Tuesday, December 30, 2008

[INFO] 3rd Asia Tour - Mirotic

SM Entertainment has announced the following concert to be confirmed.



Location and Dates:

- Friday, February 20, 2009 at 7 pm
- Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 7 pm
- Sunday, February 22, 2009 4 pm

Place: Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium 1st Gymnasium

Ticket Prices:
STANDING 77,000 won
R seats ₩ 77,000
S ₩ 66,000 seats

Seating Chart

Reservation dates:
For Friday, February 20, tickets will be available on January 7 at 8 PM
For Saturday, February 21, tickets will be available on January 12 at 8 PM
For Sunday, February 22, tickets will be available on January 15 at 8 PM

Tickets can be bought at ticket.auction.co.kr and for questions regarding the concert/booking there is also this phone number: (1566-1369).

translated by akagasuki @ dbsg, credits to post @ dnbn

Monday, December 29, 2008

[MV] Bolero - Released!

You must listen/watch to this in the right atmosphere (i.e. with no distractions and at night would be perfect)!

Its simply beautiful. I love how it features all the members from pleasing angles softly and leaves a strong impression on the viewer with their strong vocals in this song.

I am sensing another Oricon chart topper. It definitely deserves to be, atleast.

Support the boys and BUY THE SINGLE.
You can make your order [HERE]

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tohoshinki Bolero MV 1:03 Preview Released, ready for the charts!

credit: kenoa93

Check out the classy soft theme in the new MV for the single "Bolero", set to be the OST for the Japanese movie "Subaru". The song is already setting many hearts a flutter with Tohoshinki's beautiful harmonization and soothing vocals. It has already ranked #5 on A-Channel, weeks before its official release or even its official MV.

081225 "Bolero" Ranked #5 - A-Channel

With high fan anticipation, movie tie-in, and Kohaku exposure, will Bolero be Tohoshinki's biggest hit for 2009?

Friday, December 26, 2008

[INFO] DBSK & Big Bang Joint Performance

2 of Kpop’s biggest names Big Bang and Dong Bang Shin Ki will have their first ever joint stage!

They will be performing together for SBS year-end concert ‘2008 SBS Gayo Festival’ set to take place on 29th December.

One of the staff for the concert announced on 24th December, “The 2 groups are preparing for a performance called ‘Star Wars’.”

It is also confirmed that Big Bang TaeYang and Dong Bang Shin Ki Xiah JunSu will also be having a showdown of musical composition.

“After the piano performance session, they will also have a song battle. Xiah JunSu is scheduled to perform first, followed by TaeYang.”

Credits to: sookyeong @ wordpress

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

[SALES] TVXQ in Korean & Japanese Foreign Sale Charts 2008

Both Bigeasters and Cassiopeians are doing intensive culture exchange through the TVXQ medium. Awesome to see both fanclubs supporting and enjoying the boys no matter what the language or culture, especially considering how Korean-Japanese relations haven't always been so chummy in history. Thats TVXQ for you -- breaking down culture barriers one fan at a time!

"Dong Bang Shin Ki" is topping the Japanese foreign sales charts with their Korean releases, and "Tohoshinki" is topping the Korean foreign sales charts with Japanese releases.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

[NEWS] Japanese Newspaper "Yomiuri" Sells Out After Printing TVXQ Special

"TVXQ's popularity in Japan is not to be blocked"

Japan's daily newspaper "Yomiuri" printed a special interview with TVXQ and ended up selling out extremely quickly. This has become much talked about.

In their Pop Style Section on the 17th, "Yomiuri" had 'Facing the World, Five Not-So-Ordinary People' as their topic, and used two spreads to report on TVXQ's story before debut and their success story in Japan.

TVXQ's fans even called to order in order to get their hands on this issue of the newspaper. Because of the high demand, they started becoming out-of-stock, a miraculous sight.

On the 18th, through a member of their forum, "Yomiuri" announced the good reception and sales of their issue with TVXQ on the 17th. Those involved with this issue, through the member of the forum, said, "Readers, we thank you for all the orders for our issue with TVXQ's special on the 17th. Our company wishes to have enough copies to satisfy everyone's orders, but as of now we are out of stock. Please forgive us for not being able to satisfy everyone's orders."

A newspaper selling out because of the printing of a Top Star interview, no matter which country it happens in, is a first in history.

4 time Oricon Weekly number one spot winner TVXQ will perform for their first time at NHK's Red/White Concert on the 31st. Also, they will also appear on the TBS New Year's Special Music program "CDTV SP Premiere Live" to be broadcasted on the same day. Now, we can really feel their high popularity.

Translation: jae!fany@ Shinki! Forums (http://iscreamshinki.net}
Source: XiahKing + Mr. TVXQ + AsianFanatics
Yomiuri's Blog Post: http://blog.yomiuri.co.jp/popstyle/2008/12/post-ad3f.html#more

DBSKer Note: Yomiuri is one of the 5 national newspapers (not a magazine) sold in Japan. They did a segment in POPSTYLE called "All About TVXQ", which explores how far the boys have come from their early days. No wonder it was sold out ^^; All the fans must have dived to save a clipping of the newspaper for themselves.

Friday, December 19, 2008

[DRAMA] Heaven's Postman Filming Ends - Jaejoong

Kim Jae Joong has just finished for the filming of the Japan - Korea Drama entitled ”Heaven’s Postman” on the 12th, all the staffs and the stars gathered in a restaurant after the filming and got interviewed and hope for the drama’s success.

SM Entertainment representative who responsible for the TVXQ has stated,” Kim Jae Joong~ after he’s done with the drama filming, he’s quite sad to leave the filming team, though it’s quite long and tiring for the filming, but through this recording, he got alot of experiences and ofcourse he felt so happy while working together with the team.” on the 14th through phone with the SPN.

Heaven’s Postman took 100 billion won to complete this Japan - Korea Drama which is also the first colaboration. Jae Joong started this filming since November and after one month, also participated in the TVXQ promotional actitvities and still filming the drama.

This serial Drama is directed by Lee Hyeong Min, who previously directed “Sorry, I Love You” and “Snow Queen”. Kim JaeJoong in “Heaven’s Postman” plays as a special postman who delivers letters to heaven for those friends and relatives who have passed away while Han Hyo Joo plays the leading female actress,who played the”Spring Waltz”,who has already being admitted for her popularity. This serial drama is written by a Japanese screen-writer Eriko Kitagawa, so next year this drama will be broadcasted through the SBS channel.

The drama will air in May, 2009.

Translated by: ZYRYC@tvxqindo.com

[TRAILER] "Subaru" Movie feat. Bolero as Theme Song

Released 12/18/08 HQ Trailer:

[I ripped the video and the trailer is up for DOWNLOAD in the Videos section!]

This is just a short trailer featured on the newly launched website for the movie "Subaru" set to be released on March 20th, 2009. You can see in HQ on the official website here.

And its not your eyes tricking you. Surprisingly, the trailer shows the cameo appearance Tohoshinki/DBSK in the movie in this first short trailer (rather than the other actors starring in the movie). Seems like the producers know how to atleast hook the DBSK fans early on and not ignore the band's following.

With the great interest generated towards the movie through the release of the preview of "Bolero" on the internet and BigEast station, it is likely the producers noticed a surge of traffic coming to check out the website to learn more about the movie from many different countries. It seems they launched a make shift website to avail this opportunity to do some promotion. DBSK's international fans, Cassiopeia, and BigEast are the ones most aware about the movie right now and it's a smart move to cater to these international fans, since Subaru is planned to be released in other parts of Asia and Western countries as well.

