Thank You DBSK for undermining the Slavery Contracts

Posted: March 7, 2010 in DBSK/TVXQ, K-pop, News
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Remember last year in 2009, in late July, three members of the popular Dong Bang Shin Ki, also known as DBSK or Rising Gods of the East, filed a lawsuit against their entertainment company, SM Entertainment.

At that time, we netizens had no idea what really was going on behind all the pretties (both male and female ;D). All we saw was the front cover, the glamour, the amazingness, and the fantabulous. But what was really going on behind the curtain?

Music – Curtain Falls (by Blue)

^_^ Get it? When the curtain falls, the truth is shown.

All this time, our beloved honeys were being slaves. Unbeknownst to us, we were technically the slave masters. But the real mastermind? The owners of the entertainment companies.


Super Junior


SNSD / Girls’ Generation

Above are just a few celebrities WHAT AM I SAYING!?  DBSK, SuJu, Shinee, and SNSD are about the famous (est?) among the many in SM. Of course, BoA is basically the first artist under SM, but she is somewhat an ‘owner/shareholder’ of SM, so the slavery contracts don’t really apply.

Why are they called slave contracts?

Well, let’s see. DBSK is signed with SM for 13 years. A 13 year contract. “Big deal,” you might say. But think again. If they wanted to move to another entertainment agency, the time left on their contract and compensation would be too big for them to handle. They have 5 members.  They receive about 3 cents per album/single they sell. Shocker right?

And that’s just DBSK, a five-member boy band. What about Super Junior? The world’s largest boy band consisting of 13 members? Well, they receive less than a cent each, I believe.

If not for DBSK Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu filing lawsuits, this would not be in the limelight.

Below is an excerpt taken from a user at

There’s a saying in Korea that states: “If you don’t make it with SM then you can’t make it anywhere.” It’s actually half true. The reason Shinhwa broke away from SM is that they couldn’t stand not being able to participate in recording their album (like writing songs, being more active in the whole process, not being controlled), and the only reason why they’re still doing fine is that their fanbase is HUGE and the fans are VERY supportive of their split from SM. Shinhwa was fed up with their songs being controlled, and fed up with being hit and bullied by SM managers. -__-;;….Basically, when you get old/get less popular in SM, they just leave you to rot. They’ll discard you like an old sock….

Read more: Click here

But that’s not all. That’s just SM. But what about the other entertainment companies? Let me just name a few that are probably the most known:

YG Entertainment

JYP Entertainment

DSP Entertainment


2NE1, Big Bang, Se7en


Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM


SS501, KARA, Rainbow

Out of all of the above entertainment companies, SM is probably the worst. Slave contracts, hitting their artistes if they mess up, only giving them a little bit of their earnings…

But the thing is, it’s always the length of their contracts that are problematic. Also how much they’re getting paid.

In SM, all their artistes are in contracts that last from 5-13 years. SNSD’s Yoona has a contract of 13 years. Super Junior is 5-13 years. SHINee is 6-13. And they don’t get paid a lot, as I have stated above.

In YG, Big Bang’s contract lasts 5 years. In JYP, Wonder Girls’ contract is 7 years. DSP’s SS501 is 5 years.

Once again, I repeat myself. SM is the only entertainment that has ridiculously long terms. But that’s just the length of their contracts. What about other things like their traveling expenses, hotels, concerts, clothes?

In SM, DBSK has these costs taken out of their already measly pay. (See this to read more)

It’s ridiculous. Since DBSK has taken this from behind the curtains into the limelight, the Korea’s Fair Trade Committee has cracked down onto this.

According to K Bites (click HERE for full article)

This April~May, when the Fair Trade Committee inspected 20 entertainment agencies such as YG and Star Empire, it was found that 230 celebrities under 19 agencies had unlawful clauses in their contracts. They had clauses like, ‘Star must tell Agency of their exact location at all times,’ ‘If Star decides to cancel his/her contract, Star must stop all activities relating to or resulting from Star’s celebrity status,’ ‘Star cannot retire without Agency’s consent.’ The revisions of large entertainment agencies are done and now the middle-sized agencies will be revised.

All I can say is thank god. Who knows how many more artists will suffer from the money greedy owners?

But as far as I know, JYP has completely abolished their slavery contracts. YG made some major adjustments. I’m not so sure about DSP, but they’ve never been in the ‘spot’ as much as the others, which is good. As for the most famous agency in Korea, SM Entertainment STILL haven’t moved. As far as I know, they still have their contracts. Take Hankyung’s lawsuit for example.

What I don’t get is WHY SM won’t change anything. It won’t kill them. Sure, they might lose money, but in this business world, when will you NOT lose anything?

Below are a few blogs/sites that have some news and opinions on this matter.

I will once again, repeat myself. “THANK YOU DBSK FOR PUTTING THIS IN THE SPOT LIGHT!!!” Saranghamnida! And I hope that DBSK will solve their problems. Best if they LEAVE SM Entertainment, as a WHOLE. No one is leaving one another. Yunjae, Yoosu, and baby Changmin. ❤


Unhappy singers vs entertainment industry

Kpop idols singers trapped in slave contracts?

Are the SM Entertainment rumors true?

JYP acts don’t have slave contracts

YG Entertainment staff steals from stars <–kinda irrevelant, but just putting it out there.


Disclaimer: Thanks to all the sites that I got my facts from. Asianfanatics, K Bites, OMGKPOP, creative industries


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