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J.Tune, Starship, & WM Entertainment mentioned as some of the possible candidates for next merger with SM C&C

By serendipity   Wednesday, August 28, 2013   134,837   3,362   1,789



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Ever since the merger between Woollim Entertainment and SM C&C, music fans have been eager to learn whether any more mergers may be coming about, and the simple answer is probably yes.

This shouldn't be a surprise as with the previous merger, SM Entertainment, the biggest shareholder of subsidiary SM C&C, clearly revealed their hopes of becoming a leading global music group like that of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.

In order to reach such a level, SM will need to bring in several agencies under them to become a major label or a group like the aforementioned three.


One previous report mentioned that insiders in the music industry claimed, "With Woollim as a start, there is a rumor that several companies will be going under the SM label. There are several that are already being discussed. Although many agencies are venturing into the overseas market riding on Hallyu, it's hard for them to catch up to the know-hows and network of SM, who has built up a long history... Making good music and producing singers is a separate issue from marketing them. If they are able to distribute these responsibilities through label mergers, then it is a win-win situation for everyone."

Regarding all this, an SM C&C rep did not deny it, but also didn't give specific details as he said, "As we have started a label business, we will be pursuing more label-joinings with various companies. There is a possibility open with various companies. Through this project, we look forward to an effect of simultaneous growth between SM Ent and various labels."

Since this article, a more recent one has surfaced, naming three companies in particular among the mid-tier agencies that are currently being discussed for a merger: J.Tune Camp (representative artist: MBLAQ), Starship Entertainment (representative artist: SISTAR), and WM Entertainment (representative artist: B1A4).

A rep from one of these companies is said to have cautiously responded, "It is true that we have discussed with SM before, but nothing has been decided upon."

The article mentions that it seems like these companies are waiting to see how it works out for INFINITE, TASTY, and NELL under Woollim. If SM can help INFINITE's new world tour see much success, it's expected that the next merger for SM may happen soon.

How do you feel about all this? Is there a specific company you'd want to see join in? 

SEE ALSO: SM Entertainment's SM C&C merges with Woollim Entertainment to form 'Woollim Label'

Source: Sports Seoul via Nate, Sports World via Nate

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

  2. Woollim Entertainment
  3. sm cc
  4. sm entertainment
  5. jtune camp
  6. starship entertainment
  7. wm entertainment
  8. sistar
  9. b1a4
  10. mblaq

b1baro Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WMentertainment...pls don't merge with SM..B1A4 is super fine rite now..

shootingstar18 Monday, March 17, 2014

Infinite, MBLAQ, B1A4 and Sistar are all some of my fave groups... it makes me kind of sad to see all of their companies merging with SM C&C, all of their companies are doing just fine managing them on their own anyways :(

5awlachan Sunday, January 12, 2014

I thought J.tune is under JYP...?

moni_o3o Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yeah last year J.tune merged with JYP ... So that's pretty confusing...

star14ever Sunday, December 15, 2013

This matter just died down after all the hate....Anw it's impossible that starship merges with SM as they are already under LOEN.Although woolim is already confirmed to join SM,LOEN did want to get infinite under them too but of course woolim decided to join SM instead. :(

xeon_aranas Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I want STARSHIP and SM ENT. to MERGE.!

yonggi1993 Sunday, September 22, 2013

​Bring Evol back with the merger and I'm Ok. Not like I'm bothered by it. Just don't fuck groups over. ( Evol is with Starship yea?)

topand Saturday, December 28, 2013

evol in stardom

yonggi1993 Monday, January 6, 2014

@topand Kinda late (figured it out right after) but thanks for reply :)

jane07xd Saturday, September 21, 2013

​I think all of those other smaller entertainments can do absolutely fine on their own. Once someone owns you, it's going to be miserable. Yes, SM is really good when it comes to promoting their artists but successful artists like SISTAR and INFINITE has already proven that you don't need big companies like SM to go big and I hope it continues to be that way. I mean, if this really does happen, I feel really bad for whoever is planning to audition because there's definitely going to be less entertainments around for you to even do your auditions...and you know what they say about SM auditions...looks seem to be play a big factor.

arc3ncie Monday, September 23, 2013

Not just SM, most companies go for the looks. 70% or more looks, it's just a bonus if you can sing or dance.

growlwithexo Friday, September 20, 2013

umm.. i really dont know how to feel about this...

angelstyle Wednesday, September 18, 2013

does that mean they're all going to be one big happy family?

Fatz_G. Wednesday, September 18, 2013

This is the first time SM had a very good idea...........!!!!!!! MBLAQ ???? GOOD IDEA SM...NO..I MEAN REALLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYY..........


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