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[Feature] Almost Famous: K-pop Trainees Endure Hardship on the Road to Success

[Feature] Almost Famous: K-pop Trainees Endure Hardship on the Road to Success

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Gangnam Style, Psy’s worldwide sensation powered by an iconic horse dance, set numerous world records. The song’s music video is still the most liked and viewed video on YouTube. But most of all, Gangnam Style was the first K-pop song, ever, to attract global attention.  Ironically, however, 38-year-old Psy is [...]

Controversial Ad Highlights Korea’s Minimum Wage Issue

Controversial Ad Highlights Korea’s Minimum Wage Issue

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — An ad supporting part-time workers’ labor rights is being involved in an unexpected controversy, and is at the forefront of a showdown between the nation’s employers and job seekers. The commercial, which was created by AlbaMon, a job information site, features Hyeri, a member of the popular K-pop girl [...]

[In-depth] “Kakao Taxi” Expected to Change Landscape of Korean Taxi App Market

[In-depth] “Kakao Taxi” Expected to Change Landscape of Korean Taxi App Market

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – As Daum Kakao, Korea’s largest mobile messenger service provider, is set to launch a mobile call taxi service “Kakao Taxi” by the first quarter of next year amid the ongoing controversy over Uber, the taxi app industry is likely to undergo a sea change. Comparing to Uber which was [...]

[In-depth] Foreign Investment Firms Put out Rosy Predictions for 2015 Korea Economy

[In-depth] Foreign Investment Firms Put out Rosy Predictions for 2015 Korea Economy

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Foreign investment firms are putting out a series of optimistic forecasts for the stock market in 2015, which are overall more generous than those of domestic firms. For example, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, the asset management firm with US$280 billion under management, said in a recent report on the Korean market for [...]

[In-depth] McDonald’s Labor Malpractice Incident May Become Landmark Case for Part-timers

[In-depth] McDonald’s Labor Malpractice Incident May Become Landmark Case for Part-timers

  SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – As Lee Ga-youn, a college student who used to work in a McDonald’s until her sudden layoff, filed for mediation with the Seoul National Labor Relations Commission, the issue of part-time workers and their abysmal treatment in the service workplace has come to the fore. She was given [...]

[In-Depth] Appeals Court Judges Rule in Favor of Korean Air in Photo Copyright Case

[In-Depth] Appeals Court Judges Rule in Favor of Korean Air in Photo Copyright Case

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — In a legal dispute surrounding a photograph’s copyright, the appeals court judges ruled in favor of the defendant, Korean Air, confirming the lower court’s verdict. The plaintiff Gallery Kong, the Korean agency representing the interest of professional photographer Michael Kenna, had lost a lawsuit in early March this year [...]

[In-depth] Top Ten Fashion Trends in 2014 Selected by the Korea Fashion Association

[In-depth] Top Ten Fashion Trends in 2014 Selected by the Korea Fashion Association

One of the top ten trends prominent in the Korean fashion industry was a new phase of evolvement of the fashion business. Nonagon brand, a brainchild created from the marriage between YG Entertainment and Cheil Industries was an exemplary case for that matter. (image: YG Entertainment) SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – At the end [...]