iKON “Return” Tops Pre-Order Charts!

The results are coming in for just how much iKONICs miss iKON and the answer is apparently A LOT!

iKON’s 2nd Full Album, “Return” which will be released on January 25th at 6:00pm KST has managed to rise to the top of pre-order charts both in Korea and Internationally.

The album has a Black version and a Red version and in some cases would enter the charts top 2 or top 3.

Continue reading iKON “Return” Tops Pre-Order Charts!

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Is This Beauty Real? The Mystery of iKON’s Come Back MV

iKON’s official instagram account WithiKONIC released an image of Bobby today and in doing so finished the hashtag series: IsThisBeauty/LookReal that was kicked off on December 28th 2017 with a lovely picture of iKON maknae Jung Chanwoo seated in a Diner style couch gazing intently into his phone.

That picture was followed by mathyung Kim Jinhwan sending a finger heart and a flirtatious look from what looks like a changing room.

After this came Hyung line’s Song Yunhyeong with another finger heart but with a passionate feel.

Leader, Kim Hanbin saluted us next after a successful day of shooting.

At this point the series was interrupted by a behind the scenes shot from the MV set where the boys sit gathered together and chatting in their habitual way, giving off a warm feeling.

Then the series continued with the next maknae line member, Kim Donghyuk cutely nibbling on some kimbab.

Koo Junhoe rounds up the maknae line after this, also staring intently into his phone in a hard to identify location.

The recently rather elusive Kim Bobby, face half hidden with a hand sign was the final image.

iKONICs still have NO idea what the hashtag means (a song title? A refrain? A red herring?) but we wonder if we will finally be getting the much anticipated announcement of a Come Back date for the boys.

Till then we search the images for clues!

All we can say so far is that all images feature a soft aesthetic which is most probably a characeristic of the MV that they filmed. The boys are either dressed in boyfriend looks or heavily covered under quilted coats. They are also predominantly located at the “Diner/Cafe” setting so we have reason to believe the MV will definitely feature such a set.

Other clues we have received have come via VLive including Donghyuk providing a very tiny spoiler and Junhoe describing the MV as something similar to a “Musical.” Aside from these there was a heavily filtered image from what appears to be the MV Shoot posted on mouthpiece of YG, Yang Hyun Suk’s instagram.

The general aesthetic of the set and their looks combined with these clues that have been dropped have led iKONICs to speculate that the MV that was shot will either be a ballad or a mid-tempo track. This is exciting news for iKONICs as fandom favourites tend to fall under these categories.

Lets all hope the wait won’t be for too much longer for a Come Back date announcement and details along with the rolling out of a promotion cycle plan starting with Come Back Teasers.

iKON SUPPORT CHERISHED SENIORS BIGBANG AT FINAL LAST DANCE IN SEOUL CONCERT

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It’s truly a victorious and emotional night for VIPs the fandom of iKON’s legendary seniors BigBang as the group held its final Concert for LAST DANCE IN SEOUL – the last Concert before their enlistment – and in the midst of them, shoulder to shoulder with VIPs was iKON, stepping away for a while from their CB preparations to be a part of this moment.

Like so many other idol groups, iKON are VIPs. Since their Pre-Debut days, iKON have taken advantage of every opportunity to attend BigBang Concerts religiously where they always join the audience and can be seen either watching intensely, dancing or being awed like any other fan.

Congratulations to Big Bang the undefeated Kings of Kpop as they round up this final concert knowing the entire country and all their fans will wait for them as always.

iKON is currently preparing for a January Come Back and iKONICs are eagerly waiting for a Come Back date from YGE.

iKON Xmas Live Concert Fills Up Yokohama Arena

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Over the last weekend iKON once again thrilled an Arena full of fans with a setlist of old favorites and some new Christmas performances during their two day iKON Xmas Live Concert.

If you are a fan of iKON you probably know what a treat their live performances are. The boys have perfected having contagious fun with engaging interludes on stage and their sheer kinetic energy is something that fan accounts have said is one of a kind and a must to experience.

A new live performance is always cause for excitement and fans who looked forward to the Christmas Show were not disappointed. The special element of this  Show was no doubt the wholly Vocal Line Stages which were the first of their kind for iKON Concerts.

