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 ...
sjtaazrz 21st-Aug-2019 09:59 am (UTC)
" TXT earned the title of ’21st century global rookies.’ " citation needed.
I don't know why they're trying to make TXT so global when they're better off focusing on Korea and having international fans warm up to them like plenty of other K-pop groups.

The same with this global search for a girl group. With international relations making the Korean public even harder on Japanese and Chinese idols right now, I wonder why they'd do a global search (I mean, money, obviously, but ya know). First, what is his philosophy? Second, Min Heejin's done some good work but it all started to look similar, so I'm curious as to how the group will turn out. I like that it's considered BH and Source Music though. I wonder if the group will end up with more of a Source Music sound.

The whole drama just sounds dumb. I'll be happy to be proved wrong, but I don't think it'll turn out well. It sounds like a those "Another Story" missions from their video came and that was so poorly written and boringly shot. I doubt they'll write interesting characters/story. And the ~BTS Universe~ is basically just the world now, no? Unless they mean the fictional universe when V stabs his abusive father and Suga sets fire to hotel rooms and other stuff from their MV story lines, which, again, isn't really compelling. If those flashbacks to J-hope's childhood in that one trailer was an indication of these early life scenes, then they can keep it.
magicpineapple 21st-Aug-2019 11:52 am (UTC)
Idk I’m probably just easily amused, but I think it’d be really really interesting to see the story lines you mentioned about Suga/V/J-Ho(oooooooooo)pe. They set up some interesting storylines, & if the theories are to be believed, there’s also a/some ~supernatural~ element(s) to it. On the other hand, if it’s gonna be poorly & cheesy with terrible acting, then nothx lol
sjtaazrz 21st-Aug-2019 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, where those stories ended up were with some really interesting topics (mental health, domestic abuse, etc), but I don't trust the writing to tackle them in any substantive way.

I feel like it'll be really cheesy in an after-school special/Lifetime movie way, or gloss write over it and just be generically boring. We'll see.
lizanka23 21st-Aug-2019 05:37 pm (UTC)
yeah if they produce it like a typical k-drama these topics will not be handle in an intelligent and sensitive way
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