Over 200 smitten teenage girls and young women congregated at EBS headquarters in Dogok-dong in southern Seoul on Monday to see JYJ’s Kim Jun-su on stage.
He was performing on EBS’ music show. It was a rare exception to the usual indie lineup, made possible by the persistence of JYJ fans. Since Kim released a solo album in March, fans kept writing requests on the EBS’ website to have him on the show.
In the background is a bitter feud between JYJ and SM Entertainment. Three members of SM’s top manufactured combo TVXQ split and formed JYJ in 2009. SM Entertainment since then used its clout to block JYJ from TV appearances.
In 2013, the Fair Trade Commission found SM Entertainment guilty of interfering with JYJ’s showbiz activities and ordered them to stop, but nothing changed. For the last six years, no JYJ members have been seen on terrestrial or cable TV music shows.