By the way, DBSK will only be doing a short performance in the movie during a scene at a bar, no talking parts.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On Location: Bolero ボレロ PV Shoot

Looks like there are going to be *some* scenes other than the boys standing around after all.

Reduced: 99% of original size [ 641 x 738 ] - Click to view full image

Credits: tochigi + yuaerubi + tvxqslave@soompi

Monday, December 15, 2008

Xiah Junsu’s fans donate in his name for birthday

Very similar to how TVXQ Yunho's (U-Know) fans donated to charity in his name, Xiah Junsu's fans have collected 8,000,000 won, to donate to children with hearing disabilities under Xiah's name for his birthday.

Xiah's fan cafe (Xiah Seoul) stated:
As music lovers, we felt the right thing to do was help children who couldn't hear, regain their ability to hear. This will not be a one-time deal, we have plans to continue to help children hear again.
Source: AllKpop

Xiahmaru cafe donated around 2.15 million won to charity as well. They also provided gifts and food for the old folks without families. And they are donating around 110,000 won to World Vision every month. Of course, everything goes under Junsu’s name.
credit: panda

Check out the link to what AMAZING stuff they have done! http://xiahinsoul2.cafe24.com/bbs/zboard.php?id=say&page=1&no=2145

Happy Birthday Xiah Junsu and his twin Kim Junho!

Friday, December 12, 2008

"Bolero" Confirmed as OST for "Subaru" Movie - New MV Preview

DBSK's new single Bolero has been confirmed to be the OST for Subaru, a Japanese movie based on a hit manga about a ballerina by Masahito Soda.

The movie is being produced by Warner Bros. Japan and it has an impressive and a very diverse set of stars and production crew from Japan, Korea and China. Led by Hong Kong director Chi-Ngai Lee and producer Bill Kong, popular Japanese actress Meisa Kuroki plays the female lead ballerina and and Korean actress Go Ara (also under SM Entertainment, featured in HUG MV for DBSK in the past) plays her rival. These two gorgeous hazel-eyed actresses are sure to make this movie a hit! But aside a great cast, the story itself is very psychological in nature and beautiful at the same time (the feelings in the song Bolero portray this perfectly). Click here to find out more about the song lyrics & movie.

They plan to release this movie simultaneously in 2009 throughout Asia, and are also hoping for releases in Europe and America. We hope that "Bolero" will enhance the story to the audiences and more people will get a chance to appreciate Tohoshinki's talent. DBSK will also be making a cameo appearance in the movie, but no speaking lines just performing.

And it gets better! The preview of the MV has been released (with scenes from the movie).

Thanks to Aya for the tip!

To hear the long version of the new song, set to be released in January 21st, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7coOQq1AORE. "Bolero" is a Spanish word for is a spanish rithym reinvented in latin american countries such as Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba. The word comes from "volero", from the verb "volar" which means to fly.

Subaru Official Website: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/subaru/
Starring: Kuroki Meisa , Go Ara, Hiraoka Yuta, Miku Sano

TVXQ to appear in, sing for "Subaru"

Korean group TVXQ will be making their big screen debut in an upcoming movie based on a Japanese manga. Adapted from Masahito Soda's ballet-themed "Subaru," the film was first announced in November 2007 with Meisa Kuroki as the star.

The members of TVXQ will appear in one scene in which Kuroki's character visits a bar. They are said to have no speaking lines, but will perform on a stage during the scene. In addition, their song "Bolero" will be used as the movie's theme.

The movie, produced by Bill Kong and directed by Hong Kong's Chi-Ngai Lee, opens on March 20. "Bolero" will go on sale in January, before the movie's premiere.

Source: Nikkan Sports
Original post: Tokyograph

KimiSuki Special Release + Japan Yearly Chart Standings + HEYHEYHEY!

どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? Special Release
DBSK will be releasing a special 20 000 copy limited edition single "Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattandaro/Beautiful You/Sennen Koi no Uta" on December 31st, 2008 in Japan to commemorate their first appearance on Kohaku.

Note that "Beautiful You/Sennen Koi no Uta" are originally a seperate single from "Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattandaro", however, seeing they are the most popular singles of the year (see ranking below), they must have decided to combine the three songs in one single.

Buy single [HERE].

5 Singles in Top 200 Oricon Yearly Chart

*73 *,*94,934 ***,540 Beautiful you/千年恋歌 / 東方神起 08/04/23

*78 *,*90,349 ***,618 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? / 東方神起 08/07/16

*91 *,*83,279 **1,597 呪文-MIROTIC- / 東方新起 08/10/15

150 *,*47,303 ***,*** Purple Line / 東方神起 08/01/16

181 *,*39,595 ***,*** Together / 東方神起 07/12/19

Tohoshinki DVD Sales

08/03/12 *3위 10회 *26,361장 HISTORY in JAPAN Vol.3
08/08/06 *2위 13회 *51,084장 3rd LIVE TOUR 2008 ~T~
07/03/28 *5위 *3회 *11,036장 HISTORY IN JAPAN VOL.2
07/09/26 *3위 *9회 *21,347장 2nd LIVE TOUR~Five in the Black~
07/11/21 *4위 *2회 *13,148장 All About 東方神起 Season 2

Credits: DNBN

DBSK to Appear on HEYHEYHEY!

There will be an appeance on the popular Japanese show HeyHeyHey! The recording is on the 14th - not sure when the airing will occur. I can't wait to see them on the show again xD The PDs 'Down Town' are hilarious.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

And....DBSK Wins at Golden Disk Awards 2008!

Super vocal and dance group TVXQ wins BIG at the Golden Disk Awards 2008. They swept up three major awards last night, including the highest esteemed award -- the Daesang. They also won the Bonsang (the next best award) for their highest selling album in Korea, MIROTIC, as well as the Popularity Award (with Guinness record for the largest fanclub in the world, it would be strange if they weren't granted this one).

Congratulations boys!

YEPP Daesang Album: DBSK / TVXQ

YEPP Daesang Digital: Jewelry

Bonsang Disk: Rain (Bi), Kim Dong Ryul, Shinhwa, Brown Eyed Girls, DBSK / TVXQ

Bonsang Digital: Brown Eyed Girls, Wonder Girls, Jewelry, MC Mong

Best Producer: Lee Soo Man

YEPP Newcomer Album: SHINee

YEPP Newcomer Digital: DaVichi

YEPP Popularity Award: FT Island, Son Ho Young, TVXQ / DBSK, Taeyeon of SNSD

[VIDEO] Daesang Album Award (English Subbed --> click on the little arrow in the video on right and choose "CC")

[VIDEO] Bonsang Album Award

[VIDEO] YEPP Inkisang (Popularity Award)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

DBSK/Tohoshinki are Top-Searched Male Artists in Japan

@nifty (nifty.co.jp) one of the leading search sites in Japan, released their list of Top-Searched Male Artists for 2008.

著名人男性 トップ10
  1位 嵐 (Arashi)
  2位 上地雄輔 (Yuusuke Kamiji)
  3位 EXILE
  4位 東方神起 (Tohoshinki)
  5位 コブクロ (Kobukuro)
  6位 山田涼介 (Ryosuke Yamada)
  7位 佐藤健 (Takeru Sato)
  8位 小栗旬 (Oguri Shun)
  9位 ポルノグラフィティ (Porno Graffiti)
 10位 福山雅治 (Fukuyama Masaharu)

Source: Nifty 2008 Ranking

DBSK/Tohoshinki are fourth on the top-10 all year list. Seems like alot of people have shown interest in checking out the group this year, a significant feat in accomplishing this much exposure in the market. They were also 2nd most searched in blogs.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

[SINGLE] Bolero - 3:17 PREVIEW + Movie OST Info

A new longer preview of Bolero (TBR on January 21st) was released on Bigeast Station.

For pre-order information, go here.


BOLERO is going to be a Japanese movie's OST! {EDIT 2} This information is not cofirmed it seems, as the post made on DNBN (Cassiopeia's official forum) was removed because a legitimate source couldn't be tracked down. Also the release date of the single and the movie have a gap. However, I have seen mentions of this OST on some Japanese fan sites myself so I can't be sure. IT IS NOW CONFIRMED!

The movie is called "Subaru", set to release next year on March 20th, 2009 and it seems to have a diverse set of stars and production crew from Japan, Korea and China. Japanese actress Meisa Kuroki plays the female lead ballerina and and Korean actress Go Ara plays her rival. Sounds pretty exiting!

About "Subaru" (Anime News Network):

Warner Bros. Japan announced that it is producing a joint Japanese/Chinese film adaptation of Masahito Soda's Subaru manga about a budding ballerina. Actress and model Meisa Kuroki (Vexille's titular character, Crows Zero's RUKA) has already been filming on location in Shanghai with director Lee Chi-Ngai since October 28, after an earlier Tokyo shoot in September. The film's partners are planning a simultaneous 2009 opening throughout Asia, and are also hoping for releases in Europe and America.

The manga centers on Subaru (Kuroki) and her twin brother, both of whom love ballet and constantly visit ballet classes to watch the dancers. One day, the brother is bed-stricken by a brain tumor. While visiting her brother in the hospital, Subaru meets a formerly famous ballerina (Kaori Momoi) who was forced to give up dancing due to her declining physical condition. The former ballerina agrees to train Subaru to perhaps achieve her own ballet dreams.

The manga's 11 volumes have sold 1.8 million copies in Japan. The manga has yet to be released in North America, although it has been publishing in France, Germany, and Spain. Kuroki has been training for three hours nearly every day since June for her role, while Momoi is already a trained ballerina since she spent three years studying abroad at London's Royal Ballet School when she was 12

The song fits perfectly for it. Espcially if you read the translation of the song below, you will understand why. "I saw you dancing on the moon's stage" ... "Soar high, you will discover a place that will even heal your sadness"

In the movie, beautiful actress Go Ara (also under SM Entertainment and featured in DBSK's HUG music video) will play the main character's biggest competitor (rival), a talented ballerina. The origins of Ara's character was especially changed from Japan to Korea. More info on Go Ara's role here.

Meisa Kuroki, the female lead, is a well-known Japanese actress that starred in popular dramas such as One Pound Gospel, and has also worked on many Japanese movies. A special one to note would be the one she starred in with Jang Geun Suk, "One Missed Call: Final".

Looks like these two hazel-eyed actresses are gonna make this movie a hit!

Credits: geekazoinks + BlueTopaz@soompi + DBSKer for the info

{tentative 3:17 version} BOLERO Romaji/Translation

yami ni ukabu tsuki no stage ni odoru kimi wo yume mitanda
In my dreams I saw you dancing on the moon's stage in the dark

fukai fukai mune no kizu wo hitotsu hitotsu se owanaide
Don't try to carry the burden of all the deep deep wounds in your chest alone

dare mo kimi wo semeyashinai kimi wa kimi de ireba ii sa
No one can blame you, its ok if you be yourself

kikasete itoshiku hakanaku tsubasaki de kanaderu bolero
Let me hear the lovely, fleeting wings of the bolero playing

maiagare kimi no kanashimi mo iyasareru basho ni mitsukeru sa
Soar high, you will discover a place that will even heal your sadness

kurai heya no naka mitasareru omoi mado kara afure
The emotions that fill up the dark room overflow from the window

yume ga tsunoru tsuki hikari no shita kamoshara ni kibou no rhythm wo kizamu
The moon's light invites dreams giving rise to the hopes engraved in the rhythm *

yume ga tsunoru
Inviting dreams

kimi ga kimi rashii no wa jiyuu ni habataku kara
Since you appear to flap your wings freely

daremo shirukoto no nai kotae sagashite
No one knows the answer you search for

kikasete itoshiku hakanaku tsuba saki de kanaderu bolero
Let me hear the lovely, fleeting wings of the bolero playing

maiagare kimi no kanashimi mo iyasareru basho ni mitsukeru sa
Soar high, you will discover a place that will even heal your sadness

*[i have no idea what kamoshara means so i used 'kamosu' so i could complete the line]

Translation: daisukizutto@LJ + annneonet@LJ
Romanji: toakagasuki@LJ

[VOTE] Japan's 50th Record Award - EDIT!

Hmm ... I have decided to remove the request to vote for the song on a Japanese poll, on the basis of a request. Japanese do not like it if foreigners vote on their polls and Casiopeia has agreed not to interfer with ANY Japanese polls in the future.

So lets just let it be and see what the outcome is based on how the Japanese vote :) So no more voting, okay? Thanks guys for your deep love and support for the boys! But I guess we need to let things play as they are ^^

Also, it seems this was just an opinion poll. I recieved this link from other fan sources (it was posted in several different places) and I hadn't forseen what harm it could have done. Sorry for the inconvience this may have caused. We will be more vigilent on our "voting" posts next time! It makes me happy though that we all care so much about the boys to vote and make an impact...but for Japanese polls, we all must practice restraint (yes, restraint! lol) and know we have the power to but CHOOSE not to. I guess part of "what the big deal" is the difference in culture which international fans are not used to. In Korea, its expected that fans keep voting for their favourite band (or otherwise, the polls put restrictions on the number), while in Japan maybe it is expected that only Japanese would vote and vote only once (?).

(from JpopMusic forums)
A message from BigEast.

About the matter of Japanese online polls.
During the last weeks there have been some cases when foreign fans have attempted to make a difference in some Japanese online polls.
We understand that you want to support Tohoshinki, but please also note that the Japanese will not look at it the same way, but will see the mass voting as manipulating the results. This has already led to some negative reactions towards Tohoshinki's fans.
We do not wish for the negative publicity, because it will also hurt Tohoshinki.

The online polls and surveys are not any kind of popularity races between the participants, but the netizens vote once and in context to what is asked. The flood of several thousand votes from other countries (when the foreign voters often only choose their favourite artist and do not entirely understand what they are voting for), is unfair towards the other participants and also makes the poll/survey useless.

Most of the Japanese online polls do not have a direct impact in anything, being mostly "for fun", but they're indeed used to measure the general opinions in Japan.

As much as we know that you want to support Tohoshinki, this may not be the best way because it's putting not only us BigEast but also Tohoshinki at disadvantage in public eye.

Thank you.

SM Fights Back for DBSK's MIROTIC + Japanese News Coverage on Incident

credit: farahmicky


Previously, we reported on how DBSK's 4th album was put under the 19 year age banned by the Youth Safety Association on November, however SM ENT will starting next week file a legal case against this to the Justice Court/ District Court.

