TVXQ debuted under SM Entertainment on December 26, 2003. Originally a five member group, the group now promotes as a duo with members "U-Know" Yunho and "Max" Changmin. Both members of the group are currently enlisted in the Korean army, and are expected to complete their two years of mandatory military service in late 2017. The group's name is an initialization of the Chinese phrase "Tong Vfang Xien Qi (東方神起)", which means "Rising Gods of the East." The group is also sometimes referred to as DBSK, an initialization of the Korean version of their name "Dong Bang Sin Ki (동방신기). The members of TVXQ trained for years under SM Entertainment before releasing their first major hit, "Hug" in 2004. The group originally consisted of members "U-Know" Yunho, "Max" Changmin, "Hero" Jaejoong, "Mickey" Yoochun, and "Xiah" Junsu. TVXQ's first two albums "Tri-Angle" (2004) and "Rising Sun" (2005) were incredibly popular in Korea, but it wasn't until the release of their mega-hit "Mirotic" in 2008 that the group was propelled into the international spotlight, earning a great deal of fame overseas, particularly in Japan. Despite their success, in July of 2009 TVXQ was plunged into legal turmoil and internal strife within the group when members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu sued SM Entertainment on accounts that their 13-year long contracts were excessively long, that they were overworked and scheduled for events without consent, and that profits were unfairly distributed within the group. Three months later in October, the Seoul Central District Court granted the three members a temporary contract injunction, forcing the five-member group into a hiatus. In November 2009, duo Yunho and Changmin released a joint statement advocating for SM Entertainment and urging the other three members to reconsider their position. Despite their injunction, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu continued to release and promote new music with TVXQ in Japan under the management of Avex until early 2010. Then, in April of 2010 Avex announced the suspension of the group's activities in Japan, claiming that each of the five members of TVXQ would be active as solo artists. Just a week later though, Avex announced that it would be promoting a "special unit project" entitled JYJ with Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu. What followed was a series of lawsuits filed by both SM and JYJ against each other. As JYJ set up their own company, C-JeS, Yunho and Changmin remained quiet throughout the legal proceedings. After more than two years of inactivity in Korea, Yunho and Changmin returned as a duo in January of 2011, keeping the name TVXQ and releasing the smash hit "Keep Your Head Down." Since then, TVXQ has continued to promote as a duo and remains extremely popular in both Korea and Japan. In 2012, SM Entertainment and JYJ dropped their lawsuits against each other, reaching a settlement and ending the 3-year legal dispute. As part of the settlement, the two parties agreed that each would not interfere with the other's promotional activities, and acknowledged the end of JYJ's contract with SM Entertainment to have been in 2009. TVXQ saw a great deal of commercial success in the late 2000s and early 2010s, selling over 10 million albums in the first 10 years of their career. To this date the group remains one of Kpop's highest selling acts, and the members of TVXQ are often referred to as the "Kings of Kpop."