Dark side of k-pop industry
Dark side of k-pop industry : The Astro Boy’s star Moonbin started training to become a K-pop star at the age of 4-5 years. And after 15 years, Moonbin finally became a celebrity. But within 6 years of becoming famous, he committed suicide and took his own life. K-pop stars earn crores of money, which you might think would make their lives so luxurious.
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But unfortunately, this is not the case for all of them. Another K-pop star, Gracie Grace, revealed in her YouTube video that her income was literally zero for the past 3 years of her debut. Another K-pop star, Haesung, told the interviewer that even after becoming a K-pop star, her income is still very low.
And that’s why she works in a shop to fill her stomach. And no, these are not just one or two cases. This is the reality of many K-pop stars. In fact, suicide cases in the K-pop industry have increased by 26% today. Because the root cause of all this is the fact that their government is not working. Slave contracts.
Earnings of these stars
Did you know, according to Soul Space magazine, 90% of the earnings of these K-pop stars are taken over by their managers and their music company. And they, the stars, only take care of their earnings. 10% of their earnings are taken over by their music company. And that 10% is divided among each idol of each group.
Meaning, in many cases, the individual stars are given almost the equivalent amount of money. But wait a minute, if that’s the truth, then why do trainees agree to sign such contracts? Well, that is because they are very tactfully trapped in these contracts, which actually starts with auditions. To become a K-pop star, first of all, K-pop aspirants give auditions.
Dark truth of audition
But this audition is actually a kind of business. It is a strategically prepared trap. According to a news portal, the first thing candidates have to do is enroll in K-pop academies, which are mostly owned by music companies. At present, there are three major music label companies in South Korea, YG, JYP and SM, which start training academies.
In which trainees are taught to become a star by watching training in singing, dancing, fitness, looks, Korean language, everything. But, but, there is a huge price to be paid for this. Rs 45 lakh. Yes. Are you scared? Exactly this fear remains the biggest weapon of training academies. Because after this these institutes give those candidates the option to sign a secret deal with them.
Invisible prison of coaching fees
It is not a big thing. If you do not have Rs 45 lakh, we will make this payment in your place. Will your payment basically be waived off? But, if you become a celebrity tomorrow, we will also have a cut on your income. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Meaning win-win for both the parties.
That is why every year a company gets a minimum of 1400 contracts signed. But, little do these apprentices know that this is actually a slave contract. Because as soon as the contract is signed, that agency starts controlling every part of that trainee’s life. Who are they talking to, who are they friends with, what are they eating, and even who they are dating.
Control over trainee
Can date, can’t date. In this way, complete control is gained over that agency. But why do agencies control their trainees so much and how do they control them, we will understand in detail. But first, remember, we’re talking K-pop here. YLA’s of the Korean music industry.
We are discussing how agencies quite secretly get 2B stars to sign slave contracts. So, another biggest twist in this is that these slave contracts remain active even after training, for 8-15 years after they become celebrities. This means that even after many years of debut becoming a celebrity, K-pop idols still do not get rid of the slavery of the company.
Things these agencies control
- What to eat
- How to dress
- How to behave
- How to maintain distance from opposite gender.
- Strict diet
- Have to loose upto 7 kg weight if asked to.
Hidden reality of payments and salary
The best example of this are the members of the band TVXQ, whose contracts lasted for over 10 years, during which time the agency obviously had a lot of control over their earnings. In fact, in some cases, K-pop stars’ earnings go down to almost zero due to contracts. As I mentioned, American-Korean K-pop star Grizzy Grace also revealed that she made literally zero money for 3 years after her debut.
Because whatever money she earned, the company used to deduct it to repay the loan. Loan means what I told you in the beginning that they study to pay Rs 45 lakh, but if they do not have it, then the same company offers the payment in the form of a loan, that is basically their training. If it happens, I become free.
In fact, Grizzy Grace even revealed in our video that all of her fellow K-pop stars worked part-time odd jobs even after becoming celebrities. can you imagine that? Now talking about that agency, why did they ask for Rs 45 lakh? Did these stars ask for agency from us? So of course every agency has a different schedule, but we can make an average estimate.
