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SM Entertainment Plans Talent Audition in Indonesia

SM Entertainment Plans Talent Audition in Indonesia

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) – SM Entertainment will hold auditions in Indonesia to scout talent for its “NCT” idol group project, the nation’s top entertainment agency said Wednesday. Company founder Lee Soo-man unveiled the plan for its first-ever talent audition in Indonesia at a South Korea-Indonesia business summit in Jakarta the previous day.  “Last [...]

No More “Slave Contracts” for Aspiring K-Pop Stars

No More “Slave Contracts” for Aspiring K-Pop Stars

SEOUL, March 8 (Korea Bizwire) – So-called ‘360 deals’ in the Korean music industry have often been criticized for over-exploitation of artists or prospective artists (trainees), to the point where they were given the notorious title of “slave contracts.”  Several K-pop artists have come forward to denounce the practice, while some engaged in highly publicized [...]

Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo, EXO, Top Hallyu Stars of the Year: Survey

Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo, EXO, Top Hallyu Stars of the Year: Survey

SEOUL, Mar. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Actor Lee Min-ho, actress Song Hye-kyo and boy band EXO have been chosen as the most popular “hallyu” stars of 2016, a survey showed Thursday. Soompi, a U.S.-based online news provider specializing in Korean pop culture, announced the winners of the 12th annual Soompi Awards elected in a vote [...]

Earnings in Show Business Show Heavy Imbalance between Celebrity Level, Gender

Earnings in Show Business Show Heavy Imbalance between Celebrity Level, Gender

SEJONG, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – The glitz of show business isn’t the same for everyone in the industry, where earnings are heavily imbalanced between A-listers and those who are not, income tax filings for 2015 showed Monday.  A total of 15,423 people, whose reported jobs were actors and actresses, reported an annual income that [...]

2NE1 Disbands after 7 Yrs, Park Bom to Leave YG Entertainment

2NE1 Disbands after 7 Yrs, Park Bom to Leave YG Entertainment

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean girl group 2NE1 has officially disbanded, its agency revealed on Friday, confirming that only two of the three remaining members will continue their careers with the company.  With Gong Minzy leaving in April and the remaining members’ contracts expiring on Nov. 5, the group and management agreed [...]