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Thursday, January 13, 2011

[photos] 110113 JYJ at FLL Korea Event


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[photos] 110109 JYJ Photoshoot For Hairstyle Magazine


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[trans] 110110 Top Selling Artists, Yet They're Not On Music Shows?

The idol goup JYJ was formed after members of TVXQ Kim Junsu, Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun left SM Entertainment. Although they released their first album <The Beginning> in October last year, they have not participated in any music or variety shows. Despite topping various music charts with their astonishing sales of 350,000 albums, they have not had any opportunity to participate in music programmes and have only participated in recording on non-music programmes so far.

As an actor, Park Yoochun participated in the Korean drama <SungKyunKwan Scandal>, as well as <KBS Live Newstime> on the 30th, <KBS Drama Acting Awards> on the 31st, as well as <KBS Vivid Imagination> on 1st January; all of which are non-music programmes.

Are the broadcasting companies afraid of the larger corporations? Popular group JYJ, who has a contract dispute with SM Entertainment (henceforth SM), has yet to appear on a music show and the continuation of this unusual situation has raised interest. JYJ, despite doing well in many music ranking charts, is unable to make an appearance in any of the music shows by the 3 major broadcasting stations. The recording that they did with <SBS Good Morning> on the 27th (December) was also supposed to air on the 5th, but it has been continuously postponed until now. The question on whether the broadcasting companies are under pressure from large corporations has grown exponentially.

The SBS production team expressed, "Changes in broadcast schedules for pre-recorded material are a common occurrence and JYJ's have been delayed. The content that they recorded will be broadcasted between 19-20 January."

Mr Park, a representative from JYJ's management agency C-Jes said, "None of the variety shows contacted us and even if they did, we were unable to get it confirmed in the end. This is why we have no more expectations now."

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[TRANS] 110113 JYJ - PR Ambassadors For "FLL KOREA" (Press Conference)

On the morning of the 13th, the 3-member unit JYJ from the group TVXQ (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu) attended the [FLL KOREA PR Ambassadors Investiture] held at Grand Hilton Seoul Hotel. 

[FLL] is a robot competition organized by the first American foundation to encourage the study of it. It will be held at KINTEX on the 29th of this month with more than 17,000 participating teams from 60 different countries.

On why JYJ was chosen as ambassadors, the organizing committee for this contest commented, "It was decided that JYJ's passion and team work is in sync with the spirit of the convention. Also, even in the US, the interest (in JYJ) is rising."
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[trans] 110111 Kim Junsu's Musical "Tears Of Heaven" - 2nd Round Of Ticket Sales Sold Out In 3.5 Minutes

Xiah Junsu is performing in the large scale musical production [Tears of Heaven] and in the second round of ticket sales, a total of 13,000 tickets were sold out in 3 minutes and 30 seconds. In the previous ticket sale, 15,000 tickets were sold in just 5 minutes and he once again shows his ticket power.

The people involved in [Tears of Heaven] include well known Broadway names including composer Frank Wildhorn, famous for his music in [Jekyll and Hyde], producer Gabriel Berry of [Sweeney Todd]. Also, world class musical star Brad Little will be playing the American general, and will perform in this musical with our country's musical actors.

-omitted synopsis-

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[trans] 110112 Kim Junsu Tears When Talking About TVXQ - Why?

Kim Junsu revealed some of his sorrow with regards to the TVXQ controversy, garnering attention. 

Kim Junsu participated in the the broadcast of YTN "News&Issue-Issue&People" on the 12th and said, "Everyone has beautiful memories and difficult times. I have also had such moments in my life. After debut, the most difficult times was last year and the year before."

This is the same period of time where the 3 members of TVXQ, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu, were successful in filing for a temporary injunction against their exclusive contracts with SM Entertainment. 

With the rims of his eyes reddening, Kim Junsu said, "After this happened, I lost many things. In particular, I lost a lot of people around me. However, I've also gained people who continue to stay by my side even after this happened."

Netizens commented, "We support Kim Junsu", "We support JYJ", "Don't cry, my heart aches", and other encouragements.
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[TRANS] 110111 Even In Casual Clothes JYJ "Shines No Matter What They Wear"

JYJ's cute photos of them posing in casual clothes were released recently. 

