about S.M. Entertainment

17 Apr

well~~ after a year and seven months since I made this blog, I make a post today ^^. okay~ now, I want to talk about S.M. Entertainment. I take this article from WIKIPEDIA ^^”.


S.M. Entertainment (Hangul: SM엔터테인먼트) is an independent Korean record label, talent agency, producer, and publisher of pop music, founded byLee Soo Man in South Korea. Initially, “SM” was an abbreviation of the agency founder’s name, but now stands for “Star Museum.” Once the home to groups such asH.O.T., S.E.S., and Shinhwa, its current roster of recording artists include artists in Korean entertainment like TVXQ!, BoA, f(x), Girls’ Generation, The Grace, Kangta, SHINee, Super Junior, TRAX, EXO, and Zhang Liyin. It is also home to actors like Go Ara, Kim Min Jong, and Lee Yeon Hee. SM Entertainment also co-publishes Avex Trax releases for Japanese artists such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, amd Koda Kumi,as well as Johnny’s Entertainment acts like Arashiand KAT-TUN. Its current CEO is Kim Young-min.


After graduating fromSeoul National University and pursuing his own career as a singer, Lee Soo Man surveyed teenage girls on what they wanted to see in music groups and started the boy band H.O.T., and girl groupS.E.S.. Both groups became successful during the late 1990s. Soon thereafter, Lee created Shinhwa, and once again, the band attained the same popularity and success, continuing Lee’s streak of producing successful artists. In 1999, Lee created Korea’s first R&B duo, Fly to the Sky, with members Hwanhee and Brian, adding to Lee’s list of successful groups.

However, problems began appearing in SM Entertainment following the breakup of H.O.T. S.E.S. disbanded a year after H.O.T. and a few years later in 2003, SM Entertainment would see the departure of Shinhwa as well, though the group shifted toward a new management instead of breaking up and continued its success outside of SM Entertainment. In the following years, some of its newer ventures, such as Isak N Jiyeon andBalck Beat, failed to attain the popularity achieved by earlier SM artists.

The agency later found new successes with many other acts. SM Entertainment debuted a solo singer BoA in 2000, a five-member boy group TVXQ! in 2003, a four-member rock band TRAX in 2004, a four-member girl group The Grace and a thirteen-member boy group Super Junior in 2005, a solo singer of Chinese descent Zhang Liyin in 2006, a nine-member girl group Girls’ Generation in 2007, another five-member boy group SHINee in 2008, five-member girl group f(x) in 2009, four-member ballad project group S.M. The Ballad in 2010 and boy band EXO in 2012, which is divided into subgroups EXO-K and EXO-M for Korean and Chinese (Mandarin) markets, respectively.

On 26 March 2012, 47 of their artists, including Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, CSJH The Grace, Super Junior, Zhang Li Yin, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), Go Ara, Isak and Lee Yeon Hee, became stockholders of SM Entertainment. Which would enable them to participate in the company’s vision and growth.


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