From 2003 – 2009, Yoochun sang in South Korean boy band TVXQ, known as Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK) in South Korea and Tohoshinki in Japan. In July 2009, Yoochun and two of his bandmates, Jaejoong and Junsu, filed a lawsuit against their South Korean label, SM Entertainment. Through their lawyers, the members stated that the 13-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without the confirmation or permission of the members, contract terms have been extended and changed without their knowledge or consent and that the group’s earnings were not fairly distributed to the members. After Tohoshinki’s Japanese label announced a group hiatus in early 2010, they formed a new three member group initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.
In November 28, 2012, the legal battle between JYJ and SM has finally ended. Both sides agreed to retiring every judicial accusation against each other and not interfering in each other actions.
In September 2010, JYJ released extended play The…, which debuted at number one on Japan’s Oricon album charts. However, Avex had announced the suspension of all the group’s activities in Japan, the same month that year.
JYJ proceeded to release The Beginning, a global album which was sung in English. JYJ promoted the new album via a worldwide showcase tour throughout October and November with dates in South Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States.
In January 25, 2011, JYJ released Korean extended play Their Rooms “Our Story”.” JYJ’s second group album and first full length Korean-language album In Heaven was released September 28, 2011.
Starting from April, Yoochun toured Asia and North America for JYJ’s first Worldwide Tour. The tour is then extended to Europe and South America, adding another four stops in Spain, Germany, Chile and Peru.
In addition to being a musician, Yoochun has also been active as an actor since 2010.
Solo singing career
Micky Yoochun is featured in “Tokyo Lovelight” from DJ Makai’s Stars (mini-album). He and band-mate U-know are also featured rappers on “Heartquake” from Super Junior’s third album, Sorry, Sorry.
For “Miss Ripley”, Yoochun sang “너를 위한 빈자리 (The Empty Space for You)”. It appeared in the ninth episode of the drama and was released on the “Miss Ripley” OST (Part 3).
Micky has written and composed several songs that have appeared on TVXQ’s Korean and Japanese albums. As a member of SM Town, he contributed to the 2007 winter album Only Love with his composition “Evergreen”. Micky also wrote and composed “사랑 안녕 사랑 (Love Bye Love)”, featured on the group’s fourth Korean studio album Mirotic. For the Trick project, he wrote the lyrics to his solo “My Girlfriend”, entirely in English.
“Kiss the Baby Sky”, one of the A-side’s for TVXQ’s twenty-fifth Japanese single, marked the first time that one of the songs both written and composed by Micky was released on a Japanese single.
With band-mates U-Know and Xiah, Micky wrote the rap lyrics to “Love After Love”, which appeared on their second Korean studio album, Rising Sun. For the group’s Japanese releases, Micky wrote and co-composed “Kiss Shita Mama, Sayonara” (Kissしたまま、さよなら lit. As We Kiss, Goodbye?) with Hero for T, TVXQ’s third Japanese album. In September 2009, he and Hero released a self-written duet, “Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter”, which was used as the image song for Hello Kitty’s 35th anniversary.
Yoochun has also written songs for JYJ’s albums. 2010 album The Beginning, featured the Yoochun-penned track “I Love You”. In January 2011, Micky was the lyricist/composer in JYJ’s music essay called Their Rooms “Our Story” for the song “이름없는 노래 Part 1 (A Song Without A Name, Part 1)”. In addition, he also composed the rap in Kim Junsu’s song “Xiahtic”. For In Heaven, Yoochun co-wrote “Get Out” with Kim Jaejoong.
Yoochun’s starting minor roles were with his TVXQ bandmates, Banjun Theater and Vacation.
In June 2010 Yoochun began his official acting career by appearing in the Japanese BeeTV mobile drama Beautiful Love ～君がいれば～ (Beautiful Love ~If you were here ~) as Young Soo, the runaway heir of a conglomerate.
Two months later, Yoochun made his Korean debut as an actor in the hit 2010 KBS drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관스캔들). He portrayed Lee Seon Joon, a wealthy and studious nobleman, who falls in love with his fellow schoolmate—a woman disguised as a man. He received the “Rookie of the Year” Award, “Netizen Award” and “Best Couple” Award at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards ceremony. He won “Best Newcomer Award” and “Most Popular Actor in a TV Drama” at The 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, the most prestigious entertainment awards in South Korea. Yoochun also won “Best Actor” and “Most Popular Asian Actor” at the 6th Seoul International Drama Awards.
In 2011, he starred in the MBC drama Miss Ripley with Lee Da-hae, Kim Seung-woo, and Kang Hye-jeong. His character as Song Yoohyun has him playing a half-Korean, half-Japanese second-generation director who will falls blindly in love with the antiheroine. At the 2011 MBC Drama Awards, Yoochun won “Best Newcomer” for his role as lead male in “Miss Ripley.”
In 2012, he starred in the SBS drama Rooftop Prince with Han Ji-min. Yoochun’s third role was Lee Gak, a Joseon era prince who time-travels 300 years to the present day, and also as Yong Tae Yong, third generation of conglomerate. The drama started airing on March 21, 2012. On August 30, Yoochun won “Most Popular Actor in TV Drama” at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards, crowning him as the most popular actor for two years in row.
On November 7, 2012, Yoochun returned to television by participating in his fourth drama, MBC’s Missing You, in which he portrays homicide detective Han Jung-woo who, in the past when he was fourteen years old, was separated from his first love.
Having played the main character in a SBS and a MBC drama during 2012, Yoochun attended both networks’ drama award shows. At the MBC Drama Awards on December 30th, the actor won the “Excellence Actor in a Mini-Series” Award for his role in Missing You. At the SBS Drama Awards the following day on the 31st, he received four more awards–“Excellence Actor in a Drama Special”, one of the “Top 10 Stars”, “Best Couple” (shared with Han Ji-min), and the “Netizen Popularity” Award–at the SBS Drama Awards for his performance in Rooftop Prince.
With all these acting accomplishments added to the list of awards Yoochun has already won since debuting as an actor in 2010, he now had achieved a so-called “Grand Slam” by having won trophies from each of South Korea’s three major television channels, SBS, MBC, and KBS.
Missing You @ I Miss You (MBC, 2012)
Rooftop Prince (SBS, 2012)
Miss Ripley (MBC, 2011)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2, 2010)
Rainbow Romance (MBC, 2005)
Banjun Drama (SBS, 2005)
TV Show Theme Songs
JYJ – Chajatda (찾았다) Found, Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
TVXQ – Cheon Nyeon Yeon Ga (천년연가) Thousand Year Love Song, The Legend (2007)
TVXQ – Harudal (하루달) Day Moon, Air City (2007)
TVXQ – All In Vain, Air City (2007)
TVXQ – Remember, Goong S (2007)
TVXQ – Geurigo (그리고…) Holding Back the Tears, Vacation (2006)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actor Awards (Drama Special), Park Yoo Chun (Rooftop Prince)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Viewer Popularity Actor Awards, Park Yoo Chun (Rooftop Prince)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Awards, Park Yoo Chun & Han Ji Min (Rooftop Prince)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Awards, Park Yoo Chun (Rooftop Prince)
– 2012 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Actor Award (Mini Series): Park Yoo Chun (I Miss You)
– 2012 7th Seoul International Drama Awards: Outstanding Korean Actor (Rooftop Prince)
– 2012 7th Seoul International Drama Awards: People’s Choice Award (Rooftop Prince)
– 2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award, Actor: Park Yoochun (Miss Ripley)
– 2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards: Outstanding Korean Actor (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
– 2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards: People’s Choice Award (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
– 2011 MBC Drama Awards: Newcomers Awards (Mini Series), Best New Actor (Miss Ripley)
– 2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
– 2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards: New Actor (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
– 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Newcomer Actor Award (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
– 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Netizens’ Award (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
– 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Park Min Young (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
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