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K-Pop Entertainment Agencies Bulking Up Amid Fierce Competition

K-Pop Entertainment Agencies Bulking Up Amid Fierce Competition

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) — After reaching a breaking point in the music industry, major South Korean entertainment companies are now bulking up to gain a competitive edge in securing cultural content. At the forefront of this shift are SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment, two of the largest entertainment agencies in South Korea boasting the [...]

K-Pop Star Jung Yong-hwa to Enlist, Leaving Behind Cloud of Familiar Controversy

K-Pop Star Jung Yong-hwa to Enlist, Leaving Behind Cloud of Familiar Controversy

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – CNBLUE frontman Jung Yong-hwa is set to enlist in the armed forces come March 5, according to an announcement made on January 26 by his talent agency FNC Entertainment. The surprisingly sudden decision to fulfil his national duty, after it was revealed that Jung was investigated by police for [...]

BLACKPINK’s Japanese Album Tops Daily Oricon Chart

BLACKPINK’s Japanese Album Tops Daily Oricon Chart

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Girl group BLACKPINK conquered Japan’s key music sales chart for the second consecutive day with its first album released in the neighboring country, its management agency said Friday. The team’s Japanese debut EP album titled “BLACKPINK” stood at No. 1 on Oricon’s Daily CD album chart as of Wednesday, [...]

YG’s Risk Management Competency Questioned amid T.O.P’s Marijuana Scandal

YG’s Risk Management Competency Questioned amid T.O.P’s Marijuana Scandal

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Contrary to his stage name T.O.P, Choi Seung-hyun, member of the popular K-pop boy band BIGBANG, hit the rock bottom of his successful 10-year-plus career this week.  He has been indicted on charges of smoking marijuana and his military service that began in February was put on hold pending [...]