Music industry in 1st half of 2009: SM vs ex-SM

With the music industry in the first half of 2009 being frozen, the 3 acts fighting for the top 2 spots on the music charts all kicked off their careers at the same management agency. SNSD, Shin Hyesung and Fly To The Sky all belong to 3 different management agencies, but their careers all took off with SM Entertainment.

SNSD still keeps their #1 spot on the sales charts with their runaway hit ‘Gee’, and according to their agency sales have already hit 80,000 and they look set to be the first act this year to break the 100,000 mark. The girl group is signed to SM Entertainment.

Debuting with Shinhwa in 1998 under SM Entertainment, Shin Hyesung is currently signed to Good EMG, and after releasing his new album on 17th Feb, he has already issued a battle call to SNSD in the first week of sales. Vol.3 Side 2 ‘Keep Leaves’ has already hit 40,000 in presales and according to major music sites, sales have already exceeded 20,000 in the first week alone.

Duo Fly To The Sky released their 9th album ‘Decennium’ to good reviews on 13th Feb. FTTS made their debut in 1999 under SM Entertainment, and later moved to PFull Entertainment. This is their 10th anniversary album, but also the last official album that FTTS members Brian and Hwan Hee will be making together.

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