This has truly been the year of endless virtual concerts. Although we are restless and looking forward to experiencing concerts in person, no one can say that the amazing amount of artists gathered together on one screen have been anything but a rewarding experience!
Now, an amazing (and almost unthinkable!) lineup of K-Pop stars have come together with Joy Ruckus Club and Sessions to unvail the most epic virtual concert of the summer!
The one-day festival is the first of its kind for Sessions and features performances from premiere K-Pop superstars. The exciting line-up includes 11-member K-pop group The Boyz, legendary South Korean pop star Rain, and powerhouse vocalist, chart-topping singer/songwriter Ailee. Jessi and Heize, two of the most exciting K-Pop rapper and singers will be performing. Boy bands AB6IX, Golden Child, and Cravity. American breakthrough girl group Momoland and the Lovelyz have also confirmed for the event. Rapper Bloo and DJ Soda conclude the line-up. Hosting the event will be K-Pop sensations AleXa and Kevin (from the Boyz).
Even as a one-day festival with Livestream filming taking place from the famed Yes24 Live Hall in Seoul, the K-Pop SuperFest will be one of the biggest K-Pop festivals in the world. The festival starts at 06.00 PM PST, 09.00 PM ET on the 19th June, and 2.00 AM GMT & 10.00 AM KST on 20th June 2021.
The founder of Joy Ruckus Club, Kublai Kwon made his name pioneering the Asian American music scene. His first cousin is the late great Shin Hae Chul, South Korea’s first K-Pop superstar and creator of the K-Pop music genre. According to Kwon, this new festival honors his legacy by highlighting the superstars of K-Pop today.
“Sessions growth is rapidly accelerating across Asia. The K-Pop SuperFest represents another milestone as we bring even larger events to fans across 194 countries and 18 languages. Sessions unique combination of gamification and marketing is driving attendance and revenue for artists at an unprecedented level. Our partnership with Kublai and Joy Ruckus Club continues to deepen,” said Sessions co-founder Tim Westergren.
Event t-shirts, NFT videos, signed posters, and virtual 1-on-1 meet & greet opportunities with artists will be available in the festival and artist stores at Sessions. It is the first time Sessions will be promoting a K-Pop-only festival. Check out the complete line-up below and let us know who you are looking forward to seeing on stage!
Four-member K-pop boy band AB6IX have been superstars even before their debut in 2019. Park Woo Jin and Lee Daehwi appeared on the K-pop audition show Produce 101 and joined the highly successful K-pop boy band project Wanna One. Kim Donghyun debuted in the duo group MXM, releasing two EP albums and a full album over the two years. Jeong Woong has been known as a “Super Trainee” in the K-pop scene. The quartet recently released their fourth EP ‘Mo’ Complete: Have a Dream.’
Born in Colorado and raised in New Jersey, Korean-American singer-songwriter Ailee has been a staple in the K-pop scene since moving to South Korea in 2010. Following Ailee’s debut in 2012 with her single “Heaven”, this powerhouse vocalist has been topping the charts and has amassed numerous awards since then. Her 2017 original soundtrack, “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow,” became the most streamed K-pop song of the year. It’s the highest-selling soundtrack in South Korea of all time. In 2019, after eight years with her former label, she founded a new company called Rocket3 Entertainment. The singer recently released her 6th EP ‘Lovin’.
The daughter of a Korean adoptee, AleXa grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A lifelong dancer, AleXa competed and won the talent competition Rising Legends. Afterward, AleXa signed to ZB Label and competed on the South Korean audition show Produce 48. In 2019, she made her multilingual debut with “Bomb.” In addition to her K-pop prowess, AleXa continues to expand her entertainment empire as the co-host of the People’s Choice Award-winning podcast “How Did I Get Here?” with Jae of Day6, a YouTube channel titled AleXa 360, and a forthcoming acting debut.
Born in South Korea and moving to the United States as a child, 26-year-old hip-hop artist Bloo is undoubtedly influenced by American hip-hop. He co-founded the hip-hop label MKIT Rain with fellow rappers Nafla and Loopy. The trio moved back to Korea in 2015, and in 2016, Bloo debuted with the single “Drive Thru.” His distinctive vocals and jazzy styles made him an artist to watch. The rapper has released three EPs since then. His 2017 single “Downtown Baby” reached the top of the South Korean charts in 2020 after singer Lee Hyori performed it on the MBC Korean variety show, “How Do You Play?”
As the first boy group to debut under Starship Entertainment since K-Pop powerhouses Monsta X, Cravity (which also stands for Center of Gravity) is destined to make a splash on the K-pop scene. In 2020, they released their debut EP ‘Season 1. Hideout: Remember Who We Are.’ The album debuted at the top of the South Korean album charts and made them one of the best-selling rookie groups of the year. At the 2020 Soribada Awards, Cravity won the New Artist Award.
South Korean DJ Soda embarked on her journey to become a world star DJ in 2013. Her background in musical acting has led to her signature stage move, the viral “Flute Dance.” She also has a presence in the modeling world and the face of a variety of global brands. Heavily influenced by hip-hop and fashion, DJ Soda captivates worldwide audiences with her charming and enigmatic personality. This has led DJ Soda to play some of Asia’s top music festivals.
