Today YGE finally revealed the name and credits for the surprise new track that iKON will use to extend their Return promo!
iKONICs will be happy to see that the members of the genius collaboration that gave us “Love Scenario”are also involved with the new track which is called “Rubber Band.”
According to YGE front man Yang Hyun Suk and iKON’s leader Kim Hanbin, the track is to be seen as a gift to fans and an opportunity to spend more time with our boys!
Are you looking forward to the surprise track?
iKON is still topping all major Korean charts 37 days after dropping Love Scenario and just recorded their 160th hourly Perfect All Kill! AND their 6th Music Show Win on KBS Music Bank (LoveScenario6thWin) (Its getting difficult to keep up with the achievements they come in literally as we type) Incredible!
Writing ‘iKON’ and ‘varieties’, as in multiple ones, feels completely surreal and so have these past few days – intense and exhausting in the best of ways.
The general public is already loving iKON’s title track ‘Love Scenario’ and in a bit over a week Korea will watch them shine as individuals. iKON will appear in JTBS Knowing Brothers on February 3rd 8:50PM KST, and that same day Bobby will guest on MBC Semobang, at 11:45PM KST.
Check the official teasers for Knowing Brothers below, don’t forget to like, comment and share!
On January 27th at 2.30PM KST, iKON positioned first on instiz iChart, being the first boy group in 2018 to do so. They currently hold that position comfortably, sixteen hours later and without breaks.
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.
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.
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.
It’s D1 to LOVE AND FALL Album debut and YG has dropped the final MV Teaser in which Bobby tells us “I Love You” while annihilating us with premium Boyfriend visuals!
You would think we would be tired by now of speaking on how adorable, fluffy, cute and gorgeous Kim Bobby has been in these teasers leading up to his album release or how ear-wormy the track excerpts are – but NOPE!
If you ever wanted to imagine what a date with iKON’s Bobby as a boyfriend would be like, this would probably be the MV for you!
It’s such a refreshing switch to see a side of Bobby we’ve only ever caught behind the scenes suddenly taking the spot light that we cannot quite get over it.
Soft Bobby the fluffy bunny with deep and earnest lyrics but still riding that beat masterfully – it’s a Kim Jiwon fans never knew if they would be lucky enough to see.
AND WE LOVE THAT HE’S SINGING! We’ve always loved his husky tones that complimented tracks like “Airplane” and “Just Go” and to have an album from champion rapper Bobby where he’s mostly singing is a GIFT!
So back to the Teaser: for the title track “I Love You” we see Bobby playing alone under the deep blue sky of a California beach, bouncing on beds, diving in a backyard pool and laying back on the hood of a pretty, blue Mustang all to a trendy tropical house beat.
The sound is light and even playful. His smile and glances are warm and intimate and the vibe is very chill.
It’s surprising when you find out that the song is really a sad one about the end of a long term romance.
iKONICs are familiar with this kind of twist that iKON members seem fond of from songs like “Love Me” and “Welcome Back” and are strongly anticipating the full song and lyrics that will finally reveal the story of “I Love You”
Meanwhile the live countdown to Bobby’s album drop begins tomorrow at 4pm KST on VApp!
Thank you to all the many fan sites and platforms who were able on such short notice to pull together various promotional Projects, Guides for iKONICs and Support!
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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.
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.
YG Entertainment released the posters for Kim Bobby’s 2nd title track, “Runaway” and it hit us right in the feels!
Two days ago YGE dropped the teaser posters for the 1st title track from Bobby’s 1st Solo Album, “Love and Fall.” At that time iKONICs and the Kpop community in general were taken by surprise by the teaser’s soft imagery and the title of the song, “I Love You.”
Today’s posters shows imagery of Bobby on a beach with ruffled hair and casual clothes, his face in sharp profile against a moody sky. They are probably some of the most aesthetically pleasing posters YGE has ever released in relation to iKON and iKONICs are thrilled!
Cr: YG Entertainment
Even more importantly, this second teaser along with the first one and the album name are further indications that we are going to be seeing a more personal and emotional side of Bobby, whose real name is Jiwon, in this album.
Before now Bobby has been strongly associated with his fierce and charismatic stage presence, incredible performance energy and high tension, hard hitting rap style.
True Bobby fans, however, have always been aware that the rapper fondly known as a Bunny within the fandom is as squishy inside as his beloved Winnie the Pooh bear!
Kim Bobby Jiwon is actually a talented and incredibly versatile rapper as well as a vocalist with an addictive vocal color and a player of multiple instruments. Though he is known more for his fiercer raps, his more emotional bars have given us some of his most unforgettable work.
Below are some threads worth exploring to find out more about Bobby’s Rap: