KARA only get paid $116 USD a month + Gyuri to attend press conference Feb 10th11:22 pm - 01/31/2011
The agency and Kara are having issues because it was claimed that the members only received 130,000 won which is roughly 116 USD each.
On a program aired on MBC yesterday the 30th of January used “JYJ and Kara why would they?” to spotlight the issues between companies and their respective artists. This program had three members of Kara (Han Seung Yeon, Nicole, and Kang Ji Young) and a lawyer (Home Myung Ho) from Landmark. The lawyer said that “I understand the terms of the contract now after reading it, the members and their parents still don’t have an exact idea.” He continued that they did not know what the obligations were. He also revealed that when the company signed with Japanese labels, they keep around 273 million won (roughly $244,062 USD). The members have not received any of that payment and had no idea that the company was taking the money while signing the contracts.
The lawyer continued to state that although “Jumping” made about 400 million won, around 397 million won was labeled as expenses. He finished by saying that one member earning $116 a month was very hard to understand.
DSP Entertainment acknowledged that there were disagreements with the revenue-sharing. They said that they told the members they are take a little more because they are in the process of adjusting. Artists also make money from various endorsements so that is why the miscellaneous expense will be larger from the revenues sharing of the music aspect.
Netizens felt that more than 99% of earnings deducted to expenses seemed to be wrong. Also they felt that it was wrong for the companies to not explain the contracts in detail when the families did not completely understand them.
Gyuri has participated in voice dubbing for the animation, “Alpha and Omega” and on the 10th of next month, she will attend the movie opening premiere at Wangsimni CGV, Seoul. This is the first event that Gyuri officially involved in after the incident of KARA on 01/19.
The film distribution company said “Park Gyuri has decided to attend the opening premiere on the coming Feb 10th. Initially she was not sure if she could participate, but eventually she has arranged her schedule for the event.”
Gyuri participated in the voice dubbing of this film with Super Junior’s Shindong, who is her Radio DJ partner in Shimshintapa. With genes inherited from her mother, who is a voice actor, her voice expression was considered very natural even though it was her first time dubbing for an animation.
Translated by Yoo + hasomy @ karaholic
On February 10th, Kara's leader Gyuri will be attending a press conference for "Alpha and Omega". This will be her first time that any Kara member will be in any sort of a press conference since the incident started.
She will most likely be asked questions about the whole issue, especially because she was the only one at first to stand by DSP's side.