• pending

    One of my favorite moments in Shinee’s ‘Hello Baby’ was when the group was ‘kidnapped’ in the first episode: when they were going to get in the van their manager was driving, he locked the doors and started slowly driving away while they were surrounded by a camera crew. They spent the drive over to the ‘Hello Baby’ house joking to the cameras, begging their manager to come and get them and promising to behave better if he did. We never saw the manager’s face, but the way he slooowly drove away while the members were pounding on the windows cracked me up.

  • YourYG Bias

    Lee Bo Young~ The YG Queen Manager! And Jjangmae~

    I love how the YG managers don’t care if they get caught on camera and they are so brutally honest with 2NE1 and BIGBANG. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/krstydlght kirsty delight

    it’s only in k-pop where the managers r almost as popular as their charges themselves. at least within the fandom. one of suju’s managers made headlines when heechul i think enlisted. apparently he’s referred as prince manager or something for his good looks. and exo-m’s manager really cracks me up. some exo fans became his fans for his fashion sense. so cute. some declared him as their bias as they couldn’t decide on one in exo. haha.

  • noiha

    i really love shinhwa and their managers~ most of them had worked together for years. also, eric’s new manager, kim bogeun, is cute. lol.

    • Mika_San123

       LOL I love Eric’s relationship with his young manager. Bogeun looks so terrified of Eric; it’s almost as if Eric’s the manager and Bogeun’s the young idol! XD

  • http://twitter.com/JM7228JW J-May 제메이©

    SUJU’s managers are as popular as SUJU themselves among ELF :) even dancers and stylists unnies, ELF befriend them… 

  • http://twitter.com/erishanaka Jenna Giron

    B.A.P.’s manager Kang come to mind as a great manager :) he seems very close to the boys (specially Zelo) and very encouraging to the fans. And like Chocolate unnie, B.A.P.’s stylist, they are well loved within the fandom. Some fans also choose them (just like EXO fans), along with the masked rabbit, as their bias since the six boys are evil bias wreckers :p

  • intheshort

    KPop manager is one of the jobs I’d love to try for just a day. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2MYVCMGXUOHXNRTOBNWWBG4SXI Alice

    will never forget kim tae woo’s manager on invincible youth. haha poor guy :D

  • itsmysunshine

    I think one of MBLAQ’s manager has his own fansite xD. Some fans even wondered why he’s not debuting with MBLAQ haha.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XMKSVLRGPR3DAIHENNCTTNYSU4 main

      lol fans even make a facebook page of mblaq’s managers. its called managers live in absolute quality. but i do think byungki manager and kevin manager are good looking. kevin kinda reminds me of kim jong kook XD

      • itsmysunshine

        oh yes I’ve seen that facebook page before. Byungki is indeed good looking, seen some fancams of only him xD

  • http://twitter.com/Miteum3685 Rochelle Malasig

    Oh man. EXO-M’s first manager has his own fanclub and even a tumblog dedicated to him, appropriately named “manageroppa.” XD

  • http://jeesu-s.tumblr.com/ Jeesus

    I never have an urge to know about managers before I knew Infinite. They appear a lot I can identify them in photos or fancams. I still can’t forget how adorable Hyoan manager replacing Myungsoo in Be Mine rehearsal HAHA.
    Inspirits love the managers :D

  • icebunnies19

    Prince Manager of SuJu is really handsome and also the porminit manager :)

  • newildlife

    I miss 2PM manager, Minjae hyung! The way 2pm and Minjae hyung interacted with was so adorable and funny. Sadly, he was “promoted” to become JYP’s manager ;__; 

    • viki32


  • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

    I personally feel that behind every successful idol, there’s a manager. And this article reinforces my beliefs. For me, the manager’s role is akin to like an elder brother/ a family member, a mentor and a teacher. With rookies debuting at an increasingly younger age these days, the role of the manager becomes more important than before. With their experience in the industry, managers can help rookies cope with the harsh realities of the entertainment industry, especially those who live pretty far away from their parents. Not only that, they can aid rookies and idols alike in terms of expectations about the industry. 

