Since the release of TXT’s second Korean studio album, The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE now the group is set to release their new repackage album The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE. While the tracklist is yet to be revealed, it’s already becoming a point of contention as several producers accuse Big Hit Music of using them as “free labor.”
Repackage album The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE is set to release on 17th August with the tracklist that will be dropped on 7th August.
In the past, Big Hit Music has been known to reach out to different producers directly, asking them to create songs for their artists and these songs make it to the final album. However, several producers are now alleging that the company used a different method to produce TXT’s upcoming album.
Today, American electronic musician Gupi took to Twitter to reveal all. According to Gupi, Big Hit Music “pitted a bunch of hyperpop producers against each other without telling any of them.” Essentially, Gupi claims that the agency asked several producers to spend weeks penning tracks for The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE without letting them know that their songs may not be used in the final album—and thus, may not be compensated.
To this Gupi replied that “giant industry machine” Big Hit Music used up-and-coming producers such as themselves as “pretty much free labor.”
producer, Umru, indicated that he too may have been led into Big Hit Music’s proposal. So far, the songwriter whose demo was ultimately chosen for TXT is yet to speak up or reveal their identity.
Some K-Pop fans are arguing that the team at Big Hit Music aren’t in the wrong for their actions, stating that the producers involved shouldn’t expect compensation if their songs weren’t good enough.
On the other hand, many fans believe that Big Hit Music was wrong by withholding the reality of the situation from the producers when hiring their creative services, with some condemning others for defending the company.