DBSK / TVXQ
December 26, 2003
DBSK was a five-member South Korean Kpop group under the SM Entertainment agency. They debuted on December 26, 2003. The group quickly went mainstream with their first single “Hug,” in 2004. It peaked at number four on the MIAK music chart. In 2009, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu left the group due to contract disputes. The remaining members, Yunho and Changmin then changed their name to TVXQ.
During formation in 2003, the five members were scouted from four different SM training teams. When they released their first single “Hug,” it wasn’t an immediate hit. However, after they made their initial television debut, the single rose on the charts and won awards.
From 2004 to 2005, more albums were released. Their album Rising Sun debuted at number one and was considered their breakthrough album.
Throughout the next four years, DBSK toured and relased more music with most tracks charting within the top ten. The group released Japanese versions of their popular hits which broke records on the Japanese music charts.
In 2009, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu wanted to leave SM Entertainment as they felt the contract was too long and they were not getting their fair share of the profit from the group. They obtained an injunction in October 2009, and their last public performance together was December 31, 2009.
The two group members remaining, Yunho and Changmin named themselves TVXQ and continued releasing successful albums. They toured Japan and released Japanese versions of their music.
Jung Yun Ho
Leader, Main Dancer, Main Rapper, Vocalist
February 6, 1986
184 cm (6’0″)
66 kg (145 lbs)
Yunho is a South Korean singer, dancer, and actor with the group DBSK. He was born in Gwangju, South Korea. He comes from a family of four. In middle school, Yunho formed in a dance group and won various competitions. SM Entertainment contracted him in 2001 and he began his training.
Yunho debuted with DBSK on December 26, 2003. The group continuously dropped successful albums in Korean and Japanese. Their fourth album Mirotic, was the album of the year at the KM Music Festival in 2008.
In 2009, contract disputes with Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, were much publicized. They filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment complaining the contract was too long and they were not getting their fair share of the profits.
Then in 2011, the duo Yunho and Changmin released albums in Korean and Japanese. They had high record sales and concert attendance in Japan and were the best-selling and highest-grossing music act in that country. Their name was changed to TVXQ.
On May 25, 2015, Yunho released his Japanese solo mini-album U Know Y. The lead single was “Burning Down.” It was released with a DVD of the video and behind-the-scenes footage.
In June 2019, Yunho released his first solo Korean album True Colors, with the lead single “Follow.”
Yunho enlisted in the military for his mandatory service on July 21, 2005, and was discharged on April 20, 2017.
Shim Chang Min
Main Vocalist, Maknae
February 18, 1988
186 cm (6’1″)
61 kg (134 lbs)
Changmin is a South Korean singer with the Kpop group DBSK. He was born in Seoul, South Korea. He comes from a family of five.
When he was 14, a talent scout from SM Entertainment noticed him singing while playing games at school. He was asked to audition for SM Entertainment, but he had no interest in becoming a singer at that time. His mother urged him to go to the audition and he passed the audition. He won Best Singer and Best Artist and SM Entertainment’s contest and was signed with the company. He made it into the line-up for DBSK.
In December 2003, DBSK released their fist single “Hug” which turned into a hit after they appeared on television performing it. Following their debut, DBSK released more albums and singles.
In 2008, they had their first number-one single in Japan titled “Purple Line.” Also in 2008, they released their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code, which included two platinum-selling singles titled “Share the World” and “Doshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandaro.”
In 2009, three members of the group, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, left due to contract disputes. In 2011, Yunho and Changmin debuted as a duo by releasing albums in both Korean and Japanese. Their music broke records and sold-out concerts. They were Japan’s best-selling and highest-grossing music act.
Changmin joined a new group S.M. the Ballad in 2014. He sang the title track “Breath” in Japanese with singer Krystal Jung. He released a Japanese solo mini-album on November 18, 2015, just one day before he enlisted in the military.
Changmin enlisted for his mandatory military service on November 19, 2015 and was discharged on August 18, 2017.
Kim Jae Joong
Main Vocalist, Face of the Group
January 26, 1986
180 cm (5’11”)
63 kg (139 lbs)
Jaejoong is a South Korean singer, actor, and director with the Kpop group DBSK. He was born in Gongjo, South Korea, as Han Jaejun. However, his mother gave him up for adoption at a young age. He was then adopted by the Kim family and they changed his name to Kim Jaejoong.
At 15, Jaejoong moved to Seoul, South Korea, in order to audition for SM Entertainment. He was accepted and contracted with SM Entertainment. While training in Seoul by himself, he had to take extra jobs to pay for his food, rent, and training fees.
