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Global Recording Artists: BTS joining South Korean Military 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#SouthKorea, December 14, 2022 – International K-Pop group BTS will be going on hiatus for the foreseeable future as the members prepare for their conscripted military service.  The seven member boyband is made up of men from South Korea Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook.  By law, all able-bodied South Korean men must serve in the country’s military for 18-21 months.

BIGHIT Music, the label that BTS is signed to made the announcement on October 17th in Japanese, Korean, English and Chinese via twitter.

The company said it was the ‘perfect time’ and maintained that the members of BTS are honored to serve.

“Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere.  BIGHIT has focused on the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the needs of the country and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that’s now.” the company revealed.

BIGHIT said the members of BTS were not breaking up but were looking forward to reconvening  around 2025 following their service commitments.  BTS have outsold every artist on the globe two years in a row, freezing out Drake, Adele, Beyonce and other superstars for the top spot and were awarded Global Recording Artist Of The Year.

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Caribbean Minister’s Song Gone Viral

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Rashaed Esson

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#FindMeHere#Viral, April 1, 2024 – With over 940 million streams and counting, the new year anthem “Find Me Here” by Trinidadian Minister and gospel reggae singer Sherwin Gardner, has been going viral. Gardner, 45 years old, in an interview with CBN News, expressed he didn’t expect his song to go big as it was just a personal prayer.

 

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Bob Marley: ‘One Love’ nears $200 Million at Box Office

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Rashaed Esson

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March 9, 2024 – In only its third week after being released on Friday, February 14th, the Bob Marley: One Love biopic is on its way to a huge milestone at the global box office, surpassing the $150 million mark worldwide.

The film is making headlines for its continuous growth in success, being one of the most anticipated films in the world, telling the story of one of, if not the Caribbean’s most famous and most influential musicians during his life and even in death.

According to reports, domestically, One Love generated $82 million and internationally $63 million, totalling a growing $146 million. This past weekend alone, its domestic earnings came up $7 million and nearly 8 million overseas.

Its success is projected to go even further, as it’s about to reach and pass the 150 million dollar mark, especially as it’s about to be launched in a brand new market soon.

Reports say the film has not been shown in any new markets since its release, but is scheduled to debut in several Asian countries this month.

Currently, the United Kingdom is One Love’s largest international market where it managed to bank more than $17 million, followed by France with $12 million and Brazil $4 million. In Jamaica, so far it has earned $600,000.

The film has attracted mixed reviews. For instance,  on Rotten Tomatoes, an American review-aggregation website, it’s at 42 percent. However, audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is at 92 percent as well as a great A CinemaScore from opening day crowds. CinemaScore I’d a market research firm based in Las Vegas.

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Bob Marley: One Love Nears Huge Milestone Generating Millions

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Rashaed Esson

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#BobMarleyOneLove, March 05th, 2024 – Bob Marley: One Love, in its third week since it’s release on February 14, is closing in on a huge milestone at the global box office, as it’s about to pass the $150 million mark worldwide. Domestically the film has generated $82 million and $63 million overseas, totaling a growing $146 million. This past weekend alone, it generated $7 million domestically and nearly $9 million internationally. One Love is yet to open in any new markets. But, this month, it is scheduled to debut in several Asian countries, according to reports. 

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