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BTS Propels Big Hit to Near Top of Entertainment Industry in H1

BTS Propels Big Hit to Near Top of Entertainment Industry in H1

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Big Hit Entertainment, home to K-pop superstars BTS, has revealed its larger-than-expected revenue for the first half of 2019, proving itself to be a great potential game changer in the industry. The unlisted company said Wednesday it posted a record 200.1 billion won (US$166.5 billion) in sales for the [...]

New YouTube Original Series to Feature TWICE’s Global Growth

New YouTube Original Series to Feature TWICE’s Global Growth

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The music label of popular K-pop girl group TWICE will team up with YouTube to produce a premium original series featuring its ascent in the global music scene, the label said Tuesday. The special YouTube Original content, accessible to subscribers to YouTube’s Premium service, will follow the group’s four-year [...]

Red Velvet Drops This Year’s Second Summer Album Fronted by ‘Umpah Umpah’

Red Velvet Drops This Year’s Second Summer Album Fronted by ‘Umpah Umpah’

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Beloved girl group Red Velvet released Tuesday a new EP, “The ReVe Festival: Day 2,” the quintet’s second album to hit the summer music scene this year. “Umpah Umpah,” the main track, is a bright, energizing disco number laced electric sound rhythms, whose lyrics draw on summer images like [...]

KCON’s Cumulative Audience Tops 1 Million

KCON’s Cumulative Audience Tops 1 Million

SEOUL/LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — KCON, the world’s largest Korean pop music and culture convention launched, has attracted more than 1 million fans over the past eight years, its organizer said Monday. According to CJ ENM, the organizer of KCON, the convention’s cumulative audience reached 1,069,000 over the weekend when the Korean wave, [...]

Korean Topokki Craze Sweep Indonesia

Korean Topokki Craze Sweep Indonesia

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean barbeque, fried chicken, and bibimbap are some of the most popular Korean foods overseas. In Indonesia, however, topokki, a dish of Korean stir-fried rice cakes, is gaining extensive popularity among members of the younger generation. Korean food franchises in Indonesia, such as Ojju, Omija, and Mujigae are selling [...]

Serial Version of Latest BTS Doc, ‘Bring the Soul,’ to Hit Mobile App

Serial Version of Latest BTS Doc, ‘Bring the Soul,’ to Hit Mobile App

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — “Bring the Soul: The Movie,” the latest documentary film featuring global band BTS, will be released in a new mobile version this month on an application for BTS fans, the band’s management agency said Friday. The first of the six episodes of the mobile version, “Bring the Soul: Docu-Series,” [...]

BTS Announces Long-term Break from Music Scene After Back-to-back Album Releases

BTS Announces Long-term Break from Music Scene After Back-to-back Album Releases

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop super stars BTS went on a long-term break to recharge themselves following the band’s Billboard-topping back-to-back album releases, its management agency said Monday. “Group BTS will have its first official long-term vacation since its debut,” Bit Hit Entertainment said on the band’s Twitter account and mobile fan application [...]