DSP Media

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DSP Media Co., Ltd
Native name
DSP 미디어
Formerly called
Daesung Enterprise (1991–1999)
Founded October 1991 (1991-10)
Founder Lee Ho-yeon
Headquarters Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Key people
Choi Mi-kyung (CEO)
  • Music production
  • Licensing
Owner Lee Ho-yeon
Website dspmedia.co.kr/dsp

DSP Media (Hangul: DSP 미디어; formerly known as DSP Entertainment), is a South Korean entertainment company established in 1991 by Lee Ho-yeon. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house.

The label is home to prominent K-pop artists such as Oh Jong-hyuk, A-JAX, APRIL, Heo Young-ji, KASPER and K.A.R.D and formerly to pioneering groups Firetruck, ZAM, COCO, Fin.K.L, Sechskies, SS501 and KARA. It also manages actors such as Lee Hyun-joo and Cho Shi-yoon.


Daesung Enterprise was founded in September 1991 by Lee Ho Yeon to provide entertainers to the public. One of their first Korean music groups was Firetruck (소방차). The group was a hit and is still loved by the older Koreans.

In February 1999, with the success of star groups like Sechs Kies and FIN.K.L., the company went through legal actions to rename itself to DSP Entertainment.

After merging with Hoshin Textile Company (호신섬유) in March 2006, DSP Entertainment was renamed to DSP Enti.

In September 2008, DSP Enti was renamed as DSP Media. By this time, the company became renowned for its success in the kpop music, Korean drama and TV show production industries.

In March 2010, Lee Ho Yeon fell victim to a stroke. After that, his wife Choi Mi-kyung has been running the company. DSP was the biggest rival of SM Entertainment.[1] But since then, the company declined than before.[2][3]

In the early morning of February 14, 2018, Lee Ho Yeon has passed away at the age of 64, after a long fight with illness. [1]


Former artists


  • 1 Fin.K.L was formed in 1998. In 2006, the members parted with DSP Media. Although there is continued speculation on the status of the group, Fin.K.L has not officially broken up as a group.
  • 2 Click-B was formed in 1999. Ha Hyun-gon, Yoo Ho-suk and No Min-hyuk left the group in 2002. They later promoted as a four member group until 2004 and as a three member group in 2006, although there is continued speculation on the status of the group, Click-B has not officially broken up as a group. They reunited as a seven member group with the release of two digital single in 2011, and then reunited again in 2015 releasing a single album and holding a concert.
  • 3 Puretty was formed in 2012. They were disbanded in 2014. Jeon Somin, Yoon Chaekyung and Cho Shiyoon stayed with DSP Media. Jeon Somin re-debuted with April in 2015, but left the group in November the same year and debuted with K.A.R.D in December 2016. Yoon Chaekyung joined April in November 2016. Cho Shiyoon transitioned into acting.
  • 4 Kara was formed in 2007. In January 2016, Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon and Goo Hara had expired and they decided to not renew their contract while Heo Youngji remained her solo career under DSP Media.
  • 5 Park Sungmin, Seo Jaehyung and Moon Jihoo debuted in 2012 as members of A-JAX. Seo Jaehyung left the group after terminating his contract in the early 2015 while Park Sungmin and Moon Jihoo left the group in early 2016 and remained as solo artist under DSP Media. Moon later parted way with DSP Media in the same year.
  • 6 Kasper debuted in 2014 as a member of Play the Siren, but left the group in 2016. She was best known an Unpretty Rapstar 2 contestant in 2015.[3]
  • 7 Rainbow was formed in 2009. They were disbanded in 2016. The last member Ji Sook has left DSP Media in 2017.
  • 8 Lee Hyun-joo debuted in 2015 as a member of APRIL. She took a temporary hiatus from the group in May 2016 due to health issues and left the group in October 2016 to pursue an acting career.
  • 9 Royal debuted in 2012 as a member of A-JAX under his real name, Park Sungmin. Sungmin left the group in early 2016 but remained in DSP Media to focus on his solo career under his stage name Royal and later leaving the company.[4]



  1. ^ https://www.allkpop.com/article/2018/02/dsp-medias-founding-ceo-lee-ho-yeon-who-gave-birth-to-sechskies-kara-finkl-more-passes-away
  2. ^ "Park Joon Gyu's sons Park Jong Chan and Park Jong Hyuk join DSP Media". Allkpop. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "'언랩2' 캐스퍼. DSP와 전속계약 체결 …레인보우와 한솥밥 [공식입장]". 
  4. ^ "DSP 측 "에이젝스 성민 탈퇴, 소속사 남을 것"(공식입장)". Retrieved November 26, 2017. 

External links

  • (in Korean) DSP Media official homepage – Korea
  • (in Japanese) DSP Media official homepage – Japan
  • DSP Media on Twitter
  • DSP Media's channel on YouTube
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