Three of the five-member K-pop group TVXQ are creating a stir by taking legal action against their management agency, but despite rumors of disbandment they are continuing to appear in concerts as planned. SM Entertainment maintains that the band, at the height of their career, should continue performing.
Hero, Micky and Xiah submitted Friday to the Seoul Central District Court an application for provisional disposition to terminate the validity of their contract with SM Entertainment, Yonhap News reported Saturday. Max and U-Know did not take part of the legal action.
The five singers nevertheless appeared all together, as planned, in Japan’s A-Nation concert Saturday. They are also expected to perform Thursday at a firework festival in Tokyo and SM Entertainment’s SM Town Live 2009 Concert, Aug. 16 in Seoul.
“We confirmed that the three members’ request for provisional disposition was submitted on the 31st,” a personnel from SM Entertainment told Yonhap News. “We are very surprised and regretful but are trying our best to understand the situation.”
The agency said however that TVXQ should continue performing, “TVXQ is a group that represents Asia and we believe that their career should continue their career. We hope to figure things out soon.”
Reports of dissension started circulating about a month ago. The three members in question were said to have conflicting interests with SM regarding their private business endeavors in the makeup industry. Max and U-Know on the other hand had been busy, in addition to appearances with the group, pursuing individual acting careers in TV soaps.
This raised concern among fans about the group’s potential break up.
“This is a typical problem concerning contracts in the entertainment industry and I cannot provide further details,” the lawyer identified as Im who is in charge of the case was quoted as telling Yonhap News,
One source related to the entertainment business said that typically conflicts of this nature are difficult to mend. “The five members of TVXQ have been split into two groups, and the agency that fostered them is upset, and normally it’s difficult to reconcile.
TVXQ debuted in 2004 with the album “Hug” and shot to stardom in Korea, Japan and other parts of Asia for their good looks and catchy songs. Their subsequent albums were well received and their fourth album “Mirotic,” released last year, sold 500,000 copies here despite the downtime in the Korean record market.
In Japan the group topped the Oricon daily singles chart six times and recently gave a concert at Tokyo Dome, which is regarded as a dream stage. They are also known to have a staunch fan base in China, Taiwan and Thailand. (Korea Times)