BTS ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’ online concerts sold 993k tickets
K-Pop stars BTS set an official world record earlier this year when they attracted more than 756,000 paying fans to their ‘Bang Bang Con’ livestreamed concert. Last weekend’s ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’ concerts outdid...
October 13, 2020
YouTube kicks off weekly ‘Released’ music show with Blackpink
YouTube is launching a new weekly music show called 'Released' which looks like it could be a powerful showcase for artists. It'll air at 11.45pm ET every Thursday, and focus on "music moments from the week", but also...
October 1, 2020
Big Hit Entertainment prices its IPO for $4.1bn valuation
The next music company to go public is set to be K-Pop firm Big Hit Entertainment. Now we know how much its IPO is set to value the company at, after pricing was announced. Shares will cost 135k won ($115) each in an offering...
September 29, 2020
Marvel goes K-Pop with SM Entertainment / SuperM collab
Korean music company SM Entertainment has announced a partnership with Marvel Entertainment, with K-Pop group SuperM first to benefit – just in time for the release last Friday of their debut album 'Super One'. There's...
September 28, 2020
Blackpink trail new album with Spotify and PubG Mobile
One of the K-Pop groups that have been smashing down global barriers recently is Blackpink, who you can expect to see splashed over many digital platforms in the coming week ahead of their new album's release on 2 October. Two...
September 25, 2020
Next BTS livestream comes with month-long virtual exhibition
K-Pop stars BTS are already one of the big success stories of lockdown livestreams: their 'Bang Bang Con' concert in June pulled in 756,000 paying customers. Now they're following it up with an even more ambitious event....
September 16, 2020
BTS given Big Hit Entertainment shares ahead of its IPO
Given BTS's role in the growth of K-Pop giant Big Hit Entertainment, it should come as no surprise that the group will benefit from the company's upcoming IPO. Reuters reported this month that each of the seven members...
September 8, 2020
The latest BTS product is a Korean language-learning kit
In March, BTS launched a new video series online called 'Learn Korean with BTS' – 30 three-minute lessons teaching their global fanbase how to speak the band's native language. Now this has evolved into a physical...
August 26, 2020
BTS regain YouTube 24-hour record with 101.1m ‘Dynamite’ views
YouTube’s 24-hour debut record has fallen again, with BTS unseating their K-Pop compatriots Blackpink. The former group’s new single ‘Dynamite‘ did 100.1m views in its first 24 hours on YouTube, overtaking...
August 24, 2020
Big Hit Entertainment reports sharp growth in revenues
As one of the key K-Pop companies, Big Hit Entertainment generates revenues from live concerts as well as recorded music. With its biggest act BTS seeing their world tour cancelled due to Covid-19, you might expect a hit...
August 20, 2020
Amanotes mobile games get tracks by Blackpink and other K-Pop stars
Vietnamese company Amanotes has launched a series of music-driven mobile games, including Magic Tiles 3, Tiles Hop and Dancing Road. Now it's getting sprinkling some K-Pop stardom over 15 of its games, through a deal with...
July 17, 2020
What can the global music industry learn from K-Pop and South Korea?
K-pop is the genre that ate the world whole. Acts like BTS, Blackpink, Twice and TVXQ are not just some of the biggest acts within the genre – they are some of the biggest acts in the world. There is a lot that other artists...
July 13, 2020