Big Bang and 2NE1 will be releasing their albums in Japan on the same day. Will the move turn out to be a win-win strategy, or will this pitch the two groups against each other in an epic battle?
The big release is scheduled for March 28. Having two teams from the same agency release albums on the same day is, for obvious reasons, an unusual strategy.
A quote from a rep of YGEX, YG Entertainment’s Japanese counterpart, shows that the agency expects the move to benefit both groups and their fans. “Because the fanbases of the two groups greatly overlap, we believe that having the two groups release albums on the same day will please them even more.”
Big Bang plans to release its upcoming mini album Alive in Japan with a total of nine tracks, two more than the version to be released in Korea.
YG Entertainment will most likely rake in a revenue of over $26,000,000 USD after performing in two cities in Japan.
The artists of YG Entertainment are currently in preparations of the Japanese portion of their ‘YG 15th Anniversary Family Concert‘ tour, and they will be performing in front of 80,000 fans over the course of two shows (7th & 8th) at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, as well as 80,000 more fans at the Super Arena in Saitama.
Each ticket sold for over $160, and ticket sales from their Japanese shows alone will most likely be over $26,000,000. This of course, doesn’t include the revenue they will also bring in from the concert merchandise.
This is the result of building YG awareness in Japan for the past 7 years, beginning with singer Se7en‘s Japanese debut in 2005. This is the first time in six years YG is putting on a family concert in Japan. The last was held back in August of 2006, when they sold out both performances in Tokyo and Osaka.
While the singer has already revealed her Japanese debut mini album plans through a short version of her MV as well as concept teaser pictures, we had to wait until now to get a look at the tracklist of her upcoming release.
On September 23rd, Se7en announced that he’ll be heading back to Japan for the first time in four years.
Speaking through Star News, representatives of YG Entertainment revealed, “Se7en will be releasing a new mini-album in Japan by the end of the year, and will kick off his promotions. Since it will be his first time back in a while, he is working very hard on his preparations.”
Se7en last released a Japanese work in 2007, and has since been in a hiatus from the market. He’ll be joined by labelmates 2NE1, GD&TOP, and Gummy, who are all preparing (or are already embarking) on promotions in Japan.
As expected, ‘YGEX‘ will be backing Se7en’s comeback.
Source + Photos: Star News via Naver
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop
YGEX has just released the details of the release of Gummy’s Japanese album. The 3rd track is the Japanese version of I’m Sorry featuring T.O.P. The album and a limited edition of it with a DVD will be released this coming November 9, same date as the release of GD&TOP‘s Japanese single, Oh Yeah.