On the news, a YouTuber revealed the complete daily schedule of K-pop trainees, saying that these trainees often wake up at 5 in the morning, and only train until 1 in the night. This means that out of 24 hours, they spend about 20 hours in training. Which involves a minimum of 6 hours of dance practice, 5 hours of singing practice, 2 hours of Korean language class, and 1 hour of rigorous gym.
The slavery contract
We know it is very harsh, with rules and regulations in institutions that are almost as strict as prison. Strict no dating, no use of mobile, complete ban on talking to the opposite sex, and you have to lose 7 kilos in a week on the orders of the music company. These are the basic rules and regulations for trainees at South Korea’s biggest JYP entertainment agency, as told to SCMP News by not their founder himself.
Now look, usually both boys and girls are enrolled in the training institutes, but as Rose, a member of the famous K group Blackpink, revealed in the talk show Radio Star, the institutes often send male and female trainees to each other. Even watching is not allowed. Their dinners are arranged on staggered schedules, and the boys are accompanied by a full-time manager who makes sure that none of the boys are lazy around them.
Now if this sounds strange to you, wait. There are rules in many agencies that not only during the training period, but also for 3 years after the K-pop star’s retirement, those stars cannot date anyone. Just imagine how emotionally stressful and lonely it must be for the stars.
Happiness are you there ?
Currently the girls of Wonder Girls group have not openly announced this in a talk show. Now we’re free to date anybody, so if you guys have any interest, just call us, text us, whatever, thank you. .
Yes. Moving to diet, in 2015 Rainbow group member Kim Jae Kyung revealed on a TV show that during his training course, his agency checked his weight every week. Which sounds very basic to me, but that day was so stressful for the trainees, that he would lose most of his teeth that day, would not drink water the whole day, would spit continuously, so that Milligrams, nanograms are true, but their weight will be reduced to a minimum.
Diet and livelihood
Actually, trainees are required to follow the strict food diet allotted by the agency. But this food diet is becoming so popular among the trainees that BTS member RM revealed in a YouTube series that the other member V was once secretly eating ice cream on the way, but he Saw a black van, which I’m assuming would belong to members of their agency, but when they saw us, they went so far, they immediately put our ice cream in their pocket,
And pretended that he was just staying in his room and not eating ice cream. Because they found out that if they keep eating such junk food, they will be in a very bad situation. So basically their training schedule and their diet are very taxing, but even after working so hard, when these K-pop stars go to their rooms to rest, the scene is like this.
4 people are kept in a very crumbling room, where even the floor is broken, and even toilets etc. are not in special conditions. Trainees are kept in the basement and literally in storage rooms, it has been revealed, of the TRCNG group. Do star members on Koreaboo News with photo proofs.
Real disturbing stories
He told that the room he was personally staying in was a small storage room, which housed 4-5 people, and because these rooms were basement or storage rooms, the temperature in his room was usually 31 degrees Celsius. There was a pooch, but the agency did not even provide any AC. This was also a complete condition that once the water purifier of his room was also broken.
His agency did not let him install a new water purifier, and the parents of many stars contributed themselves and installed a purifier in his room. Same situation existed with their toilets also. Unn stars literally shared the screenshot of their parents’ chat and also showed that after requesting the music company, their parents, with a sigh of relief, got their children’s toilet fixed.
Working like slaves
Just imagine these trainees have become stars today, yet are able to share their experiences publicly. I am saying this because even after going through such rigorous training, there is no guarantee that a trainee will become a kpop star. Because according to The Guardian, the success ratio of making kpop idols is only 5 to 10%, that is, in 100 months only 5 or 10 people will become kpop stars.
And even after the month of debut, if any group is not doing well in the market, then the company removes that group.
As you might have heard, this happened with groups like 9 Muses, Top Dog, Empire, Boys Republic. So basically my point is every shining thing does not have to be gold. Of course I’m sure kpop’s agency culture is enough to make life, but every thing has multiple perspectives.
We cannot just look at any industry and assume that the industry is very successful, people on the market are genuinely happy and are genuinely earning more. Like we write about almost all star celebrities.
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