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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Tue, May 30, 2023 | 19:27
K-pop concert-specific venues to open in Seoul metropolitan area
K-pop fans will soon be able to enjoy more quality performances at new concert-specific arenas in the Seoul metropolitan area, with three large venues slated to open over the next few years. This year, the 15,000-seat Inspire Arena will begin operations in Incheon, west of Seoul. The performance hall is part of Inspire Entertainment Resort - a casino resort by U.S. operator M...
YG Entertainment seeks leap forward with return of founder
Will 2023 become a banner year for K-pop powerhouse YG Entertainment? YG, one of the most influential record labels in the K-pop world, unveiled Sunday the seven members who will be part of its new girl group, BABYMONSTER. It is the company's first all-female act in seven years, following the debut of BLACKPINK in 2016.
Classical music performances for 2023
For classical music fans in Korea, 2023 is set to be a thrilling year as a legion of prominent musicians and orchestras are scheduled to perform here. The Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the world's oldest orchestras, founded in 1548, will take the stage in Seoul this March.
'Let's plant trees': SM Entertainment spearheads green movement in K-pop industry
Ushering in 2023, K-pop powerhouse SM Entertainment has vowed to tackle the climate crisis and ensure environmental sustainability in cooperation with its artists and their international fans. Its first step is to plant trees, according to the company's founder and executive producer Lee Soo-man.
Year of Rabbit: prosperity, longevity and wisdom
2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. Given that the rabbit has been emblematic of prosperity, longevity and wisdom in Korea, 2023 is expected to be a time of fertility as well. The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac, representing east on the compass and 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the clock.
From 'Candy' to 'Monologue,' remakes of 1990s-2000s hits take music scene by storm
Remakes of the hits from the 1990s and 2000s are creating a splash in the K-pop scene, enthralling fans from all generations. K-pop powerhouse SM Entertainment's boy band, NCT DREAM, put out a track titled, “Candy” on Dec. 16, which is a remake of boy group H.O.T.'s 1996 hit of the same name.
Musicals to watch in 2023
The Korean musical scene is enjoying a golden moment currently, with ticket sales during the first half of 2022 standing at 182.6 billion won ($143.8 million) ― more than a twofold jump from 2021 ― according to the Korea Performing Arts Box Office Information System (KOPIS). It is highly likely to continue its winning streak in 2023, with a wide variety of theatrical shows, r...
BIGBANG members disperse, but will still be part of group
Two members of the iconic K-pop boy group BIGBANG have left their management company, YG Entertainment, but their fans will still be able to see them perform as a group. YG said Tuesday that member Daesung has terminated his contract with the company. The news about Daesung came only one day after another BIGBANG member, Taeyang, announced his departure from YG.
Trot singer Lim Young-woong donates $234,000 to help people in need
Trot singer Lim Young-woong has donated 300 million won ($234,000) to charity in the name of his fan club.
K-pop album exports, sales likely to hit new high this year
The global popularity of K-pop is showing no signs of waning, with album exports and sales expected to reach a new high this year.