[Full ENG Translation] The Return Of The King – JYJ Marie Claire 2014 August

 [Full ENG Translation] The Return Of The King – JYJ

Marie Claire 2014 August 

 http://www.marieclairekorea.com/user/celebrity/cover/view.asp?mIdx=9800&adminview=1

The day before the interview, the news reported that first 20,000 seats of JYJ comeback concert (on Aug 09) were sold out in 20 minutes. It is so amazing thing that today’s story might not sound so great. However, to someone, this may be the most envious story more than anything. This is the story about the friendship of the friends who became each other’s place to return.

We lose many friends in our life. Without any fights, it is quite common to grow apart from a friend shared happiness and sadness while believing you would never drift apart with your friend. Regardless of a reason – you may have different thoughts, too busy to live your everyday life or find someone more important -, normally it’s too late when you find out such friend’s absence.

On the day of shooting with JYJ, the new album was still under the finishing work, Jaejoong was shooting his drama and Yuchun was travelling dometic/abroad for promotion for his film. It wasn’t so different to Junsu too as he was practicing for his new musical. We had planned their photoshoot few months ago but we barely managed just before cancellation of whole plan due to their busy schedules. The three members looked really tired when they stepped into the studio. During the photoshoot, we sat face-to-face.

The interview started with the story about the new album and continued to their friendship that no words can describe, relationship that they would return in the end and their loving people. The interview suddenly got very deep and I became one of the people who wish their relationship would last long without any fights, and be friends again even after any conflict – just like a long friendship does.


Q) It’s been 3 years since the group’s last album. Meanwhile you three have done a lot of individual activities. The experience might’ve effected on you as a matured human being. Can you describe how you put those improvement  into the new album?

JUNSU: The genres are quite various, but we kept the album relaxed compared with the last one.
I don’t mean we didn’t care less – it’s a kind of meaning that we’ve been matured. For example, we chose a dance song which has a deep feelings rather than strong beats. It’s a true that we three have different tastes, but we also know what proper music is for JYJ well. We received about 80 songs from domestic and abroad. We selected 5 songs per each member, and 3 songs of the five were exactly same after we choosing them separately. It’s more like we selected the music we should do, rather than a song which is good or bad. I guess all three of us thought the same about it.

 

Q)  What does it take to be ‘JYJ’s music for three of you’? 

YUCHUN: Good music, and something that Junsu and Jaejoong’s voice can be harmonised well together.

JAEJOONG: We didn’t think of trend or genre this time. We didn’t think about any other things and only tried to find something we have in common. There is a song with strong instrumental arrangement, a cappella-like song, R&B and POP. We selected the songs that we all three liked.


Q) It’s surprising that you can find a common for ‘good music’ while you three have a different aspects in many ways. 

YUCHUN: I think we have similar feeling when we get rid of our personal tastes a bit and think of the team. It’s something we just know because we’ve been together for a long time. There is no certain reason, but we just naturally know which is suitable on the members or how it’d sound when we sing together. It’s possible after we’ve spent a lot of time together.


Q) For the last 3 years, you’ve separately worked in different fields, not as a group. Do you feel anything changed after those time?

JAEJOONG: Well we all should have.. right?

YUCHUN: I have none.

JAEJOONG: Why? why not? (with laugh)  Me and Junsu had no pressure that we had to sing because we worked on solo albums as well. I was curious what Yuchun would feel because he did acting only. Junsu did musicals so I expected him to show some musical-like-side, like I expected myself to put something ‘rock’ because I did rock albums. So I was wondering what we would have in common when we started recording the album, but it was just JYJ’s feeling. We were also surprised by that too.

JUNSU: It’s different feeling when I sing as JYJ and musical actor. Jaejoong also have similar thing. As for Yuchun, I couldn’t remember when I saw him singing recently so thought he would be a bit different. Then we went to a Karaoke together on his birthday party, and he was singing really great! It looked like.. he had more emotion like sadness. I guess maybe it’s because he did acting.
I was worried too. We did individual works a lot so I was worried whether we could work as a group, but it was ‘only’ 3 years.

YUCHUN: I thought we were doing [as a group] for whole 10 years together. (laugh)

JUNSU: Yes, 10 years in total.

JAEJOONG: Now it’s 11th year. It could be even longer when we consider our time before debut.


Q) Anyway it’s a long time. There are many words to describe friendship. What type of friend is JYJ to each other?

YUCHUN: I think there is no specified word to describe us. In the past, I thought we were friends or sometimes family or something. But now it seems meaningless to me. I mean it’s just meaningless to describe us as a word now.

