JYJ Junsu and Super Junior Eunhyuk ranked at #4
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JYJ Junsu and Super Junior Eunhyuk ranked at #4
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Super Junior’s Eunhyuk revealed cute kiddie photos of himself and his classmates in his dance group SRD.
On the May 29 broadcast of SBS’ Strong Heart, actress Choi Yoon Young of the film Korea revealed that she was elementary school classmates with Super Junior′s Eunhyuk.
Eunhyuk confessed, “I dreamed of becoming a singer from when I was little. I was the member of a dance team named SRD. SRD stands for song, rap and dance. It meant that we should be a group with all three skills in order to become singers.”
The photo also showed JYJ member Kim Junsu and Choi Yoon Young when they were kids, about which Eunhyuk said, “Junsu was popular with the younger kids, and I was popular among the older girls.”
It turned out Choi Yoon Young also had something to show about herself.
In letters the two used to exchange, Eunhyuk seemed to call Choi Yoon Young ‘Eugene’.
Choi Yoon Young said, “I was in a dance team also in elementary school. We mostly sang S.E.S. songs, and I was in charge of Eugene’s parts.” She then danced out some of her moves from the past to prove she fit her role perfectly.
Original Tittle: Big Bang, JYJ, Super Junior, B2ST – Opening of “World Tour” war this year
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding many idols about their “slave contract,” especially in SM Entertainment. TVXQ’s Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun left SM Entertainment because of it, and so did Super Junior’s Hangeng, quoting the same reason. However, are their actions justified? SM Entertainment puts in an uncountable amount of effort, time and money to build the idols to what they are now.
So how much does it take to make one person to be an idol?
When SM Entertainment trainees sign a contract, they sign up for at least 3 years of training. During their trainee season, everything is paid for – including food, transportation and even dorms are provided for those who live too far away to travel back and forth every day. Not only this, but trainees get lessons on dancing, singing, acting and foreign languages. They are paid to go to gyms and hair salons and even to get plastic surgery if required.
Everything they need is paid for, and each person costs on average 20,000,000 KRW – 40,000,000 KRW ($18,000 USD – $36,000 USD) per year, and many end up costing more. Since large companies such as SM Entertainment has at least 20 trainees at a time, money spent on trainees end up being over 1,000,000,000 KRW ($900,000 USD) per year.
On average, every trainee spends about five years training. So if one person need 150,000,000 KRW ($135,000 USD) to debut, a 9-member group such as Girls’ Generation will need at least 1,300,000,000 KRW ($1.2 million USD).
However, for them to debut, a manager needs to be hired, a car needs to be bought, and a dorm needs to be prepared. On top of that the artists need stage outfits, and albums need to be made, produced and promoted. In the end SM Entertainment spends at least 2,000,000,000 KRW ($1.8 million USD) just on their debut, and will keep spending about the same amount even after debut. For bigger groups like Super Junior the money is exponentially more. TVXQ also costs incredible amount of money because of their heavy promotions in both Japan and Korea.
Does this change your perspective of the contracts?
Spanish translation for this article is available HERE (traducción en español aquí), courtesy of our reader Bea.
TheJYJFiles Editor’s Note: On August 4, 2009 radio host Son Sok Hee, interviewed Yang Seong Hui, a journalist from the Culture Department of The Joongang Daily, regarding the cultural and societal issues that were raised by ChunJaeSu’s lawsuit. Even though this interview was conducted over a year ago, we felt the need to share this with our readers for it provides a good explanation of the financial and personal costs of the idol industry. Additionally, Yang Seong Hui provides the rationale behind both the artists’ and their management company’s actions. A definite must read. The link to the audio file from this radio show can be found HERE.
August 4, 2009 Son Sok Hee’s Main Focus – Broadcast on Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Lawsuit
By Son Sok Hee:
English transcription by: Jimmie@TheJYJFiles
Today’s Part 4 of the show will focus on the latest news from pop culture. Popular group Dong Bang Shin Ki is in the midst of a conflict with their management company. And it is creating quite an impact in pop culture, so we will be discussing it today.
Dong Bang Shin Ki members Youngwoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu; they might not be familiar names to our listeners, but amongst the teen population they are extremely famous people. These three people have filed an injunction request for the invalidation of their exclusive contracts against their management company SM Entertainment. The length of their exclusive contracts is 13 years, which they argue make them lifelong contracts. They claim that they haven’t received just compensation from their management, once again raising the issue of the unequal relationship between singers and their management companies, sometimes dubbed slave contracts, which in any case is thickening the intrigue and shock with regards to unfairness in the industry.
Dong Bang Shin Ki is not only a high-profile group in Korea but also in Japan. In any case, because this is a conflict between Korea’s biggest company and one of the most famous groups, I am curious about the details and background to it all.
We have via connection Yang Seong Hui from the Culture Department of the Joongang Daily. As I said earlier, the three members have announced that they have filed an injunction request for the invalidation of their exclusive contracts. Why all of a sudden now?
This is old but I want to share with you guys.
HanKyung ex-member of Super Junior
On Wednesday 22nd December 2010,
Yesterday, HanKyung won the case. Some follower asked me ‘Is there any hope for JYJ? can u pls let us know?’
I don’t want to write this.. Because I don’t tell the result before the judgement come out.
And it is hard to write in English because there’re too many Korean legal words.
(I tried to interpret it in English easily.
But it’s still too difficult to understand….ㅠㅠ
I just want that it helps to understand the issue and alegal basis easily..)