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Korean internet-radio service Spoon Radio raises $17m

South Korean internet-radio service Spoon Radio – or rather its parent company Mykoon – has raised a $17m funding round. The investors include Goodwater Capital, which was an early investor in Musical.ly according to TechCrunch,...
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Spotify falls foul of BTS Army with chopsticks-emoji tweet

And *that* is certainly a headline we couldn’t have envisaged writing when this bulletin started life 15 years ago, folks… Spotify probably thought it was having some light-hearted fun when it published a blog post called Five...
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K-Pop companies team up to create ‘the Korean version of Vevo’

YouTube has played a significant role in the spread of K-Pop music far beyond its homeland of South Korea, from Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ to the recent global success of BTS – and plenty of artists in between. Now a group...
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South Korea gets new system for distributing streaming revenues

There are changes afoot in the way streaming revenues in South Korea are divided up between the streaming platforms and rightsholders (and thus musicians). From next year, rightsholders will get a 65% share of the streaming...
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K-Pop stars BTS are getting their own YouTube Red series

YouTube has been one of the main engines behind the global success of K-Pop band BTS in the last year. Now they’re getting their own series on its YouTube Red subscription service. The eight-episode series is called...
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Jukedeck takes its AI music to Korea with K-Pop collaboration

2018 may be the year of the AI/human music collaboration. British AI music startup Jukedeck is the latest company to work with musicians in an effort to show it’s a friend not a foe for human creators. The firm has teamed...
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Country Profile – South Korea 2018

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BTS included: Spotify hails its 6.6bn K-Pop streams since 2015

Spotify users have streamed 6.6bn songs from K-Pop artists since the company launched its K-Pop hub in 2015, racking up more than 14.4bn minutes of listening. That’s according to a blog post published by Spotify yesterday...
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K-Pop band BTS are world-record breakers on Twitter

South Korean boy-band BTS made a splash at the American Music Awards last weekend, and now they’re breaking records on Twitter too. They’ve been included in this year’s Guinness Book of World Records for “having...
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Crowdsourced-gigs service MyMusicTaste raises $11m

South Korean startup MyMusicTaste has raised a Series C funding round of $11m for its service which enables fans to request gigs by their favourite artists. KTB Network led the round according to TechCrunch, with Softbank...
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K-Pop band BTS team up with Line for characters and merch

Japanese messaging app Line has always made a big thing of its animated characters, which are used as ‘stickers’ in its users’ conversations, as well as appearing in mobile games, merchandise and cartoons. Now the...
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Midemlab-winning app HumOn jumps from iOS to Android

South Korean music app HumOn was one of the winners of this June's Midemlab startups contest in Cannes, but at the time, it was only available on Android smartphones in the west. Now it's been ported to Apple's iPhone...