JUNSU: There is something that we get closer and become a bigger tower to rely on when we go through difficult things rather than good things.


Q) Individual activities of the three members are successful so it seems that it’s going to be a lager part of you. Will you still have activities as JYJ then? What music will JYJ do in the future? Not about just genre.

YUCHUN: We prepared the new album with less thoughts. It doesn’t mean we didn’t work hard. It feels like ‘Let’s do something together this time, shall we?’. You know,  not like ‘let’s do this concept!’, ‘Oh no we need to do other things’ or ‘we need to do something new’, it just naturally came out.


Q) So does it mean you’ve become more comfortable?

YUCHUN: Well it’ll be good if we have a successful results. But it doesn’t feel like we make the album to let the worlds know about our name. We just made the album because we reached same thoughts while living our life.

JAEJOONG: It’s correct. It’s not about ‘Hey there, we made something fabulous so give us your applause!’.


Q) It sounds you’ve found some relaxation. Fans are important to every musician, but they should be very much important to JYJ especially. Does it give you more pressure when you approach fans, like what music you need to make?

YUCHUN: I guess there is no such pressure like that.

JAEJOONG: We’ve done individual activities. If we’d done group activities only, I wouldn’t have thought of my next goals or steps as an individual. I wouldn’t have thought further things while having certain satisfaction[in the group]. I constantly made progress as the group, but became to have goals or questions about my next steps while I was doing my own activities because I was doing [my] albums while working as a group. Of course there is a desire to show better things, but I became more relaxed when I do group activities.  It rather feels I come back to a shelter even if I’m running at the moment now.

JUNSU: I agree with him totally. For other musicians, making new album must be big pressure. But for us, it feels like doing something in a shelter, in the place that we are safer.


Q) Can you tell us about what you think of other members’ individual works?

JUNSU: I think Yuchun and Jaejoong took their certain place as an actor. There are many idol singers doing acting, but being able to take the place as the one of TOP 10 among them, is really lucky to me as well, as the same members.

JAEJOONG: I tend to talk to myself that I am unique. Even if it’s a bad side of me, I take it as my unique character  positively. When I see Junsu, I sometimes imagine whether there is anyone else who has same colour like him. I don’t think so. There is a typical image of a musical actor, but Junsu is something different.

YUCHUN: Yes there is something to Junsu. Something different compared with other musical actors.

JAEJOONG: As a member of JYJ, I appreciate Yuchun for his position. He’s keeping JYJ’s balance really well. What would people think when they see the group of three members with so unique character individually? Yuchun is the one who keeps this balance in the middle. Whether he sings or acting, he has no sense of incompatibility.

YUCHUN: To be honest, I like group activity more than individual works.

 

Q) Any reasons for that?

YUCHUN: Because it’s fun. I’m not sure what fans think. It seems that there are some fans who are more supportive for individual activities. But sometimes, I wish they could pay more attention to group activities.

JAEJOONG: I agree.


Q) Isn’t it because all three of you are so good and successful in each field?

YUCHUN: Of course it can be.

JUNSU: When we first started, I think fans also thought that doing something for other members were natural and good thing. But since  some time ago, fans happen to take sensitively about something that we can do for each other just naturally. I know there is someone who became a fan because of Jaejoong’s acting [as an actor], not as JYJ or someone who likes my musical, not JYJ. It’s same to Yuchun’s drama and I know their position. However, before think about it[stance for individual] , I hope they can consider that we are JYJ,  the group.


Q) Perhaps it’s because it’s been really long to have activity as the group. When we see the ticket sales for the upcoming concert, fans’ expectation seems to be tremendous.

JAEJOONG: It’s very cautious thing to say in talking because it’s also kind of support from fans for us.  I know it’s support and love toward me, but I didn’t have intention of talking about this here before our album release. I just mean I hope fans can understand our motto that we get strength in JYJ, then have  individual activities from the  team.

YUCHUN: I have one more thing to ask. We decide our direction for the members’ activities. Of course we discuss with the management, but most decisions are made by ourselves. However, I heard many people blaming the management.

JUNSU: I think they believe that the management makes better decisions for someone, and less care about decisions for the others.

YUCHUN: I hope they can take it like this. Sometimes we  consider the management, sometimes one member is considerate of another member naturally while we’re living life.  We decide something after consideration for each other and fans sometimes take it like the company made it unilaterally. Of course I know it’s just they care about their [biased] member a lot. However, we are the one who left the former management company because we wanted to make our own decision. So our top priority is that the management respects our own opinions first.

