[Opinion] Will ‘Music Bank’ and ‘Inkigayo’ open for Junsu’s solo comeback?
It is announced that JYJ’s Kim Junsu will be releasing his solo album in May. JYJ is the representative Hallyu singers and they are the stars that many fans are waiting for. In addition, Kim Junsu left a strong impression of his role as Tod in the musical ‘Elizabeth’ in the first half of this year. Not only are local fans anticipating his solo album, it is also garnering interest overseas.
However, it is unknown if he can appear on music programs with his solo album. Immediately after the album release, Kim Junsu will be holding his first formal concert at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on May 19 and 20. A week after the concert, he will be starting his Asia concert tour to six Asian cities from Thailand on the 27th. Performances on music programs that can be broadcasted would fully fill up his weekend schedule.
‘Music Bank’ that changed their words only made fans worry… Who will take the responsibility?
If you are a JYJ fan, you will all know the fact that they cannot appear on terrestrial entertainment programs. There were countless of times when it was cancelled after the final decision had been made. While promoting as TVXQ, they experienced an exclusive contract dispute with SM Entertainment management agency. In the end, they formed a new group called JYJ, but we have never once seen JYJ appearing on music programs. We could only see JYJ singing OSTs in year-end award ceremonies.
In May last year, when viewers asked KBS 2TV Music Bank the reason why JYJ could not appear on the program, it said, “JYJ did not release a formal album so they could not be part of the total ranking. Henceforth, if an album is released, entertainment programs – Music Bank, etc will review and discuss with the production crew if JYJ can appear on them.”
However, the response was different when JYJ released their first Korean album. When fans objected to JYJ’s omission from Music Bank’s chart, it brought up the lawsuit problem with previous management agency SM Entertainment. According to Music Bank, it said, “Although the situation continues to change with the release of a formal album and the application of injunction, the original lawsuit between JYJ and SM is still in progress.” Music Bank also changed its words by saying, “We will postpone the appearance of entertainers who are in the middle of a lawsuit. Our stance on observing the progress of the lawsuit until the end will not change.”
According to Music Bank’s main reasoning, even though Kim Junsu releases his solo album, he will not be allowed to appear on music shows as he is a part of JYJ. Although he has put a lot of effort in making the album, he is denied of the chance to meet viewers due to the ‘lawsuit’.
Formed for 2 years… We want to see JYJ who overcame ordeals on music broadcasts
It is clear the JYJ has a high value as Hallyu stars. It is verified by the fact that they have held world tour concerts in Asia, US, Canada, North America, Spain, Germany, Europe, Chile and Peru in South America. However, no matter how many times they have appeared on broadcast in each of these countries, we actually cannot see the three of them singing on stage in South Korean television broadcasts. It is a situation in which our thirst for watching JYJ can only be quenched by watching them on dramas and musicals as they have a restriction on the activities that they are able to carry out.
At present, JYJ cannot carry out their activities properly in Japan too. When they were in TVXQ, they held the top ranks in the Oricon chart. However, it is even harder for them to release an album as JYJ now. At a concert with 8000 fans in Japan last October, JYJ revealed, “We just want to be able to do activities in Japan.” The fans are perpetually looking for JYJ in Japan, but what is the real reason for being unable to sing there?
It is not drunk driving or hit-and-run. It is also not smoking marijuana or assault. JYJ are receiving public criticism for merely asserting their rights. JYJ only hope to perform their own songs in music programs just like other singers and they do not hope for anything more or less than that. The international fans also hope for the same thing.
There are many fans who want to see JYJ as singers. Using offline methods and advertisements on buses, they promote and request JYJ to appear on music programs. The fans even used JYJ’s name to donate to charities. Although there are many people who want JYJ to appear on music programs, it is still impossible for them to do so. K-pop stars have received immense popularity overseas and made the power and status of South Korea known to the world. They are quite different from large-scale promoting and advertising, which is mainly used to promote South Korea.
Will Kim Junsu’s solo album pave the way for us to see JYJ sing on music programs? It has already been two years since they started promoting as JYJ. Now is the time to leave all the past ordeals behind and appear on music broadcasts.
Credit: Oh My News
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