasn’t a distinct melody, but shall I say that the tune was able to express everything that it needed to? From then on, I searched for this artiste online and listened to his songs whenever it rained. The guitar part is the prettiest in this album. Most guitar parts from other sources rely on strength or technique, but the guitar in this album isn’t overused and you can tell that the singer tried to keep the sound as close to the sound of nature as possible. I felt like the guitar part represented his heart and his feelings. It has a calm yet mysterious feeling to it.”


U-Know Yunho’s Second Album Choice: Kevin Kern’s [Summer Daydreams]

“One of the songs called ‘Return to Love’ is a very famous song that is used in dramas and CFs, and all the songs included in this album calm your heart. I think I listen to this song the most when I feel depressed. It cleanses your heart, but it also has a sad and sorrowful feel to it. I first found out about the song in the drama [Autumn in my Heart]. After that, I listened to it a ridiculous number of times. I found myself hearing it a lot even when I hadn’t turned it on myself. I heard it on the streets, I heard it at home, I heard it in the cafes… It’s a song that I’ve heard so much that it’s left a great impact in my life. Sometimes, I think that I’d like to try this kind of music one day. Like taking this music and formatting it by adding narration to it or commentary through DJ-ing?”


U-Know Yunho’s Third Album Choice: Kim Hyun Shik’s [3rd Album]

“I first found out about Kim Hyun Shik’s music through the voices of Kim Bum Soo and Yu Jae Ha. I liked the songs so much that I practiced them a lot for a while. I thought that I needed to be familiar with the original to do so, so that was when I found the artiste Kim Hyun Shik. The song that first caught my eye was ‘Eclipsed Road’. I’ve said before that I like singers like Michael Bolton or Lim Jae Bum, and Kim Hyun Shik’s voice was just what I wanted. It wasn’t pure and clear, and the charm that came from his thick and burning voice struck a chord in my heart. I usually listen to this album on a rainy day right before I sleep. You can find its true charm if you listen to it then.”


U-Know Yunho’s Fourth Album Choice: X-JAPAN’s [Star Box]

“They are one of my favorite artistes. In 9th or 10th grade, I had a cousin who played the bass guitar, and she was a fan of this group. I began to like rock music because of her. But these artistes’ music didn’t feel like rock. More so in ‘Endless Rain’. This song really captures that feeling of singing with a heart full of longing, and I think that, that is the true charm of X-JAPAN. I like their songs because they both appeal and don’t appeal to the masses. I want to follow their example of being a genius, yet striving to always be one step ahead of trends. I think this song’s mixture of Eastern and Western influences contain all the charms that the band holds.”


U-Know Yunho’s Fifth Album Choice: Az Yet’s [Az Yet]

“Sometimes, I like to go jogging when it rains, and I listen to this album a lot when I do. It might be because I’m the bass part in OUR TEAM, but I find myself paying a lot of attention to that part. Their style is a little different from BoyzIIMen, but the bass part is so amazing that it feels like they’re playing with their musical ranges. The part doesn’t lose its focus, but it leads the other parts like the melody. This music is great for when I go jogging or when I’m enjoying a glass of wine. The music itself doesn’t feel very sophisticated, that may be exactly why I’m attracted to it. I think people will like this music if they like harmonies. I also feel that men will enjoy this music more than women.”


“I’m going to keep the promise I made with myself and then I’ll cry my eyes out.”

The subject was changed to Michael Jackson. U-Know Yunho recently got on stage for the pop star’s domestic tribute concert. There is a famous story circulating that the American staff, who had looked down upon U-Know Yunho as an artiste famous only in Asia, changed their attitudes after they watched him perform. U-Know Yunho said, “I want to be an artiste like Michael Jackson who shines regardless of time,” and “I hope to be viewed as someone who keeps maturing and growing as a person and as a singer who is not fazed by the rumors floating around.”

“I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now. But I’m someone who feels lonely very easily, so I constantly have to discipline myself to pay attention and come to my senses. Music has always cleansed my loneliness and sorrow. People say that I’m so strong-hearted that I never cry, but I’m only restraining myself to keep the promise I made with myself. When I get to the top, I want to cry my eyes out just once.” It may have been that his heart was already crying though his ‘leader’ position stops him from outwardly doing so.


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Another Fail: ‘Mosquito Band’ doing Plagiarism of TVXQ and Big Bang

One more Indonesian band becomes a plagiaristic band. This is really a plagiarism because they never confirmed that they’re inspired from Korean boybands. Their name is Mosquito Band, and this plagiarism can be seen in the promotion pictures’ concept above.

