141230 WINNER Rehearsal for Hunan TV New Year Special
Month: December 2014
[OFFICIAL] 141024 Samsung Event in Taiwan – WINNER
American music media outlet MTV IGGY extolled WINNER.
On the 30 this month (American local time), MTV shed spotlight on WINNER, under the title of “WINNER’s K-hip-hop Clobbers the Competition”. According to MTV, “The story of WINNER begins with the music competition program WIN: Who Is Next?, a 2013 show where trainees at the agency battled for the opportunity to get their big break.” MTV explained, “WINNER WINNER emerged as the victors backed by a soundtrack of pop rock succinctly mixed with hip-hop.”
Then, MTV went on to say, “They became the first boy band launched by YG Entertainment since Big Bang broke out in August 2006, making their debut official with the August 2014 release, 2014 S/S… The album incorporates elements generally absent from K-pop releases, including hints of acoustic and alternative rock.”
MTV also said, “WINNER has lived up to their name with honors including the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Award for Best New Artist and New Icon at the 2014 Style Icon Awards. The group has left a lasting impression on Korean music fans and they will hopefully keep up their winning streak in 2015.”
Meanwhile, WINNER is holding fan meeting titled “WWIC 2015 (WORLD INNER CIRCLE CONFERENCE 2015)” for their fan club INNER CIRCLE, in Korea, China, and Japan.
YG Entertainment will mobilize all boy groups of the company for comeback in the first half of 2015. The sensation created by the comeback of YG artists in 2014 will continue next year, too.
A senior insider of YG explained, “President YANG HYUN SUK himself is leading the preparations for iKON’s debut, so I think their debut will take place quite soon. iKON is highly likely to be the first YG artist to come back next year.” He went on to say, “WINNER is also now accelerating their work for a comeback album. The two boy groups are now very busy working on new albums.”
YG’s president YANG HYUN SUK just gives some words of advice to YG’s star artists such as PSY, BIGBANG, and 2NE1 who have long-time experiences, and he makes the artists themselves work on their own. On contrary, he trains and teaches rookie artists strictly.
Plus, BIGBANG whose comeback has been delayed in 2014, as well as PSY, are waiting for their comeback next year. BIGBANG and PSY were known to have already begun working on their comeback, but they could not meet fans in 2014, because of busy individual performances and change in their new albums. It is highly likely that they will also join the lineup of YG artists’ comeback in the first half of 2015.
YANG HYUN SUK has suggested that iKON will make official debut early next year, which heightened fans’ expectations. According to YG insiders, “President YANG has recently committed himself to leading the work for iKON’s debut album and WINNER’s comeback, other than shooting for SBS ‘K-POP STAR’”.
YG has a system of leaving everything to artists themselves, for star artists with strong presence in the music scene, such as PSY, BIGBANG, 2NE1, and EPIK HIGH. Since PSY and BIGBANG create their albums in their own way, the schedule of their comeback has yet to be confirmed. However, iKON and WINNER for whom president YANG himself is working, will be able to meet their fans soon.
YG has constantly created sensation during the whole year of 2014, with comeback and success of 2NE1, AKMU, TAEYANG, WINNER, and EPIK HIGH. As those teams swept music charts with their new songs and took No.1 in music-ranking shows in 2014, music fans are paying keen attention to YG artists to come back in 2015. YG’s lineup of both rookies and veteran artists looks worth looking forward to.