On “Immortal Song 2,” Why isn’t Xiah Junsu?
JYJ’s Kim Junsu who is acknowledged both in name and in fact to be person with the best singing ability among idols. He is distinguishing himself not only on the stages of pop songs but also on musicals and has sold out tickets in the tens of thousands and has received “Newcomer of the Year” award in the Korean Musical Awards and has taken stages (T/N: that have been featured on? The writer is mistaken here) Broadways and has so been recognized in his abilities. He is a talent who is not fit to be just treated as an idol who makes your hands curl, singing “I want to be your bed for one day.”
I won’t talk about the incident of the split of TVXQ that everyone knows. After the incident, unsurprisingly, JYJ’s appearance on broadcast is becoming a rare occasion. Park Yoochun is appearing in a drama but it is an outside maker, and the incident of the foundering of appearances in “On the Roll” and “Come to Play” causes much irritation to see, not just for fans but also for non-fans who are neither one way nor the other.
Have You Suggested?
Kim Junsu who has taken #1 by an overwhelming margin in a recent research on idol singing abilities is in a way the most fitting and needed person for “Immortal Song 2” which has the meaning of “Re-framing the Idol and Immortal Songs.” Of course it is an unpleasant task to cast someone who is in the middle of controversy among the broadcast circles, but Kim Junsu has the value that makes it worthwhile to bear it. It is also evaluated that for hype-marketing for the program in the beginning Kim Junsu is well-suited and that one could receive the support of the almighty JYJ fandom and also looking at the abilities the quality of the program may also improve.
Of course it is understandable if schedules or other circumstances did not match, but I want to ask whether they tried. Due to the unfair influence of the mega-entertainment companies, wouldn’t the suggestion of the appearance have been absent altogether?
Super Star who Cannot Appear on Music Programs
It seems that the day that JYJ comes out on Music programs is the day that SM singers do not go on them just as YG does not go on Music Bank. It seems that the past appearance on KBS Acting Awards is the first and the last time we will see JYJ sing on TV. A single album sells 300,000 copies; multi-country tour and pulling in 70,000 for the Jamshil Field (concert). It is extremely strange that JYJ which is receiving a truly “enormous” love even after the split cannot even appear on music programs on which even the likes of dogs and mackerels appear.
Wrong Customs Must Disappear
That things are modified and are brought to success or failure due to the influence of the mega-entertainment is similar to the power structure of the Korean corporation. Due to the tyranny of the large corporations the small and medium-sized corporations disappear and in order to survive they must accept the tyranny, causing the vicious cycle of making the rich richer and the ordinary people poorer. This state cannot be simply regarded as the matter of JYJ. When the entire music industry is controlled to be made by the few entertainment companies and this is repeated, not only will there be a state in which the minority or the weak are continually damaged, but the worst of all circumstances will occur– the music market’s music contents will lose its variety and depth and will be dominated by messy trendy music.
Broadcast Companies Also Must Make Clear Their Positions
In eliminating these wrong customs, the broadcasts must not be consistent in their silence.
In the SBS drama “On Air” which ended in popularity, Jin Shangwoo who is the CEO of the best agency in Korea, SW Entertainemnt, requests the amending of the script and pulls out the actor from his company when the filming of a drama has gone past the 6th episode, arguing that the parts featuring the actor are too few. At this time, the director of the broadcast company deals with it toughly by barring the appearance of SW’s singers, actors, managers, coordinators, and other affiliates, and caused SW’s actor to come back.
Of course I am not saying that a controversy like the one in the drama should be aroused. The problem with the broadcast companies is that they are not taking a definite position and are being silent. Whether the entry by JYJ into the castle is supported or opposed, in order to be rid of these wrong customs, there is a need for broadcasting companies to reveal definite positions.
I am going to say as it is. I don’t understand how such cheap actions – akin to beheading the criminal and putting the head on display on the top of the castle in order to say “if you get sassy or you disobey, you die” – is being done so plainly in the current year of 2011. Let’s not do this. Let’s have some self-control.