KCON USA is the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, announced today the first two artists to join the New York edition of the festival series – CNBLUE and Twice. Today also marks the debut of a new logo for the six-year-old event series. The new logo, which can be found and downloaded HERE, will be used at the KCON events all around the world.
CNBLUE is a pop rock band that debuted in Korea with the single “I’m a Loner” on January 14, 2010. The band consists of four members: Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk, and Lee Jung-shin. Prior to releasing their first Korean mini album, Bluetory, the band had been actively performing live in Japan. CNBLUE held the record for winning first place on South Korea’s music shows within the shortest time since debut, achieving number one 15 days after their debut with “I’m a Loner.” Since then, the band has released nine studio albums, ten extended plays (EPs), and 13 singles in Korea and Japan.
Twice consists of 9 global members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2015 survival reality show Sixteen. The music video for the debut title, “Like OOH-AHH,” hit 50 million views in five months, becoming the most viewed K-POP debut music video. In 2016, Twice became the first girl group to have sold 100,000 albums in 2016 with “CHEER UP.” In February 2017, their three-day sold out concert, Twice 1st Tour: TWICELAND - The Opening, was successfully held in Seoul and was the first stop on their world tour. Along with the album sales and digital charts, the music video views of the four title songs are increasing rapidly even at this time: 142 million for "Like OOH-AHH," 154 million for "Cheer Up," 170 million for "TT," and 73 million for "Knock Knock." The group has won numerous awards, including a total of 33 crowns on TV music programs, 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards “Song of the Year,” and 31st Golden Disc Awards “Digital Song of the Year.”
After quickly selling out last year, KCON USA is returning to the New York metro area for a third year, continuing its reign as the leader in spreading Hallyu (Korean pop culture) with star-studded concerts, specialized programming, and expanded K-beauty, K-food, and e-sports offerings.
The Los Angeles edition of KCON 2017 USA will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center August 18-20. More artists for both events will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
For the latest KCON news, fans are invited to visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where additional artist line-up and other information are being announced. They can also join the conversation with #KCON17NY. Photos and videos from KCON 2016 can be found HERE.