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Defying Worsening S. Korea-Japan Ties, BTS Concerts Draw 210,000 Fans in Japan

Defying Worsening S. Korea-Japan Ties, BTS Concerts Draw 210,000 Fans in Japan

SEOUL, Jul. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop super band BTS’ four concerts in Japan this month drew a total of 210,000 fans, making the Japanese leg of the band’s world tour a solid success despite worsening trade and diplomatic rows between South Korea and Japan. On Saturday and Sunday, the Korean septet rocked Shizuoka’s 50,000-seat [...]

TWICE’s Mina to be Absent from Ongoing World Tour Due to ‘Psychological’ Issues

TWICE’s Mina to be Absent from Ongoing World Tour Due to ‘Psychological’ Issues

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Mina, a Japanese member of K-pop girl band TWICE, will not be part of the band’s ongoing world tour from this week due to health issues, the band’s management agency said Thursday. “Mina is suddenly feeling extreme psychological tension and enormous anxieties about being on stage,” JYP Entertainment said [...]

K-pop Artists’ Japanese Careers Unperturbed by Worsening Seoul-Tokyo Ties

K-pop Artists’ Japanese Careers Unperturbed by Worsening Seoul-Tokyo Ties

SEOUL, Jul. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea-Japan relations are deteriorating as the countries’ history-driven diplomatic row is widening to imperil their economic ties. Still, the neighbors’ cultural ties remain mostly unscathed, with K-pop artists accomplishing unprecedented feats in the Japanese pop market. On Thursday, “Lights/Boy With Luv,” the new Japanese single album by globally-loved [...]

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

SEOUL, Jul. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent series of scandals and gossip involving Korean Wave stars has dealt a heavy blow to provincial governments trying to utilize their associations with entertainers to attract tourists. Most recently, the Taebaek city government in Gangwon Province became an unlikely victim when celebrity couple Song Joong-ki and Song [...]

Like Lady Gaga, BTS is Market-changing Force in U.S. Pop Scene

Like Lady Gaga, BTS is Market-changing Force in U.S. Pop Scene

SEOUL, Jul. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — As American pop icon Lady Gaga once inspired the U.S. pop scene to follow her example and find copycats, K-pop boy band BTS stands now as a force that changes the contours of the American pop industry, an American columnist specializing in K-pop said Tuesday. “In the grand scheme [...]