JUNSU: That’s correct. We listen to the management’s opinions too. But decisions are made by ourselves. Well there should be something successful or not successful, right? They think it’s caused by the management’s decision, but it’s not. Simply, we do what we want to do. For our own sake, I hope fans can accept that JYJ is the decision maker and we take the responsibility.

JAEJOONG: It means that we wish fans would support us for doing something we want to do. Surely we all know really well that our fans were the people who gave the greatest strength besides us, sharing pains together when we made hard decision to leave the former company.

JUNSU: I think we and our fans have had more laughter and we got a lot closer after many difficult things. So I hope our fans can just enjoy our activities, rather than concerned about or take too cautiously. And most of all, really appreciate our fans.

JAEJOONG: I feel like we and our fans have become family now.


Q) It looks like you all so strong or self-esteemed. You all three seem to have strong confidence compared with other same-age group. Don’t you think you grew up too fast?

JUNSU: We’re just children when there are only three of us. Full of jokes.

JAEJOONG: We’re professional when we work, but just ordinary after work.

YUCHUN: And the only time we can be truly ourselves like other same-age group is when we meet together. A lot relaxed.


Q) You’ve done well so far as an individual or JYJ. After the new album, it feels like you would have next step after finishing certain level. What do you think at this very moment? Any concerns, expectation or plans?

JUNSU: As we’ve been so far, we don’t look too further.

JAEJOONG: Oh, that’s exactly same to my thoughts.

JUNSU: (laugh) We think about what we must do now. We have our own individual activities, but now our priority is to finish JYJ’s album activities. Well, we’ll think about the next thing after that.

YUCHUN: I texted Jaejoong a short time ago, saying “What are you doing? Are you happy lately?”. It’s good to have more activities and have good results, but now it’s gradually becoming less part of us. I don’t know what happiness is, but I just want three of us to get on really well. Well, it’s good to have more success and money, but nowadays I think about us – if we become the people who can make each other smile by just looking at our face, It’ll be really deep relationship. Of course JYJ’s activity is so important and it’s what I want to do, but I hope we do it because we are all like-minded, so happy to be together,  suddenly get an idea like ‘Oh I want to do this with all three together’ when I hear a good music during driving. I mean I hope we do it because it can give happiness to each other. Who can say what would happen to us or how great we would be? I wish we can draw our future as just happy one even if we can’t take a leading role[in dramas] or our concerts reduce to 10 times from 30 when we get forty something. It’s good if we have a big success, but it’s not a main part.


Q) Is there any last dream that you want achieve as JYJ at the end? It’s not about detailed plan. 

JUNSU: For our activity, I hope we can make albums when we get old. And for our life, my dream is to go on holiday to somewhere like Hawaii with our wives and kids together.

JAEJOONG: I don’t have a ‘dream’. When I think something is a dream, it sounds a bit distance and something to achieve later. I like the word ‘goal’ because at least I try something make it happen if it’s a goal. When I say it’s a dream it feels like I can’t go further.


Q) Jaejoong, Are you happy now? Moreover, are you the person who is believe in happiness? 

JAEJOONG: Nowdays I’m confused about what a standard for happiness is. People ask me like “You’re doing a lot of individual works,  so JYJ members don’t meet often except you work for the group’s album right?”. Yes it’s true. It’s good to meet often because we are preparing the new album now. It was really happy when we started as three for the first time. But as time goes by, now we just understand each other whether we are together or not. We can feel each other’s presence when we are together or separated. In the past, there was something clear definition about happiness. But now there is no definition about what we should have or do. (Jaejoong Talking to Yuchun): I got dazed when you texted me while shooting the drama because it was you who asked me about it. How many times we talk about our future or how happy we are or will be? The answer has changed every year when I get aged, and it felt strange when I heard the question.

JUNSU: We left the former company because we wanted to be truly  happy. We sometimes ask ourselves  if we’re going for it now, or concern about this happiness might disappear.  Surely everything has its good or bad sides. If you are rich and successful, there should be something good or bad.  It depends on how you think. If you think you’re unhappy because you are lack of something, then you are unhappy. Or If you are satisfied with something you have and someone else doesn’t, then you are happy. It’s harder than you think, but I guess I’d be unhappy if I chased something I don’t have. But we are closer to the answer than before at least.

YUCHUN: Happiness is not so a big deal. Even it’s most heartbreaking or difficult, it can be happiness itself at some time. I mean happiness is not just about whether I am glad or not, but just living my life  can be happiness, by having difficulty but living upon it. I think that’s why our members don’t have specified goals. It doesn’t mean that they really don’t have any goals in their lives just because they don’t say clear goals now. When I texted Jaeoong, I couldn’t sleep, had too much thoughts as I was so exhausted because I was having  so hard time and difficult things at that time. Then the only thought came to my head in that situation was ‘well it’s a good thing. It’s just happy as it is’. So I wondered how he thought. He was busy with his drama, album and concert but it was nothing so serious question. It was just like “hey, how are you?”. You can say it depends on how you think, but Jaeoong’s answer was just what I thought. Now there is no definition about what happiness is or not.


