JYP Entertainment Allegedly Changed Their Contract Structure after GOT7 Benefited More Than the Company

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Newspim released a report stating that JYP Entertainment is expected to grow more than they did last year after they revised their contract to favor the company. The report revealed that the company did so due to their experience with GOT7.

According to Newspim, JYP Entertainment's original contract structure stated that for domestic promotions, 60% of the profit went to the company while 40% went to the artist. For international promotions, however, the artist would end up getting a bigger cut, taking home 70% of the profits while JYP Entertainment got 30%.

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(Photo : GOT7 Twitter)

As most fans know, GOT7 in their later years became a group that was more popular internationally than domestically. With that, the group promoted a lot in the United States, often appearing in Western programs and YouTube channels. Their earnings abroad brought the group a huge revenue, and JYP Entertainment had no choice but to give them 70% of the pay while they only got to keep 30%, as stated in their contract.

Additionally, GOT7 was successful immediately upon debut, so the company had to start paying them a high amount early on in their careers.

Were Earnings the Reason for JYP Entertainment's Mismanagement of GOT7?

It is being speculated that the reason why GOT7 ended up being badly promoted and mismanaged by JYP Entertainment during their later years was to avoid having to pay the members a bigger cut than the company itself was receiving. GOT7 would earn 40% more than JYP Entertainment and would divide it among seven members, but it was rumored that the cut would still be higher than what JYP Entertainment would receive.

GOT7
(Photo : GOT7 Twitter)

The report notes that JYP Entertainment's newer artists, such as NiziU, all have new contract structures that are more favorable towards the company rather than the artist.

Following this report, an old clip of J.Y. Park (also known as Park Jinyoung, the founder of JYP Entertainment) during his appearance alongside GOT7 on JTBC's "Knowing Bros" has resurfaced, in which he reveals that GOT7 member Jinyoung actually earns more money than him. When he stated that, Jinyoung had tried to deny it, and the "Knowing Bros" cast members all seemed to not believe him. However, J.Y. Park continued to push his statement, saying, "He takes home more than me."

GOT7's Departure from JYP Entertainment, Members Sign with Separate Companies

GOT7 officially left JYP Entertainment on Tuesday, Jan. 19, after all the members decided not to renew with the agency. Though no in-depth reason was given as to why they had chosen not to sign again with the company, JYP Entertainment no longer promoting them properly due to the money is now suspected to be a reason as to why.

People were already speculating about GOT7's departure from the company since Dec. 23, 2020, after it was reported that member Jinyoung was positively considering signing an exclusive contract with BH Entertainment, an acting agency. At the time, JYP Entertainment released a statement saying things were still unsure and that they were still discussing contract renewals.

Jinyoung
(Photo : GOT7 Twitter)

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Soon after, Yugyeom was expected to leave JYP Entertainment and switch over to AOMG, a company headed by former JYP Entertainment artist, Jay Park. At the time, JYP Entertainment released a similar statement for Yugyeom, saying contract renewals were still in discussions.

Soon after, however, JYP Entertainment announced that the members of GOT7 were not going to renew their contracts with the company.

Yugyeom
(Photo : Yugyeom Instagram)

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Since their departure from the company, Youngjae has signed an exclusive contract with Sublime Artists while Jackson will continue on with Team Wang. Notably, Team Wang has signed a business deal with Sublime Artists, and it is expected that they will help Jackson's activities in South Korea.

Jinyoung has signed with BH Entertainment.

GOT7
(Photo : GOT7 Twitter)

Bambam is rumored to be considering signing with MakeUs Entertainment. JB, on the other hand, has yet to sign with an agency, though it has been reported that he has received love calls from numerous hip-hop labels. Mark will be returning to his home in the United States and will pursue a music career and YouTube career there.

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Written by Alexa Lewis

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