TVXQ (often stylized TVXQ or TVfXQ ), an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi Korean: 동방신기; (traditional Chinese: 東方神起; simplified Chinese: 东方神起; pinyin: Dōngfāngshénqǐ; Japanese: Tōhōshinki), is a South Korean pop quintet formed under SM Entertainment in 2003. In South Korea they are known as Dong Bang Shin Ki (동방신기), often abbreviated as DBSK; they were later introduced in Japan as Tohoshinki (東方神起, Tōhōshinki) under the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone in 2005. Their name translates as “The Rising Gods of the East”. Initially, there were five members in TVXQ, including U-Know Yunho (leader), Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. In 2009, Hero, Micky, and Xiah left SM Entertainment and formed another group called JYJ after filing a lawsuit against it. Due to this lawsuit, TVXQ suspended their activities for 2 years and 3 months in Korea. In early 2011, U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin re-started their music activities under the name TVXQ as a duo.
They hold the title of Asia’s Star, even until today. TVXQ are well known for their voices, dance, appearance and personality. With their large listening base and world recognized talent, Netizens named them as a ‘record breaker’. They are recognized as ‘The Kings of K-Pop and Hallyu Wave’.
In 2008, with the release of their sixteenth Japanese single, “Purple Line“, which debuted atop the Oricon single chart, TVXQ became the fifth non-Japanese Asian artist and the first male foreign group to have a number-one single on the chart. With their twenty-third single, “Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?“, TVXQ set a new record, becoming the first foreign artist to have three singles debut atop the chart. In 2010, with the release of their thirtieth single, “Toki o Tomete“, TVXQ extended their record, making them the first foreign artist to have eight number-one singles on the Oricon.
In February 2010, with the release of TVXQ’s first Japanese compilation album which sold around 413,000 copies on the first week of its release, TVXQ set the record for the highest first-week sales by a foreign group, which was last set by Bon Jovi in 1995 for 379,000 copies.
In mid-2009, three of the five memebrs, Yoochun, Jaejoong, and Junsu, who were to become JYJ, filed a lawsuit against their South Korean record label, SM Entertainment, arguing that the 13-year length and structure of their exclusive contracts as well as the terms of profit distribution were unilaterally disadvantageous towards the artists and should be invalidated. The Seoul Central District Court in October 2009 ruled in favor of JYJ suspending their contract with S.M. Entertainment and granting the three members the right to independently engage in entertainment activities. JYJ continued music activities in Japan for over half a year after the filing of the injunction until their Japanese agency, Avex, announced a group hiatus in early 2010. However, their contract with Avex was later suspended due to another lawsuit against Avex.
Meanwhile, U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, who remain under contract with SM Entertainment continued their music career under the name TVXQ, released a new album, Keep Your Head Down, in South Korea in January 5, 2011 and their single “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” was released by Avex Trax in Japan on January 26, 2011. Their new Japanese single “Superstar” will be released on July 20, 2011.
Before their debut, the group was offered three tentative names: O Jang Yukbu (오장육부 lit. The Five Visceras), Jeonseoleul Meokgo Saneun Gorae (전설을 먹고 사는 고래 lit. A Whale That Eats Legends), and Dong Bang Bul Pae (동방불패, the Korean title of Ashes of Time). They decided on Dong Bang Bul Pae; however, the name was rejected because the Hanja was not aesthetically pleasing, and the name was changed to Dong Bang Shin Gi, which was named by Lee Soo Man‘s acquaintance.
TVXQ made their debut on December 26, 2003 during a BoA and Britney Spears showcase, where they performed their debut single “Hug” and an a cappella rendition of “O Holy Night” with BoA. The group released their debut single “Hug” on January 14, 2004; it peaked at #4 on the monthly charts and sold a total of 169,532 copies, making it the fourteenth best-selling record of the year. Their second single, “The Way U Are” (July 2004), debuted at #2 spot on the charts, becoming the ninth best-selling-record of the year, selling 214,069 copies. TVXQ released their debut album, Tri-Angle (October 2004). Tri-angle debuted atop the charts and sold a total of 242,580 copies, making it the year’s eighth best-selling record.
In April 2005, TVXQ debuted in Japan under the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone with the single “Stay with Me Tonight”. They released their second Japanese single, “Somebody to Love”, before returning to Korea and releasing their second Korean album Rising Sun. Rising Sun debuted atop the charts and became the fourth best-selling-record of 2005 with a total of 222,472 copies sold. TVXQ ended the year with two releases: their third Japanese single, “My Destiny”, and a Korean single with label-mate Super Junior, “Show Me Your Love“. The latter debuted atop the charts and sold 49,945 copies, making it the thirty-fifth best-selling record of the year. At the end of the year, TVXQ received the Best Music Video award for the song “Rising Sun” and the People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Mnet KM Music Video Festival
2006–2007: Foray into Asia
TVXQ began 2006 with their first international tour, “Rising Sun 1st Asia Tour“. In addition to South Korea, they toured in China, Thailand, and Malaysia, making them the first Korean performers to hold a concert in Malaysia. In March, the group released their fourth Japanese single, “Asu wa Kuru Kara” (明日は来るから, lit. Because Tomorrow Will Come?), and their debut Japanese album, Heart, Mind and Soul. The album debuted on the weekly Oricon album chart at #25 with 9,554 copies sold. Their fifth Japanese single, “Rising Sun/Heart, Mind and Soul”, released a month later, debuted on the Oricon singles chart at #22. To support the album, TVXQ held their first Japanese tour, 1st Live Tour 2006: Heart, Mind and Soul, from May to June. TVXQ released two more Japanese singles, “Begin” and “Sky”. The latter debuted at #6, making it the group’s first single to reach the Top Ten. In the summer, TVXQ performed in Avex’s annual A-Nation summer concert.
The group resumed their Korean activities with the release of their third album, “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap. (“O”-正.反.合.)[fn 2] in September 2006. Like their previous Korean albums, “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap. debuted atop the charts; with a total of 349,317 copies sold, it became the number-one record of the year.Two months after “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap, the group released another Japanese single, “Miss You/”O” – Sei-Han-Gō” (miss you/”O”‐正・反・合, lit. Miss You/”O” – Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis?), which debuted on the chart at #3, making it their first Top Five single.At the 2006 MKMF Music Festival, TVXQ won four awards, “Best Artist of the Year”, “Best Group”, “Mnet.com” and “Mnet Plus Mobile People’s Choice Award”.At the 16th Music Seoul Festival, TVXQ won three awards including a “Daesang” award. The group won another “Daesang” award at the 21st Golden Disk Awards 2006, in addition to a “Bonsang”. At the SBS Gayo Awards 2006, TVXQ won another “Daesang” and “Bonsang” award.
TVXQ began 2007 with a new Japanese single, “Step By Step”, which was followed by their second Asian tour, The 2nd Asia Tour Concert ‘O’. The tour took place in Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Beijing. In March, the group released their tenth Japanese single, “Choosey Lover”, and their second Japanese album, Five in the Black. Both debuted in the Top 10 of their respective charts, the former at #9 and the latter at #10. In May, the group attended the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards Japan and won the “Best Buzz Asia in Korea” award for their album “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap. From June to December 2007, the group released a string of five singles: “Lovin’ You“, “Summer: Summer Dream/Song for You/Love in the Ice“, “Shine / Ride On“, “Forever Love” and “Together“. “Summer: Summer Dream/Song for You/Love in the Ice” reached #2 on the Oricon, making it the group’s highest-charting Japanese single to that point. TVXQ also collaborated with label-mate Kumi Koda for her thirty-eighth single, “Last Angel“, which was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of Resident Evil: Extinction.
2008–2009: Commercial success
TVXQ released their sixteenth Japanese single, “Purple Line“, on January 16, 2008. It debuted atop the Oricon, becoming the group’s first number-one in Japan and making them the first foreign male group to have a number-one single in Japan. They then released their third Japanese album, T, which debuted at #4 on the Oricon Weekly album chart.TVXQ’s label Rhythm Zone, announced the “Trick” project where five singles would be released consecutively for six weeks, from February to March and each single would contain a solo track by a member. The group released their twenty-second single, “Beautiful You / Sennen Koi Uta” in April. The single became another number-one for the group and made them the first non-Japanese Asians with two number-one singles since Ou-Yang Fei Fei set the record 24 years before. They returned to Korea to participate in the 14th Annual Dream Concert at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul on June 7. On June 12, TVXQ concluded their Asia Tour in Beijing which had begun on February 23, 2007 in Seoul. TVXQ returned to Japan and released their twenty-third single, “Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?” The single topped the chart, making TVXQ the first foreign artists to have three number-one singles on the Oricon. They performed at Avex’s 20th anniversary meeting and at A-Nation ’08. In August, TVXQ returned to Korea once again to take part in SMTown Live ’08. They performed alongside label-mates BoA, Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace, Zhang Liyin, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and Super Junior.