Q) Don’t you think you’re just happy by having such friends that you can talk this kind of things? A lot of people live without those friends.

YUCHUN: Some people around me say it would be better to have a wide range of acquaintance because I meet limited number of people. But whether I have many relationships or not, I have two guaranteed people – I’ll always have Jaejoong and Junsu, then I’m done with the words. Why would I be so feared or worried abut anything while I have these fortune[Jaejoong/Junsu]?

JUNSU: Well it’s hard to have only one in your life. (laugh)

JAEJOONG: It[our friendship] is something like a deposit. (laugh)

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[Column] Will Diversity ever Shine for Bullied JYJ?

[Column] Will Diversity ever Shine for Bullied JYJ?

July 01, 2014

http://media.daum.net/entertain/culture/newsview?newsid=20140701175104830

“Tanked again?” If you are a fan of the group JYJ (Jaejoong, Yuchun, Junsu), it is quite reasonable anger.

2014 Incheon Asian Games has caused a big issue after appointed JYJ as its ambassador. The game’s official song’s singer as well as the ambassador who participated for related events, JYJ now may not be able to be on opening/closing ceremony which are the main events of Asian Games.

JYJ was appointed as promotion ambassador for Asian Games in Feb 2013. The group sang the official song ‘Only One’, attended the showcases in Vietnam, China, and filmed official CF without paid.

But what they got in return was  bullying. On July 01, press conference for opening/closing ceremony was held at Millenium  Hilton Hotel Seoul. The group EXO and other performers attended, but JYJ was not informed anything about this. The organising committee of Asian Game commented that “JYJ’s appearance hasn’t been decided and under discussion”.

It is difficult to understand : several artists have already been confirmed and came to the press conference, however, the singer of the event’s official song is still not decided.

JYJ  appealed saying “It will be nothing more than covering up the heaven with your palm. It is not acceptable to anyone if the singer who sang the event’s official song and worked for more than 1 year to promote Asian Games would only be before ceremony. We wish it is not caused by unfair external pressure”.

Also the management amphasised that the agreement with the committee includes the conditions that 1) organising committee agrees with JYJ in advance for any events related to Asian games and 2) JYJ will be the top priority when cast any Korean singers for opening/closing ceremony and other conferences for international press.

With this controversy, it is very natural to pay attention to the relationship between JYJ and SM Entertainment, which had a long-term legal dispute. For general K-POP fans, it was attractive as JYJ and SM’s new star could be on the same stage – Just like ‘Diversity Shines Here’, which is Asian Games’ slogan.

JYJ side took the situation as “What we were dread just came true”. JYJ had cancellation notice without any proper explanation when they worked for Jeju Ireland’s ambassador – it was just one day before their stage, after all flight tickets had been booked and stage cue-sheet had been delivered.

As this history of incidents remains, JYJ was concerned about such thing would happen again, and even the organising committee deplore the situation together at the first meeting with the company.

Actually it is still hard for JYJ to get a chance to be on TV (entertainment/music programme) even though the group finished (practically won) the lawsuit with SM in 2012.  There is still no movement to cast JYJ as a singer, not as an actor. It has been years since the court ordered not to interfere JYJ’s activities, but JYJ has not been able to be on any stage, even at end-of-year awards which everyone comes.

The industry  doubts whether JYJ could continue activities while SM is practically dominating broadcasting area.

“For example, can you imagine JYJ on a show hosted by SM artists with Super Junior members? I don’t think so”, a staff expressed his/her doubts when JYJ was freed for activities.

An anonymous staff at entertainment department commented that “Once someone[at broadcasting company] breaks the ice, I guess JYJ will be free to appear. But whoever breaks it first, I hope I wouldn’t be the one”. Other source at drama department raised the question that “JYJ is having achievement in acting and musical but those are the fields that a big entertainment company cannot have such influence. So I don’t think JYJ is really free”.

Most experts say it is caused by the industry’s dynamics – means there is no ‘public’ pressure, but broadcasting staff and companies just do not even think about (casting JYJ) in order to keep their relationship with big management companies who has a lot of other celebrities.