    I wish to know more information about the managers because I feel that they are quite underrated. I feel that they deserve the same appreciation that fans have towards the idols that they are managing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

    I never really cared for managers, but I dislike Shinee’s manager. He’s too physical with the fans, and that’s not acceptable. But I wonder who are the managers for my favorite groups…

    • Black_Plague

      Well, K-fans are known to be very rowdy at times, after all…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

        Not even just K-fans. Everywhere, really. Jonghyun famously broke his ankle after the boys got mobbed in Indonesia or Singapore.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

      Honestly though, sometimes I don’t blame SHINee’s managers’ behavior when fans themselves are putting the boys in harm’s way. Yes, it’d be nice if the managers didn’t have to be physical, but sometimes they have to do what they to do get to the boys from point A to point B safe and sound.

  • http://twitter.com/Rhrenrkrtl 박유빈

    Actually Brown Eyed Girls’ manager is the main manager in Nega Network and once had her own fanmeeting following Gain’s; the fans asked for her not to leave once Gain was gone. The fanmeet lasted two hours.

    One new role for managers appeared recently : the parent. As idol groups tend to be younger and younger, somebody has to take the father-figure (sorry, but I’ve never seen female managers do that) and the idols can become dependent of them to an impressive extent. An example I have in mind is Boyfriend’s Kwangmin and one of their managers -the one who shot W Military Academy with them- : as the boys had to sleep in a cottage for filming, the manager had to go somewhere else for a moment, leading Kwangmin to cry in panic. You can see this in the no-cut part at the very end of the show.

  • sabcan

    when bigbang’s chubby manager barged into their 1n2d parody and told them 2pm was better than them, he became my hero. i think all of bb’s managers are perfectly suited to the members they manage and they (and the rest of bb’s support staff) are one of the key reasons the boys seem grounded and humble for the most part. that and they obviously adore each other. i think that’s important. to have managers who look out for the idols and take care of them. not just those who do their companies’ bidding.

    ps top even had a scandal with his manager :D – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZeD54vd2Vo

    • http://twitter.com/fah2ma Fatouma

       OHMYGOD, Big Bang’s 1N2D! SO MANY MEMORIES. I loved TOP’s Manager, “Yah, you guys have been gone forso long, Korea has forgotten you! 2PM’s much better than you!” lolololol <3

  • xNoirX

    Two really horrific managers:
    Baek JiYoung’s manager:  well…. just google what happend.

    that saintly CEO of CCM Kim KwangSoo.  He was once a manager.

    • Black_Plague

      How the fuck he ever became CEO is beyond me. Probably cut a lot of corners along the way, considering his incompetence continues to baffle everyone to no end (and it’s more disturbing some people actually try to JUSTIFY his bullshit and how he treats T-ara while everyone else under CCM went down the drain).

      • 1dontcare

        Well… he did manage to debut T-ara and brings them massive success… so yea.. he is not that incompetence, at least in the promoting new group department… but other than that… i don’t know

        • Black_Plague

          Promoting new groups yea….just like how he flopped with Co-Ed and its subunit 5dolls and SPEED then chunked them over to a subsidiary because he couldn’t be bothered.

          T-ara’s debut was also during a time period when competition wasn’t as intense and big in Kpop, as opposed to the big idol boom in 2010 and 2011. While T-ara can be arguably considered the most second-successful group of all 2009-era idol groups (2NE1’s one was just solid as hell), the way how they’re managed is inferior and notorious.

  • piggy68gal

    Infinite’s managers appear so much that most Inspirits can already recognise and name them. Hehe. (;
    I really liked Jo Soo Kyung, aka Choi Hee Jin’s manager-friend on QIHM. She may be naggy and all but she had Hee Jin’s best interests at heart. :D

  • Black_Plague

    I’m curious as to how the managers themselves hold out with gruesome schedules since they basically play the role of field leader, transport and the such for the idols they’re assigned to.

    Granted, many probably have it worse than others. Can’t begin to fathom how the ones for actors and actresses hold out when dramas are being filmed. Which also comes to question – what about T-ara’s manager? The group is infamously one of the most heavily overworked in Kpop and it comes into curiousity how their manager handles with that (though personally, the guy looks like he has “I’M YAKUZA!!!” written on his forehead.

