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YG Entertainment’s CEO, Yang Hyun Suk, recently revealed the upcoming plans for the agency’s three boy groups—BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKON. He has promised a new album for all three groups before the end of this year.

On April 26, BIGBANG’s 2015 world tour “MADE in Seoul” opened up at Seoul Olympic Park’s Gymnastics Stadium. After the concert, Yang Hyun Suk met up with TV Report and shared, “BIGBANG will release a single album one after another starting May 1. They are also planning to release a full-length album including all those songs.”

Many fans have been wondering who will come next after BIGBANG’s comeback and Yang Hyun Suk has answered: “After BIGBANG, iKON’s album will come out. These days, I have been holding meetings with iKON once every three days. For now, I think WINNER will be next following iKON’s debut album release. WINNER has already built up a fandom after debuting last year. They also won a rookie award. I think it’s only right to give iKON a debut opportunity first.”

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Winner of “K-Pop Star 4Katie Kim was relieved to receive a warm welcome at her new management agency YG Entertainment.

On the April 19 broadcast of SBS’ “K-Pop Star 4 Special,” which reveals the sequel story to “K-Pop Star 4,” Katie Kim visits the YG Entertainment headquarters for the first time since winning the show and signing with the label.

She shares, “This is my first time coming not as a contestant. It feels like a dream, YG!”

As soon as Katie Kim enters building, she is received by the YG staff with applause. Jinusean also comes up to greet her, teasing her by imitating the way she talks.

She then goes up to see her new boss Yang Hyun Suk. When he sees her, he gives her a hug and congratulates her.

Katie says in her interview, “Because it’s YG I thought [people] would be cold so I was nervous, so I was grateful to be welcomed with open arms as soon as I went in.”

Meanwhile, Yang Hyun Suk has promised that Katie Kim will debut as soon as possible.

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YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk spoke up about recent speculations surrounding the fact that he unfollowed 2NE1’s Park Bom and Big Bang’s Seungri on Instagram.

Many netizens speculated that Yang Hyun Suk unfollowed Seungri because the Big Bang member’s contract is ending soon, and he might not be re-signing. Others said that the CEO was not on good terms with Seungri or Park Bom, suggesting that both idol stars might not be part of the YG Family in the long run.

However, Yang Hyun Suk has now stated that those rumors are false. He stated on April 16, “To be honest, I’m from the analogue era, so I may only use an SNS like Instagram once or twice a year. Recently, I went on to make a post to congratulate Jinusean on their long-awaited comeback, and I took measures to follow the people who are using SNS a lot lately.”

He continued, “The people I originally followed on Instagram were Big Bang’s G-Dragon, Taeyang, Seungri, and 2NE1’s CL, Park Bom, and Dara. Just 6 people, who I followed when I first started Instagram. In Park Bom’s case, she doesn’t really use Instagram these days, so I stopped following her. G-Dragon as well as Taeyang use it often so I left their accounts.”

As for the future of Big Bang, the CEO commented, “Big Bang’s new song will be out soon, so why would I unfollow Seungri for any particular reason? I have no problem with either Seungri or Park Bom. I didn’t know that who I follow on Instagram would be such a big deal.”

Does this relieve some of your worries?

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It’s starting to look like a very busy year for YG Entertainment. Jinusean just made their comeback earlier today, Big Bang is expected to make their comeback some time in the coming weeks, and 2NE1’s CL is still poised to take the U.S. by storm this year.

As long as there’s no more trolling on the part of Papa YG, this fiscal year is sure to be one of the label’s most successful.

Things are going to get even busier as K-Pop Star 4 winner Katie Kim had no hesitation in choosing YG Entertainment as her label. Luckily for her, Yang Hyun Suk appreciated her eagerness to join the family and promised that she would debut as quickly as her fellow K-Pop Star label mates, Akdong Musician and Lee Hi, debuted.

“Lee Hi, Akdong Musician and other ‘K-Pop Star’ contestants have made their debut with their first songs in just couple months after joining YG. For the sake of Katie Kim and all of her fans, we are going to hurry the process of releasing her new song.” explained Suk (via Koreaboo).