On a beautiful 360 degree Centre stage that lit up,  lifted and dipped along to the music, iKON performed many of their original hits with a fresh feeling that made one realize why they are favorites.

Bobby was also able to perform a solo stage of “Swim”, a track from his debut album. The big surprise was when he performed another track, “Secret” along with fellow iKON member Donghyuk and KPop Star 4 winner and label mate trainee Katie Kim!

Katie Kim also joined iKON’s Vocal Line for a soulful rendition of  the seasonal classic ‘White Christmas.’

Many Japanese News Portals covered the Show and were full of praise for iKON’s continued and consistent Showmanship.

iKON reportedly drew an audience of 30000 over the two days of their Concert to the venue that not long ago hosted the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) –  a feat to be proud of for a merely two year old Korean group!

YGE has announced that iKON whose first Variety Show, JTBC’s iKON Picnic aka Idol School Trip just aired its final episode, will be coming back with an album in January 2018.

We all certainly hope so.

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See below for the Xmas Live Setlist (cr. Billboard Japan):

December 10, 2017 Kanagawa · Yokohama Arena
1. B-DAY
2. WHAT’S WRONG?
3. SINOSIJAK REMIX
4. ANTHEM / BI & BOBBY
5. THIS CHRISTMAS
6. PERFECT
7 .SWIM – KR Ver .- / BOBBY
8. SECRET (Feat. DK, KATIE) – KR Ver .- / BOBBY
9. WHITE CHRISTMAS with KATIE KIM
10. AIRPLANE
11. APOLOGY
12. # WYD
13. MY TYPE
14. WELCOME BACK
15. DUMB & DUMBER
16. WORLDWIDE
17. BLING BLING
18. RHYTHM TA REMIX (ROCK VER .)
19. JUST ANOTHER BOY
– ENCORE –
(Special Costume Fanservice!)
1. LONG TIME NO SEE
2. LOVE ME
3. DUMB & DUMBER
4. B – DAY

 

 

 

Bobby’s Nico Nico Live Performance Wows Viewers

iKON’s Kim Bobby thrilled fans with the first live performances of tracks from his hotly anticipated debut album, Love and Fall as part of promotions for the album’s Japan release.

Though the album was originally released in South Korea on September 14th 2017 it took till November 29th for fans to be able to see more than a single promotional stage for the album’s title tracks due to YGE choosing to skip a promotional cycle for the album which was released while iKON was still actually on an extended Dome Tour in Japan.

Bobby’s live performance of tracks from Love and Fall were broadcasted on the popular Japanese video site/web channel Nico Nico.

The live included interactions with an MC during which Bobby answered questions about the album, played games, thanked fans for coming and mysteriously asked them to anticipate iKON’s next activity.

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Bobby’s stage itself was very simple featuring just the artist and a mic yet the atmosphere was full of Bobby’s excitement for a live performance and the intensity of his passion for music.

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His set list included:

I love you,

Runaway,

Firework,

Swim,

Holup

Love and Fall was a surprising album for even the oldest and staunchest Bobby fans/iKONICs not just because after 3 years of waiting people had given up hope it would ever be released – but because the idol who was most famous as the young power rapper who won SMTM3 took a risk and did what no one expected by releasing a personal and heartfelt and mostly vocalist album!

Bobby sang his heart out and touched fans with the beauty and sincerity of his lyrics and the heart they revealed.

This made getting to see him perform tracks from this album even more special for fans and Bobby did not disappoint with his electric performance.

See below for the entire Nico Nico Live stage.

https://youtu.be/Rsiir2HtRgg

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Bobby also performed tracks from his album today at the Nike Force Battle Event marking the first time some of these tracks have been performed live in South Korea!

It’s truly good time to be a Love and Fall fan.

iKON Team Show Great Support for Tired Leader

Today, iKONICs were grateful towards iKON’s team of security and staff who showed attentive support to iKON’s leader Kim Hanbin at Gimpo Airport when he appeared exceptionally drowsy.