DBSK's Management SM Entertainment (SM), quoted by Money Today's Star New : " We will go through administrative measures against the suspension by filing a case next week to the District Court" "We have been getting ready for this legal case on the 2nd "

"We have agreed to release a clean version of 'Jumon - Mirotic' by the administrative order, but this is something we do not agree with and feel this is entirely unfair. Therefore we have decided to file a case to the court against the administration's displosure. "

Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs administration has on the November 27th declared that DBSK's rth album's Mirotic's lyrics were provocative and put the album under harmful to the Youth.

The Commission of Youth Protection have said that the words and the meaning of 'Jumon-Mirotic' were not the only problem but the entire lyrics' meaning was harmful and overly sexual.

After the Commission of Youth Protection had released this statement SM.ENT said " Even before when the order had been put against MIROTIC, we have clearly negotiated and tried to explain the real meaning and explanation of the lyrics , but even after this the results came out unexpectedly and we are bewildered as of this moment" " and the JUMON -MIROTIC's lyrical meaning is entirely different and miles away from the erotic or sexual that the association is making it to be "

DBSK's 4th album by the END OF November hit 460,000 sales ( FROM SM.ENT). This is the highest record sale for this year out of any artists/idols.

However with the current condition and news coverage of DBSK's CD age ban has caused Japanese Media to release news coverage of this.. ( my friend who lives in japan said for the past 2 days she saw DBSK'S MIROTIC age ban incident on every news and entertainment news channel..ㅜㅜ...)

On the 4th, Japan's AsahiTv, Nihon Tv. etc. had released their coverage as ' Asia's Star DbSK and the bann of the CD release single MIROTIC. Sankei Sports news on the 5th, Sports-Nippon released their news " AGE ban of DBSK 4th album,, will this AFFECT DBSk's attendance for NHK's REd white ceremony?" ( the PD FOR NHK already releasd a statement said that this incident will not prevent DBSK. at all for attendance.)

DBSk have also hit the top charts in Japan's Oricon charts numerous times, and have won twice in a row the golden artists award at the " Best hit Gayo Awards" Japan.

Source: DNBN + dbskdbsk111@soompi


12 4 Super J channel tvxq news -

My Comments:
The Japanese coverage of the ban has been very sensationalized. The news was shockingly on many Japanese NATIONAL NEWS channels with lengthy air time towards the story. Either all the Japanese media is suddenly interested in DBSK after their Kohaku invite and deem them important enough to have reporters go to Korea for interviews with the public, or they are surprised (and probably laughing) at how sensitive the Korea Youth Safety Association is. Some Japanese news channels interviewed people on the streets after making them hear a sample of the song and the general public thought there was nothing wrong with the lyrics at all (especially compared to whats available out there in the Japanese market). 10 out of 100 000 songs released in Japan are labelled inappropriate in a year.

Japan aside, I don't understand why songs like "One More Time" by Jewelry escapes from the banishment of a 19-over sticker. I also do not understand why the Youth Safety Association, if they really are trying to clean up the music scene, doesn't ban the "sexy" image many Kpop stars are conceptualizing in their stage performances and stop youngters from attending those concerts/performances. Yet, of course, those ultra skimpy clothing and suggestive dancing on shows watched by thousands of people are clearly not "harmful to the youth" at all !

Whatever it is, this is clearly a very embarrassing situation for the Korean government to be covered in such a way in Japan, same goes for SM & DBSK. Hope they can sort this mess out.


I take that back...maybe the coverage on Japanese national news was a good thing for them.



*1 KAT-TUN 6,505
*2 GReeeeN 1,822
*3 石川智晶 1,475
*4 秋元順子 「愛のままで…」
*5 いきものがかり
*7 ナイトメア
*8 Gackt
*9 UVERworld
10 宮野真守
11 矢島美容室
12 斉藤和義
13 平原綾香
14 Dragon Ash
16 class
17 コブクロ
18 MONGOL800
19 嵐
20 w-inds.
21 福原美穂
22 榎本くるみ
24 Acid Black Cherry
26 Perfume
28 東方神起 - MIROTIC

credit: lolly88@soompi + cohoctronho@LJ

DBSK is Facing Another Dilemma - May not be attending the 3 big K-award shows

Will Dong Bang Shin Gi be able to participate in the year-end awards in Korea?

This year Dong Bang Shin Gi released their 4th album ‘MIROTIC’ in September with 500, 000 in album sales proving their influence as Korea’s top idol group however their participation in the year-end ceremonies will be affected due to activities in Japan.

On the 4th, Dong Bang Shin Gi’s label, SM Entertainment told Newsen that the group “will have to leave to participate in a Japanese broadcast on the 30th to the 31st” and that they’re “currently discussing a plan for activities in Korea.”

Like every year, Korea’s top 3 year end music festivals are planned to be held 29th for SBS, 30th for KBS and MBC on the 31st. The celebrations held on the 30th and 31st are proving to be a difficult situation.

The reason that attendance at the year-end festivals is proving to be difficult is because Japan is calling the boys back. Dong Bang Shin Gi is among the list of attendees at the biggest event in Japan’s music industry, the NHK Red & White Year-End Festival. The event will hold a significant meaning to the group since it’ll be their first time attending.

Dong Bang Shin Gi will also be attending the Japan Record Awards on the 30th as prize winners.

Source: Newsen
Credit: seoulfull.wordpress.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

[SHOW] DBSK on FUSE TV ...finally an American show!

I am verrry excited to see DBSK FINALLY being covered on an American music show "Fuse Excellent Adventure". Yes, you heard it right, FUSE TV uncovers the DBSK craze/fandom on Asia Song Festival concert (which invited artists from Korea, Japan, China) and gets to personally interview the boys as well.

Check out the preview below:

The show airs Tues. at 11:30 pm and re-airs at 2:30 am the same night. I am hearing that there are reruns to this show. If you have the FUSE channel, you should check out their website for timings. Slowly, its seems all the international fans are getting their wish to see DBSK on their own TVs lol

Nate, the show's host, made a long entry about his visit and experience on FUSE website:

Asia Song Festival - Seoul, Korea
Posted on December 1, 2008 at 07:15 PM

Ok, so does anyone remember the "boy band" days? Nsync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block, or any other group with three or more members, singing and busting out choreographed dance moves? Well, in the United States, the "boy band" era, for the most part, has faded away. But in Korea--it is as strong as ever! I couldn’t BELIEVE how HYSTERICAL people were for Korean Pop (a.k.a "K-Pop"). I spent a whole day surrounded by thousands of screaming teenage girls. I loved how excited they were to see their favorite K-Pop singers, but I think I lost most of my hearing by the end of the day. Lol. Just kiddin.

The thing that surprised me the most about some of the "adoring", "sweet", and "innocent" teenage girls was the things they SAID they would do to their pop star if they could get the chance! Lol. I was thinking "Girl! You are like, 15! How do YOU know what THAT is--or how to do that -- where the HECK is your mother!" Lol. I guess I underestimated the Korean youth.

While at the festival, I learned about all kinds of FAMOUS K-Pop bands like: Girls Generations, Shinee and a whole bunch more! But, the ONE band that I heard about every single second of the day was TVXQ, also known as: DONG BANG SHIN KI. They have a fan club of more than 800 thousand in Korea ALONE --that's not including the rest of the world!

When I told some K-Pop fans that I hung-out with TVXQ, I was immediately rushed and touched as though 'I' were them! I guess I didn't realize how FAMOUS they were at the time. Lol.

