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Sixth Annual KCON Heads To East & West Coasts This Summer

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Thousands of American fans descended on KCON in 2016, and this year the “world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival” returns to the Los Angeles and New York markets in an expanded form.

We have learned that KCON USA will head to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on June 23-24 for KCON NY, and the LA Convention Center on August 18-20 for KCON LA. 

In its sixth year, the Korean pop culture convention and music event expands to host three headlining concerts in LA, one more than held at KCON LA in 2016. KCON NY will still have two concerts, but will also see expanded content as both US-based KCONs highlight Korean music, movies, television, K-beauty cosmetics, Korean food, e-sports, and “all things Hallyu” through a wide range of programming and events.  

Hallyu, or the Korean wave, refers to the rise in popularity of Korean entertainment and culture internationally, propelled largely in part by K-pop and Korean television shows. The phenomena is strong in the US, where 118,000 fans attended KCON NY and LA in 2016.

As one of the purveyors of K-pop events and conventions throughout the world, parent company CJ E&M has promoted Hallyu through past KCONs in the US, France, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Korea, with 350,000 attendees participating in the events worldwide over the past six years. 2017 sees the Korean cultural festival expanding to Latin America for the first time with the two-day KCON Mexico later this month.

In the past, KCON NY and LA have brought some of Korea’s most popular celebrities stateside, with performances from K-pop stars like Girls’ Generation, BTS, SHINee, Super Junior, Dean, Red Velvet, G-Dragon, AOA, TWICE, and many, many more musical acts. The lineup for KCON NY and KCON LA 2017 have yet to be announced, but with an additional concert there will be even more opportunities for American fans of Korean music fans to see their favorite stars. 

“Our core events in Los Angeles and New York have built the strong foundation for KCON’s rapid global expansion in the past few years,” said HK Shin, President of CJ E&M Music Division. “Each successful launch reinforces the idea that Korean pop culture is a worldwide phenomenon of which we are at the forefront.”

This article originally appeared on: Billboard

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Red Velvet Traumatizes A Delivery Man In New Video, Peek-A-Boo

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Red Velvet is back with a new single and as a fellow netizen I am, left intrigued yet confused. The new video is addicting as the song is unforgettable. It features the members Seulgi, Wendy, Irene, Yeri, and Joy in a sorority house of sorts with an unnatural obsession for pizza and delivery guys. In the music video, the girls like to hone their skills in practicing with weaponry by day and capture and initiate delivery boys by night–All the while with an impassive expression on their faces. Red Velvet never disappoints by blending weird imagery with bright visuals with an element of darkness. As for LP itself, ‘The 2nd Album’ is doing exceptionally well charting at number one on the world charts. Check out the video below and see for yourself what the rest of the world is listening to and be sure to download the album on Apple music.

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Bobby Drops Two Singles In Wake Of First Album Release

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iKon’s Bobby has kicked off the release of his debut album ‘Love and Fall’ by releasing two all-new M/V’s. The first one entitled, ‘I Love You’ and the second single, ‘Runaway.’  Bobby’s album has been highly anticipated since he burst onto the scene in 2014 and took the win in Korea’s ‘ Show Me The Money 3.’  Not only does the album showcase his rap skills and writing talents, but also contains features from labelmates, Mino, Dk, and newcomer Katie Kim. ‘Love and Fall’ has already taken first place in the Itunes album charts in 22 countries showing that this star has a promising career ahead of him. Check the video out below and be sure to download ‘Love and Fall’ on Itunes right now!

 

 

 

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Sunmi Releases Single Under New Label

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After the disbandment of the Wonder Girls in the earlier part of the year, it’s time to officially start calling Sunmi a JYP alumni. After 12 years with the iconic label, Sunmi has decided to break ties and start anew with the label, Makeus Entertainment. Her latest single, ‘Gashina’ was produced by hitmaker Teddy Park, under his newest label, ‘The Black Label.’ The single itself is reggae influenced fused with pop. Netizens are excited seeing as her last solo single was dated back to 2014. The visuals for the video are striking as it allows us to see Sunmi in a brand new light. She is as intense as she is playful with the vocals to match. Check the video out below:

 

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