I stumbled upon this thread about SM a few weeks ago and it gave me chills. This was an excerpt from that thread. it's something by an H.O.T. fan (a member of clubH.O.T.). It gave me chills because this thread started in September 2006. and this H.O.T. fan was like foreshadowing about what would happen to DBSK.... T___T
THEN It was kimtaitai's message on Abaka that really got me she wrote:
Hi~ I'm a current member of clubH.O.T,
and am a fan of the now broken up group, H.O.T. ^^
These days the group DBSK have been performing a lot
and have caught my attention.
Not only that, I heard that one of the DBSK members was a
very big male fan of H.O.T., and thats how I first started to
learn more about DBSK
As I watch the way they act and their performance,
I couldn't help but to think that they are very simliar
to H.O.T when they first started
H.O.T is seriously the god's to our generation,
so for people that were born around 82, 83, etc.
No one probably understand what they meant to us...
After Seotaiji and boys broke up, H.O.T. saved the
kpop music scene that was completely dying out.
All the teenagers were pulled into H.O.T.,
and within a year of their debut they received the top music award.
Out of all the major awards that H.O.T received, there must be awards
from at least 10 different music/television companies
When I see DBSK right now, the past H.O.T. fills my mind.
I was a freshman in high school when H.O.T. first debuted.
Now I am 22, and even today, when I go to performances or
concerts, I am looked as a young girl ^^
I heard that the majority of DBSK fans are junior high students,
and although many people say that they are young fans,
we were exactly like that too.
Whenever people saw us they called us H.O.T fanatics.
But then what about now? Even after 8-9 years
we are still here watching over them.
We hope that all the DBSK fans follow in our footsteps ^^
Liking H.O.T. for about 9 years,
I would like to give a little heads up and warnings about the company SM
I am someone that had a voice within the H.O.T fan club.
So I know a little more about the company SM, than most fans or normal people
At this moment, many H.O.T. fans have ventured out ^^
There are some that have become stars, others that became famous peoples' coordis,
and even some that have been hired into SM
Through these people we have learned that,
what we believed to be unfair treatment by SM, in reality, was very much true
SM claimed that the 2nd H.O.T. was blackbeat, but after their failure
they tried once again, and that group is DBSK
Silently leading the group with wit and talent, YoungWoong JaeJoong.
He is like MoonHeeJun.
Leader in dance, with the aura of a tough guy, but sometimes very cute, UKnowYunHo.
He is like JangWooHyuk.
Lived in the states, and able to speak English, very charismatic and outgoing, MickyYooChun.
He is like Tony.
With looks that can be looked as almost femine, and the image where you want to take care of him, ChoiKangChangMin.
He is like Kangta.
Looks that can be looked as average, but the type of person that the more you see the more you like, XiahJunSu.
He is like LeeJaeWon.
Two group that really have a lot in common, DBSK and H.O.T.
Maybe that's why, but we H.O.T. fans are genuinely scared that
the DBSK fans will have to face the hurt and dissapointing ordeals we had to go through.
Especially because all of you are so young.
SM is honestly a dangerous place.
As you like DBSK more I am sure that your hatred for SM will only grow
The first time H.O.T. began to get battered by LeeSooMan was during the beginning of their 3rd album
I'm not sure if you heard their 2nd album song, "Heng Bok"
That is the song H.O.T. received the DaeSang award,
and the album after that for every little mistake, they were hurt.
At that time, I believed that no matter what, it was merely just rumors
Slowly, everything I believed were rumors, were slowly turning into realities
By any chance do you know of Andy of ShinHwa's incident?
For awhile he was on stage wearing a mask wasnt he?
SM said some unbelievable stuff saying that he ran into something
or that JunJin fell while taking a shower.
Everyone continously told us different thigns.
The important factor is that they ran into something or fell,
but why was only his mouth hurt? How come there were no signs of anything near their forehead or nose or any other facial part?
A few days before, Andy went into the SM building, and when he came out
he was wearing a mask, which many fans noticed.
Honestly, at that time I didn't believe it.
After JTL left SM, even after they released their album,
they weren't able to properly perform for a good 2 years.
Their schedules continously got mysteriously cancelled,
and on cable t.v. their music video was not even showed ONCE.
That wast the famous SM-JTL boycott.
