Hoya from the idol group, Infinite, has been attracting attention because of his similar looks to JYJ’s Junsu.
Hoya posted a selca picture on the 19th, at around 11 PM, on his Twitter saying “At the awards ceremony!”. In the picture, you can see Hoya brightly smiling while showing a V-sign. His clear skin on the white background and vivid eyes make him stand out.
Netizens who saw the picture all said, “In this picture, Hoya looks exactly like JYJ’s Junsu”. Following this, reactions formed such as, “Hoya’s eye line and the shape of his mouth looks exactly like Junsu’s. And the hairstyle’s similar too”, “He looks like Junsu’s younger twin”, and, “Junsu and Hoya are both cute”.
On the other hand, Infinite revealed ‘BTD’ on the 6th, and are planning to open a showcase in Japan in April.
When Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun – or JYJ – waved goodbye to Dong Bang Shin Ki, I was a little worried, mainly because they no longer had that easy access to the high production value that SM Entertainment provides. As far as audible quality goes, SM spends a ridiculous amount of money to make their artists sound extremely good (don’t quote me on that), and let’s be honest, 95% of the time they do. Not only that, but JYJ were faced with the absence of two key singers – one bass and one tenor, and I mean, what’s a burger without buns? Of course, those two members (Changmin and Yunho) faced a far more challenging road ahead of them without their main vocalists there to fill in the voids. Both ways, the dynamics changed, and it was going to be interesting to hear exactly how they would manage to divvy up their parts. More so in HoMin’s case than JYJ.
But unlike their brethren, JYJ have had the opportunity to expose themselves and gain a little more experience as a three-member ensemble. Last fall, they released “The…” in Japan, and it was the first time we heard JYJ without the other two members (on a recording). As always, they reached #1 on the Oricon charts, and at this point, charting at number one should not come as a surprise to anybody. Rather than going back home to Korea though, they packed their bags and flew to America, where the sound of “The…” was noticeably replaced with a more Americanized style with hopes to break into the US market. JYJ released “The Beginning” in October with the help of American producer/rapperKanye West and renowned producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins.
To put it lightly, their American foray was messy. Both the marketing and content of the album were way off base from the standards I had held in my mind for JYJ, and I know that if they had a clear plan of attack, things would have gone a little more smoothly. There were two or three songs on “The Beginning” worth salvaging, and okay, it wasn’t the worst thing ever, but one thing was certain: We still didn’t have a clear idea of what kind of sound would be definitive of JYJ.
Now Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun are back in Korea with their latest EP, “Their Rooms“, and I should point out the emphasis on ‘their’, because they basically did everything: composed, wrote, sang, everything.
To say this mini album is impressive just doesn’t cut it. I sincerely forgive them for the mess and a half that was “The Beginning” because “Their Rooms” is exceptionally done, especially for the aforementioned fact that they did everything on it.
Oh, and by the way, I’ve introducing a rating system.
Confirmed: JaeJoong visits a Korean JYJ forum called Telzone JYJ Gallery on daum.net. He was seen browsing it in one of the pics released by C-Jes today.
That gallery is known to have fans who are very mature regardless of age and gender. Two major projects to support JYJ started by “gallers” at Telzone JYJ Gallery: the original “We Support Your Yourth” posters that lead to the Support JYJ Campaign (bus ads) and the Internet Broadcasting System.
It’s also known to have very warm, supportive, family-like atmostphere. Gallers do not share JYJ songs illegally, do not talk about other entertainers in negative ways, try not to discuss any rumors about JYJ of any type.
When JYJ gets attacked by anti-fans, gallers stand up to defend JYJ but with dignity. Gallers try not to curse or use harsh langauge in general. They are also very proactive to support JYJ and call, e-mail and visit a lot of places (like C-Jes, government agencies, court, etc) if helps JYJ in any way.
In short, it’s a good place for JaeJoong to come and read the threads and get feedback from fans. Junsu and Yuchun used to visit Telzone, but we’re not sure if they still do at this point. ^__________^
Happy #JaeJoongDay everyone!
Note: Jaejoong didn’t post anything on Telzone, but there’s a pic of him browing telzone LOL i’ll post it soon
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The increasingly contentious ’slave contract’ issue has grown to such proportions that even international companies are sitting up to take notice. After observing the cases of JYJ-SM Entertainment and KARA-DSP Media, many Japanese entertainment agencies have been voicing their confusion over why contract terminations are imploding into such a controversial issue.
Contract terminations are rarely seen in the Japanese music industry. Case-in-point, the idol group SMAP, who debuted back in 1991, are still going strong even after 20 years as one of the most popular groups in the idol industry.
Japanese agency representatives believe that the key ingredient to their idol group’s longevity is the fair and reasonable conditions of the contracts signed. “In TVXQ’s case, the main problem stems from the 13 year contract deal, whereas in Japan, a one or two year contract is the norm,” stated a representative of a magazine company affiliated with five major media companies in Japan.
Park Chan Jong, “The Charge ‘Manipulative Fraud’ is Applicable to the SM-Dong Bang Shin Ki Case”
“Even a third party can report it…must take this opportunity to eradicate slave contracts”
by CBS Political dept. Reporter Lee Jae Jun
August 4, 2009—‘Minerva’ [Translator’s note: Minerva is a famous/infamous Korean blogger whose accurate political and economic analyses and predictions unsettled even the Korean government], chairman Park Yeong Chan and former Member-of-Parliament (MP) Park Chan Jong [Translator’s note: Park Chan Jong is a famous human rights lawyer and former MP], who likes to think of himself as a legal representative in the thickening case involving Dong Bang Shin Ki, decided to speak out on the issue on the 4th.
Representing ‘upright and conscientious people,’ they stated their position through a press release, “It is clear as day that the contract Dong Bang Shin Ki signed with SM is a ‘slave contract’” and “SM’s actions in pursuit of unjust enrichment are tantamount to a penal offense as well as manipulative fraud.”
MP Park Chan Jong in particular emphasised that the fact the members of Dong Bang Shin Ki were compelled to sign ‘a 13-year contract’ as minors qualifies this as a criminal offense on grounds of ‘manipulative fraud.’
According to Article 348 paragraph 1 of the Penal Code, ‘manipulative fraud’ is the abuse of a minor’s ‘naïveté’ and/or mental or physical disorder to gain personal or property interests; a person convicted under the charge of manipulative fraud will face a prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of roughly 20,000 USD.
Ergo, it can be said that SM used to their advantage the ‘naïveté’ (lack of objective judgment and discernment) of the Dong Bang Shin Ki members to burden them noticeably disadvantageous contract.