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CJ ENM’s 25.3 bln Won K-pop Investment Fund to Launch

CJ ENM’s 25.3 bln Won K-pop Investment Fund to Launch

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — CJ ENM, the operator of K-pop-oriented cable channel Mnet, said Monday it will launch a 25.3 billion-won (US$21.8 million) investment fund dedicated to the K-pop industry. The establishment of the fund, KC Vivace Investment Association, is in line with the entertainment giant’s pledge three weeks earlier to set up [...]

BTS’ Modern Art Project, ‘CONNECT, BTS’ Hits Berlin

BTS’ Modern Art Project, ‘CONNECT, BTS’ Hits Berlin

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — BTS’ global contemporary art initiative, “CONNECT, BTS,” has landed in Berlin, the second destination following London, the band’s management agency said Sunday. Big Hit said, “Rituals of Care,” an exhibition of performances, kicked off at Martin-Gropius-Bau, a modern art museum in the German capital Wednesday as the second leg [...]

BTS Unveils Single ‘Black Swan’ in the Run-up to Official Album Release Next Month

BTS Unveils Single ‘Black Swan’ in the Run-up to Official Album Release Next Month

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop super band BTS on Friday dropped “Black Swan,” a track from the band’s upcoming “Map of the Soul: 7″ album, scheduled for official release next month. The song hit major South Korean and overseas online music streaming services in the evening ahead of the full release of the [...]

K-pop Artists’ Talent, Messages Overcome Language Barriers

K-pop Artists’ Talent, Messages Overcome Language Barriers

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Nationality or language matters less than artists’ talent or messages in today’s global music industry, an American columnist specializing in K-pop said Tuesday, referring to the phenomenal global ascent of K-pop. “Definitely language is becoming less important in music that you listen to. It’s certainly becoming more about the [...]

EXO’s Chen Breaks Surprise Marriage News, Hints at Fiance’s Pregnancy

EXO’s Chen Breaks Surprise Marriage News, Hints at Fiance’s Pregnancy

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) –- Chen, a member of K-pop boy band EXO, made a surprise announcement Monday that he will get married soon, hinting that his fiance is pregnant. “Chen decided to get married after getting into a precious relationship,” EXO’s management agency, SM Entertainment, said. SM did not provide further details about [...]

K-pop Stars Temporarily Leaving Music Scene over Anxiety Disorders

K-pop Stars Temporarily Leaving Music Scene over Anxiety Disorders

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) –- At the height of their high-profile K-pop careers last year, Kang Daniel and Mina, a member of sensational girl group TWICE, temporarily left show business, complaining of anxiety and other mental disorders. The Japanese K-pop star, Mina was suffering from an anxiety disorder and suspended her stage career amid [...]