Tag: south korea
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.
January 18, 2022
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.
January 12, 2022
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.
November 4, 2021
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.
October 19, 2021
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’...
September 14, 2021
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.
September 13, 2021
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.
September 1, 2021
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...
July 19, 2021
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...
July 5, 2021
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...
May 11, 2021
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...
March 1, 2021
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...
February 24, 2021