[Profile] S.M. Entertainment

S.M. Entertainment (SM엔터테인먼트)


S.M. Entertainment (SM stands for Star Music or Soo Man -the label’s founder’s name) is a South Korean entertainment company, founded by Lee Soo Man. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, travel agency, film production company, music production company, event management and concert production firm as well as a music publishing house. A prominent entertainment company in South Korea, the label is one of the biggest record labels in the K-pop industry.


Founded: February, 1995
Founder: Lee Soo Man
Genres: Trot, Dance, Pop, Electropop, R&B, K-Pop
Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
Type: Public Company
Services: Entertainment, Talent agency, Record label, Travel
Revenue: $246.1 million (2014)
Owner: Lee Soo Man (21.27%, 2014) & National Pension Service (11.05%, 2014)

  • SM TinTin Hall (2000)
  • SM Entertainment Japan(2001)
  • SM Academy (2003)
  • SM Pictures (2007)
  • SM Amusement
  • SM F&B Development
  • SM Entertainment USA (2008)
  • SM Town Travel (2012)
  • S.M. Culture & Contents (2012, since 2013 including Woollim Entertainment)
  • SM Beijing
  • Label SJ (2015)
  • Galaxia SM (2015)


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After graduating from Seoul National University and pursuing his own career as a singer, Lee Soo Man surveyed teenage girls on what they wanted to see in music groups and started the boy group H.O.T. and girl group S.E.S.. Both groups became successful during the late 1990s. Soon thereafter, Soo Man created Shinhwa, and once again, the band attained popularity and success within the Korean entertainment industry, continuing Soo Man’s streak of producing successful artists. In 1999, Soo Man created Korea’s first R&B duo, Fly to the Sky, with members Hwanhee and Brian, who were also successful. However, problems began appearing in SM Entertainment following the breakup of H.O.T. in 2001 and S.E.S. in 2002. In 2003 SM Entertainment also saw the departure of Shinhwa who moved to a new management company. In the following years, some of SM’s newer ventures, such as Isak N Jiyeon and Black Beat, failed to attain the popularity achieved by earlier SM artists.

The agency later found new successes with many other acts. SM Entertainment debuted a solo singer BoA in 2000, a five-member boy group (now a two-member) TVXQ in 2003, a four-member rock band (now a two-member) TRAX in 2004, a four-member girl group The Grace and a twelve-member (originally thirteen, now an eleven-member) boy group Super Junior in 2005, a solo singer of Chinese descent Zhang Li Yin in 2006, a solo singer active in Japan J-Min and a nine-member girl group Girls’ Generation (now an eight-member) in 2007, another five-member boy group SHINee in 2008, five-member (now a four-member) girl group f(x) in 2009, twelve-member boy group (now a nine-member) EXO in 2012, which is divided into EXO-K and EXO-M for the respective Korean and Chinese markets, and a four-member girl group (now a five-member) Red Velvet in 2014.

In May 2005 Hur Dah Shin became the fourth CEO. In May 2008 the SM Art Company was formed and helmed by Pyo In Bong as co-CEO. It aims to pursue businesses in musicals and theatre business. Its first production was Xanadu starring Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin. In August 2010, Kim Young Min took the role of CEO. On October 21, 2008, the company announced plans to debut BoA in the United States under SM’s new subsidiary label, SM Entertainment USA.

In February 2010, founder Lee Soo Man resigned from his position as a member of the board of directors. An official at SM is quoted as saying that Lee had decided to do so in order to “focus more energy on SM’s overseas business, new business management and artist development”.

In March 2010, KMP Holdings was established via a joint venture between S.M., YG, JYP, Star Empire, and other companies like Medialine, CAN Entertainment and Music Factory. KMP is the official distributor of releases from these companies. KMP stands for Korean Music Power. The firm’s first distributed release from SM was Super Junior’s fifth studio album, Mr. Simple and since this release, SM is not self-distributed any longer. However, KT Music eventually acquired KMP in November 2012, and in mid-June 2013, KT Music absorbed KMP’s distribution network. Henry’s Trap was the last SM release to be distributed by KMP.

In April 2011 SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, KeyEast, AMENT and Star J Entertainment created the ‘United Asia Management‘ agency.

On August 16, 2011, SM has established their first international joint venture with Thai media company TrueVisions Group called “SM True.” Kim Young Min said that the joint venture will help “quickly and more effectively distribute [SM’s] contents” and that this will create a “positive synergistic effect.

In February 2012, SM launched new business initiative that specializes in travel and tourism. It acquired Hawaiian travel firm ‘Happy Hawaii’ and renamed it “SM Town Travel.” It is helmed by CEO Kang Jung Hyun and “aims to create synergies” between SM’s entertainment product and travel. One of its first products was to offer special concert packages for overseas fans to attend Super Junior’s Super Show 4 Tour encore concerts in Seoul in May 2012.

