DBSK Nostalgia: Five Memorable Performances

DBSK Nostalgia: Five Memorable Performances

The group, DBSK (or TVXQ), has been around for over 10 years in the K-pop scene and they have had their own share of hit songs, whether Korean or Japanese. If you have been a long time DBSK fan, you probably still listen to their older music and reminiscence about when they were together. DBSK, as a group of five members, has captivated us with their harmonious vocals and passionate, emotional melodies. Here are some of their most memorable performances.

“Hug” Debut Stage Going back all the way to the end of 2003, DBSK’s debut stage has to be a memorable one for fans, since this was where their journey to success all started. Their song “Hug” was definitely one of their most famous tracks amongst fans, despite their somewhat cheesy lyrics. Who knew that these young and cute boys would later become charismatic, passionate men and take over Asia with their talent? This performance definitely gives you a feeling of nostalgia, showing how far they have come as artists. This performance probably has a special place in the hearts of their fans simply because it was their very first performance.

“I Believe” at 2004 Korea Times Music Festival at Hollywood Bowl This performance is included in their most memorable because this actually might have been their first time performing in the United States. When they performed at the Hollywood Bowl, it had been less than a year since they had debuted, but as seen in the video, they already had a ton of female fans. Amidst the rain, the group had definitely stolen the hearts of their fans with their innocent, boyish charm and soft vocals.

Mirotic Comeback Stage Fans waited about 2 years for the group’s comeback and it was through “Mirotic” that they came back with a BANG! This performance was their comeback performance and it instantly became a huge hit. With their sexy image, charismatic dance, captivating vocals, and powerful lyrics, their “Mirotic” performance definitely has to be memorable, even more so because fans waited so long for their return.

 “Love in the Ice” Comeback Stage There are so many breath-taking performances of DBSK performing “Love in the Ice,” both in Korean and in Japanese. This performance was most memorable because it was part of their long awaited Korean comeback in 2008. Fans were even more excited for this song itself because they originally released it as a Japanese track, but for their comeback, they released a Korean version. This performance not only shows the group’s strong and powerful vocals, but their harmony as a group and how with five voices singing as one, they can touch the hearts of their fans.

“Proud” at their 2007 “Five in the Black” Concert When you search “DBSK crying” or “DBSK Proud” on YouTube, this performance is one of the top results. When DBSK fans see this performance, I think they have all shed a tear at least once because it is truly a sincere and honest performance. “Proud” itself is such a beautiful song, but all the emotions shown in this performance makes a huge difference. Some fans believe that the group was emotional because it was the end encore song of their Japan concert and also a high point in their Japanese success. No one really knows their exact reasons for crying, but it shows such a sensitive, vulnerable side of the group. DBSK, as individuals are all human too. It really shows how if one member is hurting, it really does affect the whole team. As a fan, you can see how they all become emotional, looking at one another and exchanging glances to try and comfort one another in the slightest way. What made DBSK the “gods of Asia” was not only their talent, but their passion. Many fans still wait for the day that the five of them will come back reunited as one team. No one really knows, but until that day comes, “always keep the faith…”

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DBSKs Yunho talks about his dating style. If he likes the person he goes all in. Im confident in myself

DBSKs Yunho talks about his dating style. If he likes the person he goes all in. Im confident in myself

DBSK’s Yunho talks about his dating style. If he likes the person he goes all in. “I’m confident in myself” DBSK’s Yunho talks about his dating style. If he likes the person he goes all in. “I’m confident in myself”

On the Jan 20th edition of KBS2’s entertainment program Hello Counselor, guests DBSK and actress Lee Yoobi talked about their anxieties and worries with the audience.

On this episode MC Jung Chanwoo hosted a question from a college student. He [the college student] was worried about his love life because there were rumors going around that he was a player. MC Jung Chanwoo proceeded to ask DBSK’s Yunho “have you ever been misunderstood as a player because of your looks?”

