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Spotify opens songwriters hub and preps South Korea launch

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of songwriters to the music-making process. They’re responsible for the lyrics, melodies, beats and chords that make up the songs we love,” is how Spotify opened its...
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AI is being used to bring Korean singers back from the dead

There’s a mini-trend afoot in South Korea that’s seeing some late entertainers return to the TV airwaves – thanks to artificial intelligence technologies. The Korea Herald has the story of music channel Mnet’s...
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Big Hit Entertainment revenues grew by 54% in Q3 2020

Now that it's gone public, Korean music company Big Hit Entertainment will be delivering quarterly financial results. The first since its IPO revealed that its revenues grew by 54% year-on-year to 190bn won (around $171m)...
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WMG’s ADA Worldwide follows LatAm expansion with Asia launch

Warner Music Group's distribution arm ADA Worldwide is on an expansion drive. In July, it launched ADA Latin to oversee Latin America and Latin music in the US as well as Spain and Portugal. Now it's turning its attention...
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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...
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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...
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Sacem strikes Euro deal with Korean authors’ society Komca

French collecting society Sacem has signed a deal with the Korea Music Copyright Association (Komca) to manage the latter's members' online music rights in Europe. That means that the songs represented by Komca will be...
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Sandbox Issue 255: K-Pop. What the Global Music Industry can learn from South Korea

Lead: K-pop is eating the world whole and is changing what marketing – especially superfan-centric marketing – can do. We speak to those working in and around the K-pop world to learn how the genre markets itself, where...
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Besides Spotify, South Korea may soon get YouTube Music too

We’ve been reporting on the persistent rumours that Spotify is preparing to launch in South Korea very soon. It seems that it may be joined by YouTube Music’s subscription tier. Korean news site Pulse reports that...
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BTS로 한국어 배우기 (that’s ‘Learn Korean with BTS’ in Korean)

We really hope that means ‘Learn Korean with BTS’ – blame Google Translate if not! We wrote about Weverse earlier this year as part of our report on K-Pop giant Big Hit Entertainment’s latest financial...
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South Korean DSP changes chart to battle ‘distorted’ streams

Flo, owned by SK Telecom, is one of the main music streaming services in South Korea. It used to run a near-real-time chart (updated hourly) showing what the most popular songs were on the platform. That has now been replaced...
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Spotify tipped to finally launch in South Korea this year

One of the quirks in Spotify’s business is that, while the streaming service has hopped aboard the K-Pop bandwagon like its rivals, Spotify itself isn’t yet available in South Korea. It seems 2020 may be the year that...