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New KDrama Suju VS SME?

well…i haven’t been particularly uptodate with recent kpop news cuz im ja-ja-jaded~. but i did catch some more horror stories and while i really don’t like to be the bearer of bad news i thought this would be one of those inevitably discussed stuff~

‘koped’ from sookyeong 😀

According to the latest news from Korea, Hangeng is not the only one who filed the lawsuit. Other Super Junior members have also filed a similar lawsuit, and they include: Lee Teuk, Yesung, Kangin, Eun Hyuk and Donghae. The only reason why news about Hangeng was exposed first, is because of his nationality.

According to the lawsuit, Hangeng has not had any rest in 2 years, causing him to suffer from fatigue, which also resulted in chronic gastritis, illnesses related to his kidney, lumbar disc herniation, as well as a visible decrease in body strength. However, SM Entertainment rejected Hangeng’s requests for rest, and continued to schedule activities for him, which caused Hangeng to suffer a lot of pain.

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[Vid]SM CEO — Press Release

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Mister CEO sure looks nervous and he even stutters!Guilty much!

— Steph

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CEO of SME calls the legal actions a “fraud”

The SM Entertainment held a press conference today and told their side of the story regarding their legal dispute with three members of TVXQ/DBSK. In addition to a statement by Yunho and Changmin, the two members who did not take legal actions against SME, and statements by their fathers, SME’s own representatives spoke up as well; Mr. Kim Young Min, the CEO of the company, stated the following:

Back when we first advanced to Japanese market with S.E.S., major entertainment companies in Japan normally asked for contracts in length from 5 to 7 years. As long as the entertainer stayed with the company for the stated amount of time, the company would not cease investment into the entertainer. When we first planned for BoA to work in Japan, we set the length of the contract at 10 years to allow for long-term investment and a partnership with a major Japanese entertainment company. This resulted in SME working with AVEX, the largest entertainment company in Japan. BoA’s great success in Japan was a product of such planning.

When we first planned for DBSK, we wanted to make them the number one artist in Asia. Five members and their parents shared such vision and agreed to add 3 years to initial 10 year contract. The members and their parents agreed to the contract because they found the vision as the number one artist in Asia, constant support from SM, plans to go abroad and continuous investment into the group very appealing. Everyone thoroughly reviewed the contract and agreed to all clauses. To keep the promise of advancement into Japan, SME invested over $4 mil into DBSK despite poor financial condition that the company was in. After 5 years in Japan, we can finally say that we are successful. It is unfair to focus merely on the number 13 without any background knowledge of how the contract was made and the goals and visions shared between SME and DBSK.

Kim Young Min then revealed some startling events that had occurred earlier this year.

On January 6, 2009, the three members told SM that they were going to China for a vacation; but in fact, they attended a meeting with the beauty product company’s Chinese subsidiary to talk about investment into the company. We only realized of the deal after photos of them promoting the company surfaced online. We then learned that the three members are board members of the Chinese subsidiary and that they even carry business cards of the company with their name and position engraved.

The three members demanded an increase in their share in profit and we accepted their demands. In April, we had a dinner party after our concert in China. The three members told members of other groups about how much they trusted in SM. Shortly after in May, a Japanese fan asked AVEX’s customer service department regarding an event by the beauty product company which claimed that the winner would have dinner with DBSK. SME feared that losses resulting from matters related to the beauty product business would be impossible to recover from. We wanted to review the members’ contracts with the beauty product company to protect the members from potential dangers but they refused to share the contract with SME and did not take any actions to relieve SME from our concerns regarding their investment into that company. In June, a major beauty product company contacted us and said that they wanted to use DBSK in their commercials but the three members refused due to their own interest in beauty product business. Shortly after they took legal actions against SME.

The truth face of their action is a fraud. A fraud which fooled the entire nation with words such as “human rights” and “slavery”.

Regarding the recent court ruling; three members are now free to pursue personal projects, however all DBSK-related work must be done through SME. Yunho and Changmin intend to promote DBSK in Korea next spring, and we feel that it should be planned at least six months in advance. SME asks the three members to respond to this by November 12th.

