Our choice for this week’s Weekly Idol goes to a very well-known veteran group. Say hello to TVXQ.
Also known as Tohoshinki, Dong Bang Shin Ki or DBSK, this popular group debuted in 2003 with five members – U Know Yunho, Hero Jaejoong, Max Changmin, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu. After appearing at a BoA and Britney Spears showcase with their debut single Hug, they gained huge popularity on home soil but also overseas. In Japan, they achieved the same level of success like their fellow labelmate BoA, releasing alternative MVs and Japanese versions of their well-known songs such as Rising Sun and O but also original Japanese tracks like My Destiny.
In 2009 Yoochun, Junsu and Jaejoong filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment and left the group the following year before forming their own group JYJ whilst TVXQ carried on as a duo with Yunho and Changmin.
Tri-angle with The TRAX and BoA
My Little Princess
This song has been widely covered by many Kpop idols e.g. EXO, SHINee, MBLAQ, INFINITE, ZE:A and BTOB
Why I chose TVXQ as Weeky Idol
My first brush with TVXQ was through Tri-Angle and I think the main thing that caught my eye was the group’s slick dancing. I thought I was over the boy group phase when I had calmed down from my 80s/90s pop music but somehow this quintet brought it all back for me. Alongside BoA and Rain they were one of the key players in helping me tread through the world of Kpop.
As well as their amazing routines, I was struck by their voices and harmonies. Not only could they dance, they could do Acapellas to great effect (check out Hug. This is from one of their Japanese concerts).
Despite the split affecting the hearts of many devoted fans, TVXQ have been considered “Kings of Kpop” because of their extensive success and their contribution to Kpop. Their name still lives on in many Cassiopeia whether it’s as a five member group or a duo.