Hello, this is YANG HYUN SUK.
It’s November soon. We only have two months left on 2018.
Recalling the happiest moments while producing albums for the past 22 years, they’re usually when I’m sharing good news for the fans.
On the contrary, I feel sorry for the fans whenever some unexpected rumors or scandals arise.
I will try to stay humble and be precautious, to be able to share only the good news for the fans.
Today, I would like to share some news on YG’s plans for the last two months of 2018.
It is said that YG is planning a debut program for a rookie group?
To be precise, it’s a project to select members of a new boy group of YG.
What YG’s boy groups including BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKON have in common is that they were all selected through YG’s own survival program. The upcoming program will be an extension of that.
‘BIGBANG TV’ aired back in 2006 was YG’s first attempt on a survival program, and the first-ever in Korea.
WINNER and iKON made debut on 2013 and 2014 through ‘WIN’ and ‘MIX & MATCH’, while iKON, the youngest group, will face their 4th year since debut next year.
Since there are many hard-working trainees of YG including BANG YEDAM, the 2nd place winner of ‘K-Pop Star’ aired back in 2013, who are waiting for their chances to make debut.
Therefore, we think that sometime next year will be an appropriate timeline to launch a new boy group of YG.
What will be the title of the program?
The program will be titled, ‘YG Treasure Box’.
The term ‘YG Treasure Box’ refers to the complaint by fans, that the artists of YG get locked up in a treasure box after making one comeback. It is a negative byname that has been publicly mentioned through the press as well.
The program ‘YG Treasure Box’ will reveal all male trainees of YG who haven’t been exposed until now, while the viewers’ reviews and selections will be monitored to be applied to the selection criteria.
There are 29 male trainees in YG who will be revealed through ‘YG Treasure Box’. Their ages consist from 14 to 19.
Because there are way more participants compared to when we were selecting BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKON, the competition rate is higher than ever.
What is the selection criteria and how many members will be selected?
The selection criteria will the same as that of BLACKPINK.
Capacity is a must nowadays, so we will select individuals with charming appearances and attractions as well as having star quality.
We started out by expecting 5 members, but we will keep an eye on how the program progresses and re-decide with flexibility.
When is the premiere date, through which station?
The shooting has already begun, and we are expecting November 16 to be the premiere date.
We have focused on global market expansion and promotion through internet platforms such as VLIVE and YouTube, ever since the planning stage.
In addition, we are planning to make the program available through TV broadcasts for the viewers’ convenience.
Any plans on creating audition programs such as ‘MIXNINE’ or appearing as a judge?
Not at all.
I don’t have any plans on producing audition programs or appearing as a judge.
From ‘Superstar K’ Season 1 aired back in 2009 to 6 years of ‘K-Pop Star’ and ‘MIXNINE’, I’ve met tens of thousands of participants who aspire to chase their dreams as an audition program judge for a total of 8 years. Those moments will stay with me as unforgettable memories.
Now I will come back to my own place and focus on YG.
In the interest of time, I will revisit you tomorrow with news regarding new album releases by artists of YG. Thank you.
2018. 10. 29.
I will continue from where I left off yesterday.
Tell us about the future plans regarding SECHSKIES.
YG has signed with 3 artists that established their positions outside of YG, and they are “PSY”, “EPIK HIGH”, and “SECHSKIES”.
PSY and EPIK HIGH have worked with YG for the past 7~8 years, and we’ve created good memories and products together. Now they are walking their own paths, since their contract terms have ended.
Now the only team recruited from outside that remains is SECHSKIES, but they are going through chaotic times due to an unexpected event that happened recently.
I’ve been avoiding talking to the members regarding the subject since it may be burdensome for them with concert schedules coming up, but now that the schedules are settled, I plan to discuss the group’s new project, which is currently on halt, along with future countermeasures.
I’ve mentioned my personal desire of producing EUN JIWON’s solo project in addition to SECHSKIES’ new project through my social media account, and the project is currently being recorded.
I’m sorry that I can’t share more details since we’re only at the staring point at the moment, but I hope this news will ease the minds of the fans who were worried and confused.
When is MINO’s first solo album coming out?
The recording for the album is complete, but we had difficulties while deciding when to release MINO’s first solo album for the past couple of months.
Since it will be his first solo album, we need active promotion through broadcasts for the first couple of weeks after its release. However, WINNER had concert schedules overseas every weekend for three months from September to November, except for one week.
Since the concert in Hong Kong on November 24 will be the group’s last concert being held overseas for a while, the fastest and most appropriate release date for MINO’s first solo album turned out to be November 26.
I’m noticing the confirmed release date for the first time.
Will WINNER be able to release new songs this year as well?
We are planning on announcing WINNER’s 3rd official album after MINO’s activities on his first solo album end.
We will share detailed news including WINNER’s encore concert schedule in Korea through further notice.
I hope this will be glad news for the fans of WINNER.
iKON made their third comeback this year, which is unprecedented in YG. What are iKON’s future plans?
The reason why iKON was able to release many songs was because they worked on a lot of music, while they stayed quiet in the K-Pop scene last year.
In other words, most of the songs released this year were created last year.
Since the NEW KIDS series have ended through 4 releases, we plan to end this year with the release of NEW KIDS repackage album on December 31, and start a new project for next year.
The NEW KIDS repackage album will include a new track and a music video, but we are not planning on any official promotion or music broadcast activities.
These are YG’s plans for the last two months of 2018.
The weather’s gotten cold recently.
Everyone take care not to catch a cold, stay healthy, and be happy.
2018. 10. 30.