K-Pop 101: Agencies

Who manages and essentially creates the K-pop sensations we know and love/hate? In K-Pop 101, we like to keep things simple, so we’ll begin with the three biggest agencies in the K-pop world, often referred to as the “Big Three”.

  1. S.M. Entertainment

    Source: dramafever.com

    Source: dramafever.com

    Founded in 1995 by Lee Soo-man, S.M. functions as not only a record label, but also a talent agency, travel agency, film production company, music production company, event management/concert production firm, and music publishing house.

    It’s current roster includes  Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, SHINee, f(x), EXO, and solo artist BoA.

  2. YG Entertainment

    Source: koogle.tv

    Source: koogle.tv

    YG was founded by Yang Hyun-suk in 1996 and operates as a record label, talent agency, clothing line, cosmetics firm, event management/concert production company, music production company, and music publishing house.

    YG boasts artists such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Psy, Masta Wu, Lee Hi, Akdong Musician, iKON, and Winner.

  3. JYP Entertainment

    Source: kpopstarz.com

    Source: kpopstarz.com

    Park Jin-young, a.k.a. JYP, founded JYP Entertainment in 1997 and functions as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management/concert production company as well as a music publishing house.

    JYP is home to artists including Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, miss A, and Got7.

Do you have a favorite from the Big Three? We know our bias, but won’t tell. What’s yours?

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