Music Production Companies Voice Opposition To Idol Audition Programs

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Music Production Companies Voice Opposition To Idol Audition Programs
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Music Production Companies Voice Opposition To Idol Audition Programs

An alliance of music production companies has voiced their opposition to idol audition programs such as Produce 101 and upcoming show The Unit.

On August 9, the Alliance of Music Producers, consisting of the Korea Management Federation, Korea Music Content Industry Association, and the Korea Entertainment Producers Association, released a public statement against idol audition programs.

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The association wrote, We oppose the advancement of broadcasting companies into the management industry through idol audition programs. First of all, major firms and broadcasting companies will become completely vertically integrated. Major firms and broadcasting companies already have a vertical structure that includes control over music distribution and sale, music production, and performances, and they have recently entered the management industry as well. This causes the entire entertainment industry to become vertically integrated and creates a structure in which fair competition is impossible. We are voicing our concerns about the sudden changes that will be brought to the music industry by the vertical integration of broadcasting companies.

The Korean Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers makes formal opposition against idol audition shows
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The Korean Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers makes formal opposition against idol audition shows

The Korean Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (KOSCAP) has issued their official opposition against idol audition shows.

Shows such as 'Produce 101' and 'The Unit' take celebrity management and production power from individual labels and gives them instead to broadcasting stations, the KOSCAP claimed. If this continues to become the popular trend, KOSCAP and many smaller labels argued that the only labels who will survive the battle will be the giant labels such as YG, JYP, and SM. The monopoly on the entertainment industry then will be handed over to a company such as CJ EM, who is already a giant company.

'The Unit' shares how they're different from other idol audition programs in teaser video
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'The Unit' shares how they're different from other idol audition programs in teaser video

Upcoming KBS idol rebooting program 'The Unit' introduced itself with a teaser video.

The clip shares how 'The Unit' differs from other audition programs. It explains the show aims to produce a unit with already debuted idols from different groups and agencies instead of producing a brand new team with trainees. 

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The first open recording will take place on September 29 and October 1. The first episode will be airing on October 28.

KBS Prepared To Launch Largest Idol Audition Program Ever
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KBS Prepared To Launch Largest Idol Audition Program Ever

Broadcasting channel KBS has announced their very own idol audition program, and its reported that it will be the largest ever.

An exclusive report detailed the formation of KBSs new idol audition program tentatively called The Final 99 Match. KBS reportedly invested at least 7 billion KRW ($6.25 million USD) for the program.

The intention of this new program is to bring to light idols who have experience in releasing an album and promoting as an idol but have not experienced the success that they dreamed of.

Watch: John Park Captivates With His Melodious Voice In Music Video For DND (Do Not Disturb)
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Watch: John Park Captivates With His Melodious Voice In Music Video For DND (Do Not Disturb)

Singer John Park has returned with a new digital single album for the first time in a year. He released the music video for his new song DND (Do Not Disturb) at 6 p.m. KST on June 14, and is back to captivate listeners with his melodious and sophisticated voice.

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DND is a track that Andy Platts, the lead singer of British band Mamas Gun, specifically wrote for John Park, who perfected the song by penning the lyrics himself. This is their first collaboration since John Parks Falling, which was released five years ago in February 2012.