To this Yunho replied “Yes, I seem to have a cold, unapproachable look so I do get a lot of misunderstanding” and “When it comes to the person I like, I go all in. If it’s not someone I like I just treat them like a sibling”

Online netizens responses to Yunho’s comments were positive. “Yunho’s love/dating style is very manly, not afraid to step up”, “Clearly going up to a woman and telling her your intentions makes it better”, and “Yunho isn’t the type of guy to fall for any person so easily”

DBSK has recently comeback with track “Something” and are actively promoting it on live broadcasts.

source: StyleM

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There's a Little "Something" Wrong with DBSK's New MV

There's a Little "Something" Wrong with DBSK's New MV

Theres a Little Something Wrong with DBSKs New MV Theres a Little Something Wrong with DBSKs New MV Theres a Little Something Wrong with DBSKs New MV DBSK’s newest MV for “Something” is a pretty glamorous video. Tuxes (or variations of such), gold rooms, jewelry, and oh, yes, and white women. Time after time, when a K-pop video really wants to show how well off their singers are, the inclusion of white women is almost the default. While many people see this as K-pop becoming more open minded and aware of it’s multicultural audience, it’s more problematic than anything.

First things first: including white people isn’t including the vast diversity in the K-pop audience. While artists have included other races, such as Ladies’ Code debut “Bad Girl and Xia’s “Incredible,” the majority of artists tend to include only white people and, even then, only white women. When a video has a club or party like atmosphere, yeah, maybe they’ll throw in a few other races, but when they’re going strictly for a high class atmosphere, it’s usually white and Asian only. It’s creating a fetish like atmosphere instead of an inclusive one when it comes to race and K-pop. It has been written about before how K-pop seems to open its arms to it’s white fans, but turns it back to other races.

And this doesn’t mean that this is good for white women either.

Theres a Little Something Wrong with DBSKs New MV The women in these videos usually do not act at all. While many others have the girl be part of the storyline,  they are simply sitting or standing near the idols. Sometimes they may kiss the idol or smile, but they are largely reduced to status symbols. Just as there is this “idea” of what asian women are in the West, this kind of effect is being placed on white women by their roles in these videos. They’ve become almost synonymous with glamor, like a new watch, or a fancy car, but not rounded out as individuals. You’ve made it? Here are some white girls to toss into your video, you know, for that razzle-dazzle. Specifically to the DBSK video, it starts off with women literally being objectspieces of art, which is incredibly problematic.

Whiteness is already idealized by a large majority of the world, but this video is literally portraying them as pieces of art to be admired. They’re adorning the walls of the hall like trophies, which puts a new twist on the term “trophy wife. There are, at the very least, two main Asian women in the video. They seem to be the main female dancers, but when it comes to the shots of the boys sitting amongst their groupies, the Asian woman amongst the group is either off to the side, out of focus, or out of the shot entirely. So the Asian women can be there to entertain them, but theyre not amongst the women used to enhance the building, or the prestige of the two members.

Theres a Little Something Wrong with DBSKs New MV The Hallyu Wave has brought a lot of good for the K-pop fandom, but it’s also highlighted some of the problems of glorifying whiteness that is all too common in most popular media. DBSK is not the only offender when it comes to this, but they are the most recent. This is not to say that womenwhite or otherwiseshouldn’t be included in music videos (though there is something to be said about women being used as a status symbol at all, but that’s a topic for another day). The problem is that K-pop is giving minorities the same treatment as many mainstream media outlets already are. They’ll rap, travel and sing in your countryheck, they’ll even sport a bindi, but all that does is reduce entire groups of people to a superficial fad. If K-pop really wants to appear more open, they can start by letting more people in.

(Images via SM Entertainment)

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Teaser for SMTOWN Week Released, Features SHINee, Girls' Generation, f(x), EXO, DBSK and Super Junior

Teaser for SMTOWN Week Released, Features SHINee, Girls' Generation, f(x), EXO, DBSK and Super Junior

Teaser for “SMTOWN Week” Released, Features SHINee, Girls Generation, f(x), EXO, DBSK and Super JuniorWith SM Entertainment set to hold their large-scale music festival “SMTOWN Week” next month, they have released a teaser featuring the artists and the titles of their special stages.  “SMTOWN Week” will be held from December 21 to 29 at the Ilsan Kintex in  Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang, South Korea. 

