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Their name roughly translates to "Rising Gods of the East". They were immediately launched to mainstream recognition following the release of their first physical single " Hug "which peaked at number four on the MIAK monthly music chart. Their first studio albums Tri-Angle and Rising Sun were both top sellers, pushing the band's popularity beyond Korea. TVXQ rose to international prominence in the late s, after the group achieved critical acclaim in the Korean music industry for their best-selling albums "O"-Jung.
The latter album also contains the pop hit " Mirotic ", touted by international music critics as a staple song of K-pop. 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 S.
The album spawned two platinum-selling singles, including the long-running hit " Share the World ". Their first two Japanese albums as a duo, Tone and Timesolidified their success in Japan as it forged TVXQ's reputation as one of the top-touring artists in the country.
Selling over 14 million physical records in the first 10 years of their career,  TVXQ have 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. Billboard has described the group as "K-pop royalty".
With the disbandment of H. Entertainment had to search for another boy band to compete against other popular idol groups in the growing K-pop market. In earlyLee eventually selected five teenage boys from four different S. Xiah Junsu, the first to join the new group, became an S. Kangta, Battle of the Centurya series that starred former H. U-Know Yunho, who signed with S. Entertainment inwas a member of several failed project groups throughout his years as a trainee.
Inhe was featured as a rapper in Dana 's debut single "Diamond" and briefly toured with her. That same year, Hero Jaejoong auditioned for S. Entertainment and was subsequently accepted into the agency after going through various auditions. Following trainees Heechul and KanginYunho and Jaejoong joined the project group Four Seasons inbut the quartet disbanded when Yunho and Jaejoong were selected to join Lee's new group in Heechul and Kangin went on to debut as members of Super Junior two years later.
Max Changmin, the youngest at age fifteen, was the fourth to join the new band. Micky Yoochun, who started his training only a few months before the group's official debut in Decemberwas the last member to make the cut.
The boys received phone calls from Lee and were told to attend a photo shoot session, which turned out to be a briefing for their upcoming debut. To build group chemistry, the members moved into a small dormitory room arranged by their management. After a few weeks of training and rehearsals, they recorded their first song "Thanks To" and performed it at the S. Yunho was appointed as the group's leader.
During their early recording sessions, the group was offered some tentative names to use: The group released the physical single of "Hug" on January 14, The following day, they performed on SBS 's Inkigayo.
It was TVXQ's first record to debut at number one, selling a total ofcopies in the first month. During the promotions of Tri-AngleS. The members learned Japanese and moved to Japan to record their first single. The single reached to number thirty-seven on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart. TVXQ's debut in Japan was not as successful as their management had hoped, and the group said their first few months in Japan were "difficult.
Rising Sun was released in South Korea on September 12, and became the group's first breakthrough album. It debuted at number one on the Korean charts and was the fourth best-selling record of TVXQ ended the year with two more releases: The latter single entered the Korean charts at number one. Comprising 6 shows only, the tour started off with four shows in Seoul, South Korea. A CD recording of their concert in Korea was released on July 14; the DVD was released six months later in Januaryand had initial sales of 38, units.
Their debut Japanese album Heart, Mind and Soul was released two weeks later, and it debuted on the Oricon Albums Chart at number twenty-five, selling 18, copies. The single peaked at number twenty-two. Heart, Mind and Soul, from May to June The latter debuted at number six on the Oricon, making it the group's first single to reach the top ten in Japan. The group resumed their Korean activities with the release of their third Korean album, "O"-Jung.
The album entered the Korean charts at number one and became the best-selling record of after one month of release. Hap won Album of the Year, the ceremony's grand prize. The tour attracted an audience ofTVXQ released their second Japanese album Five in the Black in Marchdebuting at number ten on the Oricon with nearly 27, copies sold on its first week.
Drawing in an audience of 46, the group toured Japan from May to June With the critical and commercial success of TTVXQ delayed their Korean comeback to put more focus on their new Japanese releases, and from February to Marchthe group released a series of five singles consecutively for six weeks, promoting the releases as the "Trick" project.