The group’s fourth Korean album, Mirotic, was slated to be released on September 24 but due to the large number of pre-orders was pushed back two days.Like their previous Korean album, Mirotic debuted atop the charts with 307,974 copies sold. In early January 2009, the album’s sales totaled 502,837 copies, making it the first Korean album in six years to pass the 500,000 mark. In October, TVXQ released “Jumon: Mirotic“, the Japanese version of Mirotic’s title track. The single topped the Oricon chart, breaking the record that the group had set with their previous single.TVXQ attended the prestigious Kōhaku Uta Gassen Music Festival on New Year’s Eve, making them the first Korean group to attend. The honor of performing on Kohaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-POP artists and enka singers can perform. Even today, a performance on Kohaku is said to be a big highlight in a singer’s career because of the show’s large reach.
Their twenty-fifth single “Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide“, released in January 2009, became another number-one for the group. In March, TVXQ released their twenty-sixth single “Survivor” which debuted at #3 on the charts subsequently ending their number-one streak. “Survivor” was followed by their fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, which debuted at #2 on the charts.To support the album they embarked on their fourth concert tour, Tohoshinki 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code, which ended at the Tokyo Dome, making them the first Korean group to perform there.
On April 22, 2009, they released their twenty-seventh single “Share the World/We Are!“. The single debuted atop the charts, extending their Oricon record. Their twenty-eighth single, “Stand by U“, was released on July 1, 2009 and debuted at #2 on the charts.
The group’s live DVD titled “4th Live Tour 2009 – The Secret Code – Final in Tokyo Dome” was released on September 30. According to the 10/12 Oricon DVD Ranking, it sold more than 171,000 copies, their personal best for sales in this category. In addition, this is the first time in twenty years for a non-Japanese Asian artist to get first place in the DVD rankings, exceeding previous foreign artists who have attained this ranking included The Beatles‘ “The Beatles Anthology (Special Price Edition Edition)” which was released in March 2003 and Led Zeppelin‘s “Led Zeppelin DVD”, which was released in June 2003 and have held that position for foreign artist getting first for 6 years and 3 months since. Also, based on the sale numbers of their DVD, they broke their personal record by pre-selling 107,000 copies. Their previous records include their 3rd Live Tour 2008 – T which was released in August 2008 and was last recorded as having sold 112,000 copies, and All About DBSK Season 3 which sold 66,000 copies so far. This time, their DVD sold more than twice that amount with a total sales of 171,000 copies and broke the record for the highest initial sales for foreign artist.
2010: Suspended activities, lawsuit and comebacks
TVXQ started out the year with their twenty-ninth single, “Break Out!“, released on January 27, 2010, which created a new record for the group. The single topped the Oricon, selling 256,000 copies in its first week and breaking Elton John‘s record for the highest first week sales for a foreign artist, which had lasted for 14 years and 8 months.In February, the group was chosen to sing the opening song “With All My Heart -君が踊る、夏-” for the Japanese movie “君が踊る、夏 / Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu”, which hit the screens in September 2010. On March 24, 2010, TVXQ released a new single called “Toki o Tomete“.
Despite continuing Japanese activities as TVXQ for over half a year after the three members (Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu) of TVXQ filed and won their injunction against S.M. Entertainment, on April 3, 2010, Avex announced the cessation of TVXQ’s Japanese activities and that it would focus on helping each member with their solo activities. Avex later announced in early May 2010 that the three members of TVXQ (Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu) would appear as a new group in the Thanksgiving Live in Dome concert in Japan. The three-member group was promoted in Japan as JYJ. The group performed two rounds of lives, their four-day Thanksgiving Live in Dome concerts in June and performances at A-Nation in August. The group’s debut release, the EP The…, was released in September 2010, and debuted at No. 1 on Oricon albums charts. The DVD for their Thanksgiving Live in Dome concert sold 116,000 copies and their album The… sold 140,000 albums in the first week after being released, with both debuting at No. 1 on the Oricon DVD and album charts in the same week.
In September 2010, Avex Entertainment announce the suspension of all of JYJ’s Japanese activities. Avex claims this stemmed from problems with JYJ’s Korean management agency, C-JES Entertainment, while JYJ maintains it was a punitive act on the part of Avex when JYJ refused to accept new terms in contract renegotiation. Throughout October and November 2010, JYJ embarked on a world tour with showcases in South Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States promoting their English-language global debut album, The Beginning. Released on October 12, the album was led by the Kanye West-produced single “Ayyy Girl”.
