Big Hit, the agency of K-pop supergroup BTS, is rebranding as HYBE, a new ‘entertainment lifestyle platform’

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But what fans really care about is the sweet new HQ Big Hit—sorry—HYBE is moving into. The entertainment company that brought the world the teen idol K-pop sensation BTS has announced a major rebranding. Formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, the company will now be known as HYBE going forward. In a press release, the company said the name change represented its drive to become a “music-based entertainment lifestyle company.” Read Full Story

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Hollywood has a growing China problem—but it won’t admit it

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After years of being awash in Chinese cash, the entertainment industry’s business with China has become more fraught. Is there a way out of this mess? Chris Fenton has been getting a lot of calls and emails lately from people in the entertainment industry. Fenton, after all, is a former talent agent and film executive turned Chinese film industry expert who wrote the new book Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA and American Business , so he knows a thing or two about Sino-Hollywood relations. Read Full Story

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The 10 most innovative music companies of 2021

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From Dolby to Parkwood Entertainment to Bandcamp, these top music companies spent the year changing the industry’s tune for the better. The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a catalyst for the music industry to enhance live-streaming capabilities and create frictionless payment options for artists. Companies also found dynamic ways to amplify Black and Latin cultures and expanded streaming to overlooked countries. Here are the 10 companies that have elevated the music industry in ways that will have a lasting impact beyond the economic and social tumult of 2020. Read Full Story

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