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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 ...
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
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