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

[Exclusive] Interview: Why TVXQ is TVXQ




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.

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[Instagram] 150502 (PDT) Waiting Backstage, TVXQ! are watching Mayweather-Pacquiao Boxing Match Live!!


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While waiting backstage, TVXQ! are watching Mayweather-Pacquiao Boxing Match Live!!

You could see Yunh on the left corner, and on Yunho’s left side, the one with the white tank top standing behind a staff, is most probably Changmin!







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[News-The Korea Times] 150501 They’re here! Flurry of KTMF Stars Arrive in LA


For TVXQ, this year marks their third KTMF appearance after performing in 2008 and 2004. (Park Sang-hyuk / The Korea Times)


By Tae Hong

A flurry of stars arrived at Los Angeles International Airport’s international terminal Thursday for the 13th Korea Times Music Festival.

Enthusiastic fans gathered to greet artists, whom they will see live at the Hollywood Bowl on May 2.

Arrivals included TVXQ, EXID, Kim Bum-soo, Bada, Kim Yon-ja, Oh Seung-geun, Heejun Han and Kim Soo-hee.

The annual festival is a Los Angeles mainstay for both fans and families and the first Korean music celebration of its kind in the United States.

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Enthusiastic fans gathered to greet TVXQ. (Park Sang-hyuk / The Korea Times)



K-pop has proven infectious in these parts, Continue reading