SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Korean: SM) is a multinational entertainment company based in South Korea. It is one of South Korea's largest entertainment companies, founded in 1995 by record executive and producer Lee Soo-man. The company has been responsible for fostering and popularizing the careers of a plethora of K-pop stars, many of whom have large global fan bases. The company is a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house all rolled into one.
Artists managed by SM Entertainment include TVXQ, Super Junior, SHINee, Girls' Generation, EXO, Red Velvet, NCT, SuperM, Aespa, BoA, Kangta, J-Min, Taemin, Taeyeon, Lay, Yoona, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Key, Onew, Chen, U-Know Yunho, Baekhyun, Suho, Max Changmin, Kai, Wendy, Joy and D.O.