EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, Xiumin terminate contracts with SM Entertainment

“This is SM committing unjust use of power against its artists once again,” says legal representative.

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EXO members Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin are taking a stand against a contractual dispute with SM Entertainment.

In a bold move, EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin have made it known that they are cutting ties with SM Entertainment by terminating their contracts with the label.

Their lawyer Lee Jae Hak revealed on Thursday, June 1, that SM Entertainment is attempting to enforce contracts with the artists for an extensive duration, spanning at least 17 or 18 years. 

The legal representative said, “This is SM committing unjust use of power against its artists once again.”

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission only sets seven years as the limit for contracts of entertainment workers. For years, ‘slave contracts’ are imposed by labels and talent agencies.

The trio had also sent certification of contents a total of seven times since March, requesting a copy of a transparent settlement report and basis for settlement, but to no avail.

The legal battle over contracts is not something new with the label, having one in 2009 with former SM group TVXQ. The premier music label is yet to comment on the said matter.

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