Profit Distribution between Kpop Artiste and Top 3 Entertainment Agencies (SM, YG, JYP) in South Korea

With the rise of Kpop storm spreading world wide with tons of artiste from South Korea performing in various cities, have you ever wondered how much they really earn?

A recent article which popped up recently revealed the percentage of profit sharing between the artiste and the top 3 entertainment agencies in South Korea namely SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment.

Total Profit
SM Entertainment – Company 70%, Artiste 30%
YG Entertainment – Company 40%, Artiste 60%
JYP Entertainment – Company 50%, Artiste 50%

For SM Entertainment, more detailed information were revealed.

Domestic album sales plus domestic activities – Company 90%, Artiste 10%
Non-fixed appearance/performance on music entertainment programes – Company 100%
Advertisements/Series/DJ/Fixed appearance/performance on music entertainment programes – Company 40%, Artiste 60%
Overseas album sales plus overseas activities – Company 30%, Artiste 70%

There is no verification for the information above so it’s up to you to believe it or not. Anyways, do read up more information on Kpop online if you’re really interested in it. Today I just found out that someone who said that Hyuna is freaking sexy have no idea at all on who is Hyori. Major facepalm. Haha!

S. M. Entertainment
Once the home to the original Korean Idol groups like H.O.T., S.E.S., and Shinhwa, its current roster of recording artists include Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, TRAX, The Grace, Super Junior, Zhang Liyin, Girls’ Generation, J-Min, Shinee, f(x), and EXO, all of whom enjoy great success both domestically and internationally. It is also home to actors like Go Ara, Kim Min-jong, Lee Yeon-hee and Kim Ian. SM Entertainment also co-publishes Avex Trax releases for Japanese artists such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, and Koda Kumi, as well as Johnny’s Entertainment acts like Arashi and KAT-TUN.

YG Entertainment
Once the home of hip-hop groups Jinusean and 1TYM, its current roster of recording artists includes K-Pop idols such as Big Bang, 2NE1, PSY, Se7en, Tablo, and Gummy. Artists under the agency had grown to be the front runners and leaders of Hallyu and the Korean music itself around the world. Videos of YG Entertainment and its artists have cumulatively 1.6 billion views and are subscribed by over 2.5 million users in YouTube alone, making them the most viewed and subscribed artists and entertainment agency in Asia-Pacific.

JYP Entertainment
Founded in South Korea in 1997 by Park Jin Young. Once the home to artists such as Rain, Park Ji Yoon, and g.o.d, the label’s current roster of recording artists includes Wonder Girls, JOO, 2AM, 2PM, Miss A, San E, JJ Project, Baek Ah Yeon and 15&.