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Such a bad night for Cassies T.T Just when I thought there was some glimmer of hope left in Kpop with 2PM’s comeback on the way, I can’t believe there is so much bad news tonight. No matter what SM say, whether or not they try to make JaeChunSu look like the evil ones being all greedy and rebellious, I’m continuing to support DBSK. I believe that they would not have filed for the lawsuit without thinking things through because they are putting their careers on the line. I can’t even imagine what the boys must be feeling right now. I hope all the TVXQ fans out there will continue to support and believe in them as well. I also hope no one is hating on Changmin and Yunho because I don’t believe the situation is as it seems, there can be many things happening behind closed doors. I made a choice a year ago to be their fan and they have given me so much hope, inspiration and happiness in this one year alone that I’m glad that I got to know about them. I hope next year, I’ll be blogging happier news about them, but for now, “Always Keep The Faith.”



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091102 SM is Sure of Overruling Court Decision on TVXQ

Talent powerhouse SM Entertainment has vowed to fight back and win against a court ruling last week which granted three members of boy band TVXQ partial victory in their request to nullify their exclusive contract with the agency.

In late July, TVXQ members Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu had applied for provisional disposition of their 13-year contract with SM to which a court ruled that the agency will not interfere in their individual activities.

“The recent decision has not taken the essential reasons and fundamental of the issue in to consideration,” SM started by saying in a press release on Monday. “We are sure that the court’s decision will change once we provide enough evidence which are looked into under the proper legal proceedings.”

SM also declared that they will ask the three for compensation amounting to over a total 2.5 million dollars for the losses and damage incurred upon the group and the agency with the ongoing legal action, should the court rule in favor of SM in its final verdict.

They went on to explain that the terms of the contracts had been adjusted every year in favor of the members and are now asking to be freed from them since they are starting to see success.

“This ruling will cause confusion in the entire entertainment industry and make it impossible to create a system where (agencies) will be able to upbring their stars with long-term prospects,” SM added.

The statement came just hours before a news conference set for later in the day where they plan to talk about their position in more detail.

TVXQ, who debuted in 2004 with album “Hug”, is one of Korea’s most successful K-pop groups. They are stars throughout Asia, reportedly having the largest fanbase in the world, and have enjoyed great success in the Japanese music industry in particular.

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YH&CM’s fathers strong disapproval of other members

The fathers of Yunho and Changmin, the two TVXQ members who were not involved with the controversial lawsuit earlier this year, spoke up in support of their sons and SME while condemning other three members and their parents. They claimed that the dispute has more to do with the trouble that have arisen from the beauty product business rather than contractual matters.

Mr. Chung, the father of Yunho, stated:

The two members who did not involve themselves in this legal dispute are the real victims here. They suffered from financial loss, psychological suffering and most importantly they lost their reputation. Who is to compensate them for their losses? I intend to ask the three members this: Whatever the reason, why do you intend to cause such great controversy and drive DBSK, an international brand name, into a break-up? Do you care at all about the other two members and their suffering?

The beauty product business wasn’t something that was supervised by SME. On top of that, the beauty product company itself wasn’t very trustworthy. When it was started, I felt that DBSK’s reputation could potentially suffer from involvement with that company and advised my son of the issue. He shared my concerns as well, and that is why he did not involve himself in the business. SME later asked the three members to withdraw from the business but their parents resisted unreasonably. Mr. Shim (Changmin’s father) and I tried to convince them as well but they simply refused to change their minds. I later learned that the three members took up legal actions against SME without consulting me nor Mr. Shim. DBSK is not owned by those three members only. They ignored not only the controversy that would rise but also the rights of other two members.

Mr. Shim, father of Changmin, stated:

Simply put, the other three members took legal actions against SM because of the beauty product business matter and other reasons which involve their financial gains. What they claim as their reasons, reasons such as unfair contract and unclear profit division are merely excuses to hide the true reason behind their actions. After the three members started the beauty product business, one of the parents called me and told me shenanigans like “This business can be worth millions or even billions in the future. When we tell the media that DBSK has started a business, share price of our company will hit the roof – we will tell you in advance so you can profit from the information.”

