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]
Since 1996, SM Entertainment has produced many artists. In 1996, a five-male group H.O.T. made the first debut for the company. A three-female group S.E.S. debuted in 1997. They continued to produce Korean pop idols, such as the male duo Fly to the Sky in 1999, a female solo singer Boa in 2000, a dance group TVXQ in 2004, and a 13-male group Super Junior in 2005. In 1998, the six-male group Shinhwa also began their career with SM Entertainment. The company was also behind the debut of Girls' Generation, in 2007, Shinee in 2008, f(x) in 2009, Exo in 2012, Red Velvet in 2014 and NCT, a sub-unit based group in 2016, with NCT-U debuting first.
Artists[change | change source]
Recording artists[change | change source]
- Zhou Mi
Actors/Actresses[change | change source]
Entertainers[change | change source]
Studio artists[change | change source]
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)
- 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)
- Kang Jung-woo (2004–2006)
- No Min-woo (2004–2009)
- CSJH The Grace
- Stephanie (2005–2016)
- Super Junior
- Girls' Generation
- Chu Ga-yeoul (2002–2012)
- Zhang Liyin (2006–2017)
- Jonghyun (2008-2017)
Former actors/actresses[change | change source]
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]
- 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.
- "Actor Yoon Park joins JYP Entertainment". Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- "Go Ara's Exclusive Contract With SM Ends, Has Yet To Join New Agency". Retrieved November 29, 2016.