One K-pop idol recently vented exasperation toward his record label on social media.
FTISLAND's lead vocalist Lee Hongki took to Instagram on August 31 after the release of the band's new song, "Puppy," went virtually without promotion by the band's agency, FNC Entertainment. Lee wrote that FNC wasn't promoting the group, and called the label "dirty and cheap."
Following Lee's post on Instagram, FNC Entertainment reportedly distributed a press release regarding the release of "Puppy."
"It's a present, ta-da!" Lee wrote on Instagram. "This is for you. Even though it's a present our company hasn't done a single promotion. [They're] dirty and cheap."
Since early this year, FTISLAND and their agency have taken a variety of jabs at each other.
Lee Hongki in particular has been vocal regarding several issues, including FNC Entertainment's CEO going on the Korean program "Radio Star" and showing favoritism to lablemate CNBLUE's vocalist, Jung Yong Hwa. Following the incident, Lee requested and received a chance to appear on the show, where he discussed how the incident greatly angered him.
The band released the album "I Will" in March, and during promotions FTISLAND revealed that it had taken nine years to convince FNC Entertainment to let them create music they wanted to make.
FTISLAND is regarded as the first successful K-pop idol-band, and FNC Entertainment's first act after the company was formed in 2006. FTISLAND debuted under the agency in 2007, and renewed their contract with FNC Entertainment in 2014.
"Puppy" was released in Korea on August 31, ahead of the release of an album by the same name on Sept 16. in Japan. It is a fun, cute song with a colorful music video.