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Korean's entertainment Big 3 - Alleged Music Chart Manipulation
06-23-2014, 07:22 AM
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Information Korean's entertainment Big 3 - Alleged Music Chart Manipulation
SEOUL: Korea's three biggest entertainment companies - SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment - on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office, alleging that Korean music charts are being illegally manipulated, reported Korean media.

The three, along with along with Korean entertainment company Star Entertainment Empire, claim that certain management agencies have artificially bumped up the position of their artistes’ songs on the music charts, which are influenced by the number of times songs have been downloaded or streamed online, and called for a thorough investigation of the matter.

According to Korean media reports, these management agencies apparently pay specialist companies which then download or stream their artistes’ songs in bulk using a variety of methods, so as to propel these songs to the top of the charts.

This makes the songs - and the idols who sing them - more likely to gain exposure on television programmes, as well as allow the management agencies to earn more royalties, putting artistes from agencies who don’t engage in the practice at a disadvantage.

A spokesperson for YG Entertainment, which manages stars like 2NE1, Psy and G-Dragon, said the practice also "hurts the credibility of music charts", and urged players in the digital music industry to work together to stamp it out.

CNA, Reuters

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