The pictures above is the original photo of the group Big Bang and Dong Bang Shin Ki, and below it, the management or maybe themselves place their faces with the bodies of Big Bang and Dong Bang Shin Ki’s members. This group should apologize to Big Bang’s fans and Dong Bang Shin Ki’s fans.

Thanks to Lavie & qhe for the tips.

Source: mosquito’s facebook + koreanindo
Translated by: s3adolphin @
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Someone sent this picture to Max Matsuura on Twitter and Max said he already reported it to the person in-charge (I guess he’s from SME).

I don’t really know if I’ll be angry or laugh at the pictures, but I guess the annoyance I’m feeling is greater towards this band. I’m guessing this band is a rookie band and it’s such a wrong move for them and their company to do this – and choose TVXQ and BigBang, of all idol groups – to promote them. I think their company haven’t heard of how scary Cassiopeia is when someone does something like this to TVXQ. And as if the wrath of Cassies isn’t enough, they had to include BigBang, too. Now, they’re up against Cassiopeia and VIP. Poor Mosquito Band (why the hell did they choose that name, btw?!). Their career is practically dying (if it isn’t already dead) even before they started just because of this mistake.

They have a facebook page and fans are currently leaving hate comments and are asking them to make a public apology. I don’t know what will happen to them in the future but I’m sure this will taint their image forever.

But please remember that it’s only the Mosquito Band and their company who plagiarized so there’s NO need to generalize and think badly of Indonesians as a whole. The mistake of some shouldn’t be taken against everyone, right? :)

They had the radio show at a restaurant??? Cool! :P

100530 Francfranc SCENARIO F Radio’s Blog

Fujii Fumiya exchanges handshakes with the popular artist “XIAH junsu” who was born in Korea at “Goshiren”, the restaurant run by Bae YongJoon

Fujii Fumiya shares a table with “XIAH junsu” who is not only extremely popular in Korea but also in Japan.

Being a popular artist who was born in Korea, “XIAH junsu” answered Fujii Fumiya in fluent Japanese.

The two of them have a toast with Korean red tea.

We can tell how busy he is just by looking at his passport.

Fujii Fumiya asks JunSu how he always spends his off time.

Fujii Fumiya is having a mutual understanding towards JunSu.

His interest is driving.
He says that he wants to drive in Japan too.

-Information not related to JunSu thus omitted-

Source: Francfranc SCENARIO F Radio’s Blog
Translation: linhkawaii @
Credits: { One World. One Red Ocean. One TVXQ! }
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The translations are from the preview and press conference of ‘Sunao Ni Narenakute’.

100530 KBoom July Issue – JeJung’s Part

A complete report on television drama “Sunao ni Narenakute” preview meeting and conference!

You don’t know their appearance, nor do you know what kind of person the opposite party is. However, why do you feel as though he is always by your side? It is probably because of that person’s ‘gentle’ words. This is exactly what takes place in the television idol drama “Sunao ni Narenakute”, which describes the process of how a group of five young men and women met through Twitter, became real friends before becoming partners. The screenwriter for this drama, Kitagawa Eriko, explained her reason for using Twitter as the theme, saying, “I myself uses Blog and Twitter, and through language, people are able to connect with each other. Youth groups are like the life-line of a student’s life, hence, it can also be signified as a partner, that is why I used Twitter as the theme for this work.”

Please say a form of greeting to everyone.

Eita : I was really grateful when everyone came down specially while my leg was in a bad condition. You would probably understand by our current atmosphere; the five of us were still in the midst of filming last night actually. We filmed the drama within a very harmonious atmosphere so the filming was done very smoothly. To be able to be involved in this drama that is featured every week, and allow the audience to look forward to the next episode each week is really a joy to me.
Ueno Juri : I’m Ueno Juri, and I’m playing the character of Haru. I am really happy to be able to be part of the group of five to act out in this drama. My heart is racing now because I have not watched the first episode, the director’s performance was also very natural, and when I noticed it, I started tearing so I was able to display the feeling of sadness. I used very natural emotions to act.
JeJung : Hi everyone, I am JeJung. I play the role of DOCTOR in this film, and I am unusually excited today (laughs). I am very grateful to be able to be here today. I was very nervous initially as this is my debut in a Japanese television drama, but because everyone who were involved in the film were very kind towards me, so I thoroughly enjoyed the entire filming process. I have not watched the first episode too, so I will be very happy if we can enjoy it together.
Seki Megumi : I’m Seki Megumi, and I play the part of PEACH. This is the first time I have been casted as one of the main cast in a drama and I will give my best effort. On the grand scenes of the filming, I will also determine to give my utmost best .
Tamayama Tetsuji : I decided to take up this drama about half a year ago. I did ask myself what kind of feeling do I want to bring about? After one or two months have passed, I told myself initially that I only have to act out the part where I suffered from sexual harassment at work (laughs). There were also other enactments, and my heart was lifted up higher and higher after hearing all that (laughts).

