8:19 pm - 03/15/2013

Kangta is concerned that TVXQ is walking a similar path that he walked

Kangta revealed his thoughts about how TVXQ seems to be experiencing what he experienced as an idol group member in the past.

He appeared on March 15th’s airing of YTN’s ‘News 12 – Issue and People‘ and said, “Like H.O.T, TVXQ originally had five members, but only two remained in the company.”

“I feel like what TVXQ is experiencing is the same as what I experienced. They are walking a similar path as me. I am very concerned and feel for them at the very thought of them having the same worries that I had.”

“The only thing I can say to them is, ‘Times change and you can’t do anything about it.’ Celebrities have to accept their changes in popularity and I hope they plan ahead to what they might be able to do later.”

He concluded by saying, “That is how you can move forward even if your popularity is not what it used to be. Right now, they are very successful so I don’t have anything to say to them. When they become lonely later, I hope they can fight through it by planning ahead.”

source: akp
setsuna16 16th-Mar-2013 04:51 am (UTC)
In Kangta we trust.
anconeous 16th-Mar-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
anconeous 16th-Mar-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
The comments in the AKP post killed me. All bashing Kangta 'cause he apparently "doesn't know what he's talking about 'cause his group never reached the heights that DBSK got to." /facepalm

But yeah, I think it's nice that Kangta's there for advice should HoMin need it. The boys are still killing it in Japan, they're not gonna be forgotten there any time soon. It must've sucked hard for HoMin not to have won anything in their latest Korean promotional period, but I think there's technically no need for them to go compete with everybody else now. They're like BoA now. Respected and admired for everything they've achieved.
grapefruitade 16th-Mar-2013 05:01 am (UTC)
The comments in the AKP post killed me. All bashing Kangta 'cause he apparently "doesn't know what he's talking about 'cause his group never reached the heights that DBSK got to." /facepalm
...and that's why I stopped going on Allkpop, LOL. Because a lot of the readers tend to be more close-minded and also relatively ignorant of K-pop history (although I kind of use "history" lightly).

+1 for everything you said though. I really do think it must have been unfortunate that HoMin couldn't achieve a lot with their Korean promotions, and I agree that they shouldn't feel the need to compete with all the rookies out nowadays -- 'cause they've done so much for the industry and risen to such great heights.
On another note, I feel like JYJ's in a similar kind of rut as well... Although, some of the members' individual activities seem to be going well.
hearttaek 16th-Mar-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Words from the flawless ajusshi.

jae_bias_bitch 16th-Mar-2013 04:59 am (UTC)
popularity will eventually decline.Everyone has to accept it.
obeytheempress 16th-Mar-2013 05:43 am (UTC)
nothing lasts forever... especially not a career as a pop idol. most of these idols don't have the talent or staying power to evolve into artists and make a career out of entertaining. it's interesting to think about which idols and which groups will be doing 10 years from now, especially w/ the idol scene being SO much more crowded now than it was in kangta's day.

does kangta still have that cooking show?
des_akazim 16th-Mar-2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
even shinhwa is sort of back-seat now....tough for anyone past 30 :\
rosetta16 16th-Mar-2013 06:01 am (UTC)
Well, popularity is not forever and all groups will lose it someday, but right now they r doing well so im not woried and is good that a sunbae is eatching over them since he undertands stuff better than us
the_erotomanic 16th-Mar-2013 06:21 am (UTC)
but kangta what we really want to know is your secret in looking like you've never aged at all since you debuted as an h.o.t. member. where did you find the fountain of youth?
hearttaek 16th-Mar-2013 06:52 am (UTC)
In kangnam lol
af_fx_tion 16th-Mar-2013 07:37 am (UTC)
Kangta's eternal wisdom tbh
cottonowl 16th-Mar-2013 08:11 am (UTC)
Smart man. I think that some idols realize that too with all this enrolling/attending university going on.

Edited at 2013-03-16 08:11 am (UTC)
ashiva 16th-Mar-2013 09:58 am (UTC)
Honestly, I think HoMin needs to stick together and keep working on Japanese market as there doesn't seem to be individual career for them in the Korean industry (except maybe in behind the scenes as some sort of trainers or something) as their acting suck, they aren't funny enough to rock the variety industry, and they don't have enough singing talent or charisma to stand on stage as successful solo singers. As long as they continuously keep releasing stuff in Japan ('cause if they will take long breaks they will soon find themselves irrelevant) as duo I think they'll be good 'cause unlike in Korea you aren't expected to stop after you hit 30.
des_akazim 16th-Mar-2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
hmmmm? I don't think their Japan > Korea difference has much to do with a lack of talent...Changmin's acting has improved dramatically, and Moonlight Prince showed he had an interesting presence on variety shoes...."not enough singing talent/charisma" just sounds like the criticism from 2010 before they came back and killed everything, tbh. a lot of those points are v subjective. The age thing is valid though- they're up against rookies, and korea's culture definitely favors the youth in terms of idols.
tsuyoi_hikari 16th-Mar-2013 10:09 am (UTC)
It's weird to see that some of the fans here wanted them to retire. This indicate that they somehow didn't believe that TVXQ still have the ability to compete with other idols atm. I mean, if I stan someone, I don't want them to ever stop releasing something new -- be it whether their releases will be a hit or not. When I stopped wanting that to happen, then I know my interest in them already fade.

