6:44 am - 01/18/2013

Omona conspiracy time. Kpop's legion of doom is possibly uncovered.

A netizen put up a post trying to dissect KEPA and the people behind them and found some interesting things worth mentioning

The distributor for Infinity Challenge's digital songs is KT Music, which is a part of KMP Holdings (comprised of SM, YG, JYP, etc). KT Music is well known for being th competitor to Melon held by Loen Entertainment).

KEPA has a number of notable figures on their staff list, including:

Vice Chairman: Kim Kwang Soo (CCM)
Finance Manager: Hong Seung Sung (Cube Ent.)
Director: Kim Tae Song (TS Ent.)
Director: Kim Byung Sun (JellyFish Ent.)
Director: Lee Jong Yub (Woollim Ent.)
Director: Kim Shi Dae (Starship Ent.)

The music distributor that these companies use are:

CCM = Melon (Loen)
Cube = Universal Music
TS = Melon (Loen)
JellyFish = CJ E&M
Woollim = Melon (Loen)
Starship = Melon (Loen)


Dates of interest for these companies (digital song releases) or in other words, why Infinity Challenge domination would matter to them:

< CCM >
SPEED (1/15)

INFINITE (1/11 Unit)

Boyfriend (1/10)
SISTAR (February Unit)

VIXX (1/7)

4minute (1/17 Unit)

B.A.P. (1/15)


Cube CEO Hong Seung Sung' 1/13 tweet s also being used as grounds for suspicion in relation to the case: "Is the music chart a joke, this is pathetic"


CNBLUE's CEO of FNC Entertainment also recentl gave an interview egarding the Infinity Challenge case: "It's become a trend for variety programs to release digital songs as a type of event. While I respect the decision, I also see that it's extremely difficult for singers to land a slot on music programs to promote themselves so it's upsetting to think that a popular variety program can use its status to launch its song to the #1 position immediately."

Source: Netizenbuzz, Telzone

I can see where they're coming from but then these companies take actor jobs so yeah, glass houses and all. To anyone wondering what the whole KEPA business is can read it here. They're also the same organisation that went after JYJ, Hangeng and threatened to destroy Kara's career after their contract problems.
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soramai 18th-Jan-2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Vice Chairman: Kim Kwang Soo (CCM)

lol, why I'm not surprised.
missnothings 18th-Jan-2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
LOL. mte
izabera 18th-Jan-2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
So what is KEPA exactly? a private group that protects the interests of small and medium entertainment companies or did I misunderstand something?
asnindie 18th-Jan-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
They're a Entertainment Producer's association. From the looks of it they're a group that use Hallyu to protect personal interests. Basically like a mob made of medium sized companies and above because Mnet owns CCM.
lysblack 18th-Jan-2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that for once the big 3 aren't involved in this bullshit.

And I'm not a surprised at all that the cube and starship are involved in this (i ready knew about CCM), but the fact that woolim, ts and jellyfish are part of this mess.

BTW I think that this whole thing is ridiculous, it's not IC's fault that the korean public wants their songs and not their idols.
asnindie 18th-Jan-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
People were saying SM was behind it all, KEPA did go after JYJ so you never know. But KKS always seems to be at the top of the shit pyramid. How shady is this guy.
lee_chikin 18th-Jan-2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is like the new Evil League of Evil!
I will call KKS "Bad Horse" from now on.
seung_is_my_ho 20th-Jan-2013 04:36 am (UTC)
epic comment deserves a gif :)
dysphoriia 18th-Jan-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
ccm -.- no one is stopping speed from getting the 50th place.
hellodee16 18th-Jan-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
The fellowship of the butthurt.
lysblack 18th-Jan-2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
lol perfect name
flumes 18th-Jan-2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
i have no idea what's happening tbh
anconeous 18th-Jan-2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
A sing from Infinity Challenge has been slaying the charts. Then someone got butthurt and KEPA wants to stop Infinity Challenge to release songs. Something like "they should leave singing to professionals." Basically, they don't want comedians' songs as competition.
hina 18th-Jan-2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
I wonder who the head Chairman is, if KKS is Vice?
lysblack 18th-Jan-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
probably satan himself.
pon_pon_pink 18th-Jan-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
just stop putting out over 100 new bands every year and musicians wouldn't have to struggle to get slots in music programs @_@
oliwon 18th-Jan-2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
that's a list, I'm glad that WMEnt. isn't in it XD
shabirah 18th-Jan-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Me too. So glad that WME is not part of this fuckin useless organisation.
kanbinayume 18th-Jan-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
I never thought jellyfish ent was relevant enough for this but I guess with VIXX they're gaining popularity
crazyxcami 18th-Jan-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Jellyfish has Park Hyoshin,Sung Si Kyung & Seo In Gook...they are very relevant (especially in Digital Charts) XD. They once had Brian too.

Edited at 2013-01-18 08:50 pm (UTC)
supplanter 18th-Jan-2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
I don't really know anything about the others, and this is a conspiracy theory after all, but b.a.p's 1/15 release is Rain Sound, which they were not promoting anyway. I highly, highly doubt they were shooting that high with it in the first place. The actual comeback is in February (though I don't know if that still puts infinity challenge "in its way" or not. XD)
supplanter 18th-Jan-2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Although the rumor was that they were originally having a comeback in January, not February, even though that had not been confirmed by TSEnt. I suppose one can imagine they realized infinity challenge was coming up, went sjga;j;lsajdsl, and changed plans? XD (But then why downgrade to another mini, guys!!!!!)
b1gay4 19th-Jan-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
not surprised kkshit and cube(w) are a part of this clusterf✭ck
earthequality 19th-Jan-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
KEPA could very well be a monopoly with how many members across the board they have from not just companies, but stations.
karatefeelings 19th-Jan-2013 05:29 am (UTC)
Fascinating~ I love conspiracy theories. Team Infinity Challenge obviously!
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