K-pop is still popular all over the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the Korean Wave has started with famous entertainment agencies in Korea, as many singers around BTS are gaining popularity around the world. Let’s take a look at Korean entertainment companies that are at the center of the Korean wave, including SM Entertainment, Wonder Girls, TWICE, YG Entertainment, and BTS, which brought together ARMY from all over the world. It is good to enjoy music and content because Korean singers have different music styles and styles depending on their agencies, but if you look at which companies the Korean Wave stars belong, you will be able to understand Korean culture more deeply.
SM Entertainment is an entertainment company founded in 1989 and established in 1995, and it is no exaggeration to say that SM Entertainment is a pioneer in the Korean entertainment business. It is a company created by a celebrity named Lee Soo-man, and SM is used as the initials of his name and as the abbreviation for Star Museum. SM, which led the Korean idol craze, produced a huge number of singers including H.O.,T, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, SHINee, Girls’ Generation, and EXO. It is also the main character of the Korean Wave and the agency of singers who received much love for various events and album releases. It is the first Korean entertainment company to build a system that produces trainees. Personally, music is good, but singers’ sense of entertainment is a bit lacking. Compared to other entertainment companies, appearance is more important, and they are presenting Europop-affected music. Recently, SM has expanded not only to singers but also to various fields such as actors and comedians, making it a big part of the entertainment industry in Korea.
JYP Entertainment was founded by Park Jin-young in 1997 and named after Park Jin-young’s initials. Girl groups such as Wonder Girls, Miss A, TWICE, and ITZY are so strong that they are famous for girl groups. All of them are one of the pillars of the Korean Wave, and many of them are featuring black music and retro-style music in a Korean way. This is because Park Jin-young participated in producing records of various singers as a producer, and Park Jin-young himself was very interested in this kind of music, which made JYP-style music very popular. It is known that Korea’s large agencies evaluate trainees by evaluating their personality and learning ability, and it has produced many artists who have not only music but also acting and entertainment skills compared to SM and YG. Personally, I prefer JYP singers, Park Jin-young, and music that makes my ears happy.
YG Entertainment was founded in 1998 by Yang Hyun-suk, a former member of the group Seo Tai-ji and Idol, and is an agency that uses YG as its company name, the abbreviation of Yang Hyun-suk’s nickname, “Yang Gun.” YG Entertainment’s artists are representative of Big Bang and BLACKPINK, and they are a comprehensive entertainment company with not only singers but also actors. YG’s music color has an American pop style, and it is very easy to listen to and there are many good songs. However, many songs have suffered plagiarism controversy, and they are also the company with the most incidents. It is also a controversial company, including various rumors and moral controversies, and is currently under a lot of criticism due to crimes committed by celebrities in its agency. In particular, the controversy over Yang Hyun-suk’s collusive ties with the media and political circles has led to various criticisms, unlike his musicality and planning skills. In Korea, no matter how good music is and how popular celebrities are, the agency is so important that it will be hit hard if the agency is embroiled in such a controversy.
Big Hit Entertainment
Big Hit Entertainment was founded in 2005 by former composer Bang Si-hyuk after gaining independence from JYP. We are very friendly with JYP and we still have a good relationship with each other because we help each other with their activities. Big Hit Entertainment will play an important role in promoting the greatness of K-pop around the world by creating a huge artist called BTS. In particular, as the IPO is about to take place, BTS is emerging as the mainstay of the Korean entertainment industry following the entertainment agency introduced above by renewing its contract in 2018. According to many stock experts, the company is expected to be a huge hit in the event of a public disclosure. I hope you will continue to play many roles in the Korean Wave.
Inside of K-pop, which has become famous around the world, there are producers and entertainment companies that actively promote artists and make good music. There is a Korean entertainment system for the development of K-pop, with companies with each characteristic training many artists, and these artists establishing another company and making good music. I hope you will continue to play a role in receiving a lot of love from all over the world, and I hope it will help many people understand the Korean entertainment industry.