Big Hit Entertainment

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Big Hit Entertainment
Native name
(주) 빅히트 엔터테인먼트
Big hiteu enteoteinmeonteu
Private Company
Industry Music & Entertainment
Genre K-Pop
Founded February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)
Founder Bang Si-hyuk
Headquarters Seoul Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong, 135-010, 10-31 Cheong-gu Bldg, 2F, South Korea
Products Music & Entertainment
Services Music, Entertainment
  • ₩ 35,500,000,000 (2017)
Owner Bang Si-hyuk
Number of employees
52 (2017)[1]

Big Hit Entertainment (Hangul빅히트엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean record label founded in 2005 by music producer and former composer Bang Si-hyuk.


Big Hit Entertainment was founded on February 1, 2005,[2] and signed the vocal trio 8Eight, consisting of Lee Hyun, Baek Chan, and Joo Hee, in 2007.

In 2010, Big Hit Entertainment and JYP Entertainment signed a joint management contract over the boy group 2AM.[3] That year, Bang Si-hyuk launched nationwide auditions and signed Rap Monster, the first member of BTS, followed by the other members of the group.[4] BTS made their debut under Big Hit in 2013.[5]

In 2012, the company signed Lim Jeong-hee,[6] and the girl group GLAM was formed as a collaboration between Source Music and Big Hit entertainment. The group was active until 2014, when they disbanded due to controversy over one of the members, Kim Da-hee, who was sentenced to prison following accusations of blackmail in relation to actor Lee Byung-hun.[7][8][9]

Following the end of the joint contract between Big Hit and JYP Entertainment in April 2014, three of the 2AM members returned to JYP, while Lee Chang-min stayed with Big Hit in order to continue with his solo career and as part of the duo Homme.[3] The year also saw the disbandment of 8Eight after Baek Chan and Joo Hee's contracts with Big Hit ended.

In May 2015, Signal Entertainment Group (Signal), a KOSDAQ-listed company specializing in artist management and television production, acquired Big Hit through a KR₩6 billion (~ million) convertible bond. Signal also owns Better ENT, the agency founded by actor Song Seung-heon, as well as another record label, Jungle Entertainment.[10]

In May 2015, Lim Jeong-hee parted ways with Big Hit Entertainment, following the expiration of her three-year contract with the agency.[6]

In early 2016, BigHit ended their stake relationship with Signal Entertainment Group. BigHit issued a 6 billion won convertible bond Signal Entertainment Group in 2015. After a year, Signal Entertainment Group made a full settlement of the bonds [1]





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  3. ^ a b "KPOP NEWS - 2AM’s Jo Kwon, Im Seulong, and Jung Jin Woon Return to JYP Entertainment | Mwave". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  4. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Bangtan Boys". Cuvism Magazine (in Korean). July 22, 2013. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "KPOP NEWS - [Video] BTS Asks about Your Dreams in ‘No More Dream’ MV | Mwave". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b "KPOP NEWS - Big Hit Reveals Lim Jeong Hee′s Contract Ended in May | Mwave". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  7. ^ "글램, 결국 3년 만에 해체…'이병헌 협박女' 다희-이지연 실형 선고 : 스포츠조선". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  8. ^ "글램 다희, 모델 친구와 음담패설 영상 유포 협박 "세계적 스타라 거액 요구" 이병헌 공식입장은? : 스포츠조선". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  9. ^ "Lee Byung-hun repeats apology upon returning home". Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  10. ^ "씨그널엔터테인먼트그룹 "빅히트엔터 CB 60억 인수" (Signal Entertainment Group acquires Big Hit Ent for 60 billion "through CB")". eDaily. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "Celebrities that almost debuted with BTS". Koreaboo. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  12. ^ "빅히트-JYP-FNC-TS 출신 크나큰…K팝 시장 노크(종합)". TV리포트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  13. ^ "빅히트-JYP-FNC-TS 출신 크나큰…K팝 시장 노크(종합)". TV리포트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  14. ^ "네스티네스티, 숨은 원석들이 비로소 보석이 될 때 (인터뷰)텐아시아 | 텐아시아". 10asia Hankyung (in Korean). 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  15. ^ "레이디스 코드 “걸그룹 홍수? 실력으로 뚫을거에요”". sports.donga (in Korean). 2013-03-18. 

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