Tag: south korea
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...
January 28, 2021
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...
December 18, 2020
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...
December 8, 2020
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)...
November 17, 2020
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...
September 15, 2020
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...
August 26, 2020
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...
July 13, 2020
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...
June 25, 2020
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...
June 24, 2020
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...
May 14, 2020
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...
March 24, 2020
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...
March 24, 2020