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Exporting the Template: K-pop Agencies’ Overseas Idol Projects Yield Solid Results

Exporting the Template: K-pop Agencies’ Overseas Idol Projects Yield Solid Results

SEOUL, July 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Touted as one of South Korea’s biggest export products, K-pop and its industry have always had a strong impulse to go beyond the borders of South Korea to capture the imaginations of audiences across borders and cultures — as well documented in the BTS phenomenon and global hype surrounding [...]

Health Benefits Drive Soaring Demand for Kimchi in Europe

Health Benefits Drive Soaring Demand for Kimchi in Europe

SEOUL, July 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Kimchi, a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings, is drawing significant attention in Europe where healthy food choices are gaining popularity. According to a report released by the Paris branch of the Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corp. (aT) on Saturday, a [...]

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7′ Becomes Bestselling Album in U.S. in H1

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7′ Becomes Bestselling Album in U.S. in H1

SEOUL, July 10 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop band BTS’ latest album “Map of the Soul: 7″ was the most-sold album in the United States in the first half of 2020, a global music sales measurement company said Friday. Nielsen Music’s U.S. Mid-Year Report for 2020 showed that “Map of the Soul: 7,” BTS’ fourth full-length [...]

With ‘Heng:garae,’ Seventeen Earns Astounding Feat After Big Hit Integration

With ‘Heng:garae,’ Seventeen Earns Astounding Feat After Big Hit Integration

SEOUL, July 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to hamper the global music and entertainment industry-at-large, the K-pop scene has proven time and time again its resilience and nimbleness in audience outreach and commercial viability. BTS is estimated to have earned nearly US$20 million through its one-off virtual concert, “Bang Bang Con: [...]

Reckoning with Cultural Diversity Imperative in K-pop Moving Beyond

Reckoning with Cultural Diversity Imperative in K-pop Moving Beyond

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — In the past several weeks, global fans of K-pop came under a sudden burst of collective observation by the international media, with a wave of positive coverage depicting K-pop fans as agents of change amid a series of high-profile cases of political activism related to the Black Lives Matter [...]

Sunmi Goes Hopelessly Romantic in Summer Dance Number ‘Pporappippam’

Sunmi Goes Hopelessly Romantic in Summer Dance Number ‘Pporappippam’

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Since her full-fledged solo departure from Wonder Girls in 2017, K-pop songstress Sunmi has taken on striking concepts of feminist empowerment in her summer tracks, from “Gashina” to “Noir.” For 2020, Sunmi is taking on a totally new facade: a woman hopelessly in love in the early days of [...]