The recent winner of SBS TV ‘K-POP STAR’, Akdong Musician, has made the decision to sign with YG Entertainment as their management agency.
YG Entertainment said on May 24th, “We can’t reveal the technicalities of the contract, but we have met with Akdong Musician and their parents, and have come to terms with signing them under our company. We will be signing the contract officially in the coming week.”
In contrast to the inaugural winner of ‘K-POP STAR’ previously, the delay in Akdong Musician signing a contract was because the two were still minors, and their parents had to act as their guarantors. The contract signing was further delayed by the fact that their parents were in Mongolia. Nevertheless, YG is delighted with the newest addition of Akdong Musician to their family.
Akdong Musician expressed, “We felt that YG Entertainment was the company that could best unravel our music potential. We want to produce the best music in the best possible environment.” When asked for their decision to pick YG, Akdong Musician added, “During the course of our participation in ‘K-POP STAR’, we were picked twice by YG, and were trained systematically with professional guidance along the way. We worked with more than 10 YG producers and also had deep conversations about music, and those exchanges left a deep impression on us.”
Compared to knowing who won ‘K-POP STAR’, the most interesting part was to see which of the 3 companies (SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment) would the winner choose to go to. The inaugural winner of ‘K-POP STAR’, Park Ji Min, opted for JYP Entertainment, while the second season winner, Akdong Musician, has decided to join YG Entertainment.
YG’s Yang Hyun Suk who was a panel judge on ‘K-POP STAR’, had nothing but praise for Akdong Musician numerous times on the show. During a judging call, Yang Hyun Suk pointed out, “Their music is like organic food, and there are no irrelevant stuff. So if a professional tries to change them, it might ruin them instead of being a help.”
When asked on their decision to sign with YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk expressed, “YG Entertainment will do our best to preserve their artistic flair, and refrain from changing them too much. We will let Akdong Musician develop accordingly to what they already possess.”
By: Kang Hyo Jin