Official Twitter and Instagram accounts posted a comeback poster on September 11th at 10AM KST, announcing a new mini album called New Kids: The Final to be released on October 1st.
This would mark iKON’s fourth release in 2018, something unheard of, starting off in January with the full album New Kids: Return, followed by the single Rubber Band in March, and, lastly, the mini album New Kids: Continue last August.
iKON’s official comeback date is August 2nd, with a mini album titled ‘New Kids: Continue’, and seems to kontinue the trend of the New Kids releases. There’s no news on the number of tracks that will be in the mini album.
It’s been 31 days since the official release of iKON’s second full album, ‘Return’, along with the title track, ‘Love Scenario’ and the achievements just keep rolling in.
‘Love Scenario’ debuted on the charts quietly but respectably, being top 10 in Melon and Genie, and even top 3 in Bugs. iKONICs expectations were partly reached, but mostly surpassed. Little did we know this was only the beginning.
Today, after the Music Core performance iKONICS were treated to a surprise to beat all surprises.
All iKON members opened public Instagram accounts at the same time and proceeded to bomb the Instagram with photos, videos and comments trying very hard to make up for the last two years of radio silence.
iKONICS used to scarce and slow updates were completely shocked and overwhelmed with the sudden influx of content.
Not even a day after opening their accounts all the members have over 200 000 followers.
Here are all of their accounts so you can follow them if you haven’t already but be warned June will blow up your notifications.
A Vietnamese rapper Lil Shady released an MV on 04 January for a song that bears uncanny resemblance (instrumental and beat) to Hanbin’s SMTM3 song “BE I”, the first song ever from the show to reach number one on the music charts in Korea.
Since then the rapper has faced criticism for plagiarism as reported by Vietnamese media and the controversial song and MV have been removed and uploaded many times from various accounts seemingly belonging to said rapper both on YouTube and Facebook. Annoyed by being constantly called out and reported for plagiarism the rapper stooped to fighting with the fans. However he has not issued an official statement yet. It appears that Lil Shady is more than little shady.
Major Vietnamese news outlets have reported group of famous Vietnamese rappers are facing criticism for plagiarising B.I's song"BE I", registered under B.I& @Choice37 on KOMCA (https://t.co/C0lVPfckia)
This is not the first time iKON’s music had been plagiarized or used without giving credit and YGE is notorious for seemingly not taking any steps in such cases. Previously a Chinese singer used Rhythm Ta instrumental without crediting the source. A group on Chinese reality TV music competition basically copied Climax (a legendary iKON/Team B pre debut song) without crediting the original in any way. It was not only instrumentals that were not credited but arrangements of known songs done by iKON members during Mix and Match TV show; arrangement of Disney song Let it go done by Hanbin’s team was used by Chinese group for TV performance without crediting Hanbin, same thing happened to Bobby’s team arrangement of Black Eyed Peas song Let’s get it started that was used without arrangement credits on Korean TV show Kpop Star.
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.
Translation of the article provided by @hizashino.
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.