Girl group AOA has not yet been paid by its management agency despite working every day, the members said Tuesday.
Asked on SBS’ radio’s “Cultwo Show” about whether their financial status had changed after their debut, the group replied that it only received pocket money from the agency’s owner.
“We haven’t received the official pay yet, but last time our boss gave us enough pocket money to go clothes shopping,” the group said.
The members added that they had not had any days off.
“We recently released three albums in a row so we couldn’t take a single day off over the last year,” said one.
Worried about the members’ health, the show’s host, Jung Chan-woo, asked how often the agency’s boss treated the six members.
“He has bought us beef once since we debuted,” the group said.
1. [+256, -8] But they've had back to hack hits and they still don't make any money???
2. [+217, -10] They've been working for three years now and they still haven't been paid? I'm pretty sure with their hits, they should've been able to pay off their album expenses and still have enough left over to be paid?
3. [+192, -3] Other companies split their income to pay their expenses off and the remaining to pay the members but in FNC, all of the income goes back towards paying their investments before the members see any pay themselves. I saw it on their reality show. It's a bit of a dirty system.
4. [+29, -0] FNC seems famous for not paying their artists properly. They're not even a small agency anymore with FT Island, CNBLUE, and Juniel. They should pay their artists while working them.
5. [+21, -1] While the CEO drives a Bentley, the members are working like dogs..
6. [+15, -1] Saw their fancams and half of them are them performing in the rain. Their company really works them like that and doesn't pay them? They've had three hits already with Short Skirt, Short Hair, and Like a Cat..
7. [+14, -1] The company should at least make it 90% going back to investments and 10% towards the members... being paid $0 for three years of work is so harsh.
8. [+9, -0] There's a documentary of Lee Hongki saying he was never paid during the height of FT Island's fame when I'm sure they made a lot of money. FNC itself seems to be the problem.
9. [+8, -2] People don't seem to realize that AOA was a band concept for a long time before they changed to a sexy concept. It's only recently that they started turning a profit. During the time they weren't popular, the company kept them and paid for all of their expenses. AOA has a long way to go to pay all that back along with their pre-debut investments. Don't treat FNC like the devils when it's FNC's responsibility to cover all of the losses if AOA doesn't do well. AOA can leave the company if they fail, but the company still has expenses to pay off. Don't think that just because they're on a few music shows now that they make a lot of money. There are very few idol groups who make hundreds of thousands. You can be #1 on the Melon charts all year long and the singer is only returned $43 in profit. Physical albums are what makes the artist money but no one buys those anymore.
10. [+8, -0] Hul.. AOA's three years in already. I remember JYP's Jackson said on 'Roommate' that he was paid and he only debuted this year. I'd hate being in FNC.
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