After the pictures of JYJ members wearing shirts and jackets and posing like models were released, they immediately drew the cheers of the fans. Especially with Kim Junsu, who wore a yellow baseball jacket, it made one think of yellow baby chicks. His spaced out expression left a deep impression.

The fans who saw these pictures responded enthusiastically and left messages such as, "Junsu is too cute!", "As expected, the key to fashion is in the face", "They really do look good in anything", "I really can't wait to see the final photos", "Give us more pictures" and more.
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[trans] 110106 When We Asked JYJ's Kim Junsu "Why Did You Write Such A Tweet"...

"I've been curious as to why you wrote such a tweet too..., why did you do it?" (Park Yoochun) "We'll work to show a better JYJ this year." (Kim Junsu)

Kim Junsu was seen to cautiously hold back on his words when asked of his emotional tweets on Twitter.

A meeting was held on the 6th in Seoul ahead of the release of JYJ's Music Essay for JYJ to give New Year's greetings to the reporters. Kim Junsu, Park Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong appeared with bright expressions and stated, "Happy New Year and please take good care of us this year." But when Kim Junsu was asked, "Why did you write such a tweet?" he did not give a single answer. When a reporter asked him what he had been feeling when writing the tweet, Park Yoochun, who was sitting next to him, added on to the curiosity as he said, "I've been curious as to why you wrote such a tweet too, why did you do it?" Kim Junsu had a strained smile, his expression darkened and said, "Please excuse me, I'll be leaving now," and left the room.

The three finished off the short meeting with words that seemed to give off emotions of sorrow over the fact that the five members are currently active in two different groups. Kim Junsu stated, "There were many unfortunate events that happened last year and lots of things that were done by trial and error, but we'll work to show a better JYJ this year." Kim Jaejoong said, "We should have caused good trouble, but we apologize for causing trouble that was mostly bad."

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[trans] 110107 JYJ's Kim Jaejoong Couldn't Contain His Emotions, Why?

JYJ's member Jaejoong was unable to contain his emotions as he appeared to be unable to speak as if he had a lump in his throat.

It was during the dinner JYJ had with reporters at a hotel on the 6th. It happened during the group's final farewell after going around each table to greet all the reporters.

While showing his gratitude towards those who have reported JYJ's activities till now, Jaejoong lost control of his emotions. When the dinner was over, Jaejoong said "Thank you" the most as the members personally said farewell to each and every reporter.

Jaejoong left SM Entertainment in July, 2009 with Junsu and Yoochun to pursue independent activities.

JYJ recently began their activities as a new group after their legal dispute with their entertainment agency. Junsu seemed determined as he said, "We will work hard to be better than last year," while Yoochun said, "We thank you for even the smallest amount of attention that you have given us till now."

Jaejoong was expressing his thoughts as he said, "Thank you for giving us, who are so lacking, your attention and for coming here," when he lost control of his emotions.

One representative attempted to explain Jaejoong's emotional state as he stated, "I think he was touched by the sheer amount of reporters who came to the dinner as he hadn't met so many reporters in one place for a long time."


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[trans] 110111 Junsu's Korean-American Musical Production - 10,000 Tickets Sold In 5 Mins

With both countries joining hands, will this send a message of hope to the Korean musical scene?

The musical [Tears of Heaven], which opens from the first of next month in the Haeorum Theatre at The National Theatre of Korea, is the most highly anticipated piece of work in 2011. The planning period itself took 3 years. The production cost was also more than 5 billion won. Composer Frank Wildhorn, producer Gabriel Berry and famous Broadway creators have been involved. What's unique is that the team and overseas creative team is made up of people who come from 5 different countries, like the United States, Britain and the Czech Republic. 

The setting for [Tears of Heaven] is the Vietnam War. There is also a larger picture beyond the love triangle involving a Vietnamese girl, a Korean soldier and an American general. From the planning stage, they were already targeting global expansion. 

What's also out of the norm, is that the soundtrack was released before the opening performance. It is becoming a hot topic that one of the world's finest musical actors Brad Little (47), and Kim Junsu (24), who is evolving as a musical actor, will be standing on the same stage.

◆[Jealous of Kim Junsu] = A foreign actor appearing in a musical produced in Korea?This is another unusual point about [Tears of Heaven]. Brad Little will take on the role of the American general. The intention was to portray it as realistically as possible and because he is Brad Little, he was chosen without any objection. 

