Exploratory Essay

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Selling one’s soul for fame is not a new expression in today’s society. This term often refers to the music industry’s lack of individualistic rights for the artist. Throughout the history of music there have always been companies that have monopolized the market. Although the music industry of America has some what evolved as artists take more liberties with their own music. South Korea on the other hand  is at a point in which the artists have less freedom to take control of their careers. Some refer to the contracts the artist make with the company as 'slave contracts'. These type of contracts define not only the image of the artist but how many years they are to be with the company. ...view middle of the document...

The court ruled in favor of the pop group. The ruling brought in the Free Trade Commission to help create a model contract to improve the quality of the deals which the idols made with their management companies. Free Trade Commission “is South Korea's regulatory authority for economic competition" much how America tries to prevent the the monopolizing of the economy(cite). The article also argues that although the K-pop genre makes up most of the three billion revenue of the Korean music business. The amount that the artists are helping make goes back into the company to further training of the idols themselves as well as future idols. The idols are paying the company back for their investment as well as paying the salary of the the staff. The manufacturing cost of a pop group includes vocal coaches, choreographers, stylists, makeup artists, accommodation, as well as living expenses (Victoria). the author of this article also goes on to saying that there are such things a ‘slave contracts’ from the long hours idol are required to work. Bekah-- a former member of After School, an all girl music group--  is quoted as saying  that the schedules were “borderline-inhumane”. Transition These are accepted by the artist as a challenge one has to face to reach stardom.
Bekah a former k-pop group member discussed in an interview the realities of the K-pop music industry. She describes going into the K-pop genre as a path one must decide to take. She is quoted as saying, "Before they become an artist, they need to choose the K-pop path. They're the ones that are taking the time to do the training sessions. A 'factory' is more like you’re being made. These people already want to do it. I. There's a passion that goes into it before everything else". These artists are fully aware of what they are doing and...

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