Fans remain hopeful as hundreds turn out to welcome the Korean trio, JYJ, at the airport yesterday
Text & Photos: Joanna Goh
Videos shot & edited by: Fiona Lin & Tay Yixuan
500 hopefuls gathered at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 around noon yesterday to catch a glimpse of JYJ, comprised of three main members - Kim Jae Jung, Park Yu Chun, and Kim Jun Soo - from one of Asia's biggest KPop group, TVXQ (also known as Dong Bang Shin Ki).
L-R: Jun Soo, Jae Jung, Yu Chun
Although a little worried and upset, TVXQ fans, also known as Cassiopeia (or Cassies in short), were unfazed by the ongoing controversies and lawsuits surrounding the trio's unsettled contractual issues with their former Korean management agency, SM Entertainment, and gathered at the airport toting cameras, homemade banners, light sticks, LED boards and even mini signboards - to give the boys a raucous welcome.
Most fans at the airport shared with xinmsn that they have been supporting the trio back in their TVXQ days and it didn't matter that they have now branched out to form a new group of their own because they adore them all the same.
A group of 10 Vietnamese fans who specially flew-in for the trio's showcase have been staking out at the airport since they touched down yesterday morning. They have each purchased tickets to the boys' showcase and will be following them to Malaysia for their Kuala Lumpur gig after their performance in Singapore.
When asked for their views on JYJ's ongoing lawsuit with SM Entertainment, Han, 15, who has been a TVXQ fan for the past five years, aptly surmised, "We hope that everyone will continue to root for them. Always keep the faith."
At the official press conference with JYJ members held later in the afternoon at Swissotel, tension was running high as their Korean agency passed down strict instructions disallowing the media to raise any related questions to TVXQ or their ongoing lawsuit.
With the help of a translator, Jun Soo, 23, briefly shared his views of coming back as a three-member group instead of the original five and said, "It feels different going from five to three people.
"I feel that I have to develop myself further to create better songs. I want to create a totally different new song after being reduced to three persons. We hope to bring a new pace to the album."
Speaking on their debut album, The Beginning, Yu Chun, 24, said that they felt especially honoured to have collaborated with American rapper Kanye West and songwriter Rodney Jerkins and "really enjoyed the entire recording and production process."
Thanking eager fans for snapping up all 99,999 copies of JYJ's special limited edition 'Luxury Package' album, even before it hit the market, Jun Soo added, "We feel very supported by JYJ fans out there and it makes us want to continue on with this journey.
"To repay fans, we'll continue to produce a lot of good music and we will work hard for it. There are only 100,000 copies of the special edition CD available and we are really sorry for it. We will repay fans in a different way."
Check out more photos from their airport arrival and press conference below!
Fans give JYJ a rousing welcome! Watch video here!
JYJ talks about their collaboration with Kanye West & Rodney Jerkins!
From TVXQ to JYJ
Posing for photographers before the press conference commenced.
L-R: Kim Jun Soo, Kim Jae Jung, and Park Yu Chun
Jun Soo explaining how their collaboration with Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins came about.
"We wanted to stand on a bigger stage and both of them [Kanye and Rodney] had interest in the Asian Community."
The members didn't expect both Kanye and Rodney to know of them and Yu Chun said that they felt "honoured to be working with them."
Talking about his new career advancement in drama series, Yu Chun said in fluent English, "If there's the chance, i would like to do all sorts of drama. It doesn't matter [what kind] I guess."
Speaking of JYJ's collaboration with Kanye, Jae Jung added that they have "different personalities as compared to what Kanye was doing" and wondered about the outcome of their collaboration.
Jun Soo revealed that their recording studio in LA was previously used by Michael Jackson and was very "touched" to be in the same place as the deceased King of Pop.
According to a Changi Airport personnel, about 500 fans gathered at the arrival gates of Terminal 3 to give JYJ a rousing welcome. The first group of fans reportedly arrived at around 7 in the morning.
Fans armed with their cameras as they await the arrival of their idols.
Jun Soo in a red jacket and Jae Jung in shades.
Fans clamouring to get a clearer view of the boys.
These girls from Vietnam have been staking out at the airport since they arrived in the morning.
A group of three Chinese fans specially traveled to Singapore for JYJ's showcase. They each spent a total of S$2,000 for their short stay and have been supporting TVXQ for the past five years.
Lya (in yellow) who is an Indonesian student studying in Singapore felt that the lawsuit with SM Entertainment has been "dragging on for too long". Despite that, she still plans to support the trio and quipped, "Always Keep the Faith."
Fans swarming the exit area after JYJ walked out of the airport.
언제나 비가와도 칠흙같이 캄캄한 어둠이 와도...
그대 곁에서 기다릴께 ...
Nothing better than that...