D-day poster released for today’s comeback

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With the strike of midnight in Korea iKON’s final D-day poster was released announcing that  in less than 18 hours iKON will release their new mini album New Kids: the Final thus concluding the New Kids series.

It is more than fitting that iKON is concluding their New Kids series looking all grown up and mature.

This is iKON’s third comeback this year which is not unusual for kpop but it is more than unusual for YGE. After going through drought years this is the year of plenty for both iKON and iKONICS.

Let’s work hard and enjoy this comeback with iKON!!!

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Dark, Moody, Sexy: iKON’s Killing Me Teaser is here!

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The Teaser that YGE Founder, Yang Hyun Suk touted as “too powerful” has finally arrived and – it appears he didn’t lie.

Hanbin’s unique tone, loaded with world weariness takes us through a heavy but addictive refrain as we see each of iKON’s members in various framed shots, all aesthetic, all equally moody. Just exactly right for a song called “Killing Me.”

It’s the perfect type of Teaser too. Not giving away too much, just enough to leave you thirsty for more, a complete turn around from Love Scenario’s interesting promo style and iKONICs LOVE it.

iKON is set to come back at 6pm on August the 2nd with Title track “Killing Me” and subtitle track “Freedom.” Until then I think we all know what to do with this Teaser!

June smolders in his individual teaser

We got our second stunning individual teaser and it is of June smoldering for the camera looking stunning.

I for one cannot wait to see photos of others too. What a great way to start Sunday morning!

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.

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KONFIDENTIAL NIGHT -iKON COMEBACK V LIVE

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iKON’s official Instagram account withikonic posted the announcement for their comeback vlive “KONFIDENTIAL NIGHT” that will air on January 24 at 11PM KST.

New album and MV release is on January 25 at 6PM KST.

Please do not re upload the MV. Share the links to the MV and watch it only from official sources.

 

Get Ready – first goal for iKON’s come back is 4 million MV views

Get ready iKONICS we have our first goal for iKON’s come back.

The lovely people at @KONVIEW have set the goal for LOVE SCENARIO MV at 4 million views on YouTube within first 24 hours.

It might seem like a lot but for the first time we have only one MV to focus on and since before now we’ve done more numbers combined for two MVs we can definitely do it!

Just make sure to follow the instructions provided by KONVIEW.

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iKON will come back to us with their 2nd full album “Return” on January 25th, also known as iKONIC’s new Christmas (just kidding). Please anticipate it!

First variety appearances for iKON’s come back announced

JTBC confirmed today that BIGBANG’s Seungri and iKON will appear on the Knowing Bros. Filming is scheduled for January 25, the day of iKON’s come back.

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@fromyg Instagram Teasing for iKON Comeback – Puzzle Pieces that don’t fit

With iKON’s January comeback imminent fans are eagerly waiting  for the date of the album release and for signs of better promotions than the lackluster ones that have been typical of YG for iKON till now.

Fans from different time zones are waking up in the middle of the night to see if there is a new teaser or comeback date released.

What they got today was this:

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It seems like he is cropping the photo of each individual member and saying that the 7th piece of the puzzle will contain the comeback date. He also commented on iKONICs requests saying he will “try” and fulfill them all.

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Now this is this writer’s personal opinion and correct me if I am wrong but – shouldn’t good promotions and an actual promotion plan be something that a company does for their artist as par for the course?

Promotions are not something you, and I quote Mr. Yang Hyun Suk here, “try” to do. They are a part of your basic duties as an Artist’s Agency and representative. Promotions are your job. Promotions are not a favor done to iKONICs , they are a bare necessity.

The idea that there is no promotion plan for this comeback is highly disconcerting, though, granted, this could just be a very bad idea of teasing for a comeback and not the actual state of affairs.

However, we know that the dismal lack of Korean promotions for iKON or almost complete absence of them (like in the case of Bobby’s album, Love and Fall) is an ongoing bone of contention between YGE and iKONICS that led to last year’s petition and boycott.

So using it so flippantly as part of a “teasing” process seems at best ill advised and at worst downright insensitive of YG’s Yang Hyun Suk.

Now, I am not trying to be a negative Nancy here, but honestly I have seen what this has done to many iKONICS and I can tell you not a single reaction was positive. There is no need to make this such an unpleasant and stressful experience for the fans. Comebacks should be enjoyed and celebrated but it seems like Yang Hyun Suk has forgotten this or perhaps he just lost that piece of the puzzle.

We are half way through the 2nd week of January and can only hope as the “teasers” suggest that we will be able to share iKON’s actual Come Back date with you all by the end of this week.

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.

Let’s Dance

iKON is coming back boys and girls, and with comeback there is likelihood of  us enjoying iKON’s awesome dance moves.

There has been some talk among iKONICS about possible choreographers working with iKON and everyone is curious; will it be Parris Goebel again or someone new.

We took a look at  past choreographers that worked with YG and who knows maybe among them is the choreographer for iKON’s comeback.

We are starting with the queen of  choreo herself, Parris Goebel. Out of all the choreographers that worked with YG artists she is the most well known one and deservedly so as she worked on some of the most iconic songs that came out of YG; Big Bang’s Bang bang bang, Taeyang’s Ringa Linga, CL’s Hello Bitches. She has also worked  with iKON on Rhythm ta and Bling Bling.

But to iKONICS the favorite collab with iKON is probably Team B’s pre-debut performance of her choreo to Get like me. There is no doubt that Parris and iKON go really well together.

Keone and Mariel Madrid, dancing and choreographing wife and husband couple. Mariel did choreo for 2NE1 Clap your hands.

Keone worked with Se7en while he was still a YG artist on his Better Together comeback. Keone is one of the better known kpop choreographers as he has done choreo for many prominent boy groups. He also recently joined the dance crew Kinjaz.

On the subject of Kinjaz, iKONICs encountered some interesting information on the website of one of the members, choreographer Vinh Ngyen.

Could he be the new choreographer for iKON?

Shaun Evaristo is probably best know for his work with Taeyang  on “Wedding Dress” and “I Need A Girl”.

Kyle Hanagami is one of the most recent choreographers to work with a YG artist as he choreographed Black Pink’s Boombayah.

Question is will iKON continue to work with Parris (and we do love them together) or are we in for something new?