iKON recently cameback with a new mini album in Japan titled, New Kids: Begin on August 16, 2017. This is the Japanese edition of their single album that came out in Korea in May 22 with additional two new Japan exclusive songs, Perfect and World Wide.
Not only do the Japanese get two brand new, heartbreaking beautiful and party anthem IMO, songs, but the promotion YGEX, YGE’s Japan division, has rolled out for iKON is a pleasant as well as welcome shock for iKONICs who have been waiting for iKON’s Japan comeback, and new songs, for a few months now.
iKON’s name and the images of the members were emblazoned along mighty LED sided trucks while the Japanese versions of the New Kids MVs were continuously played on giant LED screens high above the city’s bustling centre from towering department stores.
On release day, music stores seemed to compete with tagging YGEX on social media with their iKON display, as if each was trying to outdo the other with how big their displays were as well as the amount of posters plastered around their stores.
As if all this wasn’t exciting enough, Japanese TV show Nico Nico sent MC Furuya Masayuki with a crew all the way to South Korea for a live coverage with iKON for the New Kids: Begin Japan official release!
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Thousands of fans were able to tune in and watch a retrospective of iKON’s MVs up to the current Bling Bling and Bday ones as well as a casual interview with the boys, all in Japanese, and a creative phot opp session! Shortly after, the mini album was released with the following track list:
iKONICs were finally able to hear Perfect and Worldwide, which have been teased some weeks before. The new songs did not disappoint! Worldwide is a compulsive head bopper with a lively, retro hip hop beat that fits very well in the J-pop industry, while Perfect is a soulful R&B ballad which truly showcased iKON’s beautiful vocals and just how much of a force to reckon with iKON’s vocal line has become.
The CDs have literally been flying off the shelves as quickly as they are stocked and iKON has already climbed to number 1 on Tower Music charts.
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Along with their number 1 in Tower Records, iKON just achieved two other number ones, in Japan iTune’s Kpop chart as well as on Oricon
Fans have felt truly gratified to see Japan welcome iKON back so warmly.