When JYJ was appointed as the ambassador,  EXO was a newcomer. An anonymous source commented that “Whoever expected EXO would grow this big so fast? If Asian Games fails to keep its promise with JYJ, it would have to be seen as the committee gives more weight on EXO than JYJ. ‘Diversity Shines’ shouldn’t only be for Sports”.

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Full Statement for JYJ excluded from Asian Games Ceremony (C-JeS)

Full Statement for JYJ excluded from Asian Games Ceremony (C-JeS)

01 July, 2014

http://media.daum.net/entertain/culture/newsview?newsid=20140701161214583

Feb 2013, JYJ was appointed as official ambassador for 2014 Incheon Asian Games. At the press conference of appointment ceremony, the organising committee of Incheon Asian Games stated that “We appointed JYJ, the noted group in Asia in order to boots the event’s awareness and international promotion all over Asia”.

We, C-JeS Entertainment, made service contract in the form of written agreement as official ambassador with the organising committe’s PR company. The agreement includes the conditions that 1) organising committee agrees with JYJ in advance for any events related to Asian games and 2) JYJ will be the top priority when cast any Korean singers for opening/closing ceremony and other conferences for international press”. Furthermore, the head of the committe and PR staff promised JYJ’s appearance at finale stage for opening/closing ceremony.

After agreement, JYJ aggressively participated in promoton for Incheon Asian Games by releasing ‘Only One’, the official theme song, filming its Music Video and official CF, attending showcase in Vietnam and Guangzhou. The event planned in the Philippines was cancelled due to tragic typhoon.

And at the meeting with the organising committee of Asian Games last month, they asked us whether JYJ could attend the press conference with the ceremony’s director and we confirmed it would be possible after adjusting other schedules. However, there was no further discussion and somehow we did not even hear anything about today’s press conference.

During current phone calls, the committee said there was nothing finalised for direction. But today they released press release saying ‘Big stars will appear for Asian Game opening/closing ceremony’ and did not metion anything about JYJ, the official ambassador. Also the reply was not about stage order based on confirmed appearance but even the appearance itself is under discussion.

The organasing committee of Incheon Asian Games promised the finale stage of opening/closing ceremony. A couple of months ago they informed us that there might be collaboration with PSY at the finale stage and we took it as an honor considering that he is such representing artist of the country.

The Incheon Asian Games must fulfill its promise with us. If it is a public organisation established for the public good, it must keep its honor and loyalty. No one would understand the situation that JYJ is excluded from conference for opening/closing ceremony after the committee promoted JYJ as  the official face of  Asian Games to 4 billion people in Asia.

It will be nothing more than covering up the heaven with your palm if it blames a certain staff or gives excuse saying appearance at before ceremony can also fulfill the agreement. In a common-sense point of view, it is not acceptable to anyone if the singer who sang the event’s official song and worked for more than 1 year to promote Asian Games would only be before ceremony.

As you may have well known, we were cancelled the day before event when JYJ worked for Jeju Ireland’s ambassador. It was even after we received the cue sheet of the performance and booked flight to Jeju. There was no proper explanation and we filed official complaint to Korea Fair Trade Commissions and it was officially confirmed as unfair breach caused by external pressure. Even KFTC ordered to stop interference in JYJ’s activities.

At the meeting held in last May, we clearly stated to the committee that JYJ went through so many difficult incidents caused by external pressure and concerned about it would happen again at Asian Games. We even delivered our position that we were not willing to accept the offer if the committee could not fulfill its promise. Because such incidents not only hurt JYJ but also many fans in Korea and other countries as well. The committee deplored the situation JYJ is in and made sure that it would never happen at Asian Games.

We sincerely hope many people can listen this unfairness, while hoping that the organising committee’s  breach of promise is not caused by the unfair external pressure which JYJ has gone through so far.

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[ENG Trans] Official- Regarding original singer of ‘Seems I love you(사랑하나봐)’ remake incident

[ENG Trans] Official- Regarding original singer of XIA’s ‘Seems I love you’

June 02, 2014

https://m.facebook.com/CJESJYJ/posts/605914879503880

Greetings from JYJ Official account.

We hereby confirm that Junsu Kim is the original singer of ‘Seems I Love You[directly translated/can be I’m in love]’, that is currently promoted as SBS Drama’s OST by Seung-Cheol Lee.

On May 27, the songwriter Hae Sung Jeon informed us that Mr. Seung Cheol Lee would cover [commonly called re-make in Korea] the song which was registered as Junsu Kim’s 2nd Album’s copyrights. The release date was informed as June 05. We gladly agreed because we considered it as a process to cover the song upon the original singer’s approval in advance even though a right to use the song surely belongs to its songwriter.

