Bobby’s Nico Nico Live Performance Wows Viewers

iKON’s Kim Bobby thrilled fans with the first live performances of tracks from his hotly anticipated debut album, Love and Fall as part of promotions for the album’s Japan release.

Though the album was originally released in South Korea on September 14th 2017 it took till November 29th for fans to be able to see more than a single promotional stage for the album’s title tracks due to YGE choosing to skip a promotional cycle for the album which was released while iKON was still actually on an extended Dome Tour in Japan.

Bobby’s live performance of tracks from Love and Fall were broadcasted on the popular Japanese video site/web channel Nico Nico.

The live included interactions with an MC during which Bobby answered questions about the album, played games, thanked fans for coming and mysteriously asked them to anticipate iKON’s next activity.

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Bobby’s stage itself was very simple featuring just the artist and a mic yet the atmosphere was full of Bobby’s excitement for a live performance and the intensity of his passion for music.

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His set list included:

I love you,

Runaway,

Firework,

Swim,

Holup

Love and Fall was a surprising album for even the oldest and staunchest Bobby fans/iKONICs not just because after 3 years of waiting people had given up hope it would ever be released – but because the idol who was most famous as the young power rapper who won SMTM3 took a risk and did what no one expected by releasing a personal and heartfelt and mostly vocalist album!

Bobby sang his heart out and touched fans with the beauty and sincerity of his lyrics and the heart they revealed.

This made getting to see him perform tracks from this album even more special for fans and Bobby did not disappoint with his electric performance.

See below for the entire Nico Nico Live stage.

https://youtu.be/Rsiir2HtRgg

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Bobby also performed tracks from his album today at the Nike Force Battle Event marking the first time some of these tracks have been performed live in South Korea!

It’s truly good time to be a Love and Fall fan.

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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.