  • theicecrumbs

    EXO-M manager has a Tumblr dedicated to him: manageroppa.tumblr.com
    He’s so cute and sassy and like really active. I love him! I’m actually not an EXO fan. But when I saw that blog, I was like: Fandom duties, you’re doing it right EXOTICS. :)

  • Jimmilli

    not just EXO-M’s manager, just recently EXO-K’s manager is suddenly being praised by EXOtics for being quite a good-looking fella. 

  • http://twitter.com/distiii disti

    just a little addition, one of INFINITE’s managers, Kim Jungryul, also appears in their “She’s Back” MV He’s also doing some performance with Gyu in a radio show (during early days) LOL. multitasking at its best!

  • http://www.greenteagraffiti.com Jangta

    I like how this article touches on managers in K-pop. It’s great to here that the people behind the scenes get the credit they deserve :).

    They are truly just as important as the singers themselves, as they handle all the logistics, hotel, food, travel plans, etc. They also handle the all-important schedule for these entertainers. 

    Seeing all this up close here in Seoul, when I talk to managers, they really are the field generals, parents, and coach of these groups. Mangers can actually say they are probably more busy than the singers themselves. Fortunately, as stated in the article above, many of these singers are very appreciative of their managers.

    Hopefully, more exposure and praise can be given to these K-pop mangers in the future!

  • http://twitter.com/Neoteros_92 Mattia Sandre

    2NE1’s manager (678) and personal trainer (Hwangssabu) are made of awesome. The latter’s Twitter account is nothing but a love letter to Bom hahahahahaha

  • http://1nspirit96.tumblr.com/ Mrs_KimSungGyu

    INFINITE reportedly have 5 managers now. The original 3 are the ones that can be seen in their MV’s, reality programs, etc, and they are the most known to the fans, but the recently added two haven’t had the opportunity to become recognized, nor do I think they will. 

    Managers are so vital to the success of their groups though. They may be in charge of seemingly menial tasks, but they are actually the ones who have to keep the members in line in cohorts with the team leader.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1680985365 Yaidaris Rodz

    i wish they had more female managers

  • destined2bebossy

    Very happy you did an article about managers.
    So many idol managers look young though, i wonder how you get the job as an idol group manager

  • http://twitter.com/SilentJRocker Nomin Bat-otgon

    exo-m’s manager is more popular than you think. he has his own fanclub XD, he has stalkers and whatnot. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001274800940 Erin Giron

    MBLAQ managers are popular in their fandom also lol there’s Bear manager hehehe (he resembles a bear btw xD) and then byungki manager., the handsome one :P and 2 or 3 others i cant remember right now :p

  • viki32

    lovely article!

    first group I got into was SS501 when I watched their thanks for waking me up. seeing that show definitely made me aware of the vital role of managers for k-pop idol groups. what’s more interesting to that, SS501’s managers (there were like 2-3 managers for them if I’m not mistaken) were as funny as the boys. go watch the show if you haven’t. and the fact that these managers ‘followed’ and kept being some members’ managers (Kyu and Young Saeng) suggests that the relationship between them is indeed very close, probably similar to older and younger brother relationship.

    lately, we also got the chance to see Shinhwa’s managers exposed on their variety show. some of them has worked for almost as long as Shinhwa exists, proving their good (working) relationship. and similar to SS501’s, they’re also as funny as hell (pointing at Junjin’s manager). and Eric’s youngest manager seem to gain a lot of fans by appearing in the show (though I prefer Eric’s previous manager who is now like the chief manager of something, he appeared as Dongwan’s manager in the show). lol.

  • Korazoe Quinn

    I have a question. Do the managers live with the idols in their dorm, even if they are of age?

  • kitty

    Managers who hit the fans have a good reason to. Many Korean fans are extremely obsessed with their idols and are potential threats to the idol’s safety. No one knows whether or not the fans will actually hurt the idols, so it is best to make sure that no fan touches an idol. If the fan does make contact with the idol, the manager reserves the right to use force to break them apart.