When I was reading and watching Jin's WMG contract news, I know it can be new source for his haters to bash him for the rest of their life, but I can't help being proud of him. All I see is he has grown up from his frustration/depression of the Wonder thing, and started to take such thing in his own hand.
People aren't Jin fans probably would never know/care about the Wonder issue. However, imo it was the key to what has happened now.
Last year around March/April, Jin found a piece in Crystal Kay's music producer's demo and he liked it very much. They together developed it into a song. Later Jin worked on the lyrics with CK, and he's also the producer of the PV, which like we all know was very well done.
The first time Wonder was performed in BtR concert, it recieved great reaction from the audience. Jin then openly showed his strong desire to release this song as a single. We know once Jin says he wants something, it means he's all working for it and tries his best to make it become real, and that's probably why he seldom showes his desire openly. So fans felt the hope and many started to organize the petition to request Wonder.
One thing shocked me at that time was...Japanese fans all turned to Sony to request the song, not Johnny's. This made me realize Jin fans had very little trust in Johnny's and it's the consequence of frequent disappointment they got from his jimusho in history.
So after a while, CK came out and told Wonder was not going to be released but was made only for KT concert.
The whole thing left such a gutted feeling. Wonder was so ready to release, the only thing it needed was the YES from JE, but JE turned it down. According to Jin's interview, he was so desperate about it so he almost contacted certain recording company by himself. He's also frustrated by the reality that he couldn't collaborate with non-JE artists freely under such a system (if you are confused about this info, check this interview).
People might say, everyone in JE is waiting his whole life for a release, so why just you can't wait? Yeah that's very right...but still Jin has every right to ask for a release, just like others do too.
I think Wonder taught Jin a lesson--in stead of wasting your time to wait for a never coming YES from JE, you better take things in control by your own hand.
After his Nissay live was announced and Eternal was sung for the first time in the end of 2009, I seriously started to think about Jin's future release. No matter how positive I was trying to be, I couldn't see the possibility he would be allowed to release any album in the near future. Bandage album was released because Johnny's was more than happy to mark Kobayashi's name down in Johnny's history. An album produced by jin himself? Just no way in a short time...(don't bring up Yamapi here, he belongs to the privileged class)
And we all know Jin also has a dream to release an album in US. There's zero possibility he can make it if he's only under JE label. I think ever since Jin got the chance to do his solo live and got invited by UTB, he already started to look for a solution for that.
About Jin and KT, there's really nothing much more to say. I don't think there's one tiny lie in his line "I have never thought of going solo, just that I went after what I wanted to do at that point of time, and the (solo) was the result of that. " He wants to share and release his music. After all it's up to the JE system and KT&Jin's future schedule to decide if he's in KT or not/going solo or not. When people keep accusing him being selfish and being indifferent about KT, they probably just ignored the thing we Jin fans kept asking--why JE system must work in that way...why idols like Jin can't have more freedom? When Jin talked about his goal early this year, he said he'd wish to release his own album in three years (apparently he knows exactly how much he can get in this system). I honestly don't think anyone would miss the opportunity (UTB or WMG's invitation) offered if he's Jin. Right, He did have the choice, didn't he? So, you have every right to blame him for choosing his dream.
And things are definitely not as easy as it was showed in news. If the decision was made in June, what's the point of doing yellow gold tour w/o release nor proper promo (except the last minute MTV IGGY which was a real surprise tho)? Apparently Jin was still under test during that time. Talking about this, nothing came easily. He started almost from zero. Around 16 new songs (and numerous music pieces for interlude and dance corner) in a year:
Eternal (was possibly done earlier)
Keep it up
Adjust the love
Bass go boom
The fifth season
Although he still has a long way to go, we see how much he has improved both in composing and in lyric writing in such a short time. So proud of our jinjin!!
Last but not least, I'm always thinking about what kind of role Johnny's has been acting in the whole thing. This year, we saw Johnny-san the old man a lot in Jin's US affair. Ever since March many theories have been flying in the air and little was answered. Now we can safely say although Jin took all the blames from the beginning to the end, JE has been behind everything from the very start, and obviously JE wants US market and Jin's strong wish to stand on US stage made himself the right one JE can use to test the water. Although Johnny-san talked a lot here and there, we hardly saw the real support from JE (maybe we need expert in this industry to explain how and how much). Anyway, the experiment is still on, we'll for sure see JE often even after Jin contracted with WMG.