A woman can be seen holding signs written fully in Hangul. On the 16th, 3-membered idol group JYJ performed in Hong Kong’s Lantau Asia World Expo Arena. Debuting 10 years ago, those 3 men, Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu deliver performances compact with singing and dancing skills.
10 years ago in 2004, a 5-member boy idol group DBSK released their debut track, ‘Hug’. They soon rise and become the representative boy group in Korea. However, at the peak of their popularity in 2009, 3 out of the 5 members, Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu, filed a lawsuit against their agency SM Entertainment due to their long contract (13 years_ and the unfair distribution of profits. The court allows them to have activities out of SM Entertainment and that is how JYJ is formed in 2010, with their first album ‘The Beginning’.
JYJ’s latest album ‘Just Us’ was released at the end of last month after a 3-year hiatus, following ‘In Heaven’ from 2011. During the time of the group’s hiatus, the members focused on their personal activities. Kim Junsu became a musical star and released solo albums, Kim Jaejoong also released solo albums and became an actor in dramas, Park Yoochun on the other hand, acted in both dramas and a movie.
And after three years, the three members received hot welcome from fans. The album received 120 000 preorders and immediately ranked first on Hanteo chart. And on the 9th August, the group filled up all the 30 000 seats of Seoul Jamsil Olympic stations. Prior to their concert in Hong Kong, member Kim Junsu stated, “I was a bit worried about selling out Seoul Jamsil Stadium since it was big. I thought it would be hard, so I was surprised.”
Perhaps Junsu thinks that way because they cannot appear on TV as singers. JYJ had never appeared on music programmes before. It was due to their dispute with their previous agency. The allegation was denied by both SM Entertainment and the broadcasters.
On August 2012, the group’s legal dispute with SM ends. Their contract was terminated and SM Entertainment was ordered to not interfere with the group’s future activities. But even after that, their appearance on TV remains restricted. Their new title track ‘Back Seat’ was nominated for No.1 in SBS’s Inkigayo, unfortunately the group wasn’t invited to perform.
Had not appeared in music shows for over 5 years
10 000 spectators gathered…. warm welcome
Like playing with friends on ‘Kkaruru’
“Thanks to our fans…. I’ll never be tired”
Due to that restriction, JYJ are active. They in particular are active in overseas concerts like in Asia, Europe and South America. They will now embark on a 8-city Asian Tour ‘The Return of the King’ which started in Seoul. Hong Kong is their first international stop, receiving warm response from 10 000 fans. Member Junsu says, “We did dramas and movies, but we still wants you all to enjoy our live singing. I feel so grateful and I promise to will never tire out.”
The 3 men was happy and all smiley throughout the 2 hours and 30 minutes performance. You can see their own color during their solo stage. When Kim Jaejoong takes off his coat, the audiences screams so loud. The members chat with each other, evoking laughters from the spectators. These three man are easily approachable and seemed to be very familiar with their fans.
Since they’re facing a rather tough time, those three men relies on each other and as a result becomes closer to one another. Kim Jaejoong says, “We have to work hard individually for the album and our activities. Since this is our first album in 3 years, rather than feeling burdened, we tried our best to insert our own color in the album.”
JYJ’s final song in the encore is ‘Fallen Leaves’. “Under the same sky, the same dream/ The brightness of the stars captivates me/ The song that will be sung again, that day will come, won’t it.” The lyrics suddenly seems much deeper than it seems.
Hong Kong / Seo Jung Min