I'm a big fan of KinKi for years and I don't want them to ever stop releasing new music ever. They basically release one single per year now but that one single alone can remind me why I adore them in so many levels each and every time. Sure, they didn't sell 1 million like they use to do but the fact that they're one talented duo will never change since they keep releasing great music for their faithful fans.
rethzneworld 16th-Mar-2013 10:44 am (UTC)
urgh if i could help it, ia m going to be a whip and whip them to keep releasing music years after years! kpop industry sucks real bad for mature idols...
noirsama 16th-Mar-2013 10:34 am (UTC)
Wise advice. However, until that day come, please keep doing the best! They still got it! Will support as long as I can :D
rethzneworld 16th-Mar-2013 10:43 am (UTC)
whaaattt... dont you know yunho is going to be SM's CEO and changmin's going to be the CFO?

des_akazim 16th-Mar-2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
....i would actually love this
although I hoped the honor would go to boa and kangta, but looks like timing is off :\
asnindie 16th-Mar-2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
it is the exact path tbh, because SM destroyed JTL just like they tried with JYJ, unfortunately this time it's not working out for them.
des_akazim 16th-Mar-2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
Heejun was talking about this too....I felt pretty bad that it brought him to tears :\ I think they had a rougher time, considering it was the first big scandal of the new type of entertainment companies. But I do always draw parallels between TVXQ and H.o.T. (and sometimes Shinhwa, but they stuck together hahaha)
avieyal 17th-Mar-2013 01:21 am (UTC)
Where did Heejun talk about this, could you link me? I haven't seen it. Thanks ^^
pepper 16th-Mar-2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
I just want them to stay in Japan (music-wise). Since nobody in Korea gives a fuck about them anymore except for their cray, bulk-buying, fandom. If they want to retire and settle down, fine, I don't care, as long as that is what they truly want for themselves.

Kangta knows his shit. I was pissed at AKP tweens saying H.O.T was never as popular as TVXQ. Are they for real? If anything, it was the other way around. /why do I torture myself reading comments there

Edited at 2013-03-16 04:51 pm (UTC)
jaesoe 17th-Mar-2013 05:32 am (UTC)
As long as JYJ still active and promoting, SM would never let Homin retire...that would be embarrassing since they don't want to look like they're defeated
I agree with you they should just focus in Japan since they're the biggest kpop act now and It will stay for awhile.
They are still quite popular in Korea tho, but yeah, not for long...aging idols are no longer idols (Changmin aging nicely but Yunho, not so much, imo)

bunica1990 16th-Mar-2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
As a stan, I still want to see TVXQ release albums if that is what they want (and to me it seems like they do).
pepper 16th-Mar-2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, Yunho has got to leave later this year or early in 2014. Unless he wants to pull a Leeteuk and leave after turning 30 (and be criticised left and right), but knowing Yunho and his Gary Stu reputation, he won't.
amenooto 16th-Mar-2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
wtf are some of these comments....just because they aren't insanely popular anymore doesn't mean they should retire.
luvey 16th-Mar-2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
at least they have Kangta in the company to help them guide their careers with proper choices for the company & the group. if their popularity is more in japan, i can see them pulling a BoA. focusing the majority of their career there, especially after the army. i do wonder how the army will play out for them. will Changmin go in close to the time Yunho does, or later so he can build more of a solo career with different projects. in hindsight, SM should have just put HoMin in the military for those two years they were mia doing nothing when the lawsuit started. (but i understand SME thought they would be giants and conquer that quickly.)

Kangta really needs to have more input in SMe. He could really help the company be in a better musically position, when the whole idol bubble goes bust.
yingmoon26 16th-Mar-2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
im not even going to bother going to the akp article, seeing what people here saw on there from the comment. LOL H.O.T was never popular as TVXQ?! PLEASE JUST GO AWAY FOREVER

i hate to sound like a kpop elitest or something, but god it drives me insane when all these young/immature/newbie kpop listeners make stupid comments without checking the facts. it's one thing to not know and not check, but another to go around preaching stupidity as a truth. hence why i never go on akp. even the writers drive me nuts.
b1gay4 16th-Mar-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
too late
21banged 17th-Mar-2013 03:38 am (UTC)
SM artists are lucky to have someone as sweet and wise as Kangta for helping them through tough times. Not that TVXQ are going through a tough time, but yeah. Kangta is <3
snowmog 17th-Mar-2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
I feel like TVXQ can continue to be successful, but they have to be managed correctly targeted towards the right audiences (and I'm not entirely sure if SM are doing this). Kangta is right in what he says - their popularity isn't what it used to be. Younger people are aware of who they are but they have little interest because they're not all shiny and new. And some don't even recognise their faces anymore.

As long as their fanbase stays solid and continues to support them, there's a market for their music. Shinhwa are a perfect example of this. Okay, they're not likely to win group of the year and have hoards of 14-year-olds screaming for them, but they're not aiming to do that and it's why they're still doing so well. They still make plenty of sales and their concerts this weekend were completely sold old (I should know, I was continually checking the ticket site to see).

It is going to be hard for them as they used to be the ones who were on top. And having to take a break for military service could cause problems if fans lose interest. But Kangta's advice is good advice, and I hope they can listen and follow it.

TL;DR - As long as TVXQ market themselves properly at their already large and somewhat solid fanbase (like Shinhwa) they'll be okay. And I love Kangta oppa.
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