Archive for December 8, 2010

101203 JYJ’s Junsu Has Been Secretly ‘Building Houses Of Love

JYJ member Junsu (23), who originally comes from the group TVXQ, has been secretly performing good deeds.

According to ADRA Korea, a domestic aid organization that works in collaboration with the United Nations, Junsu has been sponsoring the ‘Building Houses of Love’ project which improves the housing conditions of neglected classes of people. This is a life-support project that ADRA Korea organized in May of last year with the local government of Dangjin, ChungCheongnam-do.

Since 2008, Junsu, along with his fans, has been donating money to ADRA Korea. With these funds as a foothold, ADRA Korea recently expanded their ‘Building Houses of Love’ business and are currently constructing a house for Mr. Kim, who is currently living in Godae-myun, Dangjin.

Mr. Kim’s family of eleven has been living in unfortunate conditions within an old house in which water leaks through the roof. However, with the help of Junsu and his fans, Mr. Kim’s house is developing into a timber-frame house with many amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom, living room and study room. It is planned to be completed by the end of this month.

On November 21st, Junsu’s fans visited Mr. Kim’s house and had a great time with his family when they took his children out for a picnic. Junsu’s parents also attended this outing and presented Mr. Kim’s children with scholarships.

Last year, Junsu participated in ADRA Korea’s campaign in Cambodia that fixed houses for the impoverished.

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101203 Jaejoong Is The Most Sought-After Idol Amongst Drama Producers…He’s “Currently Considering His Options”

‘First Micky Yoochun, now YoungWoong Jaejoong!’

Group JYJ’s YoungWoong Jaejoong is currently the most sought-after idol star for dramas and many are wondering if this means he will debut into the domestic drama scene any time soon.

Beating all the idol stars currently active, YoungWoong Jaejoong is the most sought-after idol amongst drama producers and has been receiving numerous love calls. Though there are many idols who have gone into acting, a rumor is circulating within the industry that YoungWoong Jaejoong is an actor who ‘will bring great success if you catch him’.

A representative in the drama production field stated, “‘Sunao Ni Narenakute’, the Japanese drama YoungWoong Jaejoong appeared in, attracted quite a large amount of popularity in Japan,” and “As it is now important for drama producers to take the Japanese market into consideration, YoungWoong Jaejoong has become the most sought-after star in the domestic drama industry.”

Also, the fact that YoungWoong Jaejoong has been highly praised for his acting, which is more stable compared to that of other idols who have been swept up in controversies over their lack of acting abilities, in the movie ‘Postman to Heaven’ and the Japanese drama ‘Sunao Ni Narenakute’ is an added bonus.

Regarding this, YoungWoong Jaejoong’s representative stated, “It is true that he has been receiving many offers to appear in Korean dramas. He is indeed planning to appear in a domestic drama. However, nothing has been set in stone yet, and he is currently considering when and what production he wishes to appear in.”

If YoungWoong Jaejoong is successfully cast in a drama, it will become an issue hotter than member Micky Yoochun’s decision to appear in the KBS drama ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’ as this will be his domestic drama debut.

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101203 ‘TVXQ Trio’ JYJ’s TV Appearance Falls Through.. Why?

It has been found that TVXQ’s Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu (JYJ) attempted to appear on TV but it fell through in the end.

According to a representative in the Kpop industry, JYJ were nominated to perform a celebratory number at ‘The 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards’ that was aired on November 26th on KBS 2TV. For this, their KBS Kpop review was quickly done a week before the awards ceremony.

Usually, the review is done even before the album is released, but for JYJ, their review was done one month after their ‘The Beginning’ album was released in October. It has been confirmed that a total of seven songs, including JYJ’s title song ‘Empty’, were deemed suitable for airing according to the results published on November 24th after the KBS Kpop review.

However, JYJ’s appearance fell through. This seems to be because of JYJ’s legal dispute with SM Entertainment. Furthermore, an extreme amount of pressure would have been placed on KBS if they had allowed JYJ to perform as pop culture-related associations are siding against JYJ, such as the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry that sent out an official document to broadcasting and cable companies, as well as music distribution companies, demanding that JYJ’s activities be restricted.

However, the ‘Blue Dragon Film Awards’ was not the only event where this happened. Even though it is now almost two months since JYJ’s album release, we still cannot hear their music on TV or the radio. This has occurred though there have been many netizens asking radio stations to turn JYJ’s music on as they have yet to hear these songs anywhere though the album has been released.

One Kpop representative stated, “If JYJ does not solve their dispute with SM, they will be faced with many more obstacles in the future if they wish to continue to sing,” and “There are many producers who have raised their voices stating that regulations on activities must become more strict so that something like this does not happen again.”

