Hello our lovely subscribers and readers! We are back to doing interviews with the talented and creative members of our fandom, and we have a real treat for you. An amazing fanartist @milkyopi whose work looks like it should live in prestigious art galleries and not just our browsers. I also have to thank our own @icelycheetea for making this interview possible.
It started with a whimsical Birthday wish by a 6 year old from an extraordinary family; and by extraordinary I mean the famous #TeamKramer of the Philippines consisting of a Basketball Player Dad, an Actress Mom and three spunky and adorable kids who as a family have become social media darlings of the the Philippines with a following in the millions!
Earlier today young Scarlett Kramer informed her parents over dinner that she wanted iKON’s Bobby to perform at her 7th birthday party. It was not an odd request as before now the family have proven to be huge fans of iKON’s music and the children have been known to rock out with their parents to Bling Bling on their morning school runs – talk about motivational music! Love Scenario, iKON’s most recent mega hit, has also received a lot of love from them.
When Scarlett made her request, like a true fan she was specific about the song, asking for “Saranghae” (I Love You) the title track off Bobby’s 2017 first solo album, “Love and Fall.”
Rather than laugh off her request her parents took to social media to make a heartfelt request to Bobby to come to the Philippines and perform at their daughter’s 7th Birthday. In the same video Scarlet shed cute tears to prove her conviction and Team Kramer fans were asked to help the message go viral so it would reach Bobby in South Korea.
If the little Scarlett’s tears were not enough to move your stony heart then prepare yourselves as the story grows even more heart warming. Not even up to an hour later Bobby’s put a message up on Instagram Live! It was his response to Scarlett! In it he sings her a birthday song personally with the help of fellow iKON member Donghyuk and sends her heartfelt birthday wishes!
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Oh my gosh!!! 😍😍😍 Thank you @bobbyindaeyo for the early birthday greeting!!! Scarlett is in shock!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Super means a lot to Scarlett, Kendra and Gavin!!! Thank you to our Team Kramer friends for helping us!!! Oh my gosh!!! Such supportive Team Kramer friends!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️ You guys made it happen!!! 😚😚😚 Thank you DK @_dong_ii for greeting Scarlett too!!! 😚 @kendraandscarlett
As you can imagine the family of fans were besides themselves with shock and delight that reverberated throughout the iKONIC fandom! Everyone experienced the duality of well wishing and envy of that sweet little girl who got Bobby’s personal birthday wish!
The happy go lucky family was quick to record a response from the kids thanking Bobby and sending love!
Finally as if to prove the cultural relevance of this special family the entire thing was reported almost immediately by ABS-CBN News, one of the biggest TV Networks/News portals in the Philippines.
And so the sweetest little drama began and ended in less than an hour and one is left wondering along with Pinoy iKONICs if this could be the start of a real push to finally see iKON perform in the Philippines. If such a dream could come true we already know which famous family will be in the front row!
I wasn’t crying while typing this you were.
Little Scarlett’s IG letter to Bobby:
(Cr: @meowbinn on tw)
Which Bobby wasted no time in liking!
As of the time of publishing this news app reared on the following News sites:
And Bobby was still trending in the Philippines!
(Cr: @chanwoosbae on tw)
(Cr. For Sources: @Ms_Cyndie on Tw).
iKONICs we hope you’re not suffering from achievement fatigue because Love Scenario has done it again!
Love Scenario has managed this feat by holding strong in the face of new releases. It has been one full month since the song’s release yet it’s still recording up to 700k unique listeners a day! With this kind of chart stamina it seems like the sky is the limit for iKON.
The Korean Media have labelled the song a “Mega Hit” and because of it have nick named iKON “Prince of the Charts” and the hilarious “iKONCRETE” (http://naver.me/xOGxGtZJ)
The iKONIC fandom call Love Scenario a Queen and we can see why.
Congratulations to iKON and iKONICs!
On 7th February, iKON’s long awaited episode of Weekly Idol finally aired. Showing not only the warm relationship iKON members have with Doni & Coni, but they also proved how easily they adapt to a new environment to the point where it felt like it was a comedy act between friends.
With the help of iKONIC’s opinions, we’ve prepared the highlights of the broadcast that you certainly shouldn’t miss !
1. Yang Hyunsuk’s daughter chooses Donghyuk as her favorite member – for people who have watched WIN, this doesn’t come as a surprise; Yang Yoojin’s heart was stolen by our sunshine from minute one, when she whispered to her mother about the member she likes the most. In YG’s congratulatory message on Donghyuk’s birthday, he wrote that he is his daughter’s first choice; according to Donghyuk’s confession on Weekly Idol, the two have met at a BIGBANG concert, where they shared a hug. At the end of the segment, Donghyuk sent her a video message, saying “Let’s grab a meal soon. Thank you for liking me, and please talk to your dad so I can do a solo stage sometime”, which earned laughter from everyone in the studio.
