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TVXQ (often stylized TVXQ! or TVfXQ), an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (東方神起), is a South Korean boy band quintet formed under SM Entertainment in 2003. In South Korea they are known as Dong Bang Shin Gi(동방신기); 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".
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 2009, with the release of their twenty-seventh single, "Share the World/We Are!", TVXQ extended their record, making them the first foreign artist to have six number-one singles on the Oricon.
Since their debut, TVXQ has become one of the most popular singing groups in East Asia; they have also gained great popularity in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and other South-East Asian regions. In addition, they have achieved worldwide popularity via YouTube in countries such as Australia, the US, Canada,Germany, the UK, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain and Italy.
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, claimed of having more than 800,000 members. They also made the Guinness World Records a second time in 2009. Aside from the world's largest fan club, the group was also listed in the world record book as the most photographed celebrity 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.