Well, if you're looking for a festival you can go to for great dancing, great singing, and lots of excitement...then I HIGHLY recommend the ASIA SONG FESTIVAL!

p.s. When I returned to the United States, I came across tons of blogs asking about a particular picture with TVXQ and myself (click on link for picture).

People were asking why TVXQ was looking so mad or confused. It was neither. During the time of this picture, I was talking to my producer regarding my position in reference to the camera. Since TVXQ didn't speak English, they were just waiting for the translator (not in frame) to tell them what we were talking about. :-)

I had a GREAT time hanging out with them. They are all COOL dudes! We were laughing and joking around with each other almost the whole time. I hope I answered some of the questions that were asked. If I missed any... hit me up on my blog, and we'll talk!


[You can leave a comment on Nate's blog and thank him for covering TVXQ xD They are also looking for new suggestions for other festivals to cover .... hmmm, Kohaku anyone? ^^]

Credits: r_hr_source + TVXQsoul

50th Japan Record Awards - KimiSuki recieves Gold

The judging committee of the 50th Japan Record Awards announced most of the winners on Monday. This year, there were 12 Gold Award winners:

* "Soba ni Iru ne" by Thelma Aoyama
* "Ai no Mama de" by Junko Akimoto
* "Ameato" by w-inds.
* "Ti Amo" by EXILE
* "Edo no Temari Uta II" by C-ute
* "Moon Crying" by Kumi Koda
* "Ya Mujo" by Kazuyoshi Saito
* "Jungle Dance" by Nana Tanimura
* "Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattan Darou?" by TVXQ
* "Genkai Funauta" by Kiyoshi Hikawa
* "Wajima Asaichi" by Kaori Mizumori
* "Girigiri HERO" by mihimaru GT

Five New Artist Awards were announced:

* Kimaguren
* Kumiko Sakurai
* Jero
* Mai Fukui

Namie Amuro's top-selling "BEST FICTION" collection was chosen as Best Album. The other Album Awards went to:

* "GAME" by Perfume
* "Beyond Standard" by Hiromi Uehara
* "Captain Hate & First Mate Love" by Keiichi Suzuki
* "Meisaku Uta Tsuzuri" by Fuyumi Sakamoto

Other awards were given to Agnes Chan, "Gake no Ue no Ponyo," Southern All Stars, and Shuchishin, among others.

TBS will broadcast the awards ceremony live on December 30, during which the winners of the Japan Record Award (chosen from the Gold Award winners) and Best New Artist (chosen from the New Artist Award winners) will be revealed.

Credits: vermeil @ LJ
Sources: Sports Hochi | Tokyograph
Related links: JACOMPA | Wiki article

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

[PREVIEW] New Japanese Single! - Bolero (Release 01/21/2009)

Credit: BrittanyERROR

Listen in a little better quality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNBDpCvnlD4&fmt=18

This was performed during their MUSIC JAPAN show special. What do you guys think? Initial thoughts before hearing the good quality full version?

A interesting tid bit, "Bolero" is actually a Spanish word! (Coincidence or does this mean DBSK is acknowledging their Spanish fan base? D: Who knows, but its exciting nonetheless!) Though its not confirmed if the preview song in particular is Bolero -- it might be 忘れないで, the other track in the single.

Its very melancholy and epic-like, totally PERFECT for a movie or a heart wrenching drama ;__; Avex and SM Ent know what they're doing after all - its perfect timing and change of taste after their 2 month promotion of dance songs such as Mirotic and Wrong Number. I was wondering why they weren't performing their other slow songs from the album - it might be due to their Japanese activities, to keep people waiting for their ballads. Not only that, during the winter/christmas season in Japan, its customary for most artists to release melodic or sad songs to fit the season/feeling. (Which is why when DBSK previously released Doushite during the summer, it was shocking to some because it was a great song for an artist to save up for their winter single release).

I am sure this song will give the other artists the run for their money ^^ Can't wait for the MV!

For pre-order information, go here.

Monday, December 01, 2008

[Info] Mirotic Deemed Inappropriate For Youths

After judging that Rain’s Rainism was harmful and detrimental to youths last week, the Commission of Youth Protection has acted again by labelling DBSK’s Mirotic, Solbi’s Do It Do It, etc in the same category as Rainism. This has created an uproar once again in Korea which takes effect this week.

According to sources, the Commission of Youth Protection usually examines around 100 songs every month to see if they are harmful or detrimental to youths in Korea. But this is the first time that their scope is targeted specifically towards popular mainstream singers in Korea right now. In the last month, among the 110 songs that they have examined, 32 of them were Korean songs which was a new record in recent years. The reason for banning Mirotic was the same as Rainism in that part of the lyrics were inappropriate.

The ruling will come into effect from 4th December with the song being banned from playing on tv or radio before 10pm. The Mirotic album will have stickers affixed to them that indicates “unsuitable for people under 19 years old”. The song lyrics will have to be modified if they are going to perform this during concerts or events. Action will be taken if any of the above are flouted.

Although affected singers and their companies have expressed that they will adhere to the ruling, they can’t fathom the reasoning behind the ban.

Industry critics feel that this will only heap more misery on the already suffering music industry. And one wonders if the “19-only” stickers restricting the sale of affected albums will actually have any effect. DBSK for example are already done with promoting Mirotic and are actually in the midst of promoting their follow-up song Wrong Number. With album sales already exceeding 300,000, it also means that most of their fans have already gotten the album already.

Credits: coolsmurf

- EDIT -

In the news:

Credits: farahmicky

DBSK's HAHAHA Song - All 5 Members! (ENG SUB)

From mickytoho (uploader + translator):
So, finally! The mystery is no more! The NoKy Brothers HAHAHA Song is part of Samsung's campaign for spreading encouragement - to share laughs & smiles - during these hard times.
So its not a commercial, but a public msg campaign.^^ Very unexpected hahaha! How interesting!^^
I think the message is "when going gets tough, tough gets going! so cheer up!"^^
The NoKy Brothers and DBSK did make me (and all of the viewers) laugh and smile, and made my day, so the campaign has already worked!!!^^

DBSK is so cute!

- from http://www.hahaha4u.co.kr/

The original song is by Jaurim

Sunday, November 30, 2008

DBSK - Variety Shows You Must Watch!

Here is a challenge! I want to hear YOUR recommendations to which VARIETY SHOW you thought was a MUST WATCH, starring all or most of the members of DBSK. Something you would even show to a non-fan and they would enjoy ^_^

For example, in 2006, alot of people (like me) converted to the DBSK fandom when they saw the XMan (game show) episode with all the members in it. Simply put, they were all hilarious and seemed like such a team. It was not only most watched video online on Korean websites (especially the clip of the face off between Changmin and Jaejoong), but also watched by thousands of people abroad on Youtube. Even my mom was laughing with me when she saw me watching the episode ... and my mother does not know Korean not has ever shown an interest in Asian television so this was a big deal!

