KON, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2015 by YG Entertainment. The group was first introduced in the reality survival program WIN: Who is Next as “Team B”. Prior to the group’s formation, group leader B. I featured on MC Mong’s 2009 song “Indian Boy”. He performed with MC Mong at the 2009 SBS Dream Concert, as well as on You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook. I, Bobby, Jinhwan, Ju-ne, Donghyuk, and Yunhyeong competed as Team B on the Mnet reality survival show WIN: Who Is Next, competing against other trainees in “Team A” for the chance to debut as a group. The program involved three rounds of performances and public voting, after which Team B eventually lost to Team A, who debuted as Winner. Match, a follow-up to WIN: Who Is Next. In September, approximately 40,000 Japanese fans applied for 2,000 tickets at a fan meeting at Osaka Tojima River Forum, while more than 50,000 Chinese fans applied for their fan meeting in Beijing.
The program was aired on 29 December 2014 on the CS channel in Japan. It was revealed that the group would be releasing their debut album Welcome Back in two parts, with 6 of the 12 tracks being title tracks. The first half of the album, Debut Half Album, was set to be released on 1 October, followed by the Debut Full Album on November 2. The track listing for the first half-album was released on 24 September. Kon debuted with the ‘pre-single’ “My Type” was released with a music video on 15 September 2015. Within 24 hours of its release, the music video for “My Type” surpassed 1. Kon’s Debut Half Album was released digitally on 1 October.
The group held their first concert, Showtime, on 3 October at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena. The show sold out 13,000 tickets. The concert’s taking place at the largest concert hall in Korea was unprecedented for a new K-pop group. SHOWTIME was broadcast live through Naver’s V App and streamed by over 500,000 viewers. On 4 October, a day after their debut concert, the group made their music show debut on SBS’s Inkigayo with “Rhythm Ta” and “Airplane”, receiving their third music show win for “My Type” in person. On 8 October, they won on Mnet’s M! Two digital singles, “Apology” and “Anthem”, were released on 16 November. Apology” took the number one spot on Gaon’s digital chart for the 48th week of 2015. I Miss You So Bad” were released. The song debuted at number three on the Gaon Digital Chart.
The group participate on Chinese dance survival program Heroes of Remix in mid 2016, alongside Psy as their mentor. They were the most winning artist in the show, winning three weeks, and gaining a good reviews for their performances. Kon had a long-waited comeback with their second studio album named Return on January 25, 2018. Their second studio album features 12 tracks that were all co-written or feature lyrics by members B. Kon completed their three-part New Kids album series with the release of their first and second extended play, New Kids: Continue and New Kids: The Final in August and October 2018 respectively. YG Entertainment To Hold Reality Show To Determine Which Boy Band They Will Debut Next, Label CEO Yang Hyun Suk Says”. WIN’ Team B Members Present Impressive Resumes”. Match’ Previously Acted as Young Lee Min Ho”. YG to mix and match to create boy band iKON”. MATCH, FINAL MATCH : All YG Artists Unite”.
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