[NEWS] The “Split Into 2 Groups” TVXQ, “Scattered” SS501, Results Slip For This Year



The two 5-man boybands that dominated the music scene in the mid 2000s, TVXQ and SS501 have seen members go their separate ways, and started their official activities this year. TVXQ’s Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu raised a request for an injunction against their previous company SM Entertainment, leaving their previous management and remained active after forming JYJ last year. The SS501 members as well, despite a denial on an official split, have signed to new agencies individually, and have made their solo debut.

Although these two top groups cannot be active as 5 anymore, this year was the time where individual strengths shone through. Maintaining their positions as movers and shakers in the local mainstream music, foreseeable developments in their future activities are more influenced towards the foreign instead of the domestic markets.

With a different mindset from the 3 members of JYJ, U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin remained with SM Entertainment, and from January, officially started started their activities as a 2-man TVXQ. After 2 years and 3 months, and despite only having 2 members, the strength that they seemed to have accumulated over that period of time did not disappoint the waiting fans.

Officially releasing their 5th album “Why (Keep Your Head Down)” on 5 January, they took over the various big online charts, as well as the large music shows in Korea, a proof of their undying popularity.

In Japan, their popularity was even more explosive. In the same month they released the single “Why” and it recorded sales of 130,000 copies on release day. Their explosive success also put them at the top of the Oricon charts for the first and second days of release, exceeding 170,000 copies sold within 2 days, showing their extraordinary strength.

In September, their new Japanese album “TONE” was released, and once again took top position on the Oricon charts, with impressive results of 105,484 copies sold on release day.

In comparison, JYJ who is facing broadcast restrictions, were primarily focused on meeting their fans via their worldwide concerts. However, they were not any less active than the “2-man” TVXQ. After the release of the Worldwide album “The Beginning” in October last year, they started touring the world actively starting from April this year.

JYJ toured a total of 13 different countries and cities, with a total audience of approximately 200,000 people. Their Asian tour started from Thailand to Taiwan, Beijing, then moved to North America, Japan, then Busan before ending in Gwangju. After the release of their first Korean album “In Heaven” which saw over 300,000 copies in preorder sales, they headed to Europe, completing their solo concerts in Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany.

JYJ’s management company said, “With JYJ enjoying a high level of popularity overseas, we will continue to hold World tours next year.”  “(Concerts) In Asia is a given, and we are also planing to hold activities in South America.”

Source : [BaiduTVXQ + Star News via Nate]
Translated & Shared by : dongbangdata.net
re-up by: iXiahCassie

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