Starship Entertainment

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Starship Entertainment[1]
Native name
스타쉽 엔터테인먼트
Public company
Founded January 28, 2008 (2008-01-28)
Founder Kim Shi-dae
Headquarters Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea
Number of locations
• Bongeunsa-ro
Key people
Kim Shi-dae (CEO)
  • Music production
  • Publishing
  • Artists management
Owner Kakao M (70%)
Parent Kakao M
(since 2013)
Divisions King Kong by Starship (since 2015)
Subsidiaries Starship X (2013)
House of Music (2017)

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

The prestigious label is home to K-Pop artists such as K.Will, Soyou, Boyfriend, Jooyoung, Monsta X, Yoo Seung-woo, Brother Su, Cosmic Girls, #Gun, Mind U, Duetto, Jeong Se-woon,[2][3][4] and formerly to Sistar and Junggigo. 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 it’s 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, and Cosmic Girls.

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 January 2, 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.


Notable Trainees


King Kong by Starship

Former artists[edit]

Starship X

House of Music

  • 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.
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