Each single contained a solo track by a member, as well as some of their own compositions. The T tour concluded with 17 shows and attracted an audience ofpeople,  more than three times the size of their previous Five in the Black tour. The tour's DVD, released in Augustsoldcopies. Despite the drama's disappointing ratings, the single was a number-one seller, making TVXQ the first non-Japanese Asian performer to release two number-one singles in Japan, a record which was last held by Taiwanese artist Ou-yang Fei-fei twenty-four years prior.
The group assumed more creative control in this album compared to their last Korean releases: Yunho wrote the rap for several tracks, Junsu and Changmin wrote the lyrics to two tracks and Jaejoong and Yoochun recorded their own solo tracks. Mirotic was slated to be released on September 24,but due to an unprecedented amount of pre-ordersthe release was postponed to September Countdownand was touted by international critics as a staple song of K-pop.
Mirotic has sold overcopies, the first Korean album in six years to surpass half a million sales in South Korea. In OctoberTVXQ released the Japanese version of "Mirotic", which topped the Oricon, breaking a record that the group had set with their previous single. Mirotic, which went through five cities in Asia. The Secret Code, which consisted of 21 shows to an audience ofpeople.
Entertainmentclaiming that their thirteen-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without permission of the members, and profits were unfairly distributed. In NovemberYunho and Changmin released a joint statement in support of S.
Entertainment, and urged the trio to resolve their issues with their management quickly if they wished to continue their careers as TVXQ members. Despite the injunction, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu maintained their activities as TVXQ members under Avex's management in Japan, and the group continued to release new Japanese singles together until early The single topped the Oricon and broke Elton John 's fourteen-year record of having the highest first-week sales for a foreign artist.
The album sold overcopies in one week, earning RIAJ's double platinum status by the end of February. On April 3,Avex declared the suspension of TVXQ's Japanese activities, stating that each member would be pursuing a solo career.
Entertainment filed a lawsuit against JYJ to validate their contracts. Entertainment to void their exclusive contracts. Their two-piece performances garnered strong and supportive reactions from the audience, prompting Yunho and Changmin's decision to continue TVXQ activities without the other three.
The album debuted at number one on the Gaon Albums Chartand maintained its position for a second week. According to Yunho, JYJ had "exceedingly deep conflicts"  with their agency and the members had irreconcilable differences about their career.
We can sometimes find out that a certain song seems to talk about my own story. In this way it totally depends on the interpretation using our own thoughts.
On September 28, the group released the Japanese album Tonewhich earned them their first number-one studio album. It sold overcopies on its first week and earned RIAJ's platinum certification on its second week.
TVXQ was the second overseas artist in Japan to achieve album sales of more thanin a week; the previous holder was Bon Jovi with their album, Crush. In the latter months ofthe duo performed for a string of K-pop music festivals around the world. It was held in New Jersey. Their new Japanese holiday single " Winter " was released on November It was their first time performing at the Kohaku since the split, drawing media attention.
Tickets were sold out in a few minutes. TVXQ also became the third foreign artist, after Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boysto perform at the Tokyo Dome for three consecutive days, attracting crowds of overCatch Me was released online on September 24 and on September 26 through normal commercial outlets. Two days after the reissue's release, S. Entertainment and JYJ dropped their lawsuits against each other and reached a settlement, ending their three-year legal dispute.
Entertainment had ended in July The album became their fastest selling studio album to date, selling overcopies in its first month of release. The duo became the first K-pop artist and the fourth foreign artist to embark on a five-dome tour,  and were the first foreign musical act to perform at the Nissan Stadium as a headlining artist. First-month shipments reachedunits, making Tense the best-selling album of January in South Korea.
An expanded version of Tensere-titled Spellboundwas released on February 27, and debuted at number two on the Gaon Albums Chart, shipping 61, copies in two days. With TreeTVXQ became the first foreign band in Japan to have three consecutive studio albums with first-week sales of overcopies, breaking Bon Jovi 's thirteen-year record.
Live Tourwhich toured Japan from April to June.