Following the fundraiser I Hate Being Hated, Sessions is thrilled to announce another new collaboration with Joy Ruckus Club to present K-Pop SuperFest on June 19, 2021 at https://sessionslive.com/joyruckusclub at 6:00 p.m. PT. The one-day festival is the first of its kind for Sessions and features performances from the premiere K-pop superstars.
The exciting lineup includes rapper Bloo, DJ Soda, legendary South Korean pop star Rain, powerhouse vocalist and chart topping singer-songwriter Ailee and Jessi, one of K-pop’s most exciting rapper and singers. They will be joined by K-pop groups AB6IX, Momoland, GWSN, Woo!ah!, The Boyz, Cravity, Golden Child and Lovelyz.
K-Pop sensations AleXa and Kevin of The Boyz will host the global event, which will be filmed at the famed Yes24 Live Hall in Seoul, South Korea. Although it is a one-day festival, K-Pop SuperFest will be one of the biggest K-pop festivals in the world and undoubtedly the biggest K-Pop virtual festival in the Western world.
Joy Ruckus Club founder Kublai Kwon, who made his name as a pioneer of the Asian American music scene, said this new festival honors his legacy by highlighting the superstars of K-Pop today. His first cousin is the late great Shin Hae Chul, who is Korea’s first K-pop superstar and creator of the K-pop music genre.
“Sessions’ growth is rapidly accelerating across Asia,” Sessions co-founder Tim Westergren said. “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 and our partnership with Kublai and Joy Ruckus Club continues to deepen.”
Event t-shirts, NFT videos, signed posters and virtual 1-on-1 meet & greet opportunities with artists will be available in the festival’s and artists’ stores on Sessions. Here is the complete lineup of the Joy Ruckus Club K-Pop SuperFest, which marks the first time Sessions will be promoting a K-pop only festival.
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, United States and raised in New Jersey, USA, Korean-American singer-songwriter Ailee has been a staple in the K-pop scene since moving to South Korea in 2010. Following her debut in 2012, with the single “Heaven,” the powerhouse vocalist has been on top of the charts and amassing numerous awards since. Her 2017 original soundtrack “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow” became the most streamed K-pop song of the year and the highest selling soundtrack in South Korea of all time. In 2019, after eight years with her former label, she started a new company called Rocket3 Entertainment. The singer recently released her sixth EP “Lovin‘.”
The daughter of a Korean adoptee, AleXa grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. A lifelong dancer, AleXa competed and won the talent competition “Rising Legends.” Afterwards, she 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 U.S. 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 South Korea in 2015 and in 2016, Bloo debuted with the single “Drive Thru.” Right out-of-the-gate, 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 a variety show.
As the first boy group to debut under Starship Entertainment since K-pop powerhouse Monsta X, Cravity (also standing for Center of Gravity) has been 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.
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 for a variety of global brands. Heavily influenced by hip-hop and fashion, DJ Soda is capable of captivating audiences worldwide complete with her charming and enigmatic personality. This has led to her playing some of Asia’s top music festivals.
A 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 debut, releasing four more EPs and one full-length album.
GWSN, also known as Girls in the Park, is a seven-member multinational girl group formed in 2018 under The Wave Music. The group recently made a comeback with “The Other Side of the Moon” EP and its lead single “Like It Hot.”
Born in New York, USA 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. She has released a slew of singles since then 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 which spawned the hit single “Nunu Nana.”
Formed in 2014 by Woollim Entertainment, 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, K-pop girl group Momoland was formed on the reality show “Finding Momoland” in 2016. Since its debut album “Welcome to Momoland,” the six-member piece has released a total of six EPs. In 2018, the group released the wildly successful “Bboom Bboom,” peaking 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 recently released their album “Ready Or Not” and single with the name title.
Legendary South Korean pop star Rain released his debut album “Bad Guy” in 2002 under JYP Entertainment. In the next few years, he went on to become one of the biggest and most influential stars in Asia and around the world. In 2015, he created his own agency called RAIN Company. Most recently, he reunited with his mentor Park Jin-young on the collaboration “Switch to Me” off his third EP “Pieces by Rain.”
An 11-member K-pop group, The Boyz was formed in 2017 under Cre.ker Entertainment. Later that year, the group released its debut EP “The First” and lead single “Boy.” In 2018, the rookie group then went on to release its second and third EPs, which earned numerous awards. In 2020, the group released its first studio album “Reveal” and 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.” The group released its fifth EP “Chase” and its lead single “The Stealer” in September 2020.
Formed in 2020 under NV entertainment, woo!ah! is a five-member South Korean girl group. The group recently released its third single album “Wish” and single “Purple.”