SM Entertainment

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SM Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Company typePublic
KRX: 041510
Industry
Genre
FoundedFebruary 14, 1995; 29 years ago (1995-02-14) in Seoul, South Korea
FounderLee Soo-man
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Jang Cheol-hyuk (CEO)
  • Tak Young-jun (COO)
  • Lee Sung-soo (CAO)
Services
  • Licensing
  • Publishing
  • Record distribution
Owners
Number of employees
601 (2019) Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.smentertainment.com
Footnotes / references
[1]

SM Entertainment is a record label and talent agency in South Korea. It is one of the main entertainment businesses in Korea. It was founded by Lee Su-man, a former singer. It was originally focused solely on entertainment management. Since then, however, they have expanded their business interests to establishing subsidiary companies and incorporating affiliates. They have foreign subsidiaries, such as SM Japan, Asia and USA.

Debut of stars[change | change source]

Known for their dedication to quality of talent, SM has produced many hit groups and solo artists since 1996. The first debut under the label was the boy group H.O.T. in 1996, followed by girl group S.E.S. in 1997. Being an influential contributor to the "First generation of K-pop", SM continued to produce hit artists such as Shinhwa in 1998, Fly to the Sky in 1999, soloist Boa in 2000 andTVXQ in 2004. A rising popularity of K-pop in the West saw further debuts become vastly successful like Super Junior in 2005, Girls' Generation in 2007, Shinee in 2008, f(x) in 2009 and EXO in 2012. The newest groups from SM are Red Velvet debuted in 2014, JADE in January 2016, NCT in April 2016, WayV (a China based subunit of NCT) in 2018 and Aespa in 2020.

Artists[change | change source]

Recording artists[change | change source]

Soloists[change | change source]

Groups[change | change source]

Actors/Actresses[change | change source]

Entertainers[change | change source]

  • Kim Kyung-sik
  • Lee Dong-woo

Studio artists[change | change source]

Pianists

  • Song Kwang-sik

Former artists[change | change source]

Former recording artists[change | change source]

  • Hyun Jin-young (1990–1993)
  • Han Dong-joon (1991–1992)
  • Kim Kwang-jin (1991–1992)
  • Major (Seo Yeon-soo and Im Bum-jun, 1994)
  • J&J (Jay Kim and Jay Kang, 1994)
  • H.O.T. (1996–2001)
    • Moon Hee-joon (1996–2005)
    • Lee Jae-won (1996–2001)
    • Tony An (1996–2001)
    • Jang Woo-hyuk (1996–2001)
  • Shinhwa (1998–2003)
  • Fly to the Sky (1999–2004)
  • Jang Na-ra (2001–2008)
  • M.I.L.K (2001–2003)
    • Seo Hyun-jin (2001–2007)
  • Sugar (2001–2006)
  • Black Beat (2002–2007)
  • Shinvi (2002–2003)
  • Isak 'N' Jiyeon (2002–2004)
    • Kim Isak (2002–2012)
  • TVXQ
    • Kim Jae-joong (2003–2009)
    • Park Yoochun (2003–2009)
    • Kim Junsu (2003–2009)
  • TRAX
    • Kang Jung-woo (2004–2006)
    • No Min-woo (2004–2009)
  • CSJH The Grace
    • Stephanie (2005–2016)
  • Super Junior
    • Han Geng (2005–2009)
    • Kim Kibum (2004–2015)
  • Girls' Generation
  • Chu Ga-yeoul (2002–2012)
  • EXO
    • Kris (2012–2014)
    • Luhan (2012–2014)
    • Tao (2012–2015)
  • Zhang Liyin (2006–2017)
  • Jonghyun (2008-2017)
  • f(x)
    • AMBER LIU (2009-2019)
    • VICTORIA SONG (2009-2019)
    • PARK LUNA (2009-2019)

Former actors/actresses[change | change source]

  • Yoon Park (2009–2013)[3]
  • Go Ara (2003–2016)[4]

Stocks[change | change source]

SM Entertainment was established in 1995 with initial capital of 50 million won. In 2000, their shares were registered on the KOSDAQ market. Moreover, SM formed a music investment fund with about 10 billion won in 2001. This was the first of its kind in Korea. SM Entertainment's revenues grew 53% in 2011 compared to the year before. The company recorded 1686 billion won. The largest shareholder is Lee Su-man, who owns 21.50% of SM The affiliates of SM Entertainment includes SM Culture and Contents, SM Entertainment Japan Inc., Starlight, Galgali Family Entertainment, Dream Maker Entertainment Limited, SM Amusement, SM F&B Development, M Studio City, SM Brandmarketing, SM Entertainment USA Inc., and SM Krage.

References[change | change source]

  1. "SHAREHOLDERS". SM Entertainment.
  2. 기사입력2015.08.07 오후 2:16. "SM "설리, f(x) 탈퇴 결정..연기 활동에 집중할 것"[공식입장] :: 네이버 TV연예" (in Korean). Entertain.naver.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. "Actor Yoon Park joins JYP Entertainment". Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  4. "Go Ara's Exclusive Contract With SM Ends, Has Yet To Join New Agency". Retrieved November 29, 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]