[Source: Big Hit Music]
Korean entertainment power after the Cannes feat is back under global spotlight with music and film ascending in charts and global syndrome Squid Game 2 under making.
K-pop sensation BTS dropped their anthology album “Proof” on June 10 and their new title track “Yet To Come” debuted at No. 3 on Spotify’s daily global chart. The song racked up 7,178,605 streams on just the first day, breaking BTS’s own record for the highest number of debut streams of any Korean song released on Spotify.
Another song “Run BTS” climbed to No. 6 with 5,477,305 streams as fans celebrated the band’s ninth year.
BTS had a total of 28 songs, including older songs such as “My Universe,” land on Spotify’s Global Top 200 chart.
“Yet To Come” also landed at No. 1 on Japan’s Oricon chart.
Outside the music community, “Squid Game” has excited Netflix audience around the world.
In a letter to fans, director, writer, and executive producer Hwang Dong-hyuk teased “Gi-hun returns. The Front Man returns.”
Gi-hun was the character played by actor Lee Jung-jae, who won the best male actor at the SAG awards for the role, while the Front Man is the main antagonist that oversaw the deadly games, played by Lee Byung-hun.
The letter also hinted that the mysterious salesman who recruited players for the Squid Game, played by Gong Yoo, might be back.
Netflix has made the season 2 in the making official.
Hwang previously told media outlets that he is aiming to release season two on Halloween 2024.
On the box-office chart, Korean action comedy film “The Roundup” ranked No. 5 behind Hollywood blockbusters “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Jurassic World: Dominion”, “Doctor Strange 2,” and “Bad Guys.”
[Photo by Lee Seung-hwan]
According to Comscore, the global industry standard for box office reporting, “The Roundup” grossed $10.72 million worldwide from May 30 to June 5.
The Roundup drew more than 105.1 billion won ($81.67 million) in Korea alone, becoming the highest domestic box office film of all time. The film also surpassed the 10 million moviegoer milestone on Saturday in Korea for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
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