So for those who call themselves iKONICs – SING IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! – and for those who don’t really know what iKON is all about – y’all need to sit down for a few days and immerse yourselves in the whirlwind of craziness they’re known for.
Rather than going through and listing all their information chronologically – ya’ll can do that on your own – I was going to highlight this comeback more. I’ll try and keep things as unbiased as I can but because I call myself an iKONIC, that might be hard to do.
On 6 January 2018, YG dropped the first teasers for iKONs comeback ‘Return’ eight months after their last comeback ‘New Kids’.
Although extremely exciting it is long-awaited as well. Eight months is a long time to wait for a groups next comeback but what’s more surprising is that it’s expected. YG has had a bad track record over the last few years with delaying comeback after comeback from his artists. Sure, there can be some internal difficulties along the way but it’s happened way too many times to be considered coincidental.
On 13 January 2018, information on their title track was released. Their title track ‘Love Scenario’ would be release 25 January as a part of their second album.
Although I can appreciate the simple and soft aesthetics of the poster matching well with the song title ‘Love Scenario’, I have read on Twitter iKONICs frustration at the lack of effort on their promotion information. Personally I find it strange YG has released teasers so early on in the month considering the song won’t be dropped until the 25th but I think that’s just me being impatient.
I’m extremely excited it’s being called an album rather than an EP but keep in mind iKON hasn’t had a full album since their debut studio album ‘Welcome Back’ in 2015. To me this is unacceptable. It’s a lot more understandable if the group consistently releases EPs throughout the year and a full album every couple years but again this doesn’t happen with iKON – and again, we are not surprised.
A full tracklist for the upcoming album was released earlier today showing eight tracks and four bonus tracks.
I love how many tracks there are but I can’t help but think of how long they’ve been sitting on them. Leader B.I is well known for being hands on and fully involved in almost all the tracks on an iKON album and this one is no different. For those who watched reality shows Who Is Next: WIN and MIXnMATCH you’ll know how hard and how much of a genius B.I is.
On 12 January 2018, a YG producer Jihun (@jihun_ll) posted an comeback poster for iKON with a very interesting hashtag.
Because I didn’t translate the hashtag nor do I speak Korean, I might be wrong. From my understanding the last hashtag says that it was composed two years ago. Whether it’s their new title track or the entire album I’m not too sure. Either way, two years is a long time to sit on an album.
Again, I have to reiterate – there can be complications with releasing an album which the public will never know about. What I find so interesting about this is that a YG producer posted this. Surely that’s saying something about how long it’s been since iKON came back.
Recently I’ve seen a lot of hate flying around between those who claim to be ARMY and those who claim to be iKONIC. I’ve been very vocal about being an ARMY but I’m also iKONIC. So for those who are either – or both – of those fandoms, this is a safe place for you all. You won’t see me throwing shade at anyone, they’ve never done anything to me.
I’m not too sure where the haterade came from or who started it but it is totally unnecessary. Why each fandom are going at each other instead of rallying behind the groups in support will forever be an anomaly to me. For unknown reasons some people find it hard to support more than one group but this doesn’t give you a right to nullify a different groups efforts. There will always be negativity around a group and their fandom but the way you respond to it is all that matters.
The reason why I’m talking about this hate is because it’s another thing getting in the way of people coming behind iKON to push them up to where they’re supposed to be. A lot of people have compared them to BIG BANG which is false. They are the only YG artists who could be a dance/performance based K-Pop group. These boys are so talented at dancing but the world never gets to see it because of two reasons: 1. YG Entertainment 2. Comparisons from the Korean public.
These boys have way too much talent, an excellent skill set and an already staggering fandom to excuse the mistreatment they get from their company and the general public. I feel so sorry for these boys for wanting to promote new songs but instead performing the same songs year after year. What I am thankful for is the amount of success they have in Japan though I do wish they’d spend more time in their homeland.
I hope I don’t speak for myself when I say this but I will forever support iKON – it’s what they deserve and is the only way I can show support when they’re not getting any from their CEO.
It’s time to do this iKONICs! Time to support our boys!