SM Global Auditon 2011

Okay, SM is kicking off their Global Audition 2011 starting February 12,2011 through February 27th,2011.  All nationalities, age and  gender are accepted please go to website for more details on requirements,location and specific field.

SM 2011 Auditions Note:information requirements are available in English.

Five Korean cities have been announce Seoul 2/12,20,27  ,Daeju 2/12 ,Busan 2/13,Daejeon 2/19, Jeonju 2/26 and Gwangju 2/27

Good luck

SM Drops Injunction Against JYJ

Oh there is a K-pop and she is mighty like a fan girl

SM Entertainment has withdrawn their injunction against the members of JYJ (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu), which had prohibited the sale of their album, “The Beginning.”

JYJ’s public relations agency, Prain, stated on October 27th, “SM Entertainment dropped the injunction they filed against JYJ on October 21st through the Seoul Central District Court.”

SM Entertainment had previously attempted to prohibit the sale of “The Beginning” on October 12th, as distributed by Warner Music Korea.

Source  Nate

Translated: AllKpop

SM Verse YG:Going Head to Head To Claim 2010

Clockwise:Taeyang,Super Junior,SHINee,bottom right Se7en

I guess K-pop is becoming quite larger and having more fierce competition. Taeyang last week sweep music channels snagging 4 awards but some fans find his “wins” to be bias. Taeyang’s “I Need A Girl” feat. G-Dragon was only coming second place to other K-pop acts.The two wins on MNet M!Countdown seem somewhat suspicious after reports that Taeyang SOLAR just wasn’t selling as big as people think. MNet and YG entertainment always have a good business relationship compare to other networks like MBC and SBS.

ELF fans felt confuse that “I Need A Girl” was beating Super Juniors’ “No Other” when the single and repackage forth album had much higher sales and chart rankings. Despite what you think these music shows are based on viewers choice. That doesn’t mean the networks follow their own rules and play it fair.

Even though new acts/soloist like Miss A, Infinite,Narsha,GNA,etc.. are not part of any major labels.Still manage to gain some face time and audience but lack  music channel wins. In South Korea only three labels are the leaders of the pack YG,SM and JYP. For the moment YG and SM are going head to head to win audience attention and wallets. Taeyang SOLAR Limited Deluxe Edition debut selling out 30,000 copies but Super Junior forth repackage Bonamana Version C album sold 36,000 copies on its release date.Even in unit sales show that YG biggest competitor is mega label SM.

SM artist make up a large lump of mainstream K-pop music.Super Junior,SNSD,Boa,F(x),Kangta, and SHINee all active under this label. Verse YG having Big Bang,2NE1 ,Gummy,and Se7en. In order to have more dominance YG invested in solo activities to further expand each individual artist career.

Teddy new top producer fot YG

Every member in Big Bang has at least debut with a solo single but only G-Dragon(leader) and Taeyang have mini and/or full albums.Even newbie group 2NE1 allow almost each member to have a solo single to increase their popularity.SM doesn’t want to go this route and allow solos to some what over shadow or interfere with the group’s original image/integrity. Instead create sub-groups or allow them to focus more on other areas in entertainment.

YG has a habit  playing with fans loyalty by allowing former artist or inactive artists producer/write/arrange music for their label.Yang Hyun Suk workaholic personality and disapproval towards failure is the mentality of YG artists. Everyone under the label helps each other out in some way in order to keep YG entertainment alive.Giving the idea of “family” verse just being employed  for several years at a time. This doesn’t mean YG doesn’t exploit their own people,man power and patients.To outsiders,hallyu fans and inspired musicians/producers it’s an ideal working environment. Compare to SM which is under fire for neglecting the over all well-being of their musicians and unfair wages.

YG gives credit to their producers but  mainly focusing on the development of Teddy former leader of 1tym. Teddy introduction into YG was via 1tym back in 1998.Sine then he has develop a kinder spirit with Yang Hyun Suk and YG music developer Perry.Working mostly and exclusively with other YG stars like YMGA,Se7en,Taeyang and 2NE1. Teddy isn’t the only one producing/writing/arranging music Kush,Skull,Sean,and Jinu have also produce track but aren’t always recognize. While SM owning all copy rights doesn’t allow this type of notoriety in their label.

