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[NEWS] JYJ’s Junsu, “His Eagerness To Try Out New Food Is As Great As His Passion For Music”

JYJ’s Kim Junsu is said to have an unusually passionate eagerness to try out new cuisines from around the world.

According to a representative, Junsu is not scared of trying out dishes that he hasn’t encountered before. Instead of eating a large quantity or not being fussy about his food, Junsu is said to be enthusiastic about trying out the cuisine of each country he visits. It is said that he doesn’t hold back, even with food that most people would hesitate to try. This is an added bonus for him as it is a requirement for stars on world tours that most have a hard time accepting.

The representative stated, “Junsu enjoys, and believes it’s important to, try out food that represents each country he visits, whether it’s sold on the street or in restaurants. Because he believes that a nation’s food represents it’s culture, he never forgets to try out new dishes when he visits a country.” They also added that, “International fans are very happy to see this side of Junsu.”

Meanwhile, Kim Junsu is on his world tour as a solo artist. Starting in Seoul, he performed in Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and China and is planning to hold concerts in two to three cities in North America, South America and Europe. He is also preparing a repackaged version of ‘XIA – TARANTALLEGRA’, with new English songs to go along with his world tour.

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[Trans] Series: Tohoshinki and JYJ Part 1

11. About Tohoshinki and JYJ

Part 1

I was shocked when I read the following agreement for the first time. How to interpet it. I still don’t know.

“Avex Management,(hereinafter called Party A) and C-JeS entertainment (referred to as Party B), artists belonging to B: Real name: KIM JAEJUNG, Real Name: KIM JUNSU, Real Name: PARK YOUCHEON (referred to as Artists), whose sound or visual recordings activities, creative activities and entertainment activities, etc with regard to copyrighted material, agreed as follows: you shall be entered into an exclusive contract (hereinafter referred to as the Agreement).”

Article 29 (Notices – 2)
By any chance, group members of Tohoshinki [Real Name: SHIM CHANGMIN, Real Name: CHUN YOUNHO], ends contractual relationship (including release) with SM Entertainment Co Ltd and its affiliates, in a case that they no longer belong to a talent agency, modeling agency, or recording companies, if you wish to contract with the said two people, Party A, in consultation with Party B and its Artists, shall be entered into an exclusive contract negotiation and talks for the 2 people concerned. In addition, even if the 2 people became artists of Party B, if Party A wishes to contract for 2 people and Party B, separate consultation is better, you shall negotiate a separate written contract.

It could take a little time to understand the contents of this agreement. I think I would like to think slowly.

Before discussing the main issue, I want to write my own thoughts.

Think and examine the Tohoshinki situation many times.

I have to write something properly about Tohoshinki and JYJ.

And why it is necessarily in the first place.

They had literally rewritten the history books in Japan and Asian entertainment. Very significantly.

However, the “truths” and rumors flying around are uncertain. It resulted to chaos actually. Examining this is on-going situation is very difficult in a lot of ways. Maybe now is not the right time to make an article about it.

Anyway, I watched their videos again and again. Both static and dynamic movements created 5 people as THSK. The expressive power, overwhelming feeling, there was no other way to describe except it’s terrific. If you see their live performances, you will shiver.

Currently, 5-member THSK separated, with JYJ belonging to C-Jes entertainment, and they first entered an exclusive agreement with Avex but is now battling it out in court.

According to the latest court document submitted to Tokyo District Court last June 16, 2012, C-jes representative Baek Chanju made an affidavit statement about meeting JYJ, as follows:

“I came to do the management of JYJ since my brother and Kim Junsu’s brother were roommates at the university. JYJ, who left SM entertainment (referred as SM), had consulted me after there was an opportunity to do their own entertainment activities. Thereafter, the injuction was filed against SM, I now decided to help in the entertainment activities of JYJ.”

In addition, the following are written statements of Baek Chanju:

“Our (Note: c-jes entertainment), on Feb 26, 2010 has signed an exclusive contract with Avex concerning JYJ’s activities in Japan. Originally, the 3 members of JYJ belong to the 5-member group THSK. THSK, who belongs to SM which is Korea’s leading talent agency, had an exclusive contract between Avex and SM.”

“However, in 2009, as the long term exclusive contract between SM and JYJ should be invalid, we decided to apply for temporary injuction to stop the effect of an exclusive contract with SM, JYJ acknowledged some of the allegations of provisional disposition when the decision came out. Then, we have been carrying out business as an agent for JYJ, Avex from before is against the company, has been urged to end an exclusive contract. At this point, Avex, by the decision of provisional disposition to suspend the effect of the exclusive contract between SM and JYJ, by connecting an exclusive contract with the company, choose to do the management of JYJ in Japan.”

