Monday, October 8, 2012


DBSK (Dong Bang Shin Ki) is a Korean pop group that was formed in 2003 under the SM Entertainment umbrella. Comprised of five members; Yunho, Changmin, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, the group is also known as TVXQ! which is an acroynm for the Chinese Tong Vfang Xien Qi.

In 2008, the group's fourth Korean album, Mirotic, contained the smash hit of the same name. Mirotic debuted on top of the charts with its strong beat, and mixture of urban and electronic pop. The title song's theme was one of infatuation and obsession. In fact, the lyrics of Mirotic were deemed too sexually suggestive and therefore harmful to Korean youth by the Korean Commission of Youth Protection. In fact, in comparison to North American artists the lyrics are only mildly suggestive. At the center of the controversy as the phrase, "I've got you under my skin." Nevertheless, SM Entertainment agreed to make a clean version of the song, which was performed at 23rd Annual Golden Disk Awards.

Since 2009 DBSK has been comprised of only two members; Yunho and Changmin. Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu were involved in a contract dispute with SM Entertainment and when the group returned to performing it was as a duo with only Jung (U-Know) Yunho and Max Changmin. The three members of DBSK complained about the extraordinary length of their contracts - 13 years, and that the profits from the group were not distributed equitably. The contract dispute is still ongoing.

In 2011, DBSK released their fifth album, Keep Your Head Down and in 2012 they released their sixth album, Catch Me. Both title songs have done very well and feature Yunho and Changmin with a set of back-up dancers.

Keep Your Head Down is a combination of hip hop, electropop, and rap. The video has dance choreography characteristic of DBSK, with plenty of special effects and a rap section:

Catch Me has DBSK's familiar urban style and some very unique dance choreography and visual effects:

Jung Yunho joined SM Entertainment when he was thirteen after winning a dance competition. Although Yunho has branched out into acting, his main success has come in the past few years as a member of DBSK. Yunho was the target of an anti-TVXQ! fan in 2006. The fan somehow got onto the set of a variety show where Yunho was filming and laced his drink with superglue. Although he suffered no physical harm and was hospitalized for several days, he has said that it took him some time to cope with what had happened to him.

Max Changmin was the youngest member of DBSK when it was formed. He joined SM Entertainment after winning best singer and best artist in the annual talent search conducted by the entertainment agency.

This duo has an exciting future as they continue to develop their unique style of music and dance.

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