Park Jin-young, founder of the K-pop music company, JYP Entertainment, says he wants to audition only Japanese hopefuls for the new girl group, dubbed Nizi, which will be launched in 2020.

JYP’s plans for all-Japanese K-pop girl group Nizi spark social media backlash

  • Park Jin-young, the music company’s founder, criticised by fans over move to exclude Korean candidates from auditioning for new group, Nizi, which will seek to emulate the success of TWICE
Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop

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Park Jin-young, founder of the K-pop music company, JYP Entertainment, says he wants to audition only Japanese hopefuls for the new girl group, dubbed Nizi, which will be launched in 2020.
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BTS attends the Edaily Culture Awards at the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, the seven-member boy band became the first K-pop group to land an album at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Photo: Kim Hee-Chul / EPA-EFE

From sex scandals to BTS and BLACKPINK’s global success, what’s next for K-pop in 2019?

K-pop is enjoying the international spotlight, thanks to a breakthrough in the United States and collaborations with music stars like Nicki Minaj and Dua Lipa. But what does the future hold?

Topic |   K-pop idols

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BTS attends the Edaily Culture Awards at the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, the seven-member boy band became the first K-pop group to land an album at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Photo: Kim Hee-Chul / EPA-EFE
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