As the year progress YG and SM will be facing each other claiming dominance on the K-pop charts.Se7en unleash Digital Bounce a couple of days before SM release SHINee’s Lucifer.Both albums have their own vision on dance pop music but it seems so ironic that both albums are mostly made up of this genre.I can’t help but think Se7en and SHINee fans will go against one another.Se7en’s”Better Together” verse SHINee’s “Lucifer” who will be reign as victors?Both are edgy,new and some thing out of the ordinary for both artist.Only the next couple of weeks will tell if each song is worthy but who knows. Maybe some random lesser known artist(s)  just might conquer leaving Se7en and SHINee in the dust.

SM Better Work Conditions

Okay you think working for one of South Korea’s biggest entertainment talent label is a good thing?Apparently SM is doing over time to clean up their public image as a company.Few months back reports of South Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a large  investigation on big business in South Korea. To see if they’re playing dirty or being fair with employees.

SM being one of the companies on the list who were place under tough investigation.This couldn’t have come at a worse time.SM was facing two major lawsuits against former artists DBSK’s Jaejoong,Yoochun,Junsu and Super Junior’s Hankyung (Hangeng).Both lawsuits claim unfair wages,mistreatment that result to poor health problems and the biggy slave labor contract agreements with harsh penalties.

National Assemblyman Cho Moon-hwan vow to make these big business stop bulling their authority on helpless employees.Something we need in the freaking United States right now.SM is willing to work with Cho to avoid any further mishaps with contract agreements and conditions.

Cho had this to say

“After putting in a lot of attention and hard work, the contract system in the entertainment industry is slowly seeing changes and moving towards a better environment.I hope that this proclamation ceremony will be an opportunity for more entertainers to recover their rights and create an environment where agencies and artists can trust each other.”

To show compliance  Kim Young-min, president of SM stated

“By establishing mutually beneficial contracts between artists and the agency, we will work harder in not only promoting the industry by expanding [the influence of] Hallyu (Korean Wave) but also creating added value for the country”

You know its about damn time SM is playing fair with their artists.Face it if is wasn’t for them SM wouldn’t exist and a large some of K-pop would be lost.


SMTown World Tour

A twitter this yesterday here is the promo video.

August 21st, Jasmil Olympic Main Stadium, Seoul (South Korea)

September 4th,Staples Center,  in Los Angeles(United States)

September 11th,Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai (China)

Tokyo Japan TBA

PLEASE: visit site for admission and cancellations

SM Pay Out or Shut UP

Since last year DBSK/TVXQ/Tohoshinki activities have been place on hold.JaeJoong,Yoochun,and Junsu(fab 3) have file lawsuit against their own mega label SM entertainment.The controversy was spark when 13 year contract agreements didn’t go so smoothly with the 3 members.Who are demanding a better but fair deal.Ending their original contract and leaving the group quite divided on the issue.

The Fab 3 have went to court and even started their own mini group JYJ.SM was in total disagreements from the first trails which cause a second hearing.Either both parties must settle or continue this costly legal battle.The fab 3 are demanding some 3 billion won (2.5 million USD).According to article DBSK has earn some 60 Billion won from first contract ending October 2009.The fab 3 wanted each member to at least receive 10 billion won,leaving SM with 10 billion won.A fair deal everyone breaks even but SM doesn’t agree.Then the fab 3 lower their deal in half by only wanting 3 billion won(2.5 million USD).SM still claiming a large sum of the money but not a 13 year contract agreement.Fab 3 defend themselves by saying

“SM Entertainment claims that 13-year-long contract is needed for overseas activities, but it’s unacceptable. We members are the ones who have to pay for the damage if the contract is broken in any way, and its amount is too high to be acceptable.”

The Fab 3 are only demanding a tenth of the total gross earning from the first contract.Wise move but will SM  accept this new proposal and swallow the lost of a 13 year contract agreement? Ending any attempts to slam the fab 3 with any outrageous fines for ending the first contract agreement by filing a lawsuit.Money isn’t everything I think the fab 3 have come to realize but has SM?


DBSK lawsuit against SM has not settle out or reach a final verdict this has place a delay on all DBSK/VXQ/Tohoshinki activities.Avex entertainment an affiliate to SM in Japan has move forward and allow Jaejonng,Yoochun and Junsu continue as a trio.Despite Yunho and Changmin staying faithful to SM during this lawsuit proceeding.

JYJ is a make up of JaeJoong,Yoochun,and Junsu names. Avex is holding a special concert just for Japanese fans.Taking place at Osaka Dome 5-6th and another held at Tokyo Dome 12-13 of June.Thus far tickets are sold out with a million participants within two days.

Don’t fret this doesn’t indicate the end of DBSK for good.For the moment this gives an opportunity for fans to enjoy the fab 3 minus SM holding them back.

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