• YourYG Bias

    I only listen to SME’s music. I won’t bother travelling, eating, acting, or fake dancing with them. 

    • lemonoide

      that will probably never happen, is like saying everybody will someday be a fan of Justin Bieber.

      • YourYG Bias

        It won’t ever happen. A niche genre for a niche audience. 

      • Alex O.

        LOL, so true! Couldn’t have said it better!

  • http://twitter.com/nozomi05 Dee

    I loved Hana Kimi and I honestly do not have anything against Sulli but I just can’t picture her in the lead role.

    I know she has acting experience but I don’t know how will she pass off as a guy… she is feminine looking but with her build and height, she can’t pass as an androgynous and dainty looking guy.

    Kinda off-topic I know.

    • KaoruSan

      well, the character is not supposed to look like a real guy. she just has boyish hairstyle and outfit, but not reallly act like a guy.

      • hapacalgirl

        She is supposed to be able to pass off as a guy. (spoiler) the only reason why the male lead figures it out is because he accidentally feels her chest when he carries her after she gets injured.

    • Alex O.

      Actually I feel like with short hair she could definitely pass as a guy…just as a very cutesy-looking one…with really long eyelashes.

      I think it’ll work out in the end.

  • whirlypop

    SM has failed in other areas. That flower boy movie was a fail, so was Poseidon and Athena. The one company who has genuinely succeeded in all areas is the company T-ara is in.

    • idontknoe

      Mnet media yes, with CCM being one subsidiary. I think that’s where SM wants to take their endeavors to. I think they want to be a multilevel entertainment agency like Mnet. I think the SK dream is to reach chaebol level and reach success ala Samsung group.

      • animasaurus

        Mnet and SM hate eachother so you are probably right.

    • http://twitter.com/Led_02 라면girl

      “SM failed with  Poseidon and Athena”….and since when SM produced them???? The fact that Siwon was in both of them doesn’t make his company part of the production….

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

    As much as I enjoy the music that SME has been producing, the other stuff can come across as cringeworthy and bordering on cheesy – Augmented reality and exhibitions…? Seriously?

    I am not sure if I am the only one who feels this way but yeah… 

  • KaoruSan

    seriously SM, just focus on your music..but it’s business anyway

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

    read from the rumor grapevine SM bought the rights to Thai film First Love. dunno about the north east but that movie exploded in South East Asia.

    • http://twitter.com/nombre_perdido Nombre Perdido

      O.O First Love?
      I love that movie. If it’s true, please SM don’t ruin it >.<

  • Theorist

    money money moneeeeeehhhhh. (plays the apprentice theme song) donald trump should be mates with sm. lmao

  • intheshort

    SM store in Taiwan?!?!?!

    (Guess who just got 23948230948 times more excited about an upcoming trip!)


  • Blah2341

    I hope SM doesn’t spend too much money on these other projects. They sound like failures in the making to me. And that drama…it’s got a supporting cast made up of real actors, but the leads are both from SM. I don’t think I’ll be watching that.
    May I also add that it irks me a bit when people say Kpop is all over Asia? Sounds like just East and Southeast Asia to me.

    • idontknoe

      Isn’t west and north Asia deserts, plains, mountains and Mongolia? The only country they seem not to get is India which has its Bollywood and the surrounding areas are very poor.

      • Blah2341

        They’re poor. Doesn’t mean they should just use the world ‘Asia’ to make themselves sound important. And ignoring India is a pretty big deal. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000123133745 Kat Zimmer


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

      Sulli was pretty impressive as a child actress years ago. Besides, her role is supposed to be too cute and too girly to pass off as a boy. Everybody else in the story is just too dumb to see it.

      It’s Minho everyone should be worried for. Then again, if he wants to emulate Oguri Shun’s portrayal, he’ll do a good job ’cause wooden acting is all that’s needed for it.

