Revealed January 22nd GWSN won the first lawsuit against their former agency The Wave song.
The 28th Civil Division of the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of the GWSN members against their agency The Wave Music, confirming that their exclusive contracts do not exist. Once the decision is finalized within 14 days, the exclusive contract will be terminated and the member will be free to move.
GWSN debuted in September 2018 Kiwi Media Group After that, in July 2020, he moved to The Wave Music under the agreement with his first agency. Since the release of their last album,Other side of the moonTheir activity was virtually non-existent. Many stories have surfaced among fans that the members have been neglected, and this is due to producer Swin Lee’s past posts about not being paid, as well as about $6.7 million due to overdue salaries, severance pay. It was confirmed by a past post about a former employee who said Won was not paid. , and the cost of four months.
According to lawsuit materials, all members were evicted from their accommodation facilities after the office stopped paying rent from February 2022, and in July of the same year, the dance room was removed, and all employees and managers in charge of GWSN. has left the agency.In addition, two foreign members Miya from Japan and so-so Now has a criminal record because the agent failed to pay their visa paperwork.
A member of GWSN said, “Since the album promotion in June 2021, I have been neglected to the point where I can’t do entertainment activities.” Management and Payment Data Obligations. ”
The court believes that the exclusive contract can be terminated if trust in the relationship is broken, such as not providing settlement data (singer’s wages). However, in this case, the company did not respond more than 30 days after receiving the complaint, and the case was closed without a hearing. If she does not appeal within 14 days after the company receives the judgment, the judgment becomes final.
Industry insiders say that there are many cases where singers and trainees are left without support from their agencies, just like GWSN. Since the late 2000s, as girl groups such as Girlhood When wonder girls It was a success, small and medium-sized agencies were established, and dozens of idol groups debuted every year.
Despite the expansion of the idol market, there are few groups that can gain popularity, and if they do not achieve results in a short period of time after their debut, they cannot receive additional investment. It’s getting harder. If the project is delayed due to lack of investment funds, the employees will quit one after another, and only singers who have signed exclusive contracts will remain in the company.