During the December 19 broadcast of TV Chosun’s “Idol Celebration” (tentative title), Crayon Pop looked back on their hit viral song, “Bar Bar Bar.”
When MC Kim Jun Ho carefully asked them about their income, the members surprised everyone on set with an unexpected reply.
“A lot of people think [we became rich] after that song, but actually we didn’t earn that much income at first. We really did make a lot of money, but none of it came to us.”
Crayon Pop explained that at the time, they had yet to break even or reach a settlement with their agency and was still paying off debts from their training period. They clarified that they debuted in July 2012, “Bar Bar Bar” became big around July-August 2013, and they finally received their first payment in February 2014. However, even their first payment from “Bar Bar Bar” wasn’t as large as 100 million won (approximately $84,000), as some people claimed.
“In my case, I didn’t receive any sort of allowance so I’ve even lived on around 40,000 to 50,000 won (approximately $33.65 to $42.06) a month before,” member Way frankly stated.
Source: Naver 1, Naver 2