A Korean ELF went to visit a Hottracks store late in November. She said that one of the employee’s computers was on, and the screen revealed Mr. Simple Version A stocks within every Hottracks store. Here’s what it read:
Gangnam: 14 albums
Jamsil: 9 albums
Anyang: 10 albums
Changwon: 1 albums
Jeonju: 5 albums
Bundang: 11 albums
Busan: 18 albums
Mokdong: 3 albums
Cheonan: 8 albums
Centum City: 19 albums
Seongnam: 3 albums
Yeongdeongpo: 24 albums
Sooyoo: 1 albums
Daegu: 2 albums
She said that she was greatly surprised with how low the stocks were, and after finding out about the recent news of SM’s decision to no longer print Mr. Simple Version A, she became shocked. SM’s excuse was that it was “too difficult to print”. This is an outrageous excuse, and no entertainment company simply stops printing their artist’s albums due to “difficulties”.
Furthermore, Super Junior has sold 480,000 albums total. Super Junior openly expressed that they wanted to sell 500,000 albums. SM deciding to suddenly stop printing the group’s albums keeps them from reaching this goal. The boys are also going into a two year hiatus, and the future is of course unpredictable… Leeteuk even said that the MAMA award could possibly be Super Junior’s last award, resulting with the rest of the group in tears —even Super Junior questions how long their popularity will last. SM is not helping with this matter.
SM obviously has other intentions as to why they won’t print Mr. Simple Version A albums anymore. These are for reasons unknown; but I think we have enough evidence to conclude that something is wrong. An entertainment treats their artists right, be it one artist under their label or fifty. It isn’t a competition about who gets better treatment. It’s about an entertainment becoming ridiculous and unjust.
Since November, there have been barely any Mr.
Simple Version A albums in stores all over South Korea. There’s about a total of 100 throughout the entire nation. They might all be gone now. There are ELF who probably willnever be able to buy a Mr. Simple album because of this.
I would probably raid SMTOWN’s facebook page
and ask for the true reason as to why SM decided to
stop printing Mr. Simple Version A albums. Version
A was our key to winning the Golden Disk… no, not
even that… It was the main album. And it’s only
been four months since SM started to reproduce this album! Stores all over South Korea even have Super Junior-05 albums! SM decided to use the Mr. Simple album design and cover, it was their decision. So it is their price to pay.
It is their job to reprint albums whether they like it or not. They can’t simply stop because it’s “too hard on them”. The fans demand it. No SM, this isn’t about you. This is about what your customers want and what your artists need. We won’t accept selfishness, greed, and whatever else your company is playing at. We won’t go down without a fight.
Source : SJ-Market