The truth behind the hits: Underpaid Artists?

I’m very open-minded when it comes to my musical interests, actually I listen to a diverse range of genres. It is such diversity that led me to the discovery of the explosive phenomena called Kpop (Korean Pop Music); if you have no idea what this is, then please Google. Just the mention of artists like 2NE1, Taeyang, BoA, or Super Junior will have me dancing and singing songs with lyrics I’ve yet to fully comprehend. However, it was not my intention to post on the excitement of Kpop, or how cool their choreography is. What I would like to address at this moment though, is the ongoing reports from Kpop artists being tied to slave contracts with their record labels.

No one truly knows what goes on behind the hits; you’re thinking the artists should make a lot of money being they sold so many records, but I’ve been hearing about the never-ending issue of slave contracts since being exposed to Kpop. In my opinion, the fact that some of these artists (I will refrain from name calling) are making such accusations about their label confuses me, especially when I hear about them buying houses and other expensive items. So of course they’re making money, so is it a case of wanting more? it’s possible. What I would like to know is, did not these artists read the details that were probably clearly stated within the contract before signing it? or were they too blinded my the benefits to be acquired from becoming a Kpop star?

In a few cases, some artists have taken a stand against their record company; whether it’s to demand more or to be released from their contract, either way their decision has proven to not only affect them but it affects their fellow label mates (or group members) and fans that support their music. Such decisions have propelled these artists into a stressful period of lawsuits and negative publicity, so what I would like to discuss now is finding a solution (or compromise) to the issue.

Is it possible to “ride” out a contract til its expiration, and afterwards sign with another company if you were truly “constipated” at your former label? It might make the artist uncomfortable and unhappy, but it has proven to work for many artists in the past (and taking place now in the present). Some music contracts lasts for five years, some ten, etc. If you’ve already completed three out of five, or five out of ten (well it does seem depressing if your discontent) why not ride out the rest. I think that’s a better solution than to drag out an ongoing (bitter) battle with the company and unwillingly lead your music career into deterioration.

Well, this is just in my opinion. If you have taken the time to read this post, then it’s possible that by now some of you are thinking “what do you know? are you an artist?” Well, my answer to that is, freedom of expression in any format is a given right to us all.

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  1. Yeah, I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the slave contracts and such. I don’t really have an opinion on it because I’ve yet to fully understand the situation. It seems like with every turn there’s another twist and they’re never twists that make me side 100% with either party. So I suppose I’m indifferent on this matter, I just really want them all to work things out somehow and continue making awesome music!

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