In 2003, Jaejoong debuted with the group DBSK as their lead vocalist. The group toured and released music up through 2009. The band was successful and had record sales and sold-out concerts. Their first single was “Hug.” It gained popularity after the group performed it on television.
In 2009, Jaejoong and two other members, Junsu and Yoochun, initiated a lawsuit against SM Entertainment over contract disputes. Their argument was the contract was too long and they were not seeing enough of the profits from the group. They were released from the group in 2009.
In 2010, Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun started their own group titled JYJ. They released their first EP “The…” in Japanese along with a DVD of their live concert. Both reached number one on the Japanese music charts and DVD charts.
In October of 2010, they released their English debut album The Beginning, featuring Kanye West.
JYJ released the Korean EP, “Their Rooms, Our Story,” in 2011. Jaejoong composed three of the tracks himself. The group toured is several countries and released the studio album In Heaven, selling over 350,000 units. It went to number one on the Gaon Music chart. Jaejoong composed two songs on the album, “In Heaven” and “Get Out.”
While working with JYJ, Jaejoong also released some solo music. He sang the soundtrack for the film “A Millionaire’s First Love.” He also sang a solo track on Trick Projects’s single “Keyword/Maze.” In 2009, Jaejoong and bandmate Yoochun released their own single “Colors/Shelter.”
While making music, Jaejoong was also taking acting jobs starting in 2009. He’s acted in several television series and movies since then. He also directed JYJ’s Worldwide Tour in 2011.
On March 31, 2015, Jaejoong enlisted in the military for his mandatory service. He was discharged on December 30, 2016.
Park Yoo Chun
Main Rapper, Vocalist
June 4, 1986
180 cm (5’11”)
60 kg (132 lbs)
Yoochun is a South Korean Kpop singer, songwriter, actor and rapper. He was born in Seoul, South Korea. His family moved to the United States in 1998, and he attended school in Virginia. In 2001, he won an award at the American Music Festival.
In 2003, Yoochun returned to South Korea. He was scouted and signed a contract with SM Entertainment. He then trained and debuted with the group DBSK in 2003.
DBSK was a best-selling group all the way through 2009. They toured to sold-out concerts and released record-breaking singles and albums. But in late 2009, Yoochun and bandmates, Jaejoong and Junsu, sued their record label citing contract disputes. They felt the contract was too long and they were not seeing enough of the profits.
In 2010, the trio formed a new group called JYJ. They released the EP “The…” which debuted at number one on Japan’s music charts. They released an English album called Beginning and toured worldwide.
In 2011, JYJ released a Korean EP titled “Their Rooms/Our Story.” After that, they released the album In Heaven. Yoochun was also featured on other singers’ albums. He sang with DJ Makai on the single “Tokyo Lovelight” and with Super Junior on their third album Sorry, Sorry.
Yoochun was also a songwriter. He has written many songs and collaborated with other songwriters starting in 2007. He also had an active acting career. He appeared in various television series and also won awards for those roles. For two years in a row, he won Best New Actor awards.
Yoochun enlisted with the military in August 2015 and was discharged on August 2017.
On April 23, 2019, Yoochun announced his retirement from the entertainment industry after testing positive for drugs.
Kim Jun Su
Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
December 15, 1986
178 cm (5’10”)
63 kg (139 lbs)
Junsu is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He was born in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Junsu was a previous member of the Kpop group DBSK under the label SM Entertainment.
Junsu participated in SM Entertainment’s casting call and was contracted under that label. In 2002, he was on a show titled “2002 Survival Audition” with five other members. They were judged and mentored but the group ended up disbanding in 2003.
He then joined the group DBSK and officially debuted on December 26, 2003. He continued with the group through 2009. While performing and touring with DBSK, he also participated in other projects with different singers.
In 2009, Junsu and fellow bandmates Jaejoong and Yoochun, filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment. Their complaint was that their contract was too long and they were not seeing enough of the profits from the group.
In 2010, Junsu, Jaejoong, and Yoochun, announced their new group JYJ under the Japanese label Avex Trax. They released their first Japanese EP entitled “The…” which debuted at number one. They also released the English album The Beginning and began a worldwide tour promoting their music. Junsu wrote and composed songs on that record and others.
Junsu released a solo album Tarantallegra in May of 2012. He composed the music and wrote the lyrics for most of the songs. He then toured several countries promoting his music. Junsu was one of the highest-selling solo artists in 2012.
Junsu was also acting during this time and won Best Actor at the Korean Music Awards. He has also appeared several musicals over the years.
Junsu enlisted in the military on February 9, 2017, and was discharged on November 5, 2018.