Brad Little has undertaken the role of the lead in more than 2,200 performances of [The Phantom of the Opera] and he is also of the most leading Broadway actors of the highest standard. The full volume of his voice and the rich, appealing power of the colour of his tone makes hearts tremble. He has also secured a large fanbase through his participation in [The Phantom of the Opera] in 2005 and [Jenkyll and Hyde] in 2009.

The interview with Little and Kim Junsu was held on the 10th, at the Seoul Namsan Arts Center. Such a question was asked, "As the language is different, are there any difficulties with communicating?"

Kim Junsu replied, "It's the same as the Korean soldier who was dispatched to Vietnam and didn't have a good grasp of English. Although it is somewhat lacking, I did it comfortably with the thought that it would be more natural this way." Little replied, "There's no problem at all during production. In all honesty, it is a little inconvenient in the process of working. However, the tension that comes from the differences in languages and culture is what motivates me. It's also interesting to learn random "konglish" (English mixed with Korean). After this, I'd still like to take part in a Korean musical." 

Making his debut in 1988 in [Anything Goes], Little is a veteran with 23 years of experience under his belt. In contrast, although Kim Junsu has enjoyed the highest form of popularity in Asia as a member of TVXQ, he is still a rookie as this is only his second musical after being casted for [Mozart!] last year. Won't there be a difference?

Little shook his head and said, "My jealousy for (Kim Junsu's) completely passionate performance showed." He said, "He's excellent in pulling in the females, to the extent that I want to imitate him."Kim Junsu replied, "It's a great honour just to stand on the same stage as Little, who I've only seen on videos (until now)." He clarified, "(Little) is very serious even with the small parts and doesn't take it lightly. When he's acting angry, even the practice room becomes cold. Intense energy gushes out and I can feel myself sucked into his acting. His voice, (noticing) his partner's breathing, even how he manages his health, I want to emulate all of that."
◆[I want to watch over that authenticity] = Little seems to have become half Korean himself. He said, "Kimbap (seaweed rice rolls), kimchijeon (kimchi pancakes) and bulgogi (marinated beef) are really delicious." He is also aware that he is given the nickname "Bread ahjusshi (uncle)" in Korea because of the similar pronunciation of his name to the English word "bread".

As expected, the key to good singing is still something to be anxious about. "I'll read the lyrics over and over again. From there, a unique rhythm is born. From there, I attach the melody of the song (to it). How well you sing it, how you tell the story, will show the charm of the musical number. He also hinted that for his next musical, he would love to do [The Man of La Mancha].

Through 15 performances of [Mozart!], Kim Junsu has sold out 45,000 tickets. This time too, his ticket power remained the same. Towards the end of last year, during the first round of ticket sales, a record was born when he sold out 10,000 tickets in just 5 minutes from the start of ticket sales. 

One can also see that he is completely immersed in musicals. "The energy and emotions from musicals set my heart aflame with delight. Not being myself, transforming into another person; and not just acting, but singing and dancing, the actions and behaviours are all taken into consideration together and because of this, musicals embrace all the different aspects of the arts." 

He also clearly answered the difference from singing (as a singer). "Previously, we had to show our abilities when we sing a song, but in doing musicals, I'm learning how important the virtue of 'moderation' is."

Kim Junsu used the word "authenticity" many times. "I've dreamed of being a musical actor since my childhood. Although I'm still lacking, I want to be recognized as a musical actor. I'm concentrating on carrying through authenticity and love in the musical. I want to show that I have made progress."
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[trans] 110111 Junsu "Compared To Last Year, This Year, I Want To Laugh More"

Junsu, who made his musical debut in [Mozart!] last year, will be returning to the musical scene with the first run of [Tears of Heaven] in February. 

On the 10th at the Seoul Namsan Arts Center, he attended the open rehearsal for the musical. On that day, Junsu and his duet partner, Davichi's Lee Haeri, enthusiastically sang "I've never loved like this". They acted out the happiness between lovers and also showed the kiss scene, garnering the attention of the press.

In response to the Star News interview, Junsu showed his ambition, "Right now, I want to devote my best to the musical and really gather my concentration (in this field). However, I also want to take up the challenge of performing in other fields some day."

