Monday, July 28, 2008

Rumours Confirmed: Music Station refuses to accept Tohoshinki/DBSK as guests

I guess what we all thought about Music Station conspiracy was true :/

S-San (one of the Japanese staff members of Tohoshinki) made a recent post in his blog confirming the rumours about Music Station's refusal to invite DBSK into their program.

Many fans have been speculating for quite some time the reason why DBSK never appeared on the show, especially with the recent #1 on weekly Oricon (their third one, which broke a record as foreign artist with three #1s). DBSK has been consistently in the top 10 weekly in Japanese Oricon charts with their singles and last album. Music Station usually invites singers in top 10 in Oricon atleast once to perform. However, this has not been the case with DBSK, as S-San points out even with the insistence of the company to let them on fairly.

Their lack of promotions in such a major show as Music Station (it is one of the most watched shows in the country on a prime time slot) has become jarringly apparent and discussion spring up everytime they release a single as to why they are still not invited. Majority say that its because of Johnny's Entertainment stronghold on Music Station, pointing out that no bands/artists that posed a threat to that agency have ever been invited.

S-San never expicitly states the show's name, however he mentions that Tohoshinki was on the show's #1 list this week, yet still weren't given the chance to perform.

The post also explains the lack of sales of the group, owing to the fact that they are still placed in Foreign Artist category in music stores even though they should be under Jpop. Fans who recently visited Japan confirmed this. They all found it quite hard to find Tohoshinki's CDs in stores, sometimes they were not there at all. Many times, they were put under a hidden K-pop or foriegn artists section. So this really explains why sales get poor after promotions stop ... their CDs aren't in visible places where someone just browsing the jpop section can pick up and give a try listening to.

I was wondering how S-San posted about this sticky topic, knowing how hush-hush Japan usually is about these matters. He sounds frustrated, and is probably making his last desperate attempt to try to change the situation - by letting fans know what we all sort of feared existed behind the scenes (of the group not exactly getting equal oppotunity), isn't going away anytime soon. But he urges fan to do something and says that "...the store's customers will have the most impact". The fans in Japan must speak up to store managers about DBSK's CDs being put under "Foreign Artist" section instead of where they rightfully should be - under JPOP.

Brief summary/translation of his post:
He hasn't written in a while. It's been really hot in Japan and he's been thinking about various things when working.

The boys wonderfully reached #1 in the weekly singles chart with the fans' strong support.

Also the members are really happy, and their self-confidence has been boosted.

The TV-promotion continues busy this week. They're being in more shows than ever before this time, they're for the first time in 「THE M」 and 「CDTV」

T/N: I translated this part sentence-for-sentence because I think this is what interests people:

There's a certain really popular program where the boys haven't been able to appear since they've [the program] been rejecting any interest the [Avex] promotion-team's been showing that way.

The promoter in charge has been fighting hard and will keep trying. The boys have reached #1 in this program's ranking, but when it comes to the offer about guesting in the show and a performance...Even after three weekly #1s, there's nothing from that direction.

There hasn't really been any kind of an explanation offered about the issue either, but the team will keep working hard for an appearance in that show!

But if it continues like this and the inquiries keep coming from the viewers as well, how can a music program explain this kind of behaviour?

T/N: Here we go for the record store-issue:

Of course the promotion-team is striving for the best possible set-up in the stores (but obviously, so are all of the other artists' promotors as well).
It depends on every store (chain) where they put the releases; and some of the stores have the Tohoshinki in the "Foreign acts" -section instead of "Jpop".

The store's bought the CDs so naturally they can advertise it how they want to and how they think it will sell the best.

They've been trying to have some type of an agreement on this, but especially now when they changed the release date for "Kimisuki" in such a short notice, it became even harder to get the majority of the shops to put the single in the Jpop-section instead of Foreign acts.

It's better when you have time to talk to the stores way before the release and assure things, because all the things are mostly decided abour 6 months before the release already. So a date-change doesn't make things easier at all.