On 26 March 2012, 47 of SM’s artists, including Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, CSJH The Grace, Super Junior, Zhang Li Yin, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), Go Ara, Isak and Lee Yeon Hee, became stockholders of SM Entertainment. Kangta, BoA, and most of Super Junior and Girls’ Generation members received 680 shares each (a value of around $27,200 for each person), while SHINee and f(x) members received 340 shares each (a value of around $13,600 for each person).

In August 2013, S.M. Entertainment’s subsidiary S.M. Culture & Contents (S.M. C&C) and Woollim Entertainment merged. The result was “Woollim Label”, which was formed as an independent label within S.M. C&C. The merger is part of S.M. Entertainment’s plan to be a major music company.

On September 10, 2013, SME and Samsung publicly signed their agreement for the venture ‘S Cube.’ As part of the campaign, SME’s artists, composers, and producers will take part in an educational program which teaches music and dance to impoverished children around the world. The program will also provide services for multi-cultural families.

In January 2014, the seven talent agencies behind KMP Holdings (S.M. Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, Star Empire Entertainment, Media Line, CAN Entertainment and Music Factory Entertainment) formed a collective bond partnership. They bought 13.48% of KT Music’s stocks, leaving parent KT Corporation’s share with only 49.99%.

On November 6, Super Junior’s 10th anniversary since their debut, SM Entertainment announced that Super Junior would have their own exclusive label management, Label SJ. SM stated, “We established Label SJ to give Super Junior our wholehearted support and an ideal system for managing the group.” Though the new label will be affiliated with SM, it will be independently and wholly responsible for Super Junior’s management, producing their albums, and all group, unit, and individual activities.”

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M._Entertainment)


TVXQ (Hiatus)


TVXQ (stylized as TVXQ!), an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki in Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an abbreviation of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki.

TRAX (Inactive)


TRAX (originally The TRAX) is a South Korean rock band formed in the summer of July 17, 2004 by S.M. Entertainment and formerly produced by X Japan’s co-founder Yoshiki. The name “TRAX” refers to “recording tracks”, but also stands for the first letter of each original member’s stage name, Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-Mas. Originally a nu metal and alternative rock band, they changed to a straight pop rock sound when drummer Rose left in 2006.


The Grace (Inactive)


The Grace is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2005. The group consisted of Lina, Dana, Sunday and Stephanie. In 2011, they formed a sub-unit duo group The Grace – Dana & Sunday.


Super Junior


Super Junior is a South Korean boy band. Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo Man of S.M. Entertainment, the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak. Super Junior originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of leader Leeteuk, Heechul, Hankyung, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae,Ryeowook and Kibum. Kyuhyun joined the group in 2006.


Girls’ Generation

Girls' Generation

Girls’ Generation (aka So Nyeo Shi Dae or Shōjo Jidai) is a South Korean nine membered girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. The group gained attention at the beginning of their career with songs such as “Into the New World” and “Kissing You” but it was not until 2009 when they gained significant popularity with their hit single “Gee”, which was named as South Korea’s “Song of the Decade”.




SHINee is a South Korean contemporary R&B boy group under the management of SM Entertainment. Formed in 2008, the group consists of Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. They made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS’s Inkigayo with their single, Replay.




f(x) is a K-pop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2009. The group is composed of four (formerly five) members: Victoria, Amber, Luna and Krystal. They have been recognized as “the most reliably risk-taking act in K-Pop” due to their experimental fashion and their eclectic, electropop sound.




EXO is a South Korean-Chinese boy band produced by S.M. Entertainment. Formed in 2011 in Seoul, South Korea, EXO comprises twelve members and two subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M, performing music in Korean and Mandarin, respectively. Their name was taken from exoplanet, a term referring to planets outside of the Solar System.


Red Velvet


Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment. The group debuted on August 1, 2014, with the digital single “Happiness.” The group is composed of five members: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri.




BoA (born November 5, 1986) is a South Korean singer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. She is referred to as the Queen of Korean Pop.




Kangta (born Ahn Chil Hyun October 10, 1979) is a South Korean pop singer. He is a former member of the boy band H.O.T. and a solo singer since their disbandment in 2001.


Zhang Li Yin


Zhang Li Yin (born February 28, 1989), better known in South Korea as Jang Ri In, is a Chinese singer active in China and South Korea, She is a member of the South Korean group S.M. The Ballad. Subject to much publicity, Zhang was nicknamed the “Chinese BoA” and the next leader of the Korean Wave.




M&D is a South Korean project group under SM Entertainment label. The group was formed by Kim Heechul (Super Junior) and Jungmo (TRAX). M&D stands for “midnight and dawn”, and also the hometowns of Jungmo and Heechul, “Miari and Dangae-dong”.


S (Inactive)


S is a South Korean project group consisting of three members: Kangta, Lee Ji Hoon and Shin Hye Sung. The group debuted in 2003, under the SM Entertainment label. After 11 years, they released and promoted another mini-album in 2014.


