SechsKies album sales allegations and DSP tax evasion allegations
SechsKies the founder group of Daesung (DSP Entertaiment)
Debut 1st album "School Byeolgok" (학원별곡)
#Recording Industry Association of Korea reported SechsKies sold 520,000 copies
#Daily Sports and Korea.com reported SechsKies exceeded 600,000 copies mark in just 3 months. Show the power of monster rookie with hit after hit "school byeolgok (학원별곡)", "Remember Me", "The Way This Guy Lives (사나이 가는 길/폼생폼사)".
SechsKies Kang Sung Hoon said SechsKies 1st album in their first year of debut alone sold 1,200,000 copies, yet DSP only reported 520,000 copies been sold to RIAK.
2nd album "Welcome To The Sechskies Land"
Suspicions of sales figures
#Sports Chosun reported SechsKies sold 1,220,000 copies for their 2nd album
#Recording Industry Association of Korea reported that SechsKies sold only 700,000 copies
The differences between the unofficial and official album report was too large. DSP said that there was an error when they generated SechsKies album sales. Once again, DSP only reported 700,000 copies been sold to RIAK . Even lower than the official sales reported by distributors.
By the end of 1998, OhmyNEWS reported SechsKies debut album exceeded 1,700,000 ~ 1,800,000 copies
3rd album "Road Fighter"
Album sales shrinking allegations
#Korea Times reported SechsKies sold 700,000 copies or more
#Recording Industry Association of Korea reported that SechsKies sold only 360,000 copies
As you can see from the album sales copies above, DSP only reported 350,000 ~ 360,000 copies to RIAK. DSP shrunk down SechsKies album sales by more than 350,000 copies.
Media aware and raised the suspicions on SechsKies sales figure. DSP under reporting album sales were everywhere on the news.
Top artist Kim Hyun Jung who sold more than 600,000 copies. Yet SechsKies still swept year end awards show that their third album sales even bigger. Therefore, it became very difficult to trust the official album sales reported by DSP. Who continuously reduced SechsKies album sales. News articles are believed to be more reliable.
At that time, the record distributors for SechsKies third album was King Records and Shinnara
DSP only reported the album sales from Shinnara. DSP claimed that Shinnara and King Records were the same distributor, but the distributor clearly stated that they were separate distributors.
Special Album - Couple
#Recording Industry Association of Korea reported that SechsKies sold 305,307 copies
SechsKies Eun Ji Won said their special album sold more than 1,200,000 copies
SechsKies expected to win Daesang along with H.O.T as they are confident with their album sales yet the MC announced the winner "Fin.K.L." Later, a Sechskies fan revealed the picture of the SBS DAESANG trophy he took, and it said "Sechskies" in it.
Daesung earned a lot of money by under-reporting the physical sales of Sechs Kies in order to trick people of why Sechskies get low payments. Daesung company been investigated by the Seoul Tax Service for tax evasion allegations and underpaid wage to Sechs Kies members.
4th album "Com’Back"
DSP and tax evasions
#Daily sports reported SechsKies sold 600,000 copies in 2 days.
Day 1 - 350,000 copies
Day 2 - 250,000 copies
So SechsKies were very confident to renew their album sales record
By the end of September, Daily Sports reported SechsKies 4th album sales more than 700,000 copies
#Recording Industry Association of Korea reported that SechsKies sold 350,128 copies
When SechsKies fans continued to question the allegations of shrinking album sales, DSP announced the following official position on January 9, 2000:
Seoul Tax Service said the differences between album sales reported were too much, they believe DSP tried to pay less tax.
350,000 copies of SechsKies album sales reported by DSP are unreliable. It cannot be the same figure of SechKies first day sales.
DSP was investigated on tax evasions by declining the album sales, DSP said the tax authorities asked for unreasonable taxes. In the end DSP had to pay taxes as least hundred millions won for tax evasions.
According to SechsKies distributors Dae Young AV and Shinnara official homepage, SechsKies 4th album has sold more than 1,200,000 million copies.