However, the song was aired on MAY 29, 2 days after their notice, as a sound track on TV. And the next day, OST production released press release as the song is Mr. Lee’s new song without credits.

Due to failure of our promise to make credit of the original singer[Junsu Kim], we officially complained to the production on May 30. The company apologised us as well as SBS Promotion Team and informed us that its press release would be revised.
(Some reporters released articles saying that Junsu Kim is the original singer after checking with the production by themselves as they had already heard the original song on Junsu Kim’s album and concert.) However, official press releases still have not been released yet.

Furthermore, the official tweeter account of Seoug Cheol Lee* insisted that Junsu Kim is not the original singer of the song as Mr. Lee considered it for his album first**. Naturally, it is public’s rightful efforts to let other people know that there is the original singer exists because they are the one who knew the fact and loved the song as Jusnu Kim(XIA)’s song.

This incident was caused because no news or official SNS  related to this covered song stated the original credit after the song was aired on TV. We did not insist that we own the song and its full rights. All we requested was that the production would confirm that there is the original song exists and it’s officially registered as a track of Junsu Kim’s 2nd album on Korea Music Copyright Association.

As the management agency, we requested several times about this and neither claimed its ownership nor raised objection to Mr. Lee’s new song.
Therefore we hereby request the songwriter and the OST production would correct the fact so that both singers’ fans would not be confused anymore.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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[*@Official_LSC: followed by Seung Cheol Lee himself & his management company too, named as Lee Seung Cheol Official Account, It seems that one of fan-club member runs it with approval]

[** ‘Seems I Love You’ is officially registered copyright with XIA 2nd album ‘Incredible’. But this so-called official tweeter of Lee sent direct message to JYJ fans, threatening that fans would better remain silent because Lee ‘considered’ the song to put his album couple of a years ago first. But who is the one who actually sang the song and put it on the album with official copyright? Just because he’s a big senior in the industry, it doesn’t mean that he can use other young singer’s songs without any credits. ]

[Interview] Some quotes from Jaejoong’s Esquire Inverview

[Interview] Some quotes from Jaejoong’s Esquire Inverview 

[Translator’s note: I got Esquire NOV issue today and just wanted to share beautiful words from Jaejoong’s Esquire interview. ]

Q) You have Junsu and Yuchun’s name tatooed on your back[near spine].

– It means huge. Having their names on my body means I’ll be with them for my whole life.

Q) When did you get them?

– When JYJ was born. I’ve never had any regrets because they are the friends who went through the biggest pains and changes during my youth, by having the same dreams and achieving them together. If my grandson asks what those tattoos are when I become a grandfather, I guess I won’t hesitate to answer. Old memories would be forgotten slowly, but I’m proud of that I can remind myself of those memories by the tattoos and tell my kids about them.

Q) What do you normally do with your members?

– Just being together is all. There’s nothing more, They give me the strength just as they are. If my members weren’t be with me, I think I would die.  Normally it’s not that important that how many times you meet your best friends in a year. I meet Hyunjoong once or twice a year, but he is one of the best friends I can name. Recently Junsu texted me saying ‘What are you doing these days brother?’ and I was so happy that I wanted to show off it on my SNS.

Q) You are having the 10th year of your career since debut. What the last 10 years can tell the another 10 years for the future?

– I feel my age is meaningless. I think it’s meaningless to set something to do next year or at the age of 30 now. I like myself at this moment. I sometimes regret that why I didn’t realise this earlier. I enjoy my time as much as I can, and work as hard as I can. As time goes by, I realise that the happiness is just to put myself down sometimes and express what I feel. I used to keep my pains inside without people knowing and I guess many people got misunderstood about me because of this. Now I feel free and it helps me a lot.

Q) So are you saying you were happy with the last 10 years?

– Of course. I just feel sad that I could’ve been happier if I’d realised this earlier, looking back the past.

Q) Do you have any further you want to say?

– Please put this on the article : There is a connection that we must not let go when I think of the fans, JYJ and myself. There is different connection between us [fans & JYJ], comparing with other artists. And I think that’s one of the reasons that you[fans] love us for this long time. And it makes me to have stronger wills to do my best. I just would like to ask you[fans] not to be tired out, not let go of this connection we have, even though we get grow and changed.

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JYJ – Why can’t we see this fine idol on TV?

JYJ – Why can’t we see this fine idol on TV?
Aug 06, 2013
http://news.nate.com/view/20130806n26976

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[OSEN=Ga Yi YOON Reports]
‘Why can’t we see JYJ on music programmes despite of the fact that we can see the members on dramas and documentary narration?’

