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K-pop Industry Looks Beyond China as Crackdowns Increase

K-pop Industry Looks Beyond China as Crackdowns Increase

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — The K-pop industry has increasingly been looking beyond the Chinese market to reduce the risks posed by Beijing’s tightening regulations against celebrities, including “hallyu” stars. In the latest development, Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, imposed a 30-day suspension on 21 accounts belonging to the fan clubs of K-pop acts [...]

TWICE to Release First English Single Next Month

TWICE to Release First English Single Next Month

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean girl group TWICE, which has been recently building up a fandom in the United States, plans to release its first English single next month, its agency said Wednesday, signaling a full-scale inroad into the North American music market. According to JYP Entertainment, TWICE’s first English language single [...]

BTS Fan Club Account Among 21 Suspended by Weibo for ‘Irrational’ Behavior

BTS Fan Club Account Among 21 Suspended by Weibo for ‘Irrational’ Behavior

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The Chinese social media platform Weibo has banned 21 fan club accounts of South Korean celebrities, including one for the chart-topping K-pop sensation BTS, as Beijing attempts to tighten its grip on entertainment and culture industries. Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, has imposed 30-day suspensions on 21 accounts belonging [...]

‘Hallyu’ Festival Featuring K-pop Artists to Kick Off Online

‘Hallyu’ Festival Featuring K-pop Artists to Kick Off Online

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A “hallyu” festival featuring K-pop bands, such as Pentagon and Monsta X, will kick off online this week, the culture ministry said Sunday. “Mokkoji Korea,” hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and organized by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, will run from Monday through [...]

K-pop Girl Group ITZY Debuts in Japan

K-pop Girl Group ITZY Debuts in Japan

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop girl group ITZY has debuted in Japan with a digital album containing its hit songs and opened an official Japanese website, the group’s label said Wednesday. The album “WHAT’z ITZY,” was released through Warner Music Japan at midnight Tuesday, carrying the tracks “Dalla Dalla,” “Icy,” “Wannabe,” “Not Shy” [...]

CL Signs with Leading British Entertainment Agency

CL Signs with Leading British Entertainment Agency

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — CL, the fierce and talented K-pop singer-rapper, has signed with British entertainment agency SATELLITE414 in a move to expand her presence overseas, her label said Monday. According to Very Cherry, CL recently signed a contract with SATELLITE414, which represents global superstars, including Adele and Beyonce. “CL plans to expand [...]

BTS Refutes Chart Manipulation Claims, Saying Being K-pop Band with Loyal Fans Makes It ‘Easy Target’

BTS Refutes Chart Manipulation Claims, Saying Being K-pop Band with Loyal Fans Makes It ‘Easy Target’

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – K-pop superband BTS has refuted the recent online allegations of Billboard chart manipulation, pointing out that they are easily subject to such accusations just because they are a peripheral band from Korea. The septet’s English-language songs “Butter” and “Permission to Dance” have stayed atop the Hot 100 main singles [...]

NCT Dream to Celebrate 5th Debut Anniversary with Online Fan Meeting

NCT Dream to Celebrate 5th Debut Anniversary with Online Fan Meeting

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop boy group NCT Dream will hold a virtual fan meeting in celebration of its fifth debut anniversary later this month, its management agency said Friday. The online event, titled “Hot! Summer Dream,” will be livestreamed on the “Beyond LIVE” channel of internet portal operator Naver’s streaming platform V [...]