[OSEN=박소영 기자] Once, they competed against each other for the opportunity to debut, but now, they are growing as artists side by side. The “little brother” group iKON has successfully held their solo concert drawing about 20,000 people, and the “big brother” group WINNER is sweeping the charts with their new album.
On January 30-31, iKON held their second solo concert at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium. They had held their first solo concert upon debut, and it only took four months to hold their second solo concert at the same venue, an unprecedented case in the history of K-pop.
iKON kicked off their second solo concert with “RHYTHM TA”. Then, they performed “DUMB & DUMBER”, “APOLOGY”, “AIRPLANE”, “I MIISS YOU SO BAD”, “MY TYPE”, “WHAT’S WRONG?”, “TODAY” and “M.U.P”. They also parodied BIGBANG’s “BANG BANG BANG” and dressed up as girls, sending the audience into a near frenzy.
iKON has grown into idols particularly good at giving concerts. Only four months have passed since their debut, but they have already held two solo concerts at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium. All the tickets to their concerts were sold out, demonstrating iKON’s huge ticket power. They are indeed “monster rookies” that are equipped with impeccable stage manners, dedication to fan satisfaction, and fabulous live singing and performing skills.
WINNER is also doing well. They have released a mini-album titled “EXIT:E” at 12 AM on February 1 after a 17-month break. The album has two title tracks – “BABY BABY” and “SENTIMENTAL” – and all the tracks are self-written by the members.
WINNER has succeeded in making a high quality album by focusing on making the album during their break. Even YANG HYUN SUK is satisfied with the outcome. He has given his full support and even carried out pre-release promotion campaign for WINNER’s new album: top musicians such as TAEYANG, G-DRAGON, Zion.T, AKMU, and EPIK HIGH covered WINNER’s new singles.
Fans reacted. Upon release, “BABY BABY” took the no.1 spot on the charts of major music streaming websites, including Melon, Genie, Olleh Music, Naver Music, Soribada, and Bugs. Globally, it is no.1 on the iTunes charts of eleven countries and no.17 on the US’s albums chart.
It cannot get any better than this. WINNER and iKON are taking the music scene by storm. They are both fit to be called a “monster rookie”. Their fans must be proud.