      • hapacalgirl

        Actually her role is supposed to be able to pass as a boy if you read the manga it’s just the jdorama casted a very feminine actress to the play the role . I think in terms of look I think taiwan did the best casting the female lead with the use of SHE’s ella. Visually sulli doesn’t fit because she is very pretty and very tall which is the opposite ofwhat the character should be.

        • idontknoe

          But isn’t It part of the flower boy image? That’s why girls could pass off as guys, because flower boys are feminine looking, and you don’t want a more butchy girl to go against how feminine the boys are. I think it’s fairly good casting for Sulli being a boy as she would fit into the mold of the flower boy than just a boy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSL3RBWW5GFGNB7SX4FDUIC24Y Lucy

      Honestly i’m just waiting to see how Hana Kimi turns out. Minho was good in pianist and portrayed his character well but a little cringeworthy in Salamander Guru, but its not like this role requires anything of him… plus be can’t possibly be more wooden than Wu Chun.. who is certainly eyecandy but emotes like a block of wood… 

      Plus they are adding non idol actors so i’m interested 

  • Winter Rose

    they know how to get the cash from delusional fans, that’s for sure. and i don’t even mean that in a bad way, its pretty funny and in a way kind of smart actually. i love how fans constantly cry about SM “only caring about money” when in fact SM is a business, a big corporation to be exact, just like all idol companies, not some indie music label that only cares about quality music or whatever. its also funny when fans cry about SM being “too hard” on their idols when it is in fact their JOBS and they knew what they were signing up for, especially by now. so good for SM for making money. i will say though that the hana kimi remake is a mistake especially putting minho on the cast but whatever….yeah SM has made some mistakes but by now they can afford to mess up a little without serious consequences, hopefully they won’t get too cocky

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003507824553 ICassie Gaemgyu

    They should think about opening an Amazon store (like what YG Entertainment is planning?), to reach those not in Taiwan or SK..
    I am feeling that they are diversifying as insurance esp if the Hallyu wave is going to crash. Partially protecting their profits as well as squeezing the industry for all its worth… Anyway, I would be happy as long as this expansion into other mediums help create a new future for the older kpop idols. SME should take care of those that earned them the profits. (giving them shares is not good enough). Besides dramas, ex-idols could host travel shows, foodie shows,  etc. Give them a secure future, involve them in the planning and expansion. They certainly earned it!

    • JjigaeLover

      Why on earth would SM “take care of those that earned them profits?” They take care of them by paying them, no need to do anything beyond fair compensation. And giving them shares, yes I admit it’s a tiny amount, is a great incentive for the idols as well as having a huge potential upside of capital gains. The way SM is growing and the way its stock is performing, owning shares is a LOT more lucrative than a salary. Salary is finite and fixed and taxed more than shares. Taking care of them beyond their contracts is like asking any company to take care of its employees after they leave the company. A sure way to bankrupt businesses all over.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003507824553 ICassie Gaemgyu

        the industry is churning out idols like changing underwear. Once the idols have been drained of energy they are cast away like trash.
        These idols have been taken from the possibility of a more stable career based on academic skills when they are very young. What do you expect them to do after their careers are over at 30?

        Shares do plunge you know. And how much are the shares worth now?? For SJ, USD27,200k? And do we know if these are dividend paying stocks?  
        And if they are, how many percent on average? it also depends on WHEN dividends are called, that would be up to the Board of directors to declare. Mostly once a year if they are lucky. Let’s say 4% on USD$27,200K.. how much would that be? USD1,088, A YEAR. Enough? It doesn’t necessarily mean that being a shareholder they are guaranteed part of the profits. They might even be paid whatever profilts they will get (variable bonuses) ONLY after serving a certain number of years after being given these shares. If they leave before that period, the deal is over. They get nothing. We don’t know what terms they are served on becoming stakeholders. For all we know, if this clause is true, the idols may be forced to recontract with SME after their 5? years of their current contract is over? So would that be considered a good deal or a bad one?

        SM owes them a future. I agree that their obligations don’t last till they reach the grave. But at least launch them to a different path. Would that be too much to ask?
        And what if SM fails. Capital gains?

