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TVXQ – Dispute Recap August 7, 2009

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The never ending dispute.. I wonder when it’s going to be resolved. I really want to see TVXQ again and no more drama ! SM Entertainment postponed their SM Town 2009 which caused a stir between the fans. For those of you who haven’t try to read any news and want to follow up, you can read these excerpt from Sookyeong. She did the recap nicely. Kudos to Sookyeong to do this recap:

Updates on the case of the lawsuit against SM Entertainment.

  1. The situation, the truth and distortions (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/dong-bang-shin-ki-the-situation-the-truth-and-distortion/)
  2. SM’s refutation against their cast (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/sm-entertainments-refutation-they-made-11b-krw-after-debut/)
  3. The 3 members’ official stand about their case against SM (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/dbsk-hero-micky-and-xiahs-official-stand-about-their-discord-with-sm/)
  4. The 3 members apply for retractile effect on 31st July (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/dong-bang-shin-ki-xiah-micky-and-hero-for-a-lawsuit-against-sm/)
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KPop in Time Magazine August 6, 2009

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Very very interesting. I came accross this article and find it a bit controversial.

Korean Pop – Flying Too High?

Indeed, with competition in the industry growing fierce, buying exposure for your stable of stars is becoming almost a necessity. The success rate for new acts is low. Perhaps one in 20 make it, but producers have investments to protect. By the time budding superstars are ready to go public, at least $50,000 may have been sunk into their grooming. To have any chance of a return, artists need exposure on radio shows and in the tabloids that cover the entertainment industry. Most important are appearances on the 20 or so entertainment shows run by the big three television networks—MBC, KBS and SBS—and on a few prime cable music-video shows. The exposure can cost more than $350,000, most of it for television. Producers consider it a bargain—the same amount spent would buy just 10 minutes of prime commercial advertising time, barely enough for three songs.

Getting plugged into the TV circuit is key to pushing your wannabe heartthrobs up the music charts. Run by TV stations, the charts provide a much-watched yardstick to gauge band popularity. But some say the charts are slanted in favor of the stars who make the most small-screen appearances—in Korea, rankings are only partly based on CD sales and fan voting. That makes TV appearances all the more important. “Bribing is marketing,” says an industry official. “With the least amount of money, you get the most effect.”

There is growing sentiment that the music business needs to clean up its act. Money has poured into the market, and too many production companies chase a finite pool of fresh talent. The top idols are still selling a million-plus CDs each time out, but average sales for second-tier artists have slipped by at least 20%. MP3 copying over the Internet is taking a big bite out of total sales, which slipped 9% last year.

Shady business customs could stifle development over the long term, says Lee Sang Ho, the television journalist who produced the MBC K-pop exposé. While other Korean industries have been bringing their business practices up to global standards, the pop music industry remains stuck in the past, Lee says. “The main problem is a lack of transparency. This has to be said for the betterment of the Korean mass music industry.” (Ironically, prosecutors have charged a former MBC producer with bribe taking.)

The probe, which has been ongoing for at least three months, seems likely to widen. Kim, the lead agent on the case, says investigators are now looking at the possibility that SM Entertainment violated laws governing the stock market. They suspect that SM Entertainment used its stock exchange listing to curry favor with TV executives, in some cases giving them free shares prior to SM Entertainment’s IPO in April 2000. On the books, the handouts were recorded as sales but the money was never collected, Kim alleges. The company released a statement saying it followed “normal procedures” in its IPO and pointedly denied an allegation that it distributed shares to the wife of a TV executive.

Lee, SM Entertainment’s boss, is in the U.S. until August on business, according to the company. Meanwhile, Kim says at least 10 more television producers and journalists covering the entertainment industry will be brought in for questioning this week. Some suspects are already in hiding or overseas, says Kim. But “we will not stop our investigation until we get to the truth and punish those responsible,” he says. “We are concerned [the investigation] could paralyze the show business industry, so we are going all out to expedite it.”

The stars themselves are just hoping this will all blow over soon. With their managers spending half the time answering questions from prosecutors, or hoping not to be the next one called in, it’s hard to keep a tune going. J.T.L.’s Jang says he’s not sure if the upheaval will really clean things up. “Once your expectations are too high then you can just get more disappointed,” he says. Fellow band member Lee Jae Won declines to discuss the investigation, saying it wouldn’t be wise for a pop star to bad-mouth the industry. “That’s like asking us to dig our own graves,” he says.

For high-profile boy bands like god, the scandal could taint what should be a heavenly ride to the top. If fans begin to doubt the legitimacy of their idols, the pact the industry’s producers seem to have made with capitalism’s darker forces could take the wind out of Asia’s most dynamic music scene. Even an act of god might not save K-pop.