Three members claim that the contract is unfair and calculations are unclear, but my son and I have read over the contract with SM clearly and agreed to all clauses, from the very first contract through all five revisions that have been made. For every income my son has received I reviewed all of the the numbers. I feel sorry for the three members and their parents as they must know of the truth but they continue to make false claims.”

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I’m going to ignore this. Living in denial.


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Changmin and Yunho support SM Entertainment

Yunho and Changmin of DBSK/TVXQ have stated that they are on SM Entertainment’s side on the legal dispute between the company and other three members. They said that they trust SME and will be with them in the future. The two also gave a deadline to other members, saying that DBSK will come back to promote in Korea next spring, so the other three members must make a decision before the 12th of this month.

The two members’ thoughts were delivered through a compiled document, which stated:

We five members of DBSK signed the same contract with the same clauses and for the past five years, and have worked together under same conditions with utmost trust in the company, each other and our dreams. We intend to share our dream and future with the company and keep the promises we made in the contract. DBSK was made by SM and we intend to work as DBSK with SM.

No other company can create DBSK, as only SM can provide the best production and management team available. The three members must know better than anyone else that SM is the one who knows DBSK the best and made DBSK the best. We intend to keep trust and promise and thus intend on staying with SME. DBSK’s grand future will be with SME. We believe that our Korean promotion, planned for next spring, should be prepared at least six months in advance before our future as one DBSK becomes unclear. If the other three members truly want to stay as one DBSK, they must make a decision before it is too late.

They also commented on the beauty product controversy which sparked this legal dispute:

The beauty product business changed everything,” they stated, “We are not familiar with the matters but we believe that a legitimate company that seeks to do business with DBSK must consult with SM first. It is common sense. We did not get involved as getting involved with a company that sought to do business without SM would have meant that trouble was ahead.

We did not want the reputation and pride of DBSK, earned by our hard work, to get ruined by a beauty product company that did not work in a legally respectable manner. We are not aware of the contract between that company and the three members, nor do we know what those members were told or how much they have earned through their deal. What we do know is that the fact that DBSK, forged together for 5 years by all of our dreams, have fallen into the current state because of an unethical company is simply unacceptable.

DBSK crumbling away like this, this is all so unbelievable. It is sad to see that this was all caused by some beauty product company, and we hope that the three members would come back to the days when we were all working hard for our dreams.

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Omg, I’m not going to believe this. Always keep the faith!



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TVXQ not allowed to continue group activities!

SM Entertainment will hold a press conference today regarding the conflict with TVXQ/DBSK/Tohoshinki.

Lawyers of SM Entertainment said:

“The court’s ruling for TVXQ is not fair. They didn’t consider the main reasons of the case. Their long contract is so that we can let them grow and have a long term deal with them. We want to look at their career in the long run and the court’s decision is not letting us do that. This is going to affect TVXQ’s international promotions. It’ll also create confusion for stars that want to have long term contracts and move on to bigger things later in their careers and for the companies that want to nurture talented people for a longer time. Not only that, it’ll have some unwanted consequences on exports of Korean music as well as other issues.”

They continued to say:

“Each year, we adjusted the contracts in favor of the members. Before this problem, the three members never complained about anything. Now that they have succeeded this much, they are complaining. They have just started to reach the top and now want to separate. Before a final decision is made, the three can do their personal and individual work. However, we did not acknowledge the right for the three to work as TVXQ.”

Because of all this, TVXQ has not been able to work and SM Entertainment will seek to receive compensation for damages during the time that TVXQ has been inactive.

Source: The Star Chosun
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Jaejoong’s Message to Members

i’m so beat today~but i realized i can’t be as beat as DBSK when they train huh. I was just surfing the net when I found this which I highly doubt we’ve shared here:

this is jaejoong’s letter to the other members during their mirotic period, it might explain why they’re doing this lawsuit.
Jaejoong say:

To: Yoochun
Yoochun, you don’t say much usually but writing this down using these kind of words make me a little embarrassed. I know you have been very tired recently, worried and forcing a smile out – I feel sorry. We are always together and the other members are unable to see your sadness but the hard words have to be said out. If you’re tired, tell me, I will help you. I will also listen to all your troubles because I am always by your side. You can tell me anything and everything – the soul of my life. Yoochun, I love you.

