BTS on how much money a Kpop idol makes (truth from an actual KPOP idol) | STORYTIME

Hello and welcome. It’s your boy Henry Prince Mak here and today I am so happy I saw on Koreaboo news that my channel is the number one k-pop idol YouTube channel to follow So Koreaboo, I just want to say that you are exactly… Right! Ha ha ha! Ah, thank you Koreaboo and thank you guys for supporting me, shout out to you, shout out to you all. Well today we’re gonna be talking about how much money a kpop idol actually makes [BTS- Blood, Sweat and Tears] I’d like to start off with something that I saw online. I think it was an article that said the top 10 percent of k-pop singers actually earn 90 percent of the total income of all the k-pop singers. Well, that’s crazy That’s, that’s insane guys. That’s insane So I’d like to talk about The Big 3: YG, SM and JYP. Yes, if you are a real k-pop fan I’m pretty sure you know what these companies are about, right? Well these three companies do something different to other companies which is: they pay their artists as soon as they debut. Yep. If your favourite idol group is in one of these companies then don’t worry They’re getting paid as soon as they come out, but some smaller companies Well pretty much the rest of the other k-pop companies they have something called break-even Which means that when their artist debuts, when their artist makes money it goes into a pot. Not like a real pot, but yeah, you know what I mean It’s actually a debt so the money that they make goes to pay off this debt and this debt includes stuff from their trainee days, maybe practicing singing, dancing, studio hire, food, accommodation. So if you’re a trainee for 10 years, 10 years accomodation, 10 years food, 10 years of training, whatever, whatever and, after your debut there’s music videos, songs, you know, choreography teachers, stylists, makeup. Oh geez there’s a lot expenses. Promotions, staff, I can go on forever . So the average k-pop rookie idol group probably gets around four thousand US dollars a show and that’s in Korea. If you’re doing overseas promotions, overseas tour, then you probably get a bit more But let’s just start of Korea here first And the company usually gets 90 percent and the artist gets 10 percent. If you’re lucky then the company gets 80 percent and the artist gets 20 percent. Because we’re using myself as example here: We would use twenty percent and twenty percent of four thousand dollars is about eight hundred and divide by how many members we had – we had seven – so that’s a hundred something dollars each And then we use the 100 something dollars to pay off this massive debt that we have Yes, the more comebacks we have, the more songs we have, the bigger this debt gets. You know, the more we eat The more time that we live in the house Jeez, the debt just gets more and more and we can never pay it off We’d never make enough money to pay it off because when we have first debuted we probably had more shows when we have first debuted we probably had more shows But once, you know, two years, three years, we started getting No-shows, all right? When we first start up we’ve probably got like, I’d say six or seven paid shows a month And then it just keeps getting less and less overtime until we started getting like No shows at all and that Seriously means our debt just keeps getting bigger and bigger and then we can never reach it Which means that we will never make money. Oh I think I use myself too much in this example here, but that’s the truth guys and there are so many, so many other idols and groups like me or my group and I just want to say that I think we deserve a lot more love I really do, I really do guys. I just know- Shut up, Siri, shut up Yes, Siri just cut me off *bad Siri* After all I was gonna say So let me give you another example: AOA Yes, most of you probably heard of this girl group. Well. They debuted in 2012 and For the first two years they were really just the average girl group They weren’t famous at all, they weren’t making money And it was until the third year that they actually blew up and they became one of the top girl groups in kpop. I’d say top tier and top five girl groups in kpop at the time and It was really until after their third year so the end of 2015 that they said that they broke even They didn’t make money yet They broke even So they paid off all their debt So by the end of 2015, after that, then they started making money So think about it – even a top girl group in kpop – it took them three years to break even Seriously at that time when I was in Korea, Seolhyun of AOA was one of the hottest kpop idols at that time Well, hottest as in she was the hottest in kpop Well, she was hot as well, but like she was the hottest because she had so many commercials Everywhere on the streets was all Seolhyun SK Telecom commercials, beer commercials, car commercials I’m thinking that she must have made so much money during that time. And also Jimin, she was on Unpretty Rapstar, and she did really well this, so she became very famous. And Choa did a lot of like, variety shows and stuff of that so The group was very, very hot at a time But I was there in 2014 and they only started making money after 2015, so start of 2016 so Jeez all that time they did working and stuff they were paying off debts They weren’t making money jeez, wowow my phone *be careful* But like Yeah, seriously geez Louise man. Who’s Louise? Who’s Louise? I don’t know, but jeez Well see like a top group like AOA took so long to break even start making money. What about all those average groups the Not So Famous groups. You know the middle tier Even if they make money it’ll just be making money for the company They will never make enough money to pay off their debts and then start to earn money for themselves ๐Ÿ™ So once again Please show a lot of love to the middle tier of k-pop groups You know, the Not So Famous ones I don’t wanna name any groups But you know who they are Right? Right? *oh come on* *we do love them* That was too fake *yup* Recently there’s a lot of shows like Produce 101 or Mix Nine which gives another chance to these Not So Famous idol group members a chance to prove themselves, a chance to be famous. I think it’s a good thing It’s a very good thing because I think there’s a lot of talented idols out there, which are just not famous because they’re unlucky or their companies just *beep* Oh, I’ve found the answer! That could actually be a good topic for my next video so if I get 10,000 likes on my next one I can talk about how shows like Produce 101 or Mix Nine can help these non famous idol groups or We can also talk about what happens to disbanded k-pop groups You know like, there’s so many groups come out each year, a lot of them disband and just disappear It’s not like there’s a trashcan for like disbanded kpop groups, right? So where did these members go? What happens to them? That could be a good topic as well So yeah, if you haven’t yet, then make sure to subscribe and check out some other videos on my channel as well There’s a lot of cool videos there. I promise you guys. Alright. It’s your boy Henry Prince Mak here and I’m out Don’t forget to follow my Instagram *dab-flies away*

