Former EXO members Luhan, Tao and Kris were all mentioned by the SM Entertainment’s CEO Kim Min Young in his latest appearance Korea-China Music Industry Music Forum. Read on.
SM CEO recently called out the names of all former EXO members Luhan, Tao and Kris to brand them as ‘selfish’ for abandoning the group and pursuing solo careers.
According to All Kpop, at the first ever Korea-China Music forum, Kim addresses the issue between his company and the former members of EXO.
In the Direction of Korean Music Market’s Development topic, Kim stressed out that both Asian countries must help each other to shape a “more systematic and more progressive” music market in Asia, mostly through the use of online platforms and media methods.
In his statement, Kim said that behind Hallyu’s success was the influenced of the agencies who handle it.
“I believe Hallyu’s driving force was consistently influenced by the agency system. It wasn’t the agency itself [that impacted Hallyu] but I think it played a central role. Unlike [agencies in] other countries, Korean talent management agencies oversee all aspects from casting, training, producing, to marketing.” Kim said via All KPop
Moreover, he strongly pinpointed also that “the weakness in legal system” of both countries have been used by the former EXO members to be able to pursue their personal goals.
He went on by saying that Luhan, Tao, and Kris only followed themselves in the decision they made without even informing their fans who have been loyally following their every step from the very star.
“Using the weaknesses in the legal systems of Korea and China, they could pursue their personal, economic, short-term gains. They only followed their ‘selfs,’ without any communication with the fans who have been with them from the beginning and with the music market. This can all be seen as their personal matters. However, for personal gains, they are not attending the concert that will mobilize over 50,000 people as part of a group that unites Chinese and Koreans. In the Asian market, and as Chinese-born artists, I wonder what honor they have. I think it’s something to consider.” Kim continued.
However, in the end, he concluded that he doesn’t want to argue about the disparity of both nation’s markets as it is the time for each country’s leaders to talk about “how to lead, expand and advance the Asian market,” cited by International Business Times.