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Sunday, November 28, 2010

YG Entertainment Partners With Universal Records For The Philippine Market

YG Entertainment, home to some K-Pop's biggest acts, has partnered with Universal Records for the album release of two of its bestselling groups, 2NE1 and Big Bang! Blackjacks (fans of 2NE1) and VIPs (fans of Big Bang) are eagerly awaiting the Philippine editions of 2NE1's "The First Mini Album" (which includes massive hits like "Fire" and "I Don't Care") and "To Anyone", plus Big Bang's "Essential Big Bang" ( a compilation of their biggest hit singles)!

Pinoy K-pop fans are happy to hear about this partnership since Universal Records has already proven its savvy in marketing and promoting K-pop releases for the Philippine market. Universal Records is the number one independent record company in the Philippines known for its successful OPM artists like Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Jed Madela, Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola etc. It is also home to some of K-Pop's brightest & bestselling acts like TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, BoA, f(x), U-Kiss, One Way and many more! Not only that, Universal Records is the FIRST record company in the Philippines to release K-Pop album way back in 2003 and the ONLY record company to amass an impressive thirteen (13) Number One K-Pop Albums in a period of 12 months! Now that 2NE1 and Big Bang releases will be made available at a more affordable price, these two artists will definitely add to the list!

YG Entertainment is considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM Entertainment (TVXQ, BoA, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee) and JYP Entertainment (Wonder Girls, 2PM). Their last year's sales was reported at 35.69 billion won (around 30,946,443.227 U.S. Dollars), up a whopping 93 percent from the previous year. The increase can be attributable to the success of many of its artists including idol group Big Bang and girl band 2NE1, both of whom raked in significant income from their album sales, music downloads, commercials as well as earnings from the members' individual activities.

YG, which stands for Yang Goon, was founded in 1996 by Yang Hyun-suk, a former member of popular Korean group Seo Tai-ji & Boys. Yang is credited with creating and managing the successful careers of many K-pop artists including 1TYM, Gummy, Jinusean, Se7en and Wheesung. The agency also manages several Korean actors including Kang Hye-jeong and Koo Hye-seon of the "Boys over Flowers" fame.

Universal Records is currently proud partners of both SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment!

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