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.
Big Hit Entertainment
Founded: February 2005
Founders: Bang Si-hyuk
Current Artists: BTS, TXT, Lee Hyun
Founder(s): Kim Gyu-uk
Current Artists: ATEEZ, Block B (Seven Seasons), Heo Young Saeng
Founded: June 2019
Current Artists: Psy, Jessi, Hyuna, E'Dawn, Crush
Founded: March 2010
Founders: Kim Jin-woo, Kim Do-hoon
Current Artists: Mamamoo, ONEUS, ONEWE, Vromance
Founded: February 1995
Founders: Lee Soo-man
Current Artists: EXO, Red Velvet, NCT, Girls' Generation, SHINee
Founded: May 1997
Founders: J. Y. Park
Current Artists: TWICE, ITZY, GOT7, 2PM, Stray Kids