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Big Hit Music (Hangul: 빅히트 뮤직, stylised in all caps as BIGHIT MUSIC), formerly Big Hit Entertainment (Hangul: 빅히트 엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean entertainment company. It was founded in 2005 by Bang Si-hyuk. following Big Hit Entertainment Co., Ltd. rebranding to HYBE and the company setting up a separate music label as part of HYBE Labels.

History

2005–2021: Big Hit Entertainment

Big Hit Entertainment was founded on February 1, 2005, and signed the vocal trio 8Eight in 2007.[1] In 2010, the company signed a joint management contract with JYP Entertainment over the boy group 2AM. That year, Bang Si-hyuk signed RM as the first member of BTS and launched nationwide auditions to recruit other members of the group — BTS made their debut under Big Hit on June 13, 2013.[2]

In 2012, the company signed Lim Jeong-hee,[3] and formed the girl group GLAM as a collaboration with Source Music. The group was active until 2014 when it was disbanded due to a controversy involving one of its members, Kim Da-hee— Kim was sentenced to prison after being found guilty of blackmailing actor Lee Byung-hun.[4] Following the end of the joint contract between Big Hit and JYP in April 2014, three members of 2AM returned to JYP, while Lee Chang-min remained with Big Hit in order to continue with his solo career and as part of the duo Homme.

The year also saw the disbandment of 8Eight after Baek Chan and Joo Hee's contracts with Big Hit ended. In May 2015, Lim Jeong-hee parted ways with the agency, following the expiration of her three-year contract.

In February 2018, Homme disbanded after member Changmin's contract came to an end. He left the company to start his own agency, while Lee Hyun continued on as a solo artist. In October, BTS renewed and extended their contract with the agency for seven more years. Big Hit debuted its second male group, TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT), in March 2019.[5]

In February 2021, Big Hit announced a partnership with Universal Music Group, which would include a joint venture between Big Hit America and Geffen Records on a Los Angeles-based label and to develop a pop group under a K-pop-influenced model, and UMG exploring further use of Big Hit's social platform Weverse. As a consequence of this partnership, Big Hit reached an agreement in October for BTS to move its distribution in the U.S. and several other countries from Sony Music's Columbia Records and The Orchard to Universal.[6][7][8]

2021–present: Rebranded to Big Hit Music

On March 19, 2021, Big Hit Entertainment announced that it had been renamed HYBE Corporation to emphasize its wider array of business units and ventures. With the change, the Big Hit record label was renamed Big Hit Music. On April 1, 2021, HYBE announced through a board resolution that it would separate the label business (Big Hit Music) from HYBE and establish a new company with 100% of the stake held by HYBE. On July 1, 2021, Big Hit Music became a subsidiary of HYBE.[9]

Philanthropy

In 2017, Big Hit Entertainment donated ₩30 million to the 4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and A Safer Society, an organization connected to the families of the 2014 Sewol Ferry Disaster. In June 2020, Big Hit, together with BTS, donated $1 million in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, during the George Floyd protests, and another $1 million to Live Nation's Crew Nation campaign to help support live music personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Artists

Big Hit Entertainment 15th Anniversary Shoot (1)

Big Hit Music 15th Anniversary with Lee Hyun, BTS and TXT (February 2020)

Groups

Soloists

Actors

Producers and Directors

Producers

Performance Directors

  • Son Sungdeuk (손성득)[notes 20]
  • Kim Subin (김수빈)[notes 21]
  • Kwon Youjeong (권유정)[notes 22]
  • Lee Byungeun (이병은)
  • Park Hyewon (박혜원)
  • Yun Seongeun (윤성은)

Creative Directors

  • Kim Seonghyeon (김성현)
  • Lee Hajung (이하정)

Former

Also as Big Hit Entertainment.

Artists

Producers

  • ADORA (아도라) (2016–2021)

Trainees

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Official links

References

  1. [단독]에이트, 7년만에 잠정적 해체.."각자 음악 활동"
  2. 세상의 총알을 막아내는 소년들: 그룹 방탄소년단
  3. Big Hit Entertainment Reveals Lim Jeong Hee′s Contract Ended in May
  4. 글램, 결국 3년 만에 해체…'이병헌 협박女' 다희-이지연 실형 선고
  5. BTS's Label Reveals TOMORROW X TOGETHER Will Debut March 4
  6. BTS Leaves Columbia for Universal Music Group in U.S.
  7. HYBE And Universal Signal Start Of ‘Historic Joint Venture’ With Global Search For New Pop Girl Group
  8. BTS To Leave Sony Music’s Columbia, Confirms HYBE: ‘We Look Forward To Our New Chapter In Partnership With Universal.’
  9. BTS 소속사 하이브, '빅히트 뮤직' 신설 등 사업구조 개편 [공식]
  10. BTS and Big Hit Entertainment Donate $1 Million to Crew Nation Charity
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 13 K-Pop Idols You Never Knew Were Once Big Hit Entertainment Trainees
  12. YouTube: 내가 방탄 연습생일때 l When I was a trainee at BTS
  13. 13.0 13.1 KNK’s Seungjoon And Inseong Talk About Relationship With BTS
  14. Boys Republic’s Suwoong Talks About Almost Debuting With BTS & Performing “Fire” On “The Unit”
  15. Idols who used to be trainees under Big Hit Entertainment
  16. Singer June talks about his Big Hit Entertainment trainee days + friendship with BTS members
  17. 17.0 17.1 ATEEZ's Yeosang and Wooyoung talk about their Big Hit trainee days
  18. 18.0 18.1 ENHYPEN’s Sunghoon Reunites With Former BigHit Trainees Who Recently Debuted


Notes

  1. Lee Hyun is under Big Hit Music since 2007 as part of the group 8eight and the duo Homme.
  2. Released solo music since 2018 but he made his official solo debut on July 15, 2022.
  3. Released solo music since 2019 but he made his official solo debut on October 28, 2022.
  4. Released solo music since 2015 but he made his official solo debut on December 2, 2022.
  5. Released solo music since 2018 but he made his official solo debut on March 24, 2023.
  6. Released solo music since 2016 but he made his official solo debut on April 21, 2023.
  7. BTS's main producer.
  8. TXT's main producer. Also &TEAM's (HYBE Labels Japan) main producer.
  9. Supreme Boi is under Big Hit Music since 2011 as trainee.
  10. First producer credit in 2014 with "Tomorrow".
  11. First producer credit in 2015 with "Outro: Love is Not Over".
  12. First producer credit in 2016 with "MAMA".
  13. First producer credit in 2017 with "네시 (4 O'CLOCK)".
  14. First producer credit in 2017 with "네시 (4 O'CLOCK)".
  15. First producer credit in 2018 with "약속 (Promise)".
  16. He will be I-LAND 2 girl group's main producer. Also Source Music's producer.
  17. First producer credit in 2021 with "Maze in the Mirror".
  18. First producer credit in 2021 with "디어 스푸트니크 (Dear Sputnik)".
  19. First producer credit in 2021 with "슈퍼 참치 (Super Tuna)".
  20. BTS's choreographer.
  21. TXT's choreographer.
  22. TXT's choreographer.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Transferred to Source Music.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Transferred to FNC Entertainment.
  25. Participated in writing and composition of BTS's tracks.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Transferred to Belift Lab.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 Transferred to Belift Lab, later transferred to HYBE Labels Japan.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Transferred to HYBE Labels Japan.

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