“As the company, if JYJ is to work in Japan under Avex management, we predicted of course that an interference of SM can put pressure on Avex, we asked avex to ensure the continuity of JYJ entertainment activities in Japan without yielding to SM’s interference.”

“Avex accepted this request, in Article 15 of the exclusive contract, without receiving any restraint or opposition from any third party,SM entertainment and its affiliates, to ensure “freedom and capability of effective implementation of this agreement will be noted, in addition, in the same article, it has been duly marked that Avex, in Japan, will do the necessary measures to prevent any act (like SM entertainment and its affiliates), to interfere with the artists’ activities.”

Agreement in the same way as I mentioned, for those not interested in the THSK situation, this statement is from a person named Baek Chanju, what that means, also, what is written in the first place, I don’t have any idea.

Disentangling this complex thread is not easy. How can I tell this better to more people? During this time, I had been worried.

“I will become sad”

These are the words muttered casually by fans. But little by little, as I come to understand the situation of THSK, it spreads to the corners of my mind and heart. Hearing the 5 singing voices of THSK will be more and more painful.

There is a discography of their introduction, development, turn, and conclusion. Vibrant, deep loss, frustration, confusion, chaos, recovery, and departure. Not only the goodness of man, some songs also speak of darkness and being helpless. Reaching high into the horizon that everyone has not reached, maturity was developed, and they had become separated.

However, some of the songs they are singing, there is a word that we still continue to hope. Let’s listen to “Bolero” for example.

“Let me hear the lovely, fleeting wings of the bolero playing. Soar high, you will discover a place that will hear your sadness”

and “Stand By You”

“Wondering where you are, and with who, what makes you laugh, what are you wearing. I am here, still here, I believe that the two of us will meet again”

and “Asu wa kurukara”

“When the rain falls, I’ll be the umbrella that covers you. When the wind blows, I’ll be the wall that shields you. And however deep the dark night is, tomorrow will surely come”

Their ballads, as more time passes by since the separation, will boost their value higher and higher.

THSK in the background of the situation, there is a quickening worldwide capital globalization and nationalism. As mentioned earlier, recording everything in this extremely complex and drastic situation can be quite a difficult task.

However, there are a lot of fans that have already noticed. This venture into Asia and into the world, that the five people are dynamic.

And more than anything else, in the tip of an era valiantly, gently, the 5 member THSK developed a deep, warm bond with each other because of incredible hardship and suffering.

Fans are also witnesses to this era.

I am ashamed of my ignorance with the THSK situation.

When I first heard their music, I seemed to erase my initial impression of them. I was overwhelmed by the power of their singing. Only a handful of men will tell the truth that they listen to their music, as some will be embarrassed to confess.

But I like THSK.

to be continued..

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[INTERVIEW] 120725 Interview With Rafa Mendez (JYJ choreographer for the 2011 European Tour)

Interview with Rafa Mendez, choreographer and prestigious dancer internationally and in Spain. In October 2011, he was responsible for the staging of JYJ in their European Tour. Now with the comeback of Xiah Junsu with “Tarantallegra” a weeks ago, we wanted to ask him his opinion about the song, the KPOP wave in our country and its global expansion, and his experience on the tour of JYJ.

First of all, thank you so much for accepting our request, Rafa!!

1st question:
How did you become the responsible of JYJ’s European Tour? Did you know about KPOP when you accepted this job?

The sponsor who brought JYJ to Spain was the one who called me, due to my work in “Fama” and with others artists, and I thought I was perfect for the job. And that’s how it was, we did a great job and the dancers team I provided is WONDERFUL.

2nd question:
Any anecdote during your experience with JYJ that deserves to be heard?

Several, but what I won’t never forget is detail: before every concert, JYJ came to the dressing rooms to connect with the dancers, hug them and transmit them all their energy and good feeling. And the same for the end (of the concerts). I just can say they’re professionals and from exquisite care.


4th question:
What do you think of JYJ’s style? They are said to be the best three voices of South Korea, what do you think of their stage presence?

I think they’re ‘AMAZING’, their dance style is very personal and that’s so important, and they sing very well and they’re also good actors, each of them has a lot of ‘feeling’ and that contributes a lot.

5th question:
Junsu has recently released his solo song “Tarantallegra”. Have you watch it? What do you think about it?