...its too bad that some of the videos that had a crazy amount of views, well into the 100,000 are now deleted because of Youtube crackdown. Nonetheless, there are tons reuploaded and out there for new and old fans to discover! Whats your favorite for 2008? (I don't mind hearing your previous year ones either) You may have more than one per year...^^

My current recommendation for 2008:
Fantasy Partner (ENG SUB)

Subbed by Ginaya <3 This show was hilarious! I felt sooo bad for Junsu! Very cute show that will be sure to make you laugh and maybe even cry in some parts. I know it has only 3 members but it can't be helped *sigh*

1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY7yQPhMVRk&fmt=18
2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvb7DOhNaZs&fmt=18
3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHMgP-WlL3w&fmt=18
4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgigkOv9g6Y&fmt=18
5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGUZMNmp4U&fmt=18
6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7-iB6SdYeQ&fmt=18
7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpdYN2vJOms&fmt=18

Please click on the "COMMENTS" link to recommend, I will post up a MASTER LIST with your recommendations so everyone can watch! -->>

Kimisuki on BEST HITS Music Festival 2008 (Japan)

HQ - http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=34bF-CM0pzQ&fmt=18

Really glad to hear so much cheering! DBSK performing their highly successful single Doushite Kimi Wo Suki Ni Natte Shimattan Darou?

This aired a few days ago but since not a lot of people seem to have seen this, I thought I should post it up ^^

Wrong Number Live at Inkigayo 08/11/30

I know I don't usually post performance videos but this was one deserved it. It was one their best performances vocally - sounded exactly like the original only it was LIVE. Loved the suits too! (Check out Changmin's wry smile after his lines XD)

[Fashion] DBSK's Hairstylist Interview

Our Japanese reporter went to Korea to interview TVXQ’s hairstylist on the 11th!

“Hairstyles change about once every two weeks. To Korean celebrities, this is a first,” says charismatic Kanho, who is TVXQ’s hairstylist.

Fans must have been very surprised at the hairstyles TVXQ had when they came to Japan on the 16th for their new single, “Mirotic,” fanmeet, right?

Truthfully, the man behind such image changes is a hyung TVXQ respects, Mr. Kanho. He is owner of “the RED CARPET,” a very popular hari salon in Seoul, and in both private and business matters is a great supporter of TVXQ.

“I met the members about six years ago, which means I’ve known them from their debut until now. Although I’m responsible for many other celebrities’ hair styles, TVXQ is special.”

In the past, he’s seen many celebrities, but to him, the TVXQ members are like his little brothers.

“In our store, most celebrities use private rooms, but when TVXQ comes, they always sit with the regular customers. I heard it’s because they’re more relaxed and happy when they can talk with the workers and with each other.”

Even with celebrities who come often, there are those who don’t even say hello. But with TVXQ, “Even though they’ve become superstars, they still say hello to all the workers, and their attitude towards people have not changed a bit. Also, to prevent making the workers nervous, they never forget to carry a friendly attitude to create a good atmosphere. Such modest and cool attitudes must be one of the reasons why they’re so popular!”

The busy members also call for take-out a lot while at the salon. “They like to eat jjajjangmyun and fried rice. When they don’t have time they usually eat at restaurants or get takeout. At their dorms, they cook whenever they can.”

Besides Yoochun, the other four members currently live in a luxurious place in Seoul, and during breaks, they often eat together. “Jaejoong cooks very well, he often cooks kimchi pot and rice cake for me and the TVXQ members. Yunho and Junsu are very particular to eating, and Changmin is a greedy eater. (laughs).”

During the interview, the TVXQ members were flying to Japan for their new single. Although they are often not in Seoul, Changmin never forgets to call or text Mr. Kanho. “When in Japan or another place, Changmin never forgets to call me. The other members, usually call me when they want to buy something and need me to help. (laughs).”

Because Kanho’s vacation times need to work well with TVXQ’s schedules, these few years “I really haven’t had time to go on vacation, ” he says laughing.

On the day of the interview, his salon was very busy, with many Korean celebrities coming and going to do their hair. Super Junior leader Eeteuk also came today, saying “I just went to the sauna with Jaejoong a few days ago.”

Also, a regular customer who knows Yoochun well said, “Yoochun’s fallen in love with fishing recently. He goes fishing at night when he has time. On 9-21, when they had their comeback event, he didn’t reply my text for a whole day, and I was worried, but the next day he said, ‘I was really tired that day so I couldn’t reply your text,’.”

Coming back to the Korean music industry after a year and seven months, they seem to have carried many unspoken burdens. Of course Mr. Kanho has felt the same, standing behind them and supporting them.

“Beginning their new Korean activities with a new hairstyle, I really wanted to try something. Especially with Yoochun, I’ve wanted to do that hairstyle since six years ago, and Yoochun liked it a lot too.”

However, Yoochun’s new image brought lots of controversies among fans. “I really heard lots of different opinions from fans, and there were also many burning comments. Truthfully I was kind of down for awhile, but I can guarantee, his hairstyle will definitely start a new trend!”

Their hairstyles and hair colors are basically decided with respect to their own opinions. “This time Yunho’s hair color effect wasn’t that good, and to get to the current color we dyed it four times.”

Here, we also asked Mr. Kanho’s plans for TVXQ’s future hairstyles. “Jaejoong’s hair color will stay a wine red, and his hairstyle will change a bit. Yunho plans to cut it short all at once, but Junsu is opposite and he’s thinking of leaving it a bit longer. Yoochun is currently thinking of trying all kinds of ‘hat’ hairstyles. Changmin…please think of it as something to anticipate from today on. (laughs).”

Their new single “Mirotic,” has made yet another spot of history on the Oricon charts for foreign artists. Please anticipate what “surprises” Mr. Kanho and TVXQ will bring us next time!

Credits: Shinki forums

[Merchandise] 25th Japanese Single - Bolero / Kiss the Baby Sky / 忘れないで

CD+DVD Version

Release Date: 21 January 2009
Price: USD 21.49

2.Kiss The Baby Sky
4.Bolero(less vocal)
5.Kiss The Baby Sky (less vocal)
6.忘れないで(less vocal)

Bolero (Video Clip)
Off Shot Movie
& Jacket Size Card

CD Only Version

Release Date: 21 January 2009
Price: USD 12.49
2.Kiss The Baby Sky
4.どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?NEW REMIX
5.Bolero(less vocal)
6.Kiss The Baby Sky (less vocal)
7.忘れないで(less vocal)

Jacket Size Card
12 Page Booklet

Kiss the Baby Sky was composed by Micky Yoochun and if you're not convinced that this is a good buy, watch this clip below for a short preview. Subbed by mickytoho @ youtube

[TRANS] "DBSK, What they got through 'Mirotic'?..."

We're happy that we gained more male fans"

Popular group DBSK chose that they gained male fans as the thing that changed the most during their 4th album activities.

DBSK, who was invited as a guest to the 29th Blue Dragon Movie Awards that opened on the 20th at KBS Hall, met with a reporter and talked about things like their opinions on their come-back activities and their future plans.

DBSK's U-know YunHo, Xiah JunSu, and ChoiKang ChangMin all chose "male fans have increased to the point it stands out" as what changed the most from their last group activities.

Xiah JunSu said "Before, when we met guys they didn't seem very interested besides those in their 10s, but lately I'm surprised that even when we meet men in their 20s or 30s they tell us 'I really like Mirotic - Jumun'. ChoiKang ChangMin also chimed in that "I was surprised when the hyung-deul who went to serve in the army said 'DBSK's song is super popular here'".

The members of DBSK chose the reason for their album's popularity as the fact that from their preexisting core fans, the fans [kinda like types etc] have expanded. Their 4th album 'Mirotic' breaks away from the typical SMP (SM Music Performance) music and seasons a more European refined style.

U-Know YunHo analyzed that "This album took off the weight of lyrics like 'O JungBanHap's and chose lots of easy lyrics like 'You fall for me~', but it seems that it became the main factor that secured more music fans than just familiar ones".

