In any group dynamic, whether or not or not it’s skilled or private, chemistry is important to make sure everyone seems to be on the identical wavelength. Wildly standard K-pop group GOT7 is a main instance of such a fiercely sturdy, unified group dynamic of seven. On Jan. 11, it was introduced that members of GOT7 won’t renew their label contracts; many questioned if the group would proceed with out the total lineup. Nevertheless, this was not the case. GOT7 began as seven, and had been decided to stay seven whatever the state of affairs. Tethered by such an unbreakable union, GOT7 has been capable of smash information, break musical boundaries and, now, depart from an organization that did not respect them as artists.
After seven lengthy years collectively beneath JYP Leisure, GOT7 shocked the world as every member selected to not renew their contract with their former firm and nonetheless stay collectively. Although this appeared like an sudden choice, it got here as no shock to followers aware of the unfair remedy leveled on the group by JYP Leisure.
Introduction to JYPE
After years within the business as a solo artist, South Korean singer-songwriter J.Y. Park sought to revamp the music scene by creating his personal distinctive label. Based in 1997, JYP Leisure has spent the previous few many years securing a place within the Huge 3 of prime K-pop leisure firms. Although he has since stepped down as CEO, The Korea Herald reports that Park, often known as JYP, nonetheless holds energy over the inventive path of the corporate as its largest shareholder with an 18.72% stake. Because the early 2000s, JYPE has boasted a powerful lineup of internationally famend artists, comparable to TWICE, Wonder Girls, GOT7 and plenty of extra legendary acts.
After coaching collectively and taking part in a contest program, GOT7 debuted in January 2014 and shortly rose to develop into considered one of JYPE’s flagship teams. Along with music that shortly caught the eye of the general public, the group additionally had a powerful lineup of gifted members expert in a wide range of dance types, musical expertise and languages. The group consists of chief Im Jae-beom, Mark Tuan, Jackson Wang, Park Jin-young, Choi Younger-jae, Bambam and Kim Yu-gyeom.
Insufficient Group Promotion
As a gaggle with a lot potential, their fast rise to fame was purported to be adopted by correct promotion that will preserve their newfound standing. However ever since GOT7’s debut, JYPE has constantly discovered methods to shortcut promotions. These shortcuts diversified from understocking albums, not releasing promotional content for upcoming music movies and failing to safe selection TV appearances for the group.
GOT7’s final comeback previous to their departure was a breaking level for each followers and the group itself. The complete album “Breath of Love: Last Piece” received little to no advertisement aside from teaser posters for the title observe, “Breath.” Including gas to the fireplace, there was no promotion main as much as the discharge date, which led to group member Mark Tuan to take to Twitter to promote the discharge himself. Even Tuan’s household confirmed the mistreatment when his father tweeted, “The reality…..” in response to an article detailing their remedy.
Moreover, JYPE didn’t print sufficient copies to fulfill demand, and the album offered out from pre-orders alone — which finally led to many followers caught ready for restocking data from the corporate. The duty for all of those shortcomings finally falls on the administration groups that had been supposed to make sure the group’s success.
Denial of Solo Initiatives
The person group members additionally held unbelievable promise that was repeatedly ignored by their firm. Even after the group’s fame was well-established, JYPE steadily refused the group members permission to pursue solo actions comparable to solo music, performing alternatives and model/journal options. The corporate has even prevented group members from changing into concerned within the manufacturing of music and music movies.
Worldwide members Mark Tuan, Jackson Wang and Bambam all have sturdy, devoted fan bases of their dwelling international locations, however had been not often allowed to have promotional actions as JYPE cited “scheduling conflicts” — a transfer that performed a hand in hindering what may have been even additional international success for the group.
Failure To Defend GOT7
Lastly, JYPE failed to supply ample safety and respect to GOT7. Whether or not or not it’s safety or safety from malicious feedback, the group was usually left to fend for themselves towards threats the corporate was purported to deal with. Different giant firms comparable to SM Entertainment and Bighit Entertainment have protocols in place to defend their artists towards malicious feedback, however JYPE has constantly both ignored or vaguely denied the harassment GOT7 has confronted. This negligence took a harrowing flip in an incident between a gaggle member and obsessive followers that might have been deadly; in 2016, group member Jackson was concerned in a automobile accident brought on by followers driving dangerously whereas following him from his dwelling to the airport. Although there have been no extreme accidents, the incident confirmed how little JYPE cared for the security of GOT7. Even after the incident, there have been no efforts from the corporate to guard the group, which was left to journey with out safety.
Furthermore, GOT7 wasn’t even protected from malicious feedback from their very own firm. There are a number of clips from a wide range of TV packages the place JYP brazenly belittles the group, as nicely segments the place the members of GOT7 themselves discuss JYP’s discouraging feedback. JYP himself seems with the group on the variability program “Understanding Brothers” the place he claims the group isn’t standard sufficient to do it alone regardless of their already being three years into a really profitable profession. He additionally has a historical past of particularly concentrating on Jaebeom. In a clip from a reality show, Jaebeom speaks about how JYP will solely hearken to his solo tracks for lower than a minute earlier than he rejects every tune.
this is only one occasion of us seeing how jyp mistreats jaebeom, he doesn’t even totally pay attention to those songs so simply think about how jaebeom feels each single time he has to get a tune “accredited” by him… pic.twitter.com/ggAG8s1iN5
— jess 🔗 (@virtudef) June 30, 2020
Anytime Jaebeom was allowed to supply a tune for the group, JYP would repeatedly power him to redo the tune, which led to intense bouts of psychological and bodily exhaustion for the chief. Followers themselves have even taken to Twitter and YouTube to compile footage of each JYP and JYPE neglecting the group. All of those moments mixed are sadly solely the tip of the iceberg relating to JYPE’s failure to respect and pretty handle GOT7.
What Comes Subsequent for GOT7
In a stunning flip of occasions, GOT7 will be capable to preserve the rights to their identify, music and content material — which is far deserved. It’s at present unclear as to how the group will transfer ahead with group promotional actions, however all solo actions from the members look extraordinarily promising. Mark Tuan might be returning to Los Angeles to reunite together with his household, begin a YouTube channel and launch his solo music. Jackson Wang will proceed music manufacturing and trend design in China as CEO of Staff Wang and is in talks to also sign with Chic Artist Company. Park Jin-young is in talks to signal with BH Leisure to proceed pursuing performing. Choi Younger-jae will signal beneath Chic Artist Company. Lastly, Kim Yu-gyeom has signed to hip-hop agency AOMG — a reputation all too acquainted to JYPE; AOMG was based by Jay Park, a former member of JYPE group 2PM, who has been outspoken about JYP’s mistreatment of his male artists.
Although their time beneath JYP Leisure wasn’t excellent, you will need to word the milestones the group achieved all through their seven-year tenure. Their debut EP “Obtained It?” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Album Chart. Since their debut, they’ve amassed over 75 awards and nominations from main Ok-pop award exhibits comparable to Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Asia Artist Awards and Gaon Chart Music Awards — proving that regardless of the percentages, GOT7 had the tenacity to thrive beneath an organization that hindered them.
Whatever the unlucky circumstances confronted by the group, crucial sentiment to remove from this example is the alliance of all seven members. JYPE or not, the group has made a reputation for itself within the hearts of devoted followers all around the world and can keep there. GOT7 began as 7, fought for higher remedy as 7, departed as 7, and can keep 7.