On the latest episode of Two Yoo Project Sugar Man 2, host and comedian Yoo Jae Suk surprised the audience stating he is registered with the Korea Music Copyright Association.
While interviewing singer Lee Ki Chan, hosts Yoo Jae Suk and Yoo Hee Yeol discussed his hit song “Cold” and how much copyright money the track has earned even when the singer was not actively promoting. Lee Ki Chan expained, “This song is what made me a premium member with the KMCA.”
“The song did really well. It made enough money from copyrights to buy a car.” — Lee Ki Chan
Yoo Hee Yeol explained that Korea Music Copyright Association has tiers in its memberships. Only after earning a certain amount from copyright income can the artists become premium members.
Upon hearing this, Yoo Jae Suk wanted to confirm his status.
“I’m a basic member right now, correct?” — Yoo Jae Suk
Yoo Jae Suk shared that he is registered with the KMCA for his participation in producing songs like “As I Say” and “Apgujeong Nallari” for the TV program Infinite Challenge.
Comedian and panel Park Na Rae asked how much Yoo Jae Suk makes from his songs each year.
Yoo Jae Suk answered, “It varies, but last month I made 33 cents.” Yoo Hee Yeol, along with the panel guests and the audience, laughed at Yoo Jae Suk’s response.
KMCA offers copyright payments for its registered artists. When a track is sold, the payment is divided up between the vendor, producer, composer, arranger, lyricist, and performer. On KMCA’s website, Yoo Jae Suk has 10 songs and remixes registered under his name as the lyricist. His 33 cents of income came from usage of these tracks!
Yoo Jae Suk’s tracks may not bring him a lot of money, but they are nevertheless great songs.
Listen to Yoo Jae Suk’s most popular track, “As I Say” here: