DSP Media

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DSP Media
Type Private
Industry Music & Entertainment
Genre K-pop
Founders Lee Ho-yeon
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Area served Asia
Products Music & Entertainment
Services Music & Entertainment agency
Owners Lee Ho-yeon
Website DSP Media official homepage

DSP Media, formerly known as DSP Entertainment, is a Korean entertainment company, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea that was established in 1991 by Lee HoYeon. DSP Media entered the kpop scene with the success of 90′s idol groups Sechs Kies and Fin.K.L. Today, DSP Media is an all around entertainment company responsible for music production, marketing, celebrity management, distributing music and more.

History[edit]

DSP Media was originally named DaeSung Enterprise when it first went into business in 1991. In fact, the company went through four name changes. In 1999, the company was renamed as DSP Entertainment. In 2008, with the successful expansion in the entertainment industry, DSP Entertainment was renamed as DSP Media.

In September 1991, DaeSung Enterprise was founded by Lee HoYeon to provide entertainers to the public television. One of their first Korean music group was Firetruck (소방차). The group was a hit and is still loved by the older Koreans.

In February 1999, with the success of kpop star groups like Sechs Kies and FIN.K.L., the company went through legal actions to rename itself to DSP Entertainment.

In March 2006, with the merger company HoShinSumYoo (호신섬유), DSP Entertainment was renamed to DSP Enti.

In September 2008, DSP Enti was renamed as DSP Media. By this time, the company became renowned for its success in the kpop music, Korean drama and TV show production industries.

Roster[edit]

All of DSP's current artists are also signed to Universal Music Japan's sublabel Universal Sigma[1] for their Japanese activities.

Group[edit]

Debut Artists Gender Members Leader Fanclub name Official color
2007 KARA Female 4 Gyuri Kamilia Pearl Peach
2009 Rainbow Female 7 Jaekyung Rain-nous Rainbow
2012 A-JAX Male 7 Hyeongkon A-LIGHT Blue

Soloist & Duo[edit]

Debut Artists Gender Occupation Fanclub name Official color
2006 Oh Jong Hyuk1 Male Solo - -
TBA Son Yu-ji2 Female Solo TBA TBA

1 Former Click-B member Oh Jong Hyuk has returned to his old home. On April 5, 2013, DSP Media announced that "Oh Jong Hyuk signed an exclusive contract with DSP in late March, and soon plans to launch his promotions." With this, Oh Jong Hyuk has come to return to his old agency, which he was signed with when he was a member of Click-B, in 10 years. Click-B had debuted with the agency in 1999, and left after its contract had run its course in 2003.He came to sign his new contract with DSP after realizing he would need systematic management for his new phase of promotions. After being active in dramas, musicals and singing, Oh Jong Hyuk enlisted with the Marine Corps in 2011. He was released in February following his services of a year and 10 months. On Sep 25, 2013, Oh Jonghyuk & T-ara's Soyeon revealed to have been dating for almost 3 years.
2 Son Yu-ji is a 15-year old singer from Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province. She joined SBS' K-pop Star 2 as the youngest member of a five-girl group, YouU. On December 2013, she became the last YouU member to be signed up by any agency after DSP signed her exclusively. According to Korea Herald, she will undergo extensive training under DSP before her debut. She is also a former participant of Kara Project.[2]

Sub-Unit[edit]

Debut Artists Gender Members Leader Notes Fanclub name Official color
2012 Rainbow Pixie Group 3 Oh Seung Ah Rainbow Sub-Unit Rain-nous -
2014 Rainbow Blaxx Group 4 Jaekyung Rainbow Sub-Unit Rain-nous -

Actors[edit]

Debut Actor Gender Occupation Finished career Fanclub name Official color
2013 Park Jong Chan3 Male Actor - - -
2006 Baek Seung Do Male Actor - - -

3On April 18, 2013, DSP Media announced that actor Park Jun-gyu's sons Park Jong Chan(22) and Park Jong Hyuk(15) join DSP Media. Park Jong Chan will be preparing for his debut as an actor while his younger brother Park Jong Hyuk has entered training to hone his musical talent. Park Jong Hyuk previously appeared on 'Star King' where he impressed viewers with his drumming skills and also earned a peck on the cheek from SECRET's Sunhwa on the retired show 'Bouquet', while Park Jong Chan has been building up his acting experience through short films and plays.

Trainees[edit]

  • Ahn Sojin (former participant of Kara Project)
  • Cho Shiyoon (former member of Puretty and former participant of Kara Project)
  • Yoon Chaekyung (former member of Puretty and former participant of Kara Project)
  • Jeon Somin (former member of Puretty and former participant of Kara Project)
  • Kim Chaewon (former participant of Kara Project)
  • Son Yuji (former participant of Kara Project and former Kpop Star 2 contestant)

Former[edit]

Artists[edit]

Debut Artists Gender Members Leader Disbanded Fanclub name Official color
1987 Sobangcha Male 3 Taehyung 1996 - -
1992 ZAM Male 5 Jinsoo 1998 - -
1993 CO CO TBA 2 TBA 1998 - -
1994 MUE Mix 6 Youngchae 1999 - -
1996 IDOL TBA 2 TBA TBA - -
1996 Mountain TBA 2 TBA TBA - -
1997 Sechs Kies Male 6 Jiwon 2000 DSF (Dear Sechskies Friend) Yellow
1997 Kim Hyu Soo TBA Solo TBA TBA - -
1998 Fin.K.L Female 4 Lee Hyori 2005 Pinky Pearl Red
1999 Click-B Male 7->4 TaeHyung 2006 NIZI Green
2000 Uhm Ji Sun TBA Solo TBA TBA - -
2002 Lee Hyori Female Solo - Left the Company (2006) HyoRish Red
2004 Shyne Female 2 - 2007 - -
2005 SS501 Male 5 Hyunjoong Left the Company (2010) Triple S Pearl Light Green
2006 May Bee Female Solo - 2008 - -
2007 Sunha Female Solo - 2009 - -
2007 Kim Sung Hee Female former Kara member - 2008 - -
2007 Jung Nicole Female former Kara member - Left the Company (2014) - -
2008 Kang Jiyoung Female former Kara member - Left the Company (2014) - -
2008 A'st1 Male 6 Jung Jin 2009 EUNICE Pearl Purple
2008 SS501 Trio Male 3 Young-saeng Left the Company (2010) Triple S Pearl Light Green
2010 jung hye won TBA Solo TBA TBA - -
2012 Puretty Female 5 Hye-In 2014 - -

Trainees[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • Emergency Act 19 (Film, 2002)
  • Drama Three Leaf Clover (SBS, 2005)
  • My girl (SBS, 2005)
  • She (SBS, 2006)
  • Yeon Gae So Mun (SBS, 2006)
  • Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (SBS, 2007)
  • Bad couple (SBS, 2007)
  • Heartbreak Library (Film, 2008)
  • Queen of Housewives (MBC, 2009)

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