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SM Entertainment Profile: History, Artists, and Facts

SM Entertainment Profile: History, Artists, and Facts
Official/Current Company Name: SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. (February 14th, 1995)
Previous Company Name: SM Studio/SM Planning
CEO: Lee Sung-su and Tak Young-jun
Founder: Lee Soo-man
Founding Date: 1989 (Reestablished in February 14th, 1995)
Address: SM Entertainment 423, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

SM Entertainment Official Accounts:
Company Website: SM Entertainment
Artist Website: SMTOWN
Facebook: SMTOWN
Twitter: SMTOWN
Youtube: SMTOWN
Weibo: SMTOWN

SM Entertainment Artists:*
Fixed Groups:
The Blue

Debut Date: 1992
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2009
Members: Son Ji-chang and Kim Min-joong
Subunits:
Website:

Tin Tin Five

Debut Date: 1993
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2010
Members: Pyo In-bong, Lee Woong-ho, Hong Rok-ki, Lee Dong-woo, and Kim Kyungsik
Subunits:
Website:

Major

Debut Date: 1994
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 1994
Members: Lim Bum-jun, Seo Yeon-su, and Yu Han-jin
Subunits:
Website:

J&J

Debut Date: August 1994
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 1994
Members: Kang Jun-shik and Kim Ju-hyun
Subunits:
Website:

H.O.T

Debut Date: September 7th, 1996
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: May 2001
Members: Heejun, Woohyuk, Tony, Kangta, and Jaewon.
Subunits:
Website:

S.E.S

Debut Date: November 1st, 1997
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: December 2002 (Reunited Briefly in 2017)
Members: Bada, Eugene, Shoo
Subunits:
Website:

Shinhwa

Debut Date: March 24th, 1998
Status: Active
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2003
Current Company: Shinhwa Company
Members: Eric, Lee Min Woo, Dongwan, Hyesung, Junjin and Andy
Subunits:
Website: Shinhwa Company

Fly to the Sky

Debut Date: November 21st, 1998
Status: Active
Date of Inactivity at SM: November 2004
Current Company: H2 Media
Members: Brian Joo and Hwanhee
Subunits:
Website:

Sugar

Debut Date: 2001
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2006
Members: Ayumi Lee, Hye Seung, Harin, Hwang Jung-eum, and Park Soo-jin
Subunits:
Website:

Isak N Jiyeon

Debut Date: September 2002
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2004
Members: Isak and Jiyeon (The Grace)
Subunits:
Website:

Black Beat

Debut Date: November 3rd, 2002
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2006
Members: Lee So-min, Hwang Sang-hoon, Jung Ji-hoon, Shim Jae-won, and Jang Jin-young
Subunits:
Website:

TVXQ/DBSK

Debut Date: December 26th, 2003
Status: Active
Active Members: Yunho and Changmin
Former Members: Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu
Subunits:
Website: TVXQ.SMTOWN

TraxX

Debut Date: July 20th, 2004
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: April 2019
Members in the Final Lineup: Jay, Jungmo, and Ginjo.
Former Members: Rose Minwoo, Attack Jungwoo, Xmas Jungmo, and Ginjo.
Subunits:
Website: TraxX.SMTOWN

The Grace

Debut Date: April 29th, 2005
Status: Inactive
Date of Inactivity at SM: December 2011
Active Members: Lina, Dana, Sunday
Former Members: Stephanie
Subunits:
Dana&Sunday (2011)- Dana and Sunday
Website: The Grace.SMTOWN

Super Junior

Debut Date: November 6th, 2005
Status: Active
Current Company: Label SJ (Company under SM Entertainment)
Active Members: Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun
Inactive Members: Zhoumi(Super Junior M) and Sungmin
Former Members: Kangin, Henry(Super Junior M), Hangeng, and Kibum
Subunits:
Super Junior K.R.Y (2006)– Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung
Super Junior T (2007)– Leeteuk, Heechul, Shindong, Sungmin, and Eunhyuk
Super Junior M (2008)– Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Zhoumi, Donghae, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun
Super Junior Happy (2008)– Leeteuk, Yesung, Shindong, Sungmin, and Eunhyuk
Super Junior D&E (2011)– Donghae and Eunhyuk
Websites: Super Junior.SMTOWN, Super Junior K.R.Y.SMTOWN, Super Junior T.SMTOWN, Super Junior M.SMTOWN, Super Junior Happy.SMTOWN, Super Junior D&E.SMTOWN

