TVXQ, an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (traditional Chinese: 東方神起), stylized as TVXQ!, is a South Korean pop group formed in 2003 under SM Entertainment. In South Korea they are known as Dong Bang Shin Ki(Korean: 동방신기), often abbreviated as DBSK; and in Japan as Tohoshinki (Japanese: 東方神起). Their name translates to “The Rising Gods of the East”.
The group debuted in 2003 as a 5 member boy band consisting of leader U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu. In July 2009, the latter three filed for an injunction against their Korean agency SM Entertainment. This led to TVXQ ceasing all public activities and appearances after 2009. After a hiatus of 2 years and 3 months, TVXQ returned as a duo consisting of Yunho and Changmin.
TVXQ is one of Asia’s most successful acts and they have been labelled as “Asia’s Stars” and “King of K-pop” as certified by their Tone Tour in Japan for their immense success and contributions to Korean pop.Since their debut, TVXQ has released 6 Korean albums, 5 Japanese albums, over 20 Korean singles and over 30 Japanese singles. According to Gaon Chart and Oricon, till October 2012, TVXQ has sold over 11.7 million copies of albums alone throughout their career in Korea and Japan alone, excluding sales from other Asian and international countries, and 20 million copies in world-wide. TVXQ’s The Best Selection 2010 broke several records for being the first foreign male artists to surpass the 700,000 mark in Japan.They have two official fanclubs in Korea and Japan, known respectively as Cassiopeia and BigEast, the former which notably earned a Guinness World Record in 2008 and 2011 for its size and is said to be one of the largest fan clubs in the world, boasting 800,000 fans in Korea alone.
TVXQ topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart for the ninth time with the release of their single “Keep Your Head Down” from their album of the same name in Japan, expanding their record for the most number-one singles by a foreign artist. It is the second time since Oricon inaugurated searching for sales in 1968 that a single by a foreign artist gathered more than 200,000 copies sold in the first week. The initial occurrence happened in 2009, when TVXQ sold 256,000 units of “Break Out!”.
In 2011, TVXQ returned as a duo with the release of their Korean pop album Keep Your Head Down, which ranked at No. 1 on the Gaon Chart two weeks after its release. Their full-length Japanese album TONE was released on September 28, 2011, selling 205,000 copies in its first week and reaching #1 on the Daily, Weekly and Monthly Oricon Charts. This is the first time in TVXQ’s history that they have achieved a #1 in all 3 Oricon rankings charts. Since their 2011 comeback, TVXQ has sold more than 1 million copies in Korean album sales and Japanese singles and album sales. Billboard described the group as “K-pop royalty”.
TVXQ are infamous for their acapella. Their ease with harmonizing persisted throughout their career and is used frequently in their songs, from slow ballads like “Tonight” to fast tempo pop like “Mirotic”. Many of TVXQ’s releases are ballads and many of their non-single tracks on their first four Korean albums were ballads. Their most famous and critically acclaimed music in Japan have been ballads, some with R&B influences. They have released music in other genres in Japan as well, ranging from electronica to dance to rock. With the release of TONE, TVXQ experimented with more pop and electronic music, but ballads such as “Duet”, “Back to Tomorrow”, and “シアワセ色の花” appeared on the album.
Their most famous Korean singles have been pop. Their single “Mirotic”, a heavy-urban dance song with electropop and synthpop influences, is considered one of the staple songs of K-pop.TVXQ’s pop music is often characterized by its harmonizing vocals, high notes, and electronic, dance, and R&B influences. It is also known for the high notes and “screams” by member Max Changmin. TVXQ have also released R&B, electronica, dance, and hip hop music. Some of their R&B songs have elements of dance-pop. In 2011 they released “Before U Go“, which was contemporary R&B.
Their first and second Korean albums have included Rap rock. They have done two rap rock songs with Korean rock band TRAX. Their fourth Korean album, Mirotic, had genres of electronic, dance, ballad and had more heavy urban songs and less ballads from other albums.
Lyrics and composition
Although the composition and writing of songs were handled by staff in their early years, TVXQ gradually began to produce their own compositions and lyrics. On their second Korean album, Rising Sun, Micky, U-KNOW, and Xiah wrote the rap lyrics to “Love After Love”. For their third Korean album, “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap., Micky wrote the English rap lyrics to “Phantom Hwanyeong” and Xiah wrote and composed “White Lie…”. For their second Asia tour concert “O”, U-know wrote and composed his solo, “Spokesman” (feat. Donghae from Super Junior). Their fourth Korean album, Mirotic, saw an increase in the members’ participation. Max wrote the Korean lyrics for “Love in the Ice”, Hero wrote and composed “Don’t Cry My Lover”, Micky wrote and composed “Love Bye Love”, and Xiah wrote the lyrics to “Picture of You”.For their third Asia tour concert “Mirotic”, U-know wrote and composed his own solo again, “Checkmate”, in both Koren and Japanese.
For their third Japanese album, T, Micky wrote the lyrics for “Kissしたまま、さよなら” (As We Kiss, Goodbye) and co-composed the song with Hero.Micky also wrote the lyrics for his solo, “My Girlfriend”, for the second single in the Trick project, Runaway/My Girlfriend.Xiah composed his solo track, “Rainy Night”, for the third single in the Trick project. Hero wrote and co-composed “Wasurenaide” (忘れないで lit. Don’t Forget?) and Micky wrote and composed “Kiss the Baby Sky”. Both songs were included on their twenty-fifth single, “Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide”, as the last two A-sides.The songs later appeared on their fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code, along with the song “9095”, which was composed by Hero.
For their fifth Korean album Keep Your Head Down, Max wrote the lyrics for his solo ballad “고백 (Confession)”. He also wrote the lyrics for “I Swear ” on their sixth Korean album Catch Me. U-Know has expressed wanting to release more of his own compositions in the future.
|Current members (2003–)|
|Stage name||Birth name||Date of birth|
|U-Know||Jung Yunho||정윤호||February 6, 1986 (age 27)|
|Shim Changmin||심창민||February 18, 1988 (age 25)|
|Former members (2003–2009)|
|Stage name||Birth name||Date of birth|
|Kim Jaejoong||김재중||January 26, 1986 (age 27)|
|Micky||Park Yoochun||박유천||June 4, 1986 (age 26)|
|Kim Junsu||김준수||December 15, 1986 (age 26)|
Yunho debuted in his first leading role in Heading to the Ground in 2009 and has taken on musicals as well. In 2013 he is set to appear in the series Queen of Ambition. Changmin has secured a role in the drama series Paradise Ranch and then played a North Korean spy in a Japanese film. Both of them appeared in the 2012 biographical movie I AM