Finishing off the night, veteran boy band #SuperJunior came clad in Black Suits to say “Lo Siento” to #KCONNY.
The eleven-member boy band first made their way onto the music scene in fall 2005, where they quickly gained praise and momentum in Asia. The group has promoted all across the continent and beyond throughout the early-to-mid 2000s, with positive international media reception, multiple subunits and international debuts. In 2010, the group was awarded the title National Pop Culture Icon in Korea, for their work in promoting the Hallyu (Korean) Wave.
The current members consist of Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun.
In November 2017, Super Junior celebrated their twelfth anniversary with an eighth studio album release, PLAY. It’s subsequent repackage, titled Replay, featured Lo Siento as its lead - a Korean-English-Spanish dance track featuring American Hispanic singer #LeslieGrace. This bold expansion for the group won them the number one spot on iTunes Top Albums charts in 31 countries, as well as making them the first #Kpop act to be featured on Billboard’s Latin Digital Song Sales chart.
According to @forbes, both Super Junior and Leslie Grace are invested in adding more Latin American show stops on their Super Show 7 concert tour, with the interest of tapping into the Latin American market.
Who dat who dat who dat boy? It’s #RedVelvet’s first performance on the east coast! The five-member girl group from SM Entertainment has been making waves this year with their soothing, but seductive hit Bad Boy, and Japanese debut single #CookieJar just weeks before #KCONNY. Originally debuting as four, Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy introduced themselves to the world in 2014 with Red Velvet’s first single, Happiness. Its music video reached over two million views within its first 24 hours, and became the second-most viewed #Kpop music video of that month.
The following year, fifth member Yeri joined the group, and performed with her bandmates at #KCONLA - their first U.S. performance.
Red Velvet’s music falls under two unique categories - the “red” being energetic, youthful, and pop-infused, while the “velvet” being soft, elegant, and mature. They showcased an excellent mix of both during their performance, opening with 90s-R&B-inspired Bad Boy (during which, they delivered one of the biggest and most well-received surprises of the night - a half Korean/half English version of the song) and following up with Red Flavor, an infectious dancepop song that climbed the charts last July, and was named Song of the Year by @gq_korea.
Da-hye Jang, or #Heize, debuted as a rapper/singer-songwriter in 2014 with her titular EP, she gained popularity appearing as a contestant on Korean reality show Unpretty Rapstar 2. Following her television success, her third EP, /// (You, Clouds, Rain) reached number one on the Korean music charts, granting her an “All-Kill.”
Heize’s music ranges from #Khiphop, jazz, R&B, and soul. She is a fan of American rapper @angxlhxze, and took inspiration for her own stage name. “I really liked how the word ‘Haze’ sounded. That’s why I looked up the word ‘heize,’ because I had changed the spelling to match my pronunciation. It means ‘making something hot or turning something red hot’ in German. I like this meaning,” she told @thestarmagazine in 2015.