100 comments on “BTS on how much money a Kpop idol makes (truth from an actual KPOP idol) | STORYTIME”

  1. Henry Prince Mak says:

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  2. R B says:

    Is that the reason why there a lots of Kpop idols commit suicide

  3. Christina Marie Moneda says:

    It's funny the video about what happens to disbanded kpop groups was released after a year ๐Ÿ˜…

    This is really informative. Being a U-CUBE stan, this makes me more concerned of CLC and Pentagon ๐Ÿ˜ข

  4. Dina Che says:

    question, how about all those high end brands of clothes and jewelries the idols are wearing all the time? when you are talking about they only get 10 to 20%, or each show might not be only 4k USD, prolly more right? shouldnt be that lil amount, i guess!??

  5. NHV303 says:

    It took a doctor like 10 years old pay off their debt.


    Chanyeol oppa!!!!๐Ÿ˜


    After i watched the kpop idols confirmed dating i just bash them y'all know why i'm jealous so badly true


    Watch nicki swift title of the vid dark kpop things you don't know you are in there oppa henry


    Suho my boyfriend โœจ

  10. Elvira Haydter says:


  11. L O U I says:

    You should have at least mentioned what kpop group you where from. Geez louis

  12. hubrismaxim says:

    Good video. Even being in a famous group like AOA doesn't make you rich. You can compare Seolhyun's mansion to Chanmi's rather modest apartment. If you broke down that top 10% of groups, I suspect the top 10% of the group's members probably make 70-80% of that revenue. I'm assuming the revenue sharing parts of their contacts might even it out a bit. I know there was a lot of tension in AOA because Seolhyun's earnings were so disproportionately larger than other members and she felt like she was sharing too much.

  13. Krisvee SC says:

    Let's be real, even they weren't making so much money but we love them. Right

  14. Hazman says:

    So difficult to understand what you are saying! Exid is my top kpop group ever!

  15. Miss dArmy says:

    I only came here when I saw BTS but atleast I learned something ๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. TheAmericanDreamISDeadNoMatterHowMuchIReallyTry says:

    Around 8:12 minutes

    I have talent and I have taken many different classes in acting, tech/behind the scenes, modeling, singing, dancing, and editing here and there and I'm still a nobody! And believe me or not about anything, and I'm also not tying to be mean about anything, but I DID put out a lot of money to get nowhere in life! And I think that's still fucked up , when I am a hard worker at what I do but I still feel nobody believes me!

