K-Pop Band Wanna One Announced as First Artist Added to KCON 2018 NY Line-Up
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival, announced today the first artist to join the New York edition of the worldwide event series - Wanna One. KCON 2018 NY will serve as the New York stop of the boyband's world tour, which was just announced on Sunday. Hot off the tails of releasing their highly-anticipated new album, 0+1=1 (I Promise You) this month, Wanna One will be returning to the KCON USA stage for the second year in a row after performing in Los Angeles in 2017.
Wanna One is an eleven-member boy group formed from Mnet's survival boy group reality show Produce 101 Season 2. The final members as well as group name were chosen by the public audience's votes. The members who took top 11 in the final were KANG DANIEL, PARK JI HOON, LEE DAE HWI, KIM JAE HWAN, ONG SEONG WU, PARK WOO JIN, LAI KUAN LIN, YOON JI SUNG, BAE JIN YOUNG, HWANG MIN HYUN, HA SUNG WOON. The group officially debuted through Wanna One Premier Show-Con on August 7, 2017. Their debut EP 1x1=1 (To Be One) combined with the repackaged album 1-1=0 (Nothing Without You) made Wanna One the first Kpop group to sell over one million copies of their debut album. In March 2018, Wanna One broke their own record by selling 700,000 copies in the preorders of their second EP 0+1=1 (I Promise You). The album was released on March 19 along with title track "Boomerang."
KCON has grown exponentially since its launch in 2012, to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu (a.k.a The Korean Wave). The expansive event, that urges everyone to "Let's KCON," garnered more than 128,000 attendees last year between NY and LA combined. KCON 2018 USA will feature a line-up of A-list concerts, celebrity meet and greets, as well as workshops and panels that cover every aspect of Korean culture and entertainment. Not only does the programming offer insight into Korean pop music, it also covers food, fashion, television, film, e-sports and more. This year, KCON will expand the K-Beauty component of the convention bringing in brands normally inaccessible to U.S. consumers.
KCON 2018 NY will be returning to the Prudential Center on June 23 and 24.
For more information and the latest KCON news, we invite fans to visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where more information will be announced. Fans can also join the conversation with #KCON18NY and #KCON18LA. Recap videos of both LA and NY events can be found on its YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/kconusa). Additional photos from KCON 2017 USA can be found here. A link to the logo can be found here.
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 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 2017, the brand further expanded internationally, presenting KCON in Mexico and Australia as well as returning to Japan. KCON has also held events in France and UAE.
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, some of which include Asia's largest music awards 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 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, please visit: http://cjenm.com.