Posted by: krnloop | February 29, 2008

A YG trainee goes through…


What is it like to be a trainee in YG Entertainment, a label which focuses on urban music and has churned out a lot of famous Kpop singers like Se7en, 1TYM, BIG BANG, Jinusean, Gummy, Lexy, and Wheesung? The last two have now left YG Entertainment and are now under SB&W and Orange Shock, respectively.

Trainees are guided by Yang Yun Suk’s words, “Before becoming a singer, you must first become a person,” hanging on a wall in the training room. It is Yang Hyun Suk’s policy that character should be given priority though ability is also important.

Trainees usually start young like G-dragon and Taeyang and practice until late in the evening and only have Sunday as their rest day. It is said that as a YG trainee, he/she abandons his/her private life and just focuses on training.

Aspriring YG singers undergo dance, vocal, foreign languages and physical trainings. They are supervised by a vocal trainer for three or more times a week in order to train them on basic singing concepts and in singing live.

Dance trainings are also done three or more times a week and YG Entertainment also employs, two or more times a year, international dancers to teach its trainees. Currently, Justin Timberlake’s female dance partner Michele Martinez is the dance trainer for YG’s trainees.

Trainees also study English, Chinese and Japanese 3 or more times a week. Moreover, basic equipment for weight training are also available within the office.

YG Entertainment, unlike other labels, does not select its trainees through public auditions. About 4,000 applicants tried to enter YG’s doors in 1998 through a public audition but no one succeeded. But aspiring YG singers need not to despair because according to a YG official, in 2 months’ time, Yang Hyun Suk will be coming out with a new system in discovering amateurs.

Source: Edaily



  1. I’ve linked this entry at the LJ Big Bang comm.
    Thanks for putting it up!

  2. I edited the 2nd paragraph because of a mistranslation. So sleepy… -_-

    Thanks for pimping this site. LOL

  3. Being a trainee in YG is already worth fighting for because you’ll be able to meet Big Bang.

  4. wow.. tough…

  5. Even though it’s literally translated as “black music,” I suggest using the term “urban music” in future articles. Some people might have politically correct issues/gripes about that @_@;

    Thanks for the article!

  6. Oh, ok, I’ll edit this one. Sorry, I didn’t mean to offend anyone.

  7. It’s okay~ It’s just that I’ve seen people get really touchy on that subject on other sites, so I just wanted to save you the trouble from getting into any controversies ^^;

  8. Thanks, really. I really appreciate corrections. ^^;;;;

  9. wait is this only in korea? cos i think it would be nice if america got a chance too ;D

  10. wow…!..ya im going to audition

  11. is their new way of finding new people out already?
    how to go auditioning?

  12. Hopefully someday I’ll be living the trainee life.

  13. i just tried out for yg (in georgia) and i was the youngest person there (13) i think they were really nice to me considering my was very intimating those girls can sing…but they said maybe i could be a trainee and said that they can definantly do something with my voice 🙂 pray that i make it please!

    • omg really? are u a trainee now?

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  15. i really want to become a trainee it’s a dream that i’m very close to achieving

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