Hybe Becomes the Largest Shareholder of SM Entertainment, its Biggest Rival in Korea

Deal has the potential to put HYBE in the same league as the “big three” major record labels: Sony, Universal, and Warner Music.
Chairman Bang Shi-hyeok of Hybe and former executive producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment

Hybe, the agency of the supergroup BTS, made a public announcement on Feb. 10th that it would acquire 14.8% of the shares held by Soo-man Lee, the major shareholder of SM, for 442.8 billion won ($334.5 million).

Hybe is about to create a super large ‘dinosaur’ agency with its own BTS, Seventeen, Tomorrow X Together, Enhypen, NewJeans, and Le Serphim with SM’s BoA, Exo, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, NCT, and Espa under one roof.

NewJeans and Girls’ Generation

Hybe said, “The acquisition of SM is to become a game changer in the global pop music market by concentrating the global capabilities of both companies.”

Hanyoo Park is a content creator for Best of Korea. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and currently lives and works in Manhattan. She is a mom to a middle schooler and a proud maximalist who loves everything about life.

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