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Dong Bang Shin Ki
TVXQ has become one of the most popular singing groups in East Asia, gaining great popularity in South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries or regions.TVXQ is referred to as Dong Bang Shin Ki (동방신기) in South Korea; fans often abbreviate the name to DBSK. The Japanese equivalent of the group's name is Tōhōshinki, which is only used in Japan. TVXQ, the acronym based on the Chinese counterpart of their name, is the abbreviation officially used on all products and advertisements outside of Japan. Their name roughly translates as "Rising gods of the East." (동방의 신이 일어나다)
Before debut, there were several tentative names for the group. Each member was to come up with ideas for the name of the group. The three names suggested were Oh Jang Yook Bu (오장육부, meaning the five visceras), Jun Muhk Go, acronym for 전설을 먹고 사는 고래 meaning A Whale That Eats Legends, and Dong Bang Bul Pae (동방불패), the Korean title of Ashes of Time. The group decided on Dong Bang Bul Pae, and Lee Soo Man even asked the film's director for permission to use the name. In the end, however, the name was rejected because its Hanja was not aesthetically pleasing, and the group name was changed instead to Dong Bang Shin Ki. TVXQ made their first appearance on December 26, 2003 during a BoA and Britney Spears Showcase. They performed their debut song "Hug" as well as an acappella rendition of "O Holy Night" alongside BoA. The group eventually released two singles ("Hug" and "The Way U Are"), accompanied by photo books, before their first album in 2004. TVXQ reached #1 on Korean music charts in three months after their debut. By October, the first album Tri-Angle was released.
Their official fan club derives its name from the Cassiopeia constellation near the Big Dipper. The constellation consists of 5 main stars, and TVXQ has 5 members. When traced on a computer keyboard, "TVfXQ" resembles Cassiopeia. Its representative color is pearl-red, thus DBSK fans have red balloons when they go to concerts.
This is a DBSK perf of their song "O" Jung ban hap. All the "red" is Cassiopeia, they formed TVXQ letters with green : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAAb49FkxGA
This are some pics of Cassiopeia, while singing for DBSK the song: Unforgettable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ImbctGGyE&feature=related
2005: Second Korean album Rising Sun
During 2005, TVXQ expanded its career into Japan. The group marked its official debut in Japan with the release of the single Stay with Me Tonight on April 27, 2005. 5 (Earlier in the year, the English version of their single "Hug" and their first Korean album Tri-Angle had been released in Japan without much attention).TVXQ continued to release two additional singles entitled "Somebody to Love" and "My Destiny". While in Korea, the group released its second Korean album Rising Sun, which ranked #1 on the monthly charts and #4 for the yearly sales, and continues to chart in the top 100. Due to demand, the album was officially released in other foreign countries in 2007. Weeks before the album's release in Korea, Hero faced a leg injury which prevented him from dancing in the Rising Sun music video or on stage performances and from taking part in some of the album's promotional activities. For group dance sequences on stage he was instead replaced by another dancer.TVXQ later released a joint single album with label-mate Super Junior, Show Me Your Love which also debuted as #1 on the monthly charts. In addition, the group began acting careers in Banjun Theater drama episodes. Micky Yuchun and U-Know Yunho appeared in guest acting roles for the Nonstop 6 (Rainbow Romance) series. 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.On June 14, 2005, TVXQ and BoA were appointed as PR spokespeople for the city of Los Angeles in the United States.
2006: Third Korean album and overseas expansion
Before returning to their homeland South Korea with their third album in fall, TVXQ endeavored to spread their influence further in other East Asian countries. They held their first Asian tour, including shows in Malaysia, Thailand, China and Japan. TVXQ members were the first Korean performers to ever stage a concert in Malaysia for their "Rising Sun 1st Asia Tour" in Bukit Jalil (Putra Indoor Stadium). The tour, in promotion for their 2nd Korean album Rising Sun released in 2005, continued to Bangkok in Thailand at the Impact Arena. The tour had also had its first concerts in South Korea. Soon afterwards, the group was kept busy in preparation for the first tour in Japan in promotion of its first Japanese album, Heart, Mind and Soul. The members focused on increasing their fluency in Japanese for their activities. TVXQ performed at a-nation, an annual Japanese live summer concert organized by Avex Trax that features J-pop artists under the record label, and released five Japanese singles that year.The group was the first Asian group to win two Thailand Music Awards for both Best Music Video ("Rising Sun") and Favorite Asian Artist. They also won the Popular Vote Asia Artist award at the Virgin Hits Awards 2006 in Thailand. Their seventh Japanese single "Sky" hit #6 on the Oricon Weekly Chart, with their eighth single, "Miss You/'O'-Sei.Han.Gō", reaching #3 in Japan. In addition, they have topped both the Japanese and Korean charts on the Malaysian radio show "988" twice with their singles "Begin" and "The Fighting Spirit Of The East"; the show has an audience of about 4.2 million listeners, reaching as far as Singapore.
