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Folky K-Pop Star Roy Kim Joins KCON 2015

KCON is an annual pilgrimage for U.S. K-pop fans—and now a bicoastal festival. We'll keep you updated with the must-know facts about the 2015 lineup as it's revealed

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Roy Kim (Los Angeles)

Folky K-pop singer Roy Kim lives a bit of a double life. On one hand, he's a massive singer-songwriter in South Korea that earns chart-topping hits and sells out tours. In America, he's a regular college student—a really smart one at that, currently enrolled at Georgetown University. He's had a limited amount of U.S. performances, but you might have seen him live at Global Citizens Day in Washington D.C. alongside the likes of Fall Out BoyUsherNo Doubt and more.

Performance: KCON Los Angeles on either August 1 or 2.


  • Won Superstar K4, an American Idol-esque show in Korea
  • His single "Bom Bom Bom" was the seventh biggest single of 2013
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Girls' Generation (New York)

As one of the most popular K-pop acts in America, Girls' Generation have created an über-passionate fanbase thanks to their bubbly image and effervescent pop productions. Members Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun debuted in 2007 and have released music not only in Korean, but also in English, Japanese and Chinese. This is the outfit's first East Coast performance since 2011.

Performance: KCON New York on August 8.


  • One of the few Korean artists to land an album on the Billboard 200 with 2014's Mr.Mr. at No. 110.
  • Won a YouTube Music Award in 2013 for "I Got a Boy," beating out the likes of Justin BieberMiley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
  • Performed on shows like the Late Show With David Letterman and Live! With Kelly & Michael.
  • Four music videos with more than 100 millions views (each) on YouTube—"I Got a Boy," "Mr. Taxi," "Gee" and "The Boys." Only Psy has more, with five.
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VIXX (New York)

VIXX is another boy band added to the KCON lineup, but they're not your usual heartthrobs. The guys saw their popularity surge when they embraced darker concepts like when they became cyborgs in their "Error" video or when they played horror film freaks in "Voodoo Doll." Think of them as the perfect K-pop band for your punk friends. VIXX are KCON veterans at this point, playing the inaugural fest in 2012 (where Fuse chatted with the guys about possible English music) and last year.

Performance: KCON New York on August 8


  • Their most recent single, "Love Equation," went Top 10 on Billboard's World Digital Songs chart
  • Two Top 10 albums on Billboard's World Albums chart
  • Previous performances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas
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Super Junior (Los Angeles)

One of the long-lasting K-pop acts, Super Junior is the massive, 12-member boy band that's stayed in the game for nearly a decade. The group's earned huge hits with electro-pop bangers ("Sorry Sorry," below), but has also released singles that dabble in hip hop, funk, salsa, New Jack Swing and more. Super Junior has also released music in Japanese and Chinese. Their upcoming performance marks the band's first U.S. show in three years.

Performance: KCON Los Angeles on either August 1 or 2.


  • Hit No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart with 2014's Mamacita.
  • Their three world tours have brought the band to four continents (so far!), seeing them perform everywhere from London and Shanghai to Paris and Mexico City.
  • The only Korean band to earn the best selling artist in the country title for three years straight, from 2011-2013.
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AOA (Los Angeles)

One of the most popular girl groups in K-pop right now, AOA had a huge 2014, making them a hot commodity for festival bookings. The girl group revamped their image last year with a sexy makeover via the release of "Miniskirt" (above) in January, which set the scene for a slew of hits to follow. Their KCON performance will be their first ever American concert.

Performance: KCON Los Angeles on either August 1 or 2. 


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Block B (Los Angeles)

Block B are far from your typical boy band. Not only are the guys on an independent label (how many boy bands do you know on an indie label?), but they forgo usual the swoon-worthy, One Direction-esque antics to showcase their ridiculous personalities. Just watch Block B hang out with an ostrich in the "Her" video (above) or play creepy carnies in "Jackpot" (below).

Performance: KCON Los Angeles on either August 1 or 2. 


  • Three albums have charter in the Top 10 of Billboard's World Albums chart
  • Held successful tours in America (three dates last summer) and Europe (four dates this winter)
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Shinhwa (Los Angeles)

Longtime K-pop fans were likely jumping for joy when they heard Shinhwa was added. Since they hit the scene in 1998, Shinhwa is the longest-running boy band in K-pop and still a major force in the industry with a uber-passionate fanbase. Despite so many years in the biz, KCON 2015 will mark one of the act's very few U.S. performances. 

Performance: KCON Los Angeles on either August 1 or 2. 


  • The most recent release, their We album from earlier this year, hit the Top 10 of Billboard's World Albums chart. It's the first appearance on the chart.
  • The release of their 2002 album Wedding confirmed them as the longest-running K-pop group in history and the guys haven't let go of that record yet

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