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Mafia Records representative speaks out regarding Nada's termination request

By KpopJoA   Thursday, February 2, 2017   82,947   1,238   55



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On February 2, Hong Sung Yong, a representative from Mafia Records, spoke with Ilgan Sports in a phone interview.  

He commented that the current situation is one of his life's greatest difficulties, expressing how he felt betrayed by a group he had taken care of from the very beginning.  Though it seemed he still had affection for the group, not wanting to hurt either side.  "I want to clear any misunderstandings we may have of each other."

Regarding the recent controversy surrounding Wassup Nada's termination request, Mr. Hong spoke out, "Nada stated that she lost faith in me, however, it's the same for me too. I wanted to do my best to promote the group."

Q: There is word going around saying that Nada was the one who was disloyal first?

I too lost all loyalty for Nada. I took care of her ever since she appeared on Mnet's 'Unpretty Rapstar' and even introduced her to fellow rappers for lessons.  We did all that we could as a record company.

Q: Where did things start to go wrong?

I was the one who created the group Wassup as well as the group's concept.  I listened to most of their requests.  When the girls complained they didn't have space to practice, I even went into debt to pay for the rental space.  However they didn't practice, they just replied back with "We'll do our best."

Q: Did you show them the working sheet?

From 2013-2015 Mafia Records was an agency catering to Wassup and vice-versa.  I even presented the financial statements.

Q: The financial statements didn't appear accurate?

I showed the full breakdown of the financial statements mentioned in the standard contract, including shopping receipts.  

Q: Did you claim the credit card amount used for personal expenses?

There is some misleading information regarding that. There were no personal expenses going out, it was all business related.

Q: You insisted on solo activities?

Nada's popularity grew after 'Unpretty Rapstar'.  If I had to choose between Nada and Wassup, I would definitely choose Wassup.  I only urged her to go solo for a short season. I didn't have any intention of them breaking up and going solo.

Q: What will happen to Wassup now?

The remaining four members looked at the account statements and agreed.  There were two songs that were recorded last year.  Afterward, they discussed the concept and stage attire saying, "pretty" and now she is saying that she won't make a comeback. It just doesn't make any sense.  The remaining 4 girls are planning to return in March.

Q: What kind of resolution would you like to see?

I didn't create Wassup to cause a ruckus.  If Wassup became famous I was going to increase the revenue.  I told them, I did everything I could for the girls and Nada.  I just want to tell the truth and would like a satisfying solution.  I don't have any ill will or intentions.

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karakamilia Friday, February 3, 2017

Honestly, I really can't stand the 3rd generation. Idols in this generation complains to much and companies has become way to nice to their idols. Back then it was "Idols, Suck It Up" but now it's like everyone fights just to fight now. Nada is my bias in Wassup but she needs to be a bit more mature. And the company needs to realize that if an idol wants to leave, after 4 years of no success, it's completely normal and reasonable. Hmmm, honestly this controversy could make Wassup famous now.

johwa Thursday, February 2, 2017

what a horrible name for a company !!!!

BakaKaori Thursday, February 2, 2017

So was this interview before the other 2 girls also filed a lawsuit? He puts all the blame on Nada, but it seems like there's more going on if the other girls are also trying to leave

k_kid Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wassup started off with the wrong concept from the start. Twerking doesn't work in Korea.

clarissaxd k_kid Thursday, February 2, 2017

shouldnt work for americans either.. well at least not put it a shit ton of their mvs =/

lolhaha clarissaxd Thursday, February 2, 2017

Well you can twerk in USA because they are less censored. Korea you can't even show your toes without being labeled disrespectful. Twerking is about showing a fat juicy ass, you can't in korea because "it's not good for youth"

k_kid clarissaxd Thursday, February 2, 2017

Well, Americans are obsessed with anything booty related every since black people brought big booty to the spotlight in the 80s and the requirement for the booty keeps getting bigger.

k_kid lolhaha Thursday, February 2, 2017

You gotta understand, Asians in general, are pretty conservative people. But then again, Americans are also pretty conservative themselves. You'd be surprised at how many Americans think twerking is trashy.

clarissaxd lolhaha Friday, February 3, 2017

its just boring and overused to me is all but i get what you mean =/

lacilove89 Thursday, February 2, 2017

I don't think their concept was bad per say... it was just ill advised and waaaay outdated, like having dollar signs in place of S's, playground scenes with chain linked fences and twerking... I think the idea of being the "first" Korean twerk team was interesting but whoever came up with the concept clearly wasn't paying attention to what was going on in Hip Hop TODAY.... feels more like they were still on hip hop from the 90's. Which isn't bad because that is my favorite era... but recreating it for the Korean audience... not so much

hyungergames Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm so tired of hearing idols and companies argue like this all the time, not because I don't think they should voice their complaints, but it's just happened so often that you don't know who to believe anymore. Is it that the idol's impatience to pay off debts & make money and wants to gain attention? Or is it really that the company is really wrong? Sometimes, it's obvious to tell who's in the wrong and who's in the right (ex: TS is totally abusing BAP), but in most cases, it happens so frequently now it's hard to tell...If members don't want to put in their hard work to be good idols and refuse to pay off their trainee debts, that's being lazy and they don't deserve the fame and fortune. However, if companies are neglecting to promote, pay, and keep them healthy, that's where the company is wrong. It's so hard to decipher who's right and who's wrong given these broken stories, and it frustrates me that the public will never know the full truth.

tttopswife Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wassup bet on a concept that doesn't sell in korea. The most part of her fans are from another countries, most part of them from south america. This is a fact: Foreing fans don't buy phisic albuns. They want to be next to their idols, so fanmeeting and concerts works better than albuns. We from Wassup Brasil tried our best to make wassup popular here and we have almost 10,000 fans in our fanpage. We really do a big work here. We spend out time translating articles and subbing videos, and when we want to communicate with the company to know how can we help wassup they just ignore us. Nice.

Haru_ki tttopswife Thursday, February 2, 2017

Really? that's mean, maybe because they mostly want to target Korea but their concepts isn't exactly what sells the most there. But they don't see they could make concerts in Brasil or another countries e_e

tttopswife Haru_ki Thursday, February 2, 2017

I know that is really hard to bet in foreing fans, but we really feel bad seeing things happen and can't do anything to help. Wassup is literaly dying in our arms AND WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING!

tttopswife Thursday, February 2, 2017

Things like wassup diary helped wassup's carear in brazil a lot! We really like to see their faces and to know how are they doing. We aren't asking for a big concert, we just want to feel next to wassup. that's all foreing fans want.

Haru_ki tttopswife Thursday, February 2, 2017

i'm from Argentina, and i wasn't that big of a fan of all their songs but when i watched their live performances, i thought they really enjoyed it and gave their all, like it was really entertaining! :) , i hope they won't disband, and maybe Nada wants to leave them and find a better company, but with all the representative said, he seems really unprofessional and sounds like he was just doing them a favour.

JxK Thursday, February 2, 2017

Good riddance those 3 members who left. Nada got greedy because of a little increase in fame? At least all the good looking members are staying.

Ninja_Poster Thursday, February 2, 2017

So dumb, if this goes to court everything he said in this interview can be used against him. Looks like this rep and whoever runs this company have no concept of promoting / marketing. It takes money to make money.

WOLVERINE Thursday, February 2, 2017

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