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 ...
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
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