  17. Kitt Pham says:

    WOW! I had no idea what K-Pop had to go through and possibly not get paid at all. Bro, the shirt you got on K.M.A.? That 's the name of my company in Australia. How awesome is that?

  18. Samantha Ramesh says:

    Came here because of the thumbnail, can you talk about exo and sm company in your next video

  19. Charlotte Keith says:

    That's such a rip off. Those companies should be paying for those groups. IT'S THEIR COMPANY for chrissakes. THose companies take 90 to 80% and they make the performers pay for it all??? where does that money go that the company makes??? Jesus christ. Those CEO's and whoever must be rich off the blood, sweat and tears of their idols. SO WRONG.

  20. Lynn Kueh says:

    Came here because I saw BTS. You are so eloquent. BTS is an exception. They paid for their houses in cash! Is it they don't usually take loans in Korea for property? Back to video.

  21. Tiffany Turner says:

    Writers and Kpop artists have a lot in common. Work hard for that dream, and hope you make enough to pay off your writing advance from the traditional publisher. Or, maybe just self publish. I wonder if any Kpop artists just go Indie and break out that way. I've seen some. But the agency system in Korea is so much like the studio system in Hollywood in the states back in the Fifties. It just makes me wonder if kpop artists could unionize, like the writers guild or acting guilds in the US. Maybe that is what this is all leading to.

  22. Tenzin Kalden says:

    M shook I only love bts

  23. Jeon Jungkookie says:

    Suga is me when I get $5 from my mama ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  24. Thirstae For Tae says:

    I feel like K-Pop idols have lives that resemble Geisha. If youโ€™ve read Memoirs of a Geisha, youโ€™ll know what I mean. Itโ€™s all smoke and mirrors, as they say. Thatโ€™s why whenever I see BTS crying on stage, I can see that theyโ€™ve sacrificed so much for what theyโ€™ve achieved. Hereโ€™s to the lesser known K-Pop groups ๐Ÿ’•

  25. Khezya N'kinzi says:

    The real question is why is Henryโ€™s Siri in Mandarin?

  26. marissa godell says:

    No wonder this kids work so hard and no time to rest cuz even if they try their hardest their debt is getting bigger and bigger..

  27. RedXuan says:

    Pretty messed up :/

  28. Seira Areub says:

    Wait?? Where is BTS??

  29. AriKari says:

    Break even is like slavery?

  30. SK says:

    Hey Henry I don't think you might notice this comment but still I wanna ask something…
    Can a guy from India become a Kpop Artist because I really wanna know this cause I'm practising really hard trying to learn Korean from Youtube, practising dance moves and singing(actually I'm really good at singing) and maintaining my weight and stuff.
    Please answer this it will help me alot…….BTW you're really cool and a nice guy sharing all this information with us….LY!!

  31. Ahahx X says:

    Enter a survival show as a independent trainee so u donโ€™t have to pay off debuts provided u debut

  32. Cher Kookie says:

    This is an old concept known in the US south following slavery called "Share Cropping. " it was an unfair system put in place to keep workers (Idols) always working and dependent while the rich (the company) got richer. Look it up.

  33. Sherry V says:

    oh my god….. what the fuck!? my poor babies ๐Ÿ™ oh god….. this is actual slavery!

  34. Albert1492 says:

    This is how loan sharks and gangsters loan people money

  35. Chinar Wakhaloo says:

    That sounds like the system is rigged against you! If they were giving you 80-90% of the money and then asking you to repay the debt, that still seems ok, but if they are keeping 80-90% of the money, they should just be counting that money towards paying off the debts. This is ridiculously unfair!

  36. Neo Got my crack says:

    Are u still close to your old members?

  37. Tanner BaNanner says:

    Do you still a kpop idol in jjcc

  38. Royal Storia says:

    I got into kpop through Cross Gene (underrated) then came to love Boys Republic (underrated) and History (underrated) and JJCC (underrated) and B.I.G (underrated) [All through watching Idol School and then a SFY with CG and JJCC] and Fiestar (underrated) all these groups have either disbanded or have gone on a hiatus with CG and B.I.G barely hanging on. AND YOU ARE RIGHT HENRY YOU DESERVE ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD [EVER SINCE I FIRST SAW YOU ON A SONG FOR YOU I KNEW THAT]

  39. Dennis Fabian says:

    I became fun!