2. The reason behind the mysterious disappearance of Bobby’s clothes – the original topic started with Jinhwan and Junhoe always borrowing clothes from the piles of clothes left in Bobby’s room; however the story emerged comically once Bobby started narrating about his favorite hoodie that went missing. As he accept the idea that it was gone, a year later he sees Chanwoo’s mother wearing it. In Chanwoo’s defense, he thought the pile of clothes was to be thrown away, so he picked it from there, leading to Kony’s comment that Bobby’s room resembles a “thrift shop.”
3. During the segment in which iKONICS got to ask iKON to do things they asked for a performance of their song “Perfect” that was released solely in Japan while Bobby plays the guitar. Despite not knowing the chords Bobby manged a faithful rendition of the song on the guitar with help of Hanbin’s beat boxing while vocals sang the song beautifully. Doni was so impressed with the song he asked YG to release it in Korea.
4. iKONICS also requested for Jinhwan’s height to be measured in mandarins. Jinhwan was a good sport and submitted himself to be measured and finally we have the answer to the question of how tall is Jinhwan? Answer is: 27 mandarins.
5. During the same segment they asked for Hanbin to do a cute rendition of a popular children’s song “Baby Shark”. Hanbin hates doing aegyo but he did it for iKONICS with hilarious reactions from everybody.
This entire episode of Weekly Idol was hilarious and well worth the watch regardless if you are a fan of iKON or not.
You can watch the full episode with English subtitles here:
and on kshow 123.
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.
Love for iKON is not limited by age, we saw entire families, from grandparents to tiny little kids, attending iKON concerts in Japan and it is time to let one of those young fans say a thing or two about their love for iKON. As last for this year in our iKON fan art series we bring you the youngest iKON fanartist, Soki.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Mom you know me.
We are doing an interview, pretend I am not your mom. Just tell me your name and stuff.
My name is Sonja, everyone calls me Soki. I am 11 years old. I go to school and I draw comics just like my dad.
How did you become an iKONIC?
Because of you.
Say a litte bit more about it.
My mom and dad listen to lot of music and I listen to it too. I like Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age and iKON. I also really, really like BIGBANG and 2ne1 since when I was a child because you listened to them.
You are still a child.
When I was a little child. I especially liked Taeyang because he looks like my dad.
He really does not (unfortunately).
He does too. I also love 2ne1 and I was really sad when you told me they broke up. Their last song was very sad and I cried. I don’t like sad songs, they make me cry. Than you started to listen to iKON and they have puppies in their videos and I like that a lot, and they love animals and Bobby is a bunny and they are very funny…
Easy there tiger, slow down. I need to write all this down.
I want to be a puppy not a tiger.
OK?! What is your favorite iKON song or a moment?
Dumb and Dumber is the best song ever but I am not allowed to play it more than five times in a row. I like also Bomb with Psy, Bobby and Hanbin but it does not have a video and that makes me sad. They should make a video and have puppies in it. Dumb and Dumber video has two puppies in it, TWO!! Also B-day!
Anything else you specially love about iKON, like something they did and said?
I like that TV show Hanbin and Jinhwan did with animals, that was the best. Bobby said he is iKONs bunny there, that was funny. You should buy me a goat.
Yes, Mari and I was great. I am not buying you a goat. We are over the goat discussion.
Then bunny, I should have a bunny and his name would be Bobby. You would like that too. Right, a bunny Bobby. I really need one.
No bunny. We have a mental cat that would give that bunny a heart attack in 5 minutes tops. No more animals in this house. You have a dog and a cat enough is enough.
…but Bobby bunny…
Ok. We can talk about it later…
Why do I have the feeling I lost all control of this interview. How did you become an iKON fanartist?
What’s a fanartist?
Someone who draws iKON like you. When did you start drawing iKON?
I’m a fanartist. Cool. I started drawing iKON when I was a child.
You are still a chil….yeah . You were 9 when you started drawing iKON OK.
Yes, when I was a child. I was not good then as I am now. I am better now at drawing.
Why did you start to draw them?
Because they are funny and I like them, and you like them, and we like them together.
I am not a baby mom, you are embarrassing.
You haven’t been doing a lot of iKON drawing lately, why is that?
I am very busy with school. You make me do all this hard work, like do my homework, brush my teeth and all that… I just don’t have time for my art. Stop laughing mom, it is really not that funny, it is sad, and it is all your fault you make me do all that homework… STOP LAUGHING!!
Ok, ok. Is there a particular member, ship or a theme you love to draw?
Why are you talking about ships? I don’t like boats. Why are you so weird?
Who in iKON do you like to draw the most?
Ohhh, Hanbin and Bobby. Bobby is Hanbin’s bunny. That is so funny, I love that. You love Bobby and Hanbin too mom, right? You have all these photos on your computer of them shirtle…
Yeah OK. We don’t need to share everything.
Also June, cause he is very funny, and Chanwoo because he is cute and has a Husky in Dumb and Dumber video, and Jinhwan because he is small, and Dong because he is pretty and Yoyo cause he cooks and is pretty too…
Is there a favorite drawing of iKON you did and why is it your favorite.