S.M. The Ballad (Inactive)


S.M. The Ballad is a South Korean project, ballad group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2010. Current members: TVXQ’s Changmin, Super Junior’s Yesung, Zhang Li Yin, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, Super Junior-M’s Zhoumi, f(x)’s Krystal, EXO’s Chen & SHINee’s Jonghyun.




TaeTiSeo is a subgroup of South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation, formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2012. It is composed of three Girls’ Generation members: Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun.




SMTOWN is the umbrella name for the recording artists under South Korean entertainment company, S.M. Entertainment. Each year, SMTOWN artists come together to collaborate and perform in a summer music festival that can last up to five to six hours. These music festivals have since been replaced by SM Town Live world tours, starting with the SMTOWN Live ’08 Asia tour in 2008. As of 2014, the SMTOWN Live concert series have attracted over 1 million audience members.


Other Artsist & Sub-units / Project groups

  • Dana (The Grace) (Inactive)
  • Chu Ga Yeoul (Inactive)
  • Sunday (The Grace) (Inactive)
  • J-Min
  • Taemin (SHINee)
  • Jonghyun (SHINee)
  • Amber (f(x))
  • Yunho (TVXQ) (Hiatus)
  • Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)
  • Changmin (TVXQ) (Hiatus)
  • Iconiq (Inactive)
  • EXO-K
  • EXO-M
  • The Grace – Dana & Sunday (Inactive)
  • Kangta & Vanness (Inactive)
  • The Blue (Son Ji Chang & Kim Min Jong) (Inactive)
  • Beat Burger (Inactive)
  • Younique Unit (Inactive)
  • S.M. The Performance (Inactive)
  • TOHEART (Inactive)

Actors & Actresses

  • Choi Jong Yoon
  • Go Ara
  • Kim Ian
  • Kim Min Jong
  • Lee Jae Ryong
  • Lee Yeon Hee
  • Yoo Ho Jeong
  • Yoon Da Hoon
  • Yoon So Hee
  • Park Myeong Su (Entertainer)

Composers, Producers, Lyricists & Choreographers


  • Lee Soo Man (executive)
  • Yoo Young Jin
  • Kenzie
  • Young Hu Kim
  • Song Kwang Sik
  • Kangta
  • Park Su Hyun (Evans Hyun)
  • Hitchhiker
  • Team Onesound (Lee Dong Hae, Peter, Young Sky & Jinoo)
  • Noize Bank (Henry Lau, Gen Neo, Neil Nallas, and Isaac Han)

Korean Lyricists

  • Chu Ga Yeoul
  • Kenzie
  • Kim Bu Min
  • Misfit
  • Seo Ji Eum
  • Young Hu Kim
  • Yoo Young Jin

Chinese Lyricists

  • Liu Yuan
  • Wang Yajun
  • Zhang Li Yin
  • Zhou Weijie


  • Gregory Hwang (Performance Director)
  • Shim Jae Won (Performance Director)
  • Rino Nakasone
  • Mihawk Back


  • Song Kwang Sik



SMROOKIES is a pre-debut team of S.M. trainees who are under the training of S.M. Entertainment and have been launched publicly through various promotional materials and activities.


  • Taeil
  • Hansol
  • Johnny
  • Taeyong
  • Yuta
  • Kun
  • Doyoung
  • Ten
  • Jaehyun
  • Winwin
  • Mark
  • Jeno
  • Donghyuck
  • Jaemin
  • Jisung
  • Koeun
  • Hina
  • Herin
  • Lami

Former SMTOWN & Actors, Artists

  • Hyun Jin Young (1990–1993)
  • Han Dong Joon (1991–1992)
  • Kim Kwang Jin (1991–1992)
  • Major (Seo Yeon Soo and Im Bum Jun, 1994)
  • J&J (Jay Kim and Jay Kang, 1994)
  • H.O.T. (1996–2001)
  • S.E.S. (1997–2002)
  • Shinhwa (1998–2003)
  • Fly to the Sky (1999–2004)
  • Jang Nara (2001–2008)
  • M.I.L.K (2001–2003)
  • Black Beat (2002–2007)
  • Shinvi (2002–2003)
  • Isak ‘N’ Jiyeon (2002–2004)
  • Kim Jae Joong (2003–2009)
  • Park Yoo Chun (2003–2009)
  • Kim Junsu (XIA) (2003–2009)
  • Kang Jung Woo (2004–2006)
  • No Min Woo (2004–2009)
  • Han Geng (2005–2009)
  • Jessica (2007–2014)
  • Kim Kibum (2004–2015)

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[2007] Attack on the Pin-Up Boys
[2009] Heading to the Ground
[2011] Paradise Ranch
[2012] I AM.
[2012] To The Beautiful You
[2013] Prime Minister & I
[2013-2014] Miss Korea
[2014] Mimi
[2015] SMTOWN The Stage
[2015] D-Day



S.M. Entertainment Official Site

last updated: 2016.02.18.


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