  40. Rajeshwari Thaker says:

    That t shirt didnโ€™t have to come at me like that ! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  41. Marcelle Oneil says:

    I just love you to bits. Love your honesty and your videos. Don't stop flushing these useless companies out and showing them up for their mismanagement of good talent. Parents. Protect your children when it comes to negotiations. Remember. Half of nothing is nothing.

  42. another mind says:


  43. Anthony Flores says:

    โ€œWell she was hot as wellโ€๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  44. park jeon jungkook jimin says:

    Dammnnnn BTS doesn't get paid when the debut ufffff big hit I got my eyes on u if my babies don't have money I will kill u๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘

  45. Tanveer Atwal says:

    A person can probably make more that 2000 dollars by doing a part time job in USA

  46. JC& HarLEAH says:


  47. GG says:

    โ€œDebtsโ€ Lol

  48. Arihana Perez says:

    Ateez? i feel bad for them .๐Ÿ˜ญ

  49. JeonJungguk _HJK says:

    We will miss you Choa

  50. Robertina Runje says:

    The video was really enlightening and it's really sad what they have to go through. It's basically a coin with two sides, the pink one (shown to the fans) and a gray one (the reality they're facing).
    I remember watching FNC Ent.'s show and one AoA girl was so happy to get paid after she did a commercial (I think) and it was around 50 USD and they all looked so disappointed and discouraged. I could never lead such a life. REspect to all the "small" idols and hope they're staying strong :3

  51. Marianela Vargas says:

    Be like Sandara Park…

  52. TheEvil ClownMan says:

    Quit calling us Koreaboos that pisses me off , I love your channel because you put the news out there! ! Keep up the great work !Sandra Kay

  53. exokat wife PH says:

    behind the scene hahahah

  54. Amira Amoura says:

    Face : Korean
    Language : British

  55. 308jun says:

    Stan hard kpop fans!! When you like a kpop group, STAN LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER STANNED BEFORE!! Buy the merch! Buy the albums! Go to all the concerts!! STAN!!!!

  56. Josh Holbrook says:

    If I was a k-pop idol, I would ya e died already from some weird STD.

  57. Allan Yang says:

    So you're saying, if I buy some merch to help the kpop group, they only get 10%, 20% if lucky and the company gets 90%? Or that only applies to shows?

  58. Yang Yong says:

    SUB TO HPK!!!!!

  59. Zoe Joseph says:

    So your telling us you want more?? ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ˜‚

  60. Elicia T says:

    honestly to start earning money , and popularity and have actual promoting you really need to either be really really good in dancing/singing/ or maybe if youโ€™re really pretty/handsome OR you need to have money and power , itโ€™s how the entertainment world works honestly. if you come from a family with a lot of power in korea and you can dance , sing and have visuals , itโ€™s really now hard to become famous because normally these families would make deals with the entertainment company , money for fame

  61. Aaron Harwood says:

    It's strange how much the America music industry is so much different compared to the South Korea music industry.

  62. NV_ Edits / CypherKpop says:

    I love the kpop group seventeen , itโ€™s underrated , I chose seventeen over bts and popular groups because seventeen needs more love, when bts and other popular groups is getting 100s of millions.

  63. Charcol's Trash Vlogs says:

    So BigHit doesnโ€™t? BTS oh noooo. I mean they probably get lots of money cuz like they are really famous. But like Straykids is safe too yey

  64. Ivana Marins says:

    Yes, You deserve much more love… ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  65. Ivana Marins says:

    A genuine gemini: Clever, charming, sincere… Definitively, I'm in love…

  66. Yanin Bai says:

    I like your ears

  67. Tj Bagoyo says:

    momoland is one of the kpop group that is not famous but so many merries support them and they achieve alot!!!

  68. KRS Movie says:

    Well, it's not only KPOP. For example, my friend experienced the following: company paid money for him to study at the university and provided him with a dorm. But after graduation he had to work for them for 5 years and compensating the money they invested in him. He began making some profit only after 5 years when his debt was entirely paid.

  69. Time to loose a wallet says:

    Wait…am i the only one who realises that this sounds similar to human trafficking?

  70. Jade Cortes says:

    i only know yg bc im a blink i love BLACKPINK

  71. Zak Zanimates says:

    Wait- Starship isnโ€™t a big three company.

