When people talk about KPOP, it’s almost always flowers, rainbows, and unicorn. One thing that I like about this genre is that positivity is such a big thing. You forget all your problems when you listen to songs from your favorite KPOP artists. And, you just feel like the world is a very beautiful place to live in knowing that there are handsome and beautiful people like the idols that exist.
However, that is not always the case. Sometimes, bad and dark things loom over the KPOP industry and it brings sadness to fans. One of the most controversial things that happened in KPOP is the split that happened between the members of the legendary group, TVXQ.
TVXQ started out as a group of five under SM Entertainment. However, misunderstandings and irreconcilable differences happened in the middle of their career, causing three of the members to depart the group and their company altogether. This brought fans to a miserable time. What was once the most celebrated boy band in KPOP has ended and the future remained a mystery.
However, after a few years, the three members who left all came together and decided that they could not just leave fans like that. Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu formed JYJ, a trio under C-JeS Entertainment. Their debut was not easy. When they left their previous company, they were banned from the three main terrestrial broadcast stations in South Korea. This left them with a little room to do promotions in South Korea. So, they penetrated the Japanese market instead.
JYJ was announced in April 2010 by Rhythm Zone, a sub-label of Avex. The group then performed during the four-day Thanksgiving Live in Dome and the nationwide “a-nation” tour throughout August. Along with these performances, the group also released their debut EP entitled “The…”. The album debuted at #1 on the Oricon album charts with over 240,000 copies sold just in the first week. This proved that despite the issues, the members still had it in them and the fans are there to support them.
In 2011, following their success in Japan, the group released their first Korean EP entitled “Their Rooms, Our Story”. The EP was in a “music essay” format. This means that the sales were counted as books and not as a CD. But, the album sold so well that it still charted on Hanteo.
In September 2011, the group released their first Korean full-length album entitled “In Heaven”. The title track was of the same name. This song is by far my most favorite JYJ track. It’s a ballad and it showcased just how good each and every member is through their vocal power. And, I guess I was not the only one to look forward to this release. There were more than 300,000 pre-orders of the album just on the first day of the advanced sales. When it was finally released, the album sold 165,000 copies in just three days and has reached 220,000 copies in October according to Gaon Chart.
Seeing that the Korean market is ready for them, they continued releasing Korean albums and songs throughout the years. They have also been active all over the world, with concerts held in different cities and countries worldwide.
In June 2012, JYJ held their first ever large-scale fan fair in South Korea called “2012 JYJ Membership Week”. The whole event was fully funded by the members themselves as a way of expressing their gratitude to the fans who supported them. The event included two sets of fan meetings that invited 15,000 Korean fans and 7,000 Japanese fans. During this time, there was a noticeable influx of foreigners and it actually generated huge economic benefits for South Korea. Because the event was so successful, the management has decided that the Membership Week will be held annually.
The group then went on to serve their mandatory time in the military. On November 5, 2018, Junsu returned after completing his service and this marked the completion of the military services of all members. This means that the group will soon return with new and uninterrupted releases.
Name: Kim Jaejoong
Birthday: January 26, 1986
Position: Main Vocalist, Visual, Face of the Group
As a child, Jaejoong really did not have the best childhood. He was born as Han Jaejun but his family gave him up for adoption. A family got him and changed his name to Kim Jaejoong. This really surprised me. Jaejoong is my bias and finding out this slightly tragic past of his made me love him even more. His hobbies include playing computer games, listening to music, playing the piano, composing songs, and cooking. Jaejoong is close with BoA, SS501’s Hyunjoon, Super Junior’s Heechul, BEAST’s Junhyung, and M.Pire’sLumin.
Name: Park Yoochun
Birthday: June 4, 1986
Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Yoochun grew up in the US. When he was in sixth grade, his family moved to the US and he lived in Fairfax, Virginia. But, he came back to South Korea to pursue a career in the KPOP industry and trained under SM Entertainment. He also started studying in South Korea and graduated high school with fellow member, Junsu in 2007. Yoochun isn’t that very lucky when it comes to love. He dated Hwang Hana, the granddaughter of the owner of Namyang Dairy Products Company. The two were actually engaged and was supposed to have their wedding in 2017. However, things got a little complicated and in May 2018, it was announced that he and his fiancée have separated.
Name: Kim Junsu
Birthday: December 15, 1986
Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer, Maknae
Music runs in Junsu’s family. He actually has a fraternal twin brother named Kim Junho who is a singer that is actively promoting in Japan and China under the stage name JUNO. He is also cousins with MOMOLAND’s Taeha. After graduating high school. Junsu took up Film and Musical Study atMyongji University and graduated in 2011. Like Yoochun, Junsu might have to try harder next time when it comes to love. In 2017, it was confirmed that he and EXID’s Hani are in a relationship. However, after a few months, it was revealed that they have broken up due to conflicts in their schedules.