BLACKPINK, iKON, and DAESUNG presented fantastic live performances at Japan’s biggest summer music festival “A-nation 2017”.
On August 27, BLACKPINK, iKON, and DAESUNG performed at A-nation held at Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium, to fascinate 45,000 music fans.
BLACKPINK marked the opening of the festival. BLACKPINK electrified the stadium by presenting the performances of their mega-hits including “BOOMBAYAH” whose music video has recently surpassed 200 million on YouTube, as well as “WHISTLE”, “PLAYING WITH FIRE”, and “As If It’s Your Last” all of which have surpassed 100 million views.
BLACKPINK is releasing their official Japan debut mini-album “BLACKPINK” on August 30. The members of BLACKPINK said, “We’re so happy to give live performance at this great music festival. Please remember the name BLACKPINK!”
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BIGBANG member TAEYANG boasted his bond with girl group BLACKPINK, posting a photo of family dinner with rookie girl group BLACKPINK.
On August 7, TAEYANG posted a photo on his Instagram account, saying, “Cute BLACKPINK came to my concert as a guest performer. Thanks BLACKPINK”.
In the photo, TAEYANG and girl group BLACKPINK are making a friendly pose together. TAEYANG is smiling with his arms folded and head slightly down. BLACKPINK members are giving thumbs-up to TAEYANG, to create a friendly atmosphere.
TAEYANG has recently been hosting “2017 World Tour WHITE NIGHT” in Japan.
In addition to being the first foreign girl group to debut at Budokan in Japan, BLACKPINK will also perform at a stadium.
BLACKPINK will be doing the opening performance of TAEYANG’s world tour concert at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on August 5-6. BLACKPINK seems to be on a fast track to success as it has just held a phenomenal debut showcase and is now about to go up on stage at a stadium. It is all the more meaningful as BLACKPINK will be appearing as a guest of their labelmate TAEYANG’s concerts.
All the 14,000 seats to BLACKPINK’s Japan debut showcase, which took place on July 20, were sold out. What’s more surprising is that more than 20,000 people had applied for the tickets.
BLACKPINK will also appear in Japan’s upcoming major events: Japan’s biggest music festival A-nation and huge fashion events such as the Tokyo Girls Collection and Kobe Collection. BLACKPINK’s Japan debut album will be released on August 30, and the group will launch an active promotion campaign in Japan afterwards.
BLACKPINK’s “As If It’s Your Last” is gaining more and more popularity. As of August 1, the music video of the song surpassed 90 million YouTube views. BLACKPINK surpassed this mark 21 days earlier than the previous record holder. BLACKPINK’s one year anniversary is coming up on August 8, and the group is expected to have four music videos that surpassed 100 million views by then.
Meanwhile, TAEYANG is to make a solo comeback after a three-year hiatus, and he is currently on a tour titled “WHITE NIGHT”. He will be performing at the Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on August 26-27.
This is a preview of YG’s upcoming sitcom ‘YG Strategy Center’ headed by ‘God of Music’ PD Park Joon Soo. Setting is at YG building showing how the artists work or what they do. Filming is on September and is planning to be aired on November 2017. Broadcast schedule (time & date) as well as & network/channel where it will be aired are still undecided. It’s also reported that most if not all the ‘singers/musicians’ will participate in this sitcom.
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YG Entertainment CEO YANG HYUN SUK uploaded a meaningful post on his SNS page.
On June 27, YANG HYUN SUK posted a screenshot of a fan’s message on his Instagram page. The fan messaged that BLACKPINK should go on JTBC’s Knowing Bros, and YANG HYUN SUK replied by posting “I’m trying really hard. First time asking a favor in 17 years.”
Usually, YANG HYUN SUK doesn’t do work related to YG musician’s TV show appearances. However, it seems as if YANG HYUN SUK has actually stepped in this time to help BLACKPINK go on Knowing Bros.
Although BLACKPINK’s debut was less than a year ago, the music video of the group’s new song “As If It’s Your Last” hit 37.47 million views in just 107 hours after its release. The music video posted 10 million views in 17 hours and 20 million in 47 hours. BLACKPINK has set a new record of surpassing the 30 million mark in the shortest time among K-pop groups.
Upon comeback, BLACKPINK’s new song swept Korea’s real-time, daily and weekly charts and became No.1 on the New Songs Chart of QQ Music, China’s largest music steaming platform that has 40 billion monthly subscribers. BLACKPINK is also setting new records: it became the first K-pop group to have a single topping the iTunes chart in 18 countries and chosen as US Apple Music’s Best of the Week.
BLACKPINK put on its comeback stage on MBC’s Music Core on June 24. The group will be going on a number of music and variety shows and radio programs to promote their new song.
YG Entertainment is set to produce multiple audition programs. The company is preparing for not only a survival audition show for YG trainees, but also a collaboration program with other music labels. YG’s ambition is to create a program that can create big hit not only in Korea but also overseas.
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