K-Pop firm Big Hit Entertainment’s revenues double to $494m
Big Hit Entertainment, the South Korean powerhouse behind BTS and TXT among others, has revealed its latest growth stats. Its revenues in 2019 topped ₩587.9bn ($494m), doubling those in 2018, and it had operating profits...
February 6, 2020
K-Pop firm YG Entertainment invests in startup AmazeVR
Virtual reality entertainment firm AmazeVR has raised $2.5m of new funding, with the investment arm of K-Pop music company YG Entertainment participating. YG Investment chipped in to a round that brings AmazeVR’s total...
January 28, 2020
Music’s global evolution: K-Pop, China, and Eastern Europe
The second morning at this year’s NY:LON Connect conference focused on ‘emerging international and influential markets’. Three territories in particular: South Korea, China, and Russia / Eastern Europe. The track...
January 20, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
YouTube’s top 10 videos of 2019 are a truly global affair
The weakening of Anglo-American pop’s grip on the mainstream is nowhere more apparent than in YouTube’s run down of its most-streamed music videos globally of 2019. Latin America/Spain in general, and Puerto Rico in...
December 6, 2019
Take cover! Viberate claims Blackpink are bigger than BTS
It takes a brave person to get involved in arguments between the world’s keenest superfans over whether one artist is better or bigger than another. So doff your caps but retreat a safe distance from music-database Viberate,...
November 14, 2019
League of Legends spawns another virtual band: True Damage
League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world of esports – professional, competitive gaming – but its publisher Riot Games has also done some very interesting things around music. In 2017, the game spawned...
October 30, 2019
SuperM create UGC-powered Canvases on Spotify
On Friday, we covered Spotify starting to slowly open up its Canvas feature to more acts and posting a related blog that gives tips on how those using it can get the most out of its assorted features. One of the tips was...
October 14, 2019
K-Pop stars BTS are the latest artist to join TikTok
At the time of writing, it’s 19 hours since Big Hit Entertainment’s official Twitter profile for BTS made this announcement: “#BTS TikTok Channel Open!”. 19 hours later, BTS’ TikTok account is...
September 26, 2019
Blackpink are first K-Pop artist to 30m YouTube subscribers
Congratulations to Blackpink, who’ve become the first K-Pop artist to reach the milestone of 30 million subscribers to their YouTube channel. What’s particularly impressive here is that it’s only six months since they became...
September 19, 2019
K-Pop groups are half of YouTube’s biggest 24-hour debuts
It’s been clear for some time that YouTube is playing a significant role in the continued growth in the popularity of K-Pop outside South Korea. It’s also something we’ll be digging into at the NY:LON Connect conference...
September 12, 2019
BTS fuelled Big Hit Entertainment surge in first half of 2019
Korean music firm Big Hit Entertainment held its latest media briefing yesterday, and dropped some impressive numbers to show how its business is surging in 2019. The company’s revenues in the first half of 2019 were more...
August 22, 2019