Share your thoughts [after having watched the first episode]

Eita : I really want to watch the second episode (laughs). Even though it is only fictional, the momentum and atmosphere of the drama is very good, I feel it is very dashing.
Ueno Juri : I discovered many scenes of depression or heaviness after reading the script, but there were also moments of happiness. It is the same for the other characters. I know the script, and it felt like all five life stories were progressing at the same time. There are a few scenes that left a deep impression on me, but the one that left the deepest one was probably then the five of us saw the Tokyo Tower turn green at the same time.
JeJung : It was very refreshing (laughs). It was very refreshing just seeing myself in a Japanese drama! I would feel like “Is this guy really JeJung?” (laughs) It was very interesting watching the first episode! I was very curious about the scenes of the others. In LINDA’s scene, it was so intense that I burst out laughing…(laughs)
Tamayama Tetsuji : Everyone watched it together at the resting room, and when it featured the kiss scene between me and the editor, I heard JeJung, who was in the next room, go “NAHHHHH!!” (laughs) But JeJung had seen the script before, so he knew about the details.
JeJung : But seeing the image…(laughs) It was really interesting though!

You had water poured over you from the start, and you still had to take care of your younger sister, it looked tough…

JeJung : Yes…however, DOCTOR’s character is such that no matter how tough it is, he would be able to get through it with a lot of effort and hard work. He has always been so from the start.

DOCTOR really likes HARU.

JeJung : Yes. That is why he envies NAKAJI a lot. Every time DOCTOR meets up with an obstacle, he would think of HARU. However, NAKAJI always has HARU by his side…

What are your thoughts towards Twitter?

: Even though it is interesting, I have never used it before… It looks like something you will get addicted to once you start using it… (laughs)

Source: KBoom + Hey!JJ
Translation: kimuchi3005 @
Credits: { One World. One Red Ocean. One TVXQ! }
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Here’s your much awaited episode 7! :P

*There are only 4 parts uploaded for now. I’ll just edit this once part 5 is uploaded. Part 5 is up. :)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

[Credit: AngelDBSK2]

100529 Despite The Peak Popularity, TVXQ is Absent from MTV Music Awards Japan, The Bitterness of Japanese Fans

Fans won’t get the chance to see the five members of TVXQ once more.

On May 29th, 18:00 at Tokyo Yoyogi National Gymnasium TVXQ is nominated for an award in ‘MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan (WS VMAJ)’. However, the boys are expected not to attend the award ceremony on the d-day.

An official reported, “The plan for the 5 members to attend and get on stage as a group is not easy considering the current situation between TVXQ label in Japan, AVEX and their agency in South Korea, SM Entertainment. In fact, currently TVXQ activities as five members group has been in temporary suspension in Japan.”

In the other side, Big Bang is climbing their high popularity as becoming one of the nominees from South Korea in Best Young Artist Video Award and Best Pop Video Award.

The fellow label group 2NE1 also attended the ceremony, as seen on red carpet with Big Bang, they will perform on the opening ceremony stage.

source: Newsen

Although they did not attend the event, I got an info that our boys won the BEST GROUP VIDEO in the VMAJ. Yay! Another award for them! Congratulations! :D :D :D

Lee Yong is the original singer of the song JaeJoong sang in the Mirotic album, “Forgotten Season”.

100529 Singer Lee Yong: Hero Jaejoong’s Remake of “Forgotten Season” was Well-Sung

Singer Lee Yong praised TVXQ’s Hero Jaejoong on the remake of his song.

During his appearance on YTN’s “NEWS & ISSUES” on the 28th of May, remembered his musical life as a 29-year old.

When asked this, “How do you feel when you hear the young people’s REMAKE of your song?” kind of question, Lee Yong replied, “The song “Forgotten Season” has been sung by more than 50 singers.” Lee Yong said, “Even many of my senior singers have sung this song.”

Lee Yong added, “Among all my junior singers who sang this song, TVXQ’s Hero Jaejoong’s REMAKE is the best, the changes sung the best.”

Lee Yong also said, “Kim Bum Soo also sang well, and there are also female singers who sang not too badly, but maybe it’s because I’m old already so I can’t remember their names…”

In addition, in the program, Lee Yong disclosed for the first time his daughter and his wife.

source: Newsen + Hey!JJ + BaiduTVXQ
translation: tvxqhwaiting @
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