SM went to every television company and threatened that
in the case they brought JTL onto their broadcasting list, SM would pull out all their singers from that company
Many fans called JTL's company "YeJun Media" and asked what was happening,
but even from there they did not know.
This is a famous event,
It was when MoonHeeJun's 2nd album was supposed to come out
Fans were sleeping in front of HeeJun's house,
when HeeJun's mother came out and began to cry like no tomorrow.
She was begging to the fans to save HeeJun...
"Please save my HeeJun..."
HeeJun's first album sold 600,000 copies.
But SM said, "Merely 600,000?!"
They said they didn't want to invest in his 2nd album.
So for HeeJun's 2nd album, his music video, and jacket pictures...
he poured out his own money and savings.
Buy their album. That is helping DBSk.
Whenever H.O.T albums came out, we fans bought AT LEAST 2 copies.
That's the only reason whenever a new album came out they were able to surpass 1 million album sales.
And for that fact only...
thats the only reason the members were able to collect a little bit of money.
for every album they received approximiately 2 cents.
After Boa released her first alubm,
she received 50 cents per album.
For five people if it's 2 cent, that means its not even a quarter cent per person.
Then you might ask...
"What about the commercials and photo albums, and all the other side things H.O.T did?"
To keep it simple,
the only money H.O.T members make is through album sales.
Any commercials, and any shows, anything,
all that money goes to SM.
So its basically an unjust contract, a slave contract.
We heard that the contract between DBSK and SM is immense,
but thats not always a good thing.
When one leaves SM you must pay a fee that is much higher htan the contract,
and basically its to stop singers from leaving
Not only that they will take out a percentage of one's profits if one leaves.
Do you think the term "slave contract" came out of nowhere??
DBSK right now...they are probably having a really hard time.
Do you all know this?
The president of SM isn't LeeSooMan but, KimKyungWook.
To put it in lamen terms...
Although on paper KimKyungWook is the president,
the person that makes all the decisions is LeeSooMan.
SM has done a lot of illegal things.
And if those acts are caught, someone needs to be blamed.
So LeeSooMan screws up,
and KimKyungWook takes the blame.
If you look at it KimKyungWoo is a slave too. An SM slave.
H.O.T.'s old manager is currently working for a very famous company.
That person once said that H.O.T. are kids he truely feels sorry for,
and so they were kids that he wanted to save.
That person tried to take H.O.T. out of SM, but got caught by LeeSooMan
and was immediately fired. Right now he is working at SIDUS and is producing the group G.O.D.
That is the reason LeeSooMan hates G.O.D. so much.
So much to the point that any radio show SM singers host,
he makes it clear he doesnt want to hear them putting on G.O.D. songs.
Even though slave contract, unjust contracts are against the law,
LeeSooMan is living quite fine.
He is truely a rich man. Someone with so much money it is unbelievable.
Although he waste a lot of money, he always has more.
We raised SM
and then we were stepped on by SM and died.
All the money that came in from H.O.T was invested into BoA
and all the money they invested in BoA is being currently reearned.
But now H.O.T memebers have encountered so many scars,
and they are slowly being forgotten by people.
Along with Club H.O.T who set records as a fan club.
We all are being forogtten by people.
All of you will get older with DBSK.
We were the same.
We used to say that "we're aging together,"
and these days those words sound so sad
As time goes feelings will be stronger,
and we sincerely hope that DBSK doesn't endure the same scars from SM, as H.O.T. had.
Don't take the same hurt as we did.
Within DBSK, create an awesome fan culture.
With every childless statement, the fan image is slowly ruined.
Become fans that think about what you say,
when announcing you are their fans.
Don't ever be faltered by any rumors, and always trust the member.
Singers will never betray their fans.
Please don't do things that they dont like.
You shouldn't ever make your favorite singer feel disappointedi n you.
If you are going to believe this and that, or just move on to someone else,
then don't like them from the start.
It will only be scars upon that singer/group.
As you grow older, even if you find a boyfriend
don't ever forget that you are DBSK fans.
At first it may just be a fantasy for you
but as time passes and as you grow older
you will realize that they mean a lot more to you than you know
In your heart, you will never forget your younger days
when you were their fans...
please make sure it is only memories that you will not regret... "