—With reporting by Kim Yeoshin and Kim Yoo Seung/Seoul

With all of the things happening between TVXQ and SM Entertainment, KPop industry got the impact around the world. Good thing because KPop became well known, Bad thing because it’s well known for the bad stuff.

TVXQ – part II August 3, 2009

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Excerpt from Korea Times

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Three members of the pop group TVXQ ― Micky, Xiah and Hero ― said Monday that their recent legal action against their agency did not signal the disbanding of the group and they, along with members Max and U-Know, will keep their promise to fans to stick together.

In a legal document released through the law firm Kim & Shin, the three stated that their 13 year exclusive contract with SM Entertainment was no different from a binding lifelong contract. They also said that they were not treated fairly by the agency in terms of profit distribution.

The press release explained that they have been carrying out a vigorous schedule ever since their debut in 2004, flying between Japan, China and Korea with only three to four hours to sleep everyday.

“(They) have had health problems and finally reached their physical limits, but SM Entertainment continued to send them abroad and plan excessive activities. Thus, the three members have started to hope they will be able to continue their careers as they wish, instead of being used as tools for the agency’s profits,” the statement read.

It also said that the provisional disposition had nothing to do with the members’ private business endeavors in the makeup industry, and was focused on the unfair contract.

“The contract period spans 13 years, and including military services, this can add up to almost 15 years. This is basically until we retire from the entertainment business. The contract also states that if we cancel the contract, even under agreement, we will have to pay several trillion won in penalties,” the statement said.

The members were given 0.4 to 1 percent of total album sales following a revision of the contract in February. The initial contract stated that the members would be awarded 10 million won each if the previous album sold more than 500,000. If the albums were sold fewer than 500,000, the members would not receive anything.

The statement added that the three members tried to communicate with SM Entertainment, but the agency continually brought up the issue of their makeup business and avoided further settlements.

“SM Entertainment’s attitude made them realize there was no hope in solving the situation through communication, and the members finally decided to take legal action to further settle the case.”

The members concluded the statement with a comment to their fans, saying that they “were sorry for surprising and disappointing their fans.”

Micky, Xiah and Hero stirred fans and the industry by submitting the application for provisional disposition to terminate the validity of their contract to the Seoul Central District Court Friday.

SM Entertainment did not release a follow-up statement, but said that the band would continue performing and that it believed their career would continue.

sanghee@koreatimes.co.kr

TVXQ – Continue August 1, 2009

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I can’t stop reading all the news until I know that TVXQ and SME has achieved some common grounds.. But for now, the article from DNBN below is the best one.

Note: DNBN – the biggest DBSK fansite.

dongbangSource: DNBN

TVXQ Breaking News July 31, 2009

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I’m so sad, why all of these are happening.. this shouldn’t happen to good people like TVXQ who worked really hard and earned a lot of recognition from around the world. Hopefully the saga isn’t going to continue.

Read everything on Allkpop:

TVXQ United Against SM?
http://www.allkpop.com/index.php/full_story/tvxq_united_against_sm/

SM Entertainment’s Official Stand on TVXQ
http://www.allkpop.com/index.php/full_story/sm_entertainments_official_stand_on_tvxq/

Round 1: TVXQ vs SM Entertainment. TVXQ is really breaking up?
http://www.allkpop.com/index.php/full_story/round_1_tvxq_vs_sm_entertainment._tvxq_is_really_breaking_up/

From my point of view:
1. TVXQ activities isn’t removed from SM Entertainment website. Despite these news: As of now, all TVXQ notices and schedules on the SM Entertainment homepage have been deleted, including the SM Town Concert schedule. After checkin the SM Entertainment website, I’m so glad that all TVXQ activities are listed under the SM Town Concert. That should mean something unless SME is hiding something from the netizens or cassies.

2.  TVXQ has had a 13 year (according to some) “slave contract,” with SM Entertainment. Should they know about this from the beginning? I guess, when they first sign the contract, they should know that it’s actually printed clearly in the contract. I can’t blame SME on this part because TVXQ member should’ve known from the beginning

3. SM Entertainment stated, “TVXQ is a band that represents Asia, they must absolutely continue actitivies. The cosmetics company issue, will be resolved.” Blahhh.. hopefully this isn’t only a press release. They should resolved this from the beginning. They can’t OWN TVXQ ! TVXQ is TVXQ. Eventhough SME created them, but they can’t control what TVXQ wants to do with their own money.

4. “Male group Dong Bang Shin Ki, Hero of the members, mikkiyucheon, Xiah, present in court against SM Entertainment to remove an exclusive contract of a provisional disposition effect” . The same reason as above. SME should’ve let TVXQ to invest in anything that they want as long as it didn’t damage their image.

Hmmm… hopefully this doesn’t continue for long.. I want TVXQ and SME to be in happy terms

T.T

Source: Allkpop and CBS