It is my drawing of iKON as My Little Pony characters. I got to give them all a beauty mark. That was fun and then your friend, made me a pencil bag out of it. She draws Jinhwan very pretty, your nice friend and made stickers too. He looks so cute and he is shorter then me.
No he is not, and yes @icelycheetea spoiled you with that bag.
Well, he will be.
I was talking mom, stop interrupting me. Than your super nice friend made me my pencil bag and I keep all my drawing stuff in it, and I took it to school and everyone was all oooooooooohhhh. You should buy me a konbat.
Wait what, no. I am not buying you a konbat so you can hit your friend in school. No, we are not discussing this again.
Konbat is all red, and pretty and shiny and he touched my pencil bag and deserves to be hit.
Konbat is not for hitting people, we had this talk before.
It looks like a bat mom, really (insert eye roll).
Do you publish your work anywhere?
You put it on that iKON place (OneHallyu) when I do something and send it to your friends. You do not let me go on line alone because you said “it is full of nasty people that want to talk to little kids and shouldn’t”. I am not a little kid but I still don’t want to talk to nasty people so you just show it to other iKONICS, OK.
Thank you for talking to me!
You are my mom , not like I can say no. Duh…
Anything to add?
iKON will come back soon (my mom said) and I hope they have more puppies in their videos or bees, I like bees and that dinosaur dance was amazing!!! waengwaeng
Enjoy more of Soki’s drawings
Oh, mommmmm I was little when I drew this, it is not good. Why are you so embarrassing.
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?
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
– A LOT of helpless giggling/laughing
– Unconscious affectionate moments
– 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.
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.
(An Anniversary Journal Entry)
When life gets rough, you are the bridge that showed the sun after the terrifying rain –
you are the funny shaped rainbows on the road –
you are the single star in my dark, scary night –
you are something that hugs me at night when the tears flood my pillows and the blankets don’t feel safe anymore.
You are the light in the middle of the dark road – something that I’ve been praying for to ease the pain and stress, and everything that is too much for me.
The voices that soothe me, the voices that sound like angels for me.
I am one of the hundreds of thousands waving the fiery red light in my hand because you saved me, you will always save me.
You let me feel like the safest place on earth is where I can hear the melody of your voices.
There are times that life gets too hard and the fiery red light my hand is slipping away – but I am always here, listening to your heartbeat and whispering, “how beautiful.”
Because you are my safe haven, you are my angels.
Happy 2nd Anniversary iKON – continue to be the angels for someone’s rough life.
We apologise that this is late but we had a LOT of thoughts!
Earlier today the Video Teaser for “Runaway,” the second title track on Kim Bobby’s first solo album “Love and Fall” was released by YGE making an emotional mess out of all of us.
We knew this album was going to be an intimate look at not so much Bobby the stage eating monster rapper but at Kim Jiwon the artist behind him ~ knowing and seeing, however, are two different things.
From the Teaser’s opening with a Biblical verse, essentially a cry for help that is also a reflection of Bobby’s deeply spiritual side, you realize immediately that we are getting access to a Bobby we’ve only seen glimpses of from behind the scenes.
From Bobby perched high on an overpass in his adopted hometown of Fairfax, VA, a pair of sneakers dangling beside him which we later see engulfed in flames – to Bobby running in slow motion through an overlapping image of himself and cars with lighted headlights literally rain down above him – The Runaway teaser packs an emotional as well as visually stunning wallop for something that’s just 32 seconds long.
Strong images of alienation, solitude and even desperation followed by the refrain of wanting to run away in Bobby’s soulful, raspy vocal accompanied by simple guitar chords leaves you with a melancholic feeling and a desire for more that is perfect for the incoming colder seasons.
It had a big impact on our team and as can be imagined it has had a big impact on fans.
In a Naver article Bobby is quoted for saying:
Anyone can relate to the story of Runaway. I don’t think there is anyone who has not felt at some point overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities and wanted to get away from it all even if it’s just for a little bit.
Anyone who knows Bobby’s journey from a lonely 14 yr old who came to Korea on his own to pursue his dreams and save his family from financial struggle – anyone who has watched his fights, his failures, his victories and his continuing struggle can understand why Bobby would sometimes want to run away.
It’s not even his first time writing about how hopeless the quest and heavy the burden is of the path he chose.
In the end Bobby didn’t run away. He hung in there and battled and thanks to that we get to see the man he is becoming today and we will soon hear his heart.
He’s going to make us all cry and I cannot wait.
The ball is already officially rolling on the arrival of Love and Fall as today Bobby sat in with members of the Press for a Listening Party!
We’re already seeing and hearing good things XD
Finally on D-Day lucky fans will get to join the audience for the V-Live Countdown happening with Bobby!
Foreign Friends in foreign lands are not as lucky but let’s all tune in for the VApp Countdown Live on Sept 14th at 6pm KST and give Jiwon all our love!
We know he deserves it!