Korean boy band JYJ has proven through concerts held at Tokyo Dome recently that their popularity in Japan remains high.
JYJ, composed of Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu, performed to a sold-out crowd of 100,000 fans who came to the concerts held from April 2 to 3. Another 50,000 fans will come tonight, the last day of the concert.
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Some 300,000 fans applied to get tickets to the concert. For those who were unable to buy tickets, C-JeS Entertainment, JYJ's agency, said the concert would be screened live in more than 100 movie theaters in Japan.
The concert called "JYJ Concert in Tokyo Dome: The Return of the JYJ" was the boy band's first at Tokyo Dome in three years. The trio first performed at the venue in 2010 when they held their "Thanksgiving Live in Dome" concert.
JYJ performed songs such as "Found You," "Tarantallegra," "Empty," "Be My Girl" and "Be The One."
The event was likened to the concerts of the late Michael Jackson.
"We were able to see why JYJ is JYJ. It′s the concert everyone has been waiting for. You can compare it to a concert by Michael Jackson, and the dances are even more splendid and impressive," said Satoshi Okamoto, president of Kyodo Yokohama, the largest concert production agency in Japan, according to ENewsWorld.
Okamoto added, "Since [JYJ] won its lawsuit [against Avex], they're drawing more expectations toward their future promotions in Japan. I'm also looking forward to what kind of concert it will put on for its fans."
A representative from Japan's largest advertiser said, "That all three of JYJ′s concerts sold out despite the fact that they′re taking place on weekdays proves that the group harnesses great power as an artist. JYJ is attractive as a musician group, but it also appeals to the heart."
The concert was held following JYJ's victory in a Tokyo court against Japan's Avex agency last January. The court ruled in favor of JYJ and C-JeS Entertainment in four cases that stemmed from a planned charity concert by JYJ for the victims of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan.
In its decision, the court ordered Avex not to interfere in the Japan activities of JYJ since it had no exclusive rights to manage the career of the boy band.
Avex suspended JYJ's Japanese activities in September 2010 that resulted in JYJ not being able to perform in Japan in the last three years.
Some of the popular artists who have held concerts at Tokyo Dome were Madonna, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Guns N' Roses and Michael Jackson.
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