The latest news to shock the K-Pop community, all members of B.A.P are suing their management company TS Entertainment company for nullification of the contract they signed back in 2011.
Referred to as a “Slave Contract”” we can assume what is it all about just seeing these two words. These contracts are very popular in K-Pop industry , and it the sad and unfair side of K-Pop. While not every company has them but many do. In order to succeed many young people don’t really know what they are getting into, they are signing these contracts blinded by possible fame and success. The companies take advantage of that and we get what we get.We have been seeing an increasing number of idols breaking the silence and speaking out . With B.A.P being the latest group to do so.
The K-Pop industry as itself brings is a large source of income with some estimate the figure to be around 3 billion USD per year. With the management company claiming the largest portion of the money leaving only a small fraction for the artist, it’s that small share is then split between the members of the group.
Yes, sure the companies make sure they have proper training, roof under their heads, food, allowance money…, etc…, that costs a LOT, I get that! But is it worth their health and sanity? I don’t think so. Most of them don’t have income from the work they do until they make and return all the money the company had invested in them, AOA for example, they had so many hit songs and are popular but yet the girls don’t have income money like their sunbaes CNBlue or FTIsland.
For us who have been in this for quite some time we know this isn’t the first time, 2014 was full of these kind of scandals where dirty laundry keeps showing itself.
Talking about the specific contract between B.A.P and TS Ent. the clause stating that their contract period would last a minimum of seven years from their first album rather than the date they signed their contract is much longer than comparable contracts from other companies. Perhaps the most disturbing claim by the B.A.Pis that the contracts do not follow the laws in place protecting the civil rights, explicit consent, right to personal privacy.
There is also a claim that the division of their income is only beneficial to the company, and they have had to deal with clauses putting them at a disadvantage in case of cancelling the contract or damages to the company.
The members stated that the company TS Entertainment earned over 9 million USD in a three years while the members only received 16 000 USD.
B.A.P made their debut in January of 2012 Since then the group has released a total of 11 different albums and held concerts all around the world including Korea, Japan, China and even as far away as Mexico, and although the members have dealt with declining health, they have done their best for the fans.
TS Entertainment released official statement regarding this whole situation:
“TS Entertainment has always worked to aid B.A.P in diversifying their activities and have put our all into working towards a mutual goal. B.A.P has minimized all official schedules, as was stated on October 28th through their official channel, and it was through a mutual understanding and with all parties’ consent.
We were in the midst of discussing future plans regarding the agreement of artists when we heard about the lawsuit through reports. We are still confirming the details, but ‘unfair terms’ and ‘slave contracts’ mentioned in several of the reports are not true. We never treated our artists unfairly. We are trying to find the truth behind this supposed lawsuit as fast as possible in order to act officially.”
I will always stick and support the artists because even if this is all about the money, they deserve every penny. Yongguk, Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup and Zelo, we hope that this period will soon be behind you and we can enjoy your music very soon. #FigtingBAPBoys
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Edited by: LeighDarling
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