7:52 am - 08/21/2019

BigHit News Roundup: Ticketing Lottery, Girl Group Auditions and BTS Universe Drama

Big Hit Entertainment will use a lottery system for ticketing of events around the world in the near future.

On August 21, Big Hit held a corporate briefing in Seoul with co-CEO’s Bang Shi Hyuk and Yoon Seok Jun, as well as beNX’s CEO Seo Wook Seok present.

Yoon Seok Jun confirmed that the lottery system they initially introduced for BTS‘s fan meeting in June and their Seoul concert in October will continue to be used moving forward, saying, “The ticketing lottery system will gradually be used for overseas tours to improve fans’ experiences.”

The lottery system will be put in place in hopes to eliminate unfair ticketing circumstances and is one of the many improvements that Big Hit introduced to improve their fans’ concert experiences. Among others, they also introduced different ways to sell concert goods, a play zone made for fans waiting outside a venue, and live viewing services for group-viewing in a location close to the venue, live streaming services for fans to enjoy the concerts from home, and pop-up stores on the day of the concert.

Bang Shi Hyuk spoke, “BTS earned the title of ’21st century Beatles,’ while TXT earned the title of ’21st century global rookies.’ Big Hit has also shown steady growth in several fields including digital and physical album production, content production, merchandise, and more. In July, we placed No. 1 on the worldwide chart for concert tour sales.”

He continued, “There has also been a lot of change in our internal organization. Our number of employees has almost quadrupled, and we are currently working on changing to a multi-label system. We are also preparing to improve specialization for the business aspect. An example of this is our recruitment of CBO Min Hee Jin.”

Bang Shi Hyuk then announced, “Big Hit and Source Music are jointly launching a global audition,” and explained, “A global audition will be held for the debut lineup of a new girl group based on the philosophy of Bang Shi Hyuk and know-how of Min Hee Jin.”

Big Hit announced, “We are currently preparing a drama based on the BTS Universe with a famous Korean production studio. The goal is to launch it in the latter half of 2020.”

This drama will tell the story of seven boys who meet for the first time in the BTS Universe. As the drama will be based on when BTS was younger, the members will not personally act in the drama, and they will cast actors instead.

Additionally, Big Hit announced plans to greet both fans and the public through various media and genres with webtoons, novels, games, animations, comic books, and dramas. They plan on incorporating storytelling for other artists from other labels in addition to BTS.

Source: Soompi 1 2 3 4, Naver 1 2 3 4, Star Daily News 1

Oh no, lottery ... I mean it's more fair but I'm even more nervous for ticketing now that things will be out of my hands, hahhh ...
torontok 21st-Aug-2019 09:57 am (UTC)
I agree with your last paragraph. I get that BTS as a band/name is huge right now and the members are making good money off of that but it's shocking that most of them still haven't been able to put down roots for solo careers. Like rap line have their mixtapes/producing but the others don't seem to be doing much at all solo wise. Why not go for subunits/solos or even a variety/acting gig here and there. The group isn't permanent and they need to start establishing themselves individually too. I especially feel like they need to give Jin more solo stuff because he'll be enlisting soon
the3rdjester 21st-Aug-2019 10:55 am (UTC)
I don't know why some fans are so against even the mention of every member having a solo or do something alone.

What also shocked me is, considering how ARMYs are so loudly OT7 (not that it's a bad thing of cource to support them all) how those same people have attacked especially PJMs for wanting Jimin to go solo (I may have seen something similar with Jungkook, can't remember for sure, but it's mostly Jimin) and/or didn't care about Yoongi's producing Heize's song. I even read a tweet from one ot7 account with huge following (that's obviously deleted now because they got called out by some fans with still working brains) that said something along the lines "we don't care about Heize's song, because it won't affect BTS' sales/numbers". Like, is this all you care about? Not the fact that Yoongi expands his musical horizons and tries to make a name for himself? But just getting bragging rights that you will use them to drag other groups? It's clear that some fans are here to feed their superiority complex and live through the achievements of BTS, and not the boys themselves and the music.

Seokjin has a degree in acting. Why tf does he not have an acting gig, after all those years? BTS are huge, don't tell me BigHit hasn't been approached for acting opportunities.

Overall, it seems like BigHit doesn't care for the longevity of BTS as solo artists, but only for the company's. Many of its moves lately look like they mostly benefit Bang PD and fill his pockets. Yes, BTS will get some money out of them, but they became trainees because of their love for music (Seokjin maybe for acting too, but I can't say for sure), which seems like it has taken a step back (or many steps?). Even Jungkook said himself "I think I kind of lost sight of it. Of why I love to perform. The reason why I perform." which is really sad and telling about some things.
katheli 21st-Aug-2019 12:02 pm (UTC)
ppl have attacked pjms mostly for hating on the rest of the members cause they only want Jimin solo, not the solo stuff per se. I'm sure one of the reasons why Bighit isn't letting vocal line do promoted/sold solo stuff is cause the akgaes would concentrate on that instead of anything else.

we've had weeks this year where random fancams of members (mostly JM and JK) had more views than the group's MV cause of solo stans paying for ads and bot views. Once Jimin drops an actual solo his akgaes aren't gonna give a shit about the group and in the long term the group just brings in way more money for Bighit than a solo act ever could, no matter how undoubtedly successful he'd be.

if Tae could do some acting, so could Jin so he probably just didn't have any offers before they really blew up and all of them have repeatedly stated that they're concentrating on the group right now (2017 onwards) that they're riding the success wave. I don't see that changing until enlistment starts. They have, what, a year left as OT7? I doubt they'll scrap the last two albums and have everybody drop a solo.

