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G-Dragon Was an SME Trainee, Could He Have Been a Member of DBSK?

It was revealed that G-Dragon used to be a trainee with SM Entertainment. That makes one wonder, what if G-Dragon had been a part of DBSK, or even Super Junior? On May 8, Mnet’s “Wide Entertainment News” revealed 8 secrets about celebrities’ pasts.


TVXQ’s character posters for ‘I AM’ revealed

Following the releases of the character posters for f(x)SHINeeBoA, and Kangta, TVXQ has released their own character poster for SM Entertainment’s upcoming film, ‘I AM‘.

The poster shows the charismatic members during a performance in a concert.

Yunho‘s poster states, “Aren’t we the representatives of Korea?” while Changmin‘s reads, I never dreamed that I would become a star.”

The movie will contain footage from behind the scenes of SMTOWN concerts as well as the the process of preparation and daily lives of the SM Entertainment artists. The movie will hit theaters in May.


NU’EST, “We all like TVXQ and Big Bang”

Excerpt from rookie group NU’EST’s interview with WStar News:

Q: Excluding your sunbaes of the same agency, who is your favorite singer?

JR: The members all like TVXQ and Big Bang. As for individually, I like Eminem. At first, no one appreciated him, but he put in a lot of effort and later, he achieved recognition from white people, black people, everyone and became the best singer. I also want to try to become the best musician recognized by everyone.

I like Michael Jackson and Beyonce. I long to take after their perfection.


SM Entertainment releases official teaser poster for upcoming film, ‘I Am’

I Am‘, the upcoming film featuring the stories of SM Entertainment artists BoA, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, and others, has finally revealed its release date!

The film has decided on May as its official release, and on March 21st, revealed the first of what will be a series of teasers to come. The first teaser is an official poster featuring a typographic compilation of all of the artists under SM Entertainment.

‘I Am’ previously received an explosive response with the launching of its worldwide UCC project event, where fans all over the world from the States, Canada, China, Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Indonesia, Columbia, Peru, and more sent in videos of cover dances.

The film is a biographic record of the years of effort made by the artists to realize their passions and dreams. Fans can look forward to everything from stage performances of ‘SM Town Live World Tour in New York’ to their day-to-day activities.


Girls’ Generation, KARA, TVXQ, 2PM, Jang Geun Suk, and B2ST awarded at 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced the winners of “The 26th Japan Gold Disc Award” on January 27th, and many Korean artists were featured.


European youths surveyed about South Korea & K-pop

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) recently conducted a survey on the brand image of South Korea among young people in Europe. They surveyed 1208 youths, aged 18-30 years old, in five major European cities — London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Budapest.


TVXQ becomes the #1 searched male celebrity in Japan for 2011

TVXQ has become the #1 searched term for the male celebrity category in Japan.

On December 8th, MSN Japan‘s ‘Keyword Search Yearly Ranking 2011′ reported that TVXQ had beat out popular Japanese artists to place 1st in the top 50 of the male celebrities category.

Additionally, the group came in #2 on Yahoo Japan‘s ’2011 Search Word Ranking’ in the famous males category, right after the popular Japanese group Arashi.

This comes as no surprise, considering that the boys dominated the Oricon weekly and monthly chart with ‘Keep Your Head Down’ and ‘TONE’. ‘TONE’ also became the first album in 11 years to sell 200,000 copies within the first week alone.


TVXQ, KARA & SNSD confirmed for Japan’s “Red and White Singing Battle”

SNSD, KARA and TVXQ have been confirmed for this year’s NHK‘s “Kohaku Uta Gassen“, Japan’s biggest year-end music event.

Sankei Sports and other local newspapers reported that SNSD and KARA will join the list of attendees for the first time, and that TVXQ will be attending for the group’s third time in a row.

Sankei Sports reported, “It was already big news that Korean stars Jang Geuk Suk, Supernova, 2PM and SHINee would be performing at the event, [so it’s exciting that] SNSD, KARA and TVXQ have been confirmed as well.”

The Kohaku Uta Gassen will be holding its 62nd event this year on December 31st. The three Korean groups will be joining a veritable line-up of singers, who will then be divided into teams of two (Red and White), to compete in a singing battle in front of a panel of judges.


Source: OSEN

by heartfacee @ allkpop

J-POP star Koda Kumi has a close relationship with 2NE1 & TVXQ

Top J-POP star Koda Kumi displayed her close relationship with 2NE1 member Minzy.

At a 2011 MAMA press conference that took place at the Singapore Sands Expo and Convention Center on the 29th, Koda Kumi remarked, I worked with TVXQ in the past and continue to maintain a close relationship. I have also spent a lot of time with 2NE1′s Minzy, and I plan on going to their next performance in Japan“.

