Play M artists including K-pop icon Apink, boy group Victon, debut band Weekly and many more will merge with The Boyz’s Cre.Ker Entertainment. The merger will lead the two companies to create an integrated platform. Learn all about the latest K-pop merger here.

The two entertainment labels, which are under the umbrella of Kakao Entertainment, will now merge and have a new name, Kakao announced on September 17.

According to reports, the executives of the two companies agreed to the merger. Play M Entertainment CEO Jang Hyun Jin and Cre.Ker Entertainment counterpart Yoon Young Ro will jointly lead the new company.

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When will the artists of Play M Entertainment merge with Cre.Ker Entertainment?

According to the latest Korean media report, the K-pop merger of Apink, Weekly and others with the company The Boyz will take place this year. The integration of two companies into one is planned for the end of the year.

Kakao Entertainment said, “While independently reinforcing the strengths of each label, we will also work closely with them to create a powerful integrated synergy and expand our influence across a wide variety of genres. “

The entertainment mogul then concluded, “We will continue to make these kinds of advancements in our multi-label system and strengthen our competitiveness in the music industry.”

Lee Jinsoo, CEO of Kakao Entertainment Corp., at the company’s headquarters in Seongnam, South Korea. Photographer: Jean Chung / Bloomberg via Getty Images

List of artists Play M Entertainment

Play M Entertainment has hosted many popular K-pop artists as well as South Korean entertainment personalities. However, Apink has changed agencies several times.

The girl group started with A Cube Entertainment, which later changed its name to Plan A Entertainment in 2016. Later, Plan A Entertainment and another agency named Fave Entertainment integrated to form Play M Entertainment.

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With Play M Entertainment’s Apink, here’s a look at the other bands and soloists who have signed with the entertainment agency.

K-pop bands

  • A rose
  • Victon
  • Bandage
  • Weekly

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South Korean soloists under Play M

  • Hein gak
  • Jung Eun-ji
  • Oh ha-young
  • Han Seung-woo
  • Kim Nam-joo
  • Make Han-se

South Korean entertainment celebrities

E&T History Entertainment

  • Han-deul park
  • Kim Ye-eun
  • Come on Na-hee
  • Ahn Soo-min
  • Shin Hyeon Seung

Artists Cre.Ker Entertainment

Currently, Cre.ker, short for Creative kernel Entertainment, has “Road To Kingdom” winning K-pop group The Boyz with intern Gwon Hui Jun.

Apink and The Boyz fans react to merger

Fans of Apink and The Boyz joked that the bands would officially be like “sibling bands.” Apink fans also joked that the group can barely remember the names of their ever-growing new business.

One fan shared, “So the Boyz, Weekly and Apink will officially be sibling groups! They were already a little earlier with all their companies under kakao but now it’s like… official official with the merger!

A second fan joked: “Someone is helping Apink They don’t even remember ‘PlayM’, imagine if that changes again!”

Another similar tweet read: “Please Victon and Apink still don’t remember the name of PlayM and now they are most likely changing it. Send help!”

After the successful passage of “Kingdom” by the Boyz, they made their last comeback in July with their sixth mini album “THRILL-ING”. Apink released the single ‘Thank You’ to celebrate its 10th anniversary in April. Stream the two singles below.

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