Asian Junkie has an excellent review of the current controversy regaining Brad Moore’s interview (with Noisey) (link here) and Busker, Busker’s difficult experience with the music industry in South Korea and its abusive working conditions that are closer to slave labor than not. One notable quote about not being paid for work performed:
. . . We were popular because we were on TV, but we couldn’t legally make money,” Moore says, underscoring a strange norm in Korean entertainment law. “We were at ‘amateur status’ in the broadcasting contract. So, like, Coca-Cola comes in and we spend all day doing a Coca-Cola commercial, but they pay the [show’s] company—not the artist. We were on the show for eight weeks straight, and we did commercials for eight weeks straight. We took home no money from that.
Here is a link to an earlier post on Busker, Busker!