I am a general k-pop fan who listens to many artists, and I am not a die-hard fan of any particular artist.
I liked TVXQ, and as a Korean-American, I was proud of their success in Asia, and had a great respect for their talent & music.
When 3 members filed a lawsuit against SME, that made me wonder why all the members didn't join the lawsuit together. It didn't make sense. If the contract was unfair like the 3 claimed, then why didn't the other two stayed with SME? Why couldn't they all agree on the actions to take together?
I began to suspect that this whole situation is probably not what it appears to be, so I went right to the source of the trouble and checked out the contract.
There are many interpretations of TVXQ's contract on personal blogs and fan sites, and they were all pretty similar. They all blamed SME and claimed the contract is a "slave" contract, but if that was the case, why would YunHo and Changmin stay and didn't join the other 3?
So instead of relying on those personal blogs and fan sites, I downloaded the contract submitted to the Korean Central court and read the contract submitted with the judgment transcript for the temporary contract injunction.
If any of the readers are interested and know Korean, or have a Korean friend who can translate it, here's the link to the Korean Central Court website's document. Click on the pdf file to download.
After reading the contract, I realized that most of the info on the web are twisted and misinterpreted on purpose to make it look a lot worse than it actually is.
So I decided to dig deeper and get as much information as possible to find out what really happened, and why TVXQ, arguably the biggest k-pop band in Korea, broke up.
There are vast amount of info that I've found, and they're mostly in Korean, so it's going to take a long time for me to translate everything, but I am going to try to provide as much info as possible.
What I've realized is that most information on the web are heavily biased towards JYJ, and what's available to international fans are limited to those blogs/fansites and unlike Korean & Japanese fans who have access to accurate info, international fans are only relying on wrong info.
The purpose of this blog is to let the fans know the TRUTH, and I am going to present the information I've found with as much explanations and with the sources if available.