JYJ filed an exclusive contract suspension injunction against SM last July. They began their activities by releasing their first album under the name JYJ and holding showcases, but they have not been able to stand on a TV show’s stage in Korea yet.

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101208 TVXQ Will Perform In Both Korea  And Japan With One Title Track

“Expected To Simultaneously Rank #1 In Both Countries”

TVXQ are planning to perform in both Korea and Japan with the same title track.

TVXQ, now a duo with U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin, made an announcement through their official homepage on November 23rd that they will make a comeback next January. Following this, they announceed through their Japanese agency AVEX on December 2nd that they will be releasing a new single on January 26th.

The unknown song they are planning to sing is receiving great attention as TVXQ is planning to perform it in both Korea and Japan at the same time. TVXQ’s agency SM Entertainment stated, “TVXQ are planning to perform the same title track in both Korea and Japan in January.”

All the SM artistes, including TVXQ, BoA, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and f(x), will be holding their Japan leg of the ‘SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR’ on January 25th and 26th in Tokyo, Japan. Because this overlaps with the release of TVXQ’s new single, there is a great possibility that they will be kicking off their activities in Japan at the SM TOWN concert.

On the other hand, TVXQ’s Japanese comeback has been met with an explosive response from Japanese fans. On major album sites such as and Tower Records, TVXQ’s new single, set to release on January 26th, rose to #1 on the ranking charts as soon as it was released, thus proving their continued popularity in Japan.

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101207 2010 best 5 hottest historical dramas

[2010 best 5] Hottest historical dramas: First half of the year Slave Hunter、Second half of the year Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Out of all historical dramas broadcasted, which one left the deepest impression for college students?

Recently Joint Korean Film Association (UVA, including Dankook University, Sungkyunkwan University, Ewha University and 18 other colleges or universities) surveyed 660 college students. KBS 2TV Slave Hunter places 1st for historical dramas broadcasted this year with 34%, 2nd place is Sungkyunkwan Scandal with 20%, in 3rd place is MBC Dongyi with 18%.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal sold 3.3 billion in just Japan for copyright, creating the highest record for the year.
It is believed the main reason is because this is the first work of TVXQ born JYJ’s Micky Yoochun.

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101208 JYJ Likely To Perform At 2010 KBS Drama Awards

Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejung, Yuchun and Junsu, will likely take the stage at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards, making it the first time they will perform on television since debuting as a trio.

“It’s not 100% confirmed as of yet but we in currently in talks with JYJ for a congratulatory performance during the 2010 KBS Drama Awards,” a high-ranking official from KBS said. “It would be great if they performed the song ‘Calling You’ from the drama ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’ since Yuchun gave such a memorable performance in the drama.”

He went onto explain that they are fine-tuning on several details including how many songs JYJ will sing at the awards ceremony.

Jaejung, Yuchun and Junsu made their debut in 2004 as part of the popular boy band TVXQ, but despite their phenomenal success in Asia, they ceased their activities as a group after being involved in a legal dispute with the Korean agency SM Entertainment.

They made a comeback to the music scene in October as a trio under the name JYJ and released their worldwide studio album “The Beginning” on October 14, kicking off their global showcase to promote their album and themselves in Seoul and the United States.

JYJ recently held two series of show titled the “JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul” at the Main Olympic Stadium in Jamsil last month.

For two months from late August, Yuchun had starred in KBS’ 20-episode series “SungKyunKwan Scandal” alongside cast members Park Min-young, Song Joong-ki and Yoo A-in. The show fared moderately well, posting ratings in the mid-ten percent range toward the end of its run.

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101207 Because Of JYJ, Nature Republic’s Sales Quadrupled!

Last month, due to the Yeonpyeong Island bombing incident, the main source of revenue from tourists coming from sales of cosmetics stores in the Myeongdong distrct have decreased by 30%. On the contrary, sales from Nature Republic has increased by 4 times compared to the average volume of sales.

As the spokes-people for the Nature Republic brand and the center of the hot Hallyu wave, JYJ held their Seoul concert on November 27 and 28, spurring a massive influx of Japanese fans as well as tourists from other countries and initiating a cosmetics-buying frenzy.

Despite being under the extremely tense situation of the bombing attack, the reason for Korea’s increase of tourism has every reason to be associated with JYJ’s influence.

However, other cosmetic brands have also suffered a 20%-50% decrease of sales, even with the endorsements of Won Bin, Kim Hyun Joong, 2PM, Song Joong Ki, and SNSD. JYJ has without a doubt, the most influence across the southeast Asian countries with noticeable effects.

After Rain’s endorsement, JYJ’s invitation of being the faces of Nature Republic is positively expanding the industry’s market share.

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