[Instagram] 150506 Changmin with TVXQ! Dancers at their Farewell Dinner at FDC

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Farewell Dinner at FDC. Always good seeing these guys in LA! Safe travels! #TVXQ #동방신기 #창민#Hollywoodbowl

 

 

 

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[Interview-The Korea Times] 150505 [Exclusive] Interview: Why TVXQ is TVXQ

[Exclusive] Interview: Why TVXQ is TVXQ

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By Tae Hong

In K-pop, there’s superstars, and then there’s TVXQ.

The record-breaking, long-beloved Hallyu kings arrived in Los Angeles last week to perform at this year’s Korea Times Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

The band burst onto a blossoming, not-yet-global K-pop scene in 2003 and soon became a pillar of the genre’s expansion to the rest of Asia, most prominently Japan. The road here hasn’t always been sunshine and roses — the band famously lost three members in a contract dispute a few years back — but Yunho, 29, and Changmin, 27, now 12-year veterans of an industry that spins faster by the minute, have made it this far.

As idols, expectations of the TVXQ brand rise with each single. You would imagine it’s a kind of pressure unknown to most.

As the pair tells the Korea Times hours before the show, surrounded by busy staff and outfitted in sweats and jeans before stylists descend upon them, dealing with being TVXQ is all in the approach.

Pressure translates into gratitude for Changmin. Hundreds of new idols flood the K-pop landscape yearly. TVXQ are idols to those idols.

He hears it from them often, that they grew up Continue reading