Admit it VIPs, you guys are secretly worried about BIGBANG’s plans after their military enlistments next year. But fret not, ’cause YG Entertainment’s founder and CEO Yang Hyun Suk said that it’s the least of his concerns.
In talking about BIGBANG’s future, Yang believed that the idol group “could easily do at least 10 more years”.
“BIGBANG’s ‘MADE’ album from last year is an album they released after 3 years, and it achieved global popularity. If BIGBANG were a young idol group, I’d worry, but they’re different. Their talent won’t disappear because they’ve come back from the military. Just like actors that return from duty, I believe that they will have matured, and create new music fit for the times,” he said.
As 2016 is YG’s 20th anniversary, Yang mentioned that the journey was a “hard road”, saying he just wants to run the company in a safe way. He also added that YG has about 1000 staff members.
When asked about his attribution to the company’s style, he said, “I get bored when things don’t change, and I built YG with that in mind. When Fin.K.L and S.E.S were getting popular, I debuted Big Mama, a group with a focus on vocals. In BIGBANG’s early years, I heard a lot of criticism. I called them idols, and people asked if something was wrong with my eyes. It’s the same with BLACKPINK; they are a pretty girl group that does YG style music. That’s new, isn’t it?”
YG Entertainment is home to several top K-Pop artistes and idol groups such as Big Bang, Epik High, iKON, Lee Hi, Akdong Musicians, and PSY. The agency also houses many A-list actors and actresses like Cha Seung Won, Kang Dong Won, Goo Hye Sun, and Lee Jong Suk.