Sessions is thrilled to collaborate again with Joy Ruckus Club, the largest Asian music festival in the world, to present K-Pop SuperFest this Saturday, June 19, 2021, https://sessionslive.com/joyruckusclub at 6 PM PT. 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, powerhouse vocalist and chart-topping singer/songwriter Ailee, and rapper Jessi. They will join the boyband AB6IX, American breakthrough girl group Momoland, South Korean girl groups GWSN, and five-member all-girl group Woo!ah!, boy bands Cravity and Golden Child, girl group Lovelyz, dancer and singer AleXa, rapper Bloo, and DJ Soda. K-pop sensations AleXa and Kevin (The Boyz) will host the global event. Tickets are available, so get them now!
I’m excited about this because I am a new GWSN (a baby Groo if you will) and have been binging their content on Youtube. Also, Ailee and Rain have been staples in my musical life since I got into k-pop. Let me know if you will be attending K-pop Superfest. If you’re on the fence, here is a rundown on some of the artists that will be attending:
Also known as Girls in the Park, GWSN is a South Korean multinational girl group formed in 2018 with consists of seven members: Miya, Seokyoung, Seoryoung, Anne, Minju, Soso, and Lena. The group debuted on September 5, 2018, with the title track “Puzzle Moon” from their extended play The Park in the Night Part One. The group’s name, ‘GWSN, contains different meanings. ‘Park’ is the place where people can heal themselves and grow their dreams. GWSN aims to heal people with their music and wish to give people hope and dreams through their music.
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 her debut in 2012, 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 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.” 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.
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 its debut, releasing four more EPs and one full-length album.
Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Korean-American singer and rapper Jessi wasn’t made overnight. In 2015, Jessi starred on the reality show Unpretty Rapstar which catapulted her to superstardom. Since then, she’s 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, which spawned the hit single “Nunu Nana.”
Formed in 2014 by Woollim Entertainment, the eight-member girl group is your quintessential K-pop group. Living up to their name, Lovelyz 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.
Legendary South Korean pop star Rain released his debut album, Bad Guy, in 2002 under JYP Entertainment. In the next few years, he became one of the biggest and most influential stars in Asia and around the world. In 2015, he created his agency called RAIN Company. He recently reunited with his mentor Park Jin-young on the collaboration “Switch to Me” off his third EP, Pieces by Rain.
The Boyz was formed in 2017 under Cre.ker Entertainment. Later that year, they released their debut EP, The First, and lead single “Boy.” In 2018, the rookie group then released their second and third EPs, leading to their winning of numerous awards. In 2020, they released their 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 its sequel Kingdom: Legendary War. They released their 5th EP fifth EP Chase and its lead single “The Stealer” in September 2020.
A South Korean girl group launched by NV Entertainment currently consists of five members Nana, Wooyeon, Sora, Lucy, and Minseo. The group debuted on May 13, 2020. The girl group has been active for just over a year, with three singles (plus several B-sides), and their tracks flaunt an upbeat, youthful style that helps the group relay a trove of music worth savoring. They just released their new LP “Wish” in May.