You probably wonder when you would actually be able to JYJ’s vocals and performances on Music Bank, Music Core and Ingy Gayo. We still can find no trace of JYJ on any entertainment programmes, including the major 3 music shows. There have been no changes of the situation since Fair Trade Commissions (hereinafter KFTC) gave SM Entertainment and Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry the correction order, not to interfere in JYJ’s activities. It must have disappointed the fans and C-JeS Entertainment, and of course the members of JYJ the most, as all expected any slightest way of going through TV appearance.

Yuchun Park and Jaejoong Kim continuously have appeared on dramas of major broadcasters. While Junsu Kim was focusing on musical career, the two have grown as dark horses of TV screen after getting leading roles of the dramas of major broadcasting companies. Also it was announced that Jaejoong Kim would take part in narration of MBC Special Documentary ‘Zoo is Alive 2’ to be aired on Aug 12. Junsu Kim also did the narration of its first series in Mar.

Actually broadcasting companies’ cultural and drama stations have no regulations on JYJ’s appearances. Especially in the case of dramas that are made by outsourcing productions, productions and broadcasters do not hesitate to cast JYJ members. They rather highly value the group’s influence because it has broad fan-base around the worlds, which helps dramas’ international promotion. There is no difference to offer and discuss about the members’ cast just like other actors.

Cultural stations have similar stance. MBC Documentary Special has had great result from promotion after Junsu Kim and Jaejoong Kim took part in narration as the two are well-known-animal-lover. Also viewers’ rating increase so the cast of JYJ is the best choice the staff can have.

However, entertainment departments are not generous with JYJ’s appearance at all. There has been hardly any chance to see the group on any entertainment programmes since 2010 when it made the new group after leaving TVXQ. No music programme allows appearances when it releases new albums and even the group never has had a chance to promote its members’ dramas on talk shows – very typical way of promotion when an idol member appears on dramas. Fans are pouring huge numbers of request on broadcasters’ website to see JYJ on the related programmes, but they have not listened so far.

Even after KFTC’s order, they just do not bat an eyelid. The entertainment departments of SBS, KBS and MBC are saving their breath about the possibilities of JYJ’s TV appearance. Recently we [OSEN] enquired about the future plans of JYJ’s appearance to high-ranking officials such as heads of department, but their replies were all so under-reacting and noncommittal.

Meanwhile, Junsu showed outstanding vocal and performance in front of approximately 20,000 fans at his Seoul concerts of the 2nd Asia tour from Aug 3 to Aug 4. Fans expressed their regrets saying – how can we not see this amazing performance on music programmes?

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[KFTC Press Release] Imposing sanctions on Interference in JYJ’s Entertainment Activities

Full Translation

[KFTC Press Release]
Imposing sanctions on Interference in JYJ’s Entertainment Activities
– Fair Trade Commissions Korea Gives Correction Order against SM and KFPCAI’s interferences in JYJ

Original: KFTC’s official press release http://bit.ly/163wHzR

(1) Fair Trade Commissions Korea (Chairman: Dae Rae RHO) gives correction order to SM Entertainment (hereinafter referred as ‘SM’) and Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry (hereinafter referred as ‘KFPCAI’) that interfered in the idol group JYJ’s TV appearances and activities as a singer.

– In June 2009, a legal dispute [between JYJ and SM] occurred when the three members of TVXQ (SM artist) raised an objection against the unfairness of their exclusive contract.

– In October 2010 when JYJ tried to resume its activities as a singer with its first album, SM and KFPCAI disturbed the group’s entertainment activities by sending an official document asking restraints on JYJ’s TV casting and appearances to the persons related in the industry after they made agreement on this interference.

– SM and KFPAIC’s agreement to restrain JYJ’s TV casting, appearances, album distribution and other activities were advised to 26 companies such as broadcasters, album distributors, MP3 distributors and others by the official document under the name of KFPCAI.

* JYJ: The group formed by the three members(Jaejoong KIM, Yuchun PARK and Junsu KIM) of the male-quintet idol group TVXQ (debuted on Jan 2004) after they left SM.

* SM: One of the top-3 entertainment management company in Korea. Sales 168.5 billion KRW / net profit 37.1 billion KRW in 2012 /Market share in album distribution: 30.3%(1st), MP3: 4.3% (6th) / managing artists – SNSD, Super Junior, SHINee, f(x), TVXQ and others.

* KFPCAI: Formed in July 2009. Aims to contribute improvement of Korean Pop culture and consisted of 12 related organisations such as KEPA (Korea Entertainment Producers Association) and CODATV (Corea Drama Production Association). SM is the organising body of KEPA.

