8:05 pm - 02/28/2018

Gramophone Media is No Longer BTS' US Promoter

Dear all,

First, allow me to thank once more the genius Mr. Bang, Big Hit and BTS for giving me and my company the historic opportunity of supporting BTS in the US for the past few years.

I am very proud of what we have all achieved and of BTS' recent success in the US.

Working with all of you was a dream that one can only wish for. I had the honor of introducing BTS to the US audience through some of the biggest TV shows in the world: The American music awards, The Ellen show, Late Night Show with Jimmy Kimmel, New York's Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest and the Late Late Night with James Corden. I was able to connect the band with some of the biggest and most important artists of this century including The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Steve Aoki, Fallout boy, Desiigner and many others as well as A&R the remix of Mic Drop which broke records this year and became a gold record recently. I am also proud to lead the promotion of 'DNA' (which also achieved gold status) to top 40 radio in the US; a Korean language record which paved the way for the band's top 40 radio acceptance as well as play-listing in platforms such as Apple and Spotify.

My team and I were also able to secure top press looks for the band including the recent cover of Billboard, a Rolling Stone feature story, New York Times and much more.

None of this was possible without the support of BTS' army, who is the most loyal and committed fan base out there that any band could dream of. Days and night, through and through millions of fans supported these efforts as well as many other efforts and initiatives globally.
I believe that my job is done here, and now it's in the hands of the band, the label and Army to continue and grow the success this year and years to come.

To me this success symbolizes much more than just the success of the band.

It shows that America is ready and open to adopt artists from all over the world, and that more than ever, the young generation here in America and all over the world is looking for authentic art without prejudice or limits. It shows that the music industry is a global industry now and represents the world in its entirety both east and west.

I left music creation 9 years ago with the mission to bring peace to this world through Music's ability to connect us as one.

It is my legacy and my life's dedication to continue to bring peace and peacefulness to the world through music.

I'm humbled beyond words and grateful to all the great people in my life, my family, my team and my friends from all over the world.

Love you all,

Source: eshygazit twitter, tumblr

Good riddance. Who do you think should represent BTS for their future US activities?
youtubelargo 1st-Mar-2018 01:43 am (UTC)
If they're serious about the US, I assume they're moving to CAA or WME, both of whom would easily take them. I think WME has more entertainers, CAA has been trending more towards sports figures lately.
youtubelargo 1st-Mar-2018 01:46 am (UTC)
WME already is partnered with UNICEF, too. -shrug-
nekobot 1st-Mar-2018 01:45 am (UTC)
Whaaaaat grinch style grinning as we speak, FINALLY! I want to know what the story behind this is. The shamelessness of him still trying to take credit for stuff they did themselves, wow, I guess he's going to keep lying and try to use his fake achievements to lure in other K-pop groups.

The Namjoon reads Omona theory might actually not be that farfetched.
xlovexlessxtyx 1st-Mar-2018 02:14 am (UTC)
Namjoon is secretly slutdrop
rainstormraider 1st-Mar-2018 03:16 am (UTC)
Why good riddance? Someone please explain the behind-the-scene stuff?
dropthecrates 1st-Mar-2018 03:37 am (UTC)
ikr? i've missed something (although good riddance for the douchesmokers alone)
vintage_boom 1st-Mar-2018 04:15 am (UTC)
my money's on them signing a distribution and marketing deal with Island or Def Jam US in 3...2....1

that's a shitton of I sentences there bud

Edited at 2018-03-01 04:15 am (UTC)
donaldjdrumpf 1st-Mar-2018 04:19 am (UTC)
I hope not Def Jam
queenhinata 1st-Mar-2018 04:53 am (UTC)
yeahhh I'm glad their contract is over lol. Eshy was narcissistic and about that kumbayah listen to what I say, I'm kpop messiah bullshit. Multiple times went on rants -> fandom reacted or disagreed politely -> deleted his rants and blocked ppl. that moment when the pr guy needs himself a pr guy.
jackieee94 1st-Mar-2018 05:58 am (UTC)

Now that Bighit dropped them the fandom should do the same. Hopefully they get someone better this time.
mc1a 1st-Mar-2018 07:43 am (UTC)
I heard they hired a global director a few weeks ago. Hopefully they are better and can do their job.
shawarmafordays 1st-Mar-2018 06:44 am (UTC)
Good riddance to him and that messy PR Samantha who kept using her being BTS' PR to get concert tickets. I hope they partner with WME or CAA, I'm a little iffy about CAA because of the Weinstein scandal but I hope they get a good company to work with.
youtubelargo 1st-Mar-2018 07:28 am (UTC)
CAA is more focused on athlete representation recently, so BTS probably wouldn't go there. I mentioned uothread that WME's partnerships align more with BTS', as well.
kicking_tenshi 1st-Mar-2018 07:17 am (UTC)
Uh. I know nothing about this guy and I haven't been paying active attention to bts' American conquest but this guy sounds like a smarmy asshole...
bethmai 1st-Mar-2018 08:08 am (UTC)
Good. This guy is unbelievably narcissistic.
yixingsforehead 1st-Mar-2018 11:39 am (UTC)

i don't have to go on more rants about how bts is better at pr than their pr people...hopefully!

fingers crossed the next agency are real pros

Edited at 2018-03-01 11:39 am (UTC)
meggicchi 1st-Mar-2018 12:18 pm (UTC)
this made me so happy, i always hated them lmao, they were truly were amateurs when they got bts and truly lucked out with armys tbh. someone on twitter posted an exposé thread on twitter, too bad she deleted it :'( but it was mostly things we all knew already anyway.

also samantha started following all of 24K's accounts on twitter so some ppl are saying it's possible they're gonna work with them soon. anyway i'm just glad bts won't be involved with them anymore.
kyokomurasaki 1st-Mar-2018 01:20 pm (UTC)
noooooooo save 24K, they've suffered enough

somebody find screenshots of that callout thread and send it to Corey lmao
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