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After a series of earlier expansions and recent changes at South Korean company, Big Hit Entertainment, home to BTS and TXT, announced on May 25 that it has become the largest shareholder of PLEDIS Entertainment, which houses K-pop boy band SEVENTEEN and NUEST. According to Big Hit, move has helped the company further its goal of growing its multi-label structure, establishing a first-string boyband roster in South Korea. Big Hit, which was founded by Bang Si-Hyuk in 2005, has seen major successes in recent years as BTS has become an unparalleled global phenomena, and the move come amid rumors of Big Hit going public and holding an IPO in coming months. The company say that PLEDIS, which was founded by CEO Han Sung Soo in 2007, will maintain its label's independence despite the move while receiving support from Big Hit. Its artists are expected to, play greater role in overseas markets based on Big Hit's global networks and platform technologies, capabilities of which have been proven by bts' global success. In March, first waves of the PLEDIS acquisition were felt when SEVENTEEN was added to Big Hits ' proprietary app, Weverse. I am thrilled to be joining forces with Big Hit, company that spearheads the Korean entertainment industry, say Han. This will mark an opportunity for growth for both Labels artists and entire staff members. We will do our best to give back the ardent love fans have shown us with quality content and greater success for artists. Over the past few years, Big Hit has expanded its roster, launching new acts such as TXT under its own brand and also previously acquiring Source Music, which houses K-pop girl group GFRIEND, in 2019. Upcoming boy bands and girl groups are also currently in the works, according to Big Hit. We are happy to collaborate with CEO Han Sung Soo and the creative team of PLEDIS Entertainment, say Bang, who currently holds the title of Chairman and CEO of Big Hit. Hereafter, Big Hit and PLEDIS will sympathize through Music, and will thrive together to create great synergy with each other.
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|S.Coups ()||Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Leader of Hip-Hop Unit, Center||2015-present|
|Jeonghan ()||Lead Vocalist, Visual||2015-present|
|Joshua ()||Lead Vocalist||2015-present|
|Jun ()||Lead Dancer, Vocalist||2015-present|
|Hoshi ()||Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Leader of Performance Unit||2015-present|
|Wonwoo ()||Lead Rapper, Vocalist||2015-present|
|Woozi ()||Lead Vocalist, Producer, Leader of Vocal Unit||2015-present|
|DK ()||Main Vocalist, Leader of BSS||2015-present|
|Mingyu ()||Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Visual||2015-present|
|The8 ()||Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper||2015-present|
|Seungkwan ()||Main Vocalist, Official MC||2015-present|
|Vernon ()||Main Rapper, Face of the Group||2015-present|
|Dino ()||Main Dancer, Lead Rapper,Sub Vocalist, Maknae||2015-present|
In group of this size, showcasing individual skills becomes challenging, as most three-to-four-minute songs are divided among 13 members. SEVENTEENs sub-group system helps solve this problem. The hip-hop unit, vocal unit and performance unit specialize in rapping, singing and dancing, respectively. On most albums since 2015, members record songs in these units in addition to recording as a whole group. Different combinations of artists are regularly form, including Leaders unit featuring leaders of three sub-groupsand special unit BSS, consisting of comedic trio Seungkwan, DK and Hoshi.
|Hip-Hop Team||S.Coups , Wonwoo, Mingyu, and Vernon|
|Performance Team||Hoshi , Jun, The8, and Dino|
|Vocal Team||Woozi , Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, and Seungkwan|
|SVT LEADERS||S.Coups , Hoshi and Woozi|
|BSS||DK , Hoshi, and Seungkwan|
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