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Revenue Sharing Ratio Between Korean Artists and Management Company

On Pann forum has just appeared a table showing the divided sales of K-pop artists and management companies. In every activity, remuneration has always been divided by the percent have discussed before in the contract.


Revenue from the sale of albums, participating TV shows, events, abroad promotion are different conjugations. Each company has its own dividing income.

1. SM Entertainment (nghệ sĩ EXO, Suju, SNSD, DBSK, F(x)…)

– Contract duration: 7 years

– Sales album fixed part: The company (95%), Artist (5%)

– Sales album fixed part after being refreshed: The Company (90%), Artists (10%)

– Events: The Company (60%), Artist (40%)

– Abroad promotion: The Company (30%), Artist (70%)

Notes: Profits are still divided even without reaching break-even point.

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This information led many netizens criticize that SM exploits their idols, makes up 95% of the sales from the album. Stars of SM has been famous for selling disks, always leading in the list of entire Kpop disks sales. The company takes almost the full amount, which is not fair, causing damage to the effort of the idol. This is also the reason why many EXO, DBSK sued the company, claiming left the group.

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However, there are also many fans against that the stars of SM make money primarily thanks to the international tours, where they receive up to 70% of the revenue, the highest in the companies. International concert performances always attract a larger number of fan, the ticket price is more expensive, more locations in South Korea. In fact, stars of SM though not floating as before still earn money thanks to going international tour.

2. YG Entertainment (Big Bang, 2NE1, iKON, WINNER…)

– Contract duration: 5 years

– Sales album fixed part: The company (50%), Artist (50%)

– Sales album fixed part after being refreshed: The Company (30%), Artists (70%)

– Events: The Company (40%), Artist (60%)

– Abroad promotion: The Company (50%), Artist (50%)

Notes: Profits are still divided even without reaching break-even point.

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Dividing remuneration of YG get the rain of compliments from South Korean netizens. They are very fair of sharing in all activities. Artists of the YG are famous due to the giant fortune like G-Dragon, T.O.P. Recruits in the company are also be interested in, earn money from early.

3. JYP Entertainment (Miss A, 2PM, Twice, Wonder Girls…)

– Contract duration: 7 years

– Sales album fixed part: The company (50%), Artist (50%)

– Sales album fixed part after being refreshed: The Company (50%), Artists (50%)

– Events: The Company (60%), Artist (40%)

– Abroad promotion: The Company (50%), Artist (50%)

Notes: Profits are still divided even without reaching break-even point.

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The level of profits of JYP also received many compliments about the fairness. The way to devide is 50:50. Although JYP has no profits as high as 2 other companies that are SM and YG, but fans always believe that the artists aren’t exploited and receive remuneration right to all their hard work.

4. FNC Entertainment (CN BLUE, AOA, FT Island…)

– Contract duration: 7 years

– Sales album fixed part: The company (70%), Artist (30%)

– Sales album fixed part after being refreshed: The Company (50%), Artists (50%)

– Events: The Company (60%), Artist (40%)

– Abroad promotion: The Company (50%), Artist (50%)

Notes: Profits are still divided even without reaching break-even point.

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The stars in the FNC have difficulties at first because they need to earn enough money for company training break-even shall be divided into income. AOA, Juniel thus whined because no money was divided at the time they begin to debut.