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The young leader, who along with iKON Members and staff is en route to Japan today, caused a small stir when he literally seemed to sleep-walk through the airport assisted at different points by Security, a manager and fellow iKON member, Kim Donghyuk.

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Fans didn’t know wether to be charmed or concerned for the sleepy leader as Hanbin is known for his intense, nocturnal work habits. No doubt he must have been very tired indeed.

Fans were later reassured when pictures surfaced showing he was able to wake up a little more after a while.

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On arriving in Japan he was even able to make a cute selfie at immigration further reassuring fans about his current wellbeing.

Despite the leader’s clear fatigue fans also noted something particularly special about his appearance. Apparently Kim Hanbin was dressed from head to toes in fan gifts!

iKON members have always been very fond of wearing fan gifts and for a while have used it to turn their Airport appearances into one more way of communicating with their fans!

iKON are currently on their way to Japan for three Concerts in Chiba scheduled as part of their Encore Dome Tour, two to occur on Saturday.

iKON’s Bobby traveled ahead some days ago for unconfirmed schedules and is not with the group today.

In other words; as usual the boys are hectically busy!

We are thankful once again to the fan sites who also woke up early to bring us these pictures and Kony’s Island wishes iKON good health and good shows and of course hope that Kim Hanbin will find some time in their intense schedule for a good night or day’s rest!

*EDIT: actually these events occurred at about 7pm not 7am so we have adjusted our remarks. As we have no confirmation as to why Hanbin was so sleepy we continue to hope he gets adequate rest and wish him and his members and staff good health for their tough schedules.

2nd Anniversary Chill and Vlive with iKON

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On Sept 15th, iKON celebrated their 2nd Anniversary by warmly meeting with fans via V Live.

Despite having flown into Japan that day followed by a long bus ride to Nagano, the venue for the Concert scheduled for the next day, the boys made a concerted and much appreciated effort to appear before fans on their special day.

The boys couldn’t quite disguise their travel fatigue and Bobby who just released his solo debut album the day before was still en route to Japan and so wasn’t present. Despite it all the boys showed a cheerful spirit and teased each other a lot.

If you are a long time fan of iKON you know that wether their broadcast is a hyper one or a chill one there are certain staples you can expect:

– A Flow of Consciousness discussion style

– Dragging each other

– Teasing one member or the other

– Digressing

– TMI

– A LOT of helpless giggling/laughing

– Unconscious affectionate moments

– Candidness

– General silliness

– The feeling of being part of a group of childhood friends

This is iKON’s style and their great charm.

The highlights of iKON’s 2nd Anniversary Greeting included:

– Congratulating Bobby on his album, and Donghyuk singing an excerpt from ‘Secret’.

– Yunhyeong’s skin condition since returning from the Jungle (not great😂)

– Chanwoo’s low participation rate in group activities and shyness at bath houses (to get them to stop teasing him he had to threaten to expose them all😆)

– Hanbin’s favorite song in Bobby’s album is “Swim” but when iKON sang it it turned into a song about Yunhyeong’s beard?

– Donghyuk shows his 7 piercings which represent iKON 

– Jinhwan brings up taking things slow and lasting long and Hanbin let’s us know that this is also his principle for pooping

– The boys talk about their iKON rings: only Junhoe and Dong are wearing theirs and the rest give their excuses😅

– Junhoe’s knowledge of members birthdays is tested: he only remembers Dong’s but members praise him because his margin of error has greatly reduced

– The boys express wishes to be with iKONICs for thousands or even millions of years and hold concerts in heaven😂
They rounded up their VApp so they could have an even more intimate one with fans on their Plus Channel.

You can watch this 2nd Anniversary broadcast on their regular channel with Eng subs now.

http://www.vlive.tv/video/41862

iKON held two Concerts in Nagano yesterday and are scheduled to hold 3 fan meetings in Osaka tomorrow.

Bobby participated in both Concerts then flew back to South Korea for pre recordings for his Inkigayo stage. When done he will rejoin the rest of iKON for the Osaka fan meets tomorrow (please take care, Bobby!)

We wish the boys love, good health, success and prosperity going forward in all their various activities.

Happy Konn2versary❤️


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