List of Kakao M labels

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This is a list of labels controlled, distributed or associated with Kakao M.


Kakao M


House labels[edit]

Play M Entertainment[edit]

Play M Entertainment is a record label established by Kakao M in April 2019. The label was established with the merger of Plan A Entertainment and FAVE Entertainment.



E&T Story Entertainment[edit]

E&T Story Entertainment was founded on December 26, 2017 by Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment) as an one-person agency of actress Kim So-hyun and led by Park Chan-woo.[1][2]As January 2018, Plan A Entertainment was acquisition 60% of E&T Story Entertainment shares.

Cre.ker Entertainment[edit]

Cre.ker Entertainment (an acronym for Creative.kernel) is a record label founded by Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment) in 2014.


Independent labels[edit]

Starship Entertainment[edit]

Starship Entertainment is an entertainment company founded by Kim Shi-dae in 2008. On December 18, 2013, Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment) acquired 70% shares of Starship, became a majority owner of the label and making Starship as an independent subsidiary of Kakao M.[3]In 2015, King Kong Entertainment was acquired by Starship Entertainment, a subsidiary of LOEN Entertainment (now kakao M) (South Korea's biggest music distribution company).[4] In 2017, upon the merger of the businesses of the two companies, the company was relaunched as "King Kong by Starship".[5]

Mun Hwa In[edit]

Mun Hwa In is an independent record label established by Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment) in June 2016. It is currently being co-distributed by Kakao M and Mirrorball Music.



  • Hanumpa
  • Hey Men


  • ANTS
  • Everlua
  • Long:D


Studio artists

  • Yoon Hyun-sang
  • Youngman
  • glowingdog
  • the night of Seokyo
  • Collective Arts

Former subsidiaries[edit]


Cantabile was a record label under Seoul Records (now LOEN Entertainment), founded in April 1991. It was the first record label in South Korea.[7]


Avent was also a record label under Seoul Records, founded in April 2002.[7]

Collabodadi Label[edit]

Collabodadi Label was also an in-house label of LOEN Entertainment (now Kakao M), founded in September 2013. It was led by Shinsadong Tiger. Prior to being chosen to lead the label, he produced the K-pop hits "Bo Peep Bo Peep" (T-ara), "Hot Issue" (4Minute), "U&I" (Ailee) and more.[8][9]

The name Collabodadi (콜라보따리) is a portmanteau of 콜라보 (collabo - collaboration) and 보따리 (boddari - package).

In September 2015, the label's artists Fiestar and Zia were moved back to LOEN Tree (now known as Fave Entertainment).[10]

WS Entertainment[edit]

WS Entertainment was a joint venture between Warner Music Korea, SK-KTB Music Investment Fund, and Seoul Records (now LOEN Entertainment). It was founded in 2006 and currently led by Philip Oh.[11][12] The initial WS stands for Warner Music and SK Telecom.

Former artists[edit]

Former recording artists[edit]

  • Run
  • Park Ji-yoon (1997–1999)
  • Gain (2011–2013)
  • Sunny Hill (2011–2017)
  • Fiestar (2012–2018)[13][14]
    • Cheska (2012–2014)
    • Jei (2012–2018)
    • Linzy (2012–2018)
    • Hyemi (2012–2018)
    • Yezi (2012–2018)
    • Cao Lu (2012–2018)[15]
  • History (2013–2017)[16]
    • Song Kyung-il (2013–2019)
    • Na Do-kyun (2013–2019)
    • Kim Si-hyoung (2013–2019)
    • Kim Jae-ho (2013–2019)
    • Jang Yi-jeong (2013–2019)
  • Shin Zisu (2015–2016)
  • I.B.I (2016)
  • JBJ (2017–2018)
  • Melody Day (2012-2018)
  • Seenroot (Munhwa In, 2013–2019)

Former actors[edit]

Distribution network[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "E&T Story Entertainment".
  2. ^ "E&T Story Entertainment".
  3. ^ alim17 (December 18, 2013). "Loen Entertainment takes over majority stake in Starship Entertainment for 15 billion won". allkpop. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  4. ^ 스타쉽, 킹콩엔터테인먼트 인수 ‘아시아 시장공략 나선다’
  5. ^ Starship Entertainment and King Kong Entertainment merge into one entertainment company
  6. ^ "Artists". Mun Hwa In.
  7. ^ a b "LOEN Entertainment - About LOEN - History". LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  8. ^ starsung (September 24, 2013). "LOEN Entertainment undergoes reorganization to become a multi-label system". allkpop. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  9. ^ lordbordem (September 25, 2013). "LOEN Entertainment to Split Their Artist Division into Multiple Labels". Soompi. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  10. ^ elliefilet (September 22, 2015). "Zia and FIESTAR join IU at Loen Tree". allkpop. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  11. ^ WMG Investor Relations Division (May 10, 2006). "Warner Music International and SK Telecom Announce Partnership - Groundbreaking Deal Places WS Entertainment at Forefront of Korean Music Industry". Warner Music Group. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "WS Entertainment". WS Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 1, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
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  16. ^ "History (band)" (in Korean). Ten Asia. Retrieved May 12, 2017.

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