Return to Korea
The group returned to Korea in late August in order to prepare for their third album titled "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. ("O"-正.反.合.), released on September 29, 2006. The album's name translates to 'O'-Thesis.Antithesis.Synthesis to reflect the title song's theme of degradation and corruption in society and the power of the people to avert this change. After topping several music charts in Korea, "O" - Jung.Ban.Hap. was re-released on November 11, 2006 to coincide with the group's image change for the promotion of their second title song "Balloons." This release contained new versions of "Balloons" and "Get Me Some", along with a new track entitled "White Lie" written and composed by Xiah Junsu. "Balloons," in contrast to their lead single "O"-Jung. Ban.Hap. and it's heavy techno beats, is a lighter pop song about the innocence of childhood. It is a remake of an old hit by Five Fingers (Korean), re-written with a "modern feel" to appeal to younger generations while relating adults familiar with the original, in an attempt to broaden their fanbase further. In the first month of its release, "O"- Jung. Ban.Hap. surpassed the 100,000 mark in South Korea and became the highest ranking Korean album in sales overall for 2006, with over 385,000 copies sold in South Korea as of December 2007. Aside music, the group acted together in their feature 4-episode theatrical drama VACATION, later released with the 3rd album DVD. With the success of their 3rd album and rise in popularity, they were invited to several popular Korean variety shows such as X-Man, Heroine 6, and Ya Shim Man Man among others. Hero Jaejoong and Micky Yuchun also acted in a skit comedy on MBC's Goldfish. Their All About TVXQ DVD became the best-selling DVD for 2006 in South Korea, with sales of 47,186 copies surpassing movies and shows. With the success of the DVD, the co-producers SBSi and SM Entertainment decided to release All About TVXQ season 2 in a 5 DVD box set for 2007.
2007: Japanese activities and concerts
After sweeping major awards in South Korea, TVXQ flew to Japan for almost a year to do intensive promotions and gain a stronger foothold in the Japanese music industry, the second largest in the world. The year also marked the beginning of their second and largest Asia concert tour, the "2nd Asia Tour Concert 'O'" and later the 2nd Japanese live tour with the release of Five in the Black album. They also released consecutive monthly singles, which according to Oricon Style, helped raise their recognition in Japan with every release by 3% in 2006, increasing to 5% with every release in 2007. 14.1% of Japanese fans were female while 4.6% were male with age demographics between 10 to 40 years old.The single "Choosey Lover" was released on March 7th, followed by "Lovin' You" debuting as #2 on the Oricon charts in June, their first single to reach such a position in Japan. Closely following its success, the bubblegum pop tunes of "Summer Dream" became TVXQ's most successful Japanese single in 2007, debuting as #1 and with sales of 112,771 copies in a week. Their double A-side single "SHINE / Ride On" debuted at #2 on the Oricon daily charts in October. Japanese singer Koda Kumi collaborated with TVXQ for her upbeat 38th single "Last Angel", which was released November 7th and ranked #3 on debut; the song was featured in the movie Resident Evil: Extinction. The collaboration with Koda Kumi aided TVXQ in raising recognition between teenage males (58.0%) and men in their 30s (62.0%) towards them, which could grow to be a new fan base for the group. In the same month, their 14th Japanese single "FOREVER LOVE" also debuted at #3. In December, the title song single "Together" for the "Cinnamon" animation movie debuted at #2.In early April, the members began hosting a weekly radio program called "TVXQ Bigeastation" on Japan FM Network channel, which is currently being aired on seven local FM stations 24. The group represented Korea on MTV's Video Music Awards Japan and won the 'Best Buzz Asia in Korea' award on May 26th, 2007. They were also invited to many prominent Japanese talk and music shows such as Hey!Hey!Hey! and Utaban during their stay.In South Korea, they released their first digital single entitled "여행기 (Yeo Haeng Gi)", along with "A Thousand Years Love Song", "하루달 (Harudal)", "All in Vain", "한여름의 크리스마스 (One Summer Night's Christmas)" and "Evergreen" ; these were the only songs that were released in Korean during 2007. Evergreen was particularly special to fans because it was a song where the music was composed by group member Micky Yuchun and the lyrics written by group member Max Changmin. Despite the prolonged absence from South Korea, TVXQ was able to maintain their popularity in their homeland. Their guest performances in concerts, such as 2007 DREAM Concert and Mnet 20's Choice Awards, appearances of Korean variety shows, and personal access to Korean fans through celebrity websites such as Iple and UFOtown, ensured that TVXQ still provided entertainment for the Cassiopeians. During a virtual presidential election by MTV Korea, the group was voted as the "President of the Republic of Korean Music" among thirty other candidates by netizens. Because of this win, MTV and Boombox declared December 23 as “TVXQ Day”. They were also appointed as the Korea's e-government ambassadors by the South Korean government to help boost the new system to the citizens. In Thailand, TVXQ had the highest foreign artists sales of 114,027 for 2007, while their single " SHINE" was #1 of the “Top 10 of No.1 on Year Chart 2007” charts by Channel V Thailand.