“Katie Kim’s first song release as a YG member is both equally important for her as well as for the company. [YG] is going to put in the best efforts alongside with Katie Kim to create her first debut song.”

As for when that “quick” debut for Katie will be, it is probably safe to say either summer or fall of this year given the amount of comeback obligations already slated this year for YG Entertainment. Luckily for Katie, YG Entertainment is known to treat its artists with the utmost respect, so any delay will likely be in her best interest.

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It’s starting to look like a very busy year for YG Entertainment. Jinusean just made their comeback earlier today, Big Bang is expected to make their comeback some time in the coming weeks, and 2NE1’s CL is still poised to take the U.S. by storm this year.

As long as there’s no more trolling on the part of Papa YG, this fiscal year is sure to be one of the label’s most successful.

Things are going to get even busier as K-Pop Star 4 winner Katie Kim had no hesitation in choosing YG Entertainment as her label. Luckily for her, Yang Hyun Suk appreciated her eagerness to join the family and promised that she would debut as quickly as her fellow K-Pop Star label mates, Akdong Musician and Lee Hi, debuted.

“Lee Hi, Akdong Musician and other ‘K-Pop Star’ contestants have made their debut with their first songs in just couple months after joining YG. For the sake of Katie Kim and all of her fans, we are going to hurry the process of releasing her new song.” explained Suk (via Koreaboo).

“Katie Kim’s first song release as a YG member is both equally important for her as well as for the company [YG] is going to put in the best efforts alongside with Katie Kim to create her first debut song.

As for when that “quick” debut for Katie will be, it is probably safe to say either summer or fall of this year given the amount of comeback obligations already slated this year for YG Entertainment. Luckily for Katie, YG Entertainment is known to treat its artists with the utmost respect, so any delay will likely be in her best interest.

For those who have yet to hear Katie Kim sing, below is a video of her early days on K-Pop Star season four. In the video she sings “Killing Me Softly” with an impressive amount of soulfulness that ultimately lead J.Y. Park to call her the “dark horse” of the competition.

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JINUSEAN, about their latest track, commented, “There is a main dance move in the performance, and it is choreographed personally by Mr YANG.”

The comment was made in Seoul’s Banyan Tree Club and Spa on April 15 for the press conference of their newest album “TELL ME ONE MORE TIME.”

JINU commented, “There is a main dance move in our ‘TELL ME ONE MORE TIME.’ Mr YANG personally got involved in choreographing that part.”

He added, “We do feel physically exhausted, but we are going to look after ourselves well so we don’t collapse on stage.”

JINUSEAN’s “TELL ME ONE MORE TIME” is their latest track in 11 years. With the funky and unique synthetic sounds the drum beat makes the song exciting. It is a song where one awaits for the long-gone lover. The witty lyrics and rhyme carries the 90’s sentiment with a familiar melody. It certainly is highly addictive.

TABLO, who was involved in writing and composing the song, calls it the “new disco” genre. It is a dance song that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Jang Hanna, who joined YG after becoming hugely popular on “K-Pop 3” with her powerful and soulful voice, features in the track. Her mesmerizing voice adds a source of entertainment to the track.

JINUSEAN unveiled their track at midnight on the day, and have been sweeping across many charts.

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YG’s main producer YANG HYUN SUK is actively publicizing the comeback of JINUSEAN, a hip hop duo coming back together in 11 years.

On Apr. 14th, Mr. Yang posted a teaser image of JINUSEAN on his Instagram. The photo features JINUSEAN in a chic black suit, who have not changed much since the 1990s, when they were enormously popular in Korea.

On the same day, another YG artist TABLO – a member of EPIK HIGH – also posted the photo on his Instagram.

And TABLO has got a lot of attention as he took part in the songwriting process of JINUSEAN’s new song “TELL ME ONE MORE TIME.”

Their latest song is to be released at Wednesday midnight on music websites.

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While Katie Kim, the winner of SBS TV’s “I Love Sunday – Survival Audition K-Pop Star Season 4” (“K-Pop Star 4”), has selected to join YG Entertainment (“YG”), YG’s head producer YANG HYUN SUK said, “I’ll first make Katie Kim most healthy and beautiful in her life, through workout and other measures”.

