Big Hit Entertainment new group TXT has already picked up a deal with an American distributor which happens to be one of the biggest labels in America, Republic Records.
Republic Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group (UMG). Following TXT’s debut and in a press release, Republic Records announced their partnership with TXT, the title of the press release reads,
“Big Hit Entertainment’s Tomorrow X Together debuts in partnership with Republic Records”
The press release itself doesn’t specify what the relationship between both parties is but the fact that a Kpop group that has debuted two days ago was able to strike a partnership with such a huge label is a statement in itself.
Republic Records is home To Drake, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and many many other hit acts.
However, the news were shocking because it means that TXT and BTS are not signed under the same American distribution company.
BTS music is distributed by Columbia Records which is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The label houses many big artists like Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Zayn Malik and John Legend.
The ‘big 3’ labels of America which rival each other are Sony (Columbia), Universal (Republic) and Warner Brothers.
This also leads to the conclusion that the two labelmates of Big Hit are somehow rivaling each other with their choices of distribution labels in America.
The reason why TXT signed with a different label is still unknown and might remain so in the future.
TXT is expected to follow in the footsteps of their sunbae group BTS which explains the partnership with Republic Records.
Congrats to TXT!