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In any group dynamic, whether or not it’s skilled or private, chemistry is important to make sure everyone seems to be on the identical wavelength. Wildly widespread K-pop group GOT7 is a major instance of such a fiercely robust, unified group dynamic of seven. On Jan. 11, it was introduced that members of GOT7 may not renew their label contracts; many puzzled 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 scenario. Tethered by such an unbreakable union, GOT7 has been in a position to smash information, break musical boundaries and, now, depart from an organization that did not respect them as artists.
After seven lengthy years collectively below 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 surprising resolution, it got here as no shock to followers aware of the unfair therapy leveled on the group by JYP Leisure.
Introduction to JYPE
After years within the trade 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 a long time securing a place within the Massive 3 of high K-pop leisure corporations. Although he has since stepped down as CEO, The Korea Herald reports that Park, often known as JYP, nonetheless holds energy over the artistic route of the corporate as its largest shareholder with an 18.72% stake. For the reason that early 2000s, JYPE has boasted a powerful lineup of internationally famend artists, corresponding to TWICE, Wonder Girls, GOT7 and lots of extra legendary acts.
After coaching collectively and collaborating in a contest program, GOT7 debuted in January 2014 and shortly rose to change into one in every 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 quite a lot of dance types, musical abilities 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 bunch with a lot potential, their fast rise to fame was presupposed to be adopted by correct promotion that might keep their newfound standing. However ever since GOT7’s debut, JYPE has persistently discovered methods to shortcut promotions. These shortcuts various 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 total album “Breath of Love: Last Piece” received little to no advertisement aside from teaser posters for the title observe, “Breath.” Including gasoline to the hearth, 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 therapy.
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 info 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 unimaginable promise that was repeatedly ignored by their firm. Even after the group’s repute was well-established, JYPE ceaselessly refused the group members permission to pursue solo actions corresponding to solo music, appearing alternatives and model/journal options. The corporate has even prevented group members from turning into concerned within the manufacturing of music and music movies.
Worldwide members Mark Tuan, Jackson Wang and Bambam all have robust, devoted fan bases of their dwelling nations, 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 world success for the group.
Failure To Shield GOT7
Lastly, JYPE failed to offer ample safety and respect to GOT7. Whether or not it’s safety or safety from malicious feedback, the group was typically left to fend for themselves towards threats the corporate was presupposed to deal with. Different giant corporations corresponding to SM Entertainment and Bighit Entertainment have protocols in place to defend their artists towards malicious feedback, however JYPE has persistently both ignored or vaguely denied the harassment GOT7 has confronted. This negligence took a harrowing flip in an incident between a bunch member and obsessive followers that would have been deadly; in 2016, group member Jackson was concerned in a automobile accident attributable to 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 secure from malicious feedback from their very own firm. There are a number of clips from quite a lot of TV applications the place JYP brazenly belittles the group, as properly segments the place the members of GOT7 themselves discuss JYP’s discouraging feedback. JYP himself seems with the group on the variability program “Figuring out Brothers” the place he claims the group isn’t widespread 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 focusing on Jaebeom. In a clip from a reality show, Jaebeom speaks about how JYP will solely take heed to his solo tracks for lower than a minute earlier than he rejects every track.
this is only one occasion of us seeing how jyp mistreats jaebeom, he doesn’t even absolutely pay attention to those songs so simply think about how jaebeom feels each single time he has to get a track “permitted” by him… pic.twitter.com/ggAG8s1iN5
— jess 🔗 (@virtudef) June 30, 2020
Anytime Jaebeom was allowed to supply a track for the group, JYP would repeatedly power him to redo the track, 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 in relation to JYPE’s failure to respect and pretty handle GOT7.
What Comes Subsequent for GOT7
In a shocking flip of occasions, GOT7 will be capable of keep the rights to their title, music and content material — which is far deserved. It’s presently 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 vogue design in China as CEO of Crew 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 appearing. Choi Younger-jae will signal below 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 below JYP Leisure wasn’t perfect, you will need to notice the milestones the group achieved all through their seven-year tenure. Their debut EP “Received It?” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Album Chart. Since their debut, they’ve gathered over 75 awards and nominations from main Okay-pop award exhibits corresponding 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 below an organization that hindered them.
Whatever the unlucky circumstances confronted by the group, a very powerful sentiment to remove from this case 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 therapy as 7, departed as 7, and can keep 7.