TVXQ first debuted as a five-membered group in Korea during a BoA and Britney Spears showcase on December 26th, 2003. Known for their strong harmonization and powerful stage performance, TVXQ (also known as Dong Bang Shin Ki/동방신기 in Korea and Tohoshinki/東方神起 in Japan) rose as one of the best male groups in Asia. Due to personal reasons, three out of the five members filed a lawsuit to have their contract with their agency invalidated, bringing a halt to TVXQ’s activities for over a year.
On November 2010, SM Entertainment announced that TVXQ will resume activities as a duo, consisting of Uknow Yunho (유노윤호) and Max Changmin (최강창민). More than two years after their last Korean album, TVXQ returned to the kpop music scene with their album 왜 (Keep Your Head Down). Their title track, also named 왜 (Keep Your Head Down), was a strong and powerful song that highlights Yunho’s unique rapping and Changmin’s signature high notes. The album was recorded by Gaon Chart as the highest selling album on the period of January 2011-June 2011 with 230,922 copies sold.
Their long awaited Japanese album, TONE, broke an 11 year old record held by Bon Jovi for selling over 200,000 copies during the first week of the release. This is also their first time topping the Oricon Weekly chart with a full-length official album. Recorded to show the different ‘colors’ of Tohoshinki, the album features a wide variety of sounds, from the uptempo dance music of I Think U Know and B.U.T, to beautiful ballads like Shawaseiro no Hana and Back to Tomorrow.
TVXQ launched their first solo tour in nearly three years in January 2012. The initial Arena tour was scheduled to be held in 9 cities all across Japan, but due to high demand, 6 Dome dates (3 in Tokyo Dome and 3 in Osaka Dome) were added. TVXQ’s 5th Live Tour ~ TONE ~ became the largest tour the group has ever done. With a total of 26 concerts in the span of four months, the duo drew in about 550,000 audience, an unprecedented record for a hallyu star.
Recently it was announced that their next Japanese single, “Android”, will be released on July 11, 2012.