Kakao Entertainment Has firmly established itself as a giant in the Korean entertainment industry. The company has a wide variety of subsidiaries, enabling it to play a key role in shaping K-pop and the wider Korean entertainment scene.
Let’s take a deeper look at the many Korean record labels that operate as subsidiaries of the sprawling Kakao Entertainment conglomerate.
1. Starship Entertainment
Starship Entertainment is one of the most famous agencies under Kakao Entertainment. The agency was established in 2008. The institution has nurtured and produced some popular and talented K-pop groups, including IVE, MONSTA X, Cosmic Girls and CRAVITY.
IST Entertainment, formerly known as Play M Entertainment, is another well-known brokerage company under Kakao Entertainment. The agency was originally established in 2011 as A Cube Entertainment. It’s home to popular groups like Apink, Weekly, THE BOYZ, VICTON, and more.
EDAM Entertainment is one of the most popular subsidiaries of Kakao Entertainment. The agency is in charge of managing WOODZ and famous Korean artist IU. The company was founded in 2020 by Bae Jong Han, who has been IU’s manager for many years.
4. Bluepoint Entertainment
Bluedot Entertainment is another entertainment company under Kakao Entertainment. It was established on January 30, 2021. The company manages the K-pop boy group JUST B. Before debut, JUST B’s name was Bluedot Boys.
5. Antenna Music
Antenna Music, a subsidiary of Kakao Entertainment, is known for its emphasis on music. It was originally established in 1997 as an independent brand. Antenna Music has many singer-songwriters such as Sam Kim, Kwon Jin-ah, Jung Seung-hwan, etc.
6. Haipu Entertainment
Highup Entertainment is an entertainment agency founded in 2017 by the producer duo Black Eyed Pilseung. In June 2021, Kakao Entertainment acquired the agency, making it a subsidiary of the company. Currently, STAYC is the only group under the agency.
7. Flexible M
FLEX M is a record label and entertainment agency under Kakao Entertainment, focusing on folk songs. Known for being producer-centric, the label focuses on music creation, such as OSTs, through collaborations with TV series and movies.
SM Entertainment is not a subsidiary of Kakao, but Kakao has invested heavily in SM and is currently the largest shareholder. The agency under Kakao Entertainment has played a pivotal role in the development of the Korean entertainment industry. From nurturing K-pop to promoting diverse music genres, these institutions continue to push boundaries and contribute to the global popularity of Korean entertainment.