There is one truth we all know: Korean entertainment companies are never perfect. They are where the talents are found, where the anonymous trainees become famous K-Pop stars. However, there are also a lot of shortcomings and controversies regarding these companies in the way they manage their artists.
People usually talk about big companies like SM, JYP, YG and Big Hit. Even though they are big, these companies still sometimes make many K-Pop fans angry because of their improper treatment to the artists, whether because of contract-related scandals or internal matters.
Recently, though, Korean netizens have discussed a different topic: If the big companies were that ‘obnoxious’, how bad would the smaller ones be? A netizen has listed 4 smaller entertainment companies that are most criticized by fans. Let’s take a look.
Some artists under the company: Sleepy, Secret, B.A.P, Sonamoo, TRCNG
Reason for being hated: The company greedily exploited its artists, made contracts with cruel conditions, acted against its own artists, blackmailed them… In the end, all TS artists sued the company.
Some artists under the company: SG Wannabe, SeeYa, Davichi, T-ara, Coed School, DIA, 1THE9
Reason for being hated: It overexploited the artists, played dirty tricks and refused to protect the artists when things go sideways. A clear example for this is the way it pushed T-ara to disbandment and cruelly exploited talented solo singer Shannon.
STAR EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT
Some artists under the company: ZE:A, Nine Muses
Reason for being hated: It is violent to the artist. The biggest scandal broke out when the company’s CEO cursed and slapped a member of Nine Muses right in front of the camera. The leader of ZE:A also accused Star Empire of not paying its artists.
Some artists of the company: F.T. Island, CNBLUE, AOA, N.Flying, SF9, P1Harmony
Reasons for being hated: Their system of managing artists are so loose that big scandals happened so often. Almost every group has a member that caused unacceptable scandals and left.
Let’s take a look at some of Knet’s comments under the post to see which company do they think is the worst entertainment company out of the 4 above:
- “TS is the worst. It is crazy on a different level. TS is trash.”
- “MBK’s Kim Kwangsoo is terrible, but TS is even more disgusting.”
- “All 4 of these companies are trash, but TS is unrivaled.”
- “What about Pledis?”
- “The kids in these companies are so unlucky…”
- “There is no company that will be sued by all of its own artists like TS.”
- “TS is the worst. No company can win TS’s disgust.”
- “I know people are talking about smaller companies, but to me out of the Big 3, YG is the worst.”
- “Compared to TS, Star Empire is still good and boring.”
How about you? Which entertainment company do you think is K-Pop’s worst agency?