So they had to cancel the space reserved for the CDs in the stores for the original release week, and ask for another setting for the new week.

Of course that messes up the stores' plans and they have to be quick and get a Plan B up. And most of them decided to give the maximum exposure by putting Kimisuki in the foreign-shelves.

-more stuff about the Jpop- and world-corners in the shops-
Tohoshinki will continue releasing Jpop (with good results).

They hope that the fans will understand the managing team and the stores' policies. The team will keep working and he believes that the sales will do well during the next few weeks.

He apologizes for the long entry, but thinks that it will be useful for the people interested in the music industry in general.

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Source: S-Diary -
Blog entry dated: July 24, 2008 12:41:30
Translation Credits: aleyna @ JpopMusic Forums

There really are many questions that keep popping up on the net. For example, if they really are a threat to Johnny's like many suppose, why are groups such as WaT allowed to appear on the show? Moreover, they don't promote themselves as an idol group so why should they be barred from Music Station when their target audience is quite different?

Seeing them work so extremely hard (including their staff) in a foreign industry, trying to improve their fluency and singing, travelling back and forth one city/country to another literally day after day, bascially doing all they can...yet still be treated as the underdogs when they clearly have so much VOCAL TALENT (yes - aside looks - they are actually TALENTED) and great personalities. Now I know why they felt so disheartened earlier when they mentioned they almost gave up on Japan in their Korean interview (Star Show). But they didn't give up and are still working hard, and we should all support them. At the end of the road, they will really grow and become even better as people and artists ♥ FIGHTING~

--> If you would like to read more commentary from an outside source, read the following article from Neojapanoism, by W. David Marx: Tohoshinki Rages Against the Machine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

[Sales] NEW RECORD! With #1 place as foreign artists on Japanese weekly Oricon charts


Oricon just published the news here. (This post will be edited with the translation when it becomes available)

The single "Doushite kimi wo suki ni natte shimattan darou?" has ranked #1 in Oricon Weekly Charts, outselling its competitor Yui Aragaki.

The boys are now the only Foreign artist to get three #1's on the Oricon Weekly Chart for singles in Japan. The previous record holder was Ouyang FeiFei, who had two #1's on the Oricon. They're now the new record holder.


The five member idol group Tohoshinki's third single Doushite Kimi Wo Suki Ni Natte Shimattandarou sold 68,000 copies in its first week. This is Tohoshinki's third consecutive #1 single on the weekly charts, making them the first group to achieve this.

Tohoshinki's singles Purple Line (1/28) and Beautiful You (5/5) and lastly Doushite Kimi Wo Suki Ni Natte Shimattandarou attained 1st place on the weekly charts. They are the first foreign group to achieve this feat. The last two groups who held the record were Ou Yang Fei Fei in 1971/72 and Ravisu Ova in 1984 whom each had two consecutive #1 weekly singles.

Tohoshinki, the male idol group, debuted in February 2004. The five members are Yunho, Jaejoong, Yoochun, Changmin, and Junsu. They debuted in Japan in April 2005 with their single, Stay with me Tonight.

Translated by: mkalis12

Sunday, July 20, 2008


An old piece of news perhaps.. Credits to spiderliliez

Translation: lovekr

Sung Jiroo has recently confessed his love for Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Xiah Junsu through a video message.

On KBS’s Sang Sang Plus Season 2 due to air on the 8th, Sung Jiroo said he would like to act with Xiah Junsu. Recently Sung Jiroo reached number one on internet seach engines. Something only extremely popular stars are able to accomplish, the reason for Sung Jiroo’s number one search was all thanks to Xiah Junsu.

Xiah Junsu claimed, “If I were to act I would like to be like Sung Jiroo” in an interview that had surfaced online, which immediately made Sung Jiroo the number one searched subject on the internet.

Sung Jiroo said, “One day, all of sudden, my friends kept texting me congratulations. I was wondering what happened, so I stopped to check at a nearby internet cafe, and upon seeing ‘Xiah Junsu-Sung Jiroo’ searched I was even shocked.”

