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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...
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Big Hit Entertainment investing in K-Pop rival YG Entertainment

As we’ve found out when reporting on any story comparing BTS and Blackpink, different K-Pop fandoms can be… competitive. So it’s anyone’s guess what they’ll make of the news that BTS’s...
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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...