U-Know YunHo said that "First I worried that it might be a bit too heavy" "but I believed in our confidence. I thought that in order for others to like it, we have to like it first. So we made an album that was kinda different from SMP, but the response was good so I am only thankful".

Source: SPN edaily
Translation by: annneonet @ dbsg LJ comm

Saturday, November 29, 2008

[Rumour] Changmin's Incident

There have been several requests for this in the chatbox. I cannot verify the accuracy of this. But here's what I've found. Please let me know if u have seen other accounts of this incident

Chinese Fan Account
我在韩国的姐姐说那两个根本不算是什么在饭,顶多就俩HC,跟《韩流飓风》有点联系,是小编还是什么的...饭过很多韩星 在中只能算是最近的一个,所以说不能算是中仙做得,大家这样想会少纠结一些吧。

结果那俩就在过道上冲神起休息室狂用英语骂人,还骂了出来的经济人。很多仙后倒是都知道这事。我姐说 没想到她们还会追去机场闹事...

- Baidu Changmin Bar

"My sister who's in Korea says that the two girls can't really be considered Jaejoong's fans. They've liked a bunch of Korean stars, and Jaejoong is just one of the recent ones that they liked, so they aren't really Jae's fans.

After the performance (AN: I'm not sure which one they're talking about), something did occur between them and Jaejoong and Changmin. My sister, who went to the performance, said that while DBSK was offstage, Jaejoong and Changmin went to the bathroom. The bathrooms weren't locked, so the two girls followed them in. It was the men's bathroom too. Jaejoong looked angry but didn't do anything, however, Changmin was very mad. He might have verbally retaliated or scolded them, which is why the girls got angry.

Shortly afterward, the two girls rushed into DBSK's resting room and cursed at them in English. When their manager ran in, they also started screaming at him. Lots of Cassiopeia (AN: Chinese Cassies only, I would assume) found out about this, but my sister said that she didn't expect the two girls to pursue DBSK all the way to the airport and cause a scene there.

Once my sister told me this, I checked on the Korean sites for news but nowhere did it say that DBSK was actually hit. But Korean Cassies who were at the airport did upload pictures of the two girls onto CY (AN: I think that's Cyworld?). Most Korean Cassies don't know about this (the bathroom incident) yet, only what happened at the airport."

Translation by cartoongirl7@soompi

These are just rumours and fan accounts. Please don't take them for facts. No one's really sure whether these incidents even happened or not.

[VID] Yunho and Yoochun Duet for a CF

I think most of you all have watched it. But if you haven't, please do. Its hilarious!

[Download link]

[Download link]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DBSK/Tohoshinki invited to Kohaku: Japan's Most-Watched Music Concert

In many interviews, the boys had mentioned that it was their dream to be invited to Kohaku, the biggest annual Japanese end-of-the-year music show, boardcasted on New Year's Eve by NKH on radio and TV. Lots of big entertainers are invited to this concert and split into teams. In the end, viewers can vote for the team they believe should win. Sounds pretty exicting!

According to Wikipedia:
Literally "Red and White Song Battle," the program divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The "red" team made up of all female artists , while the "white" team is all male. The honor of performing on Kōhaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop artists and enka singers can perform. In addition to the actual music performances, the costumes, hair-styles, makeup, dancing, and lighting are also important. Even today, a performance on Kōhaku is said to be a big highlight in a singer's career because of the show's large reach.

Finally, it was revealed today that DBSK will be attending!


Monday, November 24, 2008

DBSK is a Trend in Japan

(I know this is 2 weeks late but I want to document this nonetheless because it is such an awesome feat)

TVXQ / Tohoshinki is becoming a trend in Japan. TVXQ was listed as a trend on November 14th's NHK's Zoom In Super Show.

On the show they were revealing the results of a survey poll for "The biggest Trends of 2008." Number 1 was the Iphone 3G, Number 2 was Nintendo, and TVXQ was listed as Number 3 on the poll. TVXQ was the only living thing on the poll. I thought this was pretty funny and cool, thanks to amy for the tip.

Credit: AllKpop

Watch the video here:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

[announcement] Xiah Junsu Birthday in Animal Kingdom

Calling out Malaysian Fans. Malaysia Cassiopeia Forum is organising A birthday party for Junsu. Details are as the poster below or visit http://z15.invisionfree.com/Malaysian_Cassiopeia/index.php?showtopic=1948&view=findpost&p=3564187 for more details.

[TRANS] 동방신기 makes history

Currently the ones shining in Korea and Asia is DBSK. DBSK's 4th album MIROTIC has taken over the number one spot in Korea, Japan, Thailand and etc. Last October DBSK took 1st place in weekly Oricon chart and had highest album sales for foreign artists in Thailand.

DBSK on the 15th in "2008 M.Net KM Music Festival" had won ALBUM of the Year, the highest Daesang, as well as took over the BIG5 awards even with the long out of country activites, without a shake, and without a doubt. They have once again took over the title of Korea's Best Idol Group and have proven this so.

On the 20th in the Hanteo Charts, DBSK 4th album hit 300,000 album sales. SM.ENT company has announced, however, that they have reached 360,000 currently. (T/N: HANTEO charts updates are slower.)

With the current state of digital sales being over album sales, DBSK's ability to sell over 300,000 album is truly amazing and meaningful. This year has been the best year for artists/idols passing 100,000 album sales, with Kim Dong-Yul, Big Bang, Brown Eyes, Seo Taiji and more passing record sales of 100,000, the amount of sales for DBSK has surpassed even this.

In reality, the image of idol group is not that of an artist, but just singers with visual looks. Because of this idol group's music are considered not sophisticated enough among korean music fans.

However this is not the case for DBSK. For DBSK, starting with their debut in 2004, all of their 4 albums sales have been around 300,000.

DBSK BREAKS 'IDOL - COLORED SINGERS' IMAGE. (T/N: colored - great on the outside..not much going on in reality)
Korean music critic Mr. Kim said that DBSK has the most loyal fans among any idol groups and this is why they were able to accomplish this even during the hard hit time when album sales were worst for singers in 2004.

Kim said "DBSK's fans, instead of going with the new digital sales, stay with purchasing albums very strictly, and through this they show that believe and know that to support their favorate artist and to show their respect, purchasing the album is the best way to support them"

By buying albums Korean fans and music lovers show that they really appreciate and agree that the quality of the music is in high standards.

Kim said "Big Bang and Wonder Girls debuted around time when digital sales were normal and DBSK had debuted around time when album sales were still popular. So the fans know, are used to, and understand more how important purchasing albums are and they stick with tradition"

And DBSK does not just have fans in the 10's but also all throughout the 30's. Because they have a wide age range in fans, it helps their albums sell more, especially since image of a more mature and manly DBSK has appealed to fans in the 20's as well.

DBSK are able to gain popularity not just in korea because they are a group with everything: image, vocals, and dance skills. This is a rare case. Starting from their debut, DBSK has always shown the most powerful stage performances with lives. Starting 3 years ago, DBSK had been doing small concerts in Japan to get used to stepping into areas of unfamiliarity. Their live performances are the best. Their tall bodies and idol facial images is what DBSK adds to their talents.

Music critic Im Jin Mo has said "in DBSK's case, their image and performance as well as music has nothing for the critics to pick on. We can't really find a bad point about them to bash about. Especially with this 4th album - it has helped DBSK and people to realize how much DBSK appeals to fans all over Korea and Asia."

