The Korean Entertainment Producers Association (KEPA) is pissed at MBC‘s “Infinity Challenge” because their songs are owning ass on music charts and revealing the fact that people enjoy the work of comedians more than they do their “artists”.
The Korean Entertainment Producer’s Association is accusing Infinity Challenge songs of becoming a corporate media octopus (whatever that means) that is disrupting the digital music charts, lessening genre diversity, and creating a negative effect on the growth of Hallyu.
They accuse the show of using their influence and popularity as a TV program to their advantage to easily infiltrate the music market, thus leaving less room for actual music producers. In order to continue the growth of Hallyu, they demand that Infinity Challenge respect the boundaries of music producers.
No shock to anybody that netizens disagree with this bullshit, right? But it’s especially weird that KEPA would make an issue out of it considering that “Infinity Challenge” basically makes nothing off this.
Infinity Challenge reps said, “We released the digital songs under good intentions, but we’re not sure what to do anymore with the direction the situation has taken. Whenever we released digital songs, we donated all profits to the less fortunate. It’s upsetting that this is becoming a problem.”
Yeah! Stop fucking donating to the less fortunate and shit! Be corporate greedy fuckfaces and hoard all the money and starve artists! Benevolent assholes!
So why does KEPA give a shit then? Probably because, as usual, there’s a ton of money at stake.
The distributor for Infinity Challenge’s digital songs is KT Music, which is a part of KMP Holdings (comprised of SM, YG, JYP, etc). KT Music is well known for being the competitor to Melon (held by Loen Entertainment).
KEPA has a number of notable figures on their staff list, including:
Vice Chairman: Kim Kwang Soo (CCM)
Finance Manager: Hong Seung Sung (Cube Ent.)
Director: Kim Tae Song (TS Ent.)
Director: Kim Byung Sun (JellyFish Ent.)
Director: Lee Jong Yub (Woollim Ent.)
Director: Kim Shi Dae (Starship Ent.)
The music distributor that these companies use are:
CCM = Melon (Loen)
Cube = Universal Music
TS = Melon (Loen)
JellyFish = CJ E&M
Woollim = Melon (Loen)
Starship = Melon (Loen)
Not coincidentally, a bunch of those companies have comebacks for their artists coming up.
Kim Kwang Soo being involved in something shady and shitty? Color me shocked.
Seriously though, the bottom line is that if your musical livelihood is being threatened by comedians, time to rethink your career choices.