Japanese entertainment portal Real Sound published an article on YGE’s presence in the Japanese concert scene and YGE artists’ skill in attracting concertgoers. They revealed that YGE has managed to gather over 2 million concert attendees in 2017 thanks to BIGBANG and iKON. We are extremely proud of iKON and their continuous progress as they have jumped from 341,000 attendees in 2016 to 463,000 in 2017. With BIGBANG enlisting in 2018, the bulk of concert burden will fall on iKON and we certainty hope their company will provide them with the support they rightfully deserve.
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YG Entertainment artists, more than 2 million concert attendees; the secret to BIGBANG, iKON, etc. ability to attract fans
By Mori Tomoyuki
In Nikkei Entertainment!’s December issue, they released their 2017 Concert Attendee Ranking. Four artists from BIGBANG’s company, YG Entertainment, were in the top 50. With BIGBANG (2nd/1.022 million people/20 shows), iKON (12th/463,000 people/33 shows), D-LITE (30th/273,000 people/43 shows), G-DRAGON (34th/259,000 people/5 shows), YG Entertainment was able to surpass 2 million attendees altogether. On the same chart last year, BIGBANG was first (1.859 million people/60 shows) and iKON was 20th (341,000 people/30 shows), but that number held firm in 2017 as well. The popularity of YG Entertainment artists isn’t a one-time fad; it could be said that their popularity completely permeates the industry even now.
iKON had their first Japan dome tour, iKON JAPAN DOME TOUR 2017 in September. A foreign (relative to Japan) artist having a dome tour in Japan 1 year and 9 months after debut is the fastest in history. With their trendy hip hop and electro sound, colorful fashion sense, and perfect fusion of each member’s skills on stage, there is no doubt that they can be called the first batters post-BIGBANG.
YG Entertainment artists have cutting edge hip hop, electro, and bass music that meet global standards, vivid and catchy fashion, and also high vocal and dance skills. It is possible that their ability to draw in fans in 2018 and beyond will get even higher.