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Web Site Goes Down as BTS Releases Seoul Promotion Song

Web Site Goes Down as BTS Releases Seoul Promotion Song

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – K-pop sensation BTS unveiled a new song meant to promote Seoul overseas on Wednesday, drawing huge Internet traffic that caused the temporary outage of its host Web site. The song titled “With Seoul” was uploaded for free download at noon on the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s tourism promotion site, www.visitseoul.net. The site crashed within minutes of release and remained inaccessible for hours, according to officials. The boy group has been [...]

TWICE Wins Song of Year Award at 2017 MAMA with ‘Signal’

TWICE Wins Song of Year Award at 2017 MAMA with ‘Signal’

(image: Mnet) SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Girl group TWICE has won the Song of the Year Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) for the second-consecutive year with “Signal,” according to the music television network Thursday. The nine-member act was announced as the winner of the highly coveted award Wednesday at Yokohama [...]

Mnet Takes Action Against Ballot Rigging in Year-end K-pop Award

Mnet Takes Action Against Ballot Rigging in Year-end K-pop Award

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean cable TV music network Mnet has detected fraudulent votes cast in the upcoming 2017 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) and has eliminated the fake ballots, according to the company Friday. “From Oct. 26, 2017 to Nov. 1, 2017, ballot rigging occurred,” the company said. Mnet conducted a [...]

Midnight Releases Will No Longer Affect Music Charts

Midnight Releases Will No Longer Affect Music Charts

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Major Korean music platforms have decided to challenge the conventional practice of releasing albums and singles at midnight, after criticism that the custom is distorting local music charts.  South Korean artists typically release their music at noon or midnight.  However, midnight has long been the more popular time of [...]

Apple Music Takes a Step Forward to Korean Market Entrance

Apple Music Takes a Step Forward to Korean Market Entrance

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) – After months of rumors and speculation, Apple’s music streaming service, Apple Music, has made a big step forward to introducing its services in Korea. In contrast to the global popularity of music services like Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora, the Korean music market for music sales and streaming is dominated [...]

Mnet Music Cancels Music Recommendations, Will Melon and Genie Follow?

Mnet Music Cancels Music Recommendations, Will Melon and Genie Follow?

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – CJ E&M, which manages the music site mnet.com, has decided to abolish its ‘recommended music’ section. ‘Recommended music’ refers to songs that are selected by music sites for increased promotion, and are displayed right above the ranking charts. If a song is selected as ‘recommended music’, it is easier [...]

JYP Launches TWICE, First Girl Group in 5 Years

JYP Launches TWICE, First Girl Group in 5 Years

SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – JYP Entertainment, one of South Korea’s three largest entertainment agencies, on Tuesday showcased TWICE, its first girl group in five years. The nine-member act performed tracks from its first album “The Story Begins” at a press event in Seoul. The multinational group, comprised of six South Koreans, two Japanese [...]