BTS Is Basically a Cash Machine — Big Hit Annual Revenues Hitting $500 Million

BTS frontman RM (photo: Yun_Q)
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BTS frontman RM (photo: Yun_Q)
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BTS frontman RM (photo: Yun_Q)

BTS label/management group Big Hit Entertainment just doubled its earnings and substantially increased its 2019 profits.

Big Hit Entertainment, the company behind BTS, earned nearly $500 million in 2019, according to a recently delivered corporate briefing.

The Seoul-based business’s total revenue doubled from 2018’s level to $495.2 million, with profits surpassing $80 million. CEO Bang Si-hyuk attributed this massive boost to successful concert tours and a diversified business model.

Bang Si-hyuk also described long-term strategies for achieving continued growth, which include pushing new acts and branching out into different professional spheres.

That makes business sense. BTS is indeed a cash cow, but it shouldn’t be the only cash cow on the farm.

Accordingly, Tomorrow X Tomorrow (TXT) will set out on a world tour in 2022, alongside a boy band that is currently being formed. Lastly, a multinational boy band (presumably with even more pronounced global appeal) will debut later this year, per statements made at the briefing.

Big Hit also intends to continue developing its apps, given the irrefutable success of 2019’s BTS World, which immediately rose to the top of the Apple Store. Weverse, which connects fans with artists and streamlines the purchasing process, is owned by Big Hit. Importantly, over a quarter of Big Hit itself is owned by Netmarble, South Korea’s largest mobile-game developer.

Big Hit’s stable of artists has grown consistently since BTS was signed in 2013.

The previously mentioned TXT, a five-piece South Korean boy band, joined Big Hit in March 2019. And in July, the company bought Source Music, which has a contract with GFriend, a successful pop group.

Undoubtedly, BTS is Big Hit’s largest and most significant source of revenue. The seven-member act has broken countless sales records in South Korea, Japan, and even the United States, where they recently performed at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards (thereby becoming the first Korean band to play the ceremony).

BTS’s next studio album, Map of the Soul:7, will release on February 21st. Over four million fans have already pre-ordered the work, and sales are expected to further increase when BTS embarks on its second world tour later this year.

4 Responses

  1. Ted

    Insanity. Just shows how music, society, etc. has absolutely devolved.

    • Jeff

      Please look into BTS and BigHit Entertainment a little more.. you may actually change your tune when you learn that they both started together from very humble beginnings and were always the under dog who had to work really hard to get to where they are now. To say that “music, society, etc has absolutely devolved” is so far from away the real truth that it actually grossly unjust to these artists. Fair enough it’s your opinion and you have a right to that, but I think it is an uninformed one.

  2. Indie in oakland

    I sure hope the actual artists in BTS are getting paid properly for this level of revenue.

  3. Johnny

    Companies in the music business are only interested in making large amounts of money FOR THEMSELVES and paying the artists as little as possible! And the artists do nothing when they should have spent time and money creating a brand new Platform with DIRECT SALES to the fans where they keep all the money and eliminate all these scum bag middle men. Of course the big corps run the music business with Payola and radio stations are more interested in MAKING MONEY than playing quality music! And nobody seems to have a solution to this huge mess