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.

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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?

Autumn comeback for iKON?

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Yesterday, iKONICS got a bit of  a shock when @fromyg (Yang Hyun Suk Instagram) posted a 10 second soundless video taken at the iKON’s shoot for the new MV.

Short video is of June, in what seems to be a melancholy and subdued setting, leading the iKONICS to believe that the new song is a ballad.

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After Yang Hyun Suk now infamous sentence that we shall laugh together in September and October, and considering that Bobby’s marvelous album Love and Fall came out in September, iKONICS are feeling cautiously optimistic.

However, complete lack of any kind of promotion for Bobby’s album is making many worry that once again no real effort will be made to promote iKON’s upcoming comeback.

We are not laughing just yet Mr. Yang Hyun Suk.

MAKE WAY FOR THE KING OF THE YOUTH !!

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photo credit: YG LIFE

YG LIFE web site posted the announcement of Bobby’s solo album coming out on September 14th, only a day before iKON’s debut anniversary. Needless to say this news spread among the iKONICS like wildfire as this was somewhat unexpected but welcome surprise. After all we have been waiting for this for three years.

For those who don’t know (there isn’t anyone like that) Bobby won SMTM season 3 in 2014 while still only a trainee at YG Entertainment. His rise to the top was a rocky one, but in true Bobby fashion he overcame all obstacles to win in the end. Only idol rapper to do so. His fans have been waiting for his solo album since then.

In 2015 he came out with a solo single Holup and as part of Mobb duo.

Holup was a song in true Bobby fashion, full of unbridled energy and swag.

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New crew is credited on his new album including new stylists and make up artists bringing us a whole new look. I for one cannot wait to see what new facets of Bobby we get to enjoy in his first solo album and hopefully during album’s full promotions.

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Bobby’s solo article is up on Naver, go show our boy some love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

iKON tops Oricon Weekly for the Third Time in a Row!

iKON have topped Japan’s Oricon Weekly Album’s Chart for the third consecutive time!


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After proving their overwhelming international popularity by ranking #1 in Oricon charts first with their debut album “Welcome Back,” then with their consecutive Japanese release, the single album “DUMB&DUMBER,” – iKON hit no 1 again with their new mini album “New Kids: Begin” managing to officially establish a chart topping streak in the 2nd biggest music market in the world! 
No wonder they were Japan’s 2016 Rookies of the Year!
The new mini album achieved first place in the weekly chart on August 22nd. Ever since its release on the 16th, the album has received plenty of love topping various charts and selling out of stores quickly.
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After wrapping up their Korean promotions with double title-track “B-Day” and “Bling Bling”, iKON is set to continue touring in Japan with 22 concerts. Their Dome Tour is scheduled to begin in September.

Congratulations to iKON’s on their continuing amazing achievements!

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iKON’s Japan Come Back: Sells Out in Stores & Tops Several Charts

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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Fans have felt truly gratified to see Japan welcome iKON back so warmly.