iKON, the hottest and most anticipated Korean rookie group, is set to ignite the stage at AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena with their first ever Hong Kong concert “iKONCERT 2016 [SHOWTIME] in Hong Kong” on May 7, 2016 (Sat)!
iKON composed of seven members namely B.I, JINHWAN, BOBBY, YUNHYEONG, JU-NE, DONGHYUK, and CHANWOO. They quickly emerged as the hottest rookie of the year in 2015 and have been named as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015” by Billboard. With their unstoppable momentum, they are widely regarded as the “Monster Rookie”. The multi-talented members demonstrated their talents and potential in survival programs “WIN” and “MIX & MATCH”. They have gained immediate attention by fans both locally in Korea and internationally while finally making the long anticipated debut in Sep 2015!
With their stylish, powerful, and explosive music and performance style, iKON has gained unparalleled recognition immediately after their debut. Their debut single, “My Type”, swept top places on Korean music charts soon after its release and topped eight music charts including Melon, Mnet, NAVER Music, etc. It also skyrocketed to the No.1 on iTunes single chart of seven areas including Hong Kong, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, proving its immense popularity across Asia.
iKON later released their full album [Welcome Back], where hits including “Dumb & Dumber”, “What’s Wrong?”, and “I Miss You So Bad” set an impressive record by topping all music chart at once! Their official YouTube channel has already recorded a massive 700,000 subscribers in just 6 months with the 7 MVs accumulating over 84 million views since their debut! The MV of “My Type” even surpassed 2 million views on YouTube within just a day from its release and set a record for the most views received by a Korean rookie group within the shortest period of time!
Within just a few months of their debut, iKON has been regarded as a frequent award grabber. They became the first rookie group in 8 years to achieve “Grand Slam” by getting all rookie awards in 2015 Melon Music Awards, 2015 MAMA, the Seoul Music Awards, the Golden Disc Awards, and the 5th Gaon K-POP Chart Awards. They are also the first ever artist to win “Rookie of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” at the same time in the 5th Gaon K-POP Chart Awards!
Also soon after their debut, iKON held their debut concert “SHOWTIME” at the Olympic Gymnastics Hall, one of the largest concert halls in Korea, and became the first ever rookie group to hold a large scale concert at the prestige venue with all the 13,000 tickets of the concert swiftly sold out! Within just 4 months, iKON held their second solo concert, “iKONCERT 2016 [SHOWTIME]” tour in Seoul which also toured to Daegu and Busan. Over 40,000 tickets of the four shows of the tour were sold out in mere 10 minutes!
Besides Korea, iKON’s popularity has also crossed the border in Japan. Their first fan meeting tour “iKON FAN MEETING 2015 iKONTACT” in Japan was held in October 2015 and attracted over 26,000 audiences. They set the record again by being the fastest foreign artist to hold a concert in Nippon Budokan after debuting in Japan within just a month! Stepping into 2016, iKON’s unstoppable momentum continued as they took the No.1 on Oricon Daily Album Chart with their debut album [Welcome Back]. They then hold a still ongoing tour in Japan, which has 14 shows in total in 5 cities including Fukuoka, Tokyo, Hyogo, Chiba and Osaka and is expected to attract over 146,000 fans!
It will be the first ever concert of iKON, the most anticipated rookie group in Hong Kong, and will surely arouse lots of awareness and interest amongst fans and music lovers in Hong Kong.
ELF ASIA and Live Nation Lushington (Hong Kong) are the promoters of “iKONCERT 2016 [SHOWTIME] in Hong Kong”.