Dreamus is an electronics and entertainment company founded in 1999 originally as ReignCom. Currently headquartered in South Korea (and formerly in the United States), it is the parent company of South Korean-based iRiver, Astell & Kern and FLO, as well as Yurion and Funcake Entertainment Services. Since 2014, it has been a subsidiary of SK Telecom when it was formerly known as iRiver.[4]

Dreamus Company
Native name
(주)드림어스컴퍼니
FormerlyReignCom
iRiver
TypePublic
KRX: 060570
IndustryConsumer electronics
Music[1]
FoundedJanuary 20, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-01-20)
FounderYang Duk-jun
HeadquartersiRiver House, 5 Bangbae-ro 18-gil, Bangbae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Lee Ki-young (CEO)
RevenueIncrease US$51,649[2]
Decrease US$280[2] (2015)
Decrease US$589[2] (2015)
Total assetsDecrease US$56,081[2] (2015)
OwnersSK Square: 51.40%
SM Entertainment: 17.80%
Dream Maker Entertainment:[a] 1.44%
[b]
JYP Entertainment: 0.83%
ParentSK Square (SK Telecom)
Divisions
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.dreamuscompany.com

HistoryEdit

Seven former Samsung executives created the company in 1999 and made its IPO on the KOSDAQ, a Korean stock exchange, in 2003. Duk-Jun Yang, one of the founders, became the CEO of the company.

ReignCom announced in May 2006 that it would adjust its focus toward handheld mobile gaming. It has reported sluggish sales for its music player business, including a loss of 35.58 billion (US$36.68 million) in 2005, compared with a net profit of 43.46 billion in 2004.

In 2009, ReignCom was renamed as iRiver.[5]

In August 2014, SK Telecom acquired iRiver for 30 billion won.[6]

Entry into musicEdit

In January 2015, music streaming platform Music Mate was launched.[7]

On July 17, 2017 SM Entertainment acquired a stake in iRiver and became the second largest shareholder.[8]

On January 31, 2018, it was announced that, parent company SK Telecom along with entertainment agencies SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and Hybe Corporation (formerly known as Bighit Entertainment) would collaborate and launch a B2B music distribution and a B2C music service platform.[9][10] As part of this agreement, beginning from February 1, iRiver would distribute JYP and Big Hit’s album and digital music contents.[11] HYBE would later go on to strike a distribution deal with YG Plus in January 27, 2021 hence no longer partnering with Dreamus.[12]

On December 11, 2018 it was announced that the company will update and rename the existing music streaming service 'Music Mate' to the new music platform 'FLO'.[6]

On March 28, 2019, iRiver announced that they would renamed to Dreamus Company.[13]

On November 18, 2021 Dreamus partnered with entertainment agency RBW and FLO and signed an exclusive performarce partnership contract, with this Dreamus owns a 2.04% stake in RBW.[14]

On November 29, 2021 SK Telecom who were originally Dreamus' parent company spun off SK Square and re-organized their structure, so that they became a SK Square subsidiary.[15]

Distributed labelsEdit

CurrentEdit

South Korea

As of March 2022:

International

FormerEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A subsidiary of SM Entertainment
  2. ^ The rest of the stocks are owned by other shareholders, including public stock.
  3. ^ By way of licensing through SM Entertainment.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SKT readying new music service with K-pop heavyweights". The Korea Herald. January 31, 2018. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "iRiver". Yahoo Finance. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Iriver Global - Contact Info". Iriver Global. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  4. ^ 강윤승 (June 25, 2014). "SK Telecom to acquire Iriver for 29.5 bln won". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Silver, Stephen. "iriver's parent company, Reigncom, Ltd., has announced that it will change it name to iriver, Ltd., and also name a new CEO". Dealerscope. Archived from the original on September 3, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "SKT가 인수한 '옛 아이리버' 적자 탈출". 한경닷컴 (in Korean). May 18, 2021. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  7. ^ "SKT가 인수한 '옛 아이리버' 적자 탈출". 한경닷컴 (in Korean). May 18, 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  8. ^ "SM엔터, 아이리버 2대 주주 등극…'글로벌 콘텐츠 시장 본격 공략'". 서울경제 (in Korean). July 17, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  9. ^ "FLO | 지금 당신의 음악, 플로". www.music-flo.com. Dreamus Company. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  10. ^ 윤상근|기자|. "SM·JYP·빅히트, 음악콘텐츠 사업 공동 추진한다(공식)". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  11. ^ "SM, JYP, And Big Hit To Launch Joint Music Enterprise". Soompi. January 31, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  12. ^ Frater, Patrick (January 27, 2021). "BTS Agency Big Hit Entertainment to Invest $63 Million in Rival YG". Variety. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "아이리버, '드림어스컴퍼니'로 사명 변경…새대표에 이기영씨". n.news.naver.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "플로, RBW와 공연 파트너십 계약 체결…"다양한 협업"". inews24 (in Korean). Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  15. ^ Yonhap (November 1, 2021). "SK Telecom names new CEO following non-telecom spinoff". The Korea Herald. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  16. ^ ℗ 2019 P NATION, under license to Dreamus (CRUSH - NAPPA Archived September 3, 2019, at the Wayback Machine on Apple Music)
  17. ^ "신나라레코드" (in Korean). Synnara.co.kr. July 13, 2015. Archived from the original on July 12, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  18. ^ 김수경 기자 (April 9, 2020). "호피폴라, 드림어스컴퍼니·모스뮤직과 손잡고 컴백" (in Korean). 한국경제.
  19. ^ Frater, Patrick (January 27, 2021). "BTS Agency Big Hit Entertainment to Invest $63 Million in Rival YG". Variety. Archived from the original on January 27, 2021. Retrieved March 18, 2021.

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