Honestly it might actually help the members who want to go acting to draw a clear line between idol/actor and start after the military and rapline, the other older members are already working on their individual careers. And maknae line already have huge individual fanbases who'll support them if they go solo, doesn't even matter that they haven't done anything yet.
nekokonneko 21st-Aug-2019 12:32 pm (UTC)
Honestly, the "do solo ventures" mantra is mostly fueled by selfish ego-stroking. Akaes straight up just want the group and the rest of the members to fail so their chosen one can shine but even people without ulterior motives are still mostly just projecting their own wants onto the boys.

Taehyung the model is a common want but it's based on what? Him liking fashion and being photogenic. He's never expressed a desire to do it as a career *or even a hobby) afaik but fans want to see him in magazines and on runways, so it should happen.

And even if when it's wanting them to stick to music, maknae line have all mentioned multiple times how difficult they find songwriting and producing and how much respect they have for Namjoon, Yoongi, and Hoseok for doing it regularly. They seem happy to dabble at their own pace with minimal expectations.

They as a group have decided to focus on the group for the foreseeable future, to ride it out all the way to the end, and after that they'll probably branch out. Jin will only be 33 when their current contract expires, hardly a geriatric with nothing left to do but roll over and die, and Jungkook will only be 28. They have plenty of time to figure themsleves out
nekobot 21st-Aug-2019 04:22 pm (UTC)
Saying this with love as he's my fav but...Jin (and most of the members, really) can't act. He deserves to coast by on idol name in acting as much as other idols are but compared to them he never got the time and resources to work on acting and I doubt any of them got any acting training since that cringe mini-drama we got a few years ago since they've been loaded up with work ever since. He's hilarious and could definitely have a niche in comedy content though, and in that regard he never got a chance to do all that much with it outside of BTS.

I agree with a lot of other things you're saying though! They don't "need" it because they're set for life but it sucks to see how even at the most basic level (English lessons! Vocal training!) Big Hit has a "if you want to do it, do it on your own time" approach if it doesn't translate to direct earnings for them.
the3rdjester 21st-Aug-2019 04:47 pm (UTC)
Doesn't he have a degree though? So at least he has some experience? I do believe that he'd be good in variety shows.

Anyways, I will always believe (fingers crossed, until it actually happens?) that BTS should be individually promoted (any way) in order to establish themselves as individual artists and not just part of a group, like all the other kpop groups do. I will also forever hate the fact they go to variety shows once in a blue moon.

Also, talking about individual promotions, I always have Super Junior in mind as a template. Like, they have individual schedules and each member has made a name for themselves, like Leeteuk is a well-known mc, Heechul a variety king, Ryewook a radio host, etc, yet they're all still Super Junior. I would love to have something like this with BTS. Obviously I'm not forcing them, it's just wishful thinking. Although, Yoongi and Namjoon do produce things, so at least we have two members expanding outside of BTS.
degloss 21st-Aug-2019 10:31 pm (UTC)
Just butting in to say that if I remember correctly in some bts run (or some video of them playing around) that Jin's major was in animation in a school that's known for film? I think that fans just got hands on the info that he was in that school and ran with it that he majored in acting
I also remember that he said he didn't even finish the animation major so.....lol
the3rdjester 22nd-Aug-2019 04:55 am (UTC)
His wiki and other sources on the internet say that in Konkuk University he studied art and acting though.

And since I got curious, I searched a bit for it and apparently, he said he was in cinema studies but graduated in animation during 5th muster. I wish I could find a clip.

So it seems like the wiki isn't completely wrong, just not worded correctly.
degloss 22nd-Aug-2019 07:12 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh probably should have looked it up in the first place lol
That's interesting to find out though :0
daynr 21st-Aug-2019 09:03 pm (UTC)
wait, V has been in dramas, but Jin has a degree in it but hasn't at all? How does that work? (as I said, I'm not really a fan, but they seem like really hard working, nice guys, so I pay attention.)
the3rdjester 22nd-Aug-2019 05:09 am (UTC)
Just one drama, Hwarang, back in 2016.

And, like another person told me here, he said during 5th muster that apparently he was in cinema studies for acting at first, but ended up getting a degree in animation. I wish I could find a clip from that moment though, to see if he said it in a joking manner or not. I've just found people commenting on it on twitter.

Alright, I found a clip. degloss
daynr 23rd-Aug-2019 08:33 pm (UTC)
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