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Mamamoo Drops 2nd Full-length Album, ‘reality in BLACK’

Mamamoo Drops 2nd Full-length Album, ‘reality in BLACK’

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Roaring four-piece K-pop girl band Mamamoo dropped its second full-length album, “reality in BLACK,” Thursday, returning to smash the music scene. The 11-track album, the group’s first full-length since “Melting” nearly four years ago, is fronted by brassy, girl-crush number, “HIP,” but also carries the band’s signature soulful vocal [...]

Return of 1st-generation K-pop Bands Bring Old Fans Back Together

Return of 1st-generation K-pop Bands Bring Old Fans Back Together

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The origin of today’s globally acclaimed K-pop’s allure unquestionably dates back to the late 1990s, when the music scene witnessed the birth of the first batch of K-pop stars and their enthusiastic fans. First-generation bands like H.O.T., Sechs Kies, S.E.S. or Fin.K.L who laid the foundation for today’s K-pop [...]

‘Parasite’ Biggest Commercial Success Among Foreign Films in North America This Year

‘Parasite’ Biggest Commercial Success Among Foreign Films in North America This Year

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The Cannes-winning Korean film “Parasite” has garnered more than US$11 million in revenue in North America, becoming the most commercially successful foreign language title of this year so far, industry data showed Monday. The film’s revenue from the one-month period since its North American release on Oct. 11 till [...]

Audition Show’s Fall from Grace Derails High-flying Careers of Winning Bands

Audition Show’s Fall from Grace Derails High-flying Careers of Winning Bands

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A fall from grace by “Produce 101,” South Korea’s most sensational idol audition show to date, is derailing the burgeoning K-pop careers of the show’s winners. Last week, police put in custody An Joon-young, the director of the Mnet cable show, and the program’s chief producer over suspicions of [...]

Telco-cable TV Mergers to Reshape S. Korean Media Market

Telco-cable TV Mergers to Reshape S. Korean Media Market

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s telecom players and cable TV network operators are set to join forces to retain and attract more customers in the face of toughening competition with global content providers, gearing up for a major shift in the local media market. The process of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) between [...]

Girl Band IZ*ONE Postpones Release of New Album amid Vote-rigging Scandal

Girl Band IZ*ONE Postpones Release of New Album amid Vote-rigging Scandal

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop girl band IZ*ONE has postponed the release of its new album amid snowballing vote-rigging allegations at “Produce 48,” a popular K-pop competition show. “Off the Record, the management agency of IZ*ONE, has decided to delay the release of the group’s first full-length album, originally scheduled for Nov. 11, [...]