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Who brings in the most money from the 'Top 3' labels?

By    Tuesday, April 30, 2013   204,524   23   13



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There is no doubt that out of the 'Top 3' entertainment labels (SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment), SM Entertainment brings in the most profits. Even when they fell short of expectations in Q3 of 2012, SM Entertainment's profits are higher than their counterparts.

In any case, all three of these labels are well respected and they're the biggest names in the entertainment industry. But who exactly are the biggest moneymakers from each label and who can carry the torch for the future?

SM Entertainment

SM Entertainment enjoys their own "Big 3" as the top earners in their label, and to no one's surprise, these 3 are: Girls' Generation, Super Junior, and TVXQ. Girls' Generation brings in a lot of money in Korea, while Super Junior and TVXQ have a firm grip overseas, not just in China and Japan but all over the world.

SM Entertainment's biggest question mark now is EXO, who debuted last year but hasn't been able to snatch the spotlight yet. However, SM Entertainment recently founded SM Beijing in order to aim and focus on the Chinese market, which EXO-M could take advantage of. China is a very lucrative market which is growing rapidly, there's some issues with piracy but these issues should be resolved with the growing economy.

YG Entertainment

Next up is YG Entertainment, whose biggest breadwinner is none other than Big Bang. The boys earn money not only as a group, but with each of their continuing solo promotions. But of course, that's not all. Psy is quite a force to be reckoned with, not just with "Gangnam Style" but now with his latest release, "Gentleman". YG Entertainment also has 2NE1, a group that is popular globally. The label also enjoyed much success with the launch of rookie sensation, Lee Hi.

If SM Entertainment has taken over Korea and Japan with physical album sales, it's YG Entertainment that is in firm control of the digital sales. They're also the best when it comes to engagement via Social Networking Services and their YouTube music videos usually receive the highest amount of views. But of course, YG Entertainment isn't without obstacles, as it has no real up and coming big contender except Lee Hi. There could be a generational gap as YG Entertainment tries to grow the next big group or artist. While SM Entertainment has many that can inherit the spotlight such as SHINee, f(x), and EXO, YG Entertainment's only rookie is Lee Hi, and their upcoming rookie groups keep facing delay after delay in their debut.

JYP Entertainment

As many people already know, miss A's Suzy is the biggest moneymaker in JYP Entertainment. She's made a solid name for herself as an actress, especially with the success of her recent drama 'Book of the House of Gu'. She also recently brought in over $8.9 million USD of endorsement money as she enjoys over 20 CF contracts.

However, JYP Entertainment has been somewhat lacking in some of the other groups, such as the rest of miss A, the hiatus of the Wonder Girls, and 2PM. Thankfully, if 2PM can have a strong showing with their upcoming comeback, they can reclaim their throne as the face of the entertainment industry.

JYP Entertainment was probably the boldest when it came to trying to break into the American market with the Wonder Girls. Although some may have deemed it a failure, they enjoyed more success than YG Entertainment's efforts with Se7en and SM Entertainment's efforts with BoA. It's true that JYP should be commended for his efforts with the Wonder Girls as they helped paved the way for the American market. However, JYP lacks in being able to connect his bold projects and turning it into actual profit.

As for who will carry the future torch, they can look forward to JJ Project, Baek Ah Yeon, and 15& who are all impressive rookies.

Source: Sports Chosun via Nate
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

  1. jyp entertainment
  2. tvxq
  3. super junior
  4. big bang
  5. sm entertainment
  6. yg entertainment
  7. psy
  8. girls generation
  9. shinee
  10. 2ne1
  11. fx
  12. miss a
  13. suzy
  14. exo
  15. lee hi

justforfunsies Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Best of luck to them all. Hope to see new rookie groups from YG and JYP!

sakurakou Thursday, June 20, 2013

smtwon is the best why cuz they have both talents and looks they can promote their artists well and their idols is who speared the hallyu to all of us .. if you look back you will see that sm had big hand in sepearing kpop everywhere until they could hit US with Psy ... dbsk Boa Suju THEY PROMOTED KPOP every where china japan overseas they deserve the title of the best company but we can't forget other company like yg and jyp they are amazing too but for me SM ganna be my number 1 ............. if not for some bad people who mistread the idols in the company and then have fans plam the whole company and if not for the law suite and all those issues that happened in the past you wouldn't find any mistakes in Sm

ah and their is something else I noted that SM entertainment seems more like academy than music produce company they train their trains in all aspect of entertainment " acting Mc ,singers ,dancers ,choreographer ,mangers , music producing , comedian , actors , editors, producing ,maybe styles, teach you language ; and makeup artists " you name it they are proffitional in their work even if you are not ganna work for sm you still got knowledge to work else where .... they are better than colleges .. I think it's normal that they are in top

vexenoirreblanca Saturday, June 15, 2013

DON't worry now exo has shared their spotlight as well :3 ;

febbee Saturday, June 15, 2013

EXO hwaiting! Suzy is like reaaaaaly rich. She has the biggest income for me becos she works as Suzy and not as group. But Miss A does make money for JYP too. I love how all 3 biggest companies members are hardworkers. hard work pays off!<3

amhyo Saturday, June 15, 2013

EXO Will be popular like Super Junior!!! Fighting EXO!!

jktaengoo Friday, June 14, 2013

wow~~ love them all <3 but cant help with my bias toward sm :3
FOLLOW~~? ^^ EXO GIVEAWAY~~ //rolls away

idottypanda Friday, June 14, 2013

EXO seems to be in some spotlight now!!
They just won their first win on Music Bank today!


kazusaimaiexo Friday, June 14, 2013


mercurystar24 Thursday, June 13, 2013

I hope EXO becomes really popular in the future~!! ^^

ShineeJunior Thursday, June 13, 2013

SM Town really looks like a family xD I love them. They feel like a real family and I get that feeling that they'll always take care of each other, support each other, and help each other through problems.

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