Originally not familiar with the group Dong Bang Shin Ki, he looked them up and now he says he is a fan. On the episode of Sang Sang Plus Season 2, he left a video message for Xiah Junsu saying “If there is a chance, I would like to act with you.” He ended his video message with cute “I love you!”

Sung Jiroo’s video message will be shown on Tuesday the 8th, 11:05PM on KBS’s Sang Sang Plus Season 2.

Hehe, obviously obsessive fangirls were worried who Jiroo was, no wonder he's name is the most searched today. A lot of them (girls) might have gotten a heart attack just hearing and reading the "I Love You" part coming from him. Now I don't know if they are relieved to know that Sung Jiroo is an ajusshi (older man). I even hear of extreme fangirls who would even question other TVXQ members when their favorite member gets too close to other members. It's scary.

Anyway, this article is really cute. I'm happy TVXQ members are being accepted by older people in the entertainment business. They shouldn't just cater to young audiences, but to the older generations as well.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

[VIDEO] Music Station - Doushite kimi wo suki ni natte shimattan darou? ranked #1

OMG! I felt VERY elated looking at this...
Music Station is like one of the biggest music show sin Japan and for them to appear as #1 on it made me extremely happy.

I still wish they would get invited to the show though, they have proven themselves enough times comparatively, even for a foreign artist. I feel its very unfair that they restrict them from coming because of a certain entertainment agency control issue *ahem*

Let's not think about it I guess, and celebrate! XD Maybe if they come #1 every other time, Music Station will have to give in and invite them :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

[VIDEO] DBSK in New Anycall HAPTIC Cellphone Commercial (SUB)

Just released, the new Anycall Haptic commercial!

These are all 3 commercials in one:

Thanks to mickytoho for uploading.

Samsung's Anycall HAPTIC cellphones rival (and maybe even excel) those of Apple's iPhones.

I have read that industry experts think the HAPTIC cellphones are even better than an iPhone, as HAPTIC has the touch and feel/react technology iPhone does not.


­If you thought the Apple iPhone was amazing, then feast your eyes -- and fingers -- on this phone from Samsung. Dubbed the Anycall Haptic, the phone features a large touch-screen display just like the iPhone. But it does Apple's revolutionary gadget one better, at least for now: It enables users to feel clicks, vibrations and other tactile input. In all, it provides the user with 22 kinds of touch sensations.

Read more:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

DBSK No.1 in the Oricon Daily Charts for the 4th Time

On the 16th, the group Dong Bang Shin Ki (aka Tohoshinki) released their 23rd Japanese single and received No.1 in the Oricon Daily Single Charts for the 4th time.

On the afternoon of the 16th, Dong Bang Shin Ki topped the Oricon Daily Single Charts on the day that their single was released. This means that, in the 3 years that the group was working in Japan, Dong Bang Shin Ki has received No.1 in the Oricon Daily Single Charts for the 4th time.

The title song 'Why Have I Fallen for You?' and 'Box in the Ship' were both included in the single that was released today. The pleasant ballad, 'Why Have I Fallen for You' was commented to have been a good expression of one's feelings for a special person.

The Japanese actress Fujii Mina(藤井美菜, 20), with an innocent image, was casted as the lead of the music video.

On April 23rd, Dong Bang Shin Ki's 22nd single 'Beautiful You' had topped both the Oricon Daily and Oricon Weekly charts.

On the 15th of August, Dong Bang Shin Ki will be participating in an 'SM Town Live 08' performance with other SM Entertainment singers at the Seoul JamShil Olympic Stadium.

credits: + bORicha.@soompi

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

[NEWS] SM Town Concert

Going to four cities the "SM Town Live 2008" is a large-scale music festival that will last 5 hours. The four cities are Korea (Seoul), China (Beijing & Shanghai), Thailand (Bangkok).