SHINee The Wizard December 21, Sat 6PM

Girls Generation Marchen Fantasy December 22, Sun 6PM

f(x)EXO Christmas Wonderland December 24, Tue 8PMDecember 25, Wed 6PM

DBSK Time Slip December 26, Thur 8PMDecember 27, Fri 8PM

Super Junior Treasure Island December 28, Sat 6PMDecember 29, Sun 3PM

“SMTOWN Week” will commence for the first time as artists present various performances one after the other. The festival is predicted to attract 10,000 people and become the first large-scale K-Pop festival in Korea’s history. It is expected to lead to another concert brand similar to “SMTOWN Live.”

Tickets to “SMTOWN Week” went on sale on November 8 through G Market.

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DBSK's Yunho Celebrates Christmas Early with His 85 Street Friends

DBSK's Yunho Celebrates Christmas Early with His 85 Street Friends

DBSKs Yunho Celebrates Christmas Early with His “85 Street” FriendsDBSK’s Yunho invited all of his best friends to his party. 

On November 14, The Celebrity magazine gave a sneak peek photo of his Christmas party photo shoot which will be featured in its December issue.

In the photos, Yunho is with his “85 Street” friends including his childhood friends as well as celebrity friends. Some of the invitees include actress Park Soo Jin, actors Kang Dong Ho, Son Ho Joon, Super Junior’s Kangin, Jewelry’s Kim Eun Jung, comedian Kim Won Hyo in addition to about 30 more of his personal connections.

The photo shoot took place at a restaurant in Seoul. Yunho was said to have prepared the party himself setting up a DJ booth along with all sorts of music equipment as he stir up the Christmas spirit with decorations. He also had games brought into the restaurant and installed a photo wall to take pictures with his friends.  

DBSKs Yunho Celebrates Christmas Early with His “85 Street” Friends

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BoA Says DBSK's Yunho Is Always Amazing

BoA Says DBSK's Yunho Is Always Amazing

BoA Says DBSKs Yunho Is Always AmazingFellow SM Entertainment label mates DBSKs Yunho and BoA recently took a friendly photo together!

On October 27, BoA shared the photo on her Instagram  account with the following message, This is Yunho, who I was surprised to meet in the waiting room! We managed to take a photo together! Whenever I see him, hes always pretty amazing. 

Fans were especially impressed by the closeness between the two stars, who demonstrated their comfort and friendship with each other by Yunhos casually slung arm over BoAs shoulder. 

In related news, SM Entertainment artists BoA, Super Junior, SHINee, Girls Generation, f(x), and EXO performed at the Tokyo Dome on October 26 and 27 for their SM Town Live World Tour III: Tokyo Special Edition concert.

BoA Says DBSKs Yunho Is Always Amazing

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DBSK Increases Concerts for "LIVE TOUR 2012~ TONE~" Due to Popular Demand

DBSK Increases Concerts for "LIVE TOUR 2012~ TONE~" Due to Popular Demand

DBSK Increases Concerts for LIVE TOUR 2012~ TONE~ Due to Popular Demand

DBSK has added one more concert for Tokyo Dome and Osaka Kyocera Dome for their Japanese “LIVE TOUR 2012~ TONE~” tour, they will have nearly 450,000 viewers.

The “LIVE TOUR 2012~ TONE~” will begin on January 18 at the Yokohama Arena and was supposed to continue on until the end of March. There will be concerts in the following cities: Nagoya, Fukuoka, Niigata, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Fukui, Osaka, and Saitama.  

Originally they were only going to have 20 concerts but now have added two more concerts at the Tokyo Dome and Osaka Kyocera Dome for a total of 24 concerts in 11 cities.

Now the tour will go on until the end of April. On December 31, 2011 DBSK also appeared on “Kohaku Uta Gassen” the Japanese annual music show.

 

jbarky is a senior editor for soompi.com. You can email him at [email protected], or follow his twitter.com feed at @jjbarky

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