Starship Entertainment

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Starship Entertainment[1]
Native name
스타쉽 엔터테인먼트
Public company
FoundedJanuary 28, 2008 (2008-01-28)
FounderKim Shi-dae
Number of locations
• Bongeunsa-ro
Key people
Kim Shi-dae (CEO)
  • Music production
  • Publishing
  • Artists management
OwnerKakao M (70%)
ParentKakao M
(since 2013)
DivisionsKing Kong by Starship (since 2015)
SubsidiariesStarship X (2013)
House of Music (2017)

Starship Entertainment (Korean스타쉽 엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean entertainment company established in 2008 by founder Kim Shi Dae.

The label is home to K-Pop artists such as K.Will, Soyou, OG School Project, Jooyoung, Monsta X, Yoo Seung-woo, Brother Su, Cosmic Girls, #Gun, Mind U, Duetto, Jeong Se-woon,[2][3][4] and formerly to Sistar, Boyfriend, Junggigo, and Mad Clown. It also manages the actors Choi Won-myeong, Dasom and Kang Eun-ah. It operates in three main locations and is staffed with approximately 200 employees, funded by both commercial investors and its parent company, Kakao M.


The company's founder, Kim Shi-dae, previously worked as a road manager for a K-pop band named Cool and worked for Bang Si-hyuk's company Big Hit Entertainment between 2005 and 2007 before establishing his own company. Starship's first artist was K.Will, followed by Sistar, Boyfriend, Monsta X, Cosmic Girls, and Jeong Se-woon.

On 18 December 2013, 70% of the label's shares was acquired by its distributor, Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment), making it an independent subsidiary of the latter.[5]

In May 2015, Starship Entertainment had acquired 100% of King Kong Entertainment’s shares in a strategic partnership alliance. On 2 January 2017, Starship Entertainment and King Kong Entertainment registered their merger. The agencies mutually agreed to use the name Starship Entertainment while the division that manages the actors will be operating under the label “King Kong by Starship”.



All artists under Starship Entertainment are collectively known as Starship Planet.




Duos/project groups[edit]

Starship X[edit]

Starship Y[edit]

House of Music[edit]

  • DJ Soda
  • DJ H.One

Notable trainees[edit]

  • Song Hyeongjun (X1)


King Kong by Starship[edit]

Former artists[edit]

Starship X[edit]

House of Music[edit]

  • MoonMoon (2017–2018; contract terminated due to occlusion of a formal criminal record)[7]



  1. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek
  2. ^ "스타쉽 엔터테인먼트", Naver. Retrieved 22 October 2011. (in Korean)
  3. ^ 보이프렌드, 원숭이 육포 드셔보셨나요? (in Korean). Nate. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  4. ^ "보이프렌드, 일본 NHK 방송출연 '신인불구 이례적 편성'" (in Korean). Nate. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  5. ^ alim17 (December 18, 2013). "Loen Entertainment takes over majority stake in Starship Entertainment for 15 billion won". allkpop. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "We Are Boyfriend to be Released on June 6, 2012!". Being Group. Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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