K-Pop is a global sensation and has given rise to numerous successful idol groups and solo artists. However, only a few have been able to establish their own agencies and create a name for themselves as successful entrepreneurs. In this article, we’ll look at five K-Pop idols who have established their own agencies and are thriving in the entertainment industry.
Rain – Founder of J.Tune Entertainment and R.A.I.N Company
Rain, a well-known figure in the Korean entertainment industry, founded J.Tune Entertainment in 2007, which later became R.A.I.N Company in 2016. The company has produced notable idol groups such as MBLAQ and MadTown. Currently, R.A.I.N Company is home to two artists – Rain and CIIPHER, as well as an actress named Oh Ye Ju.
Kang Daniel – Founder of KONNECT Entertainment
Kang Daniel, a former member of WANNA ONE, founded KONNECT Entertainment in 2019 after a legal dispute with his previous agency. The agency’s goal is to provide quick and efficient communication with fans. The agency has become home to numerous artists such as CL (2NE1), Chancellor, and Yuju (former GFriend).
PSY – Founder of P Nation
PSY, the famous singer of the worldwide hit “Oppa Gangnam Style,” founded P Nation in 2018 after leaving YG Entertainment. The agency is focused on producing high-quality music and providing freedom to the artists under its auspices. P Nation’s roster includes HEIZE, Crush, Penomeco, Swings, and TNX.
ZICO – Founder of KOZ Entertainment
ZICO, a former member of Block B, founded KOZ Entertainment in 2019 after leaving Seven Seasons. In 2020, the agency was acquired by HYBE Corporation, which has given the company full support on the creative side. KOZ Entertainment is home to soloists Zico and Dvwn.
Highlight – Founders of Around Us Entertainment
Highlight, formerly known as BEAST, established their own agency, Around Us Entertainment, in 2016. The agency’s goal is to strengthen their connection with fans and make their promotions easier. Currently, Highlight members Yoon Doo Joon, Yang Yo Seob, Lee Gi Kwang, and Son Dong Woon are the only artists under the label.