TVXQ (stylized as TVXQ!), known as Tohoshinki in Japan, are a South Korean pop duo comprising U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. TVXQ, an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (Chinese: 東方神起), are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an initialization of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki (Hangul: 동방신기). Their name translates to "Rising Gods of the East".
Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2003, TVXQ originally debuted as a five-member boy band consisting of leader U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. They were immediately launched to mainstream recognition following the release of their first single "Hug" (2004), which debuted at number four on MIAK's monthly music chart. Their first studio albums Tri-Angle (2004) and Rising Sun (2005) were both commercially successful, pushing the band's popularity beyond Korea. Under Rhythm Zone, a record label in the Avex Records Group, TVXQ entered the Japanese-language market in April 2005 with their debut single "Stay with Me Tonight", but their first Japanese album Heart, Mind and Soul (2006) was met with limited success.
TVXQ rose to international prominence in the late 2000s, after the group achieved critical acclaim in the Korean music industry with their best-selling albums "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006) and Mirotic (2008), both which won the Golden Disk Award for Album of the Year. The latter's lead single "Mirotic" was also touted by international music critics as a staple song of K-pop. Their third Japanese album T (2008) was similarly successful, and its lead-up single "Purple Line" became the first single released by a foreign band to top Japan's weekly Oricon Singles Chart. TVXQ's success in Japan was solidified with their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code (2009), which produced four chart-topping singles. With its accompanying The Secret Code Tour, TVXQ became the first Korean music group to perform at the Tokyo Dome.
In 2010, TVXQ entered an indefinite hiatus after members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu started a legal battle with their Korean agency S.M. Entertainment. A year later, TVXQ returned as a duo with remaining members Yunho and Changmin, and they released TVXQ's fifth Korean album Keep Your Head Down (2011), topping album charts in most major Asian markets upon release. Since their 2011 comeback, the duo have sold more than 3.5 million albums and singles in Korea and Japan.
TVXQ are commonly known as one of Asia's most successful music acts and are therefore referred to as "Asia's Stars" and "Kings of K-pop" for their immense success and contributions to Korean pop. They are the first non-Japanese band to have ten number-one singles on the Oricon Singles Chart. With their Japanese Time Tour, one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 2013, the duo became the first foreign artists in history to perform at the Nissan Stadium. According to South Korea's Gaon and Japan's Oricon, TVXQ are one of the best-selling K-pop groups in the world, selling over 12 million records in Korea and Japan since their debut. Billboard described the group as "K-pop royalty".Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license