[STARCAST] 140312 Star anatomy – Analysis of TVXQ!’s diverse charms!
’10 years since the debut’. In a time period of 10 years in which even ‘The rivers and the mountains change’, TVXQ! have kept their top place in the song industry in which new faces emerges every single day and they have been continuing the activities as a singer. Where could such power have come from?
The song ‘Spellbound’ is a title song from this 7th repackage album ‘Spellbound’ after ‘Something’. It focuses largely on a performance that came from a magic move and is getting a comment that it is showing fancy and well-refined styles that originally did not exist before. Is it for that reason? This particular album is setting a new record not only in Korea but also in Japan’s Oricon Chart and is on a roll.
Especially in Japan, after winning 1st place on Oricon weekly album chart for four times after making a debut, they also set a new record of the number of albums sold exceeding 200,000 on the first week of the release for 3 works in a row. This record is also the one that breaks the record by Bon Jovi(went beyong 200,000 for 2 works in a row) , who has the best record in the history of overseas groups, in 13 years.
U-Know and MAX. An abundant performance is produced with just these two alone and what can their charms be? We looked at it from various angles such as △Music talent △Performance △Fashion △Sense of entertainment △Body and so on.
#Music talent: An idol music that has the most amazing achievement after 2000s
Overall comment: Opened the new chapter of the history of idol music after ‘Mirotic’ in 2008.
– Bae Soon Tak(Music critic, the author of MBC FM ‘Bae Chul Soo’s Music Camp’)
TVXQ!’s ‘Mirotic’ that is released in 2008 was one gigantic phenomenon. It can be said that the existence of TVXQ! is completed just with this song alone, which has the most amazing achievement out of all idol music that is produced after 2000s.
I think it was about that time. Before the emergence of TVXQ!, idol dance music often became the target of criticism or was made fun of. It means that the majority people looked down on it without even listening to it. However, after ‘Mirotic’ became popular, it was good enough to prove that ‘A good song’ can be produced in idol music also. It can be considered as TVXQ! adding another dot to the path that BoA paved.
Now, nobody think of SM brand music that light. Overseas presses such as Billboard spotlighted the new movement that GIRLS’ GENERATION made this time by publishing the reviews for each of the track. In the start of all that, there was TVXQ! and to be more specific, there was ‘Mirotic’ and the song industry after 2000s is going to surely remember it.
#Performance: The relaxed attitude that shows the growth and experience of past 10 years
Overall comment: The musical-like stage of a dramatic performance
TVXQ! ‘Spellbound’ music video
– Shim Jae Won(Performance director of SM Entertainment)
After ‘Something’ that showed TVXQ!’s new transformation, the performance of the song ‘Spellbound’ is filled with an relaxed attitude that shows their growth and experience of past 10 years. If they emphasized the performance that has powerful energy and full of charisma like they always used to, this ‘Spellbound’ looks much free.
The dramatic unfolding of the story, the movement on the stage that changes from time to time and even an unexpected camera walk is harmonized and the performance that is like a piece of musical is made in a short time of 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
If the male dancers always filled the performance of TVXQ! so far, TVXQ!’s another moderate sexiness is shown with the performance in which they work together with beautiful female dancers for the first time. Also, the energy is added to real band sound and created the performance unique to TVXQ! in which the music that is much more lively and easy to listen is in harmony.
#Fashion: The ability to transform matching with the topic for every album through an ever-changing styling
Overall comment: The moment in which an element unique to TVXQ! that is natural absorbed is necessary
– Chae Gyu In(Creative Director(CD), Designer)
The new song ‘Spellbound’ by TVXQ!, an idol group in 10th year since the debut, is a phrase that originated from Buddhist scriptures and is something that has been frequently used like a spell. Just like this, TVXQ! got the motif of card and casino and so on from ‘Spellbound’ and portrayed a dandy mood.
In the music video, it is possible to meet a fancy and sensible video as various outfits and props such as denim plaid shirt, three piece suit, stripe jacket and corset, and a beauty dealer with a garter belt and so on harmonize well together with other elements.
In the music, melody is an element like the print in clothes. It is an element that catches the attention at first sight and gives joy and wit. Then, what is something that is considered as the most important thing in the outfit? It is the silhouette. In ‘Spellbound’, TVXQ! is showing plain silhouette that focused largely on dandy style detailed changes.
It could have been better if an aspect that is unique to TVXQ! that is naturally absorbed just like the silhouette that gives off a vibe unique to TVXQ! is added. Their ability to transform depending on the topic for every album through ever-changing styles such as album, songs and music video and so on is incredible. However within that style itself, it is worth thinking about what TVXQ!’s steady style is.
#Sense of entertainment: The diligence and a will for challenge that is full of passion
Overall comment: These two men have social skills to plainly fit in based on cheerful personalities
U-Know on SBS ‘Kiss & Cry’
– Kim Jae Hyuk(SBS entertainment station PD, produced ‘Kiss & Cry’)
The program ‘Kiss & Cry’ was a program that required lots of practice in nature but I remember being especially surprised from watching U-Know of TVXQ! focusing on practicing even until the late at night. Back then, TVXQ! was holding promotion activities going back and forth between Japan and Korea and I felt that he has amazing passion when I saw him practicing by borrowing a local skating rink even in Japan.
The most important thing in ‘Sense of entertainment’ is in fact how well they harmonize with colleagues. In that aspect, U-Know taking a good care of his partner, who was a middle school student at that time, without awareness that he is a celebrity was also very memorable. Out of all, he has a lot of passion, and is active and social so I think he can stand out when he challenges various entertainment genres such as variety or the host and so on.
MAX on KBS2 ‘Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education’
– Lee Ye Ji(KBS entertainment station PD, produced ‘ Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education ‘)
In sports related entertainment program in which diligence is the most basic thing, MAX from TVXQ! is showing the kind of diligence that is even willing to sacrifice his body, making even the staff members worried. He is naturally good at sports and has talent so he has the advantage of matching well with various entertainment programs. His personality is naturally cheerful and funny so he also has very good qualities as a guest.
Especially, he socializes well with the members even when the camera is not on and him volunteering to do tough jobs is something that will be positively accepted in other entertainment programs also. I think it is a good time to have a lot of experiences in entertainment programs of various forms along with doing singer activities.
#Body and physical endurance : U-Know – A celebrity that matches the most with suit/
MAX – Flowery handsome look vs Wild body
Overall comment: Natural muscle and the result of constant exercise
– Yoon Tae Shik(Professional trainer)
U-Know: He has a tall height and good proportions of upper body and lower body so is one of the celebrities that matches well with a suit. The line of the upper body that goes from shoulder to the back is smooth so he is able to show almost perfect look when he wears a suit. It is good enough to say the natural shape of his arms and back, and stomach is the best. Maybe it is for that reason, there are lots of pictures of U-Know with a posture in which the back line is shown or the back is exposed. This is also a proof that he constantly exercises and makes a lot of efforts. To this, if he can make the breast and shoulder line stand out a little more, I think he can become a male star who has the best body.
MAX: MAX is a flowery handsome man style with cute face and has an impression that ‘he grew up nicely while getting lots of love from the family’. However, when looking at his body, his smooth image goes away and we get to see MAX that is full of wild man charm.
MAX’s body has nicely formed muscle that goes from the upper breast to the stomach in the front part of the upper body so he has completely image when he took the clothes off. The shape of the natural muscles does not change no matter how much muscle exercise is done but MAX has nice breast and stomach. To make his body stand out more, it will be good to expose the naturally born shoulder and breast line and develop the back muscle.
Photos provided by = SM Entertainment, SBS, KBS2