Manufactured pop stars are just as much investments as any other business venture.
Nowhere is this truer than in Japanese and Korean pop idol culture.
Several management companies have ignored the new standardized contracts completely. Here is an example of an imaginary Factorialist Records contract: By signing this contract, the applicant (hereinafter called “Artist”) agrees to give all control of her prime years of youth to Factorialist Records (hereinafter called “Agency”) for the sake of profit and creating a fantasy world for consumers (hereinafter called “Fans”).
And what is the artist really agreeing to when she signs on the dotted line?
Introducing a free love game for girls involving pop stars, brothers and yandere(mad love)! Accidentally you lost your parents and left alone without a single relative and debts to pay.
Fact: One in five South Korean women has had cosmetic surgery, compared to one in twenty in the U. It has been speculated that the high rate of plastic surgery among K-pop idols, predominately double eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty, may have inspired a countrywide rise in cosmetic procedures.
Artist Signature ______________________________________ Date __________________ Artist’s Legal Guardian Signature ______________________________________ Date __________________ Agency Signature ______________________________________ Date ________________ There is no denying that the expenses it takes to turn an average Susie from the street into the next K-pop or J-pop idol superstar are high.
The kind, obliging brother, the forceful brother with a big ego, and the no-holds-barred, hot-and-cold childhood friend enter into an all-out battle for possession, with you as the prize! The gifted CEO of a major entertainment company embraces you as a daughter and the new member of the celebrity family?!
In a huge mansion, surrounded with handsome brothers who are currently so popular idol stars!
From the hours of vocal coaching, to the dance lessons, to the room and board, to the plastic surgery, to the salaries for their stylists and bodyguards, creating an idol is not a budget-friendly endeavor.
Understandably, management companies want to protect their investments and make a profit. How much control should management companies really have?
Many K-pop and – to a lesser extent – J-pop talent agencies ensure their control with so-called “slave contracts” that are harsh enough to make Christian Grey raise an eyebrow.