However, towards the end of the interview, a question about TVXQ came up and his expression clouded in an instant.

He said frankly, "Even if I want to talk about it, I'm not sure about it myself. What will happen after this, what will happen to the present circumstances; I don't know as well."

Also, after the words " "However, the many criticisms... " he said, "As we keep saying, compared to last year, we only hope that there will be a bit more good reports this year." 

He also expressed his simple wish, "In the past, we've always talked about our wishes. But now, compared to those thoughts, compared to 2010, for 2011 I'll be glad if there can be more days filled with laughter, and I want to be a little bit more happy." Furthermore, he emphasized, "In order for that to be possible, I think I have to put in a bit more effort in everything I do. That's all."
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[trans] 110110 Brad Little - "Junsu Is A Sexy And Handsome Young Man"

On January 10 at Seoul's Namsan Arts Center, 'Tears of Heaven' actor Brad Little complimented Kim Junsu in an interview at today's open rehearsal press conference, full with feelings of anticipation towards his fellow musical co-star.

"Junsu is a sexy and handsome young man who has interpreted the character Joon very well, so he really suits the role. There was a scene where I had to be angry at him, but because I was so immersed in the role, I felt a sense of jealousy for him. An American pop singer, Cher, received the an Oscar award through a musical, so for Junsu, I believe that something similar will happen to him too."

He also added, "As this is my first time acting with Junsu, but I think it has been a really great idea. When we act together, it's very interesting. There are many American pop singers who have gone into musicals as well."

As a primary musical actor for Broadway with his world-renown role of the Phantom in 'Phantom of the Opera', Brad Little emphasized that, "An aptitude that a musical actor must have is the ability to present their acting naturally on-stage in front of an audience. Junsu does this particularly well. Second is the ability to communicate with the audience. As a singer, Junsu frequently has that type of exchange with the audience, so there's no ounce of doubt in that aspect."

Lastly, he added, "Junsu has a beautiful heart. Whether it's practice or acting on-stage, he is able to naturally convey his emotions to the audience, so it's not a problem for them to identify him as an actor. The age-range for Junsu's fans will definitely increase through this musical." 
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[trans] 110110 "Tears Of Heaven" Scene Revealed - Junsu & Lee Haeri's Intense Embrace On Bed

At 1PM on 10 January, in Rehearsal Room 1 of the Seoul Namsan Arts Center, a rehearsal scene for the musical "Tears of Heaven" was revealed. On this day, Junsu (real name Kim Junsu), Brad Little, Lee Haeri, Yoon Kongjoo, Jung Sangyoon and Jung Dongsuk were present at the rehearsal, brightening up the place.

Musical performer Junsu and his partner Lee Haeri also showed their performance together.

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[trans] 110107 JYJ Participates In A Book Campaign - Jaejoong Recommends A Japanese Author

Popular Korean group 「JYJ」 will be participating in 「Samsung Share a Book Everyday Campaign」. This was confirmed by Samsung Campaign's press relations company, Prain on the 7th. 

Prain explained, "In this campaign, JYJ will participate through Samsung's blog, and recommend "a book of hope" which holds a special meaning to themselves." The books that 「JYJ」 recommend, along with books chosen for the campaign will be gathered and donated to a choir for the disabled.

Jaejoong recommended author Suzuki Hideko's「辛いときはただ泣きなさい」(Just Cry During Tough Times), Junsu recommended poet Jung Ho Seung's「내 인생에 힘이 되어준 한마디」(A Word That Gave Me Strength In My Life) and Yoochun recommended photographer Jo Seon Hui's「힐링포토」(Healing Photo).

Jaejoong, who recommended Suzuki Hideko's「辛いときはただ泣きなさい」, expressed this thoughts on the book, saying that "the line 'Be grateful for everything on Earth' hit home "and "after reading this book, you feel that if you look at everything positively, your life can be beautiful".

On the other hand, Yoochun revealed, "I have all of his books in my study, but I keep 「힐링포토」in my room." He also added "Some years ago, when I felt very beaten down, I received the book as a farewell present from the one who gave me strength." Junsu said, "Feeling the importance of "A Word" and understanding the need to be alert when I talk", and recommended 「내 인생에 힘이 되어준 한마디」.

Through sites like Twitter, net users can participate and the members also sent this message, "Even in tough times, we want the members of the choir, who continued with music (despite everything), to read the recommended books and feel happiness and hope."

