Sorn Might Have Just Changed The Kpop Industry
In case you didn't know, Sorn from CLC is a bad ass. She started her own vlog channel to connect with fans since Cube is shit at promoting their groups. She made content in English and literally made powerpoint presentations teaching people about her experience as a trainee, debuting, what its really like to be an idol, etc. Her recent Thai interview though, might have just seriously changed the game. Starts at 2:04 She is asked about royalites (they say loyalties) - the fee artists get each time a song is played on the radio for example, or used in a CM or movie, etc. This is what makes artists the most money - not selling albums. It's the lifetime of a song. Sorn points out that even though in a kpop contract it says the artist will get a certain percent of the royalties, foreign idols (thai, japanese, chinese, etc) might never see that money. She called Lisa (Blackpink) and Lisa just sort of accepted that as a foreigner you get paid less than the Korean members, but Sorn was not going to take that. Turns out, her home country and Korea needed to come to an agreement (this goes for all countries, not just Thailand) in order for the artists to get their full payment. Sorn took action and is currently working to get equal pay for her Thai idol friends, and eventually all countries!!! After this news broke about the unequal pay, the Korean Music Federation took notice. They found $15 million worth of unpaid royalites. That money is just sitting there, waiting to be paid to artists. Now the government is working hard to fix this, return the money, and move towards equal pay for all. Way to go Sorn!