To: Junsu

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[News] 090818 JaeChunSu: “Focusing Completely on The First Hearing”

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The three members of TVXQ who are currently in a dispute with their agency SM Entertainment, YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu are completely focused on preparing for the first hearing.

On the 17th, a representative of Sejong law firm, that is aiding the three members, told Money Today Star News that, “We are preparing for the first hearing that will be soon,” and “TVXQ’s stand and SME’s Stand on this situation have not changed at all.”
He also said, “As they are still under SM Entertainment, all five of them are completing the schedules they have been given.”

The three members’ lawsuit’s first hearing will be held on the 21st this month.

The three members of TVXQ filed for an Exclusive Contract Validity Suspension and Provisional Disposition Request against their agency SM Entertainment on July 31st asking for their release from their exclusive contract. They also filed for a Preservation of Evidence request so that they could calculate the exact amount of their income. TVXQ’s leader U-Know Yunho and youngest member Choikang Changmin did not participate in this lawsuit.

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[TRANS]090812 TVXQ’s Dispute Triggers Voices For Change

Out of all the celebrities who have left their idol groups and set out independently, only a handful have succeeded. From the left, Eun Jiwon who is doing extremely well in a entertainment program, Lee Hyori who has succeeded as an actress as well as a singer, and Ok Juhyun who now performs in musicals.

Top idol group TVXQ’s exclusive contract dispute with their agency SM Entertainment has triggered voices that call for a change of how young idol stars are treated and trained. Although there have been dance groups who received the passionate support of teens in the past, the ‘Idol system’ in which agencies train and raise their stars is quite recent as it started in the 1990s.

Where are the first generation idols now?

Many of singers who were in the first generation idol groups, such as H.O.T. SechsKies, Fin.K.L. and S.E.S., have left their original agencies and are currently participating in solo activities. However, they have not been able to achieve the success they achieved when they were still part of idol groups. Lee Hyori, who was labeled a ‘Sexy Icon’ in 2000, has been testing the waters of acting, singing and shooting commercials and has been greatly successful in all three areas. Eun Jiwon stands out as he has gained much love from all age groups for his appearance in a popular TV entertainment program. In the case of Ok Juhyun and Bada, they have been using their amazing vocal abilities to succeed in musicals and the K-pop industry.

In the case of popular group GOD, who came after the first generation idol groups, the members have all gone solo with acting and singing but they have not been able to make as big an impact as they did when they were together.

In the case of long-running group Shinhwa, their activities have halted due to the enlistment of various members to complete their military service, but the others are busy with their solo activities.

After breaking off, they must train their abilities to be self-sustainable

The life of an idol group is very short and many say the longest an idol group will probably go is five years. This dispute TVXQ has with SM Entertainment may turn out like H.O.T.’s dispute with the agency, with the group naturally disbanding when the contract expires. However, it is not easy for a star to succeed on his own after he leaves his agency.

These days, many agencies teach each idol group member many talents to make them ‘multi-entertainers.’ However, this is not enough to be self-sustainable later on. A representative of A Agency said, “Compared to the first generation idols, idols these days are better at everything from composing and writing lyrics to playing instruments, to acting. However, there is a limit to all of these things,” and “Agencies should try to nurture the singer’s creativity level.”

Singer B, former member of an idol group, said, “When you become a trainee at an agency, they only teach you what they want you to know. So when you leave the agency and try to go solo, you don’t have all the abilities to do so because they didn’t teach you enough,” and “Idol group members can only survive afterwards if they’ve properly prepared their own unique talents.”

Music Critic Lim Jinmo said, “What is embarrassing about the current TVXQ dispute is that people are focusing only on the money aspect with no thought of any issues dealing with their music,” and “Agencies shouldn’t just focus on the income, they should be actively interested about the education that builds character and the development of individual talents if they want to maintain good relations with their celebrities.”

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