  72. Simone Duff says:

    Heya fellow Aussie, can
    Do idols
    Been dropped from label eg bap
    They get royalties
    From songs if I buy now.
    Or do they get fuck all.
    I don't want to support company only.
    I want to support eg the actual hardworking individuals of eg BAP 2ne1 etc.
    Ta heaps mate!!
    Hugs from WA

  73. Nazib Bugiso says:

    Just be a singer and don't be a idol. Please Compare western artist to Korean artist. Why western artist are not exploited like how the Koreans exploit all these young kids.

  74. Ni Ni says:

    So you mean that artists from the big 3 don't need to pay for their debt?

  75. I Love Motivation says:

    How are Blackpink doing?

  76. TaeTae Kookies says:

    I was thinking about MAMAMOO ;n;

  77. nightcore _ girl says:


  78. Min Carol says:

    Jesus save me๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  79. KittyZS :D says:

    PLEASE SEE THIS COMMENT Their is a new group called CICI. They are an amazing group but sadly no one really knows them. Please check them out guys!

  80. Lily Lily says:

    As for me, I am ready to work for a year with a little amount of money or not getting anything for that, but not more than a year…Damn, these idols are like boxes of money for those companies and they don't even get paid….it is really unfair, they don't live a normal life, they ruin their normal life for nothing…being forbidden to date with someone, eat less, no sleep, no personal life to be only an idol is way too much

  81. Vendrix says:

    why do you pronounce the 'b' in "debts"? It's silent

  82. meng commissaris says:

    Damnn this sounds so fucked up. It reminded me of prostitution and that is just horrible, the only difference is that artist stay there willingly but that doesnt change the fact that they are treated like puppets or slaves. Damn

  83. John Falcigie says:

    It's called economics. All those singer/groups that did not make any money, also means their labels lost the money they invested into them. The labels have to invest in 10-20 groups to find one group that will make them money. If 10% of the groups are being paid 90% of the money, chances are they are bringing in 90% of the money

  84. BJ700 says:

    That's nothing unusual, considering 90% of global wealth is held by the top 10% of people.

  85. Mubeena Gudumanavar says:

    Guys name some kpop groups who are underated now i will support.

  86. Sehun Min says:

    well damn, I guess if ur not born into a rich family being a kpop idol isn't the best thing… unless you want to be buried in debt.

  87. Rasha _E says:

    Stop saying that kpop are a dark place and all that, you are making people loose their dreams..even it's true just dont d say it..thank you ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿคง๐Ÿคง

  88. Rasha _E says:

    I still want to be a kpop idol๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  89. shane. xx says:

    Now i really wonder i much does BTS make????? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

  90. Sharki says:

    Iโ€™m new so can anyone tell me why there is BTS on the title

  91. Cindy Chong says:

    I just love those lightbulbs expression.

  92. LavenderSunshine says:

    The dab gets me every time XD

  93. POP CORNY says:

    Lindoooo BRโค i Love you

  94. buttgoo magoo says:

    Chinese cant drive

  95. Flowerss_ Petals says:

    Ang sakit lang para sakin na nangangarap din na maging idol na mapakinggan ito sa isang legit na idol. Gusto kong tumuloy pero parang hindi kasi paano nalang kung hindi nagdebut. Paano kung nagdebut nga pero di naman naging sikat. Ang sakit lang para sakin na baka mabaon ako sa utang.

    Thank you for this Video!!

  96. Patti Jojo says:

    Gawd the balance between how much the company receives and what artist earn never make sense to me. I know companies have to pay a lot of the expenses but really though, thinking of it how hard these artists have to work. It would make sense if the companies received such a big amount to pay off the debts if these idols (since they put the money in in the first place to cover all the expenses) and allow the idols to at least make something..but nope, they take the bigger percentage just to rip off the idols and make the artists work hard and bleed to pay off these expenses…wow….

  97. inessofi love says:

    Tambรฉm amo os got7 bambam รฉ o meu amor e o Mark meu bias

  98. Maduri Kanchana says:

    Love this Chanel more Jackson videos plzzz love u โค

  99. kpop is my uwu says:


  100. andy telasai says:

    I love you

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