By JONATHAN M. HICAP
April 15, 2010, 10:01am
The three of the five members of TVXQ (aka Tohoshinki), who sued SM Entertainment last year to void their contract, have formed a new group in Japan under Avex agency.
Xiah Junsu, Youngwoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun will be working as a new unit more than a week after Avex announced that Tohoshinki would be suspending their activities in Japan. Avex is Tohoshinki’s management agency in Japan.
The announcement on the formation of the new unit was announced by Tohoshinki’s Japanese fan club Bigeast.
The new chapter in the TVXQ saga comes just two days after SM Entertainment, the boy band’s agency in South Korea, filed a case against the three before the Seoul Central District Court to question the preliminary decision of the court last year, which indefinitely suspended the contracts of Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun with SME and allowed them to work on their own.
In addition, SME is seeking 2.2 billion won (about $2 million) from the three for the cancellation of a concert in China and commercial endorsements.
Avex has put up a new webpage for the three under its Rhythm Zone record label website to announce their first event.
On the website, the three did not use “TVXQ” or “Tohoshinki” to identify themselves but only used their names to avoid any legal dispute.
As a new group, their first activity is the Thanksgiving concert that will be held on June 5 and 6 at Kyocera Dome in Osaka and June 12 and 13 at the Tokyo Dome.
Fans of TVXQ, who are still reeling from the previous announcement about the suspension of the boy band’s activites in Japan, are saddened with this new development.
“I want to be positive but this absolutely breaks my heart. I don’t know what to say… Always Keep the Faith,” fan with the handle Keiyashi commented on onetvxq.com, the international TVXQ fan forum.
“I saw this coming, yes… but it’s so sudden. I can’t even think of words to express what I feel,” wrote another fan with the username Miss Ying.
In July last year, Yoochun, Junsu and Jaejoong sued SM Entertainment to void what they call their “slave contracts.”
The other two TVXQ members, U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin, did not join the three in the contract lawsuit and have remained committed to SME.
The case is pending in a Seoul court.
Source: Manila Bulletin Websites and Publications
Shared by: OneTVXQ.com