Why Can’t We Listen To The TVXQ Trio’s Songs?
Raemong Raein, the production company of KBS drama ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’, has stated that it will file a report to the Fair Trade Committee stating that the drama’s O.S.T, which TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu, Micky Yoochun and YoungWoong Jaejoong participated in, is currently unable to be distributed through online music sites due to a certain company’s unfair corporate practices.
A representative of Raemong Raein stated, “We contacted various companies with regards to the online distribution of the O.S.T, which the three members of TVXQ participated in, but we have hit a roadblock and are unable to progress,” and “We believe this may be the work of a certain company using unfair corporate practices so we are planning to report the case to the Fair Trade Committee for further investigations.”
◇Why can’t we listen to the TVXQ Trio’s songs online?=The three members participated in the O.S.T of SungKyunKwan Scandal, the drama which Park Yoochun (Micky Yoochun’s real name) is starring in, and recorded the song ‘Found You’. However, this song is not available on any of the major online music sites such as ‘Melon’, ‘Mnet’, ‘Dosirak’ and ‘Cyworld’.
This is unusual as most O.S.Ts are released with much advertisement and services as soon as the drama begins airing. Even the O.S.T of ‘Playful Kiss’, the MBC drama which began airing at a later date than SungKyunKwan Scandal, has already been distributed.
As Raemong Raein has been unable to find a suitable domestic distribution company, it is currently reaching out to foreign label companies.
◇Did SM have a hand in this?= Raemong Raein has pointed out the possibility of SM having a hand in the current situation. The three members are currently in a lawsuit with their agency SM Entertainment regarding their unlawful contract.
There are voices being raised now that SM is stopping the songs from being distributed through KMP Holdings, which was created by and consists of Korea’s top entertainment agencies such as SM, YG and JYP Entertainment.
A representative of one of the distribution companies stated, “From what I know, the music sites aren’t providing services for the O.S.T because KMP Holdings contacted them and asked them not to distribute the songs. In the process, they even stated that they would stop giving such sites rights to distribute songs from KMP Holdings singers if the O.S.T songs were released.”
A representative of another company stated, “There were a lot of companies interested in distributing SungKyunKwan Scandal’s O.S.T before the drama was aired but they all gave up because there were fears that they may be hurt by releasing the songs.”
The Fair Trade Committee has stated that it is willing to take on the case as soon as Raemong Raein files it. A top representative of the Fair Trade Committee stated, “We would have to investigate the finer details, but if a certain company is using their position in the industry to stop songs of a certain singer from being distributed, then the action will be deemed as unfair corporate practices.
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