Los Angeles – April 6, 2017 – KCON USA, 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 will be used at KCON events all around the world.
Two Day Convention and Concert Dedicated to Korean Pop Culture Gets New Logo in Return to the Prudential Center from June 23 to 24
CNBLUE is a pop rock band that debuted in Korea with the single “I’m a Loner” in January 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 (EP’s), 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.
Twice’s music video for their debut title track, “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 Twice’s 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, “Song of the Year” at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and the “Digital Song of the Year” at the 31st Golden Disc Awards.
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 from August 18 to 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 the official KCON Website and follow KCON on Twitter, where additional artist line-ups and other information are being announced. They can also join the conversation with #KCON17NY.
KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel, Mnet.
About KCON USA:
KCON USA is the largest North American convention dedicated to “All Things Hallyu”. The convention launched in 2012 with over 10,000 fans attending and has more than doubled annually since to over 118,000 fans.
KCON is now established in Los Angeles as the annual flagship event for American fans of Hallyu and Asian pop culture, providing the largest forum for fans to directly connect with each other, as well as artists and professionals from the Korean entertainment industry. In 2016, the brand expanded internationally, presenting KCON in Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Tokyo. FUSE listed the event as one of the “22 Best Music Festivals of 2015”.
About CJ E&M:
CJ E&M is Asia’s leading content and media company headquartered in Seoul, Korea. It has five main business units – broadcast, film (CJ Entertainment), music, live entertainment, and animation.
Since 2011, CJ E&M has been contributing to promotion of Korean culture around the world, through the company’s “One Source, Multi-Content” strategy. As a trend leader in Asia, CJ E&M has produced and distributed various popular content, including Asia’s largest music festival, Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), leading Hallyu convention KCON, the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots”, the record-breaking box office hits “Roaring Currents” (2014), “Ode to My Father” (2014), and “Veteran” (2015), along with sought-after television programs, such as “The Incomplete”, “Grandpas over Flowers”, and “Reply 1988”. With regional offices in Asia and the U.S., CJ E&M currently employs over 2,000 people worldwide, and is traded on KOSDAQ under the ticker 130960. For more information, visit CJ E&M’s Website here.
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