The world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, will return to Prudential Center for KCON 2017 from June 23-24 with an expanded two-day schedule of concerts and activities. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, KCON 2017 will feature more vendors than ever before, plus all-new workshops and panels, including the rise in popularity of Korean beauty products, Korean food, and the world of e-sports, an industry in which South Korea produces many of the top competitors.
GFRIEND is a girl group under Source Music who debuted with the EPSeason of Glass in South Korea on January 16, 2015. The group consists of six members: Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. In the same year, GFriend won several female rookie awards and made headlines as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards’ “Best Korean Act” category, with their EP Flower Bud. After releasing their third EP,Snowflake, in 2016, they won first place on M!Countdown, Music Bank, Show Champion and Inkigayo with title song “Rough.” The music videos of “Rough” and “Navillera” were ranked 2nd and 10th in top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016 on YouTube. In 2017, GFriend released their fourth EP The Awakening with title song “Fingertip.”
HIGHLIGHT is a boy group debuted under Around US Entertainment with mini-album,Can You Feel It?, on March 20, 2017. The group consists of five members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang, and Son Dong-woon. Formerly known as Beast, the group’s five members announced the new group name, Highlight, in February and revealed that it was derived from the title of their final studio album while signed to Cube. Highlight took their first win since their debut album with title song “Plz Don’t be Sad!” on ”The Show” and subsequently received the first place trophies on “Show Champion,” “M! Countdown,” “Music Bank,” and “Inkigayo.”
SF9 is a boy group formed by FNC Entertainment and the company’s first dance boy group. The group consists of nine members: Young Bin, In Seong, Jae Yoon, Da Won, Ro Woon, Zu Ho, Tae Yang, Hwi Young, and Cha Ni. The group name stands for Sensational Feeling 9. They debuted on October 5, 2016 with their first single album Feeling Sensation. Their first mini album Burning Sensation was released on February 6 and landed at No.6 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart which was released on February 15, 2017. On April 18, 2017, SF9 released their second mini album, Breaking Sensation, with title song “Easy Love.”
TWICE consists of 9 global members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2015 survival reality show Sixteen. The music video for the debut title, “Like OOH-AHH,” hit 50 million views in five months, becoming the most viewed K-POP debut music video. In 2016, Twice became the first girl group to have sold 100,000 albums in 2016 with “CHEER UP.” In February 2017, their three-day sold out concert, Twice 1st Tour: TWICELAND – The Opening, was successfully held in Seoul and was the first stop on their world tour. Along with the album sales and digital charts, the music video views of the four title songs are increasing rapidly even at this time: 142 million for “Like OOH-AHH,” 154 million for “Cheer Up,” 170 million for “TT,” and 73 million for “Knock Knock.” The group has won numerous awards, including a total of 33 crowns on TV music programs, 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards “Song of the Year,” and 31st Golden Disc Awards “Digital Song of the Year.”
UP10TION is a ten-member boy group formed by TOP Media in 2015. The members are Jinhoo, Kuhn, Kogyeol, Wei, Bitto, Wooshin, Sunyoul, Gyujin, Hwanhee, and Xiao. In September 2015, UP10TION released their debut mini album Top Secret with title song “So, Dangerous.” The group made its official music program debut through Mnet’s M! Countdown on September 10, 2015. The “So, Dangerous” music video was ranked 9th place in Billboard‘s “Most Viewed K-pop Videos in America” for the month of September 2015. UP10TION has released a total of five EP albums. In November 2016, they released their 5th mini album BURST with title track “White Night.“ UP10TION released their 1st single album ID in Japan in March, 2017. The single album was placed as first place at the Weekly Album Sales Chart of Billboard Japan. With the sales over hundred thousands album, UP10TION was chosen as the ‘Gold Disc’ of March in Japan. The group is expected to be making a comeback soon in 2017.
In 2011, Ailee first received recognition during her performance with Wheesung on MBC's Chuseok special episode of "Singer and Trainee." Ailee's stage presence was immediately felt by the audience, who was amazed by her talent given she had not officially debuted yet. Ailee made her debut on February 9, 2012 with her song “Heaven,” earning a positive response from industry insiders for her explosive vocal talent which instantly made the song a big hit.
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