KIM "The reason DBSK is being accepted as artists in Japan even with their idol looks is because of their skills." "There are no idol groups in Japan that has everything from looks, great vocals and perfect dance performaces, this is why DBSK appeals to them. They are filling that empty spot for the Japanese fans."

Kim Ki Woong (MNET CP) "DBSK is a group that has surpassed the 1st generation idols H.O.T."

UNIT GROUPS/SOLOS? NO! Reason is DBSK's stubborness.
Many idols currently are busy doing solo work as well as unit groups, but DBSK has never publicly done solo works.

Unit performances can definitely help the group to gain more popularity among various categories in the entertainment industry, but this can also bring negative effect to the groups. Also the image of solo work can get in way with the image of the members in groups as a whole too.

SM ENTERTAINMENT has said "DBSK will not be doing any SOLO work in the future or neither do we have any plans for it" "DBSK is a group that puts GROUP and TEAM first. "

"DBSK is like fusion food. You can put them anywhere in Asia and they will still be on top."
- Their vocal stills are really great. They have surpassed the past image of idols. They also are very good at keeping their group image. Since their debut I have never seen their image crumble and this is rare to see a group that have kept their image well this long... The reason why they were able to do this is because DBSK members are a very hard working group and they don't give up. They must be extremely tired with their schedule but I've never seen them show their weak side ever. Even when I meet them to have a conversation during recording, they always show high energy.

"They are an idol's dream as well as an idol's end." (T/N: meaning they are what all idols wish to be what they dream about, and DBSK will end the idol world themselves meaning they will carry their fame till the end.)

- DBSK's performance, charisma, music, and visual image are best. They've shown a lot more relaxation onstage recently but their performance energy has gotten bigger. Are there any groups that can compare their talents with DBSK right now?

"DBSK is Korea's representing idols because they are the highest idols of our country. They are at the top of the peak."

DBSK has surpassed the image of the 1st generation H.O.T. Their performance and music has been upgraded. Especially DBSK'S MIROTIC-Jumun; there are no groups or singers that can actually be able to do this music and actually make it look good as DBSK does. Their 'pose' on stage isn't something you can joke around about.

credits: spn edaily 12
trans: virvir111@soompi (slight edits for understanding by clicheterms)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"We Love You - 1 Year 7 Months" - DBSK's & Cassiopeia's heart wrenching relationship

One of the most touching videos I have ever seen...
These are the voices of thousands Korean fans "Cassiopeia" who wish to see DBSK be proud and feel loved in Korea, always...

HQ: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=GSlKOZl0-Dk&fmt=18

Credits: eternalmerkamoon4 + kroongho@LJ for translating the original video posted by the Korean fans.

[ENG SUB] DBSK Wins Album of the Year - Yunho's Speech


It's heart wrenching relationship...

While the Korean fans feel insecure when they see hundreds of dedicated foreign fans growing around the world, feeling that one day DBSK will leave them forever...

DBSK feels insecure and deeply worries of losing Cassiopeia...

Changmin let tears flow for the first time in public at MKMF, from the immense burden he felt of doing well again in Korea after 1 year and 7 months, of pleasing their fans that they love, of the relief he felt when they at least earned Album of the Year...

Because they know that Korea is where they started, it is what they represent, and without their original fans, they feel they will cease to exist...

We love you oppas.

All of us will continue to support you. In Korea, Japan and where ever else you go...

The foreign fans wouldn't be nearly as close to you if it wasn't for the dedication of the original Cassiopeia -- who spread their love through hundreds of pictures, videos, news...it is infectious. They showed us how to show our love to you. I can proudly say that it is in this fandom alone have I have ever seen so many fan projects, gift giving, and efforts being made to coordinate together as foreign fans... to form our own red sea. Why? As foreign fans, we are always trying to match vast Cassiopeia's love for DBSK. Without the original Cassiopeia, where would the fandom be? Nowhere as close...since the Korean fans bring us most of the fancams, news, and generate interest so that DBSK can keep coming on new shows (and produce the highest viewer ratings for those shows as well). To keep producing great music (and dance) that impress upon and touch the lives of many people.

DBSK + Cassiopeia = <3

Monday, November 17, 2008

[VOTE] MNet Countdown

Please vote for DBSK at MNET Countdown! (They are currently 2nd)
To vote:
Ends on 18/11/08. You can vote once a day.

To register: http://newmember.mnet.com/Registration/MbrJoinGate.asp
Just click on foreigner and follow the instructions.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

[INFO] MKMF Results - DBSK Takes 5 Awards

MKMF has been wrapped up and DBSK took home FIVE of the Awards including Best Album of the Year!!!

Among the awards won are:

1. MKMF Auction Best Style Award
2. MKMF Mobile Popularity Award
3. MKMF Auction Netizen's Choice Award
4. MKMF Overseas Viewer Award
5. MKMF BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Daesang for album)

Changmin cried! Some pictures of him crying..

Performance Links

My Addiction Special Intro
Mirotic Live Show
Wrong Number


[INFO] Xiah Reveals His Twin Brother

On “Introducing Star’s Friend,” Xiah Junsu of mega popular group TVXQ / DBSK introduced his little known twin brother Kim Junho. Junho is the more masculine version of Xiah and was born a minute earlier than Xiah. He also used to be a professional baseball player. And for those of you who think height is priority on a guy – he’s 187cm (6’2").

U-Know and Micky were also guests on the show. U-Know brought his childhood best friend and Micky brought his friend who looks like So Ji Sup.

This episode of “Introducing Star’s Friend” will air on the 15th of November.

source: allkpop

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

[INFO] Super Junior & Ahra on TVXQ's Special Edition 'MIROTIC' Album

Ahra and Super Junior have come to meet with TVXQ in a the special ‘MIROTIC’ album that will be released on December 4th. On this special edition, Youngwoong Jaejoong’s ‘Don’t Cry Love,’ and Micky Yoochun’s ‘Love Goodbye Love,’ with a total of 4 new songs will be included.

Micky Yoochun’s ‘Love Goodbye Love’ is a medium tempo song that expresses the emotion of pain due to love. Actress Ahra will be doing the narration for this song.

Additionally, a different song called ‘Wish’ will be sung by Xiah Junsu and Choikang Changmin, along with Super Junior members Ryeowook and Kyuhyun for a total of four people singing the song together. The four singers with different colors will come together making a beautiful harmony.

Credits: eunhyuk @ sjtranslations, mydaily

This sounds interesting, no? If you all haven't ordered your copy yet, I think this serves as an extra incentive/temptation. Haha..


Sunday, November 09, 2008

[Merchandise] Mirotic - Version C

Mirotic Version C is out for Pre-Order!

This version comes with FOUR NEW Bonus Tracks!

Price: USD $13.99 (Save USD $6.00 with Pre-Order)
Release Date: 14th November 2008
01 . Wrong Number
02 . 사랑아 울지마
03 . 주문(MIROTIC)
05 . HEY!(Don't bring me down)
06 . 소원 (Wish)
07 . 넌 나의 노래
08 . 노을..바라보다
09 . 무지개
10 . 사랑 안녕 사랑
11 . 낙원
12 . 악녀
13 . Flower Lady
14 . Don't Say Goodbye
15 . 잊혀진 계절
16 . Love in the ice

The Version C Poster is also available for Pre-Order HERE

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