[NEWS] 110429 JYJ sues Japanese agency over cancellation of concert
JYJ has filed a lawsuit in Japan against their management company AVEX Entertainment for interfering with their attempt to hold a charity concert.
JYJ, a boyband formed by former TVXQ members Kim Jae-joong, Kim Jun-su, and Park Yoo-chun after they filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment for unjust contract, had planned a charity concert to aid earthquake-affected areas in Japan. However, the concert’s venues have canceled their contracts with JYJ after AVEX allegedly pressured them.
|(From left to right) JYJ’s Kim Jun-su, Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun talk to Thai fans during their Bangkok Concert on April 3. (Yonhap News)|
JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment and the concert organizer ZAK Corporation have filed two provisional dispositions against AVEX with the Tokyo District Court.
AVEX released an official statement, in which they do not deny the action. “Our company holds the exclusive rights for JYJ’s activities in Japan, and we have just taken actions against the infringement rightfully and properly,” AVEX said. They also claimed that they have received blackmails and threats due to the matter.
AVEX signed a contract with three members of JYJ in early 2010 after JYJ filed the lawsuit with SM Entertainment. A few months later, AVEX announced the “suspension of activities” of three members, arguing JYJ should refrain from promoting in Japan while legal proceedings against SM Entertainment were under way in Korea.
This “suspension of activities” has kept JYJ from conducting any promotional activities in Japan. Even after the suspension, however, AVEX has continued to make profits with products such as DVDs and JYJ footage.
Due to their ongoing lawsuit with their management company, JYJ has had difficulties in their activities in Korea as well. They have released an album, held concerts globally, and acted in dramas and musicals, but have had trouble getting airtime on television entertainment shows.
Another pop group, KARA, who also had three members embroiled in a dispute with their management company DSP for nearly 3 months, recently announced they have resolved the disagreement and will continue their career with DSP.
Credit: koreaherald By Joo Hye-Mi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
[NEWS] 110430 JYJ sues Japanese agency for blocking charity concert
Through the concert, JYJ wants to help the victims of the Japan earthquake (Photo courtesy of C-JeS Entertainment)
MANILA, Philippines — K-pop trio JYJ filed a lawsuit against AVEX, the group’s agency in Japan, for interfering in the boy band’s boy band’s charity concert scheduled on June 7 at Saitama Super Arena.
More, a Japanese JYJ fan is asking other fans to sign a petition to ask the arena to allow the holding of the charity concert, which is intended to raise funds to help the victims of the March 11 earthquake in Japan.
In the lawsuit, C-JeS Entertainment, JYJ’s agency in Korea, is asking a Tokyo court to issue an injunction against Avex.
Avex said that the holding of the charity concert is being made without its permission as JYJ is still under contract with the agency.
JYJ members Xiah Junsu, Micky Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong sued SM Entertainment in 2009 to void their contract as members of boy band TVXQ.
The three then signed up with Avex in April last year to start their Japanese activities as a new group called JYJ. However, Avex suspended JYJ’s activities last September and since then JYJ has been unable to perform in Japan.
Avex suspended JYJ’s Japanese activities but it still continues to sell JYJ merchandise and DVDs.
Last April 14, Saitama Super Arena issued a statement to say that it rejected the application of Zak Corporation, the JYJ concert’s organizer in Japan, to use the venue on June 7, citing JYJ’s contract under Avex.
Despite this, Zak and C-JeS announced that they will push through with the concert.
In a statement, Avex maintained that it still holds exclusive management rights to JYJ in Japan.
It said that it decided to suspend JYJ’s activities because of the alleged criminal record of the president of C-JeS and the ongoing lawsuit between the JYJ members and SM Entertainment in South Korea.