Golden Child (골든차일드)
10-piece K-pop boy band Golden Child debuted in 2016 with their EP ‘Gol-cha!’ and funky single “Dam Da Di.” This marked the first boy group to debut under Woollim Entertainment in seven years since K-pop legends Infinite. Known for their EDM and bass-heavy musical style and complex choreography, the band has amassed a loyal following since their debut, releasing four more EPs and one full-length album.
South Korean singer-songwriter, producer, and rapper Heize blend R&B, soul, hip-hop, delicate vocals, and crisp songwriting to craft the most comforting of music. After releasing her self-titled debut EP, the multi-talented star gained prominence after competing in the reality competition Unpretty Rapstar in 2014. She has been a force in the industry and has topped the South Korean charts since then. She released the critically acclaimed LP ‘Fine’ in 2019. Heize finished 2020 with the ultimate power move by signing with P Nation, an entertainment company founded by Psy. She recently released her seventh EP, ‘Happen’ under the new label.
Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Korean-American singer and rapper Jessi was not made overnight. In 2015, Jessi starred on the reality show Unpretty Rapstar which catapulted her to superstardom. Since then, she has released a slew of singles and established herself as one of K-Pop’s most exciting artists. In 2019, Jessi became one of the first artists signed to P Nation, an entertainment company created by Psy. In 2020 she released her first album ‘Nuna’ under P Nation, spawning the hit single “Nunu Nana.”
Formed in 2014 by Woollim Entertainment, the eight-member girl group Lovelyz is your quintessential K-Pop girl group. Living up to their name, the group curates cute and fresh concepts that make for the most infectious of music. Since their debut album ‘Girls’ Invasion‘, the band has released two studio albums and seven EPs. The group competed on the 2019 reality series Queendom and released their single “Obliviate” off their seventh EP ‘Unforgettable’ in September 2020.
Under MLD Entertainment, the K-Pop girl group Momoland formed on the 2016 reality show Finding Momoland. They released their debut album, ‘Welcome to Momoland’ later that year. The six-member piece has released a total of six EPs since then. In 2018, the group released the wildly successful “Bboom Bboom” which peaked at number two on the South Korean song charts. The group is set for a breakthrough in the American market after signing with ICM Partners in 2020. They most recently released their album ‘Ready Or Not’ and single with the same name title.
Legendary South Korean pop star Rain released his debut album ‘Bad Guy’ in 2002 under JYP Entertainment. He has become one of the biggest and most influential stars in Asia and around the world. In 2015, he created his agency called RAIN Company. Recently, he reunited with his mentor Park Jin-Young on the collaboration “Switch to Me” off his third EP ‘Pieces by Rain.’
The Boyz (더보이즈)
The 11-member K-pop group, The Boyz, was formed in 2017 under Cre.ker Entertainment. Later that year, they released their debut EP ‘The First’ with their lead single “Boy.” In 2018, the rookie group then released their second and third EPs, leading them to win numerous awards. In 2020, they released their first studio album ‘Reveal’ and a single of the same name. In another milestone, the group won the South Korean reality show Road to Kingdom securing a spot in its sequel Kingdom: Legendary War. They released their fifth EP ‘Chase’ and its lead single “The Stealer” in September 2020.
Thanks to Joy Ruckus for their endless support and sharing these amazing artists with us during the pandemic! Stay tuned for more official updates and do not forget to check out their social media below for links, tickets, and more!
A humanitarian-oriented, virtual concert series. Founded by Asian Americans, and led by artists of Asian descent from all over the world. Joy Ruckus Club is a revolution in pan-Asian music. Not silent, not complacent, not foreign, Joy Ruckus Club is a society of woke Asians who are in solidarity with all truthfully progressive movements of the oppressed and conquered.
Looking to learn more about Sessions? Check out their details below and what other wonderful projects they brought to the music scene!
Sessions is co-founded by digital music pioneer and former Pandora founder Tim Westergren and fellow entrepreneur and long-time developer of virtual games Gordon Su. Sessions is the only live streaming solution providing all of the necessary components for musicians to succeed: audience development, fan engagement, and state-of-the-art monetization drawn from the most advanced techniques of virtual gaming. Sessions is developing a space to bring artists and fans together for intimate live experiences 24/7. In less than a year after its public launch, Sessions is attracting thousands of artists to its live video streaming service. Available in over 194 countries and 18 languages. Sessions offer musicians anywhere in the world, at any stage of their career, an unprecedented opportunity to develop a global audience and earn substantial and sustainable revenue.
There is an artist for every music fan in Sessions from pop to hip-hop and country to classical. Since the start of 2021, Sessions has expanded its platform focus. Now the focus has shifted from just musical performances to staging various cultural events. It includes “Alaska’s Drag Queen of the Year 2021 Pageant” this March and Joy Ruckus Club 3, featuring over 180 Asian American artists from around the world. It was the largest ever Asian American virtual music festival. Available online and on all mobile devices worldwide. Artists and fans can play more and earn more experience more in Sessions.