Besides the chart manipulation scandal, other company-related drama involves SM Entertainment merging with Woollim Entertainment.
SM C&C has announced a merger with Woollim Entertainment to create an independent ‘Woollim Label’, whose music will differ from SM Entertainment’s sounds with their own color of music and an eclectic lineup of artists. With its connection to SM Entertainment, SM C&C, and other global subsidiaries, a synergy effect is expected.
In addition, with SM Entertainment’s global influence and network, artists now under Woollim Label like INFINITE, NELL, and TASTY will benefit, and their increased global recognition will also raise SM group’s total sales and profits.
Regarding ‘Woollim Label’, SM Entertainment stated, “SM Entertainment will run its global music distribution and additional businesses while SM C&C will take charge of the label’s functions. In terms of business structure and scale, we will acquire international competitiveness and will stand as Asia’s premier music group which can compete with global major music groups. We will take our place as the first global major music group in Korea.”
For SME, it’s basically a move to become more like Avex Group or Sony Music or Universal Music, so it’s nothing especially alarming from that end.
Understandably though, fans of Woollim artists are a bit concerned about things being run differently. Hypothetically, though, they should retain creative control while getting the benefits of the money and influence of SME. Due to that, as of right now, I think the long-term prognosis of Woollim artists just went up dramatically. Of course, in reality, we can never know what plans they have since SME aren’t going to say, “Oh yeah, we are totally stripping them of creative control and fucking with the ALL DEM GROUPZ SONZ!”
Still, Woollim artists INFINITE handled the announcement about as dramatically as one could.
During their encore stage, Sunggyu said, “The reason why INFINITE was able to come all the way here from the bottom when we debuted three years ago is because of our fans. I’m so lacking that I’m sorry to the members, as well. A lot of people misunderstand. The INFINITE team won’t change. We’ll give you good music and let you hear great music. I’m hurt because people are misunderstanding. INFINITE will not change.”
Sungyeol said, “We trust our CEO’s decision. Everyone, just trust us and follow us. We’ll give back as much as you trust us.” Hoya added, “When we’re done with our world tour, some people will say we failed. But I believe that if we gained anything, however small, at all, it’s not a failure. We’ll be back upgraded another level with the world tour.”
Woohyun started crying as he said, “There’s nothing we did wrong. We just worked hard to be our best from the beginning. We’re always thinking about you. Don’t misunderstand. INFINITE will get bigger. Please look forward to it.”
Sungjong also teared up and said, “I got confident because of you. I’m so thankful, and I hope we could forever be together.” Dongwoo said, “I said I was a zelkova tree. When you think of us as a tree, the things that make us exist are our parents, who are like the ground foundation, Woollim Entertainment, who’s like the water that allowed us to work / grow, and the fans, who are like the sun that always watch over us. Some can say that INFINITE is bad and some can say we’re good. But we’ll become an INFINITE that becomes even better the more you cut us down. We’ll become a big tree that you can rest under.”
L also cried and said, “To be honest, we had nothing at first. Now, we have a lot of good people. Even if we go back to the way we used to be, it won’t be bad. But a person wants to keep having what he has. I can’t imagine not having you. Everyone is precious.”
Yo, YO, chill the fuck out, guys.
Apparently they’re worried because fans are saying they’re gonna leave them, but the fans are completely fucking full of it. They’ll keep fronting until the next time they realize some Naked Scorpion Penis Power Dance shit, and then they are all going to be thirsty as fuck, so no worries.
I mean, I get it, but Jesus Christ, it’s not like they announced the group is breaking up or somebody died. Motherfuckers be comparing themselves to inanimate objects and shit, something I thought was reserved for people having mental breakdowns. Sheesh. Based on this stress test, maybe SME end up dropping them for being emotionally unstable.