Starship Entertainment

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Starship Entertainment
Native name
스타쉽 엔터테인먼트
TypePublic
Industry
Genre
FoundedJanuary 28, 2008 (2008-01-28)
Founder
  • Kim Shi-dae
  • Seo Hyun-joo
  • Kim Young-suk
Headquarters,
Key people
Kim Shi-dae (co-founder, president and CEO)
Seo Hyun-joo (co-founder, executive director)
Kim Young-suk[a] (co-founder, executive director)
Services
  • Music production
  • Publishing
  • Artists management
OwnerKakao Entertainment (70%)
ParentKakao Entertainment
DivisionsKing Kong by Starship (since 2015)
SubsidiariesStarship X (2013)
Highline (2017)
Shownote (2019)
Websitestarship-ent.com

Starship Entertainment (Korean스타쉽 엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean entertainment company established in 2008 and a subsidiary of Kakao Entertainment.

The label has been recognized for their contributions to the Hallyu Wave, being home to several prominent K-pop groups and soloists.[1] These include the groups Monsta X, Cosmic Girls, and Cravity and soloists such as K.Will, Soyou, Jooyoung, Wonho, I.M, Yoo Seung-woo, Brother Su, and Jeong Se-woon. The label was formerly home to Sistar, Boyfriend, Junggigo, and Mad Clown. Starship also manages actors under its subsidiary label, King Kong by Starship.

History[edit]

2008-2012: Founding and beginnings[edit]

Starship Entertainment was founded in 2008 by the couple Kim Shi-dae and Seo Hyun-joo with Kim Young-suk. Kim Shi-dae previously worked as a road manager for K-pop band Cool and worked for Big Hit Entertainment between 2005 and 2007, while Seo Hyun-joo worked for JYP Entertainment.[2]

Starship's first artist was ex-Big Hit singer K.Will, who released his first single for the label in 2008, "Love 119".[3] In 2010, Starship debuted their first girl group, Sistar. The following year, they debuted their first boy group, Boyfriend.[4][5]

2013-present: Expansion and subsidiary labels[edit]

In 2013, Starship Entertainment announced its first subsidiary label, "Starship X", which rapper Mad Clown was signed under.[6]

On 18 December 2013, 70% of the label's shares was acquired by its distributor, LOEN Entertainment (renamed to Kakao M in 2018 and predecessor of Kakao Entertainment), making it an independent subsidiary of the latter.[7]

Starship signed singer Jeong Se-woon, following his appearance on K-pop Star 3 in July 2014.[8]

In December, Starship partnered with Mnet to produce the survival show, No.Mercy, from which they formed their second boy group, Monsta X.[9] The group debuted in May 2015 with the seven winners of the show, and promoted as a hip hop boy group.[10]

In April 2015, Starship signed a mutual management contract with the Chinese label Yuehua Entertainment.[11] In December, Starship jointly debuted a new girl group with Yuehua, Cosmic Girls, also known as WJSN, aimed at appealing to both South Korean and Chinese audiences.[12]

In May 2015, Starship acquired 100% of King Kong Entertainment's shares in a strategic partnership alliance. In January 2017, Starship and King Kong registered their merger. The agencies mutually agreed to use the name Starship Entertainment while the division that manages the actors would operate under the label "King Kong by Starship".[13]

In 2017, Starship Entertainment launched another subsidiary label, "House of Music", which focused on recruiting smaller, independent artists, with artist MoonMoon being the first signed under the label.[6] In November 2018, Starship renamed the label "Highline Entertainment".[14][15]

In 2017, the label's first girl group, Sistar, disbanded, with members Dasom and Soyou remaining under Starship.[16][17] In 2019, Boyfriend also disbanded.[18]

In April 2020, Starship debuted a new boy group, Cravity.[19] In August, Starship Entertainment won the Korea Creative Content Agency Award, for their contributions to the Hallyu Wave.[1]

In 2020, Starship began expanding their sublabel "Highline Entertainment", with a focus on artists who are prominent in subculture.[20] In April, they signed artist Wonho, previously a member of their boy group Monsta X, to the label, who debuted in September.[21] Then, also in September, they announced that singer Yoo Seung-woo had signed to the label.[20] This moved him from their acoustic sublabel "Starship Y", which brought that label to an end, as Yoo was the only artist on the label.

Partnerships[edit]

Artists[edit]

All artists under Starship Entertainment are collectively known as Starship Planet.[23]

Musicians[edit]

Actors/actresses[edit]

Former artists[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, recipient of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2015 Producer of the Year Kim Shi-dae Won [25]
Korea Popular Music Awards[b] 2018 Producer Award Won [27]
Newsis K-EXPO Cultural Awards[c] 2020 Korea Creative Content Agency Award Won [1]
Soribada Best K-Music Awards 2019 Best Hip Hop Maker Award dress Won [29]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also concurrent executive vice-president and head of music content at Kakao Entertainment
  2. ^ The Korea Popular Music Awards were jointly established in 2018 by the Korea Singers Association, the Korea Entertainment Producer’s Association, the Recording Industry Association of Korea, the Federation of Korean Music Performers, and the Korea Music Copyright Association.[26]
  3. ^ Co-sponsored by Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Korea Communications Commission, and Korea Creative Content Agency, it awards cultural icons and businesses who have contributed greatly to Hallyu, the Korean wave.[28]

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