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November 16, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Maybe the reporter has nothing to do so she decided to write back issues. Kekeke… Don’t worry Ms. Jessica Kim of AsiaE, you’ll get bigger scoops as soon as you’ll help the boys.

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Tensions heighten between TVXQ and agency

2009.11.17 00:06

 

The rift between three members of boy band TVXQ and their agency SM Entertainment grew deeper last week as the singers failed to notify SM on whether they are willing to resume their activities in Korea next year as a five-member group.

The agency had announced during a press conference in early November that it would give Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu 10 days to make the decision but the three did not hand a response to SM by the deadline last Thursday.

“TVXQ will not be able to make a comeback to the local music scene early next year since in actuality, they refused to be members of the group,” SM said in a statement, adding they are “sorry to see such an outcome despite our will to see the band continue its activities.”

SM added that the three members however, told the company that they would not take part in a concert set to take place in Shenzhen of China on November 21, making it uncertain whether other pre-scheduled shows would be held.

The concert was one of the total 12 shows TVXQ was set to perform at as part of their third Asia tour which had been agreed upon in the middle of last year, and the three singers had agreed to participate and perform at all shows already set, despite the ongoing legal battle, SM explained.

A legal representative for the Hero, Micky and Xiah refuted SM’s argument, saying SM notified the group of the concert at a later period and failed to disclose a contract detailing the terms regarding the show. “Even their fans know the concert was not set to take place in Shenzhen…… SM did not show them the contract so they decided not to perform,” Lim Sang-hyuk, attorney at law firm KIM & SHIN said.

He also added that the three members are willing to talk with the agency as soon as issues over their unfair contract and shares of profit.

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. The band became the first foreign artist to top the Oricon singles charts six times with their 27th single “Share the World/We are!” released this year.

Jessica Kim jesskim@asiae.co.kr
<ⓒ10Asia All rights reserved>

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It’s hard to say, “I told you so.” to the ones who have bought the tickets most specially international fans when I almost tried to buy it too. TT__TT

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