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Korean Wave Hits Melbourne as Crowd of 50,000 Flocks to Korean Festival

Korean Wave Hits Melbourne as Crowd of 50,000 Flocks to Korean Festival

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 50,000 people filled up Melbourne’s Queensbridge Square for the 2018 Melbourne Korea Week Festival last Saturday. The Melbourne office of the South Korean embassy in Australia said that the festival was a great success, and served as “one of the most influential platforms to tell Australia about [...]

Japanese Newspapers Publish Negative Reports on K-pop Stars

Japanese Newspapers Publish Negative Reports on K-pop Stars

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Along with the recent cancellation of a Japanese TV appearance by K-pop superstars BTS, a series of negative press reports on K-pop singers have been published in Japanese media outlets. And following a large-scale anti-Korea rally held in central Tokyo hosted by right-wing activists, critics have expressed worry that [...]

Long-standing Korea-Japan Tension Behind BTS T-Shirt Controversy

Long-standing Korea-Japan Tension Behind BTS T-Shirt Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The cancellation of superstar K-Pop group BTS’s appearance on a Japanese television show is an allusion to an awkward relationship between South Korea and Japan. When Japan’s TV Asahi cancelled BTS’ appearance and blamed it on the ‘liberation’ t-shirt that BTS member Jimin was seen wearing in the past, [...]

Millions of ‘Idol Sandwiches’ Sold Only Months After Their Debut

Millions of ‘Idol Sandwiches’ Sold Only Months After Their Debut

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — So-called ‘idol sandwiches,’ known to be favored by certain K-pop stars, are selling like hotcakes at convenience stores. GS25, a major convenience store franchise, said that YouUs Idol’s Favorite Sandwich topped all food sales charts just two and a half months after its release, with more than 5 million [...]

More Ticket Scalpers Sponge Off Thriving K-pop Industry

More Ticket Scalpers Sponge Off Thriving K-pop Industry

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — October 2018 will go down in history as a memorable month for fans of the phenomenally popular K-pop boy band BTS. The seven-member group capped successful concert tours of the United States and Europe by winning a cultural medal from the government of their home country. South Korea awarded [...]