SM Entertainment Confirms Disciplinary Action Against Employee Who Snuck Wife's Lyrics Into Songs By EXO, BoA, And More

On May 6, SM Entertainment confirmed that an employee in charge of artists and repertoire (A&R) was punished for sneaking his wife’s lyrics into SM artists’ songs.

The employee had included these lyrics in 15 songs by EXO, BoA, Baekhyun, and EXO-CBX, without the agency’s knowledge. An agency representative shared, “Recently, we confirmed the employee’s inappropriate work and took disciplinary action in response.”

In order to not get caught, the employee rotated between three different names that share the same trust code to list in the credits.

The A&R department in an entertainment agency is involved with artists’ discovery, contracts, and training, as well as album planning, production, and promotion. They also play a key role in receiving songs that are the right fit for artists, including commissioning producers and lyricists, revising lyrics, and more.

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