Packed Circle Chart - K-Pop Groups and YouTube Distribution Channels

K-Pop Distribution Channels Table: 1thek, Stone, Bugs, Genie and others

Usually a K-Pop music video can be uploaded on YouTube in different channels – one upload is usually in the group’s or company’s channel, and another one in a distribution channel.

For example, CLC’s Devil MV has been uploaded both in CLC’s Channel, and 1thek’s Channel.

Sometimes the distribution deals change or end, and you can see channels like 1thek uploading old MVs of a group, like 4minute’s Muzik which was uploaded to 1thek’s channel on January 22, 2019 – the original MV was uploaded on Youtube in April 2, 2010 and the song’s release date is August 31, 2009. This MV was only available until then in a 360p resolotuion, and we got the HD version more than 10 years later.

In the table below you can see around 300 groups and which one is their distributor.

Company means the company’s channel (like SM, JYPE and Big Hit), and Group means that they only upload the MV on their own channel.

Packed Circle Chart - K-Pop Groups and YouTube Distribution ChannelsAs you can see, around half of the groups have or had 1thek as their distributor.

Distribution Channels Count

wdt_ID Channel Now Before Total Percent Before + Now
1 1thek 117 35 152 50
2 Stone 36 6 42 14
3 Genie 31 2 33 11
4 Group 29 0 29 10
5 Bugs! 21 3 24 8
6 rhybeat 10 3 13 4
7 SM 10 0 10 3
8 JYPE 9 0 9 3
9 Danal 9 0 9 3
10 OGAM 8 0 8 3
11 Big Hit 7 0 7 2
12 Company 7 0 7 2
13 Music&New 4 0 4 1
14 Soribada 3 1 4 1
15 Warner 2 0 2 1
16 Seoul Music 2 0 2 1
17 Sony Music 1 0 1 0