Today at the MAMA, I will put on a performance that fits in with Korean culture, she continued.

170 reporters from Japan as well as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Cambodia were at this particular press conference, as well as Reuters and the Korean press to gather as much news as possible.


TVXQ, KARA are nominated for the Japan Record Awards + 2NE1 is nominated for the Best New Artist

TVXQ and KARA have been selected as winners in the Japan Record Awards for Best Works.

On November 19, the Japan Composers’ Association, in charge of the Awards, announced the list of the winners and nominees of the Awards. On the list were TVXQ’s “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” and KARA’s “Go Go Summer.”

Ten songs that have been selected as Best Works are nominees for the Grand Prize of the Year. Among these ten nominees are Japanese girl group AKB48, Kana Nishino, AAA and more.

2NE1 has been nominated for the Best New Artist. 2NE1 will also vie for the Best New Artist on the day of the event along with other nominee miu0214MIU, Super Girls, Fairies and more.


2011 MAMA: 2NE1, SNSD, TVXQ and Super Junior battle it out

All eyes and ears are focused on the ‘2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)’ that is scheduled to take place at the Indoor Stadium in Singapore on the 29th.

More than 2,240,000 votes came in this year through MAMA’s official homepage (www.2011mama.com), which is more than 10 times the number of votes that came in last year.

19% of the votes were from Korean fans, 11.2% of voters were Thai, 10.8% were Chinese, 8.6% were Japanese, and 2.4% of the votes came from Singapore. In total, more than 80% of all the votes were from oversea fans, which is 13% more compared to last year.

The competition is fierce for best male group dance performance, with Super Junior seizing 35.1% of all votes with “Mr. Simple“, and TVXQ earning 34.9% of all votes with “Why“.


Super Junior, Big Bang, TVXQ, and more on Hanteo’s ’2011 Singer Awards’ chart

Hanteo, one of the top album sales monitoring charts in Korea, has released their ’2011 Singer Award’ rankings.

Super Junior clinched 1st place with an overwhelming lead over all the other groups this year (~322,000 copies sold). Second place went to Big Bang (~217,000), while TVXQ has seized the 3rd spot (~201,000). They were followed by Kim Hyun Joong (~200,000) and JYJ (~158,000) for 4th and 5th places, respectively.

As expected, idols dominated album sales this year due to their large, dedicated fan bases. In addition, the top 5 are all male idols, with Kim Hyun Joong being the only male solo artist out of the five.

This chart is scheduled to be updated until the end of this year. However, with less than two months left in the year, it’s not likely that the rankings will change (with the exception of TVXQ and Kim Hyun Joong who are currently neck-and-neck).


Source + Photo: Osen, Naver, Hanteo

by carolicity @ allkpop

AA’s Woosang received strength from TVXQ’s Yunho

New boy group AA‘s Woosang stated that he received a lot of inspiration from TVXQ‘s Yunho.

Woosang recently revealed in an interview, “I’m in personal contact with Yunho. I went to a hair shop recently, and there were a lot of senior entertainers there. I greeted all my seniors and sat down intimidated, and when Yunho came, he introduced me to all the seniors.”

“Yunho asked all the seniors to watch over me, and I got a lot of strength from it. He’s a senior who knows loyalty.” Before his debut with AA, Woosang worked as a choreography director for groups like Shinhwa and TVXQ.


Source + Photo: TV Report via Nate

by elliefilet @ allkpop

TVXQ adds six dates to upcoming Japanese tour due to popular demand

TVXQ will soon embark upon their first Japanese concert tour in four years, titled “TVXQ Live Tour 2012~ TONE~.” Fans will be able to reacquaint themselves with the beloved group as TVXQ tours the country in promotion of their freshly released album, “TONE.”


TVXQ reveals the covers to their new Japanese single “Winter ~ Winter Rose / Duet”

TVXQ continues their activities in Japan and will soon be releasing their single “Winter ~ Winter Rose / Duet” on November 30th, in time for the Christmas holidays. The duo initially released their tracklist along with the release date, and the covers were revealed via their Japanese website on November 1st.

They will release a new track called “Winter Rose” in addition to a winter version of their song “Duet” originally found on their recently released Japanese album, “TONE.”

The covers released reflect the upcoming holidays. The CD+DVD version features a red cover surrounded with snowflakes, while the CD+photobook edition features a green cover decorated with snowflakes.

“Winter ~ Winter Rose / Duet” is set to be released on November 30th.


TVXQ talks about their preferred fashion styles and ideal types

The October 22nd episode of On Style‘s ‘Fashion Magazine‘ sat down with TVXQ to talk about the boys’ favorite fashion styles and ideal types.