I think it’s great, daring, great choreography, great look, and he’s awesome. I would have done it a little more daring, just a little, but it’s great, a big change.

6th question:
Would you repeat the experience with JYJ or any other KPOP group? Why?

Definitely yes, because of the experience and because they’re great professionals with which everyone can feel very comfortable.

9th question:
It has been announced that Junsu (Xiah) will have a solo world tour and he’ll come to Europe. We know you’re aware of it and you even helped fans on twitter to ask for a concert in Spain; Do you know anything else about these concerts? Will you participate with them?

I have no news yet, but I can say there was a lot of good feeling between us and I’d not hesitate to work together again. And like many people have asked me before (here is my twitter @rafamendezzzz), Junsu’s new album is very similar to my style…

(Questions not related to JYJ have been omitted)

Original interview by: Korean Dream Blog
Interviewer: Nana_Oppa
English Translation: @lovinmjj
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[INFO] #XIAtourUSA New York & Hollywood Concert’s Venue, Ticket Price & Sales



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[PICS] Junsu Spotted #1 The Best Hallyu Star with Blonde Hair

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[NEWS] JYJ’s Jun Su records a song with the best American producers

JYJ’s Jun Su started working on recording for a repackaged album with the best American producers.

C-jes Entertainment, Jun Su’s agency, says, “Jun Su is currently recording a song in English for his world tour. He’ll soon shoot a music video for the song. I cannot tell you the title and genre of the song yet, but the songwriter Bruce ‘Automatic’ Vanderveer from Sony Music participated in the production of the song. He’s a talented songwriter who has worked with Christina Aguilera, The Wanted, and Leona Lewis.”

A person related with the American music industry says, “Many American producers are interested in Asian artists nowadays. This project also started as some of American producers got to be interested in C-jes’s plan and JYJ’s talents. The success of their world tour is guaranteed and this song will entertain many global music fans.”

The songwriter Automatic says, “I was surprised by Jun Su. He sings with sincerity. I was thinking of two days to record but just one day was enough for him. I was very surprised by him throughout the recording. I’m so happy that I could work with him.”

The best American producer and crew members will also participate in creating a music video of the song.

The music video director Marc Klasfeld, who will direct Jun Su’s music video, produced a music video of “We Are Young,” which recently topped the Billboard Chart, and has worked with Beyonce, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Far East Movement.

Klasfeld says, “I was very surprised by the music video of Jun Su’s ‘Tarantallegra.’ His performance was great and his acting was also very good. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Jun Su says, “I got confidence after releasing a worldwide album and going on a world tour. I believe it’s bringing such good results. I’m so happy to work with such great artists.”

The repackaged album will be released in mid-August. Jun Su will go on a world tour to North and South America and Europe from the end of August to October.

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[PICS] Oruchan Japan Magazine: JYJ’s Success As Actors + Membership Week 2012 In Seoul



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C-Jes Entertainment USA will have an open audition in Los Angeles, CA on September 1, 2012, Saturday. We look forward to many participants who have a dream of becoming a world star.


We will text or call the applicant who passes through document screening using the contact information on the application.
When there is no response by the first successful applicant within 1 month,he or she will be 
eliminated and there will be no separate notification.
Any applicant who failed the first screening can apply again after practice.

More info on C-JES Official Website~!

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[NEWS] A court decision on the exclusive contract between SM Entertainment and JYJ has been postponed

The decision from the court on the matter of the exclusive contract between SM Entertainment and JYJ (Jae Joong, Jun Su, and Yoo Chun) has been postponed.

The decision was supposed to be given on July 19 at 10:00 a.m. by the Seoul Central District Court. However, it was postponed again. The decision will now be given on August 10.

SM Entertainment and JYJ have tried to reconcile their differences, having put off taking the matter to court for a decision six times since May. However, they were unable to achieve a mutually agreeable reconciliation and wound up in court at the end of last year.

They set a date to plead the case in May and made their points to each other but still failed to reconcile. However, before a decision was made by the court, SM Entertainment proposed yet another settlement.

JYJ filed for an injunction in 2009, claiming the exclusive contract with SM Entertainment was unfair. When the court granted the injunction, SM Entertainment filed a lawsuit to confirm the validity of the exclusive contract and also claimed damages in April, 2010. At this, JYJ again filed a lawsuit to have the contract declared invalid.

The court dismissed all actions brought by SM Entertainment against Jae Joong, Yoo Chun, and Jun Su in February last year. The court decision declared the exclusive contract between SM Entertainment and JYJ null and void.

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