In this same campaign, net users can choose "a book of hope" along with stars, and donate books to low-income earners, childcare centres and people who have a lesser chance at contact with books. 
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[trans] 110110 Kim Junsu, Praised As A Good Soccer Player

JYJ's Kim Junsu's oustanding soccer skills have been unearthed!

HwaSeung Game Team's Han San Young Coach wrote on the 5th on this blog, "As MBC's Game Team, I participated in a soccer match. The opposing team was the Artist Soccer Team. After the match we ate dinner together and took pictures", and revealed the photos.

The photo showed Kim Junsu to be wearing a grey overcoat with a scarf, posing closely with the players. The coach said "Xiah Junsu and Lee Wan both play soccer well, they only lost because we had professional players on our side. But if there's another chance, we must compete again!"

On the other hand, JYJ will be releasing a new album on the 19th.

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[trans] 110108 TRAX's Jungmo Criticises JYJ - "Biting The Hand That Fed You"

Following Shim Jae Won, BoA, Super Junior's Shindong and Sungmin, Jungmo from the TRAX has spoken up to address JYJ.

On the afternoon of the 7th, Jungmo left a comment on his own mini-homepage (cyworld), "I'm running out of patience so I had to write a little about these hurt feelings. No matter how you look at it, this is still a mistake. You're even biting the hand that fed you. Did you really not feel what kind of existence they have, or how much consideration you received?"

He also added, "People will change, but I'm getting more and more frightened. Loving music, loving the stage, (the attitude of) those people at the very beginning, where did they go? It's such a disappointment. Really..." 

Net users have guessed that Jungmo's comments were directed towards JYJ. On the 6th, JYJ's Kim Junsu left a comment about the 2-member TVXQ on his Twitter, after which repercussions were seen immediately, following his remarks, "I thought that all 5 of us had the same enemy, but it seems that it is not everyone's enemy after all. Even though we're apart, didn't we have the same thoughts? What does this mean?"

Before Jungmo, other SM Entertainment artists have made clear their stance regarding JYJ. Shim Jae Won, from Black Beat in SM Entertainment, wrote, "Juniors*, this isn't it. Who is the one pointing fingers at whom? Don't pretend to be angry. Who is the one that is truly having a hard time? There are also limits to ingratitude." Also, this comment was retweeted by BoA and Super Junior's Shindong, showing their tacit agreement with Shim Jae Won's opinion. 

* = translated it as "juniors' because that's the way it was presented in the original Japanese article. iirc, he used the word "dongsaengs" i.e. "younger brothers"
also, here is the full version of junsu's tweets.

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[trans] 110108 JYJ To Be Korea's FLL Ambassadors

FLL is a robot competition created by US First Financial Group, with contests ranging from elementary to high school levels. 

On January 29, the FLL competition will be held at KINTEX, the Korea International Exhibition Center, organized by First Financial Group and their partner FEST Creative Engineering Education Association.

Korea's FLL organizing committee expressed that their reason for choosing JYJ as their ambassadors was because "JYJ has a passionate spirit of cooperation that really corresponds to the competition, and their album earned #5 on the US Billboard website, so they have a very high level of attention from America. Thus, this also coincides with the global aspects of this competition."
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[trans] 110108 Producer Park Saeng Yee Throws Away Prejudices Because Of Kim Jaejoong & Junsu

"All this time I've had a critical attitude towards pop idol culture. 
In full honesty I look down on the Korean music industry that leans too heavily on idols, so I've never thought of writing songs for idols either.
This side of me met Jaejoong and Junsu last October autumn when I wrote the OST for SungKyunKwan Scandal. 
On the day that I worked with them on the recordings, it was the most impressionable day in the 10 years that I have produced so many varieties of music.
Were the stubborn prejudices that I had had for so long wrong?
Was I the ignorant person?
If you look from the results, the two gave their best performance and sentiments in the limited amount of time they were given.
They both have unique vocals, which allowed me to know about their individualistic characteristics.
These things form from hard work and experience.
For singers, it is the most incomprehensible and hardest to resolve - like fate.
After they finished recording, I exclaimed how such a deformed idol-based Korean music industry could create such perfect idols.
This is definitely not flattery or sweet-talk." 

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