YANG said to StarNews in the afternoon on the 13, “After winning ‘K-Pop Star 4’ yesterday (April 12), Katie Kim has decided to join YG. Now, I’ll think about how she will make an official debut”.

YANG said, “I’ll first make her eat well at YG’s cafeteria and work out with 10 trainers who work at YG, to make her most healthy and beautiful in her life. When she gets healthier, she will have a stronger voice and better appearance”.

During broadcasting of “K-Pop Star 4” in which YANG HYUN SUK judged the contestants, YANG once said to Katie Kim “didn’t you have your dinner?”, saying she needed more power, when Katie Kim was in a temporary slump. That is why YANG decided to make her healthier through workout first, to strengthen her voice as well”.

YANG also expressed his intention to release Katie’s debut song as soon as possible.

YANG emphasized, “Singers who joined YG after winning ‘K-Pop Star’ like LEE HI and AKMU have released their debut songs within a few months since they joined YG. I’ll make Katie Kim release her debut song as soon as possible, for her and her fans”.

“The song to be first released by Katie Kim through YG is important for both Katie herself and the company, in a variety of aspects. I and the company will do our best to perfect Katie Kim and her debut song”, added YANG.

Meanwhile, after winning “K-Pop Star 4” by beating Jung Seung-Hwan on April 12, she used the winner’s privilege to decide to join YG. In “K-Pop Star 4” aired on April 12, Katie Kim explained why she chose YG, saying, “YG has liked me and made me survive the competition for several times, by choosing me over the other contestants. If it were not for YG’s selection, I could not have won the competition”. Katie Kim is a Korean living overseas, who was born in 1993. She came under the spotlight of the judges and viewers, by showing her deep soulful emotions with rather slow speaking of the Korean language.

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These days, the success stories of Mr. Yang, the main producer of YG ENTERTAINMENT, are a buzzword in the entertainment industry. For years, he has been considered a successful producer, who has helped BIGBANG, 2NE1, WINNER, AKDONG MUSICIAN and other YG artists establish themselves as top-notch musicians. And now, he has become an envy of many, as YG has managed to expand into other industries, not just confined to entertainment business.

Some even say that Yang never fails. At the initial stage, YG investors were suspicious about YG pursuing other industries, but they are exhibiting great confidence in the company’s aggressive expansion strategy these days. This article looks at Mr. Yang’s success stories and plans for this year, who is now writing new chapters in the history of Korea’s entertainment business.


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YANG HYUN SUK Has a ‘Midas Hand’

Kim, Hyo-joo, a Korean professional golfer nicknamed “Super Rookie,” won the JTBC Founder’s Cup on Mar. 23rd held in Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Kim’s victory was even more remarkable because it was her first win on the LPGA tour and she won the championship right after she decided to work with Mr. Yang.

On the 2nd of last month, YG took over Kim’s management company, announcing that it would enter golf business. And only about 20 days after that news broke, Kim won the championship.

This is just the beginning of a series of Mr. Yang’s latest success stories.

CHA SEUNG WON, an actor, signed a contract with YG in Jan. last year. But Cha was embroiled in a paternity suit and the movie “Man on High Heels,” where he starred, did poorly at the box office, raising concerns whether he was falling into a slump. But those concerns have dissipated immediately as he appeared in tvN’s show “Three Meals a Day.”

CHOI JI WOO, an actress who has been popular in many Asian countries, is doing very well these days after signing with YG in Feb. last year. For years, she has had an image of being difficult to approach. But after working with YG, she has appeared in many entertainment programs, including “Grandpas over Flowers,” and has established a more down-to-earth image.

TABLO, who was caught up in a controversy over his academic credentials, is another artist who has regained popularity after joining YG. EPIK HIGH, a group where TABLO is playing a leading role, is considered to have established their presence once again, with their album released last year after signing with YG well received by the public.

All this may have been a coincidence, but they all happened based on the judgment and decisions made by Mr. Yang. Industry insiders are very envious of the series of successes made by Mr. Yang, saying “He seems to have gained momentum toward success.”


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Business Expansion in His Own Way

Other business projects Mr. Yang has been aggressively pursuing have gained substantial momentum.

