Los Angeles – June 1, 2017 – KCON USA, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, today announced the first two artists to join the Los Angeles edition of the worldwide event series: SF9 and Girl’s Day.
World’s Largest Korean Pop Culture Convention Returns to Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center from August 18 to 20 for Three Days of Festival
Concert Tickets Go on Sale July 7 at 10:00 AM PST
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has grown exponentially to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu (aka the Korean Wave). The expansive event spanning three days will take place within the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the surrounding entertainment district from August 18 to 20.
In addition to the star-studded concerts, fans in attendance will experience more panels and workshops than ever before, with offerings on everything from K-beauty and K-food to e-sports and K-drama.
One of the hottest rising boy groups in Korea, SF9 will be performing on the KCON 2017 LA stage after their first US debut at KCON 2017 NY. Fan favorites Girl’s Day, on the other hand, are bringing their outstanding performance to the United States for the first time with their upcoming KCON debut.
SF9 is a boy group formed by FNC Entertainment as the company’s first dance boy group. The group features nine members: Young Bin, In Seong, Jae Yoon, Da Won, Ro Woon, Zu Ho, Tae Yang, Hwi Young, and Cha Ni.
Their group name stands for Sensational Feeling 9. SF9 debuted last October, with their first single album “Feeling Sensation”. Their second mini album “Breaking Sensation” was released last April 18, and landed #5 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart that was released on April 26.
Girl’s Day is a girl group formed by Dream Tea Entertainment back in 2010. The group currently includes four members: Sojin, Minah, Yura, and Hyeri. The group debuted with their first EP, “Girl’s Day Party #1”, in July 2010. After releasing their second and third EP’s “Everyday” and “Everyday 2” in 2012, Girl’s Day released their first full-length album “Expectation” in March 2013. The title track, “Expectation”, became a huge success and was awarded the “Long-Run Song of the Year” award at the third Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards.
Girl’s Day followed up by promoting the track “Female President”, which made it on Billboard’s “20 Best K-pop Songs of 2013”. In January 2014, title track “Something” from Girl’s Day’s fourth EP “Everyday 3” became their highest-charting single, peaking at #2 on both Billboard’s Korea K-pop Hot 100 and the Gaon Digital Chart. In March 2017, the group made a comeback with title track “I’ll Be Yours”. Girl’s Day’s new EP, “Everyday #5”, debuted at #7 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. The music video on the 1theK YouTube channel surpassed 2 million views in less than 24 hours.
KCON 2017 LA tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM PST on July 7. The New York metro area edition of KCON 2017 USA will be returning to the Prudential Center this month, from June 23 to 24.
For the latest KCON news and tickets, fans are invited to visit the official website at www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where additional artist line-up and other information will be announced. Fans can also join the conversation with the hashtag #KCON17LA.
KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel, Mnet.
About KCON USA
KCON USA (kconusa.com) is the largest North American convention dedicated to “All Things Hallyu”. The convention launched in 2012 with over 10,000 fans in attendance, and has since more than doubled annually 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, featuring five main business units: broadcast, film (CJ Entertainment), music, live entertainment, and animation. Since 2011, CJ E&M has been contributing to the 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, Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots”, record-breaking box office hits “Roaring Currents” (2014), “Ode to My Father” (2014), and “Veteran” (2015), along with sought-after television programs like “The Incomplete”, “Grandpas over Flowers”, and “Reply 1988”. With regional offices in Asia and the United States, 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 at http://en.cjenm.com.
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