The money they do earn whilst they are idols can go somewhat untouched.However, sometimes the sacrifice these men and women make can go beyond hard work, little sleep and low pay.
The money from the success of the idol or group goes to paying off all of the staff ‘behind-the-scenes’ after what has been proven to have been seven years of hard work in the past (like 2AM’s Jokwon from JYP Entertainment).
soljjiki malhae bwayo soljjiki malhae jweoyo sumgiji mara jweoyo sumgiji mara jebal dachineun ellibeiteoe bichin nae moseubeun chorahage nama geuraedo ireokenama nun kkambakgeorimyeo sum naebaetgo saneun iyu nal wihaeseon manna animyeon jjotgigo inna annyeong annyeong insahae chochwehi bichin naege insahae annyeong annyeong insahae soljjiki malhae bwayo soljjiki malhae jweoyo sumgiji mara jweoyo sumgiji mara jweoyo eonjebuteo ulgo innayo geudae eotteon pyojeong jitgo inneunji aneungayo geudae annyeong annyeong insahae chochwehi bichin naege insahae annyeong annyeong insahae sesange hachaneun yaegi modu da algo itta mideoyo heona pyeongsaeng gateun sumeul nanweotteon dangshineul nan mollayo mollayo mollayo soljjiki malhae bwayo mani weroweohajanayo soljjiki malhae jweoyo deoneun muriin geol aljanayo eonjebuteo honjayeonnayo geoul sok nawa nun matchuneun ge eosaekal jeongdojo naneun naneun naneun 솔직히 말해 봐요 솔직히 말해 줘요 숨기지 말아 줘요 숨기지 말아 제발 닫히는 엘리베이터에 비친 내 모습은 초라하게 남아 그래도 이렇게나마 눈 깜박거리며 숨 내뱉고 사는 이유 날 위해선 맞나 아니면 쫓기고 있나 안녕 안녕 인사해 초췌히 비친 내게 인사해 안녕 안녕 인사해 솔직히 말해 봐요 솔직히 말해 줘요 숨기지 말아 줘요 숨기지 말아 줘요 언제부터 울고 있나요 그대 어떤 표정 짓고 있는지 아는가요 그대 안녕 안녕 인사해 초췌히 비친 내게 인사해 안녕 안녕 인사해 세상에 하찮은 얘기 모두 다 알고 있다 믿어요 허나 평생 같은 숨을 나눴던 당신을 난 몰라요 몰라요 몰라요 솔직히 말해 봐요 많이 외로워하잖아요 솔직히 말해 줘요 더는 무리인 걸 알잖아요 언제부터 혼자였나요 거울 속 나와 눈 맞추는 게 어색할 정도죠 나는 나는 나는Be honest, be honest with me Don’t hide it, please don’t hide it As the elevator doors close I look so pitiful But still, it’s the reason I blink and breathe and live Is this right for me? Hello, hello, say hello Say hello to the haggardly me Hello, hello, say hello Be honest, be honest with me Don’t hide it, please don’t hide it Since when did you start crying? You Hello, hello, say hello Say hello to the haggardly me Hello, hello, say hello I know you know All the bad stories of the world But you don’t know me Even though we shared a breath our whole lives You don’t know, don’t know Be honest, you’re really lonely Be honest, you know you can’t go on any longer Since when were you alone?
South Korea’s music business is thriving and is worth more than billion a year.
Success in any field, writing, acting, art or anything else, requires some form of sacrifice, but sometimes in K-Pop, things can get too extreme.
In the video clip below (which is a little out of date with regards to band members, but the point is still made), Joy from Ra Nia spoke of not being allowed a phone, or being able to hang out with friends or have romantic relationships prior to debuting with her label.
I am not saying that there is no truth in the ‘slave contracts’ – far from it actually, but I am trying to see both sides of the same coin.