His first meeting with YG representative was set up by his wife, then YG actress Kang Hye-jung.
CEO Yang Hyun Suk made his television comeback after ten years as a judge on the reality singing competition K-Pop Star in 2012, and signed the runner up of the show, Lee Hi, to her own record deal.
It is suspected that the reason was because YG Entertainment had too few active music groups and an unstable cash flow, despite increasing earnings in Korea and Japan in 2009.
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The YG Underground label was also created to contain 45RPM and Stony Skunk.
In 2001, a second YG Family album was released, on it featured a 13 year old G-Dragon. The company grew with signing its first idol singer Seven, who found success in both Korea and Japan and was dubbed Rain's rival at the peak of his career.
In addition to Se7en and Park Han-byul, CEO Yang Hyun Suk eventually married Swi.
T member Lee Eun Joo after secretly dating for nine years.
The label expanded by signing already established acts such as Psy, a renowned rap artist; and Tablo, a lyrical savant from the group Epik High.