Journey from TVXQ to JYJ
January 27, 2010 – TVXQ topped the Oricon charts with the release of their 29th single, “Break Out!” It breaks Elton John’s 14-year record of having the highest first week sales for a foreign artist.
February 17, 2010 – TVXQ released their Japanese greatest hits album, “Best Selection” and sold over 400,000 copies in one week, earning RIAJ's double platinum status by the end of February. It sold 700,000 by the end of March and became the first foreign boy band and also the first foreign male artists to sell over 700,000 albums in Japan.
March 24, 2010 – TVXQ released their 30th Japanese single, “Toki O Tomete,” their last as a group of five.
April 3, 2010 – Avex announced the hiatus of their Japanese activities. Later in the month they also announced that Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu would appear as a “sub-group” at “Thanksgiving Live in the Dome” concerts in Japan.
S.M. Entertainment filed a lawsuit against JYJ to validate their contracts.
June 2010 – Jaejoong, Junsu and Yoochun perform 4 days of “Thanksgiving Live in the Dome” concerts at Osaka Dome and Tokyo Dome. The DVD for their “Thanksgiving Live in the Dome” concert sold 116,000 copies. The live album and DVD both debuted at #1 on the Oricon DVD and album charts in the same week.
Kyocera Dome June 5, 2010
Tokyo Dome June 12-13, 2010
June 25, 2010 – JYJ submitted a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment to void their exclusive contracts. Following the suits, S.M. Entertainment attempted to denounce JYJ and their new agency C-JeS
June 30, 2010 – Avex released three of TVXQ's greatest hits albums on June 30, including the “Complete Single A-side Collection,” “Single B-side Collection,” and “Complete Set Limited Box.”
August 2010 – JYJ performed
September 2010 – Avex announced plans to suspend all of JYJ’s Japanese activities. Avex claimed this stemmed from issues the label had with the president of JYJ’s Korean management, C-JeS Entertainment.
September 8, 2010 – JYJ released debut extended play “The …” and sold 140,000 albums in the first week.
October 12, 2010 – JYJ released their English debut album, “The Beginning.” Two weeks before the release of the album, 500,000 copies of it had been pre-ordered and pre-sales for the 99,999 copies of the special edition of the album had reached 400,000 requests. It featured “Ayyy Girl,” a song produced by American artist Kanye West.
“Empty” debuted at #18 in Korea during the album's release with strong digital sales.
“Empty” MV Behind the scenes
October -November 2010 – JYJ toured Asia to promote the album, starting with two showcases in Seoul on October 12, at the 11,000 seating Hwaseong Tiger Dome at Korea University. Tickets sold out in 15 minutes with a portion of the profits donated to World Vision charity.
JYJ planned concerts in the United States in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but were denied P1 visas for these concerts.
In response, JYJ performed free showcases on these dates and refunded ticket purchasers. 6,400 people attended the New York showcase, despite the venue being able to hold only 3,400 people.
JYJ’s other planned US dates in Seattle, San Francisco and Hawaii were later cancelled.
JYJ was featured Billboard magazine's release of the week in November, the first time an international act has been featured. The Billboard website received its highest daily traffic recorded up to that point.
November 27 & 29, 2010 – JYJ launched the “JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul”. It was held at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium.
December 31, 2010 – JYJ had their first public broadcast performance as a group at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards. They performed “Found You,” an OST from Yoochun’s drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal.