Source Music

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Source Music
Native name
FoundedNovember 17, 2009
FounderSo Sung-jin
South Korea
  • Music production
  • Licensing
  • Artist management
Number of employees
21 (2019)[1]
ParentBig Hit Entertainment (since 2019)
WebsiteOfficial site

Source Music (Korean쏘스뮤직) is a South Korean entertainment company established in 2009 by So Sung-jin. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, and music publishing house. The label is home of the girl group GFriend. In July 2019, the company was acquired by Big Hit Entertainment, making the company part of the collective term "Big Hit Labels" [a].



Source Music was founded on November 17, 2009 by So Sung-jin, who was a former talent manager at SM Entertainment and president and chief executive officer of H2 Entertainment. In 2010, the label's first-ever artist, female soloist (and former Baby V.O.X member) Kan Mi-youn released her first digital single titled "Going Crazy".[2][3] The music video features Lee Joon and Mir from MBLAQ.[4] The song peaked at #11 on South Korea's national chart Gaon.

In 2012, Glam was formed. The group was a collaboration between Source Music and (future parent company) Big Hit Entertainment and consisted of members Dahee, Trinity, Zinni, Miso and Jiyeon. However, Trinity resigned before her debut due to personal reasons. The group was active until 2014 and was disbanded after Dahee was sentenced to one year imprisonment for a case of extortion against actor Lee Byung-hun. At that time, Glam's contract with Big Hit Entertainment ended. The members did not want to renew the contract, partly due to the Dahee scandal.[5]


In 2015, GFriend was formed. The group consists of members Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji.[6] They made their debut with the extended play Season of Glass on January 15, 2015.[7]

In July 2019, Big Hit Entertainment acquired Source Music, making the company a subsidiary under Big Hit and keeping its existing management and style.[8][9] In September 2019, it was revealed that a joint girl group between Source Music and Big Hit Entertainment will be expected to debut in 2021 from PLUS Global Audition.[10]



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  1. ^ "㈜쏘스뮤직".
  2. ^ "이 간미연이 그 간미연? 환골탈태 '미쳐가'".
  3. ^ "'컴백' 간미연, 엠블렉 미르와 섹시 퍼포먼스". 네이트뉴스.
  4. ^ "[news] Kan Mi Yeon's crazy music video hits 200,000 views in 1 day".
  5. ^ "Lee Byung-hun repeats apology upon returning home". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  6. ^ "New Rookie Group GFriend Makes Debut with ′Glass Bead′ MV". Mwave. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  7. ^ "실검보고서, 여자친구, 상큼한 걸그룹 데뷔". Hankyung. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  8. ^ "빅히트 측 "쏘스뮤직 인수 계약→자회사 편입, 독립성 유지"(공식)". Newsen. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  9. ^ "빅히트엔터테인먼트, 쏘스뮤직 인수..멀티 레이블 구조 강화 [공식입장]". Naver. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  10. ^ 이은정 (2019-09-04). "빅히트 "2021년엔 걸그룹"…세계 16개 도시 오디션". 연합뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2020-05-30.


  1. ^ Entertainment companies, music production companies or labels owned by Big Hit Entertainment partially or largely that still operate independently

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