<Background Acknowledgement>

1. JYJ applied for the injunction to invalidate the exclusive contract made with SM (31st July, 2009).

– (27th October, 2009) The court accepted the above injunction with its order that: 1) SM cannot make any contracts on behalf of JYJ 2) SM cannot raise objection or request cancellation against JYJ’s entertainment activities.

– (On 29th October, 2009) After the above ruling of the court, SM hold a press conference and criticised JYJ by calling the dispute as ‘national fraud’.

2. SM(April 2010), JYJ (June 2010) filed the lawsuits against each other regarding validity/invalidity of the exclusive, but the disputes were finished on 28th November, 2012 by the both sides’ agreement under arbitration.

– During this period, SM sent an official document to Warner Music Korea, the distributor of JYJ’s first album, requesting Warner Music to stop JYJ’s album release on 2nd October, 2010. It also applied for an injunction for prohibition of the album sales in October, 2012.

– After the above incident, JYJ applied for indirect order to the court against SM’s interference on 9th December, 2010 and the court also accepted this on 29th February, 2011.
(The court acknowledged that SM was ‘likely’ to violate its duty to not interfere in JYJ’s activities by considering the official document and press conference done by SM)

<Violation and Effect caused>

1. SM and KFPCAI agreed to disturb JYJ’s activities to maintain the industry’s order because the group raised a dispute against its management company.

 – (11th October, 2010) KFPCAI sent the official document to 26 related companies in music/broadcasting industry, asking not to make JYJ’s TV appearance/cast, distribute JYJ’s albums and MP3s.
(26 related companies are – Warner Music Korea, 3 Major broadcasting companies, 6 Music/Entertainment Cable Broadcasting companies, 11 album whole/retail companies and 5 on-line music services companies)

– The official document contained SM’s unconfirmed unilateral insists that: ‘injunction was only for money’, ‘duel contract with other management’ and others.
* (On 7th October, 2010) SM filed an injunction against JYJ, insisting JYJ made duel-contract with C-JeS Entertainment, but it was rejected by the court.

– Especially the document stated that JYJ’s appearances and album distribution would not only cause legal problems but also cause regression of pop culture and Korean Wave.

– Considering the fact that SM has certain influence as the one of the TOP-3 management and  KFPCAI is consisted of various associations of the industry, this document gave significant pressure to the companies interested.

2. After this, JYJ has had limited activities as a singer in Korea – not been able to appear on music/entertainment programmes.
(Considered Cases are – many cancellations of music/entertainment programmes’ cast/appearance, postponement of its songs on music charts, cancellation of film screening and many others)

– It is acknowledged that visual promotion via TV to the public is importance to JYJ as it is an idol group with dance music in general.


<JYJ’s album sales and ranking>

Album

SKK
Scandal

O.S.T

1st album (The Beginning)

2nd album (In Heaven)

Full-track

album

Limited

Edition

Luxury

Package

Full-track

album

Special

Edition

Date

10.9.16.

10.10.22.

10.11.22.

10.10.22.

11.9.27.

11.12.2.

Sales

76,951

99,903

98,311

92,649

220,442

62,790

Rank

13rd

8th

10th

11th

4th

18th

Main songs are: OST – ‘Found You’, 1st album – ‘Ayyy Girl’, 2nd album – ‘In Heaven’, ‘Get Out’

– JYJ’s activities have been focused on Dramas, Musicals, Commercials and overseas activities which SM has less influence.


<Action on the above issue>
: Correction Order (including notice of correction order)

– KFTC prohibited SM and KFPCAI from improper action on JYJ

– KFTC ordered KFPCAI to advise the 26 companies which received its official document about the fact that it received correction order from KFTC.

*Article applied for the order:

1) SM – Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act, Item 5 of Para. 1. Article 23 (Interference in business act)

2) KFPCAI – Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act, Item 4 of Para. 1. Article 26 (Prohibited act of association)

* The court ordered indirect order which it can claim compensation for damages in case such interference occurs because it acknowledged SM would be ‘likely to’ interfere JYJ’s activities. However, KFTC decided that SM DIRECTLY involved in interference in JYJ’s activities as a singer therefore gave prohibition order.

<Significance and expected effect>
This order has significant meaning as KFTC prohibited the big management company from disturbing the artist who is having disputes against it by abusing its influence with other business association.

There have been a lot of social issues raised regarding unfair contracts and practices in entertainment industry, however, many business actions are still being done by mainly management companies’ wills regardless of artists’ will or public demands.
(During the investigation period, KFTC received many petitions from fans and others demanding JYJ’s TV appearances.)

KFTC expects that this order would be served as a warning to similar case of unfair actions which could be occurred in entertainment industry.

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