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Country Profile – South Korea 2022

South Korea has a long history with music streaming – but the sector’s recent success is maybe not quite as robust as it first seems.
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Report claims 10m K-Pop albums were sold in May 2022 alone

We already know that the superfandom around top K-Pop artists extends to buying albums rather than just streaming them.
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Spotify rebrands flagship K-Pop playlist to K-Pop ON! (온)

'K-Pop Daebak', the flagship playlist for K-Pop music on Spotify, is being rebranded to 'K-Pop ON! (온)
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K-Pop giant HYBE generated more than $1bn of revenues in 2021

That included strong growth for album sales, merchandising and licensing, and (unsurprisingly) concerts.
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Korean video service Watcha is getting into music streaming

There will soon be a new player in the South Korean music-streaming market: video service Watcha has announced plans to add music as part of a relaunch.
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Spotify’s monthly K-Pop streams are up 27% year-on-year

It's a year since Spotify launched in South Korea, and the company says that it is now averaging 7.97bn monthly K-Pop streams worldwide.
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Data suggests YouTube Music is rising fast in South Korea

The music industry knows all about YouTube's role in bringing K-Pop music to the world, from Psy's 'Gangnam Style' to the success of BTS and Blackpink.
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Apple set to allow alternative payment systems in South Korea

Apple will abide by new rules in South Korea that ban app store owners from forcing developers to use their own in-app payment systems.
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Japan and South Korea begin to ease live-events restrictions

Slowly, and not always as surely as our industry would like, the live music industry is opening up again after its Covid-19 shutdowns.
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Big Hit Music launches global auditions to find the next BTS

Its search for "individuals with talent and passion who will be the next global superstar" really *is* global: the net is being cast far beyond South Korea.
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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.