10:28 pm - 09/17/2018

WJSN Says They Haven’t Been Paid Yet


WJSN, now over two years into their careers, revealed recently that they’ve yet to receive payments.

During a press conference on September 17 prior to the group’s comeback with their mini album “WJ PLEASE?” Luda elaborated on what she said about payments on MBC’s Dunia.

She said, “Because it’s a variety show, there’s definitely a part that was jokingly exaggerated. It is true that we haven’t been paid yet. Working since debut, there’s a lot that we’ve learned hands-on. I believe that there are so many things that are more important than [something like payment]. But as hard as we’ve worked on this album, we’re thinking we might be hearing some good news. We want to receive a lot of love from the fans.

EXY added that “Rather than chasing money, we’re working hard and moving up step by step, realizing how special each performance is. We believe that the day will come when we earn a lot and can take care of our parents. We’re not in a hurry.

Sources: Newsen & Kyeonggi via Soompi
gathyou 18th-Sep-2018 09:40 am (UTC)
Not surprising but still heart breaking :( I hope this comeback does well and that they can be paid. I wonder if parts of China-line's profits go into paying the group? that really could help them breaking even
sayuridoll 18th-Sep-2018 01:44 pm (UTC)

i assume all income that china line makes is taken into account/paid back to Starship. But I also wonder if c-line is allowed to keep more of their own money because it is overseas activities too.

premonitioner 18th-Sep-2018 10:20 am (UTC)
that quote from Luda is such BULLSHIT jesus christ i get that all idols have debts to the company but this system is a fckn joke

Edited at 2018-09-18 10:21 am (UTC)
scribblyness_x 18th-Sep-2018 10:31 am (UTC)
wow and this is coming from the group that (i've only recently surprisingly discovered) is on the higher selling spectrum of the newer gen of ggs. i suppose the expenses are higher for the number of members they have as well but dayum.

their sales are on a steady upward trajectory and i hope this well be their breakthrough <3
welljustguess 18th-Sep-2018 11:07 am (UTC)

yes it's worrying because it cames from relatively relevant group

timetobegin 18th-Sep-2018 11:05 am (UTC)
Sad as always. The idol system is rigged af. Glad China line is escaping this prison.
pseudo_shigure 18th-Sep-2018 11:27 am (UTC)
but do they at least get their allowance (i know some company do this system)? or is allowance is the payment? this is fucked up.
myrrhcat 18th-Sep-2018 12:22 pm (UTC)
ugh, if the girls really mean what they're saying that's so sad. it's not greedy to expect payment for your hard work.
changing the k-idol system so that companies would have to actually invest in their artists and fully pay for their training/debut expenses would put a lot of companies and artists out of business, but i'd much rather see that than what we have now.
vintage_boom 18th-Sep-2018 11:04 pm (UTC)
you just described exactly what agencies do. that's why they don't get paid. everything is paid for them. imo they should be paid a salary on top of that but the debt structure they have is how all record labels worldwide function.
dior_chic 18th-Sep-2018 01:04 pm (UTC)
This will never be not fucked up.

And this might sound cold but I’m guessing they have the typical 7 year contract? Idk time moves fast and Starship will probably focus on creating a new girl group and give them more attention, so ‘the not in a hurry’ part makes me feel like this 😬
hellicoptajuuce 18th-Sep-2018 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thats fucked considering monsta x broke even so much quicker than wjsn
giriboy 18th-Sep-2018 01:44 pm (UTC)
not really, tho? mx broke even this year—they were 3 yrs into debut, just like wjsn is right now—with dramarama
sayuridoll 18th-Sep-2018 01:42 pm (UTC)

Didn’t it take AOA like 3-4 years to break even and that was considered to be extremely fast?

That’s sad. ):

myungung 18th-Sep-2018 02:58 pm (UTC)
I do hope they're on the rising trajectory, since the members are now busier with activities (variety, drama, and fansigns). seems like they should be able to pay back soon if it continues! but now I'm just worried about how China line will fit into WJSN after this comeback with the 2019 uncertainty.
annayism 18th-Sep-2018 04:18 pm (UTC)
seems like 3-4 years is pretty average for a kpop group to break even. that's a lot of dedication and perseverance....
vintage_boom 18th-Sep-2018 11:07 pm (UTC)
I do think idols should be paid a salary on top of the expenses the agencies front for them (housing, travel, clothing, wardrobe, training, education etc etc) even if it meant it took a few extra years to break even. the idols would have a better sense of freedom and the chance to save for their futures
lizanka23 19th-Sep-2018 03:41 pm (UTC)
Seriously. That would keep them more motivated even if it were a small salary
lizanka23 19th-Sep-2018 03:43 pm (UTC)
This industry is so messed up in this regard. Other industries also spend time and money on training their employees but they don't make the employees work without a salary until they have repaid the cost of the training. It should be seen as an investment and not some expense that the artist has to reimburse
dot_rose 20th-Sep-2018 12:26 am (UTC)
I wonder if the debt split per girl or it's one big one as a group?
I don't recall when FT Island finally got paid but it was a long time too....
yxerin 20th-Sep-2018 06:50 am (UTC)
i hate that this kind of treatment is even legal
kyokomurasaki 20th-Sep-2018 03:36 pm (UTC)
it shouldn't be imo. if someone i