2008–present: Rise of popularity in Japan and return to KoreaTVXQ started off the year with their 16th single "Purple Line", by the Korean composer of TVXQ's hits "Rising Sun" and ""O"-Jung.Ban.Hap.", being released on January 16, 2008 in Japan and January 23, 2008 in South Korea. "Purple Line" topped the Oricon Weekly Chart during the week of its release, becoming the group's first #1 on the weekly charts in Japan; TVXQ became the first foreign male group to accomplish this feat . TVXQ promoted the single in Korea, where a Korean version of the song was released. The following week, the group released its third Japanese album, entitled T which contained songs from their past singles such as "Lovin' You", their summer hit "Summer Dream", "SHINE," "Forever Love", "Together", and "Purple Line". As an exclusive extra, TVXQ added "Kiss Shita Mama, Sayonara" ("Kissしたまま、さよなら") which was composed and written by the members Micky Yuchun and Hero Jaejoong, and their own version of "LAST ANGEL". T debuted in Oricon charts as #2.Rhythm Zone, a side label of Avex, created a new marketing strategy for TVXQ by releasing five additional singles in February and March 2008 in consecutive weeks after the release of the album T. Each single contained a member's solo and a song that was part of "TRICK" included in the T album.On March 28th, TVXQ was appointed the "Goodwill Ambassador for Asia" by Universal Studios Japan to promote the attractions of USJ.The group released its 22nd single, "Beautiful You / Sennen Koi Uta " on April 23, 2008. The single debuted at number one on the Oricon daily and weekly chart, becoming TVXQ's third single to reach that position on the daily charts and second single to reach that position in the weekly chart. The group thus became the second non-Japanese Asian artist to do so, the first being Taiwanese artist Ouyang Feifei (歐陽菲菲), 24 years and 5 months ago.Best 3031.On May 17, 2008, TVXQ performed "Rising Sun," "Tonight," and "Purple Line" at the 6th Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California. They also took part in ensemble encore performances of "Balloons" and SMTown's "Let's Go on a Trip." In addition, the group performed as the closing act at the 14th Annual Dream Concert at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul on June 7, 2008. On June 12th, TVXQ ended their 2nd Asia Tour in Beijing with a performance for over 200,000 fans; the tour had begun on February 23, 2007 in Seoul, and spanned 13 performances covering Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Beijing. On top of that, their two separate live tours in Japan during 2007 and 2008 drew crowds of 55,000 and 150,000, respectively, for a total of 390,000 audience members attending the concerts. On July 22, 2008, TVXQ became the first non-Japanese Asian artist to have three number one hits on the weekly Oricon singles chart, when their single " Why Did I Fall In Love With You? attained the number one position with weekly sales of 68,000 copies. On June 22, 2008, TVXQ was invited to perform at Avex's 20th anniversary general meeting of stockholders at the Saitama Super Arena. About 8,910 stockholders and their families attended the general meeting to congratulate Avex on their 20th founding anniversary; the number of Avex stockholders had increased by 2,800 compared to previous year. TVXQ, which established itself as the face of Avex, was among the performers at the event. Other performers included singer and songwriter Noriyuki Makihira, TRF, and seven-member dance vocal group Exile. In Japan, TVXQ was also listed at #16 in the Most Searched Male Artist when Yahoo! Japan released its 2008 Search Word Ranking for the first half of the year. TVXQ was also chosen as the new faces of the Lotte Duty Free Shops (DFS). A Lotte DFS representative explained that TVXQ was a well-known group all across Asia, so they believed that TVXQ was the most suitable choice as spokespeople for the Lotte Duty Free Shops. At the beginning of September, TVXQ shot the advertisements for Lotte at a studio in Seoul with photographer Kwon Young-ho. These ads will be released in November, which is also when TVXQ begins participating in various events sponsored by Lotte DFS. On September 21, 2008, TVXQ performed a showcase event for the release of their fourth studio album entitled TVXQ’s "Giving Young Adults Hopes and Dreams-Fall Mini Concert". It was located