Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho during 2018 Seoul Fashion Week
Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho during 2018 Seoul Fashion Week
Background information
Also known as
  • Tohoshinki
  • DBSK
  • TVfXQ[1]
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2003 (2003)–present
Associated acts
WebsiteTVXQ Official website
Past members
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaningEast God Rises
Korean name
Japanese name

TVXQ (stylized as TVXQ!), an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi[2] (Chinese: 東方神起), is a South Korean male pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki (東方神起, Tōhōshinki) in Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an abbreviation of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki[3] (Korean동방신기). Their name roughly translates to "Rising Gods of the East".[4][5]

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 S.M. 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".

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 physical records in the first 10 years of their career,[6] 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"[7][8] for their immense success and contributions to the Hallyu.[9][10][11] According to the Oricon, TVXQ have the most number-one singles and albums for a foreign artist in Japan,[12][13] and are also Japan's best-selling foreign artist in CD singles of all time.[14] Their Time Tour, one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 2013, broke attendance records for foreign singers in Japan until 2017, when TVXQ broke that same record with their Begin Again Tour.[15][16] TVXQ are the first non-Japanese Asian artists to headline a nationwide five-Dome tour and the first foreign artists to headline the Nissan Stadium. Billboard has described the group as "K-pop royalty".[5]

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  9. ^ 동방신기·소녀시대·빅뱅, 한류 20년 대표 가수로 선정 [TVXQ, Girls' Generation, Big Bang chosen as leaders of Hallyu]. Korea Times (in Korean). October 20, 2015. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
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