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110131 HanBanDo States “…Kim Jaejoong, We’re Still In Discussion, Nothing’s Confirmed”

The production company of ‘HanBanDo (The Korean Peninsula)’ released a statement regarding the rumors of Jang Dong Gun, Ha Ji Won and Kim Jaejoong starring in the new drama.

During a phone conversation on the 31th with Sports Today, a representative of the drama stated, “We heard of the news through online articles, but we’re still in discussion regarding the cast list and nothing has been confirmed yet.”

This representative also added that, “These actors know that they are being discussed for the respective roles. We think reporters chose a select few of all those being discussed to report,” and “We don’t know what to do because these reporters wrote articles that made it sound like actors are confirmed to appear when they’re not.”

Jang Dong Gun’s agency also stated, “There are many dramas and movies Jang Dong Gun is considering at this point and ‘HanBanDo’ happens to be one of them,” and “Because the movie ‘My Way’ is scheduled to film until autumn this year, he may not appear if his schedule doesn’t match that of the drama.”

On the other hand, ‘HanBanDo’ is a drama centered around a unified Korea and is said to have investments of 100 billion Won. A broadcasting company has not been chosen yet and it is planned to air in October.

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110128 Lee Sora would like to perform a duet with JYJ’s Junsu

Lee Sora chose JYJ’s Junsu as the male singer she would like to perform a duet with the most.

On January 28th, the female singer appeared as a guest on music show ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook‘, where she revealed, “In the future, I hope to perform a duet with Junsu.”

So far, Lee Sora has had an extensive past performing duets with top celebrities, including Park Hyo Shin, Lee Moon Sae, Kim Min Jong, and others. On this day, Lee Sora also showed off her powerful vocals by singing the song, ‘The Blues Inside of You‘, with MC Yoo Hee Yeol.

Yoo Hee Yeol felt very honored to perform a duet with Lee Sora, as he happily commented, “My dreams have come true. Today the singing was very well done.”

Meanwhile, Lee Sora further revealed through the show that her dream is to become a person who is good at singing.

 

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110128 JYJ play a “waiting game” during NII photoshoot



A short video clip from JYJ’s NII photoshoot has been catching the eyes of many fan girls.

On an online community site, a short video clip titled, “JYJ Waiting Game”, came up. This video showed JYJ members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu having fun while waiting for the photoshoot to resume.

The clip showed the various ways the three members waited.  Junsu sat on the floor resting, while Jaejoong pushed Yoochun on a chair, staring blankly ahead. Junsu then started laughing at the two being silly.

The fans who have seen this video commented, “The three are having fun”, “Yoochun is definitely an acting-dol”, “They’re so cute despite being Hallyu stars”.

Despite having to work, the three sure know how to have fun!

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110130 Jang Dong Gun, Ha Ji Won, and Kim Jaejoong may come together for new drama

Jang Dong Gun, Ha Ji Won and JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong will most likely unite to star in an upcoming drama called “Peninsula.”

This drama is going to be a big production; it is already reported to have a budget of 10,000,000,000 WON, which equates to nearly $9 million dollars. The drama will feature a united Korea (no separation between South and North), the united nation’s president, and his National Intelligence Director.

The president’s role is most likely going to go to Jang Dong Gun and Ha Ji Won is slated to be the female lead. Jaejoong is supposed to be play the Director.

Jang Dong Gun has revealed recently that he is interested in starring in this drama. Additionally, Ha Ji Won has expressed that she would like to join this production as soon as filming for her new movie ends.

One reps for the drama said, “Jang Dong Gun, Ha Ji Won, and Jaejoong are all 90% confirmed.”

The filming will begin in June and July and it will start airing in October.

 

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110130 JYJ’s Music Essay becomes Kyobo’s weekly bestseller

JYJ’s “Music Essay” has become Kyobo’s weekly bestseller!

The largest book retailer in Korea states that an overwhelming majority of JYJ’s “Music Essay” sales were from women in their 20’s and 30’s. To be more precise, Kyobo cited that 95% of its sales were from this group.

On their site, they accredit JYJ’s success to their enormous fan base and their participation in various activities. “Due to the members fandom and activities in dramas and musicals, their popularity can be seen by the huge amount of interest in them by the people in their 20’s and 30’s.”

Congratulations to JYJ!

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110131 KARA and JYJ: “Slavery” or “Betrayal”?

With the recent news of KARA’s contract negotiations and JYJ’s “Music Essay” reaching #1, the debate between management companies and artists has once again become a hot topic, and this time both sides are speaking out.

Featured in a segment called, “JYJ and KARA, why did they do it?”, on MBC’s “News Magazine 2580” (시사매거진 2580), representatives from both sides spoke out, and Junsu and Yoochun themselves discussed their controversial decision and artists’ rights.

Park Yoochun confessed that he fully knew that he “might never be able to be a star again” when he decided to leave SM Entertainment, but even with this realization, he still needed to “find happiness and leave.”

Kim Junsu, Kim Jaejoong, and Park Yoochun left their band, TVXQ, and management group, SM Entertainment, in July of 2009, citing differences in regards to the length and terms of contract. The best known of these claims is SM Entertainment’s lack of transparency regarding group finances, and that the 13 year term of contract was far too long. However, the boys’ decision to leave and regroup as JYJ has not been a walk in the park, especially with them facing an unstated ban from popular music programs (SBS Inkigayo, MBC Music Core, and KBS Music Bank all declined to give statements or explanations).

Regarding this, Junsu said, “I think that it is very weird that we cannot appear on broadcast television. I learned that it truly is difficult for a Korean singer to perform on a stage, and it is what I resent most.”

Fast forward to almost a year and a half later, and three members of KARA: Jung Nicole, Han Seungyeon and Kang Jiyoung, have moved to terminate their contract with their management group, DSP. The group also cites lack of transparency and suspected mishandling of group finances – especially regarding the money they raised and earned through overseas promotions and activities in Japan.

On the flipside, the show also found that a management company invests an average $1,800 per person per month during the artists’ training years. Covering everything from food and housing to lessons, promotional fees, and spending money, costs can accrue during the process that could last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. The segment also cites that one popular 7 member girl group incurred 2.9 billion won in training fees alone over the course of 4 years.

In defense of the industry, a representative from Core Contents Media (the management company of groups T-ARA, Davichi, and 5Dolls) said, “Management companies have to blindly and continuously invest money… Most people underestimate how much money we pour into our artists, and overestimate how much they make when in the market. We do what we can, but this is the way it works.”

With netizens lining up and crying “slavery” or “betrayal”, and with passions still running high, we hope that for the sake of the fans, this battle between artists’ rights and management costs will somehow find a resolution soon.

 

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110131 Tickets for JYJ Junsu’s ‘Tears of Heaven’ sell out in 2.5 minutes

The third performance of JYJ Junsu’s musical, ‘Tears of Heaven’, sold out all 4,500 tickets in just 2 minutes and 30 seconds, proving once again his powerful influence over ticket sales.

For reference, the very first sale of 10,500 tickets were sold out in 5 minutes, the second round sold out 10,300 tickets in 3 minutes 30 seconds, and now this recent third round of ticket sales sold out in the fastest time yet. Regarding this happy event, Junsu expressed, “Thank you so much to the musical lovers and my fans.”

‘Tears of Heaven’ will be a massive production, as it brings together world talents like composers Frank Wildhorn (‘Jekyll and Hyde’), Gabriel Berry (‘Sweeney Todd’), and musical star Brad Little.

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