On November 23, 2010, SM Entertainment announced that TVXQ would be returning by now as a duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin and have their comeback in Korea in early 2011. On November 24, 2010, Avex Entertainment, as well as SM Entertainment Japan, released a statement about the renewal of contracts of SM artists signed to Avex, also stating that TVXQ will continue as a duo under Avex Trax. The TVXQ’s newest album (5th Korean album life-time, 1st Korean album as duo), Keep Your Head Down, was released in South Korea on January 5, 2011, ranked at No. 1 on the Gaon Chart in the first two weeks being released. In mid-year of 2011, Gaon Chart expelled a manuscript sales figures of 2011 half-year chart, and the results showed that TVXQ’s album Keep Your Head Down sold 230,922 copies from January to June 2011, ranked at No. 1 and was the only album sold over 200,000.  The Repackage of Keep Your Head Down was also ranked at No. 9 on the same chart. Their Japanese single “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” was released by Avex Trax in Japan on January 26, 2011, which sold 231,000 copies in the first week being released, ranked at No. 1 on the Oricon single chart.
TVXQ’s music style, in Korea they do hip hop, R&B, electronica, Acapella Ballad, K-pop. In Japan, the music what they are known for is, Dance, electronica, R&B. Their song Mirotic is a heavy-urban dance song with other genres like electropop and synthpop. Their first and second Korean albums have included Rap rock. The main rappers in TVXQ are U-Know Yunho and Micky Yoochun, and Hero Jaejoong also rapped in the song Wrong Number. They have done two rap rock songs with Korean rock band The TRAX. The Korean album Mirotic had genres of electronic, dance, ballad and had more heavy urban songs and less ballads from other albums, R&B songs had elements of dance-pop.
Lyrics and Composition
Although the composition and writing of songs were handled by staff in their early years, TVXQ gradually began to produce their own compositions and lyrics. On their second Korean album, Rising Sun, Micky, U-Know, and Xiah wrote the rap lyrics to “Love After Love”. For the third Korean album, “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap., Micky wrote the English rap lyrics to “Phantom Hwanyeong” and Xiah wrote and composed “Nae Gyeote Sumsiur Su Ittdamyeon (White Lie)” (네 곁에 숨쉴 수 있다면). For their second Asia tour concert “O”, U-know wrote and composed for his solo, “Spokesman” (feat. Donghae from Super Junior). Their fourth Korean album, Mirotic, saw an increase in the members’ participation: Hero wrote and composed Saranga Uljima (Don’t Cry My Lover) (사랑아 울지마), Max wrote the Korean lyrics for “Love in the Ice”, Micky wrote and composed Sarang Annyeong Sarang (Love Bye Love) (사랑 안녕 사랑), and Xiah wrote Noeur Baraboda (Picture of You) (노을..바라보다). For their third Asia tour concert “Mirotic”, U-know wrote and composed for his solo, “Checkmate”.
For their third Japanese album, T, Micky wrote “Kiss Shita Mama, Sayonara” (Kissしたまま、さよなら, lit. As We Kiss, Goodbye?) and co-composed the song with Hero. Micky also wrote the lyrics for his solo, “My Girlfriend”, for the second single in the Trick project, Runaway/My Girlfriend. Xiah composed his solo track, “Rainy Night”, for the third single in the Trick project. Hero wrote and co-composed “Wasurenaide” (忘れないで, lit. Don’t Forget?) and Micky wrote and composed “Kiss the Baby Sky”. Both songs were included on their twenty-fifth single, “Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide”, as the last two A-sides. The songs later appeared on their fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, along with the song “9095”, which was composed by Hero.
Awards and achievements
In 2008, TVXQ made it in the Guinness World Records for having the world’s largest official fan club. Cassiopeia, the band’s official fan club, is claimed to have more than 800,000 official members just in South Korea, more than 200,000 official members in Japan (BigEast) and more than 200,000 international fans (iCassies). They also made the Guinness World Records a second time in 2009. Aside from having the world’s largest fan club, the group was also listed as the most photographed celebrities in the world. From the day of their debut to March 19, 2009, the five members are estimated to have been photographed about 500 million times in magazines, albums jackets, and commercials, etc. The total figure includes individual photos as well as group pictures.
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BUT FOR SURE ..
AS CASSIOPEIA BIGEAST BELIEVE WITH THEM …
BELIEVE DB5K …
THEY WILL BE BACK AS 5 …
ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH !!!!
to be continued ________