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Coronavirus Pandemic Pushes Distributors to Seek Ways to Release Films

Coronavirus Pandemic Pushes Distributors to Seek Ways to Release Films

SEOUL, April 9 (Korea Bizwire) — With the film industry struggling with the fallout from the monthslong coronavirus pandemic, South Korean movie distributors have made attempts to release films on multiple platforms. The daily number of moviegoers plunged to a record low of 15,000 this week, as people have been asked to stay home amid [...]

K-pop Girl Group (G)I-dle Partners with U.S. Label for U.S. Debut

K-pop Girl Group (G)I-dle Partners with U.S. Label for U.S. Debut

SEOUL, April 9 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop girl group (G)I-dle has partnered with Republic Records, a major U.S. music label, to make inroads into the American market, the band’s management agency said Thursday. Having signed the partnership, (G)I-dle released its third EP, “I Trust,” and announced its American debut, Cube Entertainment said, quoting the music [...]

With Seasons on Hold Due to Coronavirus, Baseball and Football Leagues Moving in Opposite Directions

With Seasons on Hold Due to Coronavirus, Baseball and Football Leagues Moving in Opposite Directions

SEOUL, April 8 (Korea Bizwire) — It’s almost as if they’re operating in different countries. On one end, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) is targeting an early May start to its regular season, after it was postponed from its original March 28 Opening Day because of the coronavirus outbreak. At the other end, the Korea [...]

Max Changmin of TVXQ Calls His 1st Solo Album ‘Chocolate’ ‘Sweet Addiction’

Max Changmin of TVXQ Calls His 1st Solo Album ‘Chocolate’ ‘Sweet Addiction’

SEOUL, April 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Set to release the first solo album in his 17-year K-pop career Monday, Max Changmin of the male duo TVXQ described the work entitled “Chocolate” as “sweetly addictive.” The six-track album, led by the title track, “Chocolate,” will hit major local online music stores Monday evening as the first [...]

Theaters, Performing Arts See Sharp Decline in Revenues Due to Coronavirus

Theaters, Performing Arts See Sharp Decline in Revenues Due to Coronavirus

SEOUL, March 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean cinemas and the performing arts have seen a sharp decline in revenues in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, data showed Monday. Local cinema chains, including industry leader CGV, posted a combined 219.3 billion won (US$179.8 million) in sales from January to the fourth week of March, [...]