SM Entertainment (Korean: SM엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean entertainment company established in 1995 by Lee Soo-man. It is currently one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house. The label is currently home to prominent K-pop artists such as Kangta, BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, J-Min, Shinee, Zhou Mi, Exo, Red Velvet, NCT, and aespa. Some of the artists formerly under contract with them are H.O.T., Fly to the Sky, Shinhwa, TraxX, Zhang Liyin, S.E.S., CSJH The Grace, f(x), and Henry Lau. In Japan, SM Entertainment co-publishes Avex Trax releases for artists including Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, and Koda Kumi, as well as Johnny's Entertainment artists such as Arashi and KAT-TUN.
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