YG Entertainment churns out another star 2013/01/16, Source,
YG Entertainment piqued the curiosity of fans by uploading a picture of a member for its new girl group. An image of a girl named Kim Ji-soo made it onto the agency's YG Life blog on Jan. 15. The 18-year-old is shown looking seductively into the camera and sporting a Cleveland Indians baseball cap under messy, shoulder-length hair,...More
The Midas Behind 'Gangnam Style' 2013/01/04, Source,
Rapper Psy captured the worldwide fame with over 1 billion people listening to his dance hit "Gangnam Style" on YouTube. Everyone was surprised by the global success of a chubby man in his 30s, who does not fit the sleekly doctored image of most K-pop stars. But Yang Hyun-suk (43), the CEO of Psy's management company YG Entertainment, had faith. Yang says he has targeted the global market since he opened YG Entertainment back in 1997. "Psy's success?" asks Yang. "The door we've been knocking on has finally opened". Yang himself is a pop icon in Korea. He got his start with the group Seo Tai-ji & Boys, which transformed the landscape of Korean pop music in the 1990s and later opened his own talent agency, whose artists are now making inroads into the W23 trillion (US$1=W1,069) global music industry,...More
The New York Times Honors Big Bang & 2NE1 With "Best Concert Of 2012" 2012/12/28, Source,
Though they may have been partially eclipsed by the success of their labelmate PSY in 2012, groups Big Bang and 2NE1 still had a stellar year. Both idol groups embarked on global tours: 2NE1 on their "New Evolution World Tour" and Big Bang with their "Alive Galaxy Tour". 2NE1 kicked off their series in Seoul on July 28th, moving on to the US (New York, Los Angeles), Japan (Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Saitama), Taiwan (Taipei), and Singapore,...More
2NE1, Big Bang make NY Times list 2012/12/28, Source,
If there was any doubt that K-pop had a massive year in the Americas in 2012, it's officially been put to rest. In an article listing the biggest concerts of the year compiled by The New York Times, 2NE1 and Big Bang were mentioned alongside Jay-z, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and Radiohead. The U.S. newspaper of record said on Wednesday that this year was the year "K-pop arrived [in the States],...More
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