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TVXQ (stylized as TVXQ!), an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (東方神起), is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-KNOW and MAX. They are known as Tohoshinki (東方神起) in Japanese releases and are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an abbreviation of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki (동방신기). Their name roughly translates to "Rising Gods of the East".
Formed by SM Entertainment in 2003, TVXQ began as a five-member boy band composed of members 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 physical single "Hug" (2004), which peaked at number four on the MIAK monthly music chart. Their first studio albums Tri-Angle (2004) and Rising Sun (2005) were both top sellers, pushing the band's popularity beyond Korea. Under Avex, TVXQ entered the Japanese market with their first Japanese album Heart, Mind and Soul (2006), but it 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 for their best-selling albums "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006) and Mirotic (2008), both winning the Golden Disk Award for Album of the Year. The latter album also contains the pop hit "Mirotic", touted by international music critics as a staple song of K-pop. With four chart-topping singles, TVXQ gained widespread media attention in Japan following the release of their fourth Japanese album The Secret Code (2009). However, despite their commercial success, the group plunged into legal turmoil and internal conflict when members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu attempted to split from their Korean agency SM Entertainment. Prior to the trio's departure in 2010, TVXQ released their last Japanese album as a quintet BEST SELECTION 2010, which became the group's first album to top the Oricon Albums Chart. The album spawned two platinum-selling singles, including the long-running hit "Share The World / We Are!"
After a year-long hiatus, TVXQ returned as a duo with remaining members Yunho and Changmin. They released TVXQ's fifth Korean album Keep Your Head Down (2011), topping album charts in most major Asian markets upon release. Their first two Japanese albums as a duo, TONE (2011) and TIME (2013), solidified their success in Japan as it forged TVXQ's reputation as one of the top-touring artists in the country. Their eighth Japanese album WITH (2014) made TVXQ the first and only foreign music act in Japan to have four number-one albums in a row.
Selling over 10 million records in the first 10 years of their career, TVXQ has become one of Asia's most successful music acts of their generation. They are often referred to as "Asia's Stars" and the "Kings of K-pop" for their immense success and contributions to the Hallyu. According to the Oricon, TVXQ has the most number-one singles for a foreign artist and is Japan's best-selling foreign music act in CD singles of all time. Their Time Tour, one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 2013, is the highest-attended concert tour held by a foreign music act in Japan. With the tour, the duo became the first non-Japanese Asian artists to headline a nationwide five-Dome tour and were the first foreign artists to perform in the Nissan Stadium. Billboard has described the group as "K-pop royalty".
- U-Know Yunho (유노윤호) - Leader, Main Dancer, Vocalist
- Max Changmin (최강창민) - Main Vocalist, Visual, Lead dancer
- Hero Jaejoong (영웅재중) - Vocalist,
