How Much Do K-POP Idols Earn Money In A Year?

Top 10 Highest Earning K-Pop Female Groups

Top 10 Highest Earning K-Pop Female Groups

Now, we are done with the top 10 highest earning K-pop male groups. What about the K-pop female groups? Are you curious and want to know, too? Well, without any further ado, here are the top 10 highest earning K-pop female groups.

1. JYP Entertainment – TWICE


TWICE is on the rise since their debut with “Like Ooh-Ahh” and has now returned with “Signal,” earning millions a year. J.Y Park, JYP Entertainment’s owner, invested $420,000 for their debut and now TWICE is in the top 3 girl groups. TWICE earns $1.45 million a year and has been the main asset of the agency with their album and merchandise sales. Due to cute packaging and cute merchandise, a lot of their fans buy their items although the price is almost 200,000 won for one item.

2. YG Entertainment – BLACKPINK


Netizens always say Blackpink is the new generation of 2NE1, and since their debut with “Boombayah” until their new song “As if It’s Your Last,” they have been YG’s newest girl group asset after 2NE1. In a year, they earned around $25.3 million. Their album has also already surpassed one million sales.

3. SM Entertainment – Girl’s Generation


A legendary girl group from SM Entertainment, Girl’s Generation, or SNSD, is one of the agency’s main assets. They earned $22.3 million from their Phantasia concert, $21.5 million from their Girl’s Peace – Japan Tour, 14.98 million from the Japan Arena Tour, and 14.97 from Girls and Peace World Tour. Girl’s Generation contributed 80% of the income for SM Entertainment, earning more than 44.4 billion won in a year. Concert tours were the biggest income for them.

4. RBW Entertainment – Mamamoo

Mamamoo was considered by some critics as one of the best K-pop debuts of 2014. The group contained a full package with their vocals, visuals, dances, and performances as some of the best in the K-pop industry at the time. The sales of their digital and physical album cannot be underestimated. Additionally, each member has their individual projects and endorsements which give them more money into their bank accounts.

5. SM Entertainment – Red Velvet

SM Entertainment - Red Velvet

Debuting under SM Entertainment in 2014, Red Velvet is one of the most popular and richest K-pop female groups from South Korea these days. Aside from the sales of their albums, the money that the girls gain from endorsements is fantastic which put them on this list. Their fans are also spread all around the world, both in South Korea and internationally.

6. YG Entertainment – 2NE1


Since debut until their disbandment, 2NE1 had the biggest income for YG. They earned more than 41 billion won in a year from concerts, albums, and other sales. Since Minzy left 2NE1, they continued their career with only three members until they disbanded.

7. YMC Entertainment – IOI


I.O.I was formed through the survival show Produce 101 Season 1. The group debuted with 11 members in 2016 with the song “Dream Girls.” Produce 101, a viral survival show that is about 101 survival training, chooses 11 members to debut and enter a contract for 1 year. After 1 year, I.O.I earned around 100 billion won including 2.5 billion won from advertisements, 30 million won from photoshoots, and 1.2 billion won from digital charts and their individual schedules, totaling 100 billion won.

8. STARSHIP Entertainment – SISTAR


From their debut until before they disbanded, SISTAR was the biggest income stream for STARSHIP. From concerts, albums, showcases, fan meetings, and merchandise sales, they could earn around 23 billion won in a year. Now, after SISTAR’s disbandment, STARSHIP’s stock has gone down and their income is now from MONSTA X. Soyou and Dasom are still a part of STARSHIP. Meanwhile, Bora moved to another agency and Hyolyn started to make a new agency with her name.

9. SM Entertainment – F(x)


Before Sulli chose to leave F(x), F(x) was one of the biggest income streams for SM Entertainment with an income of $4.4 million a year in addition to their individual schedules earning more than $5 million a year. But now, SM Entertainment still focuses on the individual schedule of F(x) and tries to find the perfect timing for their comeback. F(x)’s last comeback was with “4 Walls.”

10. Core Contents Media – T-ara


Starting with five members, T-ara debuted with Good Person as an OST of a Korean drama. T-ara’s former members include Jiwon and Jiae, and the current four members are Qri, Eunjung, Jiyeon, and Hyomin. In a year, they earn around 35 billion won.

9. CUBE Entertainment – 4MINUTE


Before their disbandment from CUBE Entertainment, 4MINUTE earned 26 billion won a year with albums, showcases, fan meetings, and individual schedules. But, after 4MINUTE’s disbandment, the members are focusing on their solo careers, and some of them are still under CUBE Entertainment.

10. Daesung Entertainment ( DSP ) – KARA


Kara debuted in 2007 and is the biggest income for DSP Entertainment with an income of around $31 billion a year. Their concerts in Japan have seen more than 200,000 people in attendance.

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