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iKON in first comeback since B.I left over drug allegations

K-pop's iKON. Courtesy of YG Entertainment
K-pop's iKON. Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Dong Sun-hwa

K-pop act iKON is set to release fresh music, making its first comeback since former leader B.I quit the band in June over drug allegations.

The group unveiled three photos from its new music video on its official Instagram on Monday. The pictures feature members in dazzling red outfits against a backdrop of fire.

Captured from iKON's new music video. Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Captured from iKON's new music video. Courtesy of YG Entertainment

"Preparation for the music and the MV (music video) is in the final stage," its agency YG Entertainment said. But the management company has not disclosed the EP's release date or the lead track's title.

B.I, 23, left the group in June after being engulfed in a drug scandal. The singer, whose real name is Kim Han-bin, partially admitted in September that he had purchased and consumed marijuana in 2016. He was then booked. Former YG chief Yang Hyun-suk has been investigated for allegedly attempting to cover up the drug case.

iKON, now comprising Jinhwan, Yunhyeong, Bobby, Donghyuk, Ju-ne and Chanwoo, debuted in 2015 with the album "WELCOME BACK." It shot to fame with "LOVE SCENARIO" (2017).


K-pop's iKON. Courtesy of YG Entertainment
K-pop's iKON. Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Dong Sun-hwa

K-pop act iKON is set to release fresh music, making its first comeback since former leader B.I quit the band in June over drug allegations.

The group unveiled three photos from its new music video on its official Instagram on Monday. The pictures feature members in dazzling red outfits against a backdrop of fire.

Captured from iKON's new music video. Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Captured from iKON's new music video. Courtesy of YG Entertainment

"Preparation for the music and the MV (music video) is in the final stage," its agency YG Entertainment said. But the management company has not disclosed the EP's release date or the lead track's title.

B.I, 23, left the group in June after being engulfed in a drug scandal. The singer, whose real name is Kim Han-bin, partially admitted in September that he had purchased and consumed marijuana in 2016. He was then booked. Former YG chief Yang Hyun-suk has been investigated for allegedly attempting to cover up the drug case.

iKON, now comprising Jinhwan, Yunhyeong, Bobby, Donghyuk, Ju-ne and Chanwoo, debuted in 2015 with the album "WELCOME BACK." It shot to fame with "LOVE SCENARIO" (2017).


Dong Sun-hwa sunhwadong@koreatimes.co.kr

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