Happy Face Entertainment
|Founded||August 15, 2008|
|Headquarters||Seoul, South Korea|
Number of locations
|Dongjin Building, Sunreung-ro 112gil 8, Gangnam-gu|
|Lee Joo-won (CEO)|
|Parent||Imagine Asia (since 2016)|
|Subsidiaries||HF Music Company|
2008–2010: Establishment and mainstream breakthrough
Happy Face Entertainment was established on August 15, 2008, as Harvest Entertainment (풍년 엔터테인먼트). The agency changed their name to Happy Face Entertainment on January 23, 2009.
The agency debuted their first artist, Nassun, through Lee Hyo-ri's 2008 smash hit U-Go-Girl, which was produced by E-Tribe. This single launched E-Tribe, Nassun, and the agency into mainstream popularity.
On January 5, 2009, Girls' Generation released the single Gee, which was produced by E-Tribe. The single experienced enormous success, charting at number one on South Korea's Gaon Chart for two straight months and claiming over ten year-end awards. A Japanese version of the song was released in 2010 with composition credits still belonging to E-Tribe.
Rap-pop duo One Two (previously established in 2003), signed a contract with Happy Face Entertainment in early 2009. The duo released "Starry Night", "Bad Girl (ft. Seo In-young), "Walala Lalale", and "Very Good" before their disbandment in late 2010.
2011–present: Debuting artist, joint venture and development
On May 4, 2011, it was announced that Happy Face Entertainment would be merging with Y-WHO Enterprise, small entertainment agency founded by ex-4men member, and current Vibe member, Yoon Min-soo.With the merger, Y-WHO Enterprise artists 4men, Bebe Mignon and MIIII officially became label-mates of Nassun and Dal Shabet.
In mid-2012, it was revealed that Bebe Mignon members Haegeum and Park Ga-Eul had left Happy Face Entertainment, effectively disbanding the group. Ben has since been re-debuted by the agency as a solo artist.
In January 2017, Happy Face Entertainment re-formed MINX to be a seven-member girl group, Dreamcatcher.
HF Music Company
In 2017, Happy Face Entertainment launched their first subsidiary label named HF Music Company. On January 31, 2017 Kpop Star 5 contestant Lee Si-eun signed an exclusive contract with HF Music Company. In April 2017, the label send their four male trainee to participated in the second season of Produce 101. In August 2017, the label debuted trio Classmate.
HF Music Company
- Lee Si-eun
- Lee Seung-ho
- One Two (2009–2010)
- HybRefine (2010–2011)
- Sanchez (2010–2011)
- Bebe Mignon[better source needed] (2010–2012)
- Haegeum (2010–2012)
- Park Ga-eul (2010–2012)
- Dal Shabet
- 4Men (2011–2017)
- Kim Young Jae (2008–2014)
- Ben (2011–2017)
- MIIII (2011–2017)
- V.O.S (2015–2017)
- Nam Hyun-joon
- Park Aeri
- Yeon Mi-ju (2014–????)
- 원투(One Two) Discography on Naver Music. Naver. Retrieved on August 1, 2014.
- 일렉트로닉 그룹 하이브리파인, 오늘(17일) 정규1집 앨범발매. Newsen (August 17, 2010). Retrieved on November 19, 2013.
- 이트라이브 키우는 걸그룹 달샤벳 최초공개 ‘소시 인기 재현할까?’. Newsen (December 10, 2010). Retrieved on November 19, 2013.
- Happy Face Entertainment & Y Who Enterprise announce merger. Nate News. Retrieved on March 7, 2012.
- '연애 말고 결혼' OST 첫 주자는 벤… '연애는 이제 그만'. Asia News Agency. Retrieved on August 1, 2014.
- 연미주, 포맨-달샤벳과 한솥밥. News1 (March 21, 2014). Retrieved on March 21, 2014.
- 팝핀현준·박애리 부부, 달샤벳 소속사와 전속계약. OhMyStar (July 31, 2014). Retrieved on July 31, 2014.
- 달샤벳 여동생 그룹 밍스 공개, 5인 5색 깜찍 발랄 걸그룹. 10Asia (September 15, 2014). Retrieved on September 15, 2014.
- "베베 미뇽". Retrieved November 11, 2017.
- "달샤벳 前멤버 비키, 소속사와 결별 '홀로서기'". Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "소속사 "상황 안좋아 지급 늦어졌을 뿐 … 사기 아니다"". Retrieved April 15, 2014.