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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Sun, December 3, 2023 | 02:46
7-year curse: Brave Girls, Momoland members go their separate ways
Brave Girls and Momoland have become the latest victims of the K-pop industry's “seven-year curse.”According to the Fair Trade Commission, seven years is the longest single contract period between a singer and a K-pop management company.
Drama 'Princess Hours' to be remade after 18 years
“Princess Hours,” one of MBC's biggest hit dramas in 2006, has been picked up for a remake. GROUP8, the company behind the success of the original drama, said it will start producing the remake in the second half of this year and air the first episode in 2024. The exact release date remains under wraps for now and an audition is currently taking place to choose the best actor...
Virtual girl group MAVE: makes waves
Rookie virtual girl group MAVE: is generating buzz, raising expectations that virtual humans can carve out their own niche in the competitive K-pop scene. Created by Kakao Entertainment and Metaverse Entertainment, MAVE: is made up of four members - SIU:, ZENA:, MARTY: and TYRA:. Metaverse Entertainment is a subsidiary of game developer Netmarble.
Korean National Symphony Orchestra aims to solidify identity, widen scope of classical music
The Korean National Symphony Orchestra (KNSO), Korea's only national orchestra, has vowed to strengthen its identity and expand the horizons of Korean classical music. “I want to solidify the KNSO's identity so that it lives up to its name, helping it become more flexible in interpreting music and build more diversity in its repertoire,” the KNSO's Artistic Director David Rei...
Rookie girl group H1-KEY rises in popularity
Rookie K-pop girl group H1-KEY is revving up its presence in the K-pop scene with its latest release, “Rose Blossom.” “Rose Blossom,” the first mini-album by the four-piece act that dropped on Jan. 5, reigned atop the real-time physical album chart on Hanteo, a local album sales tracker, Saturday.
K-pop documentaries dominate OTT platforms
A host of documentaries about K-pop will be released on different over-the-top (OTT) platforms this year, giving a sneak peek into the behind-the-scenes stories of the music industry and its singers.
How will HYBE-SM collaboration transform K-pop industry?
The K-pop industry is undergoing a tectonic shift following HYBE's acquisition of a controlling stake in SM Entertainment, with speculation mounting over how the collaboration between the two biggest K-pop powerhouses will reshape the music industry. HYBE, home to K-pop titan BTS, announced that it will purchase a 14.8 percent stake in SM for 422.8 billion won ($335.8 million...
Investigation into Yoo Ah-in's alleged drug use likely to affect release of his films, series
The police are looking into actor Yoo Ah-in's alleged illegal use of an anesthetic drug, and all eyes within the film industry are now on the findings of the investigation, as Yoo was set to appear in numerous films and series this year including Netflix's “The Match.”
K-pop stars and dating
Jin, a former member of now-defunct K-pop girl group Lovelyz, said Monday she would take legal action against those who bombarded her Instagram account with malicious comments. The 26-year-old's warning came only a day after she apologized for making “controversial” remarks on her YouTube channel about the different ways K-pop stars make time for dating amid their tight sched...
Peak Time: Survival show for lesser-known K-pop boy bands to hit air
“Peak Time,” a survival show for lesser-known K-pop boy bands, is scheduled to premiere on Feb. 15, according to cable channel JTBC. The upcoming program will feature 23 boy groups who could not perform on stage for different reasons. Some of them have been on indefinite hiatus, while others already disbanded.