JYJ, who recently ended their long-term lawsuit with Avex and are planning to kick-start their Japanese activities once more, are being bombarded with a flood of love calls from Japanese companies vying to become their next agency.
In January of this year, the Tokyo District Courts ordered Japan’s biggest management agency Avex not to interfere with JYJ’s activities in Japan. The verdict was also made for Avex to pay JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment 66 million Yen (7.8 billion Won) for damages.
With the declaration of this verdict, JYJ are now able to pursue activities in Japan. And in response to this, a flood of offers are coming in as companies fight to become the Japanese agency of one of the greatest Hallyu idol groups.
The down payment being offered has skyrocketed to amounts never seen before. A representative of JYJ’s agency stated, “We’ve been receiving an endless flood of offers from Japanese companies who would like to work with us. They are actively seeking a partnership with us, with a majority of them offering down payments in the ten billion Won and above range.”
However, JYJ are planning to hold off on choosing a Japanese agency for the time being. Not only do they need to reevaluate the Japanese market as it hasn’t been long since they’ve been liberated to pursue independent activities, but they are also planning to tap into the networks they have already forged and slowly work their way up. They have made the calculation that it wouldn’t be too late to sign on with an agency after expanding their fanbase first.
JYJ will be kicking off their Japanese activities with their Tokyo Dome concerts from the 2nd till the 4th of April. This will be their first Japanese concert in 4 years since their ‘THANKSGIVING LIVE IN DOME’ concert in June, 2010. The concert is set to be very meaningful to everyone involved as this will be JYJ’s first official event since ending their lawsuit with Avex, the agency that unilaterally terminated their contract in September of 2010.
JYJ’s agency has been unable to hold back on their excitement for the reinstatement of JYJ’s Japanese activities, doing everything from borrowing the Tokyo Dome venue to hiring the staff members who will be participating in the concert. However, there are some who are not viewing JYJ’s activities in a positive light and as it has been stated that some Japanese agencies are currently trying to block JYJ’s entrance back into the market, it seems as though JYJ must stay alert till the day they stand on stage again.
C-JeS Entertainment revealed, “It’s true that there are some who are trying to block the Tokyo Dome concert. However, we are planning to buckle down and carry on with our preparations as there are many fans who have been waiting for this moment for a long time.”
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So who should they sign with? And who is trying to cock block now?