In Sep. last year, YG attracted $80 million (82.7 billion won) worth of investment from L Capital Asia, a private equity fund of the LVMH Group. And Natural Nine, a joint corporation established by YG and Cheil Industries in Aug. 2012 for fashion business, have collaborated for the last two years to successfully launch the young casual brand “NONAGON.”

YG’s cosmetics business is also expanding into other Asian markets. In Oct. last year, YG launched a cosmetics brand “MOONSHOT,” whose 3-story flagship store in Samcheongdong is flocked by many foreign tourists. Encouraged by the soft-landing in the market, the cosmetics brand is now considering expanding into overseas markets, primarily into Asian countries.

It is true that many entertainment companies have made investments in other fields, but with not much success. And experts say that the fact that YG is doing well in other business areas demonstrates the business acumen of Mr. Yang, who thoroughly prepares for business expansion for many years and makes a drastic move when the time comes.

With their business projects being very successful, YG generated 156.3 billion won last year, the highest sales record since its establishment. This is more than twice the sales in 2011 of 78.1 billion won.


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Mr. Yang’s Real Success Story Starts on Apr. 1st

While YG is doing very well in many different areas, its real success story begins on Apr. 1st, 2015.

This is because a series of YG artists are scheduled to make a comeback this year, starting on the first day of April. On Mar. 31st, YG unveiled on its official blog a teaser image saying “20150401, AM 09:00,” announcing that YG’s first project of 2015 will begin at 9 a.m. on Apr. 1st.

Releasing new songs is what Mr. Yang does best and where he shows the greatest confidence. Considering that he does not disclose imperfect title songs, the new song to be released this time is expected to greatly appeal to the public.

Analysts are also expectant of the future activities of YG artists. “With BIGBANG the first to make a comeback in three years, other YG artists are expected to make a debut or comeback this year,” said analyst Jeong You-suk of Kyobo Securities. “In the 2nd quarter of this year, IKON will make a debut, after BIGBANG’s release of their album. After that, WINNER is scheduled to release their second album, followed by the release of a new song of PSY in summer.”

“CL, a member of YG’s girl group 2NE1, is going to release an album in the U.S. in the first half of this year, and 2NE1 will make a comeback in the second half. There is also a possibility that YG’s new girl group might emerge late this year, after their debut has been delayed for a while,” he added.

Mr. Yang has become a very successful producer in the entertainment world along with his successes in other fields. And with a series of scheduled appearances of YG artists this year, Mr. Yang and his company’s race toward the top of the industry is expected to gain further momentum.

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YG Entertainment‘s Yang Hyun Suk and SM Entertainment‘s Lee Soo Man placed first and second again this year on Chaebol.com’s ranking of celebrities with the most stock assets.

According to Chaebol.com on February 19, there are 15 celebrities that currently own stocks worth more than 100 million won (approximately $90,000 USD). And of the 15, six celebrities, Yang Hyun Suk, Lee Soo Man, Han Sung Ho, Bae Yong Joon, Park Jin Young, and Park Soon Ae, own over 10 billion won’s (approximately $9 million USD) worth.

Yang Hyun Suk came in first place with over 182.2 billion won (approximately $164.4 million USD).

SM Entertainment’s Lee Soo Man maintained second place from last year with over 142.7 billion won (approximately $128.8 million USD).

Despite appearing for the first time on the ranking this year, CEO of FNC Entertainment (AOA, FTISLAND, CNBLUE) Han Sung Ho supplanted actor and entrepreneur Bae Yong Joon, snagging third place with 75.3 billion won (approximately $68.3 million USD).

Bae Yong Joon, who owns 28.8 percent of Key East Entertainment, came in fourth with 73.5 billion won (approximately $66.7 million USD).

JYP Entertainment’s Park Jin Young was knocked down a peg to fifth place with 24.4 billion won (approximately $22 million USD).

Actress Park Soon Ae also dropped a spot to sixth place with 12.5 billion won (approximately $11.3 million USD).

Nine additional celebrities, Jang Dong Gun, Shin Dong Yeop, Kang Ho Dong, Kim Byung Man, Kyeon Mi Ri, Lee Soon Jae, Lee Yoo Bi, Kim Ji Hoon, and Lee Soo Geun, made the 100 million won cut.

Source: Soompi

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