Girls’ Generation

Debut Date: August 5th, 2007
Status: Active
Active Members: Taeyeon, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sunny, Yoona, Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Seohyun
Members No Longer Under SM: Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Seohyun
Former Members: Jessica
Subunits:
Girls’ Generation-TTS (2012)- Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun
Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG (2018)- Sunny, Taeyeon, Yoona, Yuri and Hyoyeon
Websites: Girls’ Generation.SMTOWN, Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG.SMTOWN, Girls’ Generation-TTS.SMTOWN

SHINee

Debut Date: May 25th, 2008
Status: Military Hiatus
Active Members: Onew,and Taemin
Members on Military Hiatus: Key and Minho
Member for Eternity: Jonghyun
Subunits:
Website: SHINee.SMTOWN

f(x)

Debut Date: September 5th, 2009
Status: Inactive
Date of Inactivity at SM: September 2019
Active Members: Krystal
Members No Longer Under SM: Amber, Victoria, and Luna.
Member for Eternity/Former Member: Sulli
Subunits:
Website: f(x).SMTOWN

EXO

Debut Date: April 8th, 2012
Status: Active
Active Members: Baekhyun, Chen, ChanyeolKai, and Sehun
Members on Military Hiatus: Suho, Xiumin, and D.O
Inactive Members:Lay
Former Members: Kris, Luhan, and Tao
Subunits:
EXO-K (2012): Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O, Kai, and Sehun
EXO-M (2012): Kris, Xiumin, Luhan, Lay, Chen, and Tao
EXO-CBX (2016): Xiumin, Baekhyun, and Chen
EXO-SC (2019): Chanyeol and Sehun
Websites: EXO.SMTOWN, EXO-CBX.SMTOWN, EXO-SC.SMTOWN

Red Velvet

Debut Date: August 1st, 2014
Status: Active
Members: Irene, Wendy, Seulgi, Joy, and Yeri
Subunits:
IRENE & SEULGI (July 6th, 2020)- Irene and Seulgi
Website: Red Velvet.SMTOWN

NCT

Debut Dates:
NCT UApril 9th, 2016
NCT 127July 7th, 2016
NCT DreamAugust 24th, 2016
WayVJanuary 17th, 2019
Status: Active
Members: Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark, Xiao Jun, Hendery, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Yangyang, Shotaro, Sungchan, Chenle, and Jisung.
Subunits:
NCT U (2016): Taeil, Taeyong, Kun, Ten, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark, Haechan, Shotaro, and Sungchan.
NCT 127 (2016): Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin(Inactive), Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan
NCT Dream (2016): Mark (Graduated), Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung
WayV (2019): Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery, and Yangyang
Websites: NCT.SMTOWN, NCT 127.SMTOWN, NCT Dream.SMTOWN, WayV.SMTOWN

Project/Collaboration Groups:
SM the Ballad

Debut Date: November 29th, 2010
Status: Inactive
Active Members: Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation), Yesung (Super Junior), Zhoumi (Super Junior M), Changmin (TVXQ), Chen (EXO), and Krystal (f(x))
Former Members: Jay (TraxX), Kyuhyun (Super Junior), Zhang Liyin, and Jinho (PENTAGON)
Member for Eternity: Jonghyun (SHINee)
Website: SM the Ballad.SMTOWN

M&D

Debut Date: June 22nd, 2011
Status: Disbanded
Date of Inactivity at SM: April 30th, 2019
Members: Heechul (Super Junior) and Jungmo (TraxX)
Website: M&D.SMTOWN

Younique Unit

Debut Date: October 2012
Status: Inactive
Date of Inactivity at SM 2012
Members: Eunhyuk (Super Junior), Henry (Super Junior M), Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation), Taemin (SHINee), and Kai and Luhan (EXO).
Website:

SM the Performance

Debut Date: December 2012
Status: Active
Members: Yunho (TVXQ), Eunhyuk and Donghae (Super Junior), Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation), Irene and Seulgi (Red Velvet), Lay and Kai (EXO), Minho and Taemin (SHINee), Taeyong, Yuta, Ten, Jaehyun, Mark, and Haechan (NCT).
Website:

Toheart

Debut Date: March 2014
Status: Inactive
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2014
Additional Company: Woollim Entertainment
Members: Key (SHINee) and Woohyun (Infinite)
Website:

Super M

Debut Date: October 4th, 2019
Status: Active
Members: Baekhyun and Kai (EXO), Taemin (SHINee), Taeyong, Ten, Lucas, and Mark (NCT)
Website: Super M Official

Solo Artists:**
Hyun Jin-young

Debut Date: April 1st, 1990
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: 1993
Current Company: SidusHQ
Groups:
Website:

Han Dong-jun

Debut Date: 1991
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: 1993
Groups:
Website:

Kim Gwang-jin

Debut Date: 1991
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: 1993
Groups:
Website:

Kim Min-jong

Debut Date: March 1992
Status: Currently an actor under SM
Groups: The Blue
Website: minjong

Yoo Young-jin

Debut Date: 1993
Status: Currently only a producer under SM
Groups:
Website:

BoA

Debut Date: August 25th, 2000
Status: Active
Group:
Website: BoA.SMTOWN

Kangta

Debut Date: March 2001
Status: Active
Group: H.O.T
Website: Kangta.SMTOWN

Jang Na-ra

Debut Date: June 18th, 2001
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: 2004
Current Company: Rawon Culture
Groups:
Website: narajjang

Dana

Debut: September 10, 2001
Status: Hiatus
Group: The Grace (Subunit: Dana&Sunday)
Website:

Chu Ga-yeoul

Debut Date: August 29th, 2002
Status: Hiatus
Group:
Website:

Sunday

Debut Date: 2004
Status: Hiatus
Group: The Grace (Subunit: Dana&Sunday)
Website:

Zhang Liyin

Debut Date: September 8th, 2006
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: April 2017
Current Company: Show City Times (China)
Group: SM the Ballad
Website: Zhang Liyin.SMTOWN

J-Min

Debut Date: 2007
Status: Active
Group:
Website: J-Min.SMTOWN

Henry

Debut Date: June 7th, 2013
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: April 30th, 2018
Current Company: Monster Entertainment Group
Group: Super Junior (Sub Unit: Super Junior M), Younique Unit
Website: Monster Group.Henry

Lee Dong-woo

Debut Date: November 14th, 2013
Status: Active
Group: Tin Tin Five
Website: Lee Dong-woo.SMTOWN

Taemin

Debut Date: August 18th, 2014
Status: Active
Groups: SHINee, Super M, SM the Performance, Younique Unit
Website: Taemin.SMTOWN

Zhoumi

Debut Date: October 31st, 2014
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Groups: Super Junior (Sub Unit: Super Junior M), SM the Ballad
Website: Zhoumi.SMTOWN

Kyuhyun

Debut Date: November 13th, 2014
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Groups: Super Junior (Sub Units: Super Junior K.R.Y and Super Junior M), SM the Ballad
Website: Kyuhyun.SMTOWN

Jonghyun

Debut Date: January 12th, 2015
Status: Soloist for Eternity
Group: SHINee, SM the Ballad
Website: Jonghyun.SMTOWN

Amber

Debut Date: February 16th, 2015
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: September 2019
Current Company: Steel Wool Entertainment (Worldwide but based in the USA)
Group: f(x)
Website: Amber.SMTOWN

U-Know

Debut Date: May 25th, 2015
Status: Active
Group: TVXQ, SM the Performance
Website: U-Know.SMTOWN

Taeyeon

Debut Date: October 7th, 2015
Status: Active
Groups: Girls’ Generation (Sub Units: Girls’ Generation-Oh!GGGirls’ Generation-TTS) SM the Ballad
Website: Taeyeon.SMTOWN

Ryeowook

Debut Date: January 28th, 2016
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Group: Super Junior (Sub Units: Super Junior K.R.Y and Super Junior M)
Website: Ryeowook.SMTOWN

Yesung

Debut Date: April 19th, 2016
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Groups: Super Junior (Sub Units: Super Junior K.R.Y and Super Junior Happy), SM the Ballad
Website: Yesung.SMTOWN

Tiffany

Debut Date: May 11th, 2016
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: October 9th, 2017
Current Company: Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Group: Girls’ Generation (Sub Unit: Girls’ Generation-TTS)
Website: tiffanyyoung.com

LUNA

Debut Date: May 31st, 2016
Status: Left SM
Date of Inactivity at SM: September 5th, 2019
Current Company: Humap Contents
Group: f(x)
Website:

Yoona

Debut Date: August 4th, 2016
Status: Active
Group: Girls’ Generation (Sub Unit: Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG)
Website: Yoona.SMTOWN

Lay

Debut Date: October 28th, 2016
Status: Active
Groups: EXO, SM the Performance
Website: Lay.SMTOWN

Hyoyeon/HYO

Debut Date: December 1st, 2016
Status: Active
Groups: Girls’ Generation (Sub Unit: Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG), SM the Performance, Younique Unit
Website: Hyoyeon.SMTOWN

