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MAMA Stirs Controversy with Decision to Hold This Year’s Event in Japan

MAMA Stirs Controversy with Decision to Hold This Year’s Event in Japan

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — CJ ENM is generating a bit of controversy over its choice of Japan as the sole destination for this year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) despite unprecedented trade and diplomatic rows between Seoul and Tokyo. A week earlier, the media and entertainment unit of the conglomerate CJ unveiled Nagoya [...]

Wrapping Up 1-month Vacation, BTS Resumes Career with Overseas Trip

Wrapping Up 1-month Vacation, BTS Resumes Career with Overseas Trip

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Bringing its first official vacation to an end, boy band BTS on Monday resumed its global music career by traveling away from its home country. “Wrapping up its extended vacation, BTS departed overseas this morning for an engagement abroad,” Big Hit Entertainment said. The management agency did not disclose [...]

BTS Plays Role of Ambassador of Korean Culture

BTS Plays Role of Ambassador of Korean Culture

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — While fans across the globe are glued to every move the seven members of K-pop boy band BTS make, the septet has often drawn inspiration from Korea’s traditional cultural heritage, promoting it through its worldwide music career. BTS has often appeared in hanbok, traditional Korean dress, or hanbok-inspired stage [...]

Girl Groups Surrender Reign of Summer Music Scene to Ballads

Girl Groups Surrender Reign of Summer Music Scene to Ballads

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The summer season in the Korean popular music scene has traditionally been a market exclusively reserved for girl bands. This summer, however, female K-pop groups have surrendered their reign to unusually high-performing ballads. A heartrending breakup song, “Drunk on Love,” a collaboration by career balladeers Jang Hye-jin and Yun [...]

Now in its 9th Year, ‘Running Man’ Runs Longest Among SBS Variety Shows

Now in its 9th Year, ‘Running Man’ Runs Longest Among SBS Variety Shows

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Since its debut in 2010, “Running Man” has captivated fans at home and in the broader Asian region with its unique competition-oriented format and lineup of hilarious show members, becoming a fixture in Sunday evening prime time. It now is the longest-running variety show on the SBS channel. This [...]

Amid Divorce Row, Actress Ku Hye-sun Temporarily Suspends Show Biz Career

Amid Divorce Row, Actress Ku Hye-sun Temporarily Suspends Show Biz Career

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Actress Ku Hye-sun, engulfed in a widely publicized divorce row, announced Monday that she will temporarily suspend her show business career. “Ku Hye-sun will halt her show business activities. She plans to resume her academic career at Sungkyunkwan University,” an official at Liwu Law Group, representing the actress, told [...]