- Micky Yoochun (믹키유천) - Main Rapper, Vocalist
- Xiah Junsu (시아준수) - Vocalist
- [2004.12.06] Christmas Gift from TVXQ (Christmas Gift From 동방신기(東方神起))
- [2004.01.14] Hug
- [2004.06.23] The Way U Are
- [2005.06.20] 2005 Summer: Hi Ya Ya (여름날)
- [2005.12.15] Show Me Your Love (with Super Junior)
- [2006.06.02] Dong Bang Tuhon (동방의 투혼)
- 2006: "Insa" (인사) [A Millionaire's First Love OST]
- 2006: "Holding Back the Tears" (그리고) [Vacation OST]
- 2007: "Remember" [Goong S OST]
- 2007: "Harudal" (하루달) [Air City OST]
- 2007: "All in Vain" [Air City OST]
- 2010: "Athena" (아테나) [Athena: Goddess of War OST]
- 2011: "Journey" [Paradise Ranch OST]
- 2004: "Drive" [SMTOWN - 2004 Summer Vacation In SMTown.com]
- 2006: "Oasis" (오아시스) [SMTOWN - 2006 Summer Smtown]
- 2006: "When We'll Be Together" (내가 그대 없이) [SMTOWN - 06 Winter Smtown]
- 2007: "Midsummer Night's Christmas" (한여름의 크리스마스) [SMTOWN - 2007 Summer SMTOWN]
- 2007: "Evergreen" [SMTOWN - 07 Winter SMTOWN]
- 2007: "Yeohaenggi" (여행기) [SMTOWN - 07 Winter SMTOWN]
- 2009: "Boom Boom" (Seaside 휴게소) (with Super Junior & SHINee) [SMTOWN - 09 Summer SMTOWN]
- 2009: "Nothing Better" (12시 34분) [SMTOWN - 09 Summer SMTOWN]
As a featured artist
- [2010.02.17] BEST SELECTION 2010
- [2010.06.30] SINGLE B-SIDE COLLECTION
- [2010.06.30] COMPLETE - SINGLE A-SIDE COLLECTION -
- [2017.10.25] FINE COLLECTION～Begin Again～
- [2016.10.05] Two of Us
- 2007: "Sennen Koi Uta" (千年恋歌) [The Legend OST]
- 2007: "LAST ANGEL" [Resident Evil: Extinction OST]
- 2009: "Bolero" [Subaru OST]
- 2009: "The Way U Are" [Subaru OST]
- 2010: "Asu wa Kuru Kara" [One Piece OST]
- 2010: "We Are!" (ウィーアー!) [One Piece OST]
- 2010: "Share The World" [One Piece OST]
- 2010: "BREAK OUT!" [Suzusato High School Calligraphy Club OST]
- 2010: "With All My Heart ～Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu～" (With All My Heart ～君が踊る、夏～) [The Summer You Danced OST]
- 2011: "Why? (Keep Your Head Down)" [My Beautiful Neighbor OST]
- 2013: "SCREAM" [Sadako 3D 2]
- 2014: "Runnin' On Empty" [Make Your Move OST]
- 2011: "Sleigh Ride" [SMTOWN - 2011 SMTOWN Winter 'The Warmest Gift']
Concerts & Tours
- [2006.02.10–2006.09.15] The 1st Asia Tour: Rising Sun
- [2007.02.23–2008.06.12] TVXQ! The 2nd Asia Tour Concert "O"
- [2009.02.20–2009.10.02] TVXQ! THE 3RD ASIA TOUR CONCERT "MIROTIC"
- [2014.12.06–2015.06.14] TVXQ! SPECIAL LIVE TOUR - T1ST0RY
- [2012.11.17–2013.07.20] TVXQ! LIVE WORLD TOUR "Catch Me"
- [2006.05.13–2006.06.28] 1st LIVE TOUR 2006 ～Heart,Mind and Soul～
- [2007.05.10–2007.06.19] 2nd LIVE TOUR 2007 ～Five in the Black～
- [2008.03.19–2008.05.06] 3rd LIVE TOUR 2008 ～T～
- [2009.05.04–2009.07.05] 4th LIVE TOUR 2009 ～The Secret Code～
- [2012.01.18–2012.04.23] TVXQ LIVE TOUR 2012 ～TONE～ (東方神起 LIVE TOUR 2012 ～TONE～)
- [2013.04.27–2013.08.18] TVXQ LIVE TOUR 2013 ～TIME～ (東方神起 LIVE TOUR 2013 ～TIME～)
- [2014.04.22–2014.06.22] TVXQ LIVE TOUR 2014 ～TREE～ (東方神起 LIVE TOUR 2014 ～TREE～)
- [2015.02.06–2015.04.02] TVXQ LIVE TOUR 2015 ～WITH～ (東方神起 LIVE TOUR 2015 ～WITH～)
- [2017.11.11–2018.06.10] TVXQ LIVE TOUR ～Begin Again～ (東方神起 LIVE TOUR ～Begin Again～)
- [2018.09.26–2019.01.19] TVXQ LIVE TOUR 2018～TOMORROW～ (東方神起 LIVE TOUR ～TOMORROW～)
- [2013.12.26–2013.12.27] SMTOWN WEEK: TVXQ! - "Time Slip"
- [2018.05.05–2018.05.06] TVXQ! CONCERT -CIRCLE- #welcome
- 2005: Rainbow Romance (레인보우 로망스)
- 2005: Banjun Theater (대결! 반전 드라마)
- 2006: Vacation (베케이션)
- 2018: Tensai Bakabon (バカボン) - cameo
- 2018: TVXQ!'s 72 Hours (동방신기의 72시간)