  • Capri08

    It’s good to expand into other ventures, but if all the ventures are main/surrounded by your company’s idols. They should hope K-pop never loses it’s peak/popularity  overseas, because if it does that would be a lot of money lost. 

  • http://twitter.com/ericyumyum Chic As Hell

    You got to do what you got to do in order to make that money. They’re taking over the world right now. I think it’s a great idea that they’re branching out to different countries and taking over the korean drama scene too so their idols can have more things to do besides sing. But the whole.. dancing with kpop idols virtually and exhibition thing is just.. too much. They’re doing great things and having their idols travel to other parts of the world to sing and all but, it’s the PRICE that kills most of the fans. Honestly, their SM tour was a bit pricey .. even though most SME fans bought it anyways. SME fans will eat up anything the company puts out. 

    I would love an SME store here in LA though!

  • aratin

    SME is the face for a lot of things that are wrong in today’s Kpop.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/36AXZ4OH33WQL3AV5OM2VL7SRY Angel

       never heard of CCM, hm?

    • http://twitter.com/SoNyeoZaKey wildFancy

      haha.lol. indeed. and CCM is not as bad as SM though… 

  • destined2bebossy

    SM is looking more and more like Disney.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729154428 Chastina Li

      Well, the East Asian version of Disney. On a second thought, I might have gotten into liking Disney if the cultural unfamiliarity wasn`t there.

  • JjigaeLover

    Some good comments to read. Agree with destined2bebossy and I’m with Beyonce (also a great username!). Look at US entertainment companies today, they are usually diversified media conglomerates. Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, Newscorp, etc all produce various forms of content for all types of media platforms (TV, film, radio, internet, newspapers, magazines and so on). I think SM is going more for this kind of business model. Obviously SM has its differences too. It’s interesting to me that in the case of Disney, for example, their “idols” are their characters (Micky Mouse, Marvel characters, etc). These are not real people and can be digitally produced so no one cares how much Micky Mouse has to “work,” whereas SM uses actual people idols. 

    About SME’s content being expensive (like concert tix), they have pricing power. No need to lower prices when they command the market. There is no substitute for SM Town, meaning no competition, meaning we have no choice but to buy those expensive items. Brilliant! 

    One thing they do need is a better distribution platform in secondary Asian markets (markets that are not Korea). They are losing out some serious business by not having somewhere for non-Koreans to easily purchase SM goods. I think some of this comes with the Korean mindset of not being the most foreign-friendly country (like those Koreans only websites and such).

  • animasaurus

    The whole idea of idols doing things in the name of their “company” is so bizarre to me. I feel like people are more compelled to like or dislike an idol, their song, or whatever the hell else they’re associated with depending on their company. It’s so strange and backwards tbh… people who buy into the whole idea of “smtown” (and pretty much every other idol company but to a MUCH lesser extent) should look at why they are doing that and the big picture.

    SM really seems like an entertainment monopoly but that just brings up the whole complication of the idol training system which is too much for this article haha.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36AXZ4OH33WQL3AV5OM2VL7SRY Angel

    SM is doing everything fine. Everyday Korea has more and more rivals & SM need to stay at the top. that’s why they try to by not just an “idol” company. Idols won’t last for ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729154428 Chastina Li

    SME is everywhere nowadays and it gets boring after a while watching the same group of artists being active in the biz.

  • Almira Agathas

    They’re everywhere, feeding fans with service over and over again. In the end, I’m not surprised if those fans get bored of them.

  • http://twitter.com/SoNyeoZaKey wildFancy

    SM trying to copy JYP much?
    luckily dream high gave a way for artist of other companies to shine~
    IU and jiyeon are now everywhere in SK!

  • lilibaiyu

    The way I see SM is that they are an incredibly fragile house of cards built on lies, deceit and manipulation. They sell a deeply flawed business model to kids who don’t know much about music.Their current ability to do any kind of meaningful business is a situation which can not last as the real movers and shakers of Korean music continue to make headway at home and abroad. I would not bet a plug nickel on SM’s future.