When asked to describe what their normal style is like, Changmin replied, “I try to wear clothing that makes me look thin and long. My essential fashion items are backpacks and fedoras.” As for pants, Changmin revealed that he preferred skinny jeans or pants slightly rolled up above the feet.

In contrast, Yunho chose, “I like taking standard styles and adding a point with accessories like big watches. I’m currently collecting big framed watches.”

When asked what their ideal style on women was, Changmin revealed, “I love Anne Hathaway‘s style in the movie, ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘. I thought everything she wore in the movie was pretty.”


U-Know Yunho vs T.O.P, Airport Fashion Doppelgangers?

TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho and Big Bang’s T.O.P, who have recently rose as the airport fashionistas of the Hallyu Wave, have become a hot issue for wearing similar outfits.

On his return to Korea on the 11th of October after the New York-Korea Festival, U-Know Yunho could be seen wearing mirror-style sunglasses, a black print t-shirt and black pants, finishing the stylish look off with a safari jacket.

Big Bang’s T.O.P, who was on his way to New York for a photoshoot, wore Boeing sunglasses, a white t-shirt, black pants and a khaki safari jacket, and gave the appearance of being U-know Yunho’s doppelganger as the two stars took on a similar casual and chic look.

The jacket both stars chose is a product from Calvin Klein Jeans and is part of a sporty and stylish set with a zip-up hoodie cardigan. The two components can be worn separately or together and are perfect for chilly autumn weather.


TVXQ announces new Japanese single, “Winter”

Via tokyohive:

Tohoshinki (TVXQ) has announced that they will be releasing a new single, titled “Winter“, on November 30th!

The single will feature Tohoshinki’s very first Christmas song, “Winter Rose“, and a winter version of their song, “Duet“.

Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming release! In the mean time, check out the track list below!


All 5 DBSK members unite to record ‘MAXIMUM’?

allkpop : We have been receiving countless ‘tips’ by our fellow allkpop readers about a recent Youtube video, which just went viral on video-sharing websites.

On October 15th, numerous uploads of a practice version of TVXQ‘s “MAXIMUM“ were posted and circulated throughout Youtube.  Upon watching and listening to the video, Cassies all over the world couldn’t believe their ears when they heard the voices of JYJ on the track.  Using an audio track featuring all five voices, TVXQ members Yunho and Changmin practiced the choreography with several background dancers.

Many Youtube and Twitter users have been speculating that the original version of ‘MAXIMUM’ was meant to be a 5-member track for the entire group.  It seems like the dance video was shot a while back, prior to the song’s release.

Cassies expressed their joy leaving numerous comments such as, OMG, I’m crying!“, “I can hear Junsu and Jae Joong’s voices so clearly!“, “This is so amazing!, and “This is an epic day for Cassiopeia!.


JYJ confesses to missing Yunho and Changmin, “The two frequently appear in our dreams”

Ever since the incident of Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun leaving SM Entertainment that left fans stricken, many have wondered about whether or not the DBSK duo and JYJ ever make contact with each other. At a recent press conference, the members of JYJ have further addressed this burning question, along with their feelings on related matters.

During the press conference for their latest album, “In Heaven”, the JYJ trio revealed that there has been no contact with Yunho and Changmin, stating, “There is no contact with the two. There may be a possibility that we may be able to see them in the near future.”

Jaejoong speaks of how he and the members wish that they could see Yunho and Changmin once again, saying, “A lot of time has passed. The misunderstandings that formed because of the distance and the amount of the time we’ve spent apart are beginning to disappear. We just want to meet them, and talk to them.”

The members’ wishes even go so far as to be manifested within their dreams. “The two friends frequently appear in our dreams. Not long ago, they appeared in the dreams of all three of us on the same night.”

TVXQ and 2NE1 also top the Oricon charts

K-Pop groups are sweeping the Oricon charts this week!  In addition to T-ara‘s “Bo Peep Bo Peep” topping the Oricon daily singles chart, TVXQs “Tone” has also come out on top for the daily album sales chart!

TVXQ has sold a total of 105,484 copies of their “Tone” album thus far, ranking them at the top of the albums category.  Right next to them this week are T-ara and 2NE1, who’s topped the weekly albums chart with ‘NOLZA‘, recording 26,334 in sales.

September 28th will surely be a memorable day for most K-Pop fans as stars continue their streak of success in Japan.



Source + Photos: X Sports News via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

JYJ’s Junsu admits he felt pain after hearing TVXQ’s “Don’t Say Goodbye”

On September 25th, JYJ‘s Junsu confessed that he felt heartbroken when he heard TVXQ‘s “Don’t Say Goodbye” recently.