The first show is at Jamsil Stadium, Seoul, it is on from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The auction for the tickets will on July 15th at 8:00 pm at

Credit: dnbn & Ringy @ Soompi + tacoss @ dbsgLJcomm

Monday, July 07, 2008

[PREVIEW] Box in the Ship

Here's the audio preview for the song Box in the Ship, the other song in the Doushite single. Please help me by downloading alot as I need to renew my MU premium account to keep all the files that I've uploaded for you all.. Thank you. Clicking the ads would help me alot too. Thanks!!

Box in the Ship [2m 30s preview]
Credits: + 찌닝@dnbn + ttdquynh @ youtube

Those of you still don't have this file or just wanna help download more:
Full clear preview of Doushite Kimi Wo Suki Ni Natte Shimattan Darou?

Feel free to spread the links.

Thank you all for your help!


Sunday, July 06, 2008

[NEWS] TVXQ's "Box in the Ship": New Attraction for USJ's Hollywood Dream the Ride

Appointed Universal Studios Japan Goodwill Ambassador Tohoshinki is making it big! The group's recent track "Box in the ship" from どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう Single is used as the new song for the roller coaster Hollywood Dream the Ride. In addition, a life-size photo of the group is displayed in the Palace Theater in New York and the area inside the park. Special made rubber stamps of the five members will also be distributed at the entrance for visitors' use. This will run from July 23rd (Wednesday)-August 24th (Sunday). The designs will be modified from time to time during the period.

Info and pictures taken from: USJ Website + yurichun@blog4.fc2,
Translated by: Izy@soompi

[IMG] Doushite Covers

CD Version

01 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?
02 Box in the ship
03 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? (アカペラver.)
04 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? (Less Vocal)
05 Box in the ship (Less Vocal)


CD + DVD Version

01 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?
02 Box in the ship
03 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? (Less Vocal)
04 Box in the ship (Less Vocal)

01 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?(Video Clip)
02 Off Shot Movie(※初回限定盤のみ収録)


Credits: cloud_honey @ dbsg LJ comm

Friday, July 04, 2008

[NEWS] DBSK visits coma girl

It's really so nice of them to actually visit the girl that woke up to their music. Aaawww~~ She's so lucky!! I'm envious.....

credits : crypticbluerose@dbsgLJ

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Purpose: Spread DBSK's greatness (regardless of confirmation on validity).
Hidden agenda: It's hidden.

AFTER 2 years from "O" album, TVXQ is going to release their 4th album! Yesterday, the first day for the pre-order already broke a record!!!
SM ENTERTAINMENT , stated that the pre-order is already 200,000!!

TVXQ have their record of 10,000 for their 1st album, for Rising Sun they got 130,000( counted only PRE-ORDER ) and the 3rd album "O" which open for pre-order within 2 days already reach 100,000(this amount also counted pre-order for 2 days). Now the 4th album, whereby TVXQ did not release an album in korea for 1 year. They had been concentrating in Japan. They even did not have any formal performances last year. This makes the public think that the 4th album will not get a high number of CD order compare with the past, BUT !!!!! Now this shows that TVXQ is A TOP GROUP NOT ONLY IN KOREA BUT ASIA !!!!!!!!!

2008, expected TVXQ will get a few awards at the end of this year!!
Last year GOLDEN DISC awards record was 150000 ,but this year TVXQ HAVE A RECORD FOR ONLY PRE-ORDER ALREADY EASILY GET 200000!!!! WE EXPECT THAT , WHEN THE 4TH ALBUM ON SALE THE NUMBER OF SALES MIGHT REACH 500,000, this will compete with a senior -tai zhi.

TVXQ are really talented. They compose songs to fans, and get No.1 in Oricon Chart in Japan . The Korean version of 'kiss shita mama sayonara' (They're going to have kiss in K-version!!!) will be included in the 4th album.

credit: baidu + as tagged
translation : angelynatvxq@syg dbsk
posted by se7enshar@soompi

Thought you all might be interested in this piece of news..
You can check out the album HERE


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