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AI brings dead Korean artist Shin Hae-chul back to the radio

South Korea may be the home of K-Pop superstars, but it’s making a strong play to also be the home of dead, AI-resuscitated singers too. We reported last December on TV shows based around dead artists ‘coming back’...
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Blackpink are now the most subscribed-to artist on YouTube

Justin Bieber has been the most popular music artist on YouTube by the metric of channel subscriptions for a while, but now he has been knocked off his perch.
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South Korea to force app stores to allow alternative payments

Things are moving fast in the debate around how much app store owners like Apple and Google should be forced to open up their systems.
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Kakao Entertainment plans merger with streaming service Melon

There are big things afoot in the South Korean music industry this week, and for once they have nothing to do with K-Pop stars like BTS or Blackpink. Instead, Kakao Entertainment, already a key music distributor and media...
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In South Korea, album sales (yes: sales) are growing fast

South Korea’s digital music market is buoyant, as we reported in our country profile earlier this year. Now there’s some more data on how album sales are also having a roaring time of it there in 2021. It comes courtesy...
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Kakao spends $950m on ‘storytelling’ startups from the US

South Korean firm Kakao Entertainment was recently making music industry headlines with its dispute with Spotify that briefly saw a significant chunk of K-Pop music removed from the streaming service. Kakao Entertainment...
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Spotify faces K-Pop conundrum after loss of Kakao M catalogue

Spotify is excited about having finally launched in South Korea, but the company will be rather less excited about losing a significant chunk of its K-Pop catalogue globally. After licensing negotiations broke down with one...
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Big Hit Entertainment revenues grew 36% to $716.7m in 2020

K-Pop giant Big Hit Entertainment had an excellent 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Its financial results, published yesterday, revealed that the company behind BTS’s revenues grew by 36% last year to KRW 796.3bn...
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South Korea’s digital growth isn’t just fuelled by K-Pop stars

The growing popularity of hip hop and the changing habits of K-Pop fans are helping to fuel a digital music boom in South Korea that show little sign of abating, according to Clayton Jin, CEO, Warner Music Korea. “K-Pop...
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Country Profile – South Korea 2021

South Korea’s music business remains buoyant in 2021, with digital music in particular on the rise – despite K-Pop fans’ enduring love of physical goods
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South Korean video services protest at increased music rates

A group of video streaming services in South Korea are protesting at plans to increase the royalties they pay for music used in the content on their platforms. The Korea Herald has the story, which explains that the Korea...
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Spotify launches in South Korea without its free tier

It took a while, but Spotify is finally live in South Korea, launching there yesterday with its 60m track catalogue and 120 new playlists tuned for the tastes of Korean music fans. There’s a key difference to Spotify’s...