Kis-My-Ft2 Members Make Less Than $250 Per Appearance
Wednesday 3 Jun, 2015 - 03:33pm UTC
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A report from "Flash
" magazine has revealed that Kis-My-Ft2
is Johnny & Associates'
lowest paid group.
According to the report, Kis-My-Ft2's appearance fees can be as low as 200,000 Yen (~$1,600 USD). Divided between the group's 7 members, each member earns less than 30,000 Yen (~$250 USD) per appearance.
In comparison, SMAP
makes 5 million Yen (~$40,250 USD) per appearance, and Arashi
makes 3 million Yen (~$24,150 USD) per appearance. With these fees split between 5 members, each member of these groups earns more per appearance than Kis-My-Ft2 does as a whole.
While Kis-My-Ft2 is not nearly as well-established or influential as those groups, the group has still topped the Oricon
chart with every single and album it's released. Why would a consistently high-selling group get paid so little? One industry insider offered an explanation.
"On the TV station's side, you have to pay a high price to guarantee getting SMAP. With Kis-My-Ft2, you can negotiate with Johnny's. You don't have to pay a high price to guarantee an appearance. On Johnny's side, the goal right now is to get Kis-My-Ft2's face out there, so they keep their prices low to get them more time on the air
," the insider said.
While Kis-My-Ft2 may be in a low-paying, obscure period in its career, it is unlikely that it will remain this way into the future as the group continues to grow in popularity and recognition.
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