The Best K-pop Companies & Talent Agencies

As K-pop continues to grow in popularity, new entertainment companies, talent agencies, and record labels are popping up in South Korea and in other countries. The "Big 3" (JYP, YG, and SM) have been dominating the K-pop industry for decades, but that's not stopping smaller agencies from taking a piece of the billion-dollar market. Founded in 2005, Big Hit Entertainment has become one of the most popular Kpop agencies in the world, thanks to boy group BTS. In July 2019, the company acquired Source Music, home to girl group GFriend. What are the top Kpop companies?

Although YG Entertainment features Blackpink, one of the biggest girl groups today, founder Yang Hyun-suk was forced to step down from his CEO role due to the major Burning Sun scandal, which involved ex-Big Bang member Seungri and several other famous Korean celebrities. Other controversial Kpop companies include Cube Entertainment (firing Hyuna and E'Dawn after discovering their relationship), Pledis Entertainment (disbanding Pristin despite their early success), and SM Entertainment (forcing Jessica Jung out of Girl's Generation). 

Vote for your favorite Kpop companies based on their music, artist roster, scandals, and everything in between, and check back to see how the K-pop company ranking changes over time. 

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  • Big Hit Entertainment

    Big Hit Entertainment

    943 votes

    Founded: February 2005

    Founders: Bang Si-hyuk

    Current Artists: BTS, TXT, Lee Hyun

  • KQ Entertainment

    KQ Entertainment

    489 votes

    Founded: 2016

    Founder(s): Kim Gyu-uk

    Current Artists: ATEEZ, Block B (Seven Seasons), Heo Young Saeng

  • P Nation

    P Nation

    582 votes

    Founded: June 2019

    Founder(s): Psy

    Current Artists: Psy, Jessi, Hyuna, E'Dawn, Crush

  • RBW


    569 votes

    Founded: March 2010

    Founders: Kim Jin-woo, Kim Do-hoon

    Current Artists: Mamamoo, ONEUS, ONEWE, Vromance

  • SM Entertainment

    SM Entertainment

    689 votes

    Founded: February 1995

    Founders: Lee Soo-man

    Current Artists: EXO, Red Velvet, NCT, Girls' Generation, SHINee

  • JYP Entertainment

    JYP Entertainment

    871 votes

    Founded: May 1997

    Founders: J. Y. Park

    Current Artists: TWICE, ITZY, GOT7, 2PM, Stray Kids