Yuri

Debut Date: October 4th, 2018
Status: Active
Group: Girls’ Generation (Sub Unit: Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG)
Website: Yuri.SMTOWN

Key

Debut Date: November 6th, 2018
Status: Military Hiatus
Groups: SHINee, Toheart, SM the Performance
Website: Key.SMTOWN

Onew

Debut Date: December 5th, 2018
Status: Active
Group: SHINee
Website: Onew.SMTOWN

Chen

Debut Date: April 1st, 2019
Status: Active
Groups: EXOSM the Ballad
Website: Chen.SMTOWN

Heechul

Debut Date: April 13th, 2019
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Groups: Super Junior (Sub Unit: Super Junior T), M&D
Website: Heechul.SMTOWN

Baekhyun

Debut Date: July 10th, 2019
Status: Active
Groups: EXO, Super M
Website: Baekhyun.SMTOWN

Sungmin

Debut Date: November 22nd, 2019
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Group: Super Junior (Sub Units: Super Junior T, Super Junior M, and Super Junior Happy)
Website: Sungmin.SMTOWN

Donghae

Debut Date: February 10th, 2020
Status: Active
Subsidiary: SJ Label
Group: Super Junior (Sub Units: Super Junior M and Super Junior D&E)
Website: Donghae.SMTOWN

Suho

Debut Date: March 30th, 2020
Status: Military Hiatus
Group: EXO
Website: Suho.SMTOWN

Max

Debut Date: April 2020
Status: Active
Groups: TVXQSM the Ballad
Website: Max.SMTOWN

SM Entertainment Artists Who Did Not Debut Under SM:
-Lee Ji-hoon

Artists Under SM Entertainment Subsidiaries, Divisions, and Group Companies:

Mystic Story (2017):
-Mystic89 (Subsidiary):
Jongshin Yoon, Wonsun Joe, Jaejung Parc, Lucy, SEO, Gian84, Hareem, Jung-in, Sangdon Park, Suhyun Kim, Yongchul Kim, Youngjoo Oh, Jungchi Cho, Jinwoon Jeong, Taejin Son, Ji Sang, Jinsoo Kim, Shinchreem, Eddy Kim, PERC%NT, Jiyoun Lee, and Je Woong Yang.
-APOP (Subsidiary):
Brown Eyed Girls, Minseo, Jea, Miryo, and Gain.
All I Know Music (Subsidiary):
Giant Pink, Bray, Duckbae, and Sohlhee.

Million Market (2018):
MC Mong, Suran, Penemoco, ChinChilla, Moon, Woo Tae Woon, and Jiselle.
-“off the” (Subsidiary):
CHANCELLOR and Jiselle
-ATM (Subsidiary):
Coogie
-Rhythment (Subsidiary):
Lim Chae Eon, Lily, Park Do Ha, Highcolor, and Sungdam.

SM Culture & Contents (2012):
Sung Kwang Park and Defconn.
-Woolim Entertainment (Subsidiary from 2013-2016):
Infinite (Sub Unit: Infinite F), Lovelyz, Golden Child, Rocket Punch, Nam Woo Hyun, Kim Sung Kyu, Kei, Jang Dong Woo, JOO, and W Project.

Baljunso (2014):
HLIN, Wasted Johnny’s, and Sinchon Tigers.

Label SJ (2015):
Super Junior (Sub Units: Super Junior K.R.Y, Super Junior-T, Super Junior-M, Super Junior-Happy, Super Junior-D&E), Zhou Mi, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Yesung, Heechul, Sungmin, Donghae, and Kangin.

ScreaM Records (2016):
DJ Hyo, Ginjo, Imlay, and Raiden.

Label V (2019):
WayV

BM Entertainment (2001):
M.I.L.K

Cid.K Entertainment (2002):
Shinvi

SM Entertainment Indonesia (2019):
Rossa

Other SM Entertainment Subsidiaries, Divisions, and Group Companies:
SM Entertainment Japan Inc. (2001)
-SM Entertainment USA Inc. (2008)
-SM Brand Marketing (2008)
-SM F&B Development (2008)
-SM Amusement (2008)
-SM True Co., Ltd (2011)
Dream Maker Entertainment (2012)
-SM Entertainment Beijing Co., Ltd (2012)
-SM Mobile Communications (2015)
galaxiaSM (2015)
ESteem (2015)
-SM Planner (2017)
everysing (2017)
KEYEAST (2018)
SM Life Design Group (Since 2018)

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