Recently, JYP Entertainment has revealed the enormous amount of money invested in an idol group’s debut, comebacks and promotion. According to their reveal, debuting a group costs about 700 million won to 900 million won.
The number is an assumption for a five-member boy group, with each member trained for about three years; if there are more members, the cost will be higher.
A comeback of an already debuted group is also not cheap. A mini album with only 3 songs can cost 12 million won for recording, 15 million won for producing, and 20 million won for photo taking. The cost for an MV is estimated to be 150 million won, so three MVs’ will be 450 million won.
This is still nothing compared to the money paid so that the idols can be promoted on music shows: 500 million won.
To be more specific, 50 million won is paid to choreographers, 100 million won is paid to back up dancers, 10 million is for the make-up team, and 100 million won is for marketing and other expenses.
In conclusion, for an idol group to debut and have their first comeback, the management company will have to pay an estimate of 1.9 billion won.