in front of City Hall, Seoul Plaza. This was TVXQ's first public performance for their fourth album as they performed the title song, "주문 (Mirotic)". This concert will be broadcast on October 10th on SBS. The group's 4th Korean album entitled "MIROTIC" was released on September 26th, 2008; it was originally scheduled for release on September 24th, but was delayed due to the high amount of pre-orders of 300,000 albums. Over 350,000 copies of the album were sold on the first day of release, including the pre-order sales. The title song, "주문 (Mirotic)", was composed by Remee,Troelsen and Lucas Secon, who also wrote BoA's U.S. debut single "Eat You Up". SM Entertainment stated that when it first heard the song earlier in January, it knew it would be the perfect song to revamp the image of the group. The group finished recording the song in June. Kenny Wormald, who has worked with Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera, was put in charge of choreography of the title track, "Mirotic" which was unveiled online on September 19 through major music portals including Melon, Dosirak and Soribada.Two days after its launch in music stores, "Mirotic" rose on music sale charts. According to Hanteo charts, the CD-only version of “Mirotic” has sold 90,000 copies as of September 30. It has risen to #1 on the weekly and monthly charts. The album has also topped Hot Tracks, Yes24, and other music sale charts.
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 was followed by their fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, which debuted at #2 on the charts. "Survivor" debuted at #3 on the charts subsequently ending their number-one streak. 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. On July 1, 2009, TVXQ released their twenty-eighth single, "Stand by U".
Their 29th single "Break out!", ranked #1 on Oricon's daily chart, weekly chart and monthly chart. They've outdone their own recoord with over 300,000 copies of the single shipped out, only 3 days later from it's release date on 27th of January . Moreover, the single "Break out!" has been certified "Double Platinum" by Japan Record Association. This single is the theme song for NHK's drama "Tomehane! Suzuri Koukou Shodoubu". The coupling song is Junsu's solo "XIAHTIC".
★ The first member to join was Kim Junsu. At the age of 12 he was brought into SM Entertainment through a televised talent search with Moon Hee Jun and Kangta from H.O.T. as judges. His vocals won over the judges and procured him thorough training for the next six years. After three years of training, he was supposed to debut, but puberty caused his voice to change and he was unable to sing until it ended after another three years. After six years, he debuted as Xiah Junsu (Xiah is pronounced Shee-ah in Korean). Xiah is the stage name that Kim himself chose, explaining to his fans that the name was short for "Asia", as Asia is pronounced "ah-shee-ah" in Korean. "Xiah" would be an implication of his desire to become not only a star in Korea, but also a star recognized all throughout the continent.
★ The group's second member, Jung Yunho, secured his spot in TVXQ through a dance competition in which he won first place. Being from Gwangju, he had to commute several hours from home to practice to even get a chance at becoming an entertainer. After his selection he gained some experience in the midst of spotlight by being a rapper and backup dancer for K-pop singer Dana- who is now no longer a solo but a member in The Grace. As a dancer, he accompanied many Korean singers, traveling to China as well. Jung debuted as U-know Yunho. His chose his stage name as "U-know" from his Korean name "Yun Ho"; U-Know is pronounced "You know" in English. However, it is meant to mean "Yunho 'Knows You'" in regard to his understanding of the other members as their leader. Yunho quickly became known as one of the best dancing singers. He gained a lot of popularity when DBSG first debuted in 2004, more so than any of the other members; although now after a few years in the music industry the group has gotten so huge that their popularity seems to have spread more evenly. Yunho is known very much for his masculine and charismatic demeanor which sets him off as a great leader and role model for his members as well as for his fun loving quirks. He along with Micky and Jaejoong are the same age. He is also the leader of TVXQ.
★ Shim Changmin was grouped with the youngest participants in the audition. Like Xiah Junsu, he impressed the judges with his powerful voice. He joined the group under the name Choikang Changmin. Choikang in Korean means "Most Powerful", or approximately, "the best"; "Max" became an international rendition of this name.
★ One year before the group's debut, the final member, Park Yoochun was added. Park Yoochun grew up in Seoul and immigrated to the United States with his parents (who eventually divorced because of money shortages) when he was in the sixth grade. He lived in Fairfax, Virginia for roughly four years before he auditioned for Brothers Entertainment and was sent to Korea to SM Entertainment. Micky was Park's English nickname when he lived in Virginia. As the winner of a talent show, he was granted the opportunity to sign with SM Entertainment in Korea. He now performs under the stage name Micky Yoochun.
Member solo activities
- He has a solo "Beautiful Thing" featured on the Vacation original soundtrack.
- He composed "White Lies"
- He composed and sang "My Page", which was performed in the 2nd Live Asia Tour Concert - 'O'.
- He composed a Japanese solo "Rainy Night", which was featured in the "If...!? / Rainy Night" single, the third installment of the group's "TRICK" series.
- He performed and toured around Korea as member of the promotional group Anyband with BoA, Tablo of Epik High, and Jin Bora. The project band was formed by Samsung's Anycall, and had several singles: "TPL (Talk, Play, Love)," "Promise U", "Daydream".
- He had a duet with Zhang Liyin, "Timeless", which was featured in Zhang's first single, "Timeless". He also sang the Chinese version of the song with Zhang, which was the last track of Zhang's first Chinese album, I WILL. Xiah was also featured in the second part of the two-part "Timeless" music videos.
- Wrote the lyrics for the song "노을..바라보다 (Picture of You)" on the fourth Korean album, 'Mirotic'.
- He wrote "Space" (공간) which is more like a narration than a lyric.
- He composed his solo "Fox Rain" (여우비).
- He wrote the lyrics for "Holding Back The Tears" (Korean title : "그리고..." (And...)) which was featured on the Vacation OST original soundtrack.
- He wrote the lyrics for Japanese solo song "My Girlfriend", which was featured in the "Runaway / My Girlfriend" single, the second installment of the group's "TRICK" series.
- He appeared in Magolpi's debut music video "Flight Girl" (비행소녀)
- He was featured singer in DJ Makai's song, "Tokyo Lovelight"
- He composed "Kissしたまま、さよなら" with Jaejoong
- He composed "Evergreen" for Winter Album 2007 of SM Town.
- He composed Kiss The Baby Sky , the theme song for Zoom In , a Japanese program
- He sang "Greeting" (인사) which was featured on the A Millionaire's First Love soundtrack.
- He sang Japanese solo "MAZE", which was featured in the "Keyword / Maze" single, the fifth and last installment of the group's "TRICK" series.
- He had a duet with The Grace, "Just for One Day", which was featured in The Grace's first Japanese full-length studio album, Graceful 4.
- He composed "Kissしたまま、さよなら" with Yuchun
- He sang Korean solo "잊혀진계절 (Forgotten Season)", a remake of the original song by Lee Yong, which was a famous hit in the 1980s. His solo is included in TVXQ's 4th album MIROTIC (Track 11).
- Wrote the lyrics for the rapping part in "Wrong Number".
- He sang Japanese solo "Wild Soul", which was featured in the "Two hearts / WILD SOUL" single, the first installment of the group's "TRICK" series.
- Wrote the lyrics for "Evergreen" in SM Town 2007 album.
- Wrote the Korean-language lyrics for "Love in the Ice"
- He composed and sang "Spokesman" with Donghae of Super Junior, which was performed in the 2nd Live Asia tour concert - 'O'.
- He sang Japanese solo "Crazy Life", which was featured in the "Close to you / Crazy Life" single, the fourth installment of the group's "TRICK" series.
Before debuting under TVXQ, he rapped in Dana's 2002 single, "Diamond". He was also featured in the music video.Lyrics and composition
The majority of the lyrics and composition to TVXQ's songs are done by their staff. On occasion, the members of the group contribute to the writing of the lyrics and composition. 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). 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 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" composed by Hero.
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