JYJ life and biography

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JYJ biography

Date of birth : -
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Birthplace : Japan
Nationality : Japanese
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-06-03
Credited as : Japanese music group, ,

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JYJ (known in Japan as JUNSU / JEJUNG / YUCHUN) is a group created in 2010 by former Tong Vfang Xien Qi members JEJUNG, YUCHUN and JUNSU. They debuted first in Japan under Rhythm Zone sub-label after the group disbandment. In October, 2010, one month after their Japanese debut, the group debuted internationally with the album The Beginning. In January 2011 the trio debuted officially in Korea with the release of the "Music Essay" mini-album Their Rooms under C-JeS Entertainment management agency.

On September 8, their Japanese debut mini-album The... and a DVD featuring their dome tour were released. The mini-album contain all the new songs performed on the tour.

Later in September, the group debuted in Korea participating on the album Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST. The group sung the main theme of the dorama, which was also starred by YUCHUN, although not as JYJ, but credited as individuals. JEJUNG and JUNSU, also participated with one more song each one.

Although usually dorama's soundtracks were released even prior to the series broadcast (the dorama aired first on August 30, 2010), the album encountered difficulties for it's distribution. On September 13, a representative of the dorama distribution company, Raemong Raein, stated: "We contacted various companies with regards to the online distribution of the O.S.T, which the three members of Dong Bang Shin Ki participated in, but we have hit a roadblock and are unable to progress. [...] We believe this may be the work of a certain company using unfair corporate practices so we are planning to report the case to the Fair Trade Committee for further investigations".

As rumors about SM Entertainment being the "certain company" surfaced, the company denied the accusations. The soundtrack was finally released digitally on September 16, physically on September 20, under Vitamin Entertainment.

On September 28, 2010 it was announced the release of the trio's international debut album, The Beginning, on October 12th (which date was later pushed back a few days). The English album was produced by American singer/producers Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins. The lead track of the album "Ayyy Girl" counts, not only with by Kanye West's production, but also with his vocals and Malik Yusef participation. Each group member also composed one song for the album.

The trio held the "JYJ Worldwide Concert Tour" on eleven cities around Asia and USA from October 15th to November 27th for the promotion of the album, these being: Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Hawaii, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Seoul. Three days before the tour started they held their first showcase in Seoul on October 12th.

On December 31, 2010, the trio managed to perform on a Korean broadcast stage for the first time since their debut. It was on the "2010 KBS Drama Awards" and with the song "Chajatda", which was used as main theme song for YUCHUN's drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

On January 24, 2011, the trio released the Korean mini-album Their Rooms. This mini-album was released as a "Music Essay" and included a CD with six self-composed new tracks, plus a special packaging including a 150page diary along JYJ photos and essays.

Six months after avex suspended JYJ's activities in Japan, the company announced the release in March 2011 of a live album, THANKSGIVING LIVE IN DOME LIVE CD, and a DVD, Memories in 2010. Due the contract suspension neither of both would be promoted by the trio and, additionally, avex requested Oricon to exclude both releases from their sales charts. Oricon explained that avex released both the album and the DVD not for the group's promotion but for "revitalization of the market".

On February 17, 2011, it was announced that the Seoul Central District Court dismmised both lawsuits filed by SM Entertainment against JYJ, making SM Entertainment exclusive contract with the trio invalid, and their individual activities legal. This resolution would make possible for the trio to actively promote their releases in Korea and Japan. A week later, in February 24, the Court stated that if